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Minette, the most senior of the Library cats, passed away yesterday. She lived at the Library for fourteen years after she had been abandoned by renters and was living in a culvert in the village. Not long after coming to live with us at the Library, Minette made a special friend – a young girl who was visiting Chester for several weeks and was missing her own cat back home. The girl came most afternoons that the Library was open and asked if she could play with Minette. Minette was only too happy to oblige and the two spent time together until it was time to close. When the girl left to go home she brought Minette a small gift of a toy.

Ever since then, when the Library was open, Minette would go to the entrance hall and greet clients who had come to the Library. She always assumed they had come to visit her and not to look for books. She would talk in her loud voice if she wasn’t noticed. She even seemed to be able to tell who was a Library client and who had come to visit the Library’s human residents (our visitors were ignored).

Late in her life Minette slept most of the time in a favorite chair, far removed from the public part of the Library, but occasionally she would appear in the entrance hall when clients came in, even though she was quite deaf. Thanks to that young girl who cared about cats more than books, Minette felt she had a special place in the old Library. She will be missed.

Summer in the Library Garden

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Summer brings color and form to the Library garden as each flower, shrub and tree passes through its growth cycle. With a little luck and planning, there is always something beautiful to see for those seeking a quiet moment with a book, friends, family, a camera or a sketchpad. Visit if you have a chance!

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Looking through the arbors of the Square Garden towards the Library.

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The Square Garden always has a shady spot on a hot day.

Garden 2016 Front

The  front entrance always has flowers ready to welcome you.

Garden 2016 Day Lilies

The day lilies put on a show…..every day!

Garden 2016 Deck and Side

The side garden leading to the deck has grown larger with new “residents”.

Garden 2016 Deck Flowers

The potted plants on the deck lead your eyes to the petunias growing in an old birdbath.

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Taking a family portrait in the Square Garden.

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….and a portrait of the family!

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Ready for the next adventure!

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Visiting from Halifax, Oxana and Costa share a quiet moment in the Square Garden.

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A selfie on the Lightfoot Tower with the gardens in the background.

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Oxana and Costa had us take their picture in the Club Room of the Library.

Garden 2016 Sunset Chairs

As the sun sets, the garden is getting ready for sleep, the smaller birds starting their evening songs.

A Beautiful Gift…

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The Library was fortunate recently to be given a 50 volume set of books called the Heirloom Library of the World’s Greatest Books. They were the kind and generous gift of Robert Hiltz. The books were printed and sold by the Franklin Library, which was a division of The Franklin Mint that produced fine collector edition books over three decades ending in the year 2000.

The books are quarter bound genuine leather and have high quality paper, pages that are sewn not glued into the binding, gold gilded page edges on all three sides, raised spine bands that give each book that distinctive antique look and silk page marker.

 

Below is a list of the books in the collection:

 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes

Greatest Plays of Anton Chekhov

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner

Madame Bovary: A Story of Provincial Life by Gustave Flaubert

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

The Iliad by Homer

The Odyssey by Homer

Ulysses by James Joyce

Moby Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Paradise Lost by John Milton

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Candide by Voltaire

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats

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Pere Goriot by Honore De Balzac

Tales from the Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Rhetoric and on Poetics by Aristotle

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Mill on The Floss by George Eliot

Four Plays by Henrik Ibsen

The Ambassadors by Henry James

Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

Waverley by Sir Walter Scott

The Red and The Black by Stendhal

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Poems of John Donne

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The new books in their new home on the top two shelves of one of the bookcases in the Library Club Room.

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Twenty-Nine Essays by Michel de Montaigne

Selected Lives of Plutarch

The Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais

The Annals of Tacitus

Aeneid by Virgil

Romantic Poets from William Blake to Edgar Allan Poe

Great Tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

Selected Dialogues of Plato

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Selected Plays by William Shakespeare

A big “Thank you!” to Robert for this wonderful gift!

 

Photos of Grounds Through the Seasons

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Now that Spring has come again, we thought it would be nice to add some photos of the grounds of the Library taken at different times of the year. You can find them on this site on the Grounds page of the Tour menu. Of course, the grounds will always experience some changes as we try new plantings and arrangements over time, but in the photos you can see different things that were tried in various places.

 

Summer 2015 Is Here…

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We’re well into another summer and it seems to be a nice one. The annual Library newsletter is out and is available here.

There is also a new phone number for the Library: 902-273-2526

On July 23rd there will be a party to celebrate the completion last year of the Lightfoot Tower:

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Hope to see you there!!!

