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JUNE 2013   
 Silk'n Sounds Women's A Capella Chorus 

Sunday, June 2   4:00pm

Silk'n Sounds
was founded in 1998 and chartered as a chapter of Harmony, Inc., in 1999. They have been entertaining Connecticut audiences for over ten years.

A dynamic group of women of all ages, from all walks of life and communities throughout New Haven County, Silk'n Sounds boasts nearly 40 members tied together by a common thread - a love of music. More than 100 women have enjoyed membership in Silk'n Sounds since its inception

They believe a cappella harmony in the barbershop style is one of the most exciting and challenging art forms in the world, providing endless opportunities for continuing musical development.   

This concert is free and open to the public.
Funding was provided by the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library. 
 The Art & History of the Mattatuck Museum   

Monday June 3  7:00pm

Mattatuck docent Judy Kollias will be the program's featured speaker and local artist Maryellen Considine-Woolley will lead a hands-on art exercise. 
Kollias will give a brief history of the museum and will discuss its artwork, ranging from portraits and landscape to still life and contemporary.  Considine-Woolley will guide attendees through a contemporary art project incorporating history, literature, and the visual arts that will focus on the process of creating unique and personal art forms.

To register, visit our website.

Gettysburg: The Forgotten Day                          

Thursday, June 6  7:00pm  


Local author Matthew Bartlett returns to the Cheshire Library to present "Gettysburg: The Forgotten Day" as part of our spring Civil War Celebration programs. 
When talking about the Battle of Gettysburg, most people mention Little Round Top and Pickett's Charge. However, those events occurred on days two and three of the battle. So what, if anything, happened on that first day? Bartlett will share stories of the first day of battle, including one battle fought by men from Connecticut against Confederate forces in a little talked about part of the battlefield. 
Bartlett is a 2013 graduate of the American Military University with a Master's in Military History with a concentration in Civil War studies. He has written four books about the battle of Gettysburg, called The Gettysburg Chronicle. He is currently working on book five in the series. Copies of his books will be available for purchase.


To register, visit our website. 

Author Dennis Horgan: The Bangkok World       Book  Talk & Signing                                              


Thursday, June 13  7:00pm 


Denis Horgan is a veteran journalist and author, well-known to Connecticut readers for his books and 25 years of columns for the
Hartford Courant. He has also worked in newspapers in Washington, D.C., Boston, Massachusetts, Bangkok, Thailand, and Dublin, Ireland.



His newest book, The Bangkok World, is a memoir of his fascinating days as an Army officer during the war in Southeast Asia and as editor of the English-language newspaper of that name in Thailand. "The Bangkok World" recalls his amazing experiences as very young man caught up in the great swirls of overseas newspapering and the bitter conflicts that were going on it in those turbulent, formative times.  


A West Hartford resident, he was born in a taxicab.


Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.  



To register, visit our website.
Skin Cancer Prevention                                      

June 20

As summer approaches, our exposure to the ultra violet rays of the sun dramatically increases,  thus also increasing our risk of skin cancer. 
Chesprecott health educator and registered nurse Valerie Grzybowski  will discuss  ways to prevent skin cancer as well as what to look for  in changes to the skin. 
New information on what to look for in sunscreens will also be discussed. 
Participants will have the opportunity to use a Derma Scan machine to analyze their skin. Women must be make-up free to use the machine.
To register, please visit our website. 


  Pianist Paul Bisaccia  Presents an All           American Concert                                            

Sunday, June 30  4:00pm

In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, acclaimed pianist Paul Bisaccia will present an All American concert as part of the library'sSunday Showcase series.
Paul's new concert offering for 2013 based on his CD contains world premieres by Gershwin and others. It is a sweeping panorama of American music- some pieces never before heard.
The concert includes performances of unpublished Gershwin pieces including his now earliest known work - an exhuberant rag, and his last known work, a nocturne for Lily Pons. Also included are rarely played rags by Eubie Blake and Scott Joplin, Billy Joel's eloquent "New York State of Mind", Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band", a new arrangement of Amazing Grace written for Paul by the great American composer John Thomas, a rousing "Variations on Battle Hymn of the Republic", Bisaccia's own arrangement of the march "Semper Fidelis" by John Phillip Sousa, Gottschalk's "Tournament Galop" and (it doesn't get more "up to the minute" American than this) a side-splitting arrangement of the theme from "The Simpsons". Paul's talent for making the music come alive with stories and anecdotes will make you want to wave the flag. 
This concert is free and open to the public and was funded by the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library.

