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.


1435717727_11699081_10207343782177567_122972672310354247_oHard Tango Chamber Band

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.


black-bear-0012Black Bears in Connecticut

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.

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in January

Happy New Year! We hope one of your resolutions this year is to take advantage of the wonderful things your library has to offer. We’ve got lots of BRAND NEW programs for kids and teens starting in January, and great programming for adults as well. Take a look at what’s coming up:

NEW Sunday hours for 2015!

Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 PM

The library begins its winter hours – adding from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, January 4 through March 29, 2015! Come see us!


Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Monday Jan 5, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

The Cheshire Cats Classics Club meets once per month on a Monday evening.  Far From the Maddening Crowd will be discussed at the January 5th meeting.
There is limited seating for this event.  For more information regarding this program, contact Jennifer Bartlett at jbartlett@cheshirelibrary.org.


College Financial Aid Seminar

Tuesday Jan 6, 2015, 7:00 –  8:00 PM

This seminar will provide parents and students of all ages with tips on securing the best possible financial aid package. Throughout the presentation, presenter Jennifer Philips will explain the various student loans, grants and scholarships available, the critical financial aid forms and deadlines, the various components of a financial aid offer and how to best compare and appeal offers in extenuating circumstances. This is a very popular program and has the potential to fill up quickly. Register on our website.


Kids Coding Corner

Thursday Jan 8, 2015, 4:00 –  5:00 PM

Learn the foundations of coding using Scratch Jr., a free application available on iPads.  Participants will learn how to use Scratch Jr. and what coding is in this first class.
For children in grades Kindergarten to 2nd. Register on our website.


Tune Time for Tots

Wednesdays 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM

NEW at Cheshire Library! Enjoy music and movement in this high energy program.  Children will dance and use musical instruments.  Children must be accompanied by a care giver. Ages birth to 2 years old.  NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Pajama Storytime

Thursday Jan 15, 2015, 6:30 –  7:30 PM

Join us for stories, songs, videos and a craft, PJs optional!
This is a multisensory celebration of literacy with a seasonal theme.
For children ages 3 – 8. Register our website starting on January 1st.


Teen Time

Friday Jan 16, 2015, 3:00  –  4:30 PM

This program will feature a variety of activities: games, teen tech projects, domino racing, arts & crafts… you name it- you’ll just have to show up to find out what we’ll be doing! For grades 6 through 12– no registration required, come whenever you feel like it. The more the merrier- bring your friends and have a ball at the library!


Tween Tuesdays

tween tuesdayTuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Every Tuesday is a TWEEN Tuesday! 🙂
Starting on January 20, 2015, librarian Nicole Dolat will be doing a regular after school program every Tuesday for kids ages 7-12. No registration required – just come when you can! We’ll do any of a variety of activities: board games, Zentangles, duct tape wallets, playing with squishy circuits…you’ll just have to come to find out what we’ll be doing on any given Tuesday. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. FOR AGES 7-12.
Come, brings some friends (or make some new ones), and have some fun at the library!


appsEssential Apps for Smartphones and Tablets

Wednesday Jan 21, 2015, 7:00  –  8:30 PM

There are literally hundreds of thousands of apps available for smartphones and tablets, but where do you start? Library staff will show you a few of the most popular apps for work, play, and everything in between. Bring your device so you can download the apps for yourself. Register on our website.



Friday Jan 23, 2015, 3:00  –  4:30 PM

When you draw a ZenDoodle, you’re creating a work of art, but you’re also deliberately creating a mood, a focus and a state of mind. You don’t have to be a Michaelangelo to create a great ZenDoodle… because they’re based around following a series of steps focused on a set of patterns, it’s easy for beginners to get started. With ZenDoodle art, you absolutely can’t fail, so join us and let your creativity soar! Grades 6-12, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


maze runnerFab Film Saturday: THE MAZE RUNNER (2014)

Saturday Jan 24, 2015, 2:00 –  4:00 PM

Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies from below. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in “the glade” for two years, trying to find a way to escape through a maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. Based on the popular young adult series of books by James Dashner. Running Time 1 hour, 53 minutes.  Rated PG-13.
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Feel free to bring your own snacks!


Weekend Concert Series: Yale’s Society of Orpheus and Bacchus

YaleOrpheusBaccusSunday Jan 25, 2015, 2:00 PM

Yale University’s Society of Orpheus and Bacchus is the second longest-running a cappella group in the nation. Accompanied by an eclectic songbook that features jazz, folk, gospel and contemporary arrangements, this all-male ensemble of talented and dedicated singers has performed for countless audiences the world over, delighting thousands while sharing their love of music and laughter across generations. This program is free and opened to the public, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


GenealogyFamily History: How to Research Your Genealogy

Tuesday Jan 27, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

This program will demonstrate how to begin the search for your ancestors.  Become a detective by uncovering the details of your family’s arrival in the U.S., where they lived, the occupations they engaged in, their triumphs, and their tragedies.  Register on our website.


Tea Party and Storytime

fancySaturday Jan 31, 2015, 11:00 AM –  12:00 PM

Enjoy a Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious storytime with craft followed by a tea party (juice and cookies will be served).  Children are encouraged to dress up. For children ages 3-7 years old. Register on our website starting January 15.