A Special Thank You…

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Suzi Fraser addresses the crowd at one of the Chester Trust annual fundraisers for the Lightfoot Tower restoration project. (photo: chesterns.ca)

Suzi Fraser addresses the crowd at one of the Chester Trust annual fundraisers for the Lightfoot Tower restoration project. (photo: chesterns.ca)

 

Bartender...just one of many jobs, such as fundraiser and project manager, that Suzi took on in her quest to restore the Lightfoot Tower. (photo: Amy Murphy)

Bartender…just one of many jobs, such as fundraiser and project manager, that Suzi took on in her quest to restore the Lightfoot Tower. (photo: Amy Murphy)

Now that the Lightfoot Tower restoration is complete (and almost paid for), as Librarian/Custodian of the Zoé Vallé Memorial Library I would like to say a few words in appreciation of the work done by the Chester Trust and Suzi Fraser.

The Library, which means the Committee of Trustees and the Zoé Vallé Lightfoot Endowment Fund, has never had the resources necessary to maintain the Lightfoot Tower and it remained as a deteriorating structure for decades. Nonetheless, the Tower has always been a landmark and many people have fond memories of it from growing up in the village. One of those people was Suzi Fraser.

When the Tower was starting to deteriorate, years after the restoration by the Chester Municipal Heritage Society in 1985, the Chester Trust was approached about helping to repair the Tower and keep it from being lost to the community. In 2006, the scope of the project consisted of replacing the rotting staircase. Suzi, as Chair of the Chester Trust, made a commitment and steadfastly remained at the helm through the entire fundraising and restoration.

But it wasn’t just the staircase, the rot was everywhere and getting worse even as funds were being raised year after year. There were engineering plans to be dealt with, changes in building regulations that increased costs, issues of sustainability and long-term maintenance that had to be balanced against the heritage character and designation of the site. The restored Tower stands here today as a result of Suzi’s dedication, determination and leadership. A big thank you to her and all those who helped her make the restoration a reality.

Glen MacLeod

Tower Restoration Complete!

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The restoration of the Lightfoot Tower was completed in early July. Landscaping around the Tower followed with a spot reserved for the burying of the time capsules at the Chester Trust Garden Party on July 30th.

The restoration of the Lightfoot Tower was completed in early July. Landscaping around the Tower followed with a spot reserved for the burying of the time capsules at the Chester Trust Garden Party on July 30th.

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The staff from Oceanview Garden Centre and Landscaping did an excellent job of taking away the gravel road and work area that they had put in at the start of the restoration. They replaced it with topsoil, grass seed and a little hay to help get growth started. They went out of their way to take care of small details and accommodate our suggestions. The Tower area will be just as beautiful as the rest of the grounds thanks to their efforts.

The staff from Oceanview Garden Centre and Landscaping did an excellent job of taking away the gravel road and work area that they had put in at the start of the restoration. They replaced it with topsoil, grass seed and a little hay to help get growth started. They went out of their way to take care of small details and accommodate our suggestions. The Tower area will be just as beautiful as the rest of the grounds thanks to their efforts.

 

On the way up - the view looking down at the landing in front of the door on the 2nd floor.

On the way up – the view looking down at the landing in front of the door on the 2nd floor.

 

The view of the grounds from the 2nd floor landing.

The view of the grounds from the 2nd floor landing.

 

This is where the staircase ends at the observation deck level.

This is where the staircase ends on the observation deck level.

 

This is what you find at the top of the staircase, a clean and spacious observation deck.

This is what you find at the top of the staircase, a clean and spacious observation deck.

 

This is the view of the grounds from the third-story observation deck. The high ceilings on the first and second floors make the 'third floor' seem higher than one would think.

This is the view of the grounds from the third-story observation deck. The high ceilings on the first and second floors make the ‘third floor’ seem higher than one would think.

 

Despite wet weather that stopped in time for the Chester Trust Garden Party on July 30th, there was still a good turnout to celebrate the restoration of the Tower and raise funds to pay the final bills. (photo courtesy of Tim Harris)

Despite wet weather that stopped in time for the Chester Trust Garden Party on July 30th, there was still a good turnout to celebrate the restoration of the Tower and raise funds to pay the final bills. (photo courtesy of Tim Harris)

 

The time capsules that were sold as part of the Chester Trust fundraising drive are all settled in, ready to be buried until 2064. (photo courtesy of Tim Harris)

The time capsules that were sold as part of the Chester Trust fundraising drive are all settled in, ready to be buried until 2064. (photo courtesy of Tim Harris)

 

Those people who were at the party and had purchased and filled a time capsule gather for a group shot. (Note: You can click on each picture to see a larger version, then click 'back' to return to the site.)

Those people who were at the party and had purchased and filled a time capsule gather for a group shot. (Note: You can click on each picture to see a larger version, then click ‘back’ to return to the site.)

The restored Lightfoot Tower settles at last into its corner of the Library grounds. Many, many thanks must go to Suzi Fraser and the Chester Trust for preserving this special part of Chester's heritage.

The restored Lightfoot Tower settles, at last, into its corner of the Library grounds. Many, many thanks must go to Suzi Fraser and the Chester Trust for preserving this special part of Chester’s heritage.

 

The moon rises over the Tower as it displays its new lighting.

The moon rises over the Tower as it displays its new lighting.

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