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!

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 8.19.30 PMWhere to Hike in Cheshire

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.

TAT1Touch a Truck @ Bartlem Park

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

What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in May

Here are just a few of the new programs we’ve got on the schedule for May. Mark your calendars!

Friends of the Library Semi-Annual Book Sale Continues…

Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2, 9:30AM -4:00PM

Friends of the Library Bag of Books Sale

We will be open for the first time on Sunday, May 3rd  from noon – 3:00pm for our close out “Fill a Bag” sale.


Art Kids

Tuesday May 5, 2015, 10:00  –  11:00 AM

Kids and their caregivers will use all their senses during this hands-on experience that combines a story and an art activity (or three). We won’t be afraid to get a little messy, so bring a smock if you have one. (Don’t worry we will have some here to share too.)Best for ages 3 and up. Kids must be accompanied by a caregiver. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


haleNathan Hale: America’s First Spy

Tuesday May 5, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

M. William Phelps, award-winning veteran journalist and author of twenty-nine nonfiction books, discusses his NY Times bestselling book “Nathan Hale – The Life and Death of America’s First Spy.” Was Nathan Hale a legend, a hero, or an ill-equipped spy? Phelps charts the life of this famed patriot and separates the historical fact from long-standing myth. Seating for this event is limited.  Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.

Mother Goose Rhyme Time

Monday May 11, 2015, 10:00  –  10:30 AM

Mother Goose Rhyme Time is special time to interact with stories, songs, rhymes, and lap bounces. This fun and interactive time features music, repetition, rhymes, puppets, instruments, and felt boards. A must-do for babies and toddlers! Ages 0 to 2 years. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


The World of Rare Books

Tuesday May 12, 2015, 6:30  –  8:00 PM

Rare book collector Michael Dooling will present an overview of the fascinating field of rare and collectible books and will show books and manuscripts with examples of different eras, binding methods and illustrators. Seating for this event is limited.  Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.


Breast Health and Tomosynthesis

Wednesday May 13, 2015, 7:00  –  8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Liane Philpotts, MD, Chief of Breast Imaging at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale School of Medicine. Three dimensional mammography is revolutionizing how we practice breast imaging. Yale- New Haven Hospital have been leaders in utilizing and studying the benefits of this imaging modality. Tomosynthesis has the dual benefit of decreasing false positives (screening recalls) while also increasing cancer detection. Tomosynthesis is also beneficial in the diagnostic environment as it shortens work ups resulting in less radiation and costs. Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.

springSpring into Reading! Read-Aloud with the FEA

Thursday May 14, 2015, 3:30  –  4:15 PM

Come read with the Future Educators of America from Dodd Middle School!
We will be reading books, creating crafts, and snacks will be provided.


Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 4.26.48 PMEat Better, Feel Better, Live Better

Tuesday May 19, 2015, 7:00  –  8:00 PM

Nutritionist Maribeth Abrams will explore the benefits of a plant-strong diet and discuss the hows and whys of plant-based eating.  Is it the same thing as being vegan? Are there health risks? Is it boring and bland? What about dining out? This presentation will answer all of these questions and more as it pertains to eating for help with the treatment and prevention of chronic disease. Seating for this event is limited.  Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.


Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 4.29.05 PMApps for the Outdoors

Wednesday May 20, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Get out and explore the great outdoors with help from your phone! We’ll show you apps you can download to your smartphone or tablet to help you enjoy your excursions and enjoy nature, whether or not you have a network connection. Please register online or call 203-272-2245, ext. 4.


Circle of Friends Music Class

Wednesday May 27, 2015, 10:00  –  10:45 AM

Felice Danielson, from the Circle of Friends Music Studio, will lead us in a morning of musical activities for kids and their caregivers. This program is open to all young children and their caregivers, no registration required. Ages 0 to 6 years old. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


alexanderFab Film Saturday: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Saturday May 30, 2015, 2:00  –  4:00 PM

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014).  Disney’s heartwarming comedy will have your entire family laughing out loud. Based on the best-selling book, it follows the exploits of Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life and wonders if bad things only happen to him. Running Time 1 hour, 21 minutes.  Rated PG. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Feel free to bring your own snacks!



Get ready for New Hours at the Library!
We are adjusting our hours to better serve you.

