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!
May 12, 2016
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
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
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
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!
May 2, 2016
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.
July 20, 2015
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:
Hope to see you there!!!
August 18, 2014
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.