February 8, 2023

Let Your Dreams Soar at Chester Library this Summer- Starts July 2

Monday, July 2:  Horizon Wings visits Chester Library

Meet an owl, other raptors, and even a tortoise who currently call the wildlife rehabilitation center, Horizon Wings, home.  All are welcome to come hear these animals’ stories, learn their habits and ways to protect them.  During this opening program, children will have the opportunity to sign up for the Dream Big summer reading incentive program.  The program begins at 5:30, after which theme related refreshments will be served.

Beginning Monday, July 2:  Dream Big Summer Reading Incentive Program

Our reading incentive program is open to children preschool age and up and is designed to be flexible to fit your summer schedule, or lack thereof!  Each week, as kids visit the library for books, stickers will be awarded for progress charts and “food” given to feed the baby owls.  The more each child reads, the more they feed.  At the end of the summer a full nest will help supply real food for the owls at Horizon Wings.  As an added incentive, sweet treats will be in supply for the children too.

Beginning Monday, July 9:   Big stories, Big crafts and Big fun (Ages 3-6 )

Summer storytime for children ages 3-6 will include stories from BIG books, with crafts and games. These sessions will be held each Monday through August 6, at 10:30 AM.  Be sure to register!

Wednesdays, July 11, Aug. 1, and Aug. 8:   Hold on to your Dreams (Ages 7-10)

Children ages 7-10 are invited to create Big Dream cards, ‘hopes and dreams’ collection boxes and more. These creative craft sessions will take place on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM.  Register to reserve a spot.

Wednesday, July 18:  Artist and Writer Dreams (Ages 7-10)

At 3:30, Cheryl Kling, CT author and illustrator, will visit to read her book, Nature’s Royal Tea Party.  Younger children may attend the story reading. Children ages 7-10 are invited to stay and learn to create their own book with Ms. Kling.   The author will have copies of her book available for sale.

Wednesday, July 25:  Teen Book Discussion

Arsenic Under the Elms  (JWMS)

Join us at 3:30 PM as we explore two cases of murder most foul, in towns you know.  Arsenic Under the Elms  by Virginia McConnell  is a non-fiction summer reading selection for JWMS students.  Gather with your friends, talk, eat pizza …. and take care of that summer reading project!   You’ll need to write a reflection of the book and discussion, not to exceed 250 words, to receive credit for this project.  Sally Murray is your discussion leader.

Monday, August 13:  Dreams of Music with Margie Warner

Margie Warner will entertain us at 10:30 AM with her program Dancing Dreams.  Although this event is geared to 3-8 year olds this joyful, interactive music is wonderful fun for all ages.  Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, August 15:  Teen Book Discussion.

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the

Madness Industry  (VRHS)

Chosen from the VRHS non-fiction list, this book  by Jon Ronson takes readers on a ”madcap journey”  that includes visits with potential psychopaths as seemingly different as a former Haitian militia leader and a power-hungry CEO.   Gather with your friends, talk and eat pizza …. and take care of that summer reading project!   Wednesday at 3:30PM.  Sally Murray, discussion leader.

Registration is required for all programs. Space is limited so please sign up early. You may register by calling 860-526-0018 or at the library desk.


All programs are generously funded by the Friends of the Library.