What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in January

The new year is right around the corner! Start 2019 off right with educational and entertaining programs from Cheshire Library! Here are a few to tempt you:

Scrabble Evenings

Tuesdays (Jan 8, 15, 22, and 29), 6:00 – 8:00PM

The perfect winter pastime – bring your friends & family and join your community in a game of Scrabble every Tuesday night in January. Please bring your up-to-date library card to check out a game board at the Checkout Desk, them meet your fellow players on the newly renovated Upper Level. No registration required.

Bad Art Night

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00PM

Bad Art Night is back! At this laid-back, fun event we encourage you to make the worst piece of art that you can. Bad art and craft supplies will be provided, but you can also bring your own. This even is for adults, because why should kids get to have all the fun? Come join us and have a few laughs while you’re at it! Registration is required.

Survivors Swing Band Concert

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30PM

The Survivors Swing Band are a Connecticut-based 7-piece professional jazz band that play the hot tunes and soothing ballads from the fabulous era of Swing plus many of the wonderful melodies from the two decades that followed. Bring your dancing shoes!

Meditation: a 3-Part Program

Wednesdays, (January 16, 23, and 30), 6:30 – 8:00PM

This is a three week meditation training led by Sue Maisano. It is advisable to stay committed to complete all three parts, because each training session builds upon the previous session. This workshop meets three times: each class builds on the previous ones, it is recommended that you register for all three sessions: January 16, January 23, January 30.

Teen Drop-in Programs:

Anime Club : Friday, January 4, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30PM

Can’t get enough Anime and Manga? Be an “Otaku” and join the Cheshire Anime Club! We’ll meet monthly, read and talk about what’s hot in the world of Manga, and watch some of the latest Anime releases on the big screen! Grades 7 -12.

Yu-Gi-Oh: It’s Time to Duel! : Friday, January 25, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30PM

A Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game tournament here at CPL!   Just bring your cards, and join in the fun!  Grades 7-12.

Abraham Lincoln: the Life of an American President

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00PM

Born in a log cabin, he rose through self-education to the highest office in the land. However, he was considered by many to lack the qualifications needed for the intellectual and political demands of his position. This program will explore the life and personality of this powerful but surprisingly enigmatic figure in our history, including his childhood, professional career and political ambitions. Registration is required.

Documentary Film: The White House Inside Story

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00PM

Celebrate the 200-year history of the White House through the stories of the First Families who have called it home, and through the recollections of workers, historians and members of the press who have spent time within the illustrious building. Registration is appreciated for this adult program.

U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band Concert

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00PM

The United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band will be performing classic jazz, blues, and rags with a “New Orleans” flavor. The Dixieland Jazz Band has entertained audiences across America, and around the world. Please join us for a very special concert!

UPDATE: The band will not be able to perform if the U.S. government is still in shutdown on January 27. Please check the CPL Event Calendar before the event to see if the concert has been cancelled.

The Geography of Coffee

Monday, January 28, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00PM

This talk will discuss the role of geography in understanding production, movement, and consumption of coffee around the world. Which countries are coffee powerhouses and why? What is the role of sustainability in coffee production? Why was it considered the “devil’s drink” for so long? We will include a tasting and food pairing from three different coffee growing regions of the world. Registration is required.

An Evening with First Lady Dolley Madison

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00PM

“Mrs. Madison” will speak about the founding of our nation,  her husband James Madison’s role as the Father of the American Constitution, and events of the early Republic. Registration is required.

 

 

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in May

Another  great lineup of programs scheduled for May, including our semi-annual Book Sale!

Book Sale!

May 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Join the fun and save on great books!  This is the time to stock up  on summer reading.  See the biggest and best selection of bargain priced books!  We have something for everyone from popular current bestsellers to children’s books to great literature. The Friends have also added a large collection of vintage books to the Spring Sale. More Information

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Gardeners’ Best Friends: Websites & Books to Grow By
Tuesday May 6th at 7:00pm

Join us for conversation, books, and websites to help you grow your best garden ever. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
More Information
Register for this program

Visit our Green Thumb board on Pinterest!

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Anime Club Xtra
Tuesday May 13th at 6:00pm

Full-length Anime movies and a wider variety of Anime shows will be offered for your viewing pleasure! High school age and up. No registration required! More Information

Visit the Teen Page of our website!

