What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in May

May we interest you in a program or two this month? Tons of programs are on the May calendar for kids, teens, and adults, here’s a sampling:

The Art of the Scandal: Thefts, Vandals and Forgeries

Monday, May 2, 2022, 7:00 – 8:15pm

This ONLINE program explores some of the most brazen criminal acts in the art world and features works by artists including da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. Learn more about works that were targeted and how they were recovered and restored for our enjoyment today. Presented by Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious. Registration is required.

Bitcoin and Other Market Trends

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Have you been scratching your head about Bitcoin? What is it? How does it work? Join us for an interesting evening and we will explore cryptocurrency and other trends in the marketplace. Bring your questions! Presented by Tim Baker, CFA, Founder & CEO of Metric Financial, LLC. Registration is required.

Food Explorers – cooking for kids

Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm

Kids will create their own delicious after school snack each week, while learning all about food and nutrition with a Registered Dietitian. Recipes may contain gluten, dairy, and/or eggs. For children in grades 2-6. Please register for each event in the series.

Open Art Studio

Fridays from 1-3pm, May 6, 13, 20, 27

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). Registration is required for each session.

Cat Tales Writers Group

Thursday, May 12, 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.

West Main Music Academy’s Spring Showcase

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Join us to enjoy performances from the West Main Music Academy’s talented and hard-working students, on such instruments as guitar, piano, violin, viola, ukulele, drums, vocal performances, and more. These music students and their teachers have put a tremendous amount of dedication, practice, and passion into honing their skills. Please join us to enjoy their performances and celebrate their accomplishments!

Creating a Compelling College Application

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm

This virtual program will cover the college application process including current admissions trends, writing the personal statement essay and supplemental essays, teacher recommendations and how students can position themselves to increase their chances for admission. Registration is required for this online program, participants will receive a Zoom meeting link 1 hour prior to the event start time.

Loft Knitters

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Our monthly knitting group. Come socialize, learn, share your techniques with other knitters.  All levels of adult knitters’ welcome, please bring your own yarn and knitting needles. Registration is required.

Teen Advisory Board (Grades 6-12)

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 4:00 – 4:45pm

Teens – share your ideas and thoughts about upcoming programs, materials, and general improvements to help make the Cheshire Library an even better place for you and your friends. You will earn 1 hour of community service credit for attending. If you want to make a difference in the library and your community, then TAB is for you! Registration is required for this in-person program – click here to see the latest mask policies in town buildings.

Housing Choice for the Whole Life Cycle: Opportunities and Benefits

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Come listen to experts Dwight Merriam (Fellow and Past President of the American Instituted of Certified Planners) and Sean Ghio (Policy Director of Partnership for Strong Communities) and join in this discussion of housing and one potential solution to our housing shortage and cost crisis – accessory dwelling units (ADUs.) Registration is required.

Saturday Storytime

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 9:30 – 10:00am

An interactive storytime for children to learn through talking, singing, reading, writing,and playing!

Registration is required: Cheshire Residents: Cheshire residents will be allowed to register starting on May 7. Non-Residents: Non-residents may register starting on May 14.

Medicinal Herb Gardening

Monday, May 23, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Imagine growing your own medicinal herbs for your own herbal remedies! “. . . but where do I begin? How do I even start growing a medicinal herb garden?” This ONLINE program is presented by the mother/daughter team “The Grounded Goodwife, who will teach you 11 of their favorites that are all easy to grow, do well in virtually every climate, and have a variety of medicinal benefits. Registration is required.

FEA Storytime

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 3:45 – 4:45pm

Join the Future Educators of America from Dodd Middle School for a special read aloud and crafts in commemoration of Memorial Day. The Future Educators of America is an organization that offers opportunities for young teens in exploring careers in education. For children in grades K-2. Please register to make sure we have enough supplies for everyone.

