What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in December

December means heading  warp speed into the holiday season. Take a break from the craziness with some of the free programs at Cheshire Library. Here’s a few of the things our calendar for December:

jewelry_makingJewelry Jam

Wednesday Dec 2, 2015,  6:00  –  8:00 PM

Join us for an evening of fun, free jewelry making! The holidays are just around the corner…make a necklace for yourself and earrings as a gift..or keep them all! Seating is very limited and registration is required. Register online  or call 203-272-2245 ext. 4.

Color Yourself Calm

Thursday Dec 3, 2015, 6:00  –  8:00 PM

Our last program was such a success, we decided to do it every month! De-stress your busy life with a relaxing night of coloring. We’ll provide coloring pages and supplies, but feel free to bring your own pages, art supplies. Meets the first Thursday of every month, no registration required.

Yu-Gi-Oh: It’s Time to Duel!

Friday Dec 4, 2015, 2:30  –  4:30 PM

A Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game tournament here at CPL!   Just bring your cards, and join in the fun!  No registration required, Grades 7-12.

Read, Play & Learn Storytime

talksingreadwriteplaySunday Dec 6, 2015, 2:00  –  4:00 PM

Join us for stories, songs, activities and play that promote the five best practices of Every Child Ready to Read  — talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing — for developing language and pre-reading skills. This program will start with a storytime with books, songs, and rhymes followed by activities such as a writing or art station.  The last hour of the program will be play based, with children given puppets, dress-up clothes, blocks and other toys to foster imaginative play! Best for ages 3-6, no registration required.

20151056253046a9e8cMarrow Donor Registry Drive

Monday Dec 7, 2015, 1:00  –  7:00 PM

As the holidays near, the library invites you to consider giving the greatest gift of all—life– by participating in the “Be the Match” bone marrow registration drive.  A representative from “Be the Match” will be here to answer any questions and explain what the commitment involves.  The age for potential donors is 18-44 years old.  If you decide to participate, registration will take about 15 minutes, swabbing the inside of your cheeks with a Q-tip, and providing contact information.  No blood or pain involved!
For thousands with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for life. If you have diverse ancestry, patients especially need you because they are most likely to match someone who shares their heritage.

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Tuesdays at 1:00, no registration required.

Dec 8: Hitched for the Holidays

Dec 15: White Christmas

Dec 22: Miracle on 34th Street

Holiday Read-Aloud with the FEA

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Come read with the Future Educators of America from Dodd Middle School for a special Holiday Storytime.  We will be reading books, creating crafts, and snacks will be provided. Ages 3-6. Register online  or call 203-272-2245 ext. 3.

Entywned Early Music presents a Renaissance Christmas

Sunday Dec 13, 2015, 2:00 PM

The Entwyned Early Music trio performs Renaissance settings of some of our most beloved Christmas carols, and a few charming surprises too. This historically informed performance with lutes, voice, Renaissance flutes, and viola da gamba, celebrates the season with sounds you won’t hear anywhere else. This concert is free and open to the public.

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Monday Dec 14, 2015, 6:30  –  7:30 PM

The Cheshire Cats Classics Club meets once per month on a Monday evening, to discuss those classics you’ve always been meaning to read. This month we are discussing The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Copies are available at the Checkout Desk.
There is limited seating for this event.  For more information regarding this program, contact Jennifer Bartlett at jbartlett@cheshirelibrary.org.

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Sunday Dec 20, 2015,  2:00  –  4:00 PM

Join us for a viewing of the newest Pixar film and fun activities. Children of all ages and their families welcome. No registration required!

Jacket.aspx‘Who Was’ Book Club: Who Was Walt Disney?

Wednesday Dec 30, 2015,  2:00   –  3:00 PM

If you love reading books from the ‘Who Was’ series, then this is the book club for you! This month we’ll be talking about the book Who Was Walt Disney? . Extra copies of the book are available in the Children’s Room.  At the meeting, we’ll chat about what we discovered in the book and do some fun activities inspired by Walt Disney’s life. No registration required – all fans of the series are welcome!

186965019(1)Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party

Thursday Dec 31, 2015, 11:00 AM

Join us for dancing, singing, crafts and more as we count down to noon!  Enjoy juice and cookies as we toast the New Year.  All Ages, No registration required.


