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JULY 2013   
 Summer Saturday Hours  

For the very
first time in its history, the Cheshire Library will be open on Saturdays in the summer. 
Beginning on July 13 and ending on August 24, the library will be open on Saturdays from 9:30am until 1:00pm. 

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

Get out of the heat! Enjoy the cool atmosphere of the library! 
 Library Closed for Independence Day                

The Library will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

  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's Sunday Showcase series.
Paul's new concert offering for 2013 is based on his CD and 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The concert includes performances of unpublished Gershwin pieces including his now earliest known work - an exuberant rag, and his last known work, a nocturne for Lily Pons.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-- Classic Coolers    

Tuesdays 1:00pm


Take a cool break from the heat! Come to the library and watch some great classic films:


July 9  

My Favorite Brunette


July 16  

Citizen Kane


July 23   



Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Wednesday, July 17     
Our July pick for the Cheshire Cats Classics Club is Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore.
In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut's most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945, boasting the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut's other works.
To register, please visit our website.


  Friends of the Cheshire Public Library News   






Library Friends Donate New Train Table

A big favorite in the Children's Room is our Thomas the Tank Engine train table. It gets very heavy use from boys and girls alike. After a couple of years, all that play can really start to take a toll, so the Children's Department was thrilled when the Friends of the Library agreed to replace our old Thomas Train table with a brand new updated model.  We invite you to come on in and take the new trains and cars through their paces!  



July Lobby Book Sale
Stock up on summer reading now!
All paperbacks only $1
All children's paperbacks 50 cents
It's summertime and the reading is easy.

***Volunteer Needed***
The Friends of the Cheshire Library are seeking a volunteer
to sell textbooks and rare books
online for the benefit of library projects.  Please inquire at

Visit the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Eli Whitney Museum, the Yale  Peabody Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art and more!
Free and discounted museum passes
are available to Cheshire residents through donated
gifts to the community by The Friends of the Cheshire Library.

Join the Friends today! 
Click on the Friends of the Library tab on the Library Website or ask a librarian.
The Friends of the Cheshire Library provide programs, equipment and services
to meet the needs of your Cheshire Library. 
*Friends organize and  run the Library Book Sales.

*A free gift is provided for each level of membership.

 Growing the Clean Energy Economy, One         Home at a Time                                                     

Wednesday, July 10    7:00pm

Cheshire's Energy Commission, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Energy Challenge, and Next Step Living are partnering to help you find new ways to save money and make your home more comfortable and efficient.

Start by accessing your custom thermal image report at and help Cheshire continue to lead Connecticut's Clean Energy Communities.
Suburban Garden Club Busy at Library              
Coneflowers and black-eyed susans

Suburban Garden Club members have been hard at work at the Cheshire Library this spring. Their major project was renovating the large planting bed to the right of the library's rear entrance.  The town removed a Kousa dogwood that had overgrown the location.  The club replaced the tree with a variety of evergreens designed to bring four-season appeal to the area, heavily pruned some of the existing shrubs and transplanted another sizable shrub to a new location.  In addition, the club augmented the beds on both sides of the rear entrance with perennials selected for their foliage.  Enjoy watching the plantings as they grow and fill in the gardens!

The Suburban Garden Club has also been designing and maintaining the large planters on the library front steps, currently planted with shrubs and small trees and newly underplanted with summer annuals.  In addition, they are responsible for the new indoor plants in the lobby.


Plant lists are available at the front desk or by emailing


Watering Volunteers Needed                                  


Now that the Suburban Garden Club has replanted the back beds of the library, we need some help keeping everything watered.  If you can spare some time this summer and fall, please contact Deborah Rutter at or call


Free Magazines and Language                             Databases@the Library                                         
Zinio for Libraries, an on-line magazine service, is available free for Cheshire residents through the library's website at
Download full color magazines with interactive elements such as audio and video.  Check out as many as you want-there are no holds or due dates. Read your magazines anytime, anywhere-on your PC or Mac or on your mobile device. Over 62 popular titles including ESPN Magazine, Businessweek, Good Housekeeping,
National Geographic, O, The Oprah Magazine and Seventeen.

Want to learn a new language? The library offers

online language-learning programs for Cheshire residents through the library's website at 


Transparent Language is geared for adults and has over 90 world languages, including English for speakers of other languages. For children, check out MUZZY, the award-winning multimedia language course created by the BBC. 


Questions? Call us at 203-272-2245.


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


July 5  2:30 pm - Teen games, drop-in
July 12  3:00 pm - Cheshire Anime Club  

July 16 
6:00 pm -  Anime Club Xtra 
July 26   2:30 pm - 
Yu-Gi-Oh: It's Time to Duel


Teen Volunteer Program 
Mondays, 1:00-3:00 pm beginning July 8.  
Are you looking to give back to your community? Fulfill a community service requirement? Have fun? Consider becoming a library volunteer! Register online beginning June 1st, Grades 6-12.

Wednesdays, 9:45-11:00 am beginning July 10.
Do you enjoy reading and working with young children? Teens entering grades 7 and up will be paired with preschoolers for stories and a craft. (All participants must attend at least 5 sessions.)
Registration required and begins on June 1st.

Creative Writing Boot Camp 
Friday, July 19  2:30pm
No registration required, Grades 8 - 12 
Ever wanted to write a novel? Cheshire author T. L. Costa will cover where to find inspiration, how to collate ideas into an effective outline, essential story elements, where to begin the story, creating 3-dimensional characters, and creating a memorable ending. (Free books too!!)
See the library's teen page for  more information! 


