In the Municipal Center
6307 Rt. 9
P.O. Box 451
Chestertown, New York 12817
(518) 494-5384

Dedicated to supporting the Town of Chester Public Library through fundraising and related activities. Over the years the Friends of the Library have:

Brought funding to the Library by applying for grants, holding an annual wine tasting, book sales, and other fund raisers

Sponsored the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide free books to preschool children

Supported Kindergarten Roundup and the Summer Reading Program

Provided books for children at the annual Rotary Holiday Party

Paid for website hosting and managed the Library website

Maintained a collection of rare, handmade books

Published the Library Newsletter

Sponsored movie night & lectures

Held twice a year book sales

Volunteered to help in the Library
Funded HOOPLA digital media service

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The Friends of the Town of Chester Library was organized in 1994 by members of the community who were instrumental in the establishment of the new Town of Chester Library. It is registered with the IRS under Section 501(c)(3).

    The organization exists to coordinate the activities of persons interested in books, libraries and online access to information; to focus public attention on library needs, facilities and services; to conduct fund-raising activities to supplement the library’s budget and to provide additional activities and services; to stimulate gifts and donations; and enrich the cultural opportunities available to the citizens of and visitors to the Town of Chester.

    The Friends contributes substantially to the Library through the purchase of newspaper and magazine subscriptions, acquisitions of books and electronic media, and computers and other equipment. We also support children’s programs and the summer reading program.

Friends of the Town of Chester Library
Board of Directors

Linda Taverni - Chair
Robert Walp - Vice Chair
Lynne Hagmann - Corresponding Secretary
Linda Thorsen - Recording Secretary
Richard McCrum - Treasurer

Kathleen Rivers - Director
Liz McNamara - Director

Meetings are held the 2nd Friday of each month from September to June, at 10am in the library. Everyone is welcome.

The library is located on the second floor of the Town of Chester Municipal Center, on the Main Street of the Village of Chestertown.


Volunteers are always needed.
Help us help your library.


The Friends of the Town of Chester Library

6307 Rt. 9
P.O. Box 451
Chestertown, New York 12817
(518) 494-5384

Friends’ Sponsored Programs

North Warren Scholarship

Dynamite Hill Storybook Trail


A new sign for the Library

Computers and software

Shelving and furniture

Books, periodicals and other media

DVDs and Audiobooks

Updated 7/13/23