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AUGUST 2013   
 Summer Saturday Hours  

The Cheshire Library is open on Saturdays this summer  from 9:30am until 1:00pm. 
Saturday hours will end on August 24.
The library will not be open the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

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

The Library will be closed Saturday, August 31 and Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day.

  Connecticut State Park Passes@the Library      

The Cheshire Public Library has recently purchased 4 Connecticut State Park passes through a generous memorial gift from the Friends of the Library in honor of Eileen Flynn. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the many Connecticut State Parks with your family. Please visit our website at and see the many other museum passes offered at the Cheshire Library. The museum passes are located on our lower level in the Reference Department.

 Movie Matinee-- Classic Coolers --Hitchcock    

Tuesdays 1:00pm


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


August 6 

Lady Vanishes


August 13   

Strangers on a Train


August 20    



Cheshire Cats Classics Club

Wednesday, August 21    
Our August pick for the Cheshire Cats Classics Book Club is To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. 
The novel that established Virginia Woolf as a leading writer of the 20th century, To the Lighthouse is made up of three powerfully charged visions into the life of one family living in a summer house off the rocky coast of Scotland. As time winds its way through their lives, the Ramsays face, alone and simultaneously, the greatest of human challenges and it greatest triumph--the human capacity for change. A moving portrait in     miniature of family life, it also has profoundly universal implications, giving language to the silent space that separates people and the space that they transgress to reach each other. 
There are very few exceptional and miraculous novels that have the power to change their readers forever. To the Lighthouse is one.
To register, please visit our website.


American Red Cross Blood Drive                         

The American Red Cross has indicated that there is a serious blood shortage. In an effort to help, the library will be sponsoring a community blood drive. All are welcome to come to the library to donate blood.  

To make an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767 or book online at

  Friends of the Cheshire Public Library News   





Show Your Support and Join the Friends Today!

An individual membership is only $10 (also see six other levels of membership.)  All memberships come with a free thank you gift from the Friends!   Joining gives you early preview access to Library Book Sales as well as the pride of supporting your local library.  Ask a librarian to join, or click on the Friends of the Library button in the right column of the Cheshire Library home page online. Membership forms are also available on the Friends' table next the lobby book sale on the mail level of the library.

The Friends of the Cheshire Library have served the library community since 1887, providing programs, equipment, and services with family and Thursday evening programs, the Sunday Showcase Series, and the Summer Reading program.
*Friends organize and run the huge library book sales as well as the lobby book sales.
*Friends provide professional staff support funding.
*Friends act as advocates for the library.
The John Grisham August Lobby Book Sale 
The library Friends are having an August sale on one of our favorite author's books.  Now is the time to stock up on the John Grisham books you've always wanted to read.  Great summer reading at great prices!  So stay cool in the shade with a good book.
John Grisham hardcovers.....only $1 
John Grisham oversize paperbacks......only 75 cents 
John Grisham small paperbacks......only 50 cents
Free and Discounted Museum Passes From the Friends 
Free and discounted museum passes are available for Cheshire residents at the Cheshire Library reference desk.  All passes have been donated as gifts by the Friends of the Cheshire Library (become a member today).  Stay cool in this hot weather and enjoy aquariums, historical, sports, and art museums.
 Plastic Bags Needed!                                           

Recycle your plastic bags at the library! The library needs your plastic bags to give out to users on rainy days. If you have a stash, we'll gratefully accept it.
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.


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:  


August 2 & 23   3:00 pm - Cheshire Anime Club
August 9 & 30  2:30 pm -  Teen games, drop-in

August 13 
6:00 pm -  Anime Club Xtra 
August 16   2:30 pm - 
Yu-Gi-Oh: It's Time to Duel


Teen Volunteer Program 
Mondays, August 5 & 12,  1:00-3:00 pm.  
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, August 7 & 14,  9:45-11:00 am.
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.

