What’s Happening (virtually) at Cheshire Library in December

Winter is coming, and this year looks to be a challenging one. We’re working hard to come up with fun and interesting online programs to keep you engaged & connected all winter long. Take a look what we’ve got scheduled, and visit our Event Calendar to learn more and sign up!

December Teen Volunteering Challenges

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: Make art as a gift for someone.
  • Writing: Write a story, poem, or essay, about a holiday. Any holiday. Any story. Fact or fiction or something in between.
  • Food: December 4th is National Cookie Day, so make some cookies and share them with your family and friends.
  • Reading: Read a book about a winter sport.
  • More Reading: Celebrate National Short Story Day on December 21, by exploring an anthology or collection of short stories- you can use it as inspiration to write your own short story!
  • Even More Reading: Read a book while wrapped in your favorite blanket. (Cup of hot chocolate optional).

Submit HERE for the Art, Writing, and Food Challenges. Submit a 300 word book review HERE for what you read for the Reading Challenges.

Support Through Meditation – Weekly Zoom Event

Tuesdays,  December 1-22, 11:00am – 12:00pm

This introductory meditation class is geared towards helping you through these anxious and challenging times. You will learn various meditation techniques that you will practice in session and guidance to perform meditation on your own. Presenter Tia Mandrozos will explain the purpose of meditation and interact with the participants to provide the help needed and to address specific concerns. Please register via the Event Calendar for each session you wish to attend.

Cheshire Art League – Watercolor Demo

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6:00 – 8:15pm

Author of the upcoming book White! Light! Bright! Weaving Subjects with Backgrounds for Distinctive Watercolor Paintings, Connecticut artist Bivenne Staiger will give a demonstration in watercolor of a bird in its natural setting. This event is sponsored by the Cheshire Art League. For more information contact cheshireartleague@gmail.com. Advance registration is required to join this program.

On With Life (OWL) Meeting and Program

  • Monday, December 7, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Open Meeting, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. When the Holidays Hurt, Meditation Can Help

The Holiday season can be a painful time for many who have lost a loved one. It is difficult to be merry and bright when sadness and heartache fill your heart. In this session, we will turn to the work and the teachings of one of the biggest experts in the field of human suffering…the Buddha himself. This event is sponsored by OWL. To learn more, please visit Facebook at facebook.com/cheshireowl or email any questions to cheshireowl2020@gmail.com. Advance registration is required to join this program.

Holiday Cooking in the Time of Quarantine

Monday, December 7, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm

The holidays won’t be the same this year for ANY of us, but we can still enjoy cooking and discussing our some of our favorite holiday recipes! Please join Cheshire librarians and avid cooks, Sandy and Deb (who are both already stocking up on flour and yeast), for our special holiday edition of Cooking During Covid. Get out your cookbooks and recipe files, fire up that cookie press and be ready to share a favorite holiday recipe or talk about one of your special holiday food traditions. Please register in advance to receive a link to join this online program.

Family Trivia Night

Monday, December 7, 2020, 6:30 – 7:15pm

Looking for something that you can do as a whole family? Team up for this virtual trivia challenge! Trivia questions will cover a variety of topics and will be appropriate for children of all ages. Each family will need a device (or devices) to participate in Zoom and answer trivia questions. Advance registration is required–please register once per family participating. You will receive a link via email for the Zoom meeting prior to the event.

Technology Chat: Holiday Gifts

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Join us for a Technology Chat! We’ll informally discuss the latest gadgets (see below for examples of what we could discuss) and make recommendations for the perfect holiday gift. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about gadget features and utility. Our technology obsessed Librarians will answer questions and give advice. Please register in advance to receive a link to join this online program.

CT Partnership for Long Term Care

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Just one year in a Connecticut nursing home can cost more than $162,100. And Medicare and health insurance may only cover a fraction of these costs. If you’re 40 or older, long-term care insurance approved by the State’s Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care should be part of your retirement plan. These policies provide asset protection, protect against inflation, and – most important – give you peace of mind through your retirement years. Guest speaker Aldo Pantano, from the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care, with the State Office of Policy and Management will present this free seminar. Please register in advance to receive a link to join this online program.

