What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in March

1 Mar

March, they say, comes in like a lion,  out like a lamb. It’s safe to say that  those of us who’ve been in Connecticut this winter are really ready for the lamb! While you’re waiting for the milder weather to come sweeping in, we’ve got lots of great programs to keep you busy!


Weekend Concert Series – I Love a Piano” with Paul Bisaccia

Sunday Mar 1, 2015, 3:00 PM

Local audience favorite Paul Bisaccia will return to Cheshire with a new concert, “I Love a Piano,” featuring  classic composers such as Chopin, Debussy, Satie and Paderewski, as well as popular composers, including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and Marvin Hamlisch.  This concert is free and open to the public. No registration required.


Grow Your Own Meadow

Tuesday Mar 3, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

Join landscape designer Kathy Connolly for a one-hour discussion on the establishment, care and feeding of a flowering meadow. She’ll discuss meadow ecology and the role of native species, look at helpful tools, and explain steps you can take from June to December to start a new meadow or encourage an existing one. Seating for this event is limited.  Please register on our website or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.


Fab Film Saturday: “Big Hero 6″

Saturday Mar 7, 2015, 2:00  –  4:00 PM

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, BIG HERO 6 is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. Rated PG. Running Time 1 hour, 30 minutes.
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Feel free to bring your own snacks!


dancePhoenix Performing Arts Troupe

Sunday Mar 8, 2015, 2:00  –  3:00 PM

Come enjoy this Hartford-based troupe as they perform a variety of Chinese classical and traditional dances, and teach about Chinese arts and culture. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Dinosaur Tea Party

Monday Mar 9, 2015, 6:00  –  7:00 PM

Enjoy a dinosaur themed storytime with craft followed by a tea party (juice and refreshments will be served).  Children are encouraged to dress up. Register on our website. For children ages 3-7 years old.

Ctrl Alt Achieve: Green Screen Fun!

greenscreenTuesday Mar 10, 2015,  4:30 PM

By using a green screen, kids will be able to bring portions of the book The Day the Crayons Quit to life. Kids will have the opportunity to dress up as their favorite crayons from the book and design and create props.  By posing in front of the green screen, they will then be able to complete the scene with the addition of a background from the book.  NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For Children in grades K-2.

Take a Hike!

Tuesday Mar 10, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

Sometimes referred to as the area’s best kept secret, the Regional Water Authority owns 27,000 acres of land in south central Connecticut, some of which is open for recreational activities with a Regional Water Authority Recreation Permit.  Each recreation area is unique.  Visitors may hike, jog, cross-country ski or just meander along more than 60 miles of trails through Regional Water Authority watershed lands. Come to the program to find out more! Seating for this event is limited.  Please register on our website or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.


Storyteller: Tales of Deep-Rooted Magic

Saturday Mar 14, 2015, 2:00 PM

Storyteller Sara deBeer will present stories from cultures around the world, and tales of the magic which waits for those who venture into the woods, into the wilds, and into the deep, dark, forest. Sara’s lively storytelling is suitable for listeners of all ages and includes audience participation to keep the youngest listeners involved.  NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Full of Joy Yoga

Mondays Mar 16, 23, 30, 2015, 9:45  –  10:15 AM

Yoga helps children develop strong, flexible bodies while cultivating a lifetime of joy, peace and wonder. Classes with Lani Rosen of Full of Joy Yoga, combine music, games, props and stories which give everyone the benefits of yoga. For ages 3-5. Register on our website starting March 1.


Teen Time: Stop Motion Video

Friday Mar 20, 2015, 3:00  –  4:30 PM

Learn to make a stop motion video using legos, play dough, and an iPad.  For grades 6 through 12- no registration required -come whenever you feel like it.  The more the merrier- bring your friends and have a ball at the library!


Author Talk: Jon Katz

Sunday Mar 22, 2015, 2:00  –  3:00 PM

New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz (A Dog Year, A Good Dog, Rose In a Storm) will speak about his newest book, a memoir called Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion. In 2011, state police notified him of a severely neglected donkey who needed attention.  It was at that time that Simon entered his life and changed it forever. Hear more about Simon’s story of healing, Mr. Katz’s writing experiences, and much more. Register on our website.


Creating the Non-Stop Garden

Monday Mar 23, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

A nonstop garden doesn’t mean nonstop work. Lower maintenance is just one of the many benefits of four-season gardening. In this lecture, horticulturist Jennifer Benner will outline the benefits of creating a nonstop garden. Sit back and enjoy a botanical journey filled with inspiring photographs that will recharge your gardening batteries. Seating for this event is limited.  Please register on our website or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.