MAY BOOK CLUBS:

Many Stories Book Club: The Leavers

Monday, May 16, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club: The Stranger Diaries

Thursday, May 19, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Art League Book Club: Exploring Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel

Friday, May 20, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Natural Selections Book Club: Finding the Mother Tree

Saturday, May 21, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Books Over Coffee: America for Beginners

Wednesday, May 25, 12:00 – 1:30pm

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in April

We’re diving back into in-person programs, with tons of offerings this month for kids, teens, and adults. We even have 2 concerts on the calendar this month! Of course, the library will be following the latest masking and social distancing policies set by the Town of Cheshire for all in-person programs. Reserve your seats!

Open Art Studio

Fridays from 1-3pm, April 1, 8, 22, and 29

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). Registration is required for each session.

Food Explorers – cooking for kids

Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm

Kids will create their own delicious after school snack each week, while learning all about food and nutrition with a Registered Dietitian. Recipes may contain gluten, dairy, and/or eggs. For children in grades 2-6. Please register for each event in the series.

Cheshire Art League: Jim Laurino

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

The Cheshire Art League is hosting Jim Laurino as this month’s guest artist. Through workshops and self-study, Jim has cultivated a bold representational painting style that balances the impressionists’ influence with contemporary subject matter. Registration is required.

New World Trio concert

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30pm

“East Meets West” is the theme of this afternoon’s performance, which will feature three beautiful trios by Mozart, Chen Yi, and Brahms. New World Trio, founded in 1985 by violinist Anhared Stowe, presents wide-ranging concerts of both classical and contemporary chamber music works, performed with consummate artistry. 

Toadstool Lanterns

Monday, April 11, 2022, 4:00 – 4:45pm

Create your own toadstool lantern to brighten up your room. We’ll use recycled materials, paint and some tea lights to create this one of a kind lantern. For kids in grades K-3. Space is limited, registration is required.

Save the Mill River

Monday, April 11, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Author, documentarian and environmental activist Stephen Hamm will host an in-person showing of his film about the Mill River, A River Speaks. The Mill River, which originates in Cheshire, was once a flourishing, healthy water body. Today the Mill River is impaired and generally unsuitable for use by fishermen and other recreational activities for much of its 12.6-mile length. Registration is required.

Cheshire Anime Club

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 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! We’ll have a door prize- and possibly Japanese snacks to take home! For teens in grades 7-12. Registration is required.

Loft Knitters

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Our monthly knitting group. Come socialize, learn, share your techniques with other knitters.  All levels of adult knitters’ welcome, please bring your own yarn and knitting needles. Registration is required.

Mini Golf

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 1:15pm – 3:30pm

Play mini golf in the library! Sign up for a time slot to begin playing. All ages are welcome to play, but please note the size of the putters is limited. Spaces are limited, so please register starting April 1. Please register each player individually.

Cat Tales Writers Group

Thursday, April 14, 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.

Trivia Night

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Come by yourself or bring your friends. Test your knowledge from general categories, including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course literature! It’s all For Pride, Not Prize. Registration is required.

Joyce Saltman: What is Your Yes

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 3:30 – 4:30pm

This interactive workshop will help you pinpoint the things that add joy and humor to your life. Discover your joyful and authentic self and identify the gifts that allow you to reach for your highest potential. Please have on hand a pen or pencil and piece of paper for the presentation. Registration is required.

Teen Advisory Board (Grades 6-12)

Friday, April 22, 2022, 4:00 – 4:45pm

Teens – share your ideas and thoughts about upcoming programs, materials, and general improvements to help make the Cheshire Library an even better place for you and your friends. You will earn 1 hour of community service credit for attending. If you want to make a difference in the library and your community, then TAB is for you! Registration is required for this in-person program – click here to see the latest mask policies in town buildings.

The Power of Journaling

Monday, April 25, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Is journaling on your list of things to do in 2022?  Have you been thinking about journaling but don’t know where to start? Join journaling educator Amanda Stern to explore the benefits of journaling, different ways to journal, and tips for creating a journaling experience that is just right for you! Bring your curiosity, creativity, and an open mind! Registration is required.

