Library Staff & Board

Library Staff

Your librarians look forward to assisting you at the Chester Library, whether you have a reference question, are looking for a good read, or want to settle in for the evening with an interesting movie.

Stephanie Romano, Library Director
Stephanie joined the Chester Library team July 2016, having previously worked in Old Lyme as Access Services Manager. Catch Stephanie at the library Monday –Thursday ’til closing. She welcomes your suggestions for book and movie purchases, and library programs, as well as your thoughts on anything else library related.

Pam Larson, Assistant Librarian
Pam, a film buff and a wonderful resource when you are looking for a good movie, joined your library staff in 1997. You’ll find Pam at the Library all day Monday and Friday when she is busy tracking down items patrons want but Chester Library doesn’t own.

Trish Guccione, Children’s Librarian

Trish began working as the new Children’s librarian February 2017.  As a child, she spent many hours at the library and enjoys bringing her own children, Sofia,  and Sam to the library as much as possible. Books have always been a huge part of her life from working at a local bookstore during college, to volunteering at the Essex Library while her children were in school.  Trish is thrilled to be the new Chester Children’s Librarian citing it as a “dream come true.” Join Trish for Story Hour, every Monday at 10:30 a.m. and be on the lookout for lots of fun new children’s and family programs in the future!

Michael Steffman, Circulation
Michael starting working at the Chester Library February 2017.  Michael grew up in Middletown and currently resides there with his wife Jennifer and cat Nina.  Michael’s career path was a little different than most attending college in his 30’s starting at Middlesex then moving on to Trinity and is now enrolled in the Library Science program at Syracuse.  Before that he drove trucks, delivered mail, installed siding and owned his own pizza place.  This is Michael’s first library position and he is excited to be working at the Chester Library learning the “library world.”  Michael works Thursday afternoons and Saturdays.

Patty Petrus, Circulation
Patty has been part of Chester Library since 1984, and a whole generation of Chester children was introduced to the library through her creative Monday morning story times and summer reading programs. Patty is now at the desk to assist you on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.


Library Board of Trustees

Terry Schreiber, Chair

Terry has been on the Library Board of Directors since the late 1990’s and now serves as Chairperson. She and her husband have lived in Chester since 1972. Terry owns and operates Flight Way Farm. She has taught horseback riding for over 40 years. Terry is also on the Board of Directors of Camp Hazen and has been a Literacy Volunteer for 12 years. She enjoys riding, kayaking, gardening, reading, hiking and spending time with her family.


Karin Badger

Karin is an Art Director and Graphic Designer, specializing in book design. Holder of a BFA from Hartford Art School, Karin has worked in NY and CT for over 38 years for Garland Publishing, Hinterhoellar Yachts, and AT&T, and freelanced for publishers in US, UK, and Germany. A Chester resident since 2005, Karin is a member of the Chester Democratic Town Committee and a board member of the Robbie Collomore Music Series. Karin says, “Libraries have been a very significant, wonderful influence on my life, I feel they are an immensely important part of the community.”


Peggy Carter-Ward, Treasurer
Peggy has been on the Library Board of Directors since 2002. She is the Head of Content for a Reed Elsevier online compliance information service for HR professionals called Her mother was a Librarian; as a result, Peggy has had a love of libraries since she was little! Peggy enjoys reading, baking, crafts, outdoor activities, and most of all, her family.


Sandy Senior-Dauer, Vice Chair

Sandy has been on the Library Board of Directors since 2000. She is enjoying the pleasures of retirement after 33 years of teaching history at the high school and university levels. Ever on the go, Sandy is Program Chair of the Chester Historical Society, serves on the Chester Land Trust Board, is past president of the New England History Teachers Association and Connecticut Council for the Social Studies, continues to serve on many National Social Studies committees, and is Vice President of the Connecticut Fulbright Alumni Association. Sandy enjoys domestic and foreign travel with her husband, Keith, cooking, tennis, reading, volunteer work, politics and gardening.

Denny Tovey

Abigail Rice



The Chester Library Board of Trustees will meet on the third Monday of every month  at the Chester Public Library, 21 West Main Street, Chester at 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted –

November 20, 2017

December 18, 2017

Meetings are open to the public and the Trustees welcome community input.

Agendas /Minutes

June 17 2019 Agenda|ROV

May 20 2019 Agenda|Minutes

April 29 2019 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

April 15 2019 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

March 18 2019 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

February 11 2019 Agenda ROV|Minutes

January 14 2019 Agenda|Cancellation

December 17, 2018 Cancellation

November 19 2018 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

October 15 2018 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

September 17 2018 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

August 20, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

July 16, 2018 Agenda|Minutes

June 18 2018 Cancellation

June 4 2018 Agenda|Minutes

May 21 2018 AgendaCancellation

April 16 2018 Agenda|Minutes

March 19 2018 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

February 26 2018 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

January 22 2018 Agenda|Cancellation

December 18 2017 Agenda|ROV |Minutes

November 20 2017 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

October 16 2017 ROV|Minutes

September 18 2017 Agenda|Minutes

August 21 2017 Agenda|Minutes

July 17 2017 Cancellation

June 19 2017 Agenda|Minutes

May 15 2017 Agenda ROV|Minutes

April 17 2017 Agenda ROV|Minutes

March 20 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

February 13 2017 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

January 9 2017 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

December 19, 2016 Agenda|Minutes

November 21, 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

October 17, 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

September 19, 2016 Agenda|Minutes

August 15 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

July 18 2016 Cancellation

June 20 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

May 23 2016 Agenda

May 16 2016 Agenda|Minutes

May 12 2016 Agenda|Minutes

May 9 2016 Agenda|Minutes

May 3, 2016 Minutes

April 18 2016 Agenda|Minutes

March 21 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

February 22 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

February 8 2016 Agenda| Cancellation

January 11 2016 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

January 4 2016 Agenda

December 21 2015 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

November 16 2015 Agenda|Minutes

October 19 2015 Agenda/ROV |Minutes

September 21 2015 Cancellation

September 14 2015 Agenda| Minutes

August 17 2015 Cancellation

July 20 2015 Agenda|Minutes

June 15 2015 Agenda/Minutes

May 18 2015 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

April 20 2015 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

March 16 2015 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

February 28 2015 Special Mtg. Agenda|Minutes

February 12 2015 Agenda|Minutes

February 9 2015 Agenda|Cancellation

February 4 2015 Library Bldg. Committee Agenda

January 21, 2015 Special Mtg. Agenda|Minutes

CLBOT January 12, 2015 Agenda|Minutes

January 7 2015 Library Building Committee Agenda|Minutes

December 15 2014 Agenda|ROV |Minutes
December 3 2014 Library Bldg. Cmte. Agenda|Minutes
November 17 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
October 22 2014 Library Bldg. Committee Agenda|Minutes
October 20, 2014 Agenda|ROV |Minutes
September 17 2014 Bldg. Comm. Agenda
September 15 2014 Agenda|Minutes
Library Bldg. Cmte. August 13, 2014 Agenda|Minutes
August 11, 2014 Agenda|Minutes
Library Bldg. Cmte. July 30, 2014 Agenda|Minutes
Library Building Commtee July 16, 2014 Agenda|Minutes
July 14 2014 Minutes
Library Building Cmte. July 2, 2014 Agenda|Minutes
Library Bldg. Cmte. June 18, 2014 Agenda|ROV |Minutes
June 16 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
June 5 2014 LBC Agenda| Minutes
May 19 2014  Agenda ROV|Minutes
Library Bldg. Committee May 15, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Library Bldg. Cmte. May 6, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
May 1 2014 Building Committee Mtg. Agenda|ROV/Minutes
April 21 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
March 17, 2014 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
February 10, 2014 Agenda|Minutes
Special Meeting Agenda January 27 2014
January 13, 2014 Agenda|Minutes
January 11, 2014 Public Informational Meeting|Minutes

Agenda December 16 2013\Minutes
Minutes November 18 2013
November 18, 2013 Agenda
CLBOT Minutes October 21 2013
October 21, 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
September 23 2013 Agenda|CLBOT Minutes Sept. 23, 2013
September 16, 2013 Cancellation and Reschedule
July 15 2013 Cancellation
June 17 2013 Agenda|ROV
May 20 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
April 15 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
April 1 2013 Special Mtg Agenda|April 1 2013
March 18 2013 Agenda|ROV Minutes
March 13 2013 Public Information Meeting|Minutes
March 9 2013 Public Informational Mtg
February 25 2013 Agenda|Minutes
Special Meeting Agenda February 16 2013|Minutes
February 16 2013 Public Informational Meeting|Agenda|Minutes|Letters
February 11 2013 Agenda
February 9 2013 Public Informational MtgCancelled
January 14 2013 Agenda|ROV|Minutes

December 17 2012 Agenda|ROV|Minutes
November 19 2012 Agenda|Record of Vote  Minutes
October 24 2012 Special Meeting Agenda|ROV|Minutes
Library Board Agenda October 15 2012 | ROV|Minutes
Library Board Agenda Sept. 17, 2012|ROV Minutes
Building Expansion Agenda 8-29-12|Building Expansion ROV August 29 2012|Minutes
Agenda Library Expansion | August 09, 2012
August 09, 2012
Library Expansion-ROV
June 18, 2012
April 16, 2012
April 16, 2012
April 04, 2012
April 04, 2012
Record of Vote
March 19, 2012
March 19, 2012
February 27, 2012
Library Expansion
February 13, 2012
February 13, 2012