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Afghan Post
Wednesday May 14th at 7:00pm

Adrian Bonenberger, author of Afghan Post, will talk about his two tours of duty in Afghanistan & the things he learned about heroism, leadership & survival. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
More Information
Register for this program

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Fab Film Saturdays
Saturday May 17th at 2:00pm

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. The magical, mythical adventures of teenager Percy Jackson – son of the Greek god Poseidon – continue in this heroic, action-packed thrill ride! No registration required!
More information

Visit the Kids Page of our website!

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Neil Fitzpatrick, Classical Guitar
Sunday May 18th at 4:00pm
Guitarist Neil Fitzpatrick returns to the Cheshire Public Library for our May Sunday Showcase Concert. No registration required! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

More Information

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Vegetable Gardening Basics
Tuesday May 20th at 7:00pm
Grow vegetables all year long! Learn about selecting the site, building the garden, planting, tending & harvesting. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. More Information
Register for this program
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Joseph Pierce & the 14th CT Volunteer Infantry
Wednesday May 21th at 7:00pm

Civil war reenactor and author Irving Moy will present the story of Joseph Pierce & the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  More Information
Register for this program

 

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in April (no fooling!)

April 2014 

NEWS AND EVENTS AT CHESHIRE LIBRARY

Song and Dance of the Scottish Highlands
Sunday Showcase Concert 

Sunday April 13, 4:00 pm

 

Gaelic singer Maggie Carchrie will perform with her husband, bagpiper  Thomas Leigh, for our April Sunday Showcase Concert.  Maggie delights listeners with her crystal clear voice and her mastery of the unique sounds and rhythms of Gaelic Song.

 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this program is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but for further information  please contact Jenn Bartlett at: jbartlett@cheshirelibrary.org.
All ages welcome!

                     Etsy.com: Set Up and Sell                   

 Tuesday, April 1, 7 PM

Do you want to start your own handmade business but you’re not sure where to begin?  Go on a guided tour of Etsy.com with handmade business educator, Jennifer St. Jean.  Jen has been selling on Etsy since 2009, and has had thousands of sales both on and off Etsy. Jen’s Etsy shop name is ittybittybag.
To register, visit our website .

Root Out Non-Native Invasive Plants 
Monday April 7, 7:00 pm

Many species of non-native invasive plants grow in Cheshire , taking over landscapes, destroying habitat diversity and posing threats to beneficial trees and shrubs.  Learn to identify and eradicate or control Oriental bittersweet, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard, burning bush and multiflora rose without the widespread application of herbicides.

This program will be led by Suzanne Simone, Cheshire Environmental Planner, certified horticulturist and membership coordinator with the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group.

To register, please visit our website.

               Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Wednesday, April 16 7:00 pm 
Our April pick is A Brave New World byAdolous Huxley.Written in 1931, this powerful work of speculative fiction has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.This month’s book is available to check out at the library.

To register, please visit our  

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    Ecology of the North American Porcupine

Tuesday April 8, 7:00 pm
Did you know that the porcupine is the world’s 3rd largest rodent? Join us to learn more about this fascinating animal, common in Connecticut but seldom seen due to its solitary and mostly nocturnal habits. CT DEEP Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Gerri Griswold will bring an un-releasable porcupine for an hour long program.
To register, visit our website.

                               Forgive Me                                

Thursday April 10, 6:00 pm 

Join us for a screening of Forgive Me, the anti-bullying film produced by Cheshire High School graduate Nicholas Lamoreux.  After the film, representatives of Yale University’s anti-bullying group It Ends Today, will give a short presentation.To register, visit our website.

                   Where to Hike in Cheshire                

Monday April 21, 7 PM

Cheshire has over 1,400 acres of open space available for a variety of passive recreation. Join Cheshire Environmental Planner Suzanne Simone as she shares information about property locations, access, topography and uses.  Property maps will be available.
To register, visit our website

                  Hiking Hidden Connecticut                 

Tuesday Apr 22, 7:00PM
Although Connecticut is one of the smallest states, it has an abundance of hiking opportunities, and many are right outside your door.  Join
Hartford Courant feature writer Peter Marteka as he shares his thoughts about ‘Hidden Connecticut’ and his favorite hikes in the state.  His hiking columns ‘Nature’s Path’ and ‘Way to Go’ can be found in the paper edition of the Courant or on their website.

