You know what they say about March, it comes in like a lion & goes out like a lamb. No matter the weather, you might say we’ve got a “menagerie” of programs to entertain, educate, and inspire you this month!
Author Talk: The Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Cheshire resident, John White, will discuss his book, The Pledge of Allegiance & the Star-Spangled Banner: A Patriot’s Primer on the American Spirit and a Citizen’s Guide to Restoring the Republic, which deals with the essence of America—its principles, ideals and values, its history, its future. Registration is required.
New Movie Thursday – Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor. Rated PG. Registration appreciated for this adult program.
Abilities Without Boundaries All Star Band
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Join us for this open house concert with Abilities Without Boundaries All Star Band. Cheshire musician John Ingrassia will lead the All Star Band for their debut performance. John hosts his music therapy class “Music Matters” for Abilities Without Boundaries and has assembled an all star band to perform around the area. No registration required.
From Jazz to Soul with Rhonda Denet and her trio
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2:00 – 3:15pm
Rhonda Denet and her trio were the most popular concert we had last year, so we are bringing them back for “part 2” of From Jazz to Soul! They will perform jazz and soul standards from the 1930s through the 1960s, paying tribute to song stylists from Ella Fitzgerald to Aretha Franklin. No registration required.
Ogham Celtic Alphabet
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Colleen Conway, co-owner and artist of Ogham Art in Southington, will discuss “The Ogham Alphabet: Past & Present”. Represented as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, Ogham is the earliest written form of primitive Irish and the oldest of the Gaelic languages. It is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20 characters. Registration is required.
Introduction to Gmail
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Learn the fundamentals of Gmail; set up an account,learn to compose and send an email. Must be familiar with basic computer knowledge. Registration is required.
Starting Plants from Seed
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00pm
This event, geared to the home gardener, includes: unique method of pre-sprouting large seeds; making pots from newspapers; using found materials for plant markers and mini greenhouses to start small seeds; proper watering and fertilizing; hardening off of plants; and catalogs where heirloom, rare or exotic seeds can be found. Registration is required.
Irish Music with Deirdre McMorrow and Paul Pender
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Enchanting traditional Irish fiddler, Deirdre McMorrow, and guitarist/songwriter, Paul Pender, will energize every Irish native—and those who turn Irish for St. Patrick’s Day– in a concert of traditional and original Celtic songs. No registration required.
Intro to Meditation Workshop
Monday, March 16, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Presenter Tia Mandrozos will explain what meditation is and its positive effects—the many ways that meditating bestows benefits on those who practice it regularly. Tia will also lead a 15 minute guided meditation. Registration is required.
Irish Dancing Through the Ages
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00pm
A program on “Irish Dancing Through the Ages” will be presented by Irene Horgan, Ph.D., Director of Cheshire’s Horgan Academy of Irish Dance. Geared for all ages, the program will include demonstations by Horgan Academy dancers. All attendees will be invited to learn a popular Irish dance step! No registration required.
Nature as Mentor
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Learn the magnificent language of nature in this powerful workshop with Marlow Shami, M.S., who will present an informative talk enhanced by beautiful illustrations, a compelling activity, and a deep relaxing guided meditation. No meditation experience necessary. Registration is required.
Spring Canal Walk @ Lock 12 Park
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 4:00 – 4:45pm
Celebrate the first day of spring with a story and a stroll along the Farmington Canal Trail here in town! We’ll meet at Lock 12 Historical Park, 487 North Brooksvale Road, and explore the changing seasons on foot. Best for ages 5 and up. Registration is appreciated.
Sound Healing Bath
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Join Donatella Moltisanti, internationally renown Sound Healer, for an evening of transformational Soul Healing! Donatella will discuss how music can heal the body and take us to new levels of awareness and peace, then guide participants through an hour-long sound healing journey. Registration is required.
Poetry in Song: A Cheshire High School Choral Concert
Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00pm
The Cheshire High School chorus is going on the road ! Please join us for this special noon-time concert featuring the Cheshire High School chorus. The chorus will be performing choral works by Lauridsen, Stroope, Lauridsen, Whitacre and more, featuring poetry by James Agee, Robert Burns, Robert Frost, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling and others. No registration required.
February’s a short month, but it’s long on programs here at Cheshire Library. Visit our Event Calendar for the full roster of programs for adults & kids this month – here are some highlights!
Explore New Worlds: Virtual Reality Tours
Monday, February 3, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Experience virtual reality with the library’s Oculus Quest headsets. Choose from 3 of our own Cheshire-based VR adventures or visit other new places and experiences. The event starts at 6pm, but you will be contacted prior to the event with the exact time of your personal session. Sessions will be in the order of registration.
Drop-in Tech Help
- Tuesday, February 4, 1:00 – 2:30pm
- Wednesday, February 19, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Terrific Tweens – Let’s Make Wishing Bracelets!
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 4:00 – 4:45pm
Kids in grades 5-8 can drop in and decorate paper beads on one side with crayons, markers or pencils, and then write a wish on the other. Then we’ll roll them up, string them together and wish for good things! No registration required.
Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 8, 2020 9:00am – 5:00pm
Celebrate your local library today! Stop by the Children’s Room and go on a scavenger hunt, play with toys, crafts, and more! Cheshire residents of any age can get a library card with a photo ID and proof of address. Non-residents can bring their card from their hometown library and get set up to borrow Cheshire materials. And as always, no card is needed to enjoy the day’s activities!
The Winter-Wonderland Music, Bubble and Comedy Show!
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 – 10:45am
This movement-focused 45-minute performance by Turtle Dance Music is a musical experience that is designed to engage children through song, movement, stories, projections, and interactive music technology! Best for children ages 2-12 but younger siblings are welcome to attend. Please register in advance for this program.
Sally Rogers concert
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2:00 – 3:15pm
Join us for a concert of traditional, contemporary and original ballads and songs with acclaimed folk musician and recording artist Sally Rogers. Much of the material Sally performs includes compositions of her own (accompanying herself on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer), many of which are considered classics of the folk and popular genre. No registration required.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Have you purchased a Mac and want to learn more about the applications? In this lecture style class we will go over Calendar, Photos, Finder, Preview and more. To take this class you must have a fundamental understanding of Mac computers. Please bring your fully charged Mac computer and all applicable passwords. Space is limited and registration is required.
Learn to Scan Family Photos
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Do you have albums and boxes of family photos that you would like to digitize? You can do it for free at the Library! Learn how to use the Scannx Scan Center on the library’s lower level in this short hands-on demonstration. Registration is required.
Author Talk: Dear George, Dear Mary
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Author Mary Calvi has written a fascinating book called Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington’s First Love. Did unrequited love spark a flame that ignited a cause that became the American Revolution? Dear George, Dear Mary explores George’s relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America. Books will be for sale and signing after the presentation. Registration is required.
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Being in the presence of Howard Wright as President Abraham Lincoln is an experience you will not soon forget. Dressed in precise period attire and speaking with a Kentucky accent, Lincoln’s mannerisms, speaking style, and humanity flows over the listener with each moving sentence, witty observance, or eloquent description of a tortuous time that was the Civil War. Registration is required.
The Hot Flashes concert
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00pm
The Hot Flashes are an exciting and eclectic group fronted by three female vocalists who have made a name for themselves on the New England music scene showcasing their tight vocal harmonies and jazzy acoustic stylings. Join us for a rousing afternoon of bluegrass, folk, vintage country, swing, jazz, and blues tunes…with a few cowgirl and traditional tunes thrown in for good measure! No registration required.
Principles of Organic Gardening
Monday, February 24, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00pm
This talk by Dr. Yonghao Li from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will explain the basic elements of successful organic gardening including site selection, soil preparation, garden design, irrigation, mulching, fertilization, and disease management. Registration is required.
Monday, February 24, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Come by yourself or bring friends. Test your knowledge from general categories including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course, literature! Registration required for this adult program. When registering please register entire group from one person to a max five people.
