Please see our events page for information on monthly events.
Story Time - Pre-school Story Time is every Tuesday from 10:00 to 10:30 year round. However, all ages are welcome. We read favorite stories, do finger plays, crafts, and color a picture that goes along with whatever we have read.
Brown Bag Book Club - The Brown Bag Book Club is a book club for adults and meets every second Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. in the library conference room. The group selects a book every month to read and discuss. Previous selections have included Beloved, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Glass Castle, Under the Banner of Heaven, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, and many others both fiction and non-fiction.
Middle School Book Club (Registration Open Now! Visit http://chesterlibrary.readsquared.com/)- The Middle School Book Club is open to children who have finished third grade through sixth grade. The group meets every Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. during the months of June and July. A book is selected for the entire group to read, and it is discussed at the following meeting. The children usually do either an art project or a game that goes along with the book, and a snack is served that is book-related. Some of our previous favorites have been Sarah, Plain and Tall; Mr. Popper's Penguins, How to Eat Fried Worms, The Wizard Of Oz, Emily's Runaway Imagination, My Side of the Mountain, The Penderwicks, Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator, and Jeremy Thatcher: Dragon Hatcher. Each child is responsible for purchasing his/her own book.
R.E.A.D.S. - R.E.A.D.S. stands for Regional Ebook & Audiobook Download System. If you enjoy reading on your digital reader or would just like to see how this technology works, visit our READS site and use your library card to download books for free. Just use your library card number and create a free account to begin. There is a wonderful tutorial to help you get started. Click here to access this site. The Chester County Library has also purchased e-books for our own library. To view these unique titles that are not in the shared collection or extra copies of popular titles that our library has purchased, click here. We are the Hatchie River Region on the map. If you have any questions, feel free to call the library at 731-989-4673.
Summer Reading Program - Every summer, our library has a summer reading program on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays usually during the month of June. We schedule various programs that both entertain and educate. Children of all ages are welcome. Some of our programs have been puppet shows, a program featuring loccal wildlife, celtic history, fishing, scuba diving, illusionists, beekeeping, and an instrument petting zoo featuring the CCHS Marching Eagles. Children who wish to may fill out Reading Logs or Listening Logs to receive prizes for the number of books they read from the library during the reading program's duration.
The 2020 theme is "Imagine Your Story." The schedule has been set and we plan to follow it as closely as possible during the pandemic. As we get closer to time, we will determine if we are able to host our program in person, in person with restrictions, or virtually only. We do have reading and listening logs available! Call the library or come by to pick up yours today! Finally, we have two contests this year! We have a story writing contest and a lego competition. Instructions, guidelines, and registration can be seen below. You can also come by the library to pick up a registration today!
Preliminary Summer Reading Program Schedule of Events
Chester County Library 2020 Summer Reading Program
Monday, June 1, 2020: Summer Reading Program begins. Reading and listening logs and monthly games are available.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 10:00 am: Storytime: Cat In the Hat: We will read Cat in the Hat books, create our own Thing 1 & 2 hats, and write a story about Cat in the Hat!
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm: Cat in the Hat will be here thanks to our local affiliate, WLJT-TV of Martin.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 10:00 am: Storytime: Fairy Tales: We will read various fairy tales, create our own fairytale as a group, sing songs, and play MadLibs!
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10:00 am: Touch a Truck Day will be held in the parking lot of the Chester County Junior High School. Children may experience the following up close and personal: a police car, a fire engine, sheriff’s patrol car, heavy equipment from the Chester County Highway Department, a bucket truck from Southwest Electric, and a racing go-cart!
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm: Teen Decorate a Book End Night! This event is for teens and tweens aged thirteen through eighteen. All supplies will be provided. Bookends can be painted by tweens and teens taking inspiration from their favorite book! Bookends will be displayed in the library!
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 10:00 am: Storytime: Dragons- We will perform a scientific experiment, make a dragon display for the library as a group, and make dragon feet that we can wear!
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 10:00 am: Touch a Truck Rain Day. This is the rain date for Touch a Truck Day. If we are able to touch trucks on the 10th, we will take pictures in front of our homemade green screen!
Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm: Teen Advisory Council. Any tweens or teens aged thirteen through eighteen are encouraged to attend. This session will be so that these ages can discuss with the librarian exactly what they want from the library.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:00 am: Storytime: Knights, Princesses & Castles- We will break off into groups and create cardboard castles and create our own crests and crowns.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:00 am- Blackout Poetry Session: Come by the library and design your own blackout poetry. All materials will be supplied. Just bring yourself and your imagination. Anyone who wishes to can perform their poetry. The greenscreen will also be set up to create videos of participants speaking their poetry.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 10:00 am: Storytime: Native Americans- We will discuss various native american myths and legends and create our own dream catchers.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020: LEGO submissions due.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10:00 am: Storytime: Witches and Wizards- Everyone will get to make their own wand, create a glowing secret message, play a version of Quidditch, and will have a Witch and Wizard yoga session!
Wednesday, July 8, 2020: “Imagine Your Story” entries due.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10:00 am: Storytime: Greek Mythology- We will have greek hero training camp up and going where we will perform agility training, tests of teamwork, and create greek character masks!
Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Reading and listening logs due.
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm: Teen Event: Create Your Own Bookmark: This event is for tweens or teens aged thirteen through eighteen. Join us to create your own bookmark. Supplies will be provided.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:00 am: Storytime: Fairies and Gnomes- We will have a gnome hunt in the library, create sensory bottles, and have a tea party.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 10:00 am: Amber Greene, Recycling Coordinator of Chester County Solid Waste and Misti Pequignot, Solid Waste Education Coordinator, will offer a fun program on recycling that includes real earthworms-nature’s recyclers!
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 10:00 am: Storytime: SuperHeros- We will create our own superhero personas by making masks and superhero cuffs! We will learn our superhero name and play kryptonite hot potato!
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10:00 am: Awards Day