WHAT'S UP IN CHESTER
Chester Public Library
In order to provide additional digital resources to patrons through this difficult time, the Library has increased its Hoopla borrowing from 3 to 6 downloads per month. Also, hoopla Digital has curated the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection; this list of more than 1,000 top titles will be FREE to Libraries - PLUS each Patron will be debited ZERO Borrows when they borrow any of the included titles!
In addition to these titles, patrons will also continue to have access to hoopla's full collection of over 750,000 eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and more.
The Collection will be free to Libraries and Patrons through 4/30/20.
Meeting House Floor Replacement
The new floor in the Chester Meeting House is almost complete. New baseboards are being installed and the final finish coat is curing. Next week new toilets will be installed in the bathrooms and the project will be done. Our timing in doing this major restoration project could not have been better; we found several minor structural problems under the floor which we were able to repair to properly maintain this beautiful historic building. We will definitely be celebrating when it is safe to gather again!
Chester does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, although the number of cases is growing throughout the state and there are three times as many cases in Middlesex County today as there were on Monday. For the most part, we are doing a great job hunkering down and finding ways to occupy ourselves while washing hands and social distancing. The weather is getting nicer and folks are out walking dogs and hiking in Cockaponset.
While walking, people have been noticing quite a bit of litter along Chester's roadways and some are making a point to take a trash bag with them to clean up while they are outside. You may not have been aware of this, because it got cancelled due to COVID-19 before it could even be publicized, but April is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and several of our Boards and Commissions were planning to sponsor a clean up day around town. While we cannot "get together" to clean up Chester, let's grab some bags and do it anyway, even if separately! Take pictures of yourselves and your haul, and send them to my office - we will do something creative and get them posted. We will have some fun and help keep Chester clean. HAPPY EARTH DAY!
The Chester Town Hall, although closed to the public, remains open Monday - Thursday, 9-12 and 1-4 and Friday from 9-12 for the time being. We are not working on Tuesday evenings at this time. Please call 860-526-0013 for an appointment.