What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in October

From Phantom to Scavenger Hunt to Halloween Fun, our programs have something for everyone this month!

screen-shot-2011-09-14-at-3-16-10-pmPhantom of the Opera

Saturday Oct 1, 2016, 1:00  –  4:00 PM

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first performance of Phantom of the Opera, the longest running musical on Broadway.  Watch a performance of Phantom filmed on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London and starring Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess. No registration required.
Meet the Phantom!
Pose for pictures with the Phantom before and after the show!
Refreshments will be served.

41lfm8nymqlBreaking Bread: Is Gluten-Free For You?

Monday Oct 3, 2016, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

You’ve heard all this talk about the gluten-free diet. But what is it? And how do you know if you are one of the 30% of the population who should be on it? Heather Jacobsen, author of GOING GLUTEN-FREE: 7 Surprising Facts You Should Know if You Want to Achieve Dietary Success, will discuss just what the gluten-free diet is all about, and whether or not you might benefit from it. If you suffer from chronic symptoms of one kind or another, you might find some answers in her discussion. Registration required.

live_wellLearn How to Self-Manage Your Health

Wednesdays Oct 5, 12, 19, 26,  Nov 2, 9, 2016, 12:30  –  3:00 PM

Attend a FREE 6-week Live Well workshop and learn skills to understand and take control of your ongoing health condition.  Learn better ways of dealing with pain, fatigue, difficult emotions, anxiety and stress.  Learn easy exercises to help improve or maintain strength and energy.  Learn ways to improve your nutrition, appropriate use of medications, and more. Sponsored by the Western CT Area Agency on Aging, the State of CT Department of Aging, and the CT Department of Public Health. Please register for each workshop online.

lgsznxpcn1agybr5xprspoyzInternet Safety Seminar

2 sessions:

  • Wednesday Oct 5, 2016, 1:30  –  3:00 PM, or
  • Thursday Oct 6, 2016, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

Staff from Apex Technology Group will give a presentation on Internet safety, specifically the following topics:

  • Phishing
  • Ransomare
  • Malware
  • Passwords
  • Email safety
  • Good browsing habits

There will be an open forum for Q&A after the session, along with handouts with additional helpful information. Please register online.

tumblr_odiqnpwryl1rmidh1o1_540Town-Wide Instagram Scavenger Hunt

Saturday Oct 8, 2016,  9:30 AM  –  2:00 PM

Grab your family, friends, and mobile device for the second annual Town-Wide Scavenger Hunt! Form a team and assemble at the Library in the morning, then go all around Cheshire snapping photos of clues and posting them to Instagram. Later, meet back at the library for a party and prizes. Learn a little local history and have a lot of fun! Children and adults of all ages are welcome to participate. Teams must provide their own transportation and smartphone/tablet with data service and Instagram app. Registration required. (Registration opens September 1 and ends Friday, October 7.)

122008201420ct20farm20table20final20copyAuthor Talk: Tracey Medeiros

Wednesday Oct 12, 2016, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

Join cookbook author Tracey Medeiros for a discussion of her book, The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, along with a cooking demo. The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook  brings home cooks a stellar collection of 150 delicious recipes from the Nutmeg State’s celebrated chefs and the dedicated farmers, fishers, ranchers, foragers, and cheese makers they partner with to create dynamic New American and New England fare.  Ms. Medeiros will sign copies of her book at the end of the program.  Purchase copies of her book in advance at your local bookstore or online. Registration required.

smylb9Tea and Food Pairings

Thursday Oct 13, 2016, 6:00 PM

Step out of the cold and enjoy some hot tea with Unionville’s own Culteavo! Owner Viviana Pinhasi will take you into the complex and fascinating world of teas, focusing on what foods pair best with different types of tea. Culteavo Tea Shop in Unionville is a local gourmet tea shop offering over 100 kinds of loose-leaf tea, including black, green, oolong and white teas, as well as herbal infusions and tea blends. Space is limited for this adult only program, please register early.

zumba-for-kids-2Zumba® for Kids

Friday Oct 14, 2016, 10:00  –  11:00 AM

Join us for an  hour filled with energy and exercise routines created to the latest music, like hip-hop, reggaeton and cumbia. Zumba® also increases focus and self-confidence, boosts metabolism, and improves coordination and balance. For all ages. [Parents and/or caregivers are welcome to participate with their children.] No Registration Required.

k16061577Halloween Donuts with Grownups

Saturday Oct 15, 2016, 11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Enjoy this Halloween-themed Donuts with Grownups.  Dress up to get in the spirit! Donuts with Grownups Storytime is designed especially for working families with children ages 2 and up who can’t make it to our weekday storytimes. Enjoy crafts, activities, music, stories, and of course Donuts as a family!  Each session will also have a literacy building station to help young ones start building necessary pre-literacy skills or enhance those skills for older children.  Dads are highly encouraged to attend! No registration required.

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-4-54-24-pmDocumentary Screening of Dark Side of the Full Moon

Monday Oct 17, 2016, 6:00 PM

Documentary Screening of Dark Side of the Full Moon (75 min), followed by Q&A Panel.  This film about postpartum mood disorders is both informative and a call to action.  If you are someone interested or concerned about the well-being of mothers, babies and families, please come. Light Refreshments Available. Please register online.

halloween-storytimeHalloween Read Aloud with FEA

Wednesday Oct 19, 2016, 3:30  –  4:15 PM

Come and read with the Future Educators of America (FEA) from Dodd Middle School! Dress up to get in the spirit. There will be stories, crafts, and a snack. For ages 3-6. Please register online.

 maxresdefaultConcert: Belle of the Fall

Saturday Oct 22, 2016, 2:00 PM

Belle of the Fall, an indie-rock vocal duo, will perform at 2:00 pm Saturday October 22 as part of the Cheshire Library’s week-long celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 16-22, 2016). Join us for a family-friendly concert and refreshments!  Belle of the Fall is a male/female vocal duo featuring upright bass and guitar. Think Simon and Garfunkel if Art Garfunkel were female! Lots of harmonies and storytelling can be expected. Free and open to the public, No registration required.

1e9wrmAnime Club Halloween Cosplay Extravaganza

Friday Oct 28, 2016, 3:00  –  4:30 PM

Dress up and act like your favorite character: anime or otherwise! Prizes will be awarded and Japanese refreshments will be provided—this is one event you won’t want to miss!! For grades 7—12, No registration required.

5a1cae8afea21eeba2114615013541fbMonster Mayhem Storytime

Saturday Oct 29, 2016, 11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Bring your favorite little monsters to our Monster Maheym Storytime and “let the wild rumpus start!” We will read some monster stories (not too scary) and enjoy some fun activities that will be sure to make you roar.  Get ready to show your claws, gnash your teeth and stomp your feet! Costumes are welcome! Best suited for ages 2-6. Registration required.

 halloweenparty-300x209Halloween Family Fun

Monday Oct 31, 2016, 4:00 PM

Come celebrate Halloween with activities that are fun the whole family. We will have games, spooky science experiments, and treats from 4-5pm, followed by a family dance party. Wear your costume and bring a friend! Best suited for ages 3 and up. Registration required.

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Thirty Years of Phantom of the Opera

Screen-Shot-2011-09-14-at-3.16.10-PMThis October marks the 30th anniversary of the debut of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera and we’re celebrating on Saturday, October 1st with a showing of the 25th anniversary production filmed on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This lavish performance stars Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess. (Can’t wait for October 1st? Download the 25th anniversary performance from hoopla.)

Phantom originated as a novel by Gaston Leroux that takes place in the Paris Opera House. Nearly everyone connected with the opera house has felt the phantom’s vague, troubling presence. But only Christine Daae will  learn the secret of why the man who has made the tunnels beneath Paris his private domain must forever hide his face behind a mask. Part horror story, part historical romance, and part detective thriller, the tale of a masked, disfigured musical genius is familiar to millions of readers, as well as to movie and theater-goers. Leroux’s phantom is darker and, yes, crazier than the phantom of stage and screen and a comparison of the original story to the play and movie adaptations is a must for all Phantom fans.

So read the book, listen to an audio version, watch the movies and then join us at the library on October 1st to see the ultimate stage production of the longest running musical of all time.

Phantom2And don’t forget! The elusive Phantom himself will be on hand to pose for pictures before and after the show!

