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MAY 2013   
 Peter Biedermann, Acoustical Guitarist

Sunday, May 5   4:00pm

Peter Biedermann is an instrumental guitarist from New Jersey that has been composing and performing for over 35 years and will be appearing for the first time at the Cheshire
Public Library. While his music covers a number of genres in various disciplines, the sounds you will hear on the afternoon of Sunday, May 5th will be entirely original.The music will be performed on a variety of 6, 8 & 12 string guitars in unique tunings combined with subtle ambient electronics. The architecture of the music is melodic and rhythmic; combining compositional structure and improvisation that embraces the influences of the last 50+ years of finger style guitar playing by visionary artists such as Davey Graham, John Martyn, Alex de Grassi, Leo Kottke, Ralph Towner and Michael Hedges.
CDs will be for sale after the performance. Please go to for more information.

This concert is free and open to the public.
Funding was provided by the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library. 
  When Johnny Comes Marching Home: Civil   War Book Discussion                                          

Monday, May 6,  7:00pm 

Our May pick is
Widow of the South by Robert Hicks. Carnton Plantation, 1894: Carrie McGavock is an old woman who tends the graves of the almost 1,500 soldiers buried there. As she walks among the dead, an elderly man appears--the same soldier she met that fateful day long ago. Today, he asks if the cemetery has room for one more. Based on an extraordinary true story, this brilliant, meticulously researched novel flashes back to 1864 and the afternoon of the Civil War. While the fierce fighting rages on Carrie's land, her plantation turns into a Confederate army hospital; four generals lie dead on her back porch; the pile of amputated limbs rises as tall as the smoke house. But when a wounded soldier named Zachariah Cashwell arrives at her house, he awakens feelings she had thought long dead--and inspires a passion as powerful and unforgettable as the war that consumes a nation.

Copies of the book are in the lobby on our display available for checkout.

To register, visit our website.  
 Beekeeping for Beginners                                   

Monday May 6  7:00pm

Beekeeper Adam Fuller will be the program's featured speaker.  This introductory lecture on beekeeping will discuss this exciting and interesting hobby to those who are either just curious about what's involved with keeping bees, or are thinking about starting a bee hive.  He will discuss bee behavior and biology, bee hive management, and essential equipment for the backyard beekeeper.

To register, visit our website. 
 The Road to Health and Well-Being: Balancing   Mind, Body and Spirit                                             

Thursday, May 9  7:00pm  


Reverend Doreen Bottone, chaplain at Mid-State Medical in Meriden will present "The Road to Health and Well-Being: Balancing Mind, Body and Spirit". 
In order to attain health and well being, we need to pay attention to our whole selves - our mind, our body and our spirit. This session will include a description and practice of  techniques that can lead to a healthier, happier you.


To register, visit our website

  Animal Mascots of the Civil War                       

Monday, May 13  7:00pm

David Koch, an assistant professor of history at Housatonic Community College will present "Animal Mascots of the Civil War." Did you know that many Civil War regiments had animal mascots? Many regiments went into battle with their beloved dogs, who fought along side their "boys" with equal ferocity and determination. Some gave their last full measure, all have an interesting story to tell. Professor Koch has lectured across the country on the Civil War and worked at Gettysburg National Park.

To register, visit our website. 

 Movie Matinee-- May Musicals  

Tuesdays 1:00pm



May 7 

Anything Goes (1956)



May 14 

Mame (1974)  



May 21  



Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Wednesday, May 15    
Our May pick for the Cheshire Cats Classics club is Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. 
Medieval England. King Richard the Lion-hearted, coming home from the Crusades, has been captured and imprisoned in Austria. His wicked brother, John, has seized the throne and refuses to pay Richard's ransom. Meanwhile the conflict between Saxon and Norman threatens to turn into civil war.

Standing above it all is Wilfred of Ivanhoe, the disinherited son of Cedric, a Saxon noble. Ivanhoe enraged his father by following the Norman Richard to the Crusades. Now back in England, he wants to help rescue Richard-and marry Cedric's ward, Rowena.

With its clanging swords, burning castles, damsels in distress, and kings in disguise, Ivanhoe remains Scott's best-loved novel of historical romance. 


To register, please visit our website.


  Social Media: A Beginner's Guide                       


Tuesday, May 21  7:00pm 


Social Media: A Beginner's Guide, will explore some of the most popular social media sites that have inundated the Internet.  Want to know: What's the deal with Tweets? Why the interest in Pinterest?  What puts the Plus in Google? Who is being LinkedIn and do you want to Link too?  There is more to social media than Facebook and presenter Louise LeClaire will explore these other top popular networks.

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets".  Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more.   Google+ is a multilingual social
networking and identity service owned and operated by Google, Inc.   LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations.  It is mainly used for professional networking.  

To register, visit our website.
The Curse: Big Time Gambling's Seduction of   a Small New England Town                                  

Thursday, May 23 7:00pm

Former U.S. Congressman Robert Steele will discuss and sign his new novel, The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town.  Steele's novel, which has generated wide interest across the state, comes at a time when Connecticut's casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling.
The novel is set against the casino gambling explosion that hit southeastern Connecticut during the 1990s.   WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio's John Dankosky calls the novel "fascinating" and Connecticut author Martin Shapiro has described it as "compelling and epic story of history, money and politics that will make you wonder where America is headed."  Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

To register, please visit our website. 


Library Closed for Memorial Day                           

The library will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. 
Who the "Bleep" is Linda Chorney?                     

Thursday, May 30   7:00pm
Linda Chorney is a musician and writer who recently published the book Who the F&*$ is Linda Chorney?, an irreverent look at the music industry that tried to sabotage her nomination for a Grammy. Linda will talk about her book and her experience as well as perform. Copies of her book and CD will be available for sale. 

