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.

Oct. 3, Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger. Fall Book discussion facilitated by Marsha Bansavage, 7 – 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.


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.


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


Aug 21, Bubbles and water games.

Aug 28, How many dogs in the dog house? Make your own game and hear about Dirty Harry and his dog friends.

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


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.

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.


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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