 Movie Matinee-- Fatherhood Films   

Tuesdays 1:00pm



June 4 

Father's Little Dividend



June 11 

Life With Father



June 18   



Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Wednesday, June 19    
Our June pick for the Cheshire Cats Classics Club is Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. 
Theodore Dreiser had a hardscrabble youth and years of newspaper work behind him when he began his first novel, "Sister Carrie," the story of a beautiful Midwestern girl who makes it big in New York City. Published by  Doubleday in 1900, it gained a reputation as a shocker, for Dreiser had dared to give the public a heroine whose "cosmopolitan standard of virtue" brings her from Wisconsin, with four dollars in her purse, to a suite at the Waldorf and glittering fame as an actress. With "Sister Carrie," the original manuscript of which is in the New York Public Library collections, Dreiser told a tale not "sufficiently delicate" for many of its first readers and critics, but which is now universally recognized as one of the greatest and most influential American novels. 
To register, please visit our website.


  Summer Saturdays @ the Library                     
The Cheshire Library is happy to announce that it will be open on Saturdays this summer. Saturday hours will be: 
9:30am - 1:00pm   
This schedule will begin on
July 13 and end on August 24.

We will not be open the Saturdays of the July 4th weekend or Labor Day weekend.


  Friends of the Cheshire Public Library News   






The Friends of the Cheshire Public Library held their annual meeting on May 20th.Volunteers were commended for the many hours of service they provide.

Elections were held and the new officers for the 2013-2014 year were selected.

Fellis Jordan -  President

Suzannne Duffy- Vice President

Mike Liapakis - Treasurer   

Pat Brown - Secretary

Bill Conroy, outgoing treasurer, was recognized for his many years of service.  



The Friends of the Cheshire Public Library will feature hard cover fiction for adults, for $1, during the month of June. The books are found on the wire racks in the lobby of the library.  All proceeds go to provide programs and materials for the Cheshire Public Library. 

Consider becoming a member of the Friends.  Membership forms are found near the lobby book racks. 

 2 or 3 people to be part of a group that will handle online book selling for the Friends of the Cheshire Library.  If you are interested or want more information, please email Martha Lape at   
 Digital Magazines From the Library                 

New! 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

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


June 4  6:00 pm - Anime Club Xtra  
June 7   2:30 pm - Yu-Gi-Oh: It's Time to Duel

June 21 
3:00 pm -  Cheshire Anime Club 
June 28   2:30 pm -  
Teen games, drop-in
See the library's teen page for  more information! 


Children's Educational Programs




Fab Film Saturdays

Monsters, Inc 
June 15  2:00-3:30PM 
Come enjoy some great box office kids' movies with Fab Film Saturdays at Cheshire Public Library!   
John Goodman stars as the lovable James P. Sullivan (Sulley) and Billy Crystal as his wisecracking best friend, Mike Wazowski. Top scarer Sulley and his enthusiastic Scare Assistant Mike work at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. The main power source of the monster world is the collected screams of human children. Monsters believe children are dangerous and toxic, however, and they are scared silly when a little girl wanders into their world. Sulley and Mike do their best to return the girl home, but they face monstrous intrigue and some hilarious misadventures along the way.  Running Time 1 hour, 33 minutes.  Rated G.
No registration necessary. 
  Monsters Inc.

June 3           
Monday 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.


June 4      
Tuesday 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.  


June 5    
Wednesday 10:00 to 10:20; 10:30 - 11:00 AM 
For children 13 to 30 months with parent or caregiver
  Stories, songs, rhymes

June 6    
Thursday 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.
Summer Reading Kickoff with Magician Chick Kelman
June 24
Monday 11:00 AM 
Cheshire Public Library kicks off it's Summer Reading Program this year with magician extraordinaire, Chick Kelman!
All ages are welcome.

Registration required starting on June 1st.  

June 24, 25, 26 and 27   
Monday-Thursday 1:00-2:00 PM 
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play chess? 
Chess instructions will be offered by instructor Alexander Lumelsky for kids in grades 2-8.   Kids will have the opportunity to learn how to play chess, as well as practice the skills they learn. Space is limited, so don't miss out on a chance to test your skills!
Registration required beginning on June 1st
Registration is for the full 4-day series

June 27 
Thursday 10:30 AM
Come dance, sing, and have some fun with children's musician Lynn Lewis (guitarist) and her
special guest Elmo in this interactive music and movement concert!
Registration required beginning on June 1st. All ages.

Registration required for above programs.

June 11 and 25  
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).
June 26
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
Silk'n Sounds Women's A Capella Chorus
The Art & History of the Mattatuck Museum
Gettysburg: The Forgotten Day
Author Dennis Horgan:The Bangkok World Book Talk & Signing
Skin Cancer Prevention
Pianist Paul Bisaccia Presents an All American Concert
Movie Matinee -Fatherhood Films
Cheshire Cats Classics Club
Summer Saturdays @ the Library
Friends of the Cheshire Public Library News
Digital Magazines From the Library
Just for Teens
Children's Educational Programs

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