What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in April

1 Apr

Lots of great stuff happening at Cheshire Library this month, including a terrific schedule of programming for School Vacation Week, and at the end of the month, it’s BOOKSALE time!

Navigating Your Financial Landscape: The Basics

Thursday Apr 2, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

In your 20s and 30s and wondering how you’ll ever afford a house, your future kids’ college expenses, and retirement? Now is the perfect time to start planning your financial future! You’ll learn all about 401ks, investing, building and maintaining credit, and lending options. Presented by Jonathon Dibble of Morgan Stanley. Register on our website.


Cheshire Cats Classics Club- Ben-Hur

Monday Apr 6, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

The Cheshire Cats Classics Club meets once per month on a Monday evening.  Ben-Hur will be discussed at the April 6th meeting. Copies are available to check out from the library.

There is limited seating for this event.  For more information regarding this program, contact Jennifer Bartlett at jbartlett@cheshirelibrary.org.


Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 2.13.35 PMWhere to Hike in Cheshire

Monday Apr 6, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

This program will introduce hiking opportunities located in Cheshire.  From meadows to Connecticut’s second largest waterfall, Cheshire has over 1,500 acres ready for exploration.  Free hiking maps, property descriptions and directions will be available.  The town website, a valuable resource for open space information, will be highlighted.   Seating for this event is limited.  Register on our website or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.


Squishy Circuits

Monday Apr 13, 2015, 4:00  –  5:00 PM

Electricity + play-doh = lights? Awesome! Squishy Circuits are a great introduction to the fundamentals of electronics. We will use play-doh that can conduct electricity. Once you know the basics, you can plug in lights and motors to bring you already cool sculpture to new levels of awesome. Drop in anytime between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Ages 6 and up welcomed.  No registration required.


LEGO® Junior Maker

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Do you love building with LEGO® Blocks? Then LEGO® Junior Maker is perfect for you. We will start with a short storytime focused around building. Kids will then have opportunity to use their best creativity to design buildings, creatures, and more using Lego and Mega bloks. They can work alone, or in a team with peers. A theme will be given for kids to design around based on stories read. All ages welcomes. No registration required.

Rocks and Minerals

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015,  2 sessions: 1:00 PM and  2:15 PM

Local naturalist Eric Nelson will introduce children to the identification, characteristics, and historical use of rocks and minerals through fun hands-on activities and exciting demonstrations.  For ages 6 and up. Register on our website starting on April 1st.


Ctrl Alt Achieve: Float Your Boat

Wednesday Apr 15, 2015, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

As part of our Ctrl Alt Achieve series, kids can test their creativity and engineering skills at building a boat.  Kids will build boats using assorted materials and see how much weight they can hold. For grades Kindergarten – 2nd. No Registration Required.


Touch a Truck at Bartlem Park

Thursday Apr 16, 2015, 10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Come visit the children’s librarians at Bartlem Park for Touch a Truck.  We’ll be present with our book cart for kids to touch and have special prizes to give out. Please bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Cheshire Food Pantry.

Have you ever wanted to board one of those huge trucks?  Your chance has arrived! This event is made possible due to the generosity of local companies and Cheshire Town Agencies.  You may see fire trucks, garbage trucks, dump trucks, pay loader, rescue trucks, law enforcement vehicles and more.  There will be a free raffle of toy trucks.

Where:  Bartlem Park – 520 S. Main St, Cheshire

Open to All Ages


finchRobot Petting Zoo

Thursday Apr 16, 2015, 3:00  –  4:30 PM

The first ever CPL Robot Petting Zoo brings out friendly robots for kids & teens to touch, operate, and even program! Some robots follow a line and are programmed with color, some are controlled with apps on a smart phone or tablet. They can look like a ball, a cube, a bird, or even a race car! Come meet our many unusual robots and learn a bit about circuits and electronics at our Robot Petting Zoo. For grades 4—12. No registration required.