Waiting for Winter Storytime

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 10:00am – 10:30am

As the weather gets cooler and we wait for winter, get cozy at home with a virtual storytime! We’ll enjoy the changing season by talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing together! Best for children ages 2-5. Younger and older siblings are welcome. Registration is required. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link in a confirmation email, and a reminder email 1 hour before the program begins.

Book Buzz Teen Book Club

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

This month we are going to do something different- we will each read a book of our choice (all different books) and then share the stories with each other. Books will be provided and are yours to keep! You can pick up a Book Buzz book at the Children’s Desk, starting on November 2nd. Registration is required, registered participants will receive a Zoom link on the day of the program. For grades 6-12.

Comics Club: New Kid

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 4:00 – 4:45pm

This month we’ll make our own memory boxes in addition to discussing the book, New Kid by Jerry Craft. Please read the book before attending this virtual event. Copies of the book are available at the children’s information desk. For children in grades 3-5.  Registration is required, kids must be registered in order to pick up a copy of the book and craft supplies. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link 1 hour prior to the event start time.

Family Holiday Baking

Join Katie, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers and learn to make delicious holiday treats! Ingredients needed are on the Event Calendar listings for each program. Registration is required, one registration per family. You will receive a link to join the program 1 hour prior to the start time.

Pajama Storytime

Monday, December 28, 2020, 7:00 – 7:30pm

Put on your pajamas and fuzzy slippers and tune in for a fun-filled evening of stories, songs, and adventures! Best for ages 2-5. Registration is required for this virtual event. You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting 1 hour prior to the event start time.

Books Over Coffee: The Queen’s Gambit

Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 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 over Zoom. This month’s book is The Queen’s Gambit  by Walter Tevis. Advance registration is required, registered participants will receive a Zoom link on the day of the program.

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in December

It may be cold outside, but we’ve got some hot programming this month at CPL. Check it out:

New Movie Thursday ~ Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)

Did you miss the screening of a film you wanted to see in theatres?  Join us for the first Thursday of the month for a screening of a recently released film.  This month’s film is Where’d You Go, Bernadette, rated PG-13 and starring Cate Blanchett. Registration appreciated for this adult program.

The Nutcracker performed by Brass City Ballet

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Brass City Ballet celebrates the magic of Christmas in a live, narrated performance of The Nutcracker. Children and adults will delight in the story of Clara and her journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and all her delicious treats. Please register for either the 1:00 show, or the 3:00 show.

Holiday Concert with Boogie Chillun’

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Celebrate the season with Boogie Chillun’!    This special concert will engage and captivate adults and kids alike with interactive sing-a-long seasonal holiday songs from multiple traditions. No registration required.

DIY Ornament Making (All Ages)

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Join us for a evening of DIY ornament making!  All materials will be provided by the library and each participant will leave with one completed ornament. Stop in anytime between 5:30 and 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.  Registration is required.

Play & Learn

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00 – 11:00am

Our drop-in play group for children and their caregivers! Children and their caregivers explore interactive and sensory activities together, encouraging the development of early literacy skills.  We will have lots of movement, songs, and a short storytime during the last 20 minutes of the program. Best for ages 2 to 5 years old, no registration required.

Mattatuck Museum Community Art Discussion

Monday, December 16, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30pm

The Mattatuck Museum is looking to engage area residents in a community art discussion based upon some of our exhibitions. Valerie Rodgers, Lead Museum Educator, will present this discussion using images of paintings, artworks, archival photographs and more! Registration is required.

Homeschool Meetup

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Meet other local families who are educating their children and teens at home while sharing tips, ideas, and educational materials. Please register each child or teen separately.

Terrific Tweens: Let’s Make Wishing Bracelets!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 4:00 – 4:45pm

Kids in grades 5-8 are invited for fun with art, science, technology, and games. Today we’ll decorate paper beads on one side with crayons, markers or pencils, and then write a wish on the other. Then we’ll roll them up, string them together and wish for good things! No registration required.

Books Over Coffee: Snow Child

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Want to engage in great discussions about books? Meet new people? Eat lunch with friends? Join us for an adult monthly book club. We’ll meet from 12-1:30 in The Loft to discuss the selected title. Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is our December selection. You bring your lunch, we’ll provide the coffee and tea. Registration is required.

