Library Programs

Adult Programs

May 22 –   “The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah.” In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature. (

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

May 23 – “Beyond the Bicep: The Real Story of Rosie the Riveter.”  Her image has adorned everything from lunchboxes to lampshades, but what is the real story of Rosie the Riveter?  Together we’ll trace her journey from propaganda poster to feminist icon while uncovering the history of the real life Rosie who not only inspired that infamous bicep, but whose work in wartime industries helped secure an Allied victory during World War II.

This event is co-sponsored by Masonicare at Chester Village and will be held at Masonicare, 7:30 p.m.  Click to register.

POSTPONED  June 5 – “Getting There: Connecticut’s Transportation Past & Future.”   Long-time commuter advocate and newspaper commentator JIM CAMERON offers a lively presentation and Q&A on Connecticut’s transportation crisis:

  • Our crowded highways falling into a state of disrepair
  • Hundreds of bridges considered “deficient”
  • Metro-North trains running slower while fares increase
  • How did our state go from “first to worst” in transportation?  And what does our future hold?

Cameron explores the options in an engaging, thought-provoking workshop with plenty of time to hear your ideas and answer your questions.  His presentation includes old pictures and new ideas, delivered in a friendly, humorous tone.  Cameron has been called “the transportation guru” having spent over 25 years studying and reporting on the issue.

This event will take place at the Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.  Click here to register.


Children’s Programs

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

May 8, 15, 22, & 29 – “Make Movie Magic.”  Participate in this 4 week STEM workshop from 4 – 5 p.m. that combines legos and stop-motion technology. A perfect after-school activity for tweens and teens. Use a brand new iPod Touch, tripod and Stop-Motion Animation software to create Lego-brick films. We will take you through the process step-by-step from brainstorming and building to editing your own mini-movies. On the last class, we will share our movies.
Snacks provided. Limited space available, ages 10+.  Click here to register.

Our new STEM/STEAM initiative is made possible by a grant funded by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County/Sams Family Fund, River View Cemetery Fund.

June 25 – A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Kick-Off  presents “Animal Embassy: Over the Moon Animal Adventure.” This event will take place at the Chester Meeting House at 1 p.m.

Join us and Animal Embassy on this nocturnal journey through the fascinating night life of the animal kingdom! With this captivating program, we will help children to understand the differences between “nocturnal,” “crepuscular” and “diurnal” animals by providing exciting, live examples of each. Library patrons will discover what these amazing creatures do while we are tucked tightly in our beds dreaming. Many nocturnal critters have highly developed senses of hearing and smell, and specially adapted eyesight to help them navigate with the light of the moon and the stars . . . We will explore the night-time activities and adaptations with live Animal Ambassadors such as a Spectacled Owl or Indian Peahen, a Red-eyed Tree Frog, a Red Foot Tortoise, a Mojave Ball Python, a long-haired Rabbit and a Solomon Islands Monkey-Tailed Skink or New Caledonian Giant Gecko!

Everyone who participates in the summer reading program will receive a sign-up incentive.  As in previous years, read as many books as your brain can take, log your books online or in a reading log to be eligible for a grand prize at the end of summer.

Click here to register.



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!

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.  Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m.

new*  Writer’s Group – The Writer’s Group of Chester was formed after a three part writer’s workshop at the library with local author 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 puzzles you can take to a table to work on, just inquire at the circulation desk.

Meet Molly – The library has an American Girl doll that can be checked out for 1 week.  Molly comes in a travel case with a pair of pajamas and slippers as well as a hairbrush.  Now your special little someone can have the opportunity to play with an American Girl doll without incurring the cost of buying one.  Molly is located in our new American Girl section in the children’s room.


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 “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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