 

 

 

Jacket1The Phantom of the Opera downloadable audiobook

 

 

 

Jacket2The Phantom of the Opera DVD.

The  2005 movie starring Gerard Butler.

 

 

jacket3The Phantom of the Opera downloadable movie.

The original version starring Lon Chaney!

 

Jacket4The Phantom of the Opera

The original novel.

Lexile Scores; Understanding and Working With Them

LexileIt does not seem so long ago that schools in the area were depending on DRA and other reading level guidelines where reading levels and age appropriate materials go hand in hand. However, more and more schools and teachers are requiring students to read books that match their current Lexile level, which is problematic for parents and librarians alike, because the subject matter of the book and Lexile level do not always come together as nicely as they do in other reading measurement models.

How it Works
First, lets look at how Lexile scores for books are tabulated. First the text of a book is split into 125-word chunks. Each chunk is then compared to the nearly 600-million word Lexile corpus and words in each sentence are counted. The length and difficulty of the sentences and vocabulary is examined. These calculations are put into the Lexile equation. Then, each of the chunk’s resulting Lexile measure is applied to a model to determine the Lexile measure for the entire text. The problem is that the resulting measurement does not take into account the age-appropriateness, book quality, subject-matter, theme, or other such important factors. It only measures the technical difficulty of the text. For a more in depth look at all the details, I suggest checking the frequently ask questions page on the Lexile website.

lexile3The Lexile scores that students come home with are calculated through assessments done through schools or educational programs. If you want to see which companies and schools are officially working with Lexile to calculate these scores, I would suggest looking at the list of partners on the Lexile website. There are no sample tests available, so there is no measuring your own Lexile or figuring out your child’s level quickly.  However, you can look at the books your child is reading, talk about the books with them to gauge their comprehension, and then look up the books via any of the tools I will share with you below to figure out what level they are comfortably reading  at now.

According to Lexile‘s website the average correlation between grade level and Lexile level can be seen in the chart below. Keep in mind that these are the average; the levels vary in different studies, every child is different, and not all children perform well when it comes to assessment time. So do not feel bound by the Lexile levels or grade levels.

1 Up to 300L
2 140L to 500L
3 330L to 700L
4 445L to 810L
5 565L to 910L
6 665L to 1000L
7 735L to 1065L
8 805L to 1100L
9 855L to 1165L
10 905L to 1195L
11 and 12 940L to 1210L

In Search of the Right Book
The major flaw with the Lexile system is that it scores books or vocabulary and sentence length rather than anything to do with the actual content, and the reading levels the readers are given only takes reading comprehension into account. This means an advanced reader who is young or gentle-hearted is likely to run across book suggestions that are inappropriate or uninteresting if judged only by the Lexile numbers. Finding the right book, at the right level, that interests and is appropriate for the reader can be challenging.

lexile1Lexile is very much aware of the limitations of their system and offers a Find a Book tool that offers book suggestions by Lexile score or grade level (including how difficult the reader finds assigned school reading). The tool then allows the search to be narrowed down by subject matter, genre, and more. It can be a good tool when you are first starting the search for reading material. They also offer tool to find the Lexile level of books and articles.

NoveList also offers book finding help in its advanced search (enter the NoveList site via the Reading Resources toggle on the Cheshire Library website). Grade level, Lexile range, intended audience, and other options are available to help narrow down the books that fit the Lexile level, interests, and age appropriateness for your reader. Scholastic’s Book Wizard also offers some search tools to help find an appropriate book, or the Lexile level of a particular book. Even Amazon is getting onto the Lexile bandwagon and offers Lexile and Age range as limiters in their book searches.

Unfortunately, our catalog does not allow for search by Lexile level, although some catalog records do include Lexile level. However, if you use one of the tools listed you can easily use that list of suggested books to find or place holds on materials in our catalog. Also, do not be afraid to stop in the Children’s Room for help finding books, or placing holds. We are always happy to help!

Jane Austen Spinoffs

If one way to measure the popularity of an author is to note the number of spinoffs that his or her work has created, then Jane Austen is high on the popularity list!

longbourn Longbourn by Jo Baker
This is the story of Sarah, the Bennet’s housemaid in Pride and Prejudice, as she serves in their household while the events of the classic unfold. However, the downstairs is just as eventful as the upstairs, especially when a new footman arrives.

