What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in July

As we head into July’s  hot & muggy days, remember that Cheshire Library is an official “Cooling Station” – come in, get out of the heat, and enjoy some great programs while you’re here!

Please note: Cheshire Library will be CLOSED Saturday July 2 and Monday July 4 for Independence Dayjuly-4th-13-flag-happy-july-fourth-facebook-timeline-coverSummer Saturday hours (9am-1pm) are in effect starting Saturday July 9.

maxresdefaultThe Head-to-Toe Movement Show

Wednesday Jul 6, 2016, 10:00  –  11:00 AM

This movement-focused 60-minute performance is designed to engage children in physical activity using awesome music, original stories, incredible visuals, exciting games and interactive music technology to promote fitness, healthy eating, going to your library and celebrating music! For children ages 2 & up and their caregivers. Please register on our website.

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Friday Jul 8, 2016, 1:00  –  2:00 PM

Lani Rosen-Gallagher from Full of Joy Yoga will present a yoga class that is fun for the whole family. Kids of all ages are welcome. We will do lots of partner poses, group poses and of course relaxation. Connect with your whole family in a fun class. For all ages, no registration required.

imageStorytime at Cheshire Park

Tuesdays:  Jul 12, 19, 26,  2016, 11:30 AM  –  12:30 PM

Meet us at the Cheshire Park Pavilion this summer for a special program! Bring your lunch and we will read stories and have fun with our parachute. Look for our Cheshire Public Library banner. If it’s raining, we will see you on the next sunny Wednesday! Please use the entrance located at the intersection of Highland Ave. and Stony Hill Rd., Cheshire, CT 06410. For ages 3 & up. Drop-in, no registration required!

imageAfternoons of Awesome

Tuesdays:  Jul 12, 19, 26,  2016, 4:00  –  5:00 PM

Every Tuesday afternoon is awesome at the Library! School-age kids are invited to have fun with art, science, technology, and games. We’ll explore something new every week! For ages 7-12, please register on our website.

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Wednesday Jul 13, 2016, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

It’s a new kind of book club – welcome to the CPL Cookbook Club!

  1. Check out a cookbook related to our July theme: Summer Side and Salads. (Visit our “Summer Sides & Salads” display near the catalog computers in the lobby.)
  2. Try one or more recipes at home.
  3. Come to Cookbook Club. Wednesday, July 13th at 6:30pm in the Mary Baldwin Room. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Ages 18 and up only.  By registering for this program, you acknowledge that you may choose to consume food that has not been prepared in a commercial kitchen.
  4. Share your thoughts (and dishes). Join library director Ramona Burkey and Deputy Director Deb Rutter to discuss your cookbook reviews and all things culinary. Bring your cookbook and a prepared dish (if you can) to share with the group.

75062f43caaa6f7be5b9f5e3183a70dbMove & Groove with Mr. Gym

Friday Jul 15, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Get physically fit through music and creative movement with “Mr. Gym”, a children’s singer and songwriter from Connecticut. For ages 3 & up, no registration required.

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 2.27.59 PMStretching and Balance

Wednesday Jul 20, 2016, 6:00 PM
Are you concerned about falls? Learn ways to improve balance and flexibility with simple exercises you can do anywhere!!! Come to the Cheshire Public Library and attend 40 minute workout combining stretching, balance and coordination activities presented by Donna Paxton, Health & Wellness Instructor from the YMCA Cheshire Community. For adults, no registration required.

1166007.largeHow to Attract Hummingbirds, Songbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden

Thursday Jul 21, 2016, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

Join us for a presentation by Shaun Roche, Visitor Services Manager at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.  He will share a few simple tips to make your home into a refuge for wildlife and learn the essentials of a good habitat, food, water, shelter for hummingbirds, birds and butterflies.  Please register on our website.

Zingalingz Music and Fitness Class

Diverse group of children in a dance fitness class

Friday Jul 22, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Circle of Friends Music of Southington is proud to present Zingalingz, a music and fitness program for children ages 5-12. Our specially designed movements and activities can help kids gain the important benefits of increased fitness and greater learning power. No registration required.

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 3.00.23 PMThe Healing Power of Meditation

Wednesday Jul 27, 2016, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Matthew Raider, MD presents the latest clinical research on how meditation can improve our physical, mental and spiritual health. This evening you will have a chance to practice some simple techniques that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth. For adults, no registration required.

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 3.05.45 PMShell Craft Class

Thursday Jul 28, 2016, 6:00  –  8:00 PM

Please Join Gail Farrar as she demonstrates how to make a seashell craft.   Each attendee may choose one object to make (Frame, Box etc.). Her shell craft hobby started as a gift idea and has grown into a thriving business in her retirement.  Class is free but space is limited. Please register online for this adults-only class.


What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in April

Spring has sprung and we’re growing a garden of programs for you this month at CPL, including our semi-annual book sale!

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Monday Apr 4, 2016,  6:30  –  8:00 PM

Suzanne Simone, the town environmental planner, will introduce hiking opportunities located in Cheshire.  From meadows to Connecticut’s second largest waterfall, Cheshire has over 1,500 acres ready for exploration.  Free hiking maps, property descriptions and directions will be available. Seating for this event is limited.  Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.  This program is co-sponsored by the Cheshire Planning Department and Cheshire Public Library.

