What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in September

Story-times, movie matinees, book clubs, and more are on the calendar in September, take a look:

Open Art Studio

Fridays from 1-3pm

Bring your works in progress and supplies to this weekly drop-in art program. This is an opportunity to create in a collaborative environment with other artists. No formal instruction will be provided, but informal critiquing for those who want it is encouraged. Table covers will be provided. There is a sink in the room for basic cleanup (please do not bring turpentine).

Movie Matinees are Back!

  • Tuesday September 1, 1:00pm: The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  • Tuesday September 20, 1:00pm: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

We’re bringing our Movie Matinees back, and this month there’s trouble on a train! This is a drop-in program, no registration required, come by for a movie on the big screen!

Art Journaling with Megan Jeffery

Thursday, September 8, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Learn how you can get started in documenting your life with art journaling in this engaging workshop led by illustrator and avid journaler Megan Jeffery.  Participants will create their own journaling cards using a variety of supplies. Space is limited, registration is required.

Adult Loft Knitters

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Come socialize, learn, and share your techniques with other knitters.  Experience the relaxing and calming effect of knitting. All levels of adult knitters are welcome. Please bring your own yarn and knitting needles (crocheters are also welcome!). This group meets monthly, please register in advance.

The Humane Gardener: Nancy Lawson (Online)

Thursday, September 15, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Join author Nancy Lawson as our special guest speaker in an online presentation related to her book The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, which explains the importance of coexisting with the local wildlife. Registration required to receive a Zoom link one hour before the start of the program.

Music Together: Babies (0-12 months)

Mondays: September 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24 from 9:30 – 10:15am

Music Together an internationally recognized early childhood music program. This developmentally appropriate early childhood music program strongly encourages adult involvement and emphasizes actual music experiences rather than concepts about music. In order to maintain a safe environment, we request no older siblings, please. Registration: Cheshire residents may register beginning on September 5, non-residents may register beginning on September 12.

Ancient Tunnel Mystery Explained

Monday, September 19, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00pm

A solution for ancient World famous mystery solved. Learn why and  how in Jerusalem a 3000 year old Tunnel dug by two opposing teams met inside solid rock. Anomalies in tunnel explained.  Hint: they used rope or string, paint, and copper.  Registration required.

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5)

Tuesdays: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10:00 – 10:45am

A storytime for preschoolers to learn through talking, singing, reading, writing,and playing! For Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration :  Cheshire residents may register beginning on September 6th, Non-residents may register starting on September 13th.

Wiggle Worms Storytime (12-26 months)

Wednesdays: September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 29 from 10:00 – 10:45am

Join us for reading, singing, movement, and play. This program is based on the Every Child Ready to Read initiative. For children 12-26 months old and their caregivers. Registration :  Cheshire residents may register beginning on September 7th, Non-residents may register starting on September 14th.

Caregiver Support Group

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00pm

A support group for caregivers to share tips, strategies, challenges, and successes. Caregivers of all types are welcome, including spouses and adult children caring for relatives, caregivers to children, and professional caregivers. Registration required.

Tales & Tunes for Twos (22-36 months)

Thursdays: September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10:00 – 10:45am

Talk, sing, read, write, and play during this short storytime with hands-on activities to build children’s early literacy skills! For children 22-36 months old and their caregivers. Registration : Cheshire residents may register beginning on September 8th, Non-residents may register starting on September 15th.

Teen Volunteer Orientation (Grades 6-12)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 3:30 – 4:15pm

Interested in volunteering for the library? Need community service hours? Attend this informal session to learn what teen volunteers at the library do and how to sign up. Snacks will be provided. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration required.

Sisters in Crime-CT Panel: Creating Authentic Characters

Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Be sure to attend this exciting panel of accomplished crime fiction authors who will share the process of creating characters in their novels. Registration is required.


Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club: The Lost Apothecary

  • Thursday, September 15, 2022, 1:00 – 2:15pm (ONLINE) Register

Many Stories Book Club: Detransition, Baby

  • Thursday, September 15, 2022, 7:00 – 8:00pm Register

Art League Book Club: Nefertiti

  • Friday, September 16, 2022, 11:00am – 12:30pm More info

Books Over Coffee: The Overstory

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 12:00pm – 1:30pm Register

What’s Happening (Virtually) at Cheshire Library in September

While most of our programming is still online, we’re excited to be hosting our second Family Movie Night at Mixville Park on Friday September 17! Pack a picnic and join us!