Children's Educational Programs



Summer Reading Club
July 24 - August 19
Summer 2013 t-shirt

Fab Film Summer Tuesdays
The Smurfs 
July 9  6:00-8:00PM 
Come enjoy some great box office kids' movies with Fab Film Summer Tuesdays at Cheshire Public Library!   
In the hidden land of the Smurfs, the perpetually happy blue creatures are preparing for the Blue Moon festival. They have no clue that the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is about to follow one of them into their secret world in an attempt to capture their happy essence--a substance guaranteed to render his magic all-powerful. What ensues is a danger-filled, comical adventure that takes the Smurfs from Central Park to Patrick's place of employment and even FAO Schwarz.
Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes.  Rated PG.
No registration necessary. 
July 8, 15, 22 & 29             
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.


July 23       
Tuesday 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Storytime and craft for children and their families, including a brief movie or media component.
Best suited for ages 3-8. Read and grow together as a family. 
REGISTRATION IS PREFERRED starting on July 1st, though walk-ins are also welcome!
July 9, 16, 23 & 30    
Tuesdays 10:00 to 10:20; 10:30 - 11:00 AM 
For children 13 to 30 months with parent or caregiver
  Stories, songs, rhymes

July 26    
Friday 10:30 - 11:30 AM 
"Fun with Rhythms" is an educational drum circle designed to teach children (and adults) the fundamentals of music while playing interactive rhythm games. Parents and caregivers are also invited to join in the fun, making this a quality time event for families. Best for ages 12 and under. 
July 11, 18 & 25 
Thursdays 3:30 PM 
This summer, join G3 for its Summer of the Robots!  G3 is partnering with the Cheshire High School Mecha Rams for a 3-part series about robotics. There will be demonstrations, videos, hands-on work with the robotics, and even a final team robot competition on day 3!  
For ages 8-12.
Registration is limited, so be sure to sign up.
Registration includes all three program dates:  July 11, 18, and 25.

TEENS READ TO TOTS (Tots Registration Only)
July 10, 17, 24 and 31   
Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 AM 
Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, will be paired with teens for stories and a craft. (All participants must attend at least 5 sessions.)  
July 1 
Monday 2:00-3:00 PM
Join Miss Sue and Miss Nicole for an early summer storytime and edible craft celebrating SUNFLOWERS! There will be a story, a cookie decorating craft, and (time allowing) a short film.
For ages 5 and up.
July 2 
Tuesday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Animals dig into the surface of the earth for many reasons. Library patrons will meet an African Sulcata tortoise, a Hognose snake or Indian Sand boa, a Softshelled turtle, giant Cane toads, a ferret, a large rabbit or hedgehog, a Mole salamander and more as we explore the subterranean realm and some of the animals that call it home. Dig in with Animal Embassy and uncover some of nature's most amazing creatures!
 Ages 4 and up.
July 1 
Monday 7:00-8:00 PM
Playtivity programs combine the spirit of play with music and a variety of creative arts. These highly interactive sessions offer children choices of personal expression that enhance self-awareness and expand creativity and cooperation. We give everyone the tools to "think outside of the box." 
Best for ages 12 and under, though all ages are welcome.
July 10 
Wednesday 2:00-3:00 PM & 3:15-4:15 PM
Eric Nelson will introduce children to the science and technology of sound production and reception in this fun hands-on workshop.
For children ages 6 and up.
July 15 
Monday 7:00-8:00 PM
Rick Stromoski, a noted cartoonist, presents a cartoon workshop for children ages 6 and up. Rick is creator of the syndicated cartoon "Soup to Nutz."  


July 18 
Thursday 10:30-11:30 AM
This program engages children in helping their homes become "green" by learning about compost and soil. Get your hands dirty exploring soil, making seed bombs for your garden using compost and a mystery mix of seeds, and learning how to build the health of soils around you!  For ages 5-8. 


July 19 
Friday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Join Becky Rice from Artsplace in this 2-hour workshop to learn how to create a sunflower pastel. All materials will be provided by Artsplace!
For ages 6 and up.
July 22 
Monday 7:00-8:00 PM
Pupernickel Puppets present "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "The Lion and the Mouse." Please join us for a wonderful performance by master puppeteer John McDonough.
This program is intended for children ages 3 and up.
July 29 
Monday 7:00-8:00 PM
A bubble volcano. A bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble?  Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza.  Mixing music and interactive bubble-magic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages.
Recommended for children ages 5 and up.


Registration required for all above programs.


July 16 & 30   
Tuesday 4:00 PM 
Do you love building with Lego blocks or Mega blocks? Then Builders Brigade is the program for you!
This program will occur twice each month, for children ages 7 and up (no registration required).
July 17 & 31
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!
Summer at Artsplace                                           
If the library does not offer enough this summer to satisfy your desires, consider checking out the classes at Artsplace. Click here for a complete schedule.

Ramona Burkey
Cheshire Public Library
In This Issue
Summer Saturday Hours
Library Closed for Independence Day
Pianist Paul Bisaccia Presents an All American Concert
Movie Matinee -Classic Coolers
Cheshire Cats Classics Club
Friends of the Cheshire Public Library News
Growing the Clean Energy Economy
Suburban Garden Club Busy at Library
Watering Volunteers Needed
Free Magazines and Language Databases@the Library
Just for Teens
Children's Educational Programs
Summer at Artsplace

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