Chester Public Library Programs & News

Drive In Theater - Aug. 2
Third annual Drive in Theater on the lawn on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Touch a Truck - Aug. 8
Wednesday at 6:30 pm in front of the Fire Dept. There will lots of emergency and police vehicles to explore. No registration necessary.

Tie-Dye Shirts - Aug. 9
Create tie-dye shirts with Olivia in a program for ages 8 and up on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Chester Public Library.

Summer Reading Finale Barbecue - Aug. 18
The Chester Public Library Summer Reading Program Finale Barbecue is set for Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All participants who signed up for the Summer Reading Program are eligible to attend, and should sign up at the front desk of the library. Entertainment is provided by the Cassista family. For details, call the library at 887-3404.

Trustees - Aug. 21
The Board of Trustees of the Chester Public Library meets Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Book Group - Aug. 21
The Chester Public Library Book Group meets Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at the library to discuss  “Mudbound”by Hillary Jordan. Copies are available for new members to borrow.

Stitchin’ Wips - Aug. 23
Stitchin’ Wips meets Thursday, Aug. 23 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Chester Public Library. Knit or crochet with Ariel.

Library Renovation Foundation - Aug. 23
The Chester Public Library Renovation Foundation meets Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room; new members are welcome.

View the Night Sky - Aug. 27
The Chester Public Library invites the community to view the night sky on Monday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Wason Pond with the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.

Canasta Club - Aug. 29
The Canasta Club meets Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.  at the Chester Public Library.

Summer Reading Program Schedule - June 25 - Aug. 18
The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program is “Libraries Rock.” The Chester program begins Monday, June 25 and ends on Saturday, Aug. 18 with a barbecue and entertainment.

Join us all summer long for some great reading and celebration of this year's theme, "Libraries Rock!" Each participant will get a piano game board to keep track of minutes read, which will entitle them to prizes to be awarded at the end of the program. Extra reading points will be credited for books that focus on music of any sort. Watch for signs and displays throughout the library.


********************* Ongoing Programs ***************************


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing program at the Chester Public Library. Families can keep track of books that are read to youngsters before Kindergarten on sheets that are provided by the library. Their names appear on a poster displayed in the library. This program is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Family Voices and the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians.

Book Sale
A book sale at Chester Public Library takes place during library open hours, with proceeds benefiting the library. Paperbacks are 50 cents; hardbacks are $1.

Story Times
Story time will continue on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m., and minutes can be logged at any time the library is open. Starting date for the program is Monday, June 25, and ending date is Saturday, Aug. 18.

Book Group for Men
The Chester Public Library is considering creating a Book Discussion Group for Men. Contact Kandy at 887-3404 for more information and to decide on an appropriate time.


Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library - Aug. 6
Friends of the Chester Public Library meet Monday, Aug. 6 at 7 pm. New members are always welcome to join and help in planning fund-raising activities for the coming fall.

Summer Shootout
Help the Friends of the Library raise money for a projection screen. Come in any time between now and Town Fair weekend and donate in the containers on display for each staff member still in the running for a pie in the face at Town Fair on Saturday, Sept 8.


Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Chester Public Library meet the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. This volunteer group is a fund-raising arm of the public library and supports the library where tax dollars leave off. New members are always welcome . Chair is Jude Sederquest; contact her at

Diane Arrato Gavrish
Assistant Director/Head of Youth Services
Chester Public Library
3 Chester Street, Chester
(603) 887-3404































Chester Public Library is located at 3 Chester St. Chester, NH. For more information please call (603) 8873404 or email:

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