To register, visit our website.

  April Movie Matinee 

 

April is classic comedy month at the library! All movies are at 1:00 pm on Tuesdays.

April 1  

Some Like It Hot

 

April 8 

Adam’s Rib 

    

April 22 

What’s Up, Doc?  

 

 

                      Friends of the Library                      

Lobby Vintage Book Sale

 

Visit the Vintage Lobby Book Sale going on now in the front lobby of the Cheshire Public Library.  Feel nostalgic for the finely made books of your youth, see rare out-of-print editions not normally found for sale anywhere, and find that favorite classic.  All books have been individually priced, most at under $5.   

Semi-Annual Book Sale Preview Night  

 

The Spring Sale Preview, our giant book sale preview, will be on Wednesday April 30.  This preview sale is only open to members of the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library, so sign up now.  Get first crack at thousands of bargain priced books before the general public.

 

Friends memberships start at $8 for Seniors and $10 for an individual.  Click here for a form or more information. You can join at the door that night, but you will get in faster if you are already signed up.  Don’t wait, support your local library now!

 

Spring Library Book Sale

 

The Spring Library Book Sale will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 1, 2, and 3

Join the fun and save on great books!  This is the time to stock up  on summer reading.  See the biggest and best selection of bargain priced books!   We have something for everyone, from popular current bestsellers to children’s books to great literature.

Donate Books for a Tax Deduction!

 
Just a reminder that The Friends of the Cheshire Public Library is a 501(c)(3) tax-designated organization. This means you can become a member, donate books, music, DVDs, or give a monetary donation for a tax deduction. When you drop off donations, simply stop at the front desk of the library and ask for a donation receipt. You can make a difference to the library community and save on your taxes next year.

                     Children’s Programs

 

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Phantasy Baseball Talk & Book Signing
Author John Hoda
Saturday April 5, 10:30 am
Best for 10 and up.

 

When a Little League coach wins a trip to Phantasy Baseball Camp, it sets in motion an unforgettable season with his beloved Philadelphia Phillies.

Refreshments will be served.
To register or for more information.

 

 

April Vacation Week Programs
 
Magic Show with Chick Kelman
 

Saturday April 12 
10:30 am

All ages

To register or for more information.

 

Martial Arts and Zoology Program

Monday April 14
2:00 pm or 3:15 pm
Ages 6 and up.
To register or for more information.
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Thursday April 17
2:00 pm

Vacation week special Fab Film!  No registration required. 

Traveling Lantern Theater Company Presents Pinocchio 

Wednesday April 16
10:30 am
Ages 3 and up
To register or for more information.

Come on in and enjoy some great box office kids’ movies with Fab Films  at Cheshire Public Library! 

 


Saturday April 5, 2:00-4:00 pm.Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
Please check the Kids’ page on our website for a complete list of our regular popular children’s programs. Registration for April-May storytimes begins on April 1.  Registration for the May session of our popular after school science program, Gizmos, Gadgets and Goo begins April 15.
See our calendar  to register or for more information.

                           Just For Teens                             
Please join us for the following teen programs:
April 15, 6:00 pmAnime Club Xtra

April 25, 2:30 pm –Yu-Gi-Oh: It’s Time to Duel

 

See the library’s teen page or the calendar  for  more information! 

              Library Closed on  Good Friday             

The library will be closed on Friday April 18 for Good Friday.

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in March

Lots to see and do this month at Cheshire Library – mark your calendars for the following events:

  • Headin’ Home – Sunday Showcase Concert

10Sunday March 9, 4:00 PM

Hailing from Cheshire, Headin’ Home is a father/daughter duo featuring Dan Hedden on guitar and vocals and Christine Hedden on fiddle. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the pair will perform classic Celtic tunes.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this program is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!

  • Friends of the Library Vintage Booksale

 Thursday March 13

The Friends of the Library are preparing their first-ever one-day Vintage Book Sale for Thursday March 13, 2014 from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm at the Cheshire Public Library.

All books have been individually priced and range from $1 to $100.  The great majority are under $5.  For your browsing pleasure, the books will be organized by decades. You may find that special book from your childhood or a out-of-print title you have always wanted to own!

Also… Cookbooks are half-price until March 15 at the Friends Lobby Booksale!

  • Learn To Play Blackjack! 

Wednesday March 19, 7:00 pm

An introductory course in state-of-the-art strategies with Richard Harvey.  Harvey, bestselling author, world-renowned innovator of new blackjack strategies and expert player, teaches cutting edge concepts so all can understand what it takes to win at the game “21.”

To register, please visit our website.
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Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 pm 
Our March pick is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Set against the terror and turmoil of the French Revolution, A TALE OF TWO CITIES is one of Charles Dickens’s most loved works, an historical adventure of high drama and surprising depth.

This month’s book is available to check out at the library.

To register, please visit our website.
  •  SAT Preparation Seminar

Monday March 24, 6:30-8:00 pm
Well-known area language arts tutor Ellis Ratner will present a free SAT Preparation Seminar.   Mr. Ratner will address all aspects of the Reading and Writing Sections, including sentence completion, reading comprehension, grammar and essay writing.   Attendees will also receive, free of charge, an SAT Preparation Primer authored by Mr. Ratner.  Mr. Ratner’s qualifications and experience as SAT Preparation Tutor are detailed on his website, www.eratnertutor.com.
To register, visit our website.
  • Mountain Lions in Connecticut              

Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:00 pm

The mountain lion once roamed free and wild all across the Northeast. It was eradicated from this region in about 1890 and declared officially extinct here in 2011, only one month before a 140 pound male cougar was struck by a car and killed in Milford, Connecticut. If they are extinct then why do so many people see them and how do you explain the recent kill? Robert Tougias will answer this question and discuss the future of the large carnivore here in New England.  Robert Tougias is a nature author and has been studying the eastern cougar for two decades.  He is the author of the book The Quest For The Eastern Cougar.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Cheshire Planning Department and the Cheshire Library.

To register, please visit our website.
  • The Art of Psysanka: Ukrainian Easter Eggs

Wednesday March 26, 7 PM

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Join Wallingford resident Gloria Paproski Horbaty as she shares her talents in the beautiful and ancient art of pysanka: the Ukrainian Easter Egg. Horbaty will speak about the history and folklore of the the pysanka and will give a short demonstration on how pysanky are created.To register, visit our website.
  • Growing Herbs Organically

Monday March 31, 7 PM
Growing Herbs Organically will be presented at the Cheshire Public Library on Monday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m.
Carole Miller of the Topmost Herb Farm in Coventry, CT leads a show-and-tell lecture on growing herbs organically.  This program will provide an overview of her experiences in growing both culinary and medicinal herbs; which varieties grow best in our zone, best planting and harvesting methods, and a few organic strategies in dealing with pests and diseases.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Cheshire Planning Department and the Cheshire Library.

To register, visit our website.
Looking ahead to April…

  • Etsy.com: Set Up and Sell

 Tuesday, April 1, 7 PM

Do you want to start your own handmade business but you’re not sure where to begin?  Go on a guided tour of Etsy.com with handmade business educator, Jennifer St. Jean.  Jen has been selling on Etsy since 2009, and has had thousands of sales both on and off Etsy. . Don’t forget to bring questions about selling your work online. Jen’s Etsy shop name is ittybittybag.
To register, visit our website .
  • Celebrate National Poetry Month

 Thursday April 3, 7 PM

 In celebration of National Poetry Month, the library will present Stratford poet Norah Pollard.  Norah has recently released her wistful and joyous new book “In Deep”, her fourth poetry collection.  She has received the Academy of American Poets Prize from the University of Bridgeport, and for several years edited the Connecticut River Review.

To register, visit our website .
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Children’s Programs

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 Starting March 1 you may register for the following programs:
 

Zumba for Kids

Fridays, March 14 and 28
10:00-10:45 AM
Ages 3-6
Silly Sing-a-long 

Friday, March 21
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Ages 5 and under.
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The following programs do not require registration:
Tween Games Drop-In  
Tuesday March 4, 4:00 PM. Ages 8-12.
Wednesday March 5 and 26, 4:00-5 PM. For all ages.

Bookmarks Book Club

Tuesday March 18, 4:00 PM.  Grades 1-3.
Tuesday March 18, 4:00 PM. Grades 4-6
Wednesday March 19, 4:40-5:00 PM. All Ages.

Please check the Kids’ page on our website for a complete list of our popular weekly children’s programs. Registration for March-April storytimes and our after-school science program began on February 15.
See our calendar  to register or for more information.
  •  Just For Teens

Please join us for the following teen programs:

See the library’s teen page or the calendar  for  more information!

