Programs & Events


Book Arts

Gallery Exhibits




Annual Wine Tasting!

The annual Friends of the Library Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019, from
1-4 pm at the Bullhouse in Chestertown. Celebrate the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring

Make your reservation now by stopping in at the library, or fill in and mail the

Reservation Form

Basket Raffle

Free Children's Programs:

Magic! * Puppets! * Animals!

Held in the library unless noted otherwise
518-494-5384 for information


Thursday, July 11th at 3 p.m.
Birds of Prey, with Trish Marki
Live Raptors!

Thursday, July 18th at 3 p.m.
Rural Soul Drumming 
Play music and sing songs from Africa.

Thursday, July 25th at 3 p.m.
Homespun Community Dancing
with Peter, Paul and George.
Dances from the U.S. and around the world with fiddle and banjo.

Thursday, August 1st at 3 p.m.
Pirates of Book Island
with the Puppet People.

Thursday, August 8th at 2 and 3:15 p.m.
Life of a Star and our Sun
with Planetarium Adventures
Limit 25 people in the·Star Lab, so sign-up is required.

Thursday, August 15th at 3 p.m.
Book Magic
with Magician Joey D.

Wednesday, September 18th at 7 p.m.
The Friends of the Library Lecture Series continues with Charlotte L. Demers and
Chipmunks: Timber Tigers of the Adirondacks

Saturday, October 19th from 1 to 3 p.m.
Painting with Patrice —  details TBA

Ongoing Programs

Call the Library for details

Turning Pages Book Club
The Book Club, which has been meeting for several year, meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10 am in the library, and warmly welcomes new members. The choices for each season are voted on by our members and offer a variety of reading experiences. They are posted on the library bulletin board. For more information, contact Judy at judecnm@aol.com.

Story Time
Music and Stories with Wendy. Every Friday at 10:30 am Libraries Rock! Win a bike or an E-reader. Ages 6-11 and 12-17. For details contact the Town of Chester Library at 518-494-4189, or the Horicon Library at 518-494-4189.

Museum Passes
The Friends have purchased discount or free passes for The Wild Center, Adirondack Experience and the Hyde Collection which can be checked out at the library.

Twice Yearly Book Sale

We hold two book sales a year, after Presidents week in February and the weekend after July 4th. Your generous contributions make these events possible. Gently used books, music CDs, DVDs and audio books on CD are gratefully accepted. Due to limitations in storage space, we only accept Adirondack Life and craft magazines. Items may be left in the wood box near the front desk in the library or in Room 210 across from the Library, on Wednesdays when the FarmerÕs Market is open and Fridays through the rest of the year from 9 to 11 a.m. We are sorry that we can no longer accept encyclopedia, vinyl records, music cassette and VCR tapes, or textbooks. If you would like to volunteer to work at the book sales, email andrewssom@gmail.com or leave a message for Sharon at the library.

Summer Book Sale

Friday, July 12 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 13 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friends Lecture Series
(7:00 pm in the library)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Charlotte L. Demers:
Chipmunks: Timber Tigers of the Adirondacks

The Eastern Chipmunk, although a common resident of the Adirondacks, has an uncommon natural history.· Some of its remarkable adaptations include a large vocal repertoire, a penchant for stealing from the neighbors, vigorously defending territories, and taking long naps in winter. This presentation will discuss the adaptations of this charming Adirondack rodent as well as explain why Alvin and the Chipmunks aren't really chipmunks.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Greg Schaefer, Avid outdoorsman and amateur historian will present Ride Up-Slide Down–Early Skiing in the Gore Mountain Region.

This presentation will trace the origin and development of skiing in the Greater Gore Mountain Region. Beginning with the opening of the first ski trails on Gore in the "Ride Up, Slide Down" era, there will be pictures and videos showing the first snow trains and rope tows, as well as the multiple personalities that made this area a premier skiing destination.


Wednesday, November 24, 2019

Dan Smith
Military Roads in the Adirondacks

Adopt an Author

Pick your favorite author and agree to purchase their nextwork for the library which gives you the option of being the first to check it out and have your donation noted on a bookplate.

A few authors and people who have adopted them:

Sally Svenson, Blacks in the Adirondacks
adopted by Noelle McCrum

Doris Kearns Goodwin,
Leadership in Turbulent Times
adopted by Carole Hart

Janet Evanivich, Look Alive Twenty-five
adopted by Laura Peck

Jan Karon, Bathed in Prayer
adopted by Judith Newton

Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered
Moira Goldfarb

Steve Berry, Bishop's Pawn
adopted by Mary Beth Sclafani

Book Arts Collection

Selected works from the library's special collection of handmade, limited edition books



There is a poster about book typography on view in the display case next to the main Book Arts Collection case.
Or, see the poster online. . .

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Updated 4/17/2019