Events and Programs


Pieces for Peace Traveling Exhibit

Honoring exhibit founder Jeanne Morascini

and Chaplin artist Brian Cohen

On display through the month of April

“What does peace look like to you?”

Youth from across Connecticut have voiced their hopes for peace through their artwork, by answering this question. The Connecticut Pieces for Peace traveling exhibit is sponsored by the Curriculum of Hope for a Peaceful World, a CT-based group of women educators, members of DKG Society who have been promoting peace activities and curriculum worldwide for more than 30 years. The exhibit will be on display in the children’s section of the library through the month of April. 

The opening reception will honor exhibit founder Jeanne Morascini (1929-2023) and Chaplin artist Brian Cohen (1965-2024), a Library Board of Trustees member who also worked for a more peaceful

world through children’s art with his program Positive Expressions.

April Spring Break Programs

Create a Fairy House

Wednesday, April 17th

10:30 -11:30am


Join the librarian to create a fairy house for your garden. All ages welcome and all materials will be provided.

Puppet Show: The Reluctant Dragon

Saturday, April 20th

10:30 -11:30am

The Lionheart Puppet Company will be performing The Reluctant Dragon! What happens when Harold, a young village boy, discovers a dragon in the mountains? Can Harold convince the villagers that the dragon just wants to be friends? Based on the story by Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon is a great way to introduce children to literary adaptations.

Cookbook Club: Asian Recipes

Wednesday, April 24th


Do you like to cook, try new recipes and taste new foods? If you answered yes, please join the library’s Cookbook Club. We meet every other month to share food and recipes. This month we’ll be making Asian recipes. Please speak with a librarian to register.

Book Talk and Sing-along with Albert Ruggerio

Monday, April 29th

12:30-1:30pm @ the Senior Center

Carol Ruggiero belonged to a writing group in Milford, CT for over twenty years. Upon her passing, her devoted husband Albert Ruggiero felt her writing deserved a bigger audience and published a collection of her work in Pearls from Carol. Join us to hear about Carol’s life and her short, funny, and thought-provoking stories, poems, and essays. Albert will also lead a rousing sing-along as he plays his saxophone. All are welcome! 

Quiet Corner Reads Book Discussion

Happiness Falls, by Angie Kim

Monday, May 6th @ 6:00pm

Join us to discuss 2024 Quiet Corner Reads Author Angie Kim’s book Happiness Falls. Tickets to hear Angie Kim speak at the Mansion at Bald Hill on Tuesday, May 14th are for sale at the circulation desk.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays 10:30am

(no storytime on April 17th, instead Create a Fairy House)


Preschoolers can come hear stories, make a craft, and play. Although this is aimed at preschoolers, all ages are welcome to attend.

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.