Our Yellow Chairs

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The yellow chairs near summer’s end.

Several years ago we needed to replace our Adirondack chairs that are placed around the Library grounds to give visitors a place to rest or read or sketch. The previous chairs had been painted a dark green, as is typical of such chairs in Chester.

Because the chairs were in the garden, we thought that a bright yellow would be a more attractive color and would make the location of the chairs more obvious to visitors. The new color worked out well as the yellow made a great contrast against all the green.

However, we had no idea how wonderful the chairs would look when all the green turned to yellow, gold and red. You can see what we mean in the photos below. Alas, the chairs are all wrapped and tucked away for the winter now, awaiting the return of another Spring.






Halloween Party Cancelled!

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Due to the weather forecast for Friday, the Recreation Department children’s Halloween Party at the Lightfoot Tower is CANCELLED for this year.

Halloween Party!!

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Everyone welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 902-275-3490.

Change of Hours

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The hours that the Library is open have changed. From now on the Library will not be open in the evenings at any time of the year. Instead, on the days the the Library is open, it will open at 12:00 noon rather than at 2:00 p.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. as it always has.

The reason for this is a change, over the years, in the visitation at the Library. Visitation in the evening hours has decreased to the point where there is little reason to keep it open and the requests for access before 2 p.m. have increased dramatically as more and more people wish to see the Library itself, in addition to accessing the book collection.

The new schedule can be found here.

Away To Heaven…

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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!

Garden 2016 Arbors

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

Garden 2016 Square Garden

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.

Garden 2016 Family 2

Taking a family portrait in the Square Garden.

Garden 2016 Family 1

….and a portrait of the family!

Garden 2016 Family 3

Ready for the next adventure!

Garden 2016 Couple 1

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

Garden 2016 Couple 3

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


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!


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