Edible Book FestivalEdible Book Festival

Saturday Mar 28, 2015, 10:00 AM  –  4:00 PM

What exactly is the Edible Book Festival, you may ask? It’s a chance for patrons of all ages to test their creativity and combine their love of both books and food in fun displays that will be viewed by both a panel of judges and the public. The only rules are that entries must be based on a book (any book will do!) and they must be composed of edible items. We’ll be accepting entries in three age-group categories:

  • Child (up to age 12)
  • Teen (ages 13-19)
  • Adult (ages 20+)

A three-person panel of impartial, non-library judges will evaluate all entries based on overall design and creativity, as well as how well entries represent their noted books. At the end of the event, one “Best in Show” prize will be awarded in each age-group category. The basic timeline for the day will be:

  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm participants will drop off entries at the library
  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm the panel of judges will privately evaluate the entries
  • 1:30 pm the public can begin viewing the entries
  • 2:30 pm the winners will announced!

Registration will open on February 1st and will need to be done in-person at the Children’s desk at the library so that we can make sure all participants receive a packet of information for the event.


Weekend Concert Series: “Irish Music In America” with Atwater-Donnelly Band

Sunday Mar 29, 2015, 3:00 PM

The award-winning band Atwater-Donnelly will present a unique blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance on the mountain dulcimer, banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica and more.  For this very special performance, Aubrey and Elwood will be joined by John and Heidi Cerrigione on upright bass and autoharp, and Irish step-dancer Kevin Doyle.  This concert is free and open to the public. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


For the Sake of the Country: Female Spies in the Civil War

Monday Mar 30, 2015,  7:00  –  8:00 PM


When you think of the role women played during the Civil War, what do you think of? Do you think of laundresses, homemakers, or nurses? Would you ever think of spies? Female spies played an essential and critical role in shaping the political, military, and social landscape. They changed the course of military battles, political intrigue, and even saved a president! Learn about four extraordinary Union and Confederate spies who risked all for the sake of their country.

Matthew Bartlett is a 2013 graduate of American Military University with a Master’s in Military History with a specialization in the American Civil War. His specialty is the battle of Gettysburg, about which he has written six books. A historian and lecturer, Matthew and his wife belong to the 14th CT CVI, Company F. He and his wife, Jenn, will appear in period attire as Allan Pinkerton and Kate Warne. Please register on our website or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4











Book for Young Train Enthusiasts

26 Feb

train table playAnyone that has brought young children to our library’s children room has dealt with the desire more children have to stay and keep playing, bring a train home, or some variation of the vary familiar “I don’t want to go” syndrome. Those of us that work in the children room see it daily, and are well versed in distraction and sympathy for those dealing with the situation. Why not pick out some books about trains to help ease the distress caused by leaving behind so much fun?

Here are some picture books and easy non fiction that are perfect for young train lovers.

1.Locomotive by Brian Floca
3.Trains by Dana Meachen Rau
4.Trains by Mary Lindeen
5.Trains by Lynn Curlee
6.Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown
7.Ultimate Trains by Peter McMahon
8.Terrific Trains by Dennis Shealy
9.Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

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More train books that might satisfy young fans include: Trains by Amy Shields, Freight Train by Donald Crews, Trains by Byron Barton, Trains by Paul Stickland, How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton, Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Planes, Trains and Cars by Simon Abbott, or I Love Trains! by Philemon Sturges.

trainmovieYou might also be interested in these dvd’s for fast and fun satisfaction: Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Lots & Lots of Big Trains. Volume 1, Barney: Planes, Trains, Cars, Cars, Trucks, Trains, Planes ,Thomas & Friends. It’s Great to be an Engine!, Thomas & Friends. Blue Mountain Mystery, or Chuggington. Chief Wilson amoung many others.

On Our Shelves: New Romance – February 2015

24 Feb


A little something to warm up these cold, February days!


Against the Sky – Kat Martin

Firelight at Mustang Ridge - Jesse Hayworth

Fire Me Up - Kimberly Kincaid

Flirting with Disaster  – Victoria Dahl

A Little On The Wild Side - Robin Kaye

Echo Lake - Carla Neggers

Teardrop Lane - Emily March

It Must Be Your Love - Bella Andre

Rescue Me - Catherine Mann

Falling for Jillian - Kristen Proby

Just The Way You Are - Beverly Barton

Unfaded Glory - Sara Arden

Sweet Surprise - Candis Terry

Rough Rider - Victoria Vane


Romantic Suspense

Closer Than You Think - Karen Rose



If The Viscount Falls – Sabrina Jeffries

Ace’s Wild - Sarah McCarty

Forbidden To Love The Duke - Jillian Hunter

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy – Julia Quinn

Catch a Falling Heiress - Laura Lee Ghuhrke

In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams - Karen Ranney



Viper Game - Christine Feehan

Ghost Killer – Robin D. Owens

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

22 Feb

February 22 through 28th is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. While many of us are still focused on New Years resolutions about health and weight, it is a good time to stop and think about the ramifications of the focus on being perfect that seems so prevalent in today’s world. Making changes is great, but it is important that we all do so in a smart and healthy manner.

There are far too many young adults and adults out there suffering from eating disorders and other self image problems. to make matters works these concerns are becoming more of an issue with younger and younger children each year. thankfully there are many resources out there, and many fantastic books, to help. Here is a selection of related books that I would recommend for anyone that suffers from one of these disorders, knows someone that does, worries that someone close to you (or you yourself) might be heading in that direction, or just wants to educate themselves in order to understand and help others.

