This Week in Chester History…

In 1938, Chester Township passed an ordinance prohibiting dumping of “garbage, ashes, trash, debris, rubbish, waste paper, motor vehicle junk and other refuse matter” in the municipality. The penalty for dumping was a fine of $50 for the first offense and $100 for each offense thereafter. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune

Chester Library Breaks New Ground with Multimedia Oral History Online Exhibit

Using postcards to focus on specific local sites, a novel online exhibit by Chester Library turns oral history on its head. The exhibit features videos starring lifelong Chester resident and retired plumber Herman Rademacher using his own postcard collection to talk about what Chester was like at the time of the images, and how it … Continue reading

New E-Book Collection for Kids

    TumbleBooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books which can be viewed using any reading/mobile device that has an internet connection.  The collection includes fiction, non-fiction, Read-Alongs, foreign language titles, puzzles and games.  Books are also searchable by reading levels.  Go to

The MAIN 3M Cloud Library is Here!

We are excited to announce the launch of the new MAIN 3M Cloud Library, our new e-book and downloadable audiobook product. This service replaces Overdrive (DigitalLibraryNJ) which will expire at the end of February. Go to to download the App and get started. Once you have the app downloaded to your device(s), you can … Continue reading

AARP Tax Assistance Program & Tax Forms

The AARP tax preparation assistance program will once again be held at the Chester Library. Appointments with a tax professional are available on Tuesdays starting Feb. 3 and running through Apr. 14. The AARP staff are available to assist with the preparation of simple returns. Please call the library at 908-879-7612 to make an appointment. … Continue reading

Chester Library Receives Grant to Digitize 1930s Newspapers and Posts Donor’s Oral Histories on YouTube

Thanks to a generous grant from the Morris County Heritage Commission, the Chester Library will digitize The Mendham-Chester Tribune newspapers from 1936 to 1939, and make them available on the Library’s computers. The Tribune began publishing in 1936. Lifelong Chester resident Herman Rademacher donated the newspapers to the Library in October 2014. Currently, the Library … Continue reading

3M Cloud Library – Coming Soon!

Coming Soon! MAIN is launching a new e-book and digital audiobook service called the 3M Cloud Library. Coming in early first quarter 2015 Easier to use than our current digital service Replaces Overdrive (through DigitalLibraryNJ) Stay tuned for more information. Please note: Our Overdrive/DigitalLibraryNJ service will end Feb. 28, 2015 so it is suggested that … Continue reading


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