September Teen Volunteering Challenges

All month long

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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. September’s challenges include:

  • Art: It’s Sketchtember!  Challenge yourself and others to sketch!
  • Writing: It’s time to go back to school- write about your goals and vision for the new school year.
  • Food: September 26th is National Pancake Day- so get those hotcakes on the griddle, it’s time to make some pancakes!
  • Reading: September 6th is National Read a Book Day- whatever format you prefer, grab or download the book on the top of your TBR pile and dive in!
  • More Reading: Read a nonfiction book by or about a Latinx person to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month.
  • Even More Reading: Head to the library during Library Card Sign-Up Month this September to get a library card! If you already have one, check out a book you’ve wanted to read!

If you participate in the challenges, earn community service credit by submitting your creations so we can share them on our social media pages.

Book Buzz Teen Book Club: They Both Die at the End

All month long

This month we are going to read They Both Die at the Endby Adam Silvera. Books will be provided and are yours to keep! To pick up your Book Buzz book, starting on September 1st, you must register for this event. Then you can come into the library and pick up your book at the Children’s Desk.

Author Talk: Arlington National Cemetery

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 6:30-8:00pm

Join us as author Cindy Parzych presents the backstory of this iconic national landmark and highlights some of the stories of the interesting people who lived and were buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Please register in advance to receive a link to the presentation an hour before the start time.

Cat Tales Writers Group

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Join us virtually 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! We’ll meet on Zoom, please register in advance to receive a link to the presentation an hour before the start time.

Being Bilingual Rocks!

Wednesdays, September 15, 22, 29, 10:00-10:40am

Alina Celeste and Mi Amigo Hamlet are back for more singing and dancing in this interactive, virtual, bilingual music program! Best for children ages 2-6. Please register once per family to attend all 3 sessions. You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting one hour before the start time of the program.

Turtle Dance Music

Friday, September 17, 2021, 10:00 – 10:30am

This movement-focused virtual performance by Turtle Dance Music is a musical experience that is designed to engage children through song, movement, stories, projections, and interactive music technology! For kids of all ages, please register in advance to receive a link to the presentation an hour before the start time of the program.

Family Movie Night at Mixville: Coco

Friday, September 17, 2021, 6:45 – 8:30pm

Admission to Mixville Park is free for movie-goers.  Just tell the staff at the entrance gate that you are there for the movie.  The movie will begin shortly after 6:45 but you are welcome to come early and enjoy a picnic or a stroll at beautiful Mixville (1300 Notch Road, Cheshire, CT). Don’t forget to bring your blankets or chairs and some bug spray! This summer family movie series is funded by the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library and co-sponsored by the library and Cheshire’s Park and Recreation Department.

Teddy Bear Picnic at Bartlem Park

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 10:00 – 10:45am

Bring along a teddy bear (or another favorite stuffed animal) for an outdoor storytime at Bartlem Park (520 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT) full of books, music, and movement! Be sure to bring a blanket or towel to sit on! We will meet at the fields or pavilion behind the playground. Best for ages 3-5, registration begins September 19.

Books Over Coffee: The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 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 Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream by Dean Jobb. please register in advance to receive a link to the presentation an hour before the start time of the program.

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

We’ve reached the 6-month mark of providing virtual programming, if you can believe it. Though we’d all rather be together in the library for programs, we’re committed to providing services in the safest way possible for our patrons and staff alike.  For now, that means meeting online. September is typically a light programming month, as staff recovers and regroups after a busy summer of programs, but we still have something going on each week, check it out:

Support Through Meditation – Weekly Zoom Event

Tuesdays starting September 8, 2:00 – 3:00pm

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. There are 8 scheduled sessions in September and October, please register via the Event Calendar for each session you wish to attend.

Digital Photo Organizing

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Are your digital images and videos scattered over various devices and in different locations? Do you struggle to find your most important images?  This class will review the difference between backup and sync, tips on how to consolidate your images & videos into one manageable library so you can easily access, share and backup your most important memories.  Registration is required, registered participants will receive a Zoom link on the day of the program to join the event.

Simplifying the Financial Aid Process

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Jennifer Philips’ seminar will provide parents and students with tips on securing the best possible financial aid package from the college of their choice. Jennifer will describe the best student loans, grants and scholarships available, explain the critical financial aid forms and deadlines and the various components of a financial aid offer, describe how to best compare and appeal offers in extenuating circumstances, and provide tips on how to address the gap between tuition and financial aid. Please register in advance, registered participants will receive a Zoom meeting link on the day of the program.

