– Senior Center Programs

For a full schedule of programs offered by the Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St., and to register for those listed below, visit

Open art studio – Fridays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Loft, upper level. Bring your work in progress and supplies to this weekly art program, an opportunity to create in a collaborative environment with other artists. No formal instruction will be provided, but informal critique for those who wish is encouraged. Table covers will be provided and there is a sink in the room for basic cleaning. Please do not bring turpentine.

Art Diary with Megan Jeffery – Today, September 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Loft, upper level. Learn how you can start documenting your life with art journaling in this engaging workshop led by passionate illustrator and journalist Megan Jeffery, who will show examples of the wide variety of art journals she has created over the years. years, like “fauxbonichi”, sticks unwanted books, newspapers, and more. Attendees will create their own journaling cards using a variety of supplies, with lots of samples and ideas shared to let your creativity run free! This mini-workshop will provide a taste of Megan’s next seven-week class at Artsplace, “So Many Journals”, which begins September 22. Visit for more information.

Adult Loft Knitters – Wednesday, September 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Loft, upper level. Socialize, learn and share techniques with other knitters and discover the relaxing and soothing effect of knitting. All levels of adult knitters are welcome. Please bring your own yarn and knitting needles. Crocheters are welcome.

Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club – “The Lost Apothecary” (online) – Thursday, September 15, from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Attention time change: 1 p.m. instead of 2 p.m. Participate in monthly book discussions for new perspectives, new authors and a friendly atmosphere. The club is meeting virtually via Zoom for the time being. Sarah Penner’s “The Lost Apothecary” is a thrilling work of mystery, murder, trust and betrayal. Set in atmospheric London and filled with fascinating historical detail, this skillful and gripping first novel celebrates the strength of women across the centuries. Penner’s immersive story flows deftly from past to present, revealing the heartaches and lost dreams of three captivating main characters in a tense drama that turns the page and surprises until the last paragraph. Thanks to Friends of Cheshire Library, multiple copies of the e-book will be available for download to a smartphone, Kindle, iPad or computer via Overdrive/Libby until September 15. An up-to-date Cheshire Library card is required. . Murder by the Book’s host is Barbara Ritchie, who can be reached at [email protected] Please register online.

Here is what the group will read next:

October 20: “The Man Who Died Twice” by Richard Osman

November 17: “Death of the Green-Eyed Monster” by MC Beaton

Murder by the Book will skip December and start again in January.

Author Conference: “The Human Gardener” – Thursday, September 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Join author Nancy Lawson as a special guest speaker in an online presentation. His book, “The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife,” explains the importance of coexisting with local wildlife. Lawson lays out a plan to accomplish what others have said is impossible: how to incorporate native plants into the landscape for the benefit of humans and wildlife. Sponsored by the Cheshire Pollinator Pathway and made possible by a grant from the Claire C. Bennitt Watershed Fund. Lawson is a habitat consultant and national speaker on garden ecology. She founded Humane Gardener to pioneer creative planting strategies and other animal-friendly landscaping methods. Lawson’s presentations, from national wildlife refuges to local wildflower preserves, have earned him accolades and inspired even the most seasoned horticulturists and wildlife experts to look at their landscapes in new ways. Certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and Master Naturalist, she partners with conservation and animal advocacy organizations in central Maryland. His book and his garden have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Postand other media.

Many Stories Book Club: “Detransition, Baby” – Thursday, September 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Loft, upper level. This monthly book club explores diverse identities, experiences and perspectives through the power of stories. “Detransition, Baby” is a novel by Torrey Peters in which a trans woman, her detransitioned ex, and her cisgender lover together build an unconventional family in the wake of heartbreak and an unplanned pregnancy. Registration is mandatory.

Art League Book Club: “Nefertiti” – Friday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Loft, upper level. Do you like reading? And do you like art? Let’s talk! This month, the Art League Book Club will discuss Michelle Moran’s “Nefertiti” and explore the art of ancient Egypt. This meeting will be moderated by Carol Constantino, member of the Cheshire Art League. Thanks to Friends of Cheshire Library, multiple copies of the e-book will be available for download to a smartphone, Kindle, iPad or computer via Overdrive/Libby until September 15. An up-to-date Cheshire Library card is required. .

The mystery of the ancient tunnel explained – Monday, September 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mary Baldwin room. Find out why and how a 3,000-year-old tunnel in Jerusalem, dug by two opposing teams, met inside solid rock. Hint: they used rope or string, paint and copper.

Cinema morning: “Murder on the Orient Express” – Tuesday, September 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Mary Baldwin Hall. Based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie. A lavish journey across Europe quickly turns into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. An avalanche brings the Orient Express to a dead halt and the world’s greatest detective, Hercule Poirot, arrives to question all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again. Kenneth Branagh directed and plays with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer. Rated PG-13. (2017, 1:54). No registration is required.

Caregiver Support Group (in person and online) – Wednesday, September 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Loft, upper level, or via Zoom. A support group for caregivers to share tips, strategies, challenges and successes. Caregivers of all types are welcome, including spouses and adult children caring for parents, child caregivers and professional caregivers.

Books over coffee: “The Overstory” – Wednesday, September 28, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Loft, upper level. Meet new people, try new beers and have great chats. Bring your lunch and a favorite mug! This month’s book is “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning work of environmental fiction.

Sisters in Crime–CT Panel: Creating Authentic Characters – Wednesday, September 28, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Mary Baldwin Hall. An exciting panel of accomplished mystery writers will share the process of creating characters in their novels. Fictional characters should be authentic enough to inspire varying emotions in the reader such as empathy, love, hate, and fear. The real test of authenticity is when the characters exist after the reader has finished the last page of the novel or story. Sisters in Crime has 4,500 members in more than 60 regional chapters around the world and offers networks, advice and support to mystery writers. Members are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support for women who write mystery novels. This program is presented by the Connecticut Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Panelists will include:

Roberta Isleib (who writes as Lucy Burdette): New Jersey-born Lucy Burdette, aka Roberta Isleib, is the author of 21 mysteries, including “A Dish to Die For,” the latest in the Key West series featuring food critic Hayley Snow (Crooked Lane Books.) “The Key Lime Crime,” the tenth in her mystery series on Key West food critics, won the Florida Book Award Bronze Medal for Popular Fiction. Lucy’s first thriller, ‘Unsafe Haven’, was published by Severn House last year. Her books and stories have been shortlisted for Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime and is currently president of the Friends of Key West Library.

Reed Farrel Coleman: Called a tough poet by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan, Reed Farrel Coleman is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels, including six in Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series. It has four times received the Shamus Prize for best IP novel of the year. He is four times nominated for the Edgar Prize in three different categories. He has also received the Audie, Scribe, Macavity, Barry and Anthony awards. He lives on Long Island with his wife.

David Rich: David Rich is the author of three novels: “The Mirrored Palace”, a historical novel about Richard Francis Burton on the Hajj, “Caravan of Thieves” and “Middle Man”, which are action thrillers. David has spent most of his career in Hollywood. He wrote the feature “Renegades,” starring Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Philips, and worked on screenplays for stars ranging from Marlon Brando to Don “The Dragon” Wilson, from Macolm McDowell to Betty Buckley. For television, David wrote episodes of “MacGyver”, “StarGate-SG1” and “Legend”. David has written three plays: ‘The Interview’, ‘The Rescue’ and ‘WAR (Women’s Armed Resistance)’. He also teaches fiction and screenwriting in a graduate program in Connecticut.

Lynn Sheft, panel moderator: Lynn Sheft is an American author of thrillers and short stories. His short story, “A Tryst with Fate” was published in Seascape: The Best New England Crime Stories. “The Deadly Game” is his first novel. Originally from New Jersey, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and established herself as a professional writer and creative director in South Florida. During her career, she has won ADDY and CLIO awards for her campaigns with regional and national consumer accounts. In addition, she has written articles for magazines, provided editing services, and served as an assistant instructor teaching ESL classes. When she moved to Connecticut, she turned to writing fiction full-time.

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