What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in February

February might be the shortest month, but you’d never know it by looking at our Events Calendar! February is chock full of fun and interesting programs just about every day at Cheshire Library. Here are a few highlights:

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Saturday Feb 6, 2016, 10:30 AM

The Cheshire Public Library is pleased to welcome Pumpernickel Puppets this year for the 5th annual Take Your Child to the Library Day. Join an adventurous princess as she journeys to Mystery Mountain to visit the Great Green Dragon. Along the way you’ll meet Zelda the babysitter, a silly bat, Sir George and his clumsy dog, and of course the lovable dragon. Will Sir George slay the dragon? Not to worry, everything ends happily in this fun show. Ages 3 and up, no registration required.

10371467_1540268869561620_4023246819026684593_nThe Harris Brothers Balkan Band

Sunday Feb 7, 2016, 2:00 PM
Exciting and joyful music that celebrates the culture of the Balkans. Local resident Drew Harris is a member of this popular band! This concert is free and open to the public, no registration required.

cohdra100_2820-e1328766234322Valentine’s Day Read-Aloud with the FEA

Thursday Feb 11, 2016,  3:30 PM

Come read with the Future Educators of America from Dodd Middle School for a special Valentine’s Day Storytime. Please register online or call the library at (203) 272-2245.

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Thursday Feb 11, 2016,  6:30 –  8:00 PM

Come and enjoy a Valentine celebration of chocolate, love, and friendship!  Kim Larkin is the owner and chocolatier of a commercially licensed chocolate company located in Connecticut, Klassic Kreations Gourmet. This fun, educational workshop covers interesting topics such as new chocolate trends, the various types of chocolate, the history and health benefits of chococate, and highlights friends and lovers throughout history. Free samples are available to all!  Seating is limited, please register online or call the library at (203) 272-2245.

1601587_709912399058791_477674483_nBhangra Dance Lesson and Performance

Saturday Feb 13, 2016,  2:00  –  3:15 PM

Enjoy a short performance followed by a fun hourlong lesson in the vibrant, high-energy style of Bhangra, a traditional folk dance performed in the Punjab region of South Asia with modern influences from modern pop and hip-hop styles. Performance and lesson provided by Yale Jashan Bhangra. Part of our South Asian Cultural Festival.  Lesson: ages 6 – adult. Performance: all ages. No registration required.

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Sunday Feb 14, 2016, 2:00 PM

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sheri Miller writes and performs her soulful, Beatles-inspired love songs, while accompanying herself on guitar and piano.  She also sings a wide range of popular, classic, love song favorites for families, children, and all ages, including The Beatles, Jackson 5, Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash, among others. This concert is free and open to the public, no registration required.


Monday Feb 15, 2016,  6:00  –  8:00 PM

Crafting ideas are endless with stamps from cards, fabric, scrapbooking etc.  Bring your crafty ideas, we will provide the stamps, ink and paper. You may bring your own items to stamp. Please register for this adult program early as space is limited, online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.

8340850086b5d8506675367a391eeb14Italy, A Cultural Journey

Thursday Feb 18, 2016,  6:30  –  8:00 PM

Ashley Turney has spent 25 years living, studying and working in the place that she calls her second home. Italy’s 20 regions are each unique in customs, language and cuisine making this small country a true mosaic of cultures. We will explore the regional differences from an eager traveler’s perspective in a slide presentation which takes us on a colorful journey from north to south and even to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. Please register online or call the library at (203) 272-2245.

imagePreschool Fair

Saturday Feb 20, 2016, 1:00  –  4:00 PM

The Cheshire Public Library would like to invite you to participate in our first Preschool Fair on Saturday, February 20.  In the event of bad weather, the snow date will be March 12 from 1:00-4:00 pm.   This program will allow you to meet and ask questions with preschools in the Cheshire area. Our objective is to provide you support by offering a one-stop-shop to community preschools in order to navigate through endless information regarding school facilities, personnel, and educational philosophies. No registration required.

mqdefaultThe Heart of Organizing with Sheri Bertolini

Thursday Feb 25, 2016, 6:00  –  7:30 PM

Sheri Bertolini, a professional organizer, has learned that organizing doesn’t start with trips to a donation center, or by purchasing labels, containers and bins.  The first step is to connect with your heart to build a home you love to spend time in, and are proud to show off. With humor and tools to implement her ideas, Sheri will show how  to make decisions about what goes and what stays, give you  fresh perspective and energy to reorganize your home. Please register online or call the library at (203) 272-2245 ext. 4.

Jamilah-henna-creations-logoExplore the Art of Henna

Saturday Feb 27, 2016,  2:00  –  4:00 PM

Tweens and teens–interested in the art of henna? As part of our South Asian Cultural Festival, learn the cultural roots and the different styles of henna from Jamilah Zebarth, of Jamilah Henna Creations, who will also demonstrate the art on you! (Henna is a plant based dye that safely stains the skin for 1-2 weeks.)   Space is limited, Please register online or call the library at (203) 272-2245.


What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in February

Fight the February Blahs with some educational, enriching, and entertaining programs at Cheshire Library! Mark your calendar for these events, and see even more on our Event Calendar.


Frozen Sing Along

Sunday Feb 1, 2015 , 2:00 PM

Experience FROZEN, hit musical comedy from Walt Disney Animation Studios, like never before in an all-new, full-length SING-ALONG EDITION! Follow the lyrics with a bouncing FROZEN snowflake. It’s pure enchantment — and full of fun for the whole family! All Ages Welcome. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Monday Feb 2, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

The Cheshire Cats Classics Club meets once per month on a Monday evening.  The Fellowship of the Ring will be discussed at the February 2nd meeting.
There is limited seating for this event.  For more information regarding this program, contact Jennifer Bartlett at jbartlett@cheshirelibrary.org.


Irish Family History: Researching Irish Websites

Tuesday Feb 3, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

This workshop will introduce you to dozens of websites that can help you to research your Irish ancestors.  The speaker will navigate websites and discuss the content of each one.  Participants will be given a handout that lists the sites that benefit the Irish family history researcher. Register on our website.


Take Your Child to the Library Day! Magic with Chick Kelman

Saturday Feb 7, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Magician Chick Kelman is returning to the Cheshire Public Library to add some magic to our Bring Your Child to the Library Day celebration. Join us for an afternoon program of magical tricks that will entertain and amaze!  Stop by the Children’s Room after the performance for a special prize. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Fab Film Saturday: The Boxtrolls

Saturday Feb 14, 2015, 2:00  –  4:00 PM

Come enjoy some great box office kids’ movies with Fab Film Saturdays at Cheshire Public Library!
THE BOXTROLLS.  A family event movie from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. Running Time 1 hour, 37 minutes.  Rated PG. Feel free to bring your own snacks! NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Author Talk: Jon Katz

Sunday Feb 15, 2015, 2:00  –  3:00 PM

New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz (A Dog Year, A Good Dog, Rose In a Storm) will speak about his newest book, a memoir called Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion.
Jon Katz has become well-known for rescuing “irredeemable” animals.  In 2011, state police notified him of a severely neglected donkey who needed attention.  It was at that time that Simon entered his life and changed it forever. Hear more about Simon’s story of healing, Mr. Katz’s writing experiences, and much more. Register on our website.


Bird Biology and Winter Plants

Monday Feb 16, 2015, two sessions, 2:00 and 3:15 PM

Local naturalist Eric Nelson will introduce children to the anatomy, identification and bird behavior through fun hands-on activities and exercises.  Children wshould wear loose clothing and sneakers. For ages 6 and up. Register on our website starting on February 1st.


Rainforest Rendezvous with Animal Embassy

Tuesday Feb 17, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00  PM

Join Animal Embassy on a journey through the four major tropical rainforest regions of the world! Library patrons will meet Animal Ambassadors such as a Chinchilla, a jungle Carpet python, a Red-foot tortoise, Red-eyed tree frogs, a large Green iguana or Solomon Islands monkey-tailed skink and possibly an Eclectus parrot! For ages 4 and up.  Register on our website starting on February 1st.


Genealogy Software for Family History Researchers

Tuesday Feb 17, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

After a discussion of factors to consider when purchasing genealogy software and a review of the current Top 10 software packages, presenter Edwin Strickland will explore some of the other computer software options to aid in the recording and publication of your family data and planning further research tasks. Register on our website.


Squishy Circuits

Wednesday Feb 18, 2015, 10:00  –  12:00 PM

Electricity + play dough = lights? Awesome!
Squishy Circuits area a great introduction to the fundamentals of electronics. We will use a play dough that can conduct electricity. Once you know the basics you can plug in lights and motors to bring you already cool sculpture to new levels of awesome. Drop in anytime between 10:00 a.m. and noon.  For ages 6 and up. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


green-toys-trucksTruck Storytime

Thursday Feb 19, 2015, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Bring your toy trucks and cars to this special event.  There will be storytime followed by playtime.  We will provide kiddie pools filled with sand to support play.  Be sure to wear clothes you can get messy in.  For ages 3-8. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Dads & Donuts

dads-donuts21Saturday Feb 21, 2015, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Dads & Donuts is a storytime designed especially for dads and children ages 3 and up. You don’t have to be a dad either.  Moms, grandparents, or partners – everyone is welcome to attend and eat delicious donuts.  Snacks will follow stories based around the theme of Animals! Enjoy stories with donuts, juice and coloring and crafts to follow. For ages 3-8.


Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 3.17.27 PME-Library Workshop: Downloadable Content at Cheshire Library

Saturday Feb 21, 2015, 2:00  –  4:00 PM

Want to learn how to download library e-books, audiobooks, movies, magazines and music to your laptop, tablet, e-reader, or smartphone?  Bring your device and join us for a hands-on workshop. We’ll start with an overview of our various products and will then break into small groups with library staff, who can answer your questions about getting started.


Learn Spanish Storytime

Monday Feb 23, 2015, 10:00  –  10:30 AM

A hands-on Spanish program for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary aged children. This bilingual storytime will be tons of fun with songs, games, activities and stories in both English and Spanish!  No prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary.  For ages 2 to Kindergarten. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Exploring Connecticut and the Slave Trade

Tuesday Feb 24, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Journalist and independent historian Anne Farrow will discuss her new book The Logbooks : Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory. In 1757, a sailing ship owned by an affluent Connecticut merchant sailed from New London to the tiny island of Bence in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to take on fresh water and slaves. On board was the owner’s son, on a training voyage to learn the trade. The Logbooks explores that voyage, and two others documented by that young man, to unearth new realities of Connecticut’s slave trade and question how we could have forgotten this part of our past so completely. Seating for this event is limited. Register on our website.


What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in February…

Another busy month coming up at CPL! Mark your calendars for these events:

February Movie Matinees:


Tuesdays 1:00pm

 February 4 – Hombre

 February 11 – 3:10 To Yuma

February 18 – Ride the High Country 

  • Control Your Life, Control Your Habits        

Thursday February 6, 7:00 pm

Are you feeling stressed and out-of-control and ready for a change?  Do you want to lose weight, quit smoking or just relax and get a good night’s sleep? Licensed professional hypnotist Fern Tausig will discuss hypnosis and how it can help you improve your physical and mental well-being. Tausig is a motivational speaker and hypnotist specializing in stress management, holistic health, smoking cessation, pain management and energy healing.

To register, visit our website.

  • Classical Pianist Frederick Moyer
Sunday, February 9, 4:00pm 
During over thirty years as a full-time concert pianist, Frederick Moyer has established a vital musical career that has taken him to forty-three countries and to such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, Carnegie Recital Hall, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center. He has appeared as piano soloist with most of the major orchestras of the United States as well as many orchestras of Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.
This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
  • Forensic History of a Connecticut Slave: The Life and Death of Mr. Fortune
Monday February 10, 7:00 pm
Join us as Quinnipiac University School of Medicine Professor Richard Gonzalez describes his anthropological examination of the remains of an 18th-century Connecticut slave, Mr. Fortune. Fortune’s bones were used by his owner for medical research; hundreds of years later they were donated to the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. More than 200 years after his death, Fortune was given a proper burial. This presentation provides a great example of how modern forensic techniques can contribute to the historical study of slavery and the use of slaves by physicians.
To register, please visit our website.
  • Vintage Booksale on 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!
  • Solarize Cheshire!
Wednesday February 19, 7 PM
Want to save money and protect the environment? Tired of electric rates that keep going up? Curious about solar energy and want to learn more? Attend this free information session at the library sponsored by Solarize Cheshire, an exciting new Town/State sponsored solar program that gives local homeowners new and affordable options for solar.
  • Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm

Our February pick is Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.

Written by Defoe in 1722 under a pseudonym so his readers would think it an actual journal of the ribald fortunes and misfortunes of a woman in eighteenth-century London, the book remains a picaresque novel of astonishing vitality. From her birth in Newgate Prison to her ascent to a position of wealth and  stature, Moll Flanders demonstrates both a mercantile spirit and an indomitable will. This vivid saga of an irresistible and notorious heroine endures today as one of the liveliest, most candid records of a woman’s progress through the hypocritical labyrinth of society ever recorded.

This month’s book is available to check out at the library.  Please join us!  To register, please visit our  website.

  • Fab Film Saturday

February 22, 2:00 pmPLANES (2013).  The world of CARS takes flight in PLANES, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure. Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world’s fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems… he’s not exactly built for speed, plus he’s afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for and the inspiration to soar.

Running Time: 1 hour 31 minutes.  Rated PG.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Feel free to bring your own snacks!


   Children’s Programs


  • Valentine Read-A-Loud
Wednesday February 12 3:30 pm. Ages 3-6.
 Register after February 1.

  • Zumba for Kids

Friday February 14 10:00 AM. Ages 3-6.

Register after February 1.

  • Special Vacation Week Zoology Workshop

Monday February 17 2:00 PM or 3:15 PM. Ages 6 and up.
Register after February 1.

  • Silly Sing-a-long 

Friday February 21 10:30 AM. Ages 5 and under.
Register after February 1.

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The following programs do not require registration:

Wednesday February 5 and 19  4:00-5 PM. For all ages.

Tuesday February 18, 4:00 PM.  Grades 1-3.

Tuesday February 25, 4:00 PM.  Grades 4-6.

Tuesday February 11, 4:00 PM. Ages 8-12.

 Just For Teens :

Please join us for the following teen programs: