Library Programs

Adult Programs

Jun 23 – Aug 18.  Libraries RockSummer Reading for Adults.  

Chester Library’s online summer reading program for adults. Register, read, record and reap the rewards!  Read whatever you’d like, in whatever format you prefer (print, electronic, recorded…). At summer’s end, each book you logged throughout the program will represent one virtual ticket in our final drawing. Now, get reading…
You must be 19 or older to participate.


Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m., In Stitches…knitting and more

In Stitches is the Chester Library group of knitters/crocheters/sewers (or what-have-you) who meet every Monday evening. Needlecrafters of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, whether to learn or to solve a problem or just socialize with like-minded crafters, novices and experts alike.  Usually they have WAY too much fun (hence the moniker “In Stitches”!) but they always welcome new members and drop-ins.

Coloring for Adults – Take a break, turn off your brain and relax a bit by popping into the library and color. We will have fun coloring books (find a page you like and a staff member will copy it for you) and pencils. Sorry kids – adults only.

Games! – There’s a variety of games to play at the library, we even have a puzzle you can take to a table to work on, just inquire at the circulation desk.

Children’s Programs

All Children’s Programs will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Jul 21Libraries Rock! – Martha Herrle with the Community Music School.  Miss Martha from Community Music School will host a program full of traditional and new sing-along songs for young children and their caregivers.  Using rhythm instruments, scarves and lots of movement, we’ll explore high energy songs that are full of fun – and we’ll learn a thing or two about music along the way!  Hope you can join us as part of our Swingin’ Saturdays Summer Events, submit a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card at our wrap-up party.

Martha teaches music to students along the shoreline through programs such as Goodwin Strings, KinderMusik and The Kate Camp for Kids.  This event will be held at the United Church of Chester (rain or shine) for a fun, family music event.

Registration encouraged.

Aug 4Singin’ Round the Campfire with Margie.  Bases on her acclaimed CD, Margie brings a portable campfire to her teach kids the lost art of Campfire Songs.  Margie Warner is a staple of the shoreline music community.  She is a recording artist, children’s songwriter and storyteller.  Join Margie at the United Church of Chester (rain or shine) in a family sing-a-long, campfire style.

Hope you can join us as part of our Swingin’ Saturdays Summer Events, submit a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card at our wrap-up party.  Registration encouraged.

Aug 18Summer Reading Wrap-Up with Jonathan Kehew from The Corner Music School.  Jonathan Kehew is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and for 12 years the owner of Corner Music School in Old Saybrook, where he teaches children of all ages.  His performances feature classic American folk and pop songs, with hands-on opportunities for children to try our the instruments he brings to the show.

This event will be held at the United Church of Chester rain or shine.

We will also be holding our Raffle and Prize Drawing.  Good Luck!  Registration encouraged.

Jun 23 – Aug 18 Summer Reading Program.  If you missed our kick-off, no worries, you can still sign up with the link below or come to the library and receive you reading log.  We have some cool prizes so you don’t want to miss out.  Also, every time you check out a book at the Chester library or come to one of our Saturday events, you will receive a ticket for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!   


Summer Reading Sign-Up Kids

Summer Reading Sign-Up Teens

For additional information on our Summer Reading events, click on one of the flyers below:



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For a calendar of events click July 2018 Calendar.


Story Time will take place at 10:30 a.m each Monday.  Join us for stories, songs, games and finger play. There is no need to register, just drop in. All Children Welcome!

Story Time themes:

July 23 – Sharks
July 30 – Camping


Bring your child to the library and let them explore our Early Learning Literacy Station (AWE). Thank you to a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and the Friend’s of the Library, children from ages 2-8 can enjoy over 4000 fun, engaging and interactive programs such as math, geography, reading, art & music and so much more. Bring your child in and let them explore all there is to offer and have fun while learning.



Check out our new “Spot” just for Teens and see what’s new.

New YA titles:

I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
Time Bomb – Joelle Charbonneau
The Fates Divide – Veronica Roth
Need – Joelle Charbonneau
The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis
Thunder Head – Neal Shusterman
The Astonishing Color After – Emily X.R. Pan

And so much more……………….

New Juvenile Titles:

Aru Shah and the End of Time
River of Fire – Erin Hunter
Real Friends – Shannon Hale
Women in Sports – Rachel Ignotofsky
Confidence Code for Girls – Katty Kay
Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee
Hello, Universe – Erin Entrada Kelly

And so much more………Stop in and check out one (or more) of the latest books!


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