 

prideandprejudiceandzombiesPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
This is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice during a zombie apocalypse. Elizabeth Bennett is fighting off the zombie infestation after a plague has settled on the village. However, she also finds herself fighting Mr. Darcy after his arrival.

 

scargravemanorJane Austen and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron
This is the first book in a mystery series about Jane Austen as a detective. In this book, Jane’s friend Isobel is newly wed to a man who is many years her senior. Then, during the night, her new husband dies. Soon after his death, Isobel’s maid accuses Isobel of murdering her husband and committing adultery with her late husband’s nephew.

anassemblysuchasthisAn Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan
This is the story of Pride and Prejudice, told from the point of view of Fitzwilliam Darcy. This is the book to read if you wish to know more about the mysterious man and his view of the events in the classic novel.

 

janeaustenThe Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen by Lindsay Ashford
Anne Sharp was Jane Austen’s governess. Ever since Jane’s death twenty-six years earlier, Anne has held onto a lock of Jane’s hair. However, Anne is following up on a suspicion that she has carried with her all this time. Jane may have been murdered, and the lock of hair may prove it.

 

missingmanuscriptofjaneaustenThe Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James
Samantha McDonough finds a letter that laments a missing manuscript at an estate in Devonshire. The author of both the letter and the manuscript is thought to be none other than Jane Austen. All that that Samantha needs to do is figure out a way of working with Anthony Whitaker, the handsome owner of the estate.

 

emmaEmma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith
As the title describes, this is the modern version of the classic novel about a young woman who interferes in the lives of those around her. Fresh from college, Emma is kept busy by running her own business, caring for her father, and playing matchmaker.

 

northangerabbeyNorthanger Abbey by Val McDermid
This is a modern retelling of Northanger Abbey. Cat Morland, who loves to read novels, constantly fantasizes about experiencing adventures. So, when she travels to Edinburgh to attend a festival, she begins to wonder about the mysterious Northanger Abbey and its seemingly perfect residents, one of whom is very handsome.

 

 

New Fiction Coming Soon! September/October

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Want a little heads up on when your favorite author is publishing a new book?  Here are some of the new fiction hardcover books coming out in September and October.  Clicking on the title will bring you to our catalog where you can place a hold if you’d like.   For a more extensive list, please see the ‘Coming Soon’ poster in our lobby.

September

pushing up daisiesBeaton, M.C.Pushing Up Daisies –  When a wealthy land developer who had been planning to turn a community garden into a housing estate winds up dead, Agatha Raisin is hired by the victim’s accused son to clear him of suspicion and identify the real killer among numerous suspects.    

homeCoben, HarlanHomeWhen one of two boys kidnapped from their wealthy families resurfaces a decade later, the young survivor is observed by two peers who would discover the fate of the other missing boy.

 

pirateCussler, ClivePirateConfronted by a determined adversary, husband-and-wife treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo embark on an international quest involving an 800-year-old relic and a brutal murder.

 

christmas caramelFluke, JoanneChristmas Caramel Murder  Preparing for the town’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” Hannah supports her friend, Lisa, who is implicated in the murder of her husband’s ex-girlfriend.

 

darkest journeyGraham, HeatherDarkest JourneyLooking to clear her father from suspicion in the murder of two Civil War reenactors, Charlie reunites with Krewe of Hunters agent Ethan Delaney on a cruise to get close to the reenactors and identify who has a motive to kill.

 

razor girlHiaasen, CarlRazor Girl Involved in a car accident with a young scam artist, a man helplessly watches his life spiral out of control in the wake of a sand-stealing company, a Hawaiian-shirt-clad NYC mafia capo, a reality show accordionist and other eccentric characters.

 

downfallJance, J.A.DownfallJuggling her pregnancy, family deaths, her daughter’s imminent departure for college and a reelection campaign, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady investigates two suspicious falling deaths that may be the work of a serial killer.

 

the wishLewis, BeverlyThe WishYears after her best friend’s seemingly devout family is expelled from the Amish church for reasons no one will discuss, a heartbroken Leona receives a letter from her friend and leaves Lancaster Counter at the risk of her own shunning in the hopes of persuading her friend to return to Amish ways.

denim and lacePalmer, DianaDenim and LaceRough-and-tough Texas rancher Cade Hollister worries that lovely rich-girl Bess Samson will prove to be his downfall, so he suppresses his passion, leaving her to follow her heart and uncover the real reasons for their incompatibility.

 

woman of godPatterson, JamesWoman of GodScrutinized as the world’s first woman papal candidate, Brigid Fitzgerald, a doctor on the front lines in Sudan, reflects on her difficult childhood and a series of trials that have tested her faith before a high-stakes battle compels her to convert her enemies to a cause that threatens the Church and her life.

revenge in aPerry, AnneRevenge in a Cold RiverUnable to remember anything before the carriage accident he suffered years earlier, Commander William Monk is framed for murder by a man from his past and must rely on the help of his wife and close friend to prove his innocence.

 

apprenticeRobb, J.D.Apprentice in DeathInvestigating a Central Park sniper attack that has left three dead, Eve Dallas discovers that the killer was potentially miles away from the victims and may be the protegee of an even more deranged shooter.

 

October

cakewalkBrown, Rita Mae Cakewalk A post-World War I tale set in the Maryland community of Six of One finds residents split between belief systems on the Mason Dixon line, where free-thinking sisters Louise and Julia Hunsenmier and their indelible friends explore small-town sins and rivalries.

undeadDavidson, MaryjaniceUndead and DoneA conclusion to the best-selling series finds the PR team of Queen Betsy scrambling to contain the fallout of her first press conference, the Devil’s escape, the arrival of the werewolves and the assistance of the mermaids.

 

order to killFlynn, VinceOrder to KillA follow-up to the best-selling The Survivor finds anti-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp chasing false leads throughout the world to prevent nuclear weapons from falling into terrorist hands before posing as an American ISIS recruit in Russia, where he uncovers a catastrophic plot.

the whistlerGrisham, JohnThe Whistler A follow-up to the highly successful Rogue Lawyer combines the author’s signature legal savvy and high-suspense storytelling, in a latest thriller that pits an unforgettable cast of characters against unexpected twists and turns.

 

all the littleHarris, CharlaineAll the Little LiarsWhen four kids including her brother go missing from school and a dead body is found where they were last seen, a pregnant Aurora organizes a personal investigation that exposes the activities of a gang of bullies and her brother’s gambling debts.

 

winter stormHilderbrand, ElinWinter StormsA conclusion to the best-selling trilogy finds the Quinn family’s efforts to reunite and prepare for a long-anticipated wedding during the Christmas season overshadowed by a health scare, addiction problems and commitment issues.

night watchJohansen, IrisNight Watch When the surgeon who made it possible for her to see goes missing, Kendra Michaels recruits government agent Adam Lynch to accompany her on a trail that leads to the snowy California mountains, where the discovery of one of the doctor’s brutally murdered colleagues reveals the work of a killer.

kill or be killedPatterson, JamesKill or Be KilledAn anthology of four faced-paced thrillers collects four BookShots suspense stories”The Trial,” “Little Black Dress” “Heist,” and “The Women’s War by the author of the best-selling Women’s Murder Club series and such regular Patterson co-authors Emily Raymond and Shan Serafin.

 

missingPatterson, JamesMissingCraig Gisto and his elite team at Private Sydney are tasked with finding Eric Mossùthe, CEO of a high-profile research company, who has had all trace of his existence wiped away.

 

 

small greatPicoult, JodiSmall Great Things Hesitating to treat the newborn of a white supremacist couple who has demanded that a white nurse assist them, a black nurse is placed on trial in the tragic aftermath and is aided by a white public defender with whom she begins questioning their beliefs as the case becomes more racially charged.

excape clauseSandford, JohnEscape ClauseVirgil Flowers’ investigation into the theft of two rare Siberian tigers from the Minnesota zoo is complicated by a summer visit from his girlfriend’s sister, who would seduce him.

 

sex, liesWoods, StuartSex, Lies, and Serious Money New York City cop-turned-Manhattan law firm rainmaker Stone Barrington tackles a high-suspense case.

 

 

For more favorite authors’ titles, see our ‘Coming Soon’ poster in our lobby.