I have broken the list down into fiction featuring characters dealing with eating disorders and nonfiction books that can help answer specific questions with research and medical information. this is far from a comprehensive list, so if you have found a resource or book that I have forgotten please mention it in a comment to share with others.

For more immediate help, information, and support please visit the National Eating Disorder Association‘s or the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders website.

1. Skin & Bones by Sherry Shahan
2. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
3. Purge by Sarah Darer Littman
4. Zero by Diane Tullson
5. Faded Denim: Color me Trapped by Melody Carlson
6. Healing Waters by Nancy Rue & Stephen Arterburn.

More quality adult and young adult fiction that deals with eating disorders include: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Massive by Julia Bell, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Perfect by Natasha Friend, Skinny by Ibi Kaslik, Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman, Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos, and Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler.

Non Fiction:
1. If Your Adolescent has an Eating Disorder: an Essential Resource for Parents by B. Timothy Walsh and V. L. Cameron
2. Take Charge of your Child’s Eating Disorder: a Physician’s Step-by-Step Guide to Defeating Anorexia and Bulimia by Pamela Carlton, and Deborah Ashin
3.Surviving an Eating Disorder: Strategies for Family and Friends by Michele Seigel, Judith Brisman, Margot Weinshel
4.Regaining your Self: Breaking Free from the Eating Disorder Identity: a Bold New Approach by Ira M. Saker and Sheila Buff
5.Gaining: the Truth about Life after Eating Disorders by Aimee Liu
6.Eating Disorders: the Facts by Suzanne Abraham and Derek Llewellyn-Jones
7.Going Hungry: Writers on Desire, Self-denial, and Overcoming Anorexia edited by Kate Taylor.

I would also suggest checking out The Eating Disorder Sourcebook by Carolyn Costin, Next to Nothing: a Firsthand Account of one Teenager’s Experience with an Eating Disorder by Carrie Arnold with B. Timothy Walsh, Life Beyond your Eating Disorder: Reclaim Yourself, Regain your Health, Recover for Good by Johanna S. Kandel, Treatment Plans and Interventions for Bulimia and Binge-eating Disorder by Rene D. Zweig, Robert L. Leahy, Goodbye Ed, Hello Me : Recover from your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life by Jenni Schaefer, Anatomy of Anorexia by Steven Levenkron and When Dieting Becomes Dangerous: a Guide to Understanding and Treating Anorexia and Bulimia by Deborah Marcontell Michel, Susan G. Willard.

Songs of Anarchy, Volume 1 and 2

19 Feb

Jacket.aspxRarely do I leave a CD in my player for more than a month straight. It’s been two months now, and aside for taking two weeks off at the holidays, it’s still in there, and I listen to it every day. Songs of Anarchy is the soundtrack to the FX television show Sons of Anarchy.
You do not need to be a devotee or even know of the television show to adore the soundtrack to the series. Sons of Anarchy is an ultra-violent soap opera following a fictional biker gang in California. You know the characters are despicable, but they are written so well and to such depth that you cannot help but feel sympathy for them – while you call them names for being that stubborn. All that violence is offset by a soundtrack that is both entertaining and breathtakingly poignant. There is no set tone – the albums contain a mix of popular, rock, country, folk, alternative – whatever fits the moment. Many of these are covers of old greats by the series’ incredible house band, The Forest Rangers – a driving version of Gimmee Shelter (in which you can understand the lyrics), an achingly beautiful instrumental version of Fortunate Son, a gorgeous tweaking of House of the Rising Son with lyrics to fit the show. It was the deep blues rhythms of John the Revelator that first caught my attention watching the series (who else works an entire song into a drama series every week, like a prize in a Cracker Jack box?), and it made purchasing the album inevitable. The song wouldn’t leave my head, and I needed to hear it again.
Katey Sagal, lead actress in the show as Gemma Teller, is also a singer in her own right with albums to her name. Her version of Leonard Cohen’s Bird on a Wire puts the original to shame, and Strange Fruit will give you the shivers.
Volume 2 of Songs of Anarchy is a must if you listen to the first. There is just too much good vol 2.aspxmusic. Coal War, the season opener to year four, is a foot stomping ballad that crosses the line between country and pop much the way The Eagles did. The Lost Boy is a tragic ballad on its own, but if you know the series, it is played out in its entirety as one of the lead characters makes his sacrifice for his best friend, and it will bring you to tears. No Milk Today was originally a fluffy pop piece done by Herman’s Hermit’s in 1966; slowed down, it takes on a haunting new meaning when you consider it accompanies the kidnapping of a nine-month-old baby by the IRA.
Kurt Sutter, the creator/producer/writer of the show (he also stars in it as Otto, and he’s married to Katey Sagal), wanted music to be an integral part of the show, setting tones, carrying themes, underscoring the action. What he managed is beyond brilliance, touching the stories and the viewers/listeners alike and playing with their emotions. Because of the varied styles of music, you might not like every track on the albums (the version of Slip Kid is too metal for me), but these albums are certain to please almost everyone.




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