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in February…

Another busy month coming up at CPL! Mark your calendars for these events:

February Movie Matinees:

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Tuesdays 1:00pm

 February 4 – Hombre

 February 11 – 3:10 To Yuma

February 18 – Ride the High Country 

  • Control Your Life, Control Your Habits        

Thursday February 6, 7:00 pm

Are you feeling stressed and out-of-control and ready for a change?  Do you want to lose weight, quit smoking or just relax and get a good night’s sleep? Licensed professional hypnotist Fern Tausig will discuss hypnosis and how it can help you improve your physical and mental well-being. Tausig is a motivational speaker and hypnotist specializing in stress management, holistic health, smoking cessation, pain management and energy healing.

To register, visit our website.

  • Classical Pianist Frederick Moyer
Sunday, February 9, 4:00pm 
During over thirty years as a full-time concert pianist, Frederick Moyer has established a vital musical career that has taken him to forty-three countries and to such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, Carnegie Recital Hall, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center. He has appeared as piano soloist with most of the major orchestras of the United States as well as many orchestras of Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.
This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
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  • Forensic History of a Connecticut Slave: The Life and Death of Mr. Fortune
Monday February 10, 7:00 pm
Join us as Quinnipiac University School of Medicine Professor Richard Gonzalez describes his anthropological examination of the remains of an 18th-century Connecticut slave, Mr. Fortune. Fortune’s bones were used by his owner for medical research; hundreds of years later they were donated to the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. More than 200 years after his death, Fortune was given a proper burial. This presentation provides a great example of how modern forensic techniques can contribute to the historical study of slavery and the use of slaves by physicians.
To register, please visit our website.
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  • Vintage Booksale on March 13
The Friends of the Library are preparing their first-ever one-day Vintage Book Sale for Thursday March 13, 2014 from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm at the Cheshire Public Library. All books have been individually priced and range from $1 to $100.  The great majority are under $5.  For your browsing pleasure, the books will be organized by decades. You may find that special book from your childhood or a out-of-print title you have always wanted to own!
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  • Solarize Cheshire!
Wednesday February 19, 7 PM
Want to save money and protect the environment? Tired of electric rates that keep going up? Curious about solar energy and want to learn more? Attend this free information session at the library sponsored by Solarize Cheshire, an exciting new Town/State sponsored solar program that gives local homeowners new and affordable options for solar.
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  • Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm

Our February pick is Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.

Written by Defoe in 1722 under a pseudonym so his readers would think it an actual journal of the ribald fortunes and misfortunes of a woman in eighteenth-century London, the book remains a picaresque novel of astonishing vitality. From her birth in Newgate Prison to her ascent to a position of wealth and  stature, Moll Flanders demonstrates both a mercantile spirit and an indomitable will. This vivid saga of an irresistible and notorious heroine endures today as one of the liveliest, most candid records of a woman’s progress through the hypocritical labyrinth of society ever recorded.

This month’s book is available to check out at the library.  Please join us!  To register, please visit our  website.

  • Fab Film Saturday

February 22, 2:00 pmPLANES (2013).  The world of CARS takes flight in PLANES, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure. Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world’s fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems… he’s not exactly built for speed, plus he’s afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for and the inspiration to soar.

Running Time: 1 hour 31 minutes.  Rated PG.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Feel free to bring your own snacks!

 

   Children’s Programs

 

  • Valentine Read-A-Loud
Wednesday February 12 3:30 pm. Ages 3-6.
 Register after February 1.

  • Zumba for Kids

Friday February 14 10:00 AM. Ages 3-6.

Register after February 1.

  • Special Vacation Week Zoology Workshop

Monday February 17 2:00 PM or 3:15 PM. Ages 6 and up.
Register after February 1.

  • Silly Sing-a-long 

Friday February 21 10:30 AM. Ages 5 and under.
Register after February 1.

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The following programs do not require registration:

Wednesday February 5 and 19  4:00-5 PM. For all ages.

Tuesday February 18, 4:00 PM.  Grades 1-3.

Tuesday February 25, 4:00 PM.  Grades 4-6.

Tuesday February 11, 4:00 PM. Ages 8-12.

 Just For Teens :

Please join us for the following teen programs: