What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in January

Happy New Year! We’ve got month full of entertainment, education and enrichment to start the year off right!

showposterThe Manners of Downton Abbey

Thursday Jan 7, 2016, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

Part 1 of our 3-part film series for fans of the PBS series Downton Abbey. What goes on behind-the-scenes to get the manners of 1900s Britain exactly right on Downton Abbey? Discover how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money, how they interacted with the servants (and the servants interacted with each other), and above all why they behaved as they did. Illustrated with memorable moments from Downton Abbey, the program is a treat for fans and anyone fascinated with the customs of early 1900s Britain. Please register on our website.

UnknownMusic Together Demo

Friday Jan 8, 2016, 11:00 AM

Music Together an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and the adults who love them. This research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum strongly encourages adult involvement and emphasizes actual music experiences rather than concepts about music. For ages newborn through 5 years old. Please register on our website.

1558390_623829584368611_5417742494655139725_nCajun Hobos

Sunday Jan 10, 2016, 2:00 PM

Chase away those post-holiday blues with the Cajun Hobos! The Cajun Hobos feature Alan Bradbury and Michelle Kaminsky, who have been playing Cajun music together in a number of bands (including Magnolia) for 25 years, along with Mark Wholley.  Having learned from Louisiana’s finest, they are passionate about sharing their love of Cajun culture, music, and dances in New England. This concert is free and open to the public, no registration required.

finaidCollege Financial Aid Seminar

Tuesday Jan 12, 2016,  6:30  –  8:00 PM

Jennifer Philips, former Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Fairfield University, 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. Seating for this event is limited.  Please register on our website or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.

Body-Highclere-1Secrets of Highclere Castle

Thursday Jan 14, 2016, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

Part 2of our 3-part film series for fans of the PBS series Downton Abbey. Join us for a documentary on a in-depth look at the history of England’s  Highclere Castle. Go behind the scenes to the real owners and the history of this majestic estate. For centuries it has been the real-life home of the aristocratic Carnarvon family, and has entertained Kings and Queens of England along with a host of nobilities and celebrities. Known as “The Real Downton Abbey”, it is where much of the location scenes are filmed. Please register on our website.

imageSing Me A Fairy Tale

Friday Jan 15, 2016, 11:00 – 11:45 AM
Musical storytelling using music, singing and dancing, rhythm activities, props and rhythm instruments. Songs and movement enable children to creatively explore a variety of themes from familiar stories like Goldilocks, Jack & the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs, in new imaginative and exciting ways. Interactive family style program geared toward the developmental stages of children from 2 to 7 years. (Infants and older siblings are also welcome). Please register on our website.

filmhantsloadimagebyurlThe Secret Garden

Thursday Jan 21, 2016, 6:00  –  8:00 PM

Join us for the last installment of a 3 part movie series for fans of Downton Abbey.  Can you not get enough of Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey?  Join us for the Secret Garden set at Highclere castle in the early 1900’s.  Mary Lennox, a spoiled young British girl orphaned by an Indian epidemic, comes to live at Misselthwaite Manor.  She meets intriguing people and finds a mysterious garden. Please register on our website.

75062f43caaa6f7be5b9f5e3183a70dbMove & Groove with Mr. Gym

Sunday Jan 24, 2016,  2:00 PM

Get physically fit through music and creative movement with “Mr. Gym”, a children’s singer and songwriter from Connecticut. Ages 3-8, No registration required.

Screen-shot-2012-08-06-at-1.39.15-PMMaking Sense of Food Labels

Thursday Jan 28, 2016,  6:00 PM

Are you confused about food labels?  Join us for a informative talk by Nancy Boudreau, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, where she will discuss:
*  The Ingredient List
*  The Nutrition label on the back which lists the number of servings per package, amount of sugar, fat, sodium, etc.
*  The Marketing claims on the front label.  Natural, All Natural, Organic, Non-GMO, Grass Fed – what does it all mean?
*  Tips for making healthy choices.                               Please register on our website.

wpid-women-self-defence-10Self-Defense for Women

Saturday Jan 30, 2016,  2:00  –  3:30 PM

A class for women ages 14 and older taught by Family Martial Arts and Fitness of Cheshire. No experience necessary! What you will learn:
– Real world defense for the average person
– How to use the strength of your body to defeat even the strongest of attackers
– Learn the psychology of the attacker and how to use it against them
– Gain confidence in yourself and your abilities
This will be a hands-on class so wear comfortable clothing. Please register on our website.

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.

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in January…


Happy New Year! January is shaping up to be a busy month at CPL – here’s what’s happening:

January Movie Matinees

Tuesdays at 1:00pm

January 7 : Lion In Winter 

January 14 : Flags of Our Fathers

January 21 :Suspicion

Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Wednesday, January 15, 7:00pm.
  This month we are discussing one of the great classics of the English language, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Set near the end of the 14th century, 29 travelers from vastly differing backgrounds set out one April for Canterbury on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett. Travel is arduous and wearing, so to maintain their spirits this band of pilgrims entertains each other with a series of tall tales that span the spectrum of literary genres. Five hundred years later people are still reading The Canterbury Tales.This month’s book is available to check out at the library. Please join us!   To register, please visit our website.

Powerful Positive Thinking

Thursday January 16  7:00pm

1061 Speaker Diane Frankel-Gramelis is director of Community Education at Milford Hospital and a Health & Wellness Educator at Yale New Haven Hospital and other institutions. She has been designing and implementing health and wellness programs for over 25 years. Diane has a dynamic and varied background in childbirth, parenting counseling, stress management and health promotion; she is an empowering wellness speaker, bringing warmth, wisdom and real-life solutions to her audience.   To register, please visit our website.

Guitar and Mandolin featured in January Sunday Showcase

Sunday, January 26, 4:00pm

   Husband and wife duo Judy Handler and Mark Levesque blend Brazilian, Latin American, swing, gypsy, classical and folk music influences to create their sophisticated and expressive arrangements. Audiences respond with great enthusiasm to their extraordinary sound and the uplifting spirit of their music. They have performed over 1,500 concerts together throughout the Northeast and Midwest.   All ages welcome – no registration required.

Free Video Production  Training and Facilities at Cox Communications – Tuesday January 28, 7:00 pm.
   Cheshire Library will present David Smith, Cox Communications Cheshire Public Access, on Tuesday January 28 at 7:00pm. Mr. Smith will discuss the video production training and equipment that Cox Communications offers free of charge to residents of Cheshire, Southington and Meriden. This includes the use of field equipment, studio production and video editing.  Mr. Smith will also answer any questions participants may have about Cox’s local facility. To register, please visit our website.

 Chocolate for Valentine’s Day! 

Thursday, January 30, 7:00pm

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us wonder what kind of goodies we can easily make as gifts for family and friends. Think chocolate!   Long time chef and chocolate expert Maria Brandriff will demonstrate both some decadent truffles and some healthier chocolate treats in a program entitled Chocolate for the Holidays.  Recipes and ample samples will be available.  Space is limited.  To register, please visit our website.

Children’s Programs

Monday/Tuesday Storytime

Mondays-January 6, 13, 27, February 3, 10

Register for Mondays.

Tuesdays- January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11

Register for Tuesdays.

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.Enhances children’s literacy and social skills. Children may stay with the librarian without parent or caregiver to create a sense of independence.

For ages 3-kindergarten

Mother Goose Time

Wednesdays-January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12

Session 1-9:30-9:55 AM (for children ages birth to 24 months) 

Register for Session 1

Session 2-10:00-10:25 AM (for children ages 2-3)

Register for Session 2

Stories, songs and fingerplays that help develop speech and social skills. Children attend with a parent/caregiver.

Family Time 

Thursdays-January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13.

10:00 – 10:55 AM

Age-appropriate toys, craft activity, games and books.  Provides opportunities for socialization and development of fine and gross motor skills.  For children ages 1-3 with parent/caregiver.  Register.

Gizmos, Gadgets and Goo: Mad Scientists’ Club

Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 PMThis hands-on, one-hour science program offers children a chance to see just how cool science can be! For grades 3-6.
Select  Track A or B (the programs will be duplicated).

Register for Track A (January 9, 23)
Register for Track B (January  16,30)

The following programs do not require registration:

Builders’ Brigade

Wednesday January 8, 22, 4:00-5 PM. For all ages.

If you love to create masterpieces with LEGO® bricks or MEGA BLOKS®, then this program is perfect for you! This program is geared toward kids ages 7 and up, but younger builders are also welcome!

Bookmarks Book Club 

Tuesday January 21, 4:00 PM  Grades 1-3

Tween Book Club

Tuesday January 28, 4:00 PM  Gradeimages 4-6.

Fab Film Saturday 

“Turbo” Saturday, January 11, 2:00 PM.  All ages.

Schedule subject to change
See our
calendar for more information or check the KIDS’ PAGE on the library website!

Just For Teens                                                       

 Please join us for the following teen programs:
Cheshire Anime Club Friday, January 17, 3:00 pm
Anime Club Xtra Tuesday, January 7, 6:00 pm
Teen games, drop-in Fridays, January 3, 10, 24 at 2:30 pm
Yu-Gi-Oh: It’s Time to Duel   Friday, January 31, 2:30 pm
See the library’s teen page or the calendar for  more information!

Local Newspapers Available on Library Website

Want to check up on a news event from yesterday, last year, or even as far back as 25 years ago?

Then Cheshire Library has an online resource for you.

Cheshire residents have access to articles from the following Cheshire-area newspapers: Cheshire Herald 2007 to present; Meriden-Record Journal 12/7/1997 to present; New Haven Register 1988 to present.  This Newsbank database is indexed and searchable, and provides full-text articles from electronic editions.

To access Cheshire-area newspaper archives, online:

  • Go to the Cheshire Library homepage: www.cheshirelibrary.org
  • Mouse over the Research tab
  • Click on Newspapers and Magazines
  • Select the title you wish to search
  • Enter your Cheshire Library card number

If you have any questions, call the library’s Reference Department at 203-272-2245, ext. 4.

Federal and Connecticut State Tax Forms Available

Federal and State tax forms and instruction booklets will be available in the Reference Department located on the Library’s lower level. Forms will be delivered to the library throughout the month of January, but please note that the library does not receive all forms and cannot guarantee when forms will be available. Please call (203-272-2245, ext 4) to determine if a particular form or booklet is in stock.Federal forms may be downloaded at http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs.Connecticut state tax forms may be downloaded at http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1509&q=443200

 From the Director’s Desk:  

Technology Survey on Library Website

CaptureWe are writing our first Technology Plan and need your help to determine the best technology services for our library. The Impact Survey, developed by staff of the University of Washington Information School, ask how you use or would use various library technology services such as public computers, wireless networks, online resources, digital literacy training, etc. The survey will take about ten minutes to complete.  Thank you in advance for your time!

Technology Survey

Zinio Downloadable Magazines


I am completely hooked on Zinio, the library’s downloadable magazine service and want to tell everyone how terrific it is! Haven’t tried it?

Just go to Zinio on the library’s website and sign up with your Cheshire library card.  Over 60 popular magazines are available.  Need some help getting started?  Check out the library’s “Downloadables” page.

Ramona Burkey
Cheshire Public Library