Edible Insects with Stamford Museum and Nature Center

Thursday Apr 16, 2015, 6:00 PM

Discover the who, what, where and why behind eating bugs.  From mealworm spaghetti to roasted tarantula, we’ll find out why people have been eating insects and invertebrates for hundreds of years.  We’ll meet some live bugs that might be on a menu somewhere as well as some animals that eat bugs.  Brave participants will also have a change to try an edible snack, if desired, at the end of the program. For ages 5 and up. Register on our website starting on April 1st.


Fab Films: Penguins of Madagascar

Saturday Apr 18, 2015, 2:00  –  4:00 PM

Come enjoy some great box office kids’ movies with Fab Film Saturdays at Cheshire Public Library!
Penguins of Madagascar (2014).  From the creators of Madagascar comes the funniest movie of 2014, starring your favorite penguins – Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private – in a spy-tacular new film!Running Time 1 hour, 32 minutes.  Rated PG. No registration required.  Feel free to bring your own snacks!


Sinatra and Me

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

Join Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer Franz Douskey as he discusses his book Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years, an intimate look at the legendary Frank Sinatra by one of his closest friends Tony Consiglio, as told to the author. Seating is limited, please register on our website.

Skype Video Chat with Friends and Family

Saturday Apr 25, 2015, 10:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

Here is your chance to “visit” that person who lives too far away to just drop in on! A member of the Rotary eClub of the Southwest will stop by the Cheshire Public Library on Saturday, April 25th, from 10:00am – 1:00pm to sit with you as you make a Skype video call from his computer to the computer of a friend or family member. The webcams and microphones on both computers will let you see and hear each other–almost like sitting in the same room together!
Register on our website, sign up slots will be 30 minutes in duration.


Friends of the Library Semi-Annual Book Sale

Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2,  2015, 9:30AM – 8:00PM


PREVIEW FOR FRIENDS’ MEMBERS ONLY: Wednesday Apr 29, 2015, 6:30  –  8:30 PM





Linda Reads: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

29 Mar

nightThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a poignant, beautifully written book that takes us back in history to France during World War II.

The book starts off in present day and the story is told by an elderly woman facing a move into a nursing home to face her last battle, cancer.  But first, she has something she must do.

The story follows two sisters, Viann and Isabelle Rossignol, who have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle’s father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it’s not only the sisters’ relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

Ms. Hannah writes heartfelt, vivid descriptions taking great care with every detail.  You will be transported to wartime France.  You will feel all the pain, joy, love, and hardships of the Rossignol family and those who interact with them.  I read the book in one sitting, unable to put it down and the story still lingers with me a month later.  It earned a spot on my top ten favorite books list.

National Joe Day

26 Mar

National Joe Day is a little-known holiday. Although not designated by Congress as an official national holiday, it is celebrated every year on March 27th.

The point of the holiday is for everyone to call himself Joe for at least this one day. (If you’re female, you can become Jo—short for Josephine.)

We’ve all heard of Joe Blow, Average Joe, Ordinary Joe, Lucky Joe, Joe Cool, Good Joe and G.I. Joe. Joe simply stands for the everyman, for the underdog or the common man. By the way, Joe Blow was first recorded as military slang referring to the average working guy.

Curious, I skimmed through our online catalog to see how popular Joe was for book titles and hit the Joe jackpot.

Joe a NovelJoe, A Novel by Larry Brown

Joe Ransom is a hard-drinking ex-con pushing fifty who just won’t slow down–not in his pickup, not with a gun, and certainly not with women.



Calico Joe by John GrishamCalicoJoe

It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records.


The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper

Right after high school, Joe Goffman left sleepy Bush Falls, Connecticut and never looked back. Then he wrote a novel savaging everything in town, a novel that became a national bestseller and a huge hit movie. Fifteen years later, Joe is struggling to avoid the sophomore slump with his next novel when he gets a call: his father’s had a stroke, so it’s back to Bush Falls for the town’s most famous pariah.

Silent JoeSilent Joe by T. Jefferson Parker

Joe Trona spends his days as a deputy for the Orange County sheriff’s department and his nights as an aide to Will Trona, the influential politician who rescued him from the Hillside Children’s Home. An expert in firearms and martial arts, Joe has been backing Will up for a long time. Still, his skill isn’t enough to keep Will alive, and when his father is killed right in front of Joe’s eyes, the young deputy vows to avenge him.