Beginning June 1st the library will open at 9:00am Monday-Saturday. The library will be closing at 8:30pm Monday – Thursday.
Friday and Saturday closing times are unchanged.
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 8:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday (July 11th – August 29th): 9:00am – 1:00pm 


What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in May

Another  great lineup of programs scheduled for May, including our semi-annual Book Sale!

Book Sale!

May 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Join the fun and save on great books!  This is the time to stock up  on summer reading.  See the biggest and best selection of bargain priced books!  We have something for everyone from popular current bestsellers to children’s books to great literature. The Friends have also added a large collection of vintage books to the Spring Sale. More Information


Gardeners’ Best Friends: Websites & Books to Grow By
Tuesday May 6th at 7:00pm

Join us for conversation, books, and websites to help you grow your best garden ever. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
More Information
Register for this program

Visit our Green Thumb board on Pinterest!


Anime Club Xtra
Tuesday May 13th at 6:00pm

Full-length Anime movies and a wider variety of Anime shows will be offered for your viewing pleasure! High school age and up. No registration required! More Information

Visit the Teen Page of our website!


Afghan Post
Wednesday May 14th at 7:00pm

Adrian Bonenberger, author of Afghan Post, will talk about his two tours of duty in Afghanistan & the things he learned about heroism, leadership & survival. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
More Information
Register for this program


Fab Film Saturdays
Saturday May 17th at 2:00pm

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. The magical, mythical adventures of teenager Percy Jackson – son of the Greek god Poseidon – continue in this heroic, action-packed thrill ride! No registration required!
More information

Visit the Kids Page of our website!

Neil Fitzpatrick, Classical Guitar
Sunday May 18th at 4:00pm
Guitarist Neil Fitzpatrick returns to the Cheshire Public Library for our May Sunday Showcase Concert. No registration required! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

More Information


Vegetable Gardening Basics
Tuesday May 20th at 7:00pm
Grow vegetables all year long! Learn about selecting the site, building the garden, planting, tending & harvesting. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. More Information
Register for this program
Joseph Pierce & the 14th CT Volunteer Infantry
Wednesday May 21th at 7:00pm

Civil war reenactor and author Irving Moy will present the story of Joseph Pierce & the 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  More Information
Register for this program


What’s Happening at Cheshire Library in April (no fooling!)

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Song and Dance of the Scottish Highlands
Sunday Showcase Concert 

Sunday April 13, 4:00 pm


Gaelic singer Maggie Carchrie will perform with her husband, bagpiper  Thomas Leigh, for our April Sunday Showcase Concert.  Maggie delights listeners with her crystal clear voice and her mastery of the unique sounds and rhythms of Gaelic Song.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this program is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but for further information  please contact Jenn Bartlett at: jbartlett@cheshirelibrary.org.
All ages welcome!

                     Etsy.com: Set Up and Sell                   

 Tuesday, April 1, 7 PM

Do you want to start your own handmade business but you’re not sure where to begin?  Go on a guided tour of Etsy.com with handmade business educator, Jennifer St. Jean.  Jen has been selling on Etsy since 2009, and has had thousands of sales both on and off Etsy. Jen’s Etsy shop name is ittybittybag.
To register, visit our website .

Root Out Non-Native Invasive Plants 
Monday April 7, 7:00 pm

Many species of non-native invasive plants grow in Cheshire , taking over landscapes, destroying habitat diversity and posing threats to beneficial trees and shrubs.  Learn to identify and eradicate or control Oriental bittersweet, Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard, burning bush and multiflora rose without the widespread application of herbicides.

This program will be led by Suzanne Simone, Cheshire Environmental Planner, certified horticulturist and membership coordinator with the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group.

To register, please visit our website.

               Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Wednesday, April 16 7:00 pm 
Our April pick is A Brave New World byAdolous Huxley.Written in 1931, this powerful work of speculative fiction has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment.This month’s book is available to check out at the library.

To register, please visit our  


    Ecology of the North American Porcupine

Tuesday April 8, 7:00 pm
Did you know that the porcupine is the world’s 3rd largest rodent? Join us to learn more about this fascinating animal, common in Connecticut but seldom seen due to its solitary and mostly nocturnal habits. CT DEEP Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Gerri Griswold will bring an un-releasable porcupine for an hour long program.
To register, visit our website.