Author Talk: Libby Copeland, The Lost Family

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm

In this ONLINE program, author Libby Copeland will draw on her many years of research for her new book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020), which The Wall Street Journal calls “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.” Registration is required, registered participants will receive a Zoom link an hour before the program.

Introduction to the 1950 Census

Friday, April 29, 2022, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Calling all genealogy and history fans! The 1950 census will be coming out for the first time this April 2022.   Join us, as we learn what treasure trove of information you can find in the census and especially the new 1950 census. Registration is required.

Paul Bisaccia Piano Concert “Rousing American Ragtime”

Saturday, April 30, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Long-time Cheshire favorite Paul Bisaccia returns to present the inaugural concert on the library’s beautiful new piano. Paul will present a concert of exciting American ragtime featuring works by Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime (The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag), as well as ragtime by George Gershwin.

April Book Clubs

Many Stories Book Club: The White Tiger

Monday, April 18, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm (in-person, registration required)

Book Buzz Teen Book Club (Grades 6-12): Firekeeper’s Daughter

Tuesday, April 19 2022, 3:30 – 4:30pm (in-person, registration required)

Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30pm (online, registration required)

Art League Book Club: The Girl With A Pearl Earring

Friday, April 22, 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm (online, registration required)

Natural Selections Book Club: Silent Spring 

Monday, April 22, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm (in-person, registration required)

Books Over Coffee Book Club: The Wedding

Wednesday, April 27 2022, 12:00 – 1:30pm (in-person, registration required)

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in March

We’re getting artsy and bookish this month with programs featuring art and artists, and SIX different book clubs!

Navigating College Admissions in 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Learn how COVID-19 has changed the college admissions landscape and how it will affect Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. This presentation is led by Ron Feuchs and Jackie Tepper, partners at Stand Out For College, LLC. Registration is required for this online program.

Cheshire Art League: Zbigniew Grzyb

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

The Cheshire Art League is hosting artist Zbigniew Grzyb at their in-person March meeting. Zbigniew will demonstrate his approach to still life drawing, beginning with basics such as composition and structure and working to final stages including details and shading. Please register for this in-person program – click here to see the latest mask policies in town buildings.

Meditative Mondays

Mondays: March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Learn to master your thoughts, be in control of your mental & emotional well-being, and discover a world you never thought possible. Presenter Tia Mandrozos will explain the purpose of meditation and interact with the participants to provide the help needed in these online classes. Registration is required for this online program.

Frida Kahlo: Love, Pain, and Painting

Monday, March 7, 2022, 7:00 – 8:15pm

Frida Kahlo has become a household name in recent years, with movies, books and countless products dedicated to her art and likeness. This program will explore her life and her work, particularly as it relates to the trolley accident she survived as a teen and her passionate and often tumultuous marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera. Registration is required for this online program.

Chess Club for Beginners (Grades 4-8)

Tuesdays: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 5:00 – 6:00pm

DIG USA Chess is partnering with the Cheshire Public Library to run this in-person beginner weekly chess program. The students will learn the basics and then gradually learn tactics and strategies. Registration is requiredfor this in-person program – click here to see the latest mask policies in town buildings.

Let’s Draw Cartoons! with Rick Stromoski (Grades 2-8)

Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm

Award winning cartoonist and humorous illustrator, Rick Stromoski, will teach you how to create your own cartoon drawings during these online events! All you need is a stack of paper and something to draw with! Registration is required for these online programs.

Trivia Night

Thursday, March 10, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Come by yourself or bring your friends. Test your knowledge from general categories, including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course literature! It’s all For Pride, Not Prize. Registration is required for this in-person program – click here to see the latest mask policies in town buildings.

