Chester Public Library

 

UPDATE: WE ARE THRILLED TO OFFER CONTACTLESS PORCH PICK-UP AGAIN STARTING MONDAY, MAY 4th!

In order to provide this service and make it as easy as possible for our staff and our patrons, PLEASE REQUEST ORDERS THROUGH KOHA using the following procedure. We will not be taking orders over the phone or through email. There is a 5 book maximum per person.

HOW TO PLACE ITEMS ON HOLD:

  1. Go to our website: https://www.chesterlibrary.com
  2. Go to Library Catalog (blue tab on left)
  3. Login to your account using your library card as your “login” and CHANGEME as your password (unless you have changed it to something else)
  4. Go to search bar and type in title or author of item you would like to hold
  5. If we have the item, the record will be shown. Click on “Place Hold”
  6. Click “Confirm Hold”

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

That’s it! We will put your order together and call you for pickup.  We will be preparing orders in the order they are received.

All items will be due on June 1st but feel free to return material before June 1st. Our built-in wall book drop is located on the porch by our entrance.

If you are unable to login to your Koha account, please call the library at 887-3404 and we will reset your password.

Looking forward to serving you!

CPL Staff :)

 

 

CHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY PLAN FOR COVID-19

As news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve, Chester Public Library (CPL) is taking new steps to help ensure the health and safety of its staff, visitors, and community.

The Chester Public Library Board of Trustees have decided to close the library until further notice.

 

All Library Programs/Meetings/Events are canceled until further notice.

Please feel free to use our Wi-Fi from our parking lot. Our Wi-Fi reaches all parking spots around the perimeter of our building. The password is Books2018.

Overdrive/Libby: You can access digital library services, such as eBooks, e-audios and digital magazines with your library card at no cost: https://www.chesternh.org/chester-public-library/pages/online-resources

Updates: Will be be posted on the Chester Public Library’s website should they occur: Chester Public Library Website

Stay healthy and safe Everyone!

THINGS TO DO WHILE QUARANTINED LIST:

Museums, classes, etc:

https://www.afar.com/magazine/virtual-museum-tours-live-performances-and-classes-to-enjoy-during-self-quarantine

Virtual Arts and Culture:

https://artsandculture.google.com/

Julia Child:

Free episodes available. More episodes with amazon subscription

https://www.pbs.org/food/julia-child/julia-child-video-collection/

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safaris:

Learn about animals from home

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/?hc_location=ufi

Storytime Online:

Watch famous people read picture books:

 https://www.storylineonline.net/

Calendar of Book Themed Events:

Contains links to various events and author presentations

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=sau21.org_590a8plh1oh4mvnblgqsrsbeqg@group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York&fbclid=IwAR0f6MUi1ww5Ta--idd1sBs-FFv1SVI8S7wmaBYZ1mwYvQJCT0G69OL4UDo

Kate Messner

Author read alouds with activities:

https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/?fbclid=IwAR2WPq5OMHjIMBn2hu3aFEHUx_kvkNk9xC645mA5bAJw38FuzPzu4icgPbY

Opera and Classical Music

Live recordings of performances:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/16/classical-music-opera-livestream-at-home-coronavirus

Podcasts for people missing sports:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/18/arts/sports-podcasts.html

Podcasts for theater geeks:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/theater/theater-podcasts.html

Math Games:

https://www.weareteachers.com/math-card-games/

STAYING HEALTHY & CONNECTED:

Ideas for staying mentally healthy

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/social-distancing-things-to-do

Netflix Party:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/netflix-party/oocalimimngaihdkbihfgmpkcpnmlaoa?hl=en&fbclid=IwAR07zJVrSCp-VfPMdKwwwHAgUJhlQXmk0HYt-DHuQGSWVVSIs4Q8hXWMg7w

 

 

 

 

 

New Circulation Desk

 

The Chester Public Library Renovation is DONE!

Come in and see all the beautiful changes.

 

WHAT WE RENOVATED:

The children's room has moved downstairs, and now has expanded space for our popular story times and numerous children's programs. The teens have their own area upstairs, with a comfortable seating area to gather with friends. A new, enlarged meeting room was added downstairs, with an exit that will allow groups to stay in the library past closing time. The new Meeting Room will offer more seating to meet the needs of the growing use of the facility. The director's office is at the entrance of the Library and the new main entrance is the area off the porch. A new book drop has beeen added at the front entrance in the wall of the building. The Circulation Desk has been redesigned to provide more room and space to process books, and perform the day to day functions of the library. 

The stairway was redesigned eliminating the existing ledge and safety hazards. New carpeting and flooring was added and the interior has been painted throughout.

  The purpose was to make the building more user-friendly and more efficient. We want to be able to provide a welcoming, comfortable place for the residents of Chester to bond socially and provide them with special programs that peak their interests and hobbies, where they will meet others with the same interests. We want to instill the love of reading to the children of Chester because reading stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. And we want to continue to provide vital resources, services, knowledge and technology to anyone who needs it.

The renovation plan was done by Moriah Gavrish and Dann Norris Batting. Bonnette, Page and Stone is the Contractor awarded to this project. The renovation plan reflects the library's mission - to improve and enrich the lives of patrons and to foster a love of reading.

 

Our Goal

 

We want to be your favorite place in town. Help us make it happen. Please read our Mission Statement and Objective to better understand our goal.

 

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Meet the Staff

NameTitle

Library Director

Maryjo SiergiejAssistant Director/Head of Youth Services
Maureen DeNapoli

Library Aide

Ariel Frankel

Library Aide

Olivia LaPorte

Library Aide

Richard HaycookLibrary Aide
Cindy LandauSub
Esther Connelly

Cleaning


 

Meet the Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees are elected officials responsible for the government of library services and finances. This meeting is open to the public. More information about the role of the Trustees may be read in the Trustees By-Laws.

Library Trustees

NameTitle
Mary Beth DitoroChair/2021
Mary JenningsCo-Chair/2020
Deb MunsonTreasurer/2022
Mary RichardsonCo-Treasurer/2022
Beth SwansonSecretary/2021