Trivia Night

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Come by yourself of bring friends. Test your knowledge of categories including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course, literature. It’s all for pride, not for prize. Registration is required for this adult program. When registering please register entire group from one person to a max five people.

Holiday Wrapping Event

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Do you have many presents to wrap this holiday season?  Need a place to spread out?  Need to get away from prying eyes?  Join us for a holiday wrapping event.  Each participant will have a table, 1 roll of paper, scissors and tape.  Feel free to bring your own supplies but please note you must complete your wrapping by 8PM. Space is limited for this fun event, Registration will take place two weeks before and tea/coco will be offered.

DIY Holiday Cards and Gift Bags (All Ages)

Monday, December 23, 2019, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Need a last minute gift bag? Forgot to grab holiday cards? We got you covered! The library will provide all sorts of materials and tools to create one-of-a-kind holiday cards and giftbags. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.

Movies @ the Library: Elf (2003)

Thursday, December 26, 2019, 2:00 – 3:45pm

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins! Make sure you bring the whole family for a screening of the movie, Elf (2003)!  Popcorn will be served. All ages are welcome. Runtime: 97 minutes, rated PG. No registration required.

 

 

 

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in December

’tis the season for great programs at CPL! Check out our Events Calendar for all of our December offerings –  here’s a taste of what’s in store this month:

The Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 1:30 and 3:30PM

Brass City Ballet celebrates the magic of Christmas in a live, narrated performance of The Nutcracker. Children and adults will delight in the story of Clara and her journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and all her delicious treats. Seating is limited and registration is required. Thank you to the Friends of the Cheshire Library for funding this special event!

Atwater-Donnelly Celtic Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00PM

In celebration of winter, light, and American diversity, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly sing ancient and new songs about Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. This award-winning, internationally acclaimed duo are long-time audience favorites at Cheshire Library for their programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance. No registration required.

CT’s Remarkable Jewish Women

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00PM

Jewish women in Connecticut have made a lasting impact on our society with contributions to the arts, business, and religious life. Their accomplishments are as varied as their struggles, and their stories inspire us to create new history. Learn about the many Connecticut Jewish women who have challenged the status quo and blazed new trails. Registration is required.

Caring Crafts: Socks for Seniors

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 4:00 – 5:00PM

Caring Crafts is a new program for school-age kids (grades K-6) to have fun making things, while making the world a better place. This week we’re making grippy socks for seniors in nursing homes. Want to donate crafting materials for an upcoming program? We’re accepting soft fabric like fleece, textured fabric like denim and nubby chenille, and sewing notions like buttons, velcro, and zippers. Send an email to lgledhill@cheshirelibrary.org if you’re interested in donating. Registration is required.

New Movie Thursday ~ Crazy Rich Asians

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00PM

Did you miss the screening of a film you wanted to see in theatres?  Join us for the first Thursday of the month for a screening of a recently released film.  December’s  movie is Crazy Rich Asians  :  Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Registration is appreciated for this adult program.

Canta Y Baila Conmigo Demo – A Music Together Program

Wednesday, December 12, and Saturday, December 22, 2018, 9:30 – 10:15AM

Small World Languages and Musical Folk have teamed up to bring to you Canta Y Baila Conmigo – a Music Together program. Designed for beginning Spanish speakers and native speakers alike, these playful, interactive classes naturally and organically integrate language learning with music learning. The idea is to help your child learn Spanish through immersion in both music and language.  Best for ages 2-5. Please register at the Small World Languages websiteThis class will be held twice in December.  Please register for only one class to make room for others.

Winter Read Aloud with FEA

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10:00 – 11:00AM

Join the Future Educators of America from Dodd Middle school for a special winter read aloud and crafts! The Future Educators of America is an organization that offers opportunities for young teens in exploring careers in education. Best for children ages 3-6.

Connecticut 169 Club

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00pm

From the quaint splendor of the town of Kent in the northwest hills of Connecticut to the great restaurants that dot the shoreline of Westbrook to New Britain’s industrial roots, travel and history author Martin “Marty” Podskoch is hoping to give Connecticut residents a chance to explore every municipality in the State of Conn. with his new book, Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. Podskoch will share stories and information about our great state. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required.