The Queen of Beer: How Women Shaped Brewing’s History from Ancient Times to the Present

Monday, March 14, 2022, 7:00 – 8:15pm

From thousands of years ago until today, women have shaped the way beer is enjoyed and celebrated. Learn about ancient and medieval brewing practices and how women were (and still are) the queens of beer! Registration is required for this online program.

Cheshire Anime Club 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 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. For grades 7-12, no registration required. This month we plan to meet in person – click here to see the latest mask policies in town buildings.

Loft Knitters

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Come socialize, learn, share your techniques with other knitters.  Experience the relaxing and calming effect of knitting. All levels of adult knitters’ welcome. We hope to meet in-person, please bring your own yarn and knitting needles. Registration is required for this in-person program – click here to see the latest mask policies in town buildings.

Paint Party for Teens (Grades 5-12)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 3:30 – 5:00pm

Follow along with instructor, Pamela Halligan, of Pam’s Picassos as she walks you through creating your own masterpiece. Please bring your own smock or apron. The library will provide all other materials. Registration is required for this in-person program – click here to see the latest mask policies in town buildings.

Teen Advisory Board (Grades 6-12)

Friday, March 25, 2022, 4:00 – 4:45pm

Teens – share your ideas and thoughts about upcoming programs, materials, and general improvements to help make the Cheshire Library an even better place for you and your friends. You will earn 1 hour of community service credit for attending. If you want to make a difference in the library and your community, then TAB is for you! Registration is required for this in-person program – click here to see the latest mask policies in town buildings.

BOOK CLUBS GALORE THIS MONTH AT CPL!

Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club: Night Over Water

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30pm (online, registration required)

Art League Book Club: The Passion of Artemisia

Friday, March 18, 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm (online, registration required)

Natural Selections Book Club: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10:30 – 11:30am (in-person, registration required)

Many Stories Book Club: Americanah

Monday, March 21, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm (in-person, registration required)

Books Over Coffee Book Club: Interior Chinatown

Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30pm (in-person, registration required)

Book Buzz Teen Book Club (Grades 6-12): Firekeeper’s Daughter

Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 3:30 – 4:30pm (in-person, registration required)

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in January

Happy New Year! We had a calendar full of in-person programming all set to go this month, but Covid is not cooperating. Our guidance from the Town and the Health Dept. has been to hold off on in-person programs for kids and teens for at least another month, so in the interest of safety we’re doing just that. Status of adult programs is still to be determined, keep an eye on our Event Calendar for any changes to scheduled programs.

January Art Show: Will McCarthy

All Month

Cheshire Library’s January art show features features Will McCarthy’s atmospheric landscapes.  Working in oils, Will creates luminous landscapes featuring images of trees against sky, field, and river that evoke a subtle variation of light and atmosphere. Will’s work will be on view in the lobby and the Mary Baldwin Room from January 4 through January 29. 

Teen Virtual Volunteering: Book Reviews

All Month

Teens in grades 7-12 can earn community service hours by submitting a book review for us to add to CPL’s blog! Each submission will be awarded 2 community service hours. Submit a 300 word book review HERE

Book Buzz Teen Book Club: A Court of Thorns and Roses

All Month

This month we are going to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Books will be provided and are yours to keep! Books will be provided and are yours to keep! To pick up your Book Buzz book, starting on January 3rd, you must register for this event. Then you can come into the library and pick up your book at the Children’s Desk. Join us online here (our Google Classroom page) to share and hear our different points of view about the book! This book discussion group will be available all month -and beyond- and you can interact with us and post your thoughts any time that’s convenient for you.

Cat Tales Writers Group

Thursday, January 6, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Join us virtually for an 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. Join us once, join us every month! Registration is required.

Cheshire Anime Club

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Can’t get enough Anime and Manga? Anime Club will meet monthly, read and talk about what’s hot in the world of Manga, and watch some of the latest Anime releases. For grades 7-12. We hope to be back in-person soon, but for now we’ll meet online. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link on the day of the program.

