What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in March

Two concerts this month, plus fun and informative programs on everything from Aromatherapy to  Starting a Business! Here are the highlights from our March Events Calendar:

rrpcwmScents and Sensibility

Thursday Mar 2, 2017, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

Learn about the medicinal benefits of various herbs and essential oils and create your own 8-ounce herbal reed diffuser. This 90 minute hands-on workshop includes all materials. Seating is limited and registration is required.

holaCuentos y Cantos

Friday Mar 3, 2017, 10:00  –  10:45 AM

¡Hola y bienvenidos a Cuentos y Cantos! Join Miss Lauren for a bilingual storytime in English and Spanish. We’ll read books, sing songs, learn new words, and have fun in two languages! For children ages 0-5 with a parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Atwater-Donnelly Trio


Sunday Mar 5, 2017, 2:00 PM

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed performers, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly  blend gorgeous harmonies and play an astonishing array of instruments, showcasing traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance featuring Irish step dancer Kevin Doyle. This concert is free to the public, no registration required.

small-businessStarting and Running a Small Business

Tuesdays,  Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 2017, 6:00  –  8:00 PM

The basics of starting and running a small business will be presented in a series of four programs to be hosted by SCORE, a network of business mentors, at the Cheshire Public Library, in the month of March.  The sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings – March 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Space is limited, please register early!


difference-between-noodles-and-pastaCookbook Club: Pasta and Noodles

Wednesday Mar 8, 2017, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

March is Noodle Month!  Bring your favorite pasta/noodle cookbooks (from the library or home) to discuss, and a pasta/noodle dish to share with the group. Must be at least 18 years of age or older to participate.  By attending the program, participants acknowledge that they may choose to consume food that has not been prepared in a commercial kitchen. Registration is required.

11140269_574342509385891_2126848489443040348_n-e1446648369259Adult Knitting Night

Wednesdays Mar 8 and 22,  2017, 6:30 PM

Come socialize, learn, and share your techniques with other knitters.  Experience the relaxing and calming effect of knitting. Advanced adult knitters welcome, no supplies or instruction will be given. We will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday every month, no registration required.

logo-cwhf300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women

Thursday Mar 9, 2017, 6:00 PM

Please join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month with a tribute to 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women presented by The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. This multi-media program will discuss well-known figures like Ella Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser known heroines like Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and Hannah Watson. Registration is required.

caldecottCelebrate the Caldecott!

Saturday Mar 11, 2017, 11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate some of our favorite Caldecott Medal books! The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year. This hands-on family friendly program will include art activities and games featuring some of the past award winners. For all ages, registration is required.

imagesFood Your Kids Will Eat!

Monday Mar 13, 2017, 6:30  –  7:30 PM

Do you have a favorite recipe that your family loves?  Do you have a recipe that freezes well that you can heat up after a long day at work?  Well this program is for you.  Bring a sample of your favorite dish, and the recipe to share with the group. We’ll share ways of getting kids to eat the food you prepare! Must be at least 18 years of age or older to participate.  By attending the program, participants acknowledge that they may choose to consume food that has not been prepared in a commercial kitchen. Registration is required.

Microsoft PowerPoint

3-part class, Wednesdays Mar 15, 22, 29, 1:30-2:30 PM

This class will provide introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint and is divided into three powerpoint-2013-logo-iconsessions.
You will learn how to:
– Create a new presentation.
– Modify presentation themes.
– Add and edit text.
– Add new slides to a presentation.
– Insert clipart images and shapes to slides.
– Add sound and video to a slide presentation.
– Insert and edit animations and slide transitions and much more.   Registration is required.

img_0623READ Photo Week

Monday Mar 20 – Saturday Mar 26, 2017

Kids, show off your love of reading! Stop by the Children’s Room any time from Monday, March 20th to Saturday, March 26th to get your photo taken with a favorite book. Take a book from our shelves or bring a book from home, select a snazzy background, then smile and say “read”! During National Library Week from April 10-16, come pick up your photo and enjoy our brand-new display featuring all the readers at Cheshire Library.

screen-shot-2017-02-15-at-4-07-09-pmSAT/ACT Preparation

Thursday Mar 23, 2017, 6:30  –  7:30 PM

Want to learn about free resources such as practice SAT/ACT tests and eBooks available to you free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?  Attend this free session and learn about Learning Express a digital service that will help you master the SAT/ACT.  Registration is required.

baerman-squaredNoah Baerman Trio

Sunday Mar 26, 2017, 2:00 PM

Noah Baerman is an acclaimed jazz pianist/composer, educator, author, and Artistic Director of the non-profit Resonant Motion. For this program, Noah and his trio will demonstrate some of the nuts and bolts of instrumental jazz in lay terms, but without watering down the music itself.  This concert is free to the public, no registration required.

26832947885_23920e0bc2_bAuthor Talk : The Brass Valley by Emery Roth

Monday Mar 27, 2017, 6:00  –  8:00 PM

They called the steep valley of Connecticut’s Naugatuck River, “Brass Valley,” because from the time the world began running on steam and bearings, trolleys and soot, the Naugatuck Valley came to be where most of the world’s brass manufacturing happened.  Author and photographer, Emery Roth will talk about his new book, Brass Valley: The fall of an American Industry,  a book of pictures and stories about how it all happened.






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.
  • Cheshire Cats Classics Club       

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


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 .

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.
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!