It’s cold outside, but we’ve got some hot programming to warm you up this month. Here’s some of what’s in store for December.
December Art Show–Assemblages by Sarah Schneiderman
This month’s exhibition by Sarah Schneiderman, MFA tells the stories of some barrier breakers from marginalized groups and celebrates their wins.
TAB: Teen Advisory Board (Grades 6-12)
- Thursday, December 1, 2022, 3:45 – 4:45pm
- Thursday, December 15, 2022, 3:45 – 4:45pm Holiday Party!
The Teen Advisory Board is a group of teens in grades 6-12 who want to take an active part in helping the library and the community. Giveaways and snacks will be provided. Register on our volunteer Signup page and you will receive community service credit. You will earn 1 hour of community service credit for attending this event and 1 hour for every additional hour spent working on projects outside of the event.
Baby & Toddler Playgroup (Ages 0-36 months)
- Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 10:00 – 10:30am
- Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 10:00 – 10:30am
A playgroup for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers to socialize and connect. Children will enjoy unstructured play with their peers and age appropriate toys provided by the library. Registration is required. Best for ages 0-36 months and their caregivers.
Open Art Studio
Fridays from 1-3pm
Bring your works in progress and supplies to this weekly drop-in art program. This is an opportunity to create in a collaborative environment with other artists. No formal instruction will be provided, but informal critiquing for those who want it is encouraged. Table covers will be provided. There is a sink in the room for basic cleanup (please do not bring turpentine).
The Hot Flashes Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 3, 2022 2:00 – 3:00pm
The Hot Flashes will be returning to Cheshire to perform their popular holiday concert, blending upbeat, fun and familiar songs with more contemplative quiet music coupled with the Flashes’ captivating on-stage camaraderie.
- Tuesday December 6: Somewhere in Time
- Tuesday December 20: The Man Who Invented Christmas
Join us in the Library Loft for a movie on the big screen! No registration is required and movies begin at 1pm. Both movies this month are rated PG.
Cheshire Art League–Mike Berlinski Painting Demonstration
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm
The Cheshire Art League is hosting a presentation by guest artist, Mike Berlinski. Much of Mike’s work is created outdoors in the “plein-air” tradition. For this demonstration, he will set up his French easel and paint a small painting from a photo, describing the process and talking about some of the basics of the painting process along the way. Registration is not required.
Cat Tales Writers Group
Thursday, December 8 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Join us for a monthly open writing group that can help answer your questions on writing, editing, grammar, and publishing. Read a selection of your work to the group for general constructive feedback, or discuss a book you’ve read that might help someone else. Registration is required.
John Singer Sargent: Master with a Brush
Thursday, December 8, 2022, 7:00 – 8:15pm
John Singer Sargent, a masterful nineteenth-century artist, is celebrated for his Grand Manner portraiture of the European and American elite. This online program will explore his most beloved as well as rarely seen images, including portraits, forays into Impressionism and stunning watercolors. Registration required. A Zoom link will be sent to your email one hour before the start of the program.
R & R Book Group (Grades 3-5)
Friday, December 9, 2022, 4:00 – 4:45pm
R & R (Reading & Relaxation) Book Group is an interactive book discussion group, that meets once a month. Refreshments will be served! December’s title: The Potato Chip Puzzles by Eric Berlin. Registration is required.
Caregiver Support Group
Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00pm
A support group for caregivers to share tips, strategies, challenges, and successes. Caregivers of all types are welcome, including spouses and adult children caring for relatives, caregivers to children, and professional caregivers. Registration is required.
Adult Loft Knitters
Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Come socialize, learn, and share your techniques with other knitters. Experience the relaxing and calming effect of knitting. All levels of adult knitters are welcome. Please bring your own yarn and knitting needles (crocheters are also welcome!). This group meets monthly, please register in advance.
Thursday, December 15, 2022, 10:00 – 10:30am
A playgroup for preschoolers and their caregivers to socialize and connect. Preschoolers can enjoy unstructured play with their peers and age appropriate toys provided by the library. Best for ages 3-5 months and their caregivers. Registration is required.
Library After Hours: Bingo Night
Friday, December 16, 2022, 5:00 – 7:30pm
Bring your good luck charms to an evening of action-packed Bingo excitement! Snacks and drinks will be available, but feel free to bring your own. We will also have an ugly sweater competition! Wear your ugliest sweater and the winner will take home a special prize! Players of all ages are welcome. Registration is required for each person and will be checked at the door. Bingo as well as other interactive games will be played from 5:30-7:00pm in the Mary Baldwin Room. The Children’s room, lobby, and lower level will be closed during this event.
Saturday, December 17, 2022, 11:00 – 11:30am
Family Storytime is a drop-in, interactive storytime for children and family members! Learn through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing! This storytime is for children of all ages. No registration is required.
Winter Ball (Ages 0-5)
Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 10:30 – 11:30am
You are cordially invited to the Winter Ball! Please join us on the twenty first of December at ten thirty in the morning at the Cheshire Public Library. There will be music, dancing, playing, and crafts. We request formal attire. Best for ages 0-5. Please register each child. Costumes or formal attire is strongly encouraged.
Cocoa & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, December 22, 2022, 6:30 – 7:00pm
Cocoa & Cookies Storytime is a drop-in, interactive storytime for children of all ages! Enjoy cocoa & cookies and learn through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing! This storytime is for children of all ages. No registration is required.
Jigsaw Puzzle Competition
Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 2:00 – 4:30pm
Looking to get out of the house in the middle of all the winter holidays? Grab your best puzzling buddies and see who’s the fastest puzzler of them all! Winner gets a puzzle prize and bragging rights! This is a great opportunity to do something fun with visiting friends and family. Sign up as a team of 3-5 people, or sign up as a single or pair and we’ll place you on a larger team. You’ll have two hours to complete a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, provided by the library. Please leave personal puzzling equipment at home. We will provide puzzle trays and snacks. Registration required. To accommodate as many participants as possible, registrations will go on the wait list for staff to review, and you will be notified when your registration is approved. Priority will be given to Cheshire residents.
Crazy Librarian’s Office: Teen Escape Room (Grades 6-12)
Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
A teen escape room set in a “Crazy Librarian’s Office”, work as a team to solve the puzzles and get the final prize! For teens in grades 6-12. Registration required.