                               Forgive Me                                

Thursday April 10, 6:00 pm 

Join us for a screening of Forgive Me, the anti-bullying film produced by Cheshire High School graduate Nicholas Lamoreux.  After the film, representatives of Yale University’s anti-bullying group It Ends Today, will give a short presentation.To register, visit our website.

                   Where to Hike in Cheshire                

Monday April 21, 7 PM

Cheshire has over 1,400 acres of open space available for a variety of passive recreation. Join Cheshire Environmental Planner Suzanne Simone as she shares information about property locations, access, topography and uses.  Property maps will be available.
To register, visit our website

                  Hiking Hidden Connecticut                 

Tuesday Apr 22, 7:00PM
Although Connecticut is one of the smallest states, it has an abundance of hiking opportunities, and many are right outside your door.  Join
Hartford Courant feature writer Peter Marteka as he shares his thoughts about ‘Hidden Connecticut’ and his favorite hikes in the state.  His hiking columns ‘Nature’s Path’ and ‘Way to Go’ can be found in the paper edition of the Courant or on their website.

To register, visit our website.

  April Movie Matinee 


April is classic comedy month at the library! All movies are at 1:00 pm on Tuesdays.

April 1  

Some Like It Hot


April 8 

Adam’s Rib 


April 22 

What’s Up, Doc?  



                      Friends of the Library                      

Lobby Vintage Book Sale


Visit the Vintage Lobby Book Sale going on now in the front lobby of the Cheshire Public Library.  Feel nostalgic for the finely made books of your youth, see rare out-of-print editions not normally found for sale anywhere, and find that favorite classic.  All books have been individually priced, most at under $5.   

Semi-Annual Book Sale Preview Night  


The Spring Sale Preview, our giant book sale preview, will be on Wednesday April 30.  This preview sale is only open to members of the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library, so sign up now.  Get first crack at thousands of bargain priced books before the general public.


Friends memberships start at $8 for Seniors and $10 for an individual.  Click here for a form or more information. You can join at the door that night, but you will get in faster if you are already signed up.  Don’t wait, support your local library now!


Spring Library Book Sale


The Spring Library Book Sale will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 1, 2, and 3

Join the fun and save on great books!  This is the time to stock up  on summer reading.  See the biggest and best selection of bargain priced books!   We have something for everyone, from popular current bestsellers to children’s books to great literature.

Donate Books for a Tax Deduction!

Just a reminder that The Friends of the Cheshire Public Library is a 501(c)(3) tax-designated organization. This means you can become a member, donate books, music, DVDs, or give a monetary donation for a tax deduction. When you drop off donations, simply stop at the front desk of the library and ask for a donation receipt. You can make a difference to the library community and save on your taxes next year.

                     Children’s Programs


Story Cat

Phantasy Baseball Talk & Book Signing
Author John Hoda
Saturday April 5, 10:30 am
Best for 10 and up.


When a Little League coach wins a trip to Phantasy Baseball Camp, it sets in motion an unforgettable season with his beloved Philadelphia Phillies.

Refreshments will be served.
To register or for more information.



April Vacation Week Programs
Magic Show with Chick Kelman

Saturday April 12 
10:30 am

All ages

To register or for more information.


Martial Arts and Zoology Program

Monday April 14
2:00 pm or 3:15 pm
Ages 6 and up.
To register or for more information.

Thursday April 17
2:00 pm

Vacation week special Fab Film!  No registration required. 

Traveling Lantern Theater Company Presents Pinocchio 

Wednesday April 16
10:30 am
Ages 3 and up
To register or for more information.

Come on in and enjoy some great box office kids’ movies with Fab Films  at Cheshire Public Library! 


Saturday April 5, 2:00-4:00 pm.Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
Please check the Kids’ page on our website for a complete list of our regular popular children’s programs. Registration for April-May storytimes begins on April 1.  Registration for the May session of our popular after school science program, Gizmos, Gadgets and Goo begins April 15.
See our calendar  to register or for more information.

                           Just For Teens                             
Please join us for the following teen programs:
April 15, 6:00 pmAnime Club Xtra

April 25, 2:30 pm –Yu-Gi-Oh: It’s Time to Duel


See the library’s teen page or the calendar  for  more information! 

              Library Closed on  Good Friday             

The library will be closed on Friday April 18 for Good Friday.