Joe CollegeJoe College by Tom Perrotta

Danny, a Yale junior, is spending Spring break behind the wheel of the Roach Coach, his father’s lunch truck, which plies the parking lots of office parks in central New Jersey, using the time to try and make sense of a love life that’s gotten a little complicated.  A comic journey into the dark side of love, higher education and food service.


Joe Merchant

Where is Joe Merchant? A Novel Tale by Jimmy Buffett

Where is Joe Merchant? That’s what his sister, Trevor Kane, the hemorrhoid-ointment heiress, wants to know. For Desdemona, Merchant is the missing link in her ongoing communications with space aliens. Tabloid journalist Rudy Breno only cares that Merchant gets bigger headlines than Elvis. And for renegade seaplane pilot Frank Bama, the mystery of the presumed-dead-but-often-sighted rock star is turning his life upside down.

Joe victim Joe Victim: A Thriller by Paul Cleave

Joe Middleton’s story is this: He doesn’t remember killing anyone, so there’ s no way a jury can convict him of serial murder. He calls himself Joe Victim, trying, as he awaits trial, to convince the psychiatrists that he wasn’t in control of his actions, trusting that the system will save him in the end.


And if that doesn’t satisfy your Joe longings, there are entire series devoted to Joes:

Joe Burgess mysteries by Kate Flora

Joe DeMarco novels by Mike Lawson

Joe Grey mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Joe Gunther novels by Archer Mayor

Joe Kurtz novels by Dan Simmons

Joe Ledger novels by Jonathan Maberry

Joe Pike novels by Robert Crais

Joe Rush novels by James Abel

Joe Sandilands mysteries by Barbara Cleverly

So call yourself Joe, buy a cup of Joe, and peruse one of the many Joe books, all in celebration of National Joe Day.

(PS. Share this with all the Joes you know and make their day special.)

10 Books We’re Looking Forward to in March

24 Mar

There’s a light at the end of that winter tunnel! While you’re waiting for spring to finally arrive, why not hunker down with a good book? There are some great ones coming to our shelves in March!

Every month, librarians from around the country pick the top ten new books they’d most like to share with readers. The results are published on LibraryReads.org. One of the goals of LibraryReads is to highlight the important role public libraries play in building buzz for new books and new authors. Click through to read more about what new and upcoming books librarians consider buzzworthy this month. The top ten titles for March are:

  1. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
  2. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  3. Prudence by Gail Carriger
  4. The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose
  5. Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss
  6. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
  7. Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
  8. The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell
  9. The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford
  10. Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy

On Our Shelves: New Romance for March

22 Mar


Hot, sweet, tender, wild – romance any way you like it!


The Devil Takes a Bride – Julia London

Highland Guard – Hannah Howell

A Sinful Deception – Isabella Bradford

Morrow Creek Runaway – Lisa Plumley

What A Devilish Duke Desires – Vicky Dreiling

Earls Just Want To Have Fun - Shana Galen

His Wicked Reputation – Madeline Hunter

The Bedding Proposal – Tracy Anne Warren

The Tempting of Thomas Carrick - Stephanie Laurens

Married To A Perfect Stranger - Jane Ashford

I Loved A Rogue - Katharine Ashe

Diary Of An Accidental Wallflower - Jennifer McQuiston


Romantic Suspense:

Where Secrets Sleep – Marta Perry

The Black Widow - Wendy Corsi Staub


The First Kiss – Grace Burrowes

First Time In Forever – Sarah Morgan

Every Little Kiss – Kendra Leigh Castle

And I Love Her – Marie Force

Secret Harbor - Anna Sullivan

Catching Cameron - Julie Brannagh

Wild Horses - B.J. Daniels

Running Blind - Cindy Gerard

One Wish - Robyn Carr

How To Kiss A Cowboy - Joanne Kennedy

Kiss Me Hello - Grace Burrowes

Back In The Game - Lori Wilde



The Immortal Who Loved Me - Lynsay Sands


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