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.


The Friends of the Town of Chester Library

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

Volunteers are always needed.
Help us help your library.

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Updated 6/27/2020