Library Programs

Adult Programs

Sept. 25, An Education in the Grotesque: The Gargoyles of Yale University.  In his lecture, Mathew Duman highlights a selection of gargoyles & grotesques found throughout the buildings of Yale University’s campus in New Haven, Ct. Using original photographs from his book, “An Education in the Grotesque”, Mathew explores the artistic, historic, architectural & even humorous significance of these decorative sculptures & their role in communicating the identity of Yale University as a place of learning and enlightenment.

Mathew Duman grew up in Bethany, Ct & works as a photographer & graphic designer at the Knights of Columbus in New Haven. He attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State University but while studying abroad, became fascinated with the architectural detail of the cathedrals of Britain. Mathew has since taken photographic trips to Italy, Africa, Australia & New Zealand. This lecture will take place at the Town Hall, 7 p.m. Click here to register.

Sept. 28, Chester Library Recipe Share – Just in time for holiday cooking.  Do you love to cook? Do you like to share recipes? The third Thursday of each month from September to December the Chester Library is hosting a recipe sharing night from 7:00-8:00 pm. We will provide the liquid refreshments. Attendees can bring samples to taste and their favorite recipes. Escape one evening a month to share, sample and relax with friends. Please RSVP Chester Library # 860-526-0018 or

Oct. 3, Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger. Fall Book discussion facilitated by Marsha Bansavage, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m, Chester library.

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.

Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. (Amazon)

Copies of the book will be made available at the library, call to register.

Oct. 23, One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging.  Alice, a young woman with healing abilities, fascination with the new American wilderness, and damning personal secrets, encounters the blinding fears of Puritan leaders in colonial Connecticut, ushering in and influencing New England’s gruesome witch trial history. (Lady Slipper Press)

Beth M. Caruso holds Masters degrees in Nursing and Public Health. She had the honor of working with Karen hill tribes as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.  She also had the privilege to care for hundreds of babies and their mothers as a labor and delivery nurse.

She gained extensive knowledge and a deep love for plants through an apprenticeship with herbalist and wildcrafter, Will Endres, in North Carolina. She has continued to surround herself with plants through gardening and native species conservation.

Her latest passion is to discover and convey important stories of women in American history. One of Windsor is her debut novel. She lives in New England with her awesome husband, amazing children, loyal puppy, and cuddly cats.

This lecture will take place at the Town Hall, 7 p.m. Please call the library 860-526-0018, to register.

Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall – Eastern CT Paranormal Society.


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

For the months of August and September, the Chester Library will be collecting (rinsed)cans and bottles, The children of the Chester Library Story Hour and Summer Reading Program events have created a special container – right outside the library! Help us Build A Better World by recycling.

Reach for the Stars – Read!  The Chester Library is giving away stars that glow in the dark to every child that takes a book out of the library during the month of September. September is library card month, you don’t have a library card? Stop by the circulation desk and get yours.


Five chrysalises! Just waiting for the metamorphosis to be complete, when do you think the butterflies will emerge?


Toddler 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!

Sept. 25th we will read Mrs. Moles Garden.

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.


 Get caught in a good book!

New YA titles:

Ash & Quill  by Rachel Caine,
Genuine Fraud by e. Lockhart
One of us is Lying by Karen McManus

New Juvenile Titles:

Mary McScary by Mark Brown
                                      The Bad Seed by Jory John
                                     My Weird School Talent Show by Dan Gutman


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