An American singer-songwriter originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts, Chorney made history by being the first independent artist to get nominated for Best Americana Album in 2012 without a manager, label, or publicist by utilizing the Grammy 365 Social Networking site.

The industry, however, was not pleased that an outsider had slipped past the gatekeepers. They tried to undermine her nomination and destroy her career.

This book, written with a great deal of humor, is your backstage pass to the inside story of the Grammys. Fasten your seat belts for a wild ride with Linda, as she sings and eventually lands on the Red Carpet.  

To register, visit our website.  
Spring at the Library!                                              


We have received many compliments on the beautiful spring flowers at the back entrance to the library.  The Suburban Garden Club planted bulbs a couple of years ago and this is the delightful result!  They are also responsible for the pots on the library front steps.
  Friends of the Cheshire Public Library              
Annual Meeting


Monday, May 20  7:00 p.m.  


The Friends of the Cheshire Public Library will vote on a new slate of officers. Those wishing to volunteer or simply support the Friends by attending this brief meeting are welcome.


 Digital Magazines From the Library                     

Coming May 1! Subscribe to digital copies of your favorite magazines from the library website as a free service of the Cheshire Public Library. Using your computer, smart phone or tablet you will be able to select from over 60 popular titles. 

Flip through vivid, full-color magazine pages identical to the print version--only better. Unlike the library's paper copies, digital magazines can be viewed by many people at the same time and include links, audio/video features, and a clickable index. Back issues of the same magazine will be available.

       Zinio works on a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry Playbook. Kindle is not officially supported.

       eBook Readers without a browser are not compatible. Nook Color and Nook Tablet owners may use the browser to connect and read magazines online.


Check our website at after May 1, 2013.

A Thank You to the Friends of the Cheshire      Public Library                                                       

The Friends of the Cheshire Public Library generously contributed $30,000 out of their annual budget to pay for much needed new furniture and shelving. Included in this purchase are the new cafe tables and chairs pictured above which now grace the area in front of the large windows on the main floor.

Thank you, Friends!!

Just for Teens
 Please join us for the following teen programs:  


May 10  3:00 pm - Cheshire Anime Club 

May 14  6:00 pm -
Anime Club Xtra  
May 17   2:30 pm - Teen games, drop-in

May 24 
3:00 pm -  Cheshire Anime Club 
May 31   2:30 pm - 
Yu-Gi-Oh: It's Time to Duel  
See the library's teen page for  more information! 


Children's Educational Programs


  Elephant 2011


Fab Film Saturdays

Fantastic Mr. Fox
May 4  2:00-4:00PM 
Come enjoy some great box office kids' movies with Fab Film Saturdays at Cheshire Public Library!   
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated fantasy-comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. This story is about a fox who steals food each night from three mean and wealthy farmers.
No registration necessary. 

May 6, 13 and 20         
Mondays 10:00 - 10:30 AM
For children ages 3 1/2 to Kindergarten
Stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.
Children may stay with the librarian without parent or caregiver.


May 7, 14, 21 and 28      
Tuesdays 10:00 - 10:30 AM
For children ages 3 1/2 to Kindergarten
Stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.
Children may stay with the librarian without parent or caregiver.  


May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29    
Wednesdays 10:00 to 10:20; 10:30 - 11:00 AM 
For children 13 to 30 months with parent or caregiver
  Stories, songs, rhymes

May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30    
Thursdays 10:00 - 10:55 AM 
For children ages 1- 3 with parent or caregiver.
  Resource area of print/non-print material, simple craft activity, age appropriate games and toys.
May 2 and 16 (TRACK A)
May 9 and 23 (TRACK B)
Thursdays 3:45 PM 
Mad Scientist's Club for grades 3 - 6.

May 17   
Friday 10:00 - 10:45 AM and 11:00 - 11:45 AM 
Emily Bevelaqua, a certified music therapist, will present an inclusive music program for children ages 1 to 5.
May 11
Saturday 10:30 AM
Meet author Dana Meachen Rau and learn to create desserts that are treats for the eyes! Our special hands-on class will show you how to design and decorate like a pro. You may decide your creations are too awesome to eat! 
Space is limited.
Registration required beginning on May 1st. For grades 3-9 (ages 8-14). This program is NOT recommended for children with food allergies.

Registration required for above programs.

May 14 and 28 
Tuesday 2:00 PM 
Do you love building with Lego blocks or Mega blocks? Then Builders Brigade is the program for you!
This program will occur once each month, for children ages 7 and up (no registration required).
May 1 and 29
Wednesday 2:00 PM 
Do you love to read? Do you want to talk to other kids your age about books you love or hate? Do you want to try writing a blog review online or creating a book trailer?
Then this is the club for you!
For ages 8 to12 (no registration required).
Snacks will be provided! 
Schedule subject to change
See our  
calendar  for more information or check the KIDS' PAGE on the library website!

Ramona Burkey
Cheshire Public Library
In This Issue
Peter Biedermann, Acoustical Guitarist
When Johnny Comes Marching Home: Civil War Book Discussion
Beekeeping for Beginners
The Road to Health and Well-Being: Balancing Mind, Body and Spirit
Animal Mascots of the Civil War
Movie Matinee - May Musicals
Cheshire Cats Classics Club
Social Media: A Beginner's Guide
The Curse: Big Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town
Library Closed for Memorial Day
Who the "Bleep" is Linda Chorney?
Spring at the Library!
Friends of the Cheshire Public Library Annual Meeting
Digital Magazines From the Library
A Thank You to the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library
Just for Teens
Children's Educational Programs

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