Max Found Two Sticks, by Brian PinkneyCreating Musical Readers: Max Found Two Sticks

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 10:30 – 11:15AM

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will read beloved children’s stories and use their instruments to bring each story to life. Children will also have a chance to play the musical instruments after the stories. Best for children ages 2 and up.  Registration is required.

Cat Tales- Writers Group

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00PM

Do you write in secret, or do you publish your own blog? Are you working on your dream novel,  a memoir, or poetry? Join us at the library 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 required for this adult program.

Relaxing Coloring Night for Adults

Thursday, December 27, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00PM

Join us for relaxing coloring night for adults and de-stress from this busy time of year.  We’ll provide coloring pages and supplies, but feel free to bring your own pages, art supplies. Registration is appreciated, beginning December 13.

 

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in December

The countdown to the Holidays has begun – take a break from the frenzy with some of our December programs!

Library After Hours – Holiday Edition

Friday Dec 1, 2017, 5:00  –  7:30 PM

Library After Hours is back by popular demand! Join us for a family-friendly holiday movie (“The Polar Express”) and some seasonal activities for children and parents/caregivers.  Pizza, snacks and drinks will be available for sale from the Friends of the Library.  There is no admission fee, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per family to help offset costs.  Please note that the Lower Level of the Library will not be open to the public.  Please register so we know how many goodies to have on hand.  Kids are welcome to wear pajamas! Movie begins at 5:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet

Sunday Dec 3, 2017, 2:00 PM
The United States Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet is comprised of the saxophone section of the U.S. Coast Guard Band. In addition to performing throughout Taiwan in 2009 and 2010, the Quartet performs regularly at conferences held by the World Saxophone Congress and the North American Saxophone Alliance, and has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and at Carnegie Hall. This concert is free to the public, no registration required.

Library Lab (Grades K-6)

Tuesdays, Dec 5 & 12, 2017 4:00 – 4:50 PM

Kids come together to discover the wonders of science through hands-on activities and takeaways.  Science is fun, but it can be messy. Registration required starting November 15 for Cheshire residents and December 1 for all others.  This program meets 2 times, December 5 and 12.  You only need to register once to attend all sessions.

After School Zumba

Wednesday Dec 6, 2017, 4:00 PM

Zumba® is an easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired dance-fitness program. Classes specifically for kids are formatted in a way to make getting fit fun. Kids can just let loose and be themselves. It’s referred to as the exercise in disguise. It’s an hour filled with energy and routines created to the latest music. For kids of all ages,  parents and/or caregivers are welcome to participate with their children. No registration required.

Pearl Harbor: Into the Arizona Documentary

Thursday Dec 7, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Join us for this fascinating documentary Pearl Harbor: Into the Arizona. The USS Arizona has been resting on Pearl Harbor’s ocean floor for the past 76 years. For the first time since it was destroyed in 1941, scientists have the technology to take an in-depth look inside the ship. The discoveries made inside the ship are a stark reminder of all those who paid the ultimate price for their country. The expedition retells personal stories of survivors who lived through Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. It also brings a survivor who was aboard the Arizona back to see the ship for what might be one last time. No registration required.

Create Holiday Cards with Rubber Stamps

Wednesday Dec 13, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

One of the many joys of the Holiday season is sending cheerful cards to the ones you love.  Join Sue Bernier and create beautiful Holiday cards. You will use rubber stamps, ink and Stampin’ Up products to create your cards.  All levels are invited to join.  Registration is required.

BYOC : Bring Your Own Crafts!

 Thursday Dec 14, 2017, 6:00  – 8:00 PM 
Coloring, stitching, drawing, stamping, scrapbooking, if it’s crafty, bring it in!  We will meet most every first Thursday of the month. There will be plenty of room to spread out for your crafts.  Some supplies will be provided for this adult program. Registration is required.

Relaxing Coloring Night for Adults

Thursday Dec 28, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM 

Join us for relaxing coloring night for adults and de-stress from this busy time of year.  We’ll provide coloring pages and supplies, but feel free to bring your own pages, art supplies.  Registration is required.

New Year’s Party

Friday Dec 29, 2017, 11:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

It’s a Noon-Year’s Eve party!! Get ready for 2018 with fun family activities! For children of all ages and their families. Registration required. Registration begins December 15 for Cheshire residents and December 28 for non-residents.

Cheshire Anime Club Holiday Special 

Friday Dec 29, 2017, 3:00 – 4:30 PM 

Konnichiwa, minna-san! Can’t get enough Anime and Manga? Join us for a special holiday edition of Anime Club where we will watch holiday and New Year’s themed anime! Japanese snacks (like Ramune and Pocky) will be available for refreshments. Grades 7 -12, no registration required.

 

 

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in December

Thanksgiving is but a memory as we move full steam ahead into the December holiday season. We hope you can take some time out of your busy schedules to spend some time with us this month! Here are a few of the programs scheduled for December at CPL:

gallery_image5The Nutcracker by the Brass City Ballet

Saturday Dec 3, 2016,  11:00   –  11:55 AM

This FREE program will be a shortened version of the beautiful classic and will take place right here at The Cheshire Public Library. Children and adults alike are sure to enjoy the up-close and personal performance by the dancers. For all ages,  no registration required.

ar-161029988-jpgmaxh400maxw667‘Remembering Katharine Hepburn’ with Ann Nyberg

Saturday Dec 3, 2016, 1:00  –  2:00 PM

Please join journalist, author, and news achor Ann Nyberg as she shares her latest book Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady. Nyberg interviews and shares stories and photos from the people who knew Katherine Hepburn and cared for her––her friends, her fans, her family, and her neighbors.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration required.

img_7638Sunday Concert: Connecticut Yankee Chorus

Sunday Dec 4, 2016, 2:00 PM

The CT Yankee Chorus is an all-male singing ensemble based in the Meriden-Wallingford area and has been a part of the Barbershop Harmony Society for over 60 years. Join us for a concert of cappella four-part harmony chorus and quartet singing featuring traditional favorites and holiday music. Free and open to the public, no registration required.

facebook-holiday-logoFacebook For Everyone

Monday Dec 5, 2016, 6:00   –  7:30 PM

The Holiday Season is just around the corner. Come to the Cheshire Public Library and learn how to create a Facebook account, connect with friends, family, share photos and videos, send messages, get updates and more. Registration required.

img_7578Retro Holiday Movie Nights

Thursday Dec 8, 15, and 22, 2016, 6:00  –  8:00 PM

Ugly holiday sweaters strongly encouraged but not required. Light refreshments will be served for this adult program.

Kids Create: Homemade Gifts

wrapped-gifts-600Saturday Dec 10, 2016, 2:00  –  3:30 PM

Kids are invited to craft and create from 2 to 3:30 pm. Library staff and teen volunteers will be on hand to help little elves create and wrap their gifts. Caregivers are encouraged to help their children craft. If children wish to work with the volunteers instead, parents must remain in the library during the program. For ages 5-11, registration required.

jewelryJewelry Jam

Tuesday Dec 13, 2016, 6:00  –  8:00 PM

Come for a free, fun evening of jewelry making. Seating is very limited and registration is required. Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4. This adult only program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library.

new_tech_gadgets_hitting_store_shelvesEmerging Technologies – presented by Verizon

Wednesday Dec 14, 2016, 6:00  –  7:30 PM

Do you ever wonder how to stay on top with the latest technologies? If yes, come to the library and find out what the newest technology trends are and how to select the right device for you or for your family members. You will learn about: Computers, Cell Phones, Tablets, WiFi and much more. Registration required.

jacket-aspxFab Film: The Polar Express

Saturday Dec 17, 2016, 2:00  –  3:45 PM

Come enjoy some great box office kids’ movies with Fab Films at The Cheshire Public Library!  Watch The Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate! Rated G | Runtime: 100 minutes. All Ages. No registration required.

santa-storytimeHolly Jolly Christmas Family Storytime

Tuesday Dec 20, 2016, 10:00  –  11:00 AM

A Christmas-themed storytime for children of all ages and their families. We’ll read stories, sing some classic Christmas songs about snow and Santa, and create a craft together. All ages. No registration required.

parent-child-yoga-11Family Yoga

Tuesday Dec 27, 2016, 10:00  –  10:45 AM

Connect with your whole family with an all ages yoga class that is presented by Lani Rosen-Gallagher from Full of Joy Yoga. These classes are fun for the whole family! We will do lots of partner poses, group poses and of course relaxation. All ages, families are welcome. Registration required.

 

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