Library Programs

Adult Programs

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.

Apr. 13 – “Bringing Turtles Out of Their Shells.” Pamela Meier, state-permitted wildlife rehabilitator and local resident, will talk about CT’s native turtles—many which live in our area—and bring along some chelonian friends, too.  Learn how to identify different species and genders, what to do (and not to do) if you find a turtle, what rehabbing these ancient reptiles is all about, and how you can help.  This program will be held at the United Church of Chester starting at 11 a.m.  Suitable for ages 8+ 

Children’s Programs

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


Time to Vote!

1. Read a Nutmeg nominated book, or two,
or three…
2. Submit a ballot with a vote for your
favorite nominee in April.
3. Enter a raffle to win ALL 4 Nutmeg

Apr. 20 – “Rechecnka’s Eggs.” Drop-in for this Easter Egg craft inspired by Patricia Polacco’s, Rechecnka’s Eggs. Families can swing by the library during open hours to create one of these beautiful craft paper and doily eggs. Learn a fun art technique with water, markers and paintbrushes in lieu of watercolors!  10:30 – 2:30 p.m.


May 4 – “Paint and Plant Flower Pots. Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Bring your children or grandchildren to paint on a terracotta planter this Spring! Each child will receive a planter and pansies with dirt to plant inside! Learn the basics of gardening from the Chester Garden Club.
Registration will be limited to the first 20 people.  Ages 6+, 10:30 a.m. at the library.

A Mother’s Day Event made possible by The Chester Garden Club

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+.

Our new STEM/STEAM initiative is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.




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!


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.

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.


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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