Anime Art Workshop
Tuesday, August 13  6:00pm
Registration required, Grades 6 - 12 
Come for the workshop at 6:00pm, and stay for Anime Club at 7:00! Work in black and white with pencil or pen and ink to create anime-style characters.  Class limited to 30 teens.
See the library's teen page for  more information! 


News From the Children's Room                           

Discover some of the hidden treasures of the Children's Department this summer:

  • New Museum Passes
    We now have passes to Hillstead Museum in Farmington and Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. Check our website for a complete list.
  • Literacy Kits in the Children's Room Great for Summer Vacations The kits include paperbacks, board books, a music CD, a DVD, an activity book and an activity sheet. There are many different topics such as the seasons, fish, beach, colors, clothing and many more. They are all listed on our website under Kids.
  • Guided Reading Books for our younger readers as suggested by the Cheshire School System. These books are locked in plastic boxes in the preschool or picture book section.

Children's Educational Programs

Summer 2013 t-shirt

Fab Film Summer Tuesdays
August 6  6:00-8:00PM
Come enjoy some great box office kids' movies with Fab Film Summer Tuesdays at Cheshire Public Library!   
Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes.  Rated PG.
No registration necessary.

Monday, August 19 
6:30 PM  Light Refreshments 
7:00 PM  Rick Rothstein (Mr. Magic)
Come join the staff of Cheshire Public Library for a celebration marking the end of summer reading! Special guest will be Rick Rothstein ("Mr. Magic"). We hope to see you there!
All ages welcome.
August 5 & 12             
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.


August 20        
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!
August 13     
Tuesday 10:00 to 10:20; 10:30 - 11:00 AM 
For children 13 to 30 months with parent or caregiver
  Stories, songs, rhymes

August 16    
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.
August 2    
FrIday 10:00 & 10:45 AM
Kim Larkin returns for this wonderful session of art and creativity at Cheshire Public Library.
Projects are designed for children ages 2 1/2 to 5.
TEENS READ TO TOTS (Tots Registration Only)
August 7 & 14
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.)  

August 1 
Thursday 10:30 AM
Al deCant, the "singing principal," will perform a children's concert of movement and music. Come and enjoy this wonderful show by a former elementary school principal and a returning guest to Cheshire Public Library! 
For ages 3 and up.
August 6 
Tuesday 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Music Together classes help children develop language, cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills in a fun and exciting way through the model participation set by the parent or caregiver.  Ages 1-5. 
August 8 & 15  
Thursday 3:30 PM
The Korean art of
Hapkido is a non-aggressive martial art that focuses primarily on self-defense and self-control. It consists of soft flowing natural movements and dance-like footwork patterns. It is one of the few martial arts that can be used quite effectively in a self-defense situation without injuring the attacker. For children, Hapkido develops courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self discipline and confidence, along with athletic skills that can be transferred to any other sport. Loose clothing required.
Best for ages 7-12.

August 9
Friday 10:00 AM
In this special art event and in keeping with one of our summer reading themes, Kim Larkin with work with children to create a sunflower project.
For children ages 7 and up.
Cactus Head Puppets present THE TALE OF JUAN BOBO 
August 12  
Monday 6:30 - 7:30 PM 
Juan Bobo always tries to do the right thing, but often makes mistakes. For Juan, even the smallest task can lead to the silliest of results. But can Juan Bob's seemingly foolish actions end up saving the day? Join Cacus Head Puppets as they bring this classic Puerto Rican folktale to life and decide for yourself.

Best for ages 3 and up.


Registration required for all above programs.


August 13 & 27  
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).
August 28 
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 Labor Day
Connecticut State Park Passes@the Library
Movie Matinee -Classic Coolers
Cheshire Cats Classics Club
Article Headline
Friends of the Cheshire Public Library News
Plastic Bags Needed!
Watering Volunteers Needed
Free Magazines and Language Databases@the Library
Just for Teens
News From the Children's Room
Children's Educational Programs
Summer at Artsplace

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