Virtual Books Over Coffee: Next Year in Havana

Wednesday, September 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 for our Sept. meeting. This month’s book is Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. Please register in advance, registered participants will receive a Zoom meeting link on the day of the program.

Kids Cook Dinner: Southwest Quesadillas (Ages 7-14)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Spend some quality time with your children in the kitchen while encouraging them to try new foods! An instructor from Food Explorers, will show you how to prepare southwest quesadillas with guacamole (optional)! Best for ages 7-14.  Registration is required, and the list of ingredients can be found on the Event Calendar page.


Outside Book Groups meeting this month:

Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Do you like to read and talk about mysteries? Then join this monthly book discussion for fresh perspectives, new authors and a friendly atmosphere! This month’s discussion is on The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer.   A best-seller when it came out in 1974, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution is a pastiche about Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud. Who can imagine a more exciting team?! Explore why this bestseller made history and, as a bonus, learn how to write a pastiche. Learn more and register online here.

Art Book Discussion: Strapless

Friday, September 18, 2020, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Do you love to read? And love art? Let’s discuss! This  monthly book club meets on the third Friday of each month from 11am to 12:30pm.  This month’s discussion is on the book Strapless by Deborah Davis. Learn more and register online here. (We are hoping to host the September meeting in-person at Mixville Park under the shade trees. If weather and other factors cooperate, we invite you to bring your own chair and join us in a socially-distanced outdoor setting.  Should conditions not prevail, keep an eye out for an emailed notice of a meeting via Zoom or a postponed meeting date.)


What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in September

Seems like summer just began and suddenly we’re looking at fall! It’s a busy time of year, but we hope you can make time to attend some of the entertaining and informative programs scheduled for September at CPL.

Understand Food Labels to Prepare Healthy Food

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Learn how to read and understand food labels and learn best ways to prepare healthy food for the week. Presented by Kathryn Glendon, Public Health Specialist, Chesprocott Health District. Registration is required.

New Movie Thursday: Avengers Endgame (2019)

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 4:45 – 8:00pm

After the events of Infinity War, the remaining Avengers must muster all of their remaining strength and resources to defeat the mad titan Thanos and bring their friends back from the brink of oblivion. (Please note that due to the length of this movie there will be a brief intermission). Rated PG-13, registration is appreciated for this adult program.

Binge Watch Downton Abbey Season One

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Join us as we watch where it all began, Downton Abbey Season One.  Downton Abbey a sprawling, lavish Edwardian mansion nestled in the Yorkshire landscape needs an heir. Dame Maggie Smith stars as Violet, the stubborn Dowager Countess of Grantham, matriarch of Downton. No registration required, please feel free to stop in and leave at your convenience.

Author Talk: Yale Needs Women

Monday, September 9, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm

In the summer of 1969, from big cities to small towns, young women across the country sent in applications to Yale University for the first time. The landmark decision was a huge step forward for women’s equality in education. Or was it? Join author Anne Gardiner Perkins as she discusses her new book. Registration required.

Fisher in Connecticut

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm

This presentation focuses on the history of fisher in Connecticut, an overview of fisher habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction. It also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our fisher population. Fisher artifacts are shared with the audience. Registration is required.

Documentary: Tea With the Dames (2019)

Thursday, September 12, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Spend a delightfully bawdy afternoon with 4 legends of British stage & cinema. Dames Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright spill the tea on life, love, and art.  Tea and light refreshments will be offered, bring your favorite tea cup! Registration is required.

Author Talk: Jane Austen’s Women

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Why does Jane Austen “mania” continue unabated in a postmodern world? How does the brilliant Regency novelist speak so personally to today’s women that they view her as their best friend? Author Dr. Kathleen Anderson will discuss her book Jane Austen’s Women: An Introduction, which touches on these questions and more. A special thank you to the Jane Austen Society for hosting this event. Registration is required.

Exercise for Healthy and Active Aging

Monday, September 16, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00pm

This hour presentation will focus on common misconceptions of strength training as we age, how to do so safely and effectively regardless of physical limitations, and how to optimize results from an exercise program to achieve strength, balance, energy levels and overall functionality.  Suitable for those 50 and older, this program is informational and features no physical activity.  Registration is required.

Something Old, Something New: CT Weddings Through the Ages

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm

From colonial to modern times, how did Connecticans tie the knot? How did they celebrate? What did they wear? And how did some of our cherished wedding customs originate? This program uses CHS’s extensive collection of wedding clothing, accessories, photographs and prints to examine these questions. Registration is required.

