Library Programs

Adult Programs

July 24,  Wildlife and Connecticut’s Changing Landscape.  Paul Colburn will present a brief natural history of Connecticut and will address the current state of wildlife in the state. This will include a discussion of major species, factors affecting their habitats, challenges we face in managing them, and provide suggestions for what people can do to make a difference. This program will take place at the Town Hall, 7 p.m.  Click here to register.

Paul Colburn is a graduate of Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) and is a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC).  The MWCP is a Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) adult education program that trains participants in the fields of wildlife management, natural history and interpretation. The purpose of the program is to develop a volunteer corps capable of providing education, outreach, and service for state agencies, environmental organizations, libraries, schools, and the general public.  In addition to his work as a MWC Paul volunteers for the Red Cross, and Wesleyan University Admissions.  Paul has served on the Board of Directors of Special Wishes Inc., an organization devoted to assisting families facing life threatening childhood diseases. He is past President of Residents Advocating Conservation, has been active in local politics, youth athletics and served on many local boards and commissions.  His interests include the outdoors, nature, hiking, biking, politics, and travel.  Paul graduated from Wesleyan University and served honorably in the United States Army.


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.


Children’s Programs

May & June – The library will be collecting new and old crayons for Crayons for Cancer. Show your support by donating your crayons.

May 25, 6 p.m. – Meet-and-Greet with Tarantulas. Have you ever seen a tarantula up close? How about held one? Chester Library’s own Kaylee Moen will be bringing in several of her pet tarantulas to show and talk about! Learn all about tarantulas; what they do, where they come from, how they live, and why they’re not nearly as scary as most people think.  Ideal for kids, but open to all ages!

June 16, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Summer Reading Kick-Off.  Miss Margie will kick off the beginning of the Summer Reading Program by singing songs related to the theme BUILD A BETTER WORLD. This is a family event. Bring your chairs and we will sit on the lawn. Local Girl Scouts will sell refreshments for their nonprofit fundraiser. We will be collecting crayons during April, May, and June. Friday, while listening we can peel and sort the collected Crayons For Cancer organization.  Everyone who participates in the summer reading program will receive a sign up incentive and will be entered in a drawing for a grand prize at the wrap up in August!

June 21, 4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Mrs. Applesause has teamed up with the Deep River Art Gallery and Studio for a series of crafts. This program will take place at the gallery in Deep River and is recommended for grades 3-6.

June 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – The Children’s Museum will present a hands-on program for students in third through eighth grade on building simple machines. This is for grades 3-8. Click here to register.

June 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Join us for a “build a monster morning” for kids aged 4-7. Click here to register.

June 29, 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Craft Night, “Dream Catchers”.


Story and Craft time for pre-schoolers ages three and up take place at 10:30 a.m each Monday that school is in session.  There is no need to register, just drop in!

Family events: first Saturday stories, third Saturday crafts from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Kids knitting group” Saturday’s at 12:30-2:00. Beginner knitters as well as any ability welcome. Mrs. Winslow will help all that seek help. We have supplies to get you started or can help if you are half way through a project.

The Chester Public Library has a new edition to the children’s area, an 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.


TEEN Programs

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) – For grades 6-12, we want to stay current with teen trends and hot topics and need your help.  Discussions will include but not limited to book and media selections, library programs and activities at the library.  Teens will meet the second Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, snacks will be provided. Please call the library (860-526-0018) to sign up or register online here.

June 8 – Summer reading planning.


College and Scholarship information


Kaplan Test Preparation               – Vocabulary building, tutorials, practice questions, create                                                                                                                flashcards in preparation for the ACT or GRE



CollegeBoard                                         ACT – All about the ACT test          SAT – Free practice test, no registration needed


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