Events and Programs



Take Your Child to the Library Day!

Saturday, February 4th (snowdate Feb. 11th)


Please join us for Take Your Child to the Library Day! Build a Lego creation to display in the library.  Make Snowflakes and Valentines to take home. All ages welcome. Stop in for some fun!

Tea Time Book Chat

Friday, February 10th , 3:00 – 4:00 PM

What have you been reading this winter? Join us to share your favorite books.  Please email to register

Virtual Cooking with the Food Explorers

March 6th


If you like to cook and share recipes, consider joining the  library’s cookbook club. Every other month we choose a theme or chef, and prepare recipes to share at a dinner. This month we will be making Vegetarian Pot Pie Skillet and No Bake Chocolate Banana Cream Pies virtually with the Food Explorers. Registration is required. If you are interested in joining, please speak with a librarian.


Preschool Storytime


10:30 -11:30 am

Preschoolers can come hear a story and make a craft. Although this program is aimed at preschoolers, all ages are welcome! Weather permitting, this event will be held outside under the tent. Otherwise, it will be inside the library’s meeting room.

Friends Group Meeting

Third Wednesday of the month- 2:30 pm

We have a Friends group! If you are interested in helping the library, please attend a meeting. Please note there will be no meeting in September.

Chaplin Ukulele Band

Wednesdays at 4pm

If you play the ukulele or are interested in learning, consider joining the ukulele group.  No experience required. No ukulele? Join in anyway.  Please call or email for more information.


Bicentennial Talk: 

The History of Chaplin Place Names

Watch the recording of Warren Church’s talk!

Join Chaplin resident and local historian Warren Church to learn about place names in Chaplin. Why is it called Bear Hill Rd? Who was Diana of Diana’s Pool?

Bicentennial Talk:

Ruth Snow Bowen, Chaplin Quilt Maker

Watch the Recording of Catherine Smith’s talk!

Chaplin resident and artist Catherine Whall Smith shared the history of former Chaplin resident and artist Ruth Snow Bowen, who lived on Chaplin Street and sold many of her wonderful quilts throughout Connecticut. Each month the library is displaying small fiber art pieces of homes on Chaplin Street paired with a quilt from Catherine’s collection.

National Poetry Month: An Evening with Connecticut’s New Poet Laureates

Recording includes Adelaide Northrop

Listen to Connecticut’s newest poet laureates, including Chaplin Poet Laureate Adelaide Northrop.

Bicentennial Talk: History of the William Ross Library

Recording of Leslie Ricklin and Ingrid Wood’s talk

Chaplin resident Leslie Ricklin and Columbia Town Historian Ingrid Wood discussed the history of the William Ross Library.

Bicentennial Talk: Benjamin Chaplin’s Will

Recording of Gavin Horning-Kane and Brendan Kane’s talk

The 2nd Chaplin Bicentennial talk was a discussion of Benjamin Chaplin’s will. Chaplin residents Gavin Horning-Kane and UConn History Professor Brendan Kane explored the contents of our town benefactor’s will. Since it was written in 1790, the handwriting can be difficult to read. View the will for yourself, try your hand at transcribing a portion of it, and discover a bit about our town’s history.

Virtual Bicentennial Talk – Trouble in the Land of Steady Habits:

The Constitution of 1818

Recording of Walter Woodward’s Talk is available!

In celebration of Chaplin’s bicentennial, Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward discussed what was happening in our state when Chaplin was taking steps to become a town. Connecticut in 1818 was in many ways eerily similar to Connecticut today: A troubled state, seeking a new direction. This lecture highlights the perfect storm of crises — environmental, economic, demographic, religious, and political — which converged in the middle of the eighteen-teens (1810s) to force the state to rethink the ways it had been conducting its affairs for the previous two centuries.