Welcome to fall! In October we’re meditating, gaming, cooking, and getting in the Halloween spirit as we continue our virtual programming for all ages. There are even some live animals to see this month! Check our Event Calendar to see more and register for our programs.
Book Buzz Teen Book Club – pick up Alice by Heart this month!
Our new teen book club meets next month, and for our first book we’ll be talking about Alice by Heart by Steven Sater. Teens can pick up a copy at the Children’s Desk, or by calling the Children’s Desk (at 272-2245 x 33003) to schedule a Grab n Go pickup. Don’t forget to register to join the book club on Zoom November 18!
Support Through Meditation – Weekly Zoom Event
Tuesdays, 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. Please register via the Event Calendar for each session you wish to attend.
Kids Cook Dinner
Wednesdays, 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 kids 7-14 how to prepare a delicious meal for the whole family! Registration is required, and the ingredients needed for each program can be found on the Event Calendar listing.
Spirits of the World
Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Dustin Pari from SyFy’s Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International shares some of his favorite stories from investigations in Irish castles, French chateaus, Australian prisons, and more! Grab your passport and prepare for a fun and frightening journey! Registration is required, registered participants will receive a link on Oct. 7 to join the Zoom virtual program.
Thursday, October 8, 2020, 4:00 – 4:45pm
Learn about birds of prey and reptiles with a virtual visit from live animal ambassadors! All ages are welcome to attend. Please register in advance to receive a link to the Zoom meeting prior to the event.
Before Salem: Witch Hunting in CT
Thursday, October 8, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Decades before the Salem Witch trials, 11 people were hanged as witches in the Connecticut River Valley. Dr. Richard Ross will present his acclaimed book and discuss new information his research has uncovered regarding Connecticut’s witch hunting history. Please register in advance to receive a link to the Zoom meeting prior to the event.
Switch it up at CPL! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
2:00 – 3:00pm:
- Tuesday, October 13, 2020
- Tuesday, October 20, 2020
- Thursday, October 29, 2020
Social distancing got you down? Got a Nintendo Switch? Join us at CPL’s Smash Ultimate arena! Play against your friends and folks from all across Cheshire, all skill levels welcome! No registration required, instructions on our Event Calendar for how to join. For teens in grades 6-12. A Nintendo Online Account required to connect with others and play online.
Baby Playgroup on Zoom
Tuesdays, October 20 – November 17, 2020, 10:00 – 10:30am
For babies ages 0-12 months and their caregivers, this program provides an opportunity to strengthen your connection with your child and enriches your baby’s cognitive development through joyful movement and social experiences. We will meets five times, you only need to register once to attend all five classes. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link on the morning of each program.
Wednesdays, October 21 & 28, 2020, 10:00 – 10:30am
A virtual storytime for preschoolers to learn through talking, singing, reading, writing,and playing! Best for children ages 3-5, younger and older siblings are also welcome. This program meets four times: October 21 & 28 and November 4 & 18, (there will be no storytime on November 11). Register once to attend all four sessions. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link on the morning of each program.
Spooktacular Storytelling (dramatic reading)
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Join us for master storyteller Christian Hege as he delights us with a Spooktacular storytelling. Hear Christian tell the tales of:
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow based on the story by Washington Irving
- Josh: a Werewolf Story (original story)
- The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe
Registration in advance is required to receive a link to the Zoom meeting prior to the event. Please note this program is intended for adults.
Virtual Books Over Coffee: The Lions of Fifth Avenue
Wednesday, October 28, 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 Oct. meeting. This month’s book is The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis. Please register in advance, registered participants will receive a Zoom meeting link on the day of the program.
Witches in CT
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 6:30 – 7:45pm
The trials and executions of witches in Connecticut predated the more famous Salem witch panic by over 40 years. Hear the stories of some of the women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches and learn how Connecticut successfully controlled the spread of witch accusations long before Salem erupted in panic and violence. Please register in advance to receive a link to the Zoom meeting prior to the event.
Outside Book Groups
Art Book Discussion: The Lost Painting
Friday, October 16, 2020, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Do you love to read? And love art? Let’s discuss! Join us for a monthly book club discussion on the third Friday of each month from 11am to 12:30pm in a Zoom Virtual meeting. This month’s discussion is on The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr. Please register for this program online, registered participants will receive a Zoom link on the day of the program.
Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club: The Widows of Malabar Hill
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Do you like to read and talk about mysteries? Then join us for monthly book discussions, fresh perspectives, new authors and a friendly atmosphere! We are meeting virtually via Zoom. This month’s discussion is on The Widows of Malabar Hill: A Perveen Mistry Novel (Book 1) by Sujata Massey. Please register for this program online, registered participants will receive a Zoom link on the day of the program.