What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in November

Lots of things to be thankful for this month at Cheshire Public Library. We begin our Sunday hours (1-5) with a new free performance every week! Lots of other great programs on the calendar, as well. Here’s a sampling:

Deanna-as-soldier-dollThe Nutcracker by the Brass City Ballet

Sunday Nov 1, 2015, 3:00 PM

Where else but in the magical ballet, The Nutcracker, will you see Snowflakes drifting, Flowers waltzing, Mice & Soldiers battling, and Sugarplums dancing? Brass City Ballet brings excerpts of this classic Christmas tale to life with a shortened version of the beautiful classic.  No registration required.


GalvinHannahMikeWeddingGenetic Genealogy

Monday Nov 2, 2015,  6:30  –  8:00 PM

Certified Genealogist Nora Galvin will examine the use of DNA analysis by those researching their family history. This lecture will discuss the types of tests available, explain what can be learned from each test and identify the companies that offer the tests. There will be discussion of strategies for figuring out relationships based on DNA data. Seating for this event is limited.  Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.  This program is funded by the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library.


CRamaColor Yourself Calm

Wednesday Nov 4, 2015,  6:00  –  8:00 PM

De-stress with a night of relaxing activities for adults. Drop in any time from 6pm to 8pm and enjoy coloring pages, soothing music, warm drinks, and other calming crafts. All the necessities will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorite coloring books, coloring supplies, yarnwork, or other projects. This program will take place on the library’s Upper Level.


Hypnosis Works! Hypnosis for Stress Reduction and Relaxation

Thursday Nov 5, 2015, 6:30  –  8:00 PM
Join James M. Vera,  CH.t Certified hypnotist, for an evening of stress reduction and relaxation. Discover what hypnosis is and what hypnosis is not and experience a group relaxation session using mindfulness. Hypnosis can be used to help manage pain, reduce anxiety and stress, increase sports performance, improve scholastic performance, and control bad habits. Please register online.

It’s Time For Tea

Saturday Nov 7, 2015, 2:00  –  3:30 PM

Come join us for a presentation by R.C. Bigelow Tea on the history and benefits of tea.  Bring a friend and your favorite tea cup for this fun event.  A cup of tea and light refreshments will be served.  Space is limited, please register early. Please register online  or call 203-272-2245 ext.4.


Lion-Witch-Wardrobe-bookThe Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe

Sunday Nov 8, 2015, 2:00 PM

Step with us through the door of an old wardrobe and enter a snowy world laced with fantasy and wonder. This delightful play is entertainment for the whole family, while still providing insight about the emotional climate of childhood during World War II.  Additionally, the play uses elements of traditional English folklore, Greek mythology, and of course 20th century literature to educate the audience. No registration required.



Thursday Nov 12, 2015, 6:30 PM

Are you curious about forensic science? crime scene investigations? blood pattern analysis? Join Peter Massey, Training Coordinator for the National Crime Scene Training and Technology Center at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at UNH for an evening of forensic science. Please register online  or call 203-272-2245 ext.4.


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Sunday Nov 15, 2015, 2:00 PM

Experience tango as you’ve never heard it before as five members of JP Jofre HTCB – JP Jofre, bandoneon, Eric Silberger, violin, Amy Kang, cello, Chris Johnson, bass and Pablo Cafici, piano – come to Cheshire Public Library.  No registration required.


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Tuesday Nov 17, 2015,  6:30  –  8:00 PM

Felicia Ortner, who’s been involved in bear research in Connecticut for 25 years, will describe the resurgence of this remarkable survivor that once was extinct here and is now rapidly increasing, numbering in the many hundreds of individuals. There are bear sightings throughout the year in Cheshire and surrounding towns. Ortner, a Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist and a bear enthusiast, provides education about bears and helps dispel misunderstandings. Please register online  or call 203-272-2245 ext. 4.


silk-n-soundsSilk’n Sounds

Sunday Nov 22, 2015, 3:00 PM
Silk’n Sounds is the Greater New Haven’s premier women’s a cappella chorus.  The chorus recently took 2nd place in the 2015 Harmony Inc. Area 2 Contest, qualifying to compete in the International Competition in November, and winning multiple awards.  This concert is free and open to the public, no registration required.

imagesQuilts of Valor

Tuesday Nov 24, 2015, 7:00 PM

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts of valor. Please join us to learn more about the QOVF and to see and touch some beautiful quilts.  Please register online  or call 203-272-2245 ext. 4.