Events and Programs


         Adventure Begins at Your Library

Beginning June 12th, children can sign up to participate in the Chaplin Public Library’s Summer Reading program. Each week children who visit the library may select a small prize and enter a drawing for a free ice cream from the Farmer’s Cow. Weather permitting, some events will be held outside under a tent on the lawn. Otherwise, they will be held in the library meeting room. See the schedule of events below.  All ages are welcome! 

Plant Swap Party

Saturday, June 15th , 10:00am – 12:00pm

Bring some plants to share and go home with new ones. Games will be played and snacks will be served! All ages welcome.

Make Music Day: The Rattlin’ Bog Boys

Friday, June 21st, 5:00 – 6:30pm

June 21st is Make Music Day all around the world! Meet The Rattlin’ Bog Boys, a dynamic duo of two best friends Caleb Cooper and Mike Laber, who play an array of fun-filled children’s songs for the whole family. Refreshments will be provided. Weather permitting, this will be held under the tent outdoors. Bring a blanket and enjoy!

CT Science Center: Picnic Capers

Wednesday, June 26th, 10:30 – 11:30am

“Who ruined the picnic?” Work with a science educator to analyze evidence from a crime scene. Narrow down the animal suspects and discover the culprit behind the destroyed lunch!

Friends Group Meeting

Third Wednesday of the month- 2:00 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 – 4:30pm

Join the Chaplin Ukulele Band. No experience required. No ukulele? We have one available for checkout! Stop in and join the fun.


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.