Books Over Coffee – A Gentleman in Moscow

Wednesday, September 25, 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 program called “Books Over Coffee.”  This month we’re reading Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. You bring your lunch, we’ll provide the coffee and tea! Registration is required.

Trivia Night ~ Special Downton Abbey Edition

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Do you love Downton Abbey? Are you a superfan? Here’s an opportunity to test your knowledge, come by yourself or bring friends. Bring your favorite tea cup, as tea will be served! Feel free to come in your finery. Registration required for this adult program, (when registering please register entire group from one person to a max five people).

JFK – Media, Myth and Memory presentation

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm

John F. Kennedy is one of the most recognized and remembered historical figures thanks to a wealth of photographic images, journalistic accounts, documentaries, books, and film adaptations of his brief White House tenure. Join Dr. Lisa Burns, Professor of Media Studies at Quinnipiac University, for a discussion of how the media have played a significant role in shaping our individual and collective memories of JFK’s life, death, and legacy. Please be aware that this adult program will be showing the footage of the assassination. Registration is required.



What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in September

This month at CPL we’ve got programs to get you more organized, healthy, and informed. Check out our Event Calendar for the full roster of September programs!

Tuesday Movie Matinees

Tuesdays at 1:00PM

Come relax with a good movie every Tuesday afternoon at CPL, no registration required. This month, we’re revisiting the Watergate era:

Zumba for Adults

Mondays, September 10, 17, 24, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Zumba’s back! Our Zumba class is open to adults of any skills or fitness level and is designed to teach the basic dance steps and easy to follow movements. Please register for each session individually: Sept 10, Sept 17, Sept 24.

Medicare and Beyond

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00PM

Are you turning 65 or just confused about Medicare? Medicare can be a complicated topic to many people.  This seminar, presented by Lou Pelletier of American Senior Benefits will educate you on the options and programs available.  Learn what Medicare options best suit your needs – about the many laws and programs that may be relevant to your situation, such as maximizing Social Security or protecting your assets from long term care exposure without insurance.  Registration is required.

First Ladies: An Adventure in Glamour, Guts & Gumption

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00PM

The First Ladies of the United States, who were they really?  What made them tick?  Did they love or loathe their role?  The presentation is designed to be lively, humorous and engaging by weaving historical and modern events and facts about First Ladies to understand and appreciate the important role they play, starting with Martha Washington. Registration is required.

Rightsizing your Life

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00PM

During Life’s transitions, it is important to consider your possessions and whether they still fit with your life. Learn ten key steps for making that happen. Sandra Wheeler- Professional Organizer and owner of For Peace of Mind will share key organizing tips to help you with any space in your home or office. Registration is required.

Go Paperless with Evernote

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30pm

Imagine having no big filing cabinets stuffed with paperwork and no cluttered mess of folders to organize. You never have to search through stacks of paper to find the documents you need. All of your documents are organized, searchable, and accessible on your computers and devices at all times and wherever you are. Sounds crazy, right? It’s not! Enter Evernote: with this tool, you can organize your paperwork and declutter your life. We’ll go over the basics of getting started with Evernote to create the paperless lifestyle of your dreams. Registration is required.

The Connecticut CCC

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30PM

Join author Martin Podskoch as he shares his book, Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories and Legacy. This year marks the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a program  begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Mar. 31, 1933  to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression—the “New Deal.”  Books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required.

Trivia Night

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Come by yourself or bring your friends. Test your knowledge from general categories, including pop culture, current events, history, music, and of course literature! It’s all for Pride, not Prize. Registration is required, beginning Wednesday September 12.

Clutter, Clutter Everywhere – What Do I Do with It?

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00PM

Professional Organizer Anita Taylor will show you how to and why of organizing all your stuff.  Systems are the answer!  Find easy solutions and simplify your life with Anita’s help. Copies of “Anita’s Book” a workbook solution to organizing important papers, will be available to purchase for $40 (cash or check) after Anita’s presentation. Registration is required and begins on August 31.

Simplifying the Financial Aid Process

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00PM

Presenter Jennifer Philips will provide parents and students with tips on securing the best financial aid package from the college of their choice.  Jennifer worked for Fairfield University for 6 years as Assistant Director of Financial Aid, and having been in the field for 10+ years, Jennifer has a wealth of knowledge and insight into the college financial aid process.  Registration is required.