The Changing Nature of the American Presidency
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University, will deliver a talk on The Changing Nature of the American Presidency. Dr. Warshauer received his Ph.D. (1997) in American Studies at Saint Louis University and joined the faculty at CCSU that same year. He is the author of several history books. Registration is required.
New England Country Dance
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Join us for a night of dance! Hosted by Rich Sbardella who has been a dance caller for thirty years. Please wear good shoes for dancing! Registration is required for this adult program.
Color Yourself Calm & Watch a Movie
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Back by popular demand! De-Stress from your busy life and color. In addition to coloring we will be watching New in Town (2009, rated PG) starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Registration required for this adult program.
Happy New Year! We’ve packed January with programs to help you start off 2020 right!
New Movie Thursday: Judy (2019)
Thursday, January 2, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Did you miss the screening of a film you wanted to see in theaters? Join us for the first Thursday of the month for a screening of a recently released film. This month we’re screening Judy, the biopic about Judy Garland, starring Renee Zellweger, rated PG-13. Registration is appreciated.
Nekita Waller concert
Sunday, January 5, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Nekita Waller, Connecticut’s 17th State Troubadour, will perform a mix of pop, Motown, soul, jazz, gospel and classic rock favorites together with some of her favoite sidemen! No registration required.
Tuesday Movie Matinees
Tuesdays at 1:00pm
A different popular film on the big screen, Tuesday afternoons at CPL. No registration required.
- January 7: Varsity Blues (1999)
- January 14: Growing Up Smith (2015)
- January 21: Marty (1955)
- January 28: Holiday (1938)
Shooting Vietnam with Author Dan Brookes
Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Shooting Vietnam by Dan Brookes & Bob Hillerby shares firsthand accounts of what it was like to be a military combat photographer in the most photographed war in history. The book contains hundreds of photographs by men who lived the war through the lens of a camera. Registration is required.
Let’s Celebrate the 20’s!
Thursday, January 9, 2020, 2:30 – 4:30pm
Lets celebrate the roaring ’20s! Join us for a screening of Downton Abbey : the Motion Picture (2019). Bring your favorite teacup, tea and light refreshments will be served. Come in 20’s attire and have your picture taken at a speakeasy! Registration is required.
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Want to explore the many great opportunities for your child’s preschool education within the Cheshire community? Representatives from local preschools will be at Cheshire Public Library to give you information regarding school facilities, teaching staff, and educational philosophies. Activities for children and refreshments will be provided. Please register so we can contact you in the event of inclement weather. Snow date is January 18.
Food and Inflammation
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6:30 – 7:40pm
Inflammation in the body is related to many diseases. Marisa McCoy, a Registered Dietitian, will discuss foods that make it worse and foods that make it better. Registration is required.
Intro to iPad
Friday, January 17, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30am
Join us for this lecture style class as we will learn the fundamentals of the iPad. We will go over how to turn on your device on and off and how to use various apps. Bring your fully charge iPad if you own one, but a device is not required. Registration is required.
Intro to Social Media
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Learn the basics of using social media to connect with friends and family. We will cover everything you need to get started using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Registration is required.
How to Spot Fake News
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
This talk by Kenn Venit will focus on what “news consumers” should be aware of in terms of how various media ethics, competitiveness, ownerships ,revenue, bias and other factors may affect news coverage. Registration is required.
Caryn Lin’s One-Woman Musical Extravaganza
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Tradition and technology meet when classically trained violinist Caryn Lin literally transforms sound! With her electric violin and the technology of looping and sound effects, on the spot recordings emerge. Layers of sound with deceptively simple melodies create music that is both other worldly and totally catchy. No registration required.
Monday, January 27, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Come by yourself or bring friends. Test your knowledge from general categories, including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course literature! Registration is required for this adult program (please register entire group, from one person to a maximum of five people).
Books Over Coffee: Killers of the Flower Moon
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Join us for an adult monthly book club program called “Books Over Coffee.” On the last Wednesday of every month we’ll meet from 12-1:30 in The Loft to discuss the selected title. This month we are discussing Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. You bring your lunch, we’ll provide the coffee and tea. Registration is required.
The Kondo/KonMari Organizing Method
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Let this be the year you get organized! Join us as Certified KonMari consultant Christine Thorn of Connecticut presents a informative, in-depth and entertaining talk on Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method™, as detailed Kondo’s bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Registration is required.
It may be cold outside, but we’ve got some hot programming this month at CPL. Check it out:
New Movie Thursday ~ Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)
Did you miss the screening of a film you wanted to see in theatres? Join us for the first Thursday of the month for a screening of a recently released film. This month’s film is Where’d You Go, Bernadette, rated PG-13 and starring Cate Blanchett. Registration appreciated for this adult program.
The Nutcracker performed by Brass City Ballet
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Brass City Ballet celebrates the magic of Christmas in a live, narrated performance of The Nutcracker. Children and adults will delight in the story of Clara and her journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and all her delicious treats. Please register for either the 1:00 show, or the 3:00 show.
Holiday Concert with Boogie Chillun’
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Celebrate the season with Boogie Chillun’! This special concert will engage and captivate adults and kids alike with interactive sing-a-long seasonal holiday songs from multiple traditions. No registration required.
DIY Ornament Making (All Ages)
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Join us for a evening of DIY ornament making! All materials will be provided by the library and each participant will leave with one completed ornament. Stop in anytime between 5:30 and 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.
Play & Learn
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00 – 11:00am
Our drop-in play group for children and their caregivers! Children and their caregivers explore interactive and sensory activities together, encouraging the development of early literacy skills. We will have lots of movement, songs, and a short storytime during the last 20 minutes of the program. Best for ages 2 to 5 years old, no registration required.
Mattatuck Museum Community Art Discussion
Monday, December 16, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30pm
The Mattatuck Museum is looking to engage area residents in a community art discussion based upon some of our exhibitions. Valerie Rodgers, Lead Museum Educator, will present this discussion using images of paintings, artworks, archival photographs and more! Registration is required.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Meet other local families who are educating their children and teens at home while sharing tips, ideas, and educational materials. Please register each child or teen separately.
Terrific Tweens: Let’s Make Wishing Bracelets!
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 4:00 – 4:45pm
Kids in grades 5-8 are invited for fun with art, science, technology, and games. Today we’ll decorate paper beads on one side with crayons, markers or pencils, and then write a wish on the other. Then we’ll roll them up, string them together and wish for good things! No registration required.
Books Over Coffee: Snow Child
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Want to engage in great discussions about books? Meet new people? Eat lunch with friends? Join us for an adult monthly book club. We’ll meet from 12-1:30 in The Loft to discuss the selected title. Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is our December selection. You bring your lunch, we’ll provide the coffee and tea. Registration is required.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Come by yourself of bring friends. Test your knowledge of categories including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course, literature. It’s all for pride, not for prize. Registration is required for this adult program. When registering please register entire group from one person to a max five people.
Holiday Wrapping Event
Thursday, December 19, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Do you have many presents to wrap this holiday season? Need a place to spread out? Need to get away from prying eyes? Join us for a holiday wrapping event. Each participant will have a table, 1 roll of paper, scissors and tape. Feel free to bring your own supplies but please note you must complete your wrapping by 8PM. Space is limited for this fun event, Registration will take place two weeks before and tea/coco will be offered.
DIY Holiday Cards and Gift Bags (All Ages)
Monday, December 23, 2019, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Need a last minute gift bag? Forgot to grab holiday cards? We got you covered! The library will provide all sorts of materials and tools to create one-of-a-kind holiday cards and giftbags. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.
Movies @ the Library: Elf (2003)
Thursday, December 26, 2019, 2:00 – 3:45pm
Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins! Make sure you bring the whole family for a screening of the movie, Elf (2003)! Popcorn will be served. All ages are welcome. Runtime: 97 minutes, rated PG. No registration required.