Great Garden Escapes in New England with Jana Millbocker

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:00 – 8:15pm

Do you enjoy touring beautiful gardens? We will show you the best public gardens, nursery display gardens, and private gardens open to the public in the Northeast to visit for inspiration! Learn about each garden’s highlights, ideal times to visit, and enjoy a visual tour of each amazing destination. This is a virtual program, and pre-registration is required to receive a Zoom link on the day of the program.

Online BOOK CLUBS!

Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Art League Book Club: Friday, January 21, 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm

This month the Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club will discuss Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers, a classic from the golden age of detective fiction. The Art League Book Club will discuss Renoir’s Dancer: the Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon by Catherine Hewitt, plus the readers’ choice from the following list: Camille Claudel: A Life by Odile Ayral-Clause, Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb, or Mind of Steel and Clay: Camille Claudel by Enrique Laso. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link on the day of the program.

Houseplant Swap

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9:00am-4:30pm

Looking for a new houseplant to brighten up your indoor space this winter, or wondering what to do with yet another cutting from your overgrown plant? Bring at least one healthy, pest-free cutting or houseplant to swap. Please register on our Event Calendar.

Books Over Coffee: Miss Benson’s Beetle

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Want to engage in great discussions about books? Meet new people? Join us for an adult monthly book club program called Books Over Coffee. We will be meeting on Zoom this month. This month’s book is Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Registration is required.

Trivia Night 

Thursday, January 27, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Come by yourself or bring your friends. Test your knowledge from general categories, including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course literature! It’s all For Pride, Not Prize. Registration is required, registered participants will receive a link via email to join the event.

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in December

We’re working our way back to in-person programming this month, with a variety of programs meeting in-person, on-line, or a hybrid of both. Here’s what we’ve got planned for December:

December Teen Volunteering Challenges

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All month long

Earn community service hours by submitting a photo, video, or other content that may be added to CPL’s social media pages! Each submission will be awarded 2 community service hours. December’s challenges include:

  • Art: It’s the month of Decembird! You can draw, paint, or sculpt, but make it for the birds- 12 birds of Christmas, backyard winter birds, or whatever kind of bird you like!
  • Writing: We challenge you to write a tiny holiday story! Any holiday. Any story. Fact or fiction or something in between. But it must be 200 words or less.
  • Food: December 8th is National Brownie Day- select your favorite brownie recipe, and bake a batch of brownies. Share them with someone special!
  • Reading: Read a book about a holiday you don’t celebrate at home.
  • More Reading: Read a book while wrapped in a favorite blanket. Add a cup of hot cocoa if you’d like.
  • Even More Reading: Think ahead: What’s something you want to learn more about in the New Year? Read a book on that topic to get a jump start!
  • Extra Credit: Change your life forever by learning a new language- check out Mango Languages on our website, and send us a screenshot of what you are working on… ganbatte!!

If you participate in the challenges, earn community service credit by submitting your creations so we can share them on our social media pages.

Book Buzz Teen Book Club: Two Can Keep a Secret

All month long

This month we are going to read Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. Books will be provided and are yours to keep! To pick up your Book Buzz book, starting on November 1st, you must register for this event. Then you can come into the library and pick up your book at the Children’s Desk. Join us online here (our Google Classroom page) to share and hear our different points of view about the book! This book discussion group will be available all month -and beyond- and you can interact with us and post your thoughts any time that’s convenient for you.

Cheshire Art League: The Art of Colonial America

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00pm

The Cheshire Art League is hosting lecturer Bob Potter, who will discuss the The Art of Colonial America, and featuring the works of artists such as Charles Wilson Peale, Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, John Singleton Copley, and more. This is a hybrid program, register to attend either in-person or online.

Minecraft Mania

Thursdays, December 2, 9, and 16, 2021, 3:30-5:00pm

Join Minecraft Mania for an afternoon of challenges, building, and creativity! Learn physics, statistics, and engineering concepts through hands-on activities! You will be given access to a free Minecraft account. Best for kids and teens in grades 5-12. This is a hybrid program, register to attend either in-person or online.

Theremin and Piano

Friday, December 3, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Join us as we explore the music and the history of the Theremin, one of the world’s strangest insturments. The library’s own Jared Goldman and pianist Perla Palomo will perform a mix of modern hits and classics. This concert will feature music as well as a look at how the instrument works and it’s uses throughout the century. This is an in-person event at the Cheshire Library. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed for the entire event. Registration is required.

Meditative Mondays

Mondays, December 6, 13, 20 from 2:00 – 3:00pm

Learn to master your thoughts, be in control of your mental & emotional well-being, and discover a world you never thought possible. This 7 session online class will be teaching you various meditation techniques along with topics of awareness for inner transformation. Dress comfortably and enjoy the experience! Please register in advance to receive a link to the presentation an hour before the start time.

Ball and Socket Project: Where Do We Stand?

Monday, December 6, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Please join us as Ilona Somogyi, President and Co-Founder of the Ball & Socket Arts, Inc. will update the community on construction progress and answer questions. This is an in-person event at the Cheshire Library. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed for the entire event. Registration is required.

Chinese for Families

Tuesdays, December 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021 4:00 – 5:00pm

(classes will continue in January)

We are so excited to partner with NeuLingo, a live, engaging online Chinese program to offer free Chinese language and culture classes for children! Join us to go on a virtual tour of the most charming cities in China, learn and experience the traditions and stories behind Chinese festivals, pick up a few Chinese words, and practice them with other children through meaningful social interactions! This is an online program, best for ages 5-12. Register once per family to attend all classes.

Author Talk: No Dead Air by Larry Rifkin

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Larry Rifkin’s career in Connecticut broadcasting spans five decades and includes varied roles including television programming executive, radio personality and now podcaster. In his new book, No Dead Air: Career Reflections from the TV Executive who Kept Barney the Dinosaur from Becoming Extinct, Larry Rifkin reflects on an improbable career that spawned two groundbreaking hits, ‘Barney & Friends’ and ‘UConn Women’s Basketball’. This is an in-person event at the Cheshire Library. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed for the entire event. Registration is required.

Cat Tales Writers Group

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Join us virtually for an 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. Join us once, join us every month! This is an in-person event at the Cheshire Library. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed for the entire event. Registration is required.

Trivia Night 

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Come by yourself or bring your friends. Test your knowledge from general categories, including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course literature! It’s all For Pride, Not Prize. This is an in-person event at the Cheshire Library. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed for the entire event. Registration is required.

Food Explorers: Cookie Decorating

Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00pm

Join Food Explorers for a holiday cookie extravaganza! Frost and decorate your own holiday cookies by coloring your frosting with fruits! This program is nut free but will contain dairy and/or eggs. For children in grades 3-8. This is an in-person event at the Cheshire Library. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed for the entire event. Registration is required.

Builder’s Guild 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 4:00 – 4:45pm

Design, build, and play with different building materials in this program for budding engineers! Today, we’ll challenge ourselves to design structures with wooden Keva Planks. For children in grades K-3. This is an in-person event at the Cheshire Library. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed for the entire event. Registration is required.

Books Over Coffee: Winter’s Tale

Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Want to engage in great discussions about books? Meet new people? Join us for an adult monthly book club program called Books Over Coffee. We will meet in person in the library Loft! This month’s book is Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. 

Coding for Teens and Tweens 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 2:00 – 4:45pm

Learn HTML/CSS/JavaScript programming! For grades 6 through 12. Each person will need their own laptop (it can be one you bring from home- or you can use one of the library’s laptops) and you’ll need a personal email/password in order to open an account on the website repl.i t. Then you will learn how to create your own website! For kids and teens in grades 6-12. This is an in-person event at the Cheshire Library. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed for the entire event. Registration is required.