8dbc9366c8c26d59fa19d6e12159e6a0How to Grow Ground Covers

Tuesday Apr 5, 2016, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

Grassy lawns are the single most popular groundcover, but they are not always the best choice for a location or the easiest to maintain.  Landscape designer Kathy Connolly will offer alternative strategies for covering ground and discuss ‘5 Ways to Cover Ground and Give the Lawn a Rest’. Seating for this event is limited.  Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.  This program is co-sponsored by the Cheshire Planning Department and Cheshire Public Library.

Abby StokesSafely Surf the Internet

Thursday Apr 7, 2016, 6:00  –  8:00 PM

Everyone is fearful of security breaches and identity theft. Best-selling author Abby Stokes, will help you learn how to Safely Surf the Internet and find (Almost) anything online. Copies of her book, Is This Thing On? will be available for purchase.
Please register online or call 203-272-2245 ext. 4.

Jacket.aspxFab Film –  Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Monday Apr 11, 2016, 2:00  –  4:30 PM

Come enjoy some great box office kids’ movies with Fab Films at The Cheshire Public Library! Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rated PG-13 | Runtime 2 hours and 16 minutes. No registration required.

6759LEGO® Junior Maker

Tuesday Apr 12, 2016, 10:00 AM

We will start with a short storytime focused around building. Kids will then have an opportunity to use their best creativity to design buildings, creatures, and more using LEGO® bricks . No registration required.

inside-outNaked Retirement

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

Join Michael Argiro, Financial Advisor at 4 T Financial, for this workshop on retirement. Too many people start their first day of retirement with only a financial plan and nothing else. Learn a fun and creative approach to retirement that strips away the numbers and addresses everyday life in retirement. Create a Naked Retirement Plan, build a retirement curious list, and change your retirement life forever by answering three revealing questions. Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.

yarn_balls_7Adult Knitting Night

Come socialize, learn, and share your techniques with other knitters.  Experience the relaxing and calming effect of knitting. We will meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Adult knitters welcome, no supplies or instruction will be given, please bring your own supplies and talent!  Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.

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Thursday Apr 14, 2016, 10:00 AM –  12:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to board one of those huge trucks?  Your chance has arrived! This event is made possible due to the generosity of local companies and Cheshire Town Agencies.  You may see fire trucks, garbage trucks, dump trucks, pay loader, rescue trucks, law enforcement vehicles and more. Come visit the children’s librarians at Bartlem Park (520 S Main St., Cheshire) for Touch a Truck.  We’ll be present with our book cart for kids to touch and have special prizes to give out. Please bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Cheshire Food Pantry.

parent workshops Parent Workshop: How Temperament Shapes your Child

Tuesday Apr 19, 2016, 6:30 PM

Learning more about children’s temperaments and how they can best mesh with yours leads to smoother parenting experiences. Participants will work to understand their child’s temperament and their own and learn to work effectively with differences.
This parent workshop is presented by Christine Foster, Director of Community Relations from The Independent Day School, and will meet on the library’s UPPER LEVEL. Register online,  beginning March 28th.

tumblr_o3up6g7sth1rmidh1o1_540Friends of Cheshire Public Library BOOK SALE

Thursday Apr 21, 9 AM – 8 PM

Friday Apr 22, 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday Apr 23, 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Sunday Apr 24 “Bag of Books” sale  12 PM – 3 PM

Endangered Species & the Sixth Extinction

Tuesday Apr 26, 2016, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

Dr. Isaac M. (Morty) Ortega, Wildlife Ecologist and UCONN Associate Professor, will explore the question: “The sixth extinction, are we there yet?”  Dr. Ortega has traveled the world exploring and researching endangered animals.  Join us to learn what is going on with endangered animals around the globe. Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.  This program is co-sponsored by the Cheshire Planning Department and Cheshire Public Library.

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 8.00.57 PMButterflies and Their Gardens

Wednesday Apr 27, 2016,  6:30  –  8:00 PM

Naturalist John Himmelman answers many of the questions asked about the lives, and preferences, of this fascinating group of insects. Some topics covered are: butterfly families and species, life cycles, finding (and taming) butterflies, and creating butterfly habitats. There will also be a fun section on moths, the under-appreciated cousins of the butterflies. Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.  This program is co-sponsored by the Cheshire Planning Department and Cheshire Public Library.

Jacket.aspxAuthor Talk: Kara Sundlun ~ Finding Dad: From “Love Child” to Daughter

Emmy-award winning journalist,  news anchor, and co-host of Better Connecticut, Kara Sundlun, will discuss her book Finding Dad: From “Love Child” to Daughter. Sundlun’s book chronicles her life growing up without a father present, the struggle to force her biological father, World War II hero and two-term Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun, to accept her as his daughter, and the development of the bond the two would eventually share. Copies of her book will be available after the talk for purchase and signing. Please register online or call 203-272-2245 ext. 4

From the Children’s Room – Teens Read to Tots

Another summer session of Teens Read to Tots has come to an end. Cheshire Library has been running this popular summer program for many years. The program pairs “tots” ages 3-5 with “teens” ages 12-17 for stories and crafts.  It’s hard to say who has more fun, the younger kids or the older ones, and some wonderful bonds form over the 6-week program. IMG_1608 IMG_1609 IMG_1613 IMG_1614IMG_1615It’s a labor of love!