Library Programs

Adult Programs

Feb. 10 – “Shoreline Pallet Co.” – Join us for a fun-filled Sunday as we create one-of-a-kind artwork on 6×6 reclaimed wood.  There is a $10 materials fee payable in advance, program begins at 11 a.m. at the library.  Registration required due to space limitations, click here or call 860-526-0018.  Change of Date, previously listed as Feb. 2.


Mar. 2 – “Oreo Cookie Tasting.”  Ever wonder what some of those new Oreo cookie flavors tasted like?  Now’s your chance to try some of those crazy flavors we see as we pass the cookie aisle but don’t dare chance purchasing as we celebrate National Oreo Cookie Day.  This family event will start at 11 a.m.

Mar. 27 –   “A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline.” From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World. (

Join facilitator Marsha Bansavage as we discuss our latest book selection.  Books will be available for checkout in February.  This program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Mar. 30 – “Celtic Chocolate Program.”  Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations will highlight the history of chocolate and the Irish pioneers who helped along the way.  History of famous Celtic foods, lore, Irish poetry and samplings of Dublin tea, Irish bread, Blarney cheese, and beautiful Celtic art chocolates will be shared.  This program will take place at the Town Hall, 11 a.m., registration is required by calling  860-526-0018 or click here.

Children’s Programs

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

Feb. 2 – “Take Your Child to the Library.”  It’s the 8th annual Take Your Child to the Library Day! Drop-In and create one-of-a-kind Valentine’s for your loved ones. Also, participate in the sweetheart candy challenge to win a bag of your own to take home.  A perfect opportunity to give your child their very own library card as well!

 Feb. 9 – “Dogman & Bad Guys Graphic Novel Cartooning.”  Do you doodle?  Do you think you are funny?  Have you ever dreamed of creating your own comic strip or graphic novel?  Well…here is your chance!  Karen Schumann, Children’s event coordinator from RJ Julia booksellers will be here to teach you how to create cartoons in the style of Dogman and Bad Guys.       Registration required. Call the library at 860-526-0018 to secure your spot.  


Mar. 6 – “Kidscapades, Sensory and Enrichment Program.”  Ages 2 and up
Sensory: The children have an opportunity to explore a variety of different materials we provide for the sensory portion of the program. Rotating between each sensory station with a movement activity.
Science: The children will participate in whole group science experiments, which will have a eruption component. . *The science portion of program is not recommended for children 2 and under.  To register click here.


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:

Jan 28 – Skating and Sledding


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.

new*  Writer’s Group – The Writer’s Group of Chester was formed after a three part writer’s workshop at the library with Susan Strecker.  Participants were excited to continue sharing ideas and stories and decided to form their own group.  The Writer’s Group will meet every second Thursday of the month from 5-7 p.m., all are welcome.

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.


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 American Girl section located next to Graphic Novels!

Read, Enjoy and Vote for your favorite Nutmeg Award Nominees by April 2019! We have the ballots here. Click on the following link to explore all the nominees before checking them out in person J



Check out our “Teen Spot” and see what’s new.

New YA titles:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak
Arch-Enemies (Renegades) by Marissa Meyer
Wildcard by Marie Lu
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

And so much more……………….

New Picture Books:

Zola’s Elephant by Randall de Seve
Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes by Eva Chen
Am I Yours? By Alex Latimer
Quiet by Tommie DePaola
A Big Mooncake by Grace Lin
A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes
Eduardo Guadardo, Elite Sheep by Anothony Pearson

New Kids Non-Fiction:

Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
Star Wars Maker Lab
Guinness Book of World Records 2018
What’s Weird on Earth
Kid Chef Junior

New Intermediate Fiction (ages 8-12):

Louisiana’s Way Home By Kate DiCamillo
Granted by John David Anderson
Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley
Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Ending by Katherine Applegate
Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

New Series:

Bad Guys in Superbad (#8)
Dogman Brawl of the Wild (#6)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (#13)
Big Nate Goes Bananas
Narwhal and Jelly: Peanut Butter and Jelly (#3)
Babysitter’s Club: Kristy’s Big Day (#6)
Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So Happy Birthday (#13)
Hamster Princess: Little Red Rodent Hood (#6)
Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond (#4)
Phoebe and the Unicorn Adventure: Unicorn of Many Hats (#7)

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


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