Children's Bookshelf - August 2015
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Friends of a Feather, Flock Together
by Kimberly White

“You have been my friend and that in itself is a tremendous thing.”  Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Have you ever celebrated Friendship Day? This year it falls on Sunday, August 2. Maybe, if you are like me, you don’t need just one day to be grateful for the relationships in your life. Let’s celebrate friendship, take a moment and share some of these lovely stories of camaraderie with your kiddos.

You Will Be My Friend
by Peter Brown
Lucy the bear really wants to make a new friend, and has decided today will be the day. However, making new friends is harder than she imagined it would be. Has she learned enough to make a new friend before the day is over?

Odd Duck
by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon
In this funny and heartwarming story of the ups and downs of friendship, we meet two ducks named Theodora and Chad. Theodora thinks it is perfectly normal to swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter. She is happy to meet a new friend in Chad, but she is having some trouble overlooking all of his “odd duck” ways.  

The Story of Fish and Snail
by Deborah Freedman
Connecticut author Deborah Freedman brings us the sweet story of Fish and Snail. Each and every day Snail waits for Fish to return and tell him a story. Their friendship is put to the test when Fish asks Snail to take a real leap. Will they dare to leave their own familiar story to see a new book in the library?

Ernest the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit
by Catherine Rayner
Ernest is a rather large moose who cannot possibly fit on the pages of this book. Thankfully, his little chipmunk friend helps him find a creative solution. Teamwork and perseverance prevail for a happy surprise ending. 

Oliver and His Egg
by Paul Schmid
When Oliver spots a rock on the playground, he is convinced that it is not just any rock — it must be a dinosaur egg! Oliver imagines that once the egg hatches he will have the best new friend he could ask for.

Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story
by Salina Yoon
The friendship between a penguin and a pinecone might seem unlikely, until you read this story. When Penguin finds a lost pinecone in the snow, he makes a fast friend. Soon it is clear that Penguin must return Pinecone to his home in the forest.
Upcoming Events at The Cheshire Public Library

Visit the Cheshire Public Library (CPL) and make some new friends! This summer, CPL has been celebrating a Summer of Learning: Full STEAM Ahead by offering programs that feature a variety of STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Here is a sampling of some of our August drop-in events — please check our website for a complete listing.

Toddler Dance Party (ages 1-3). Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 10 or 11 a.m. Enjoy music and movement in this high energy program that will surely get your feet moving.

Tween Tuesdays (ages 7-12). Wednesdays, August 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 4 p.m. We’ll do a variety of activities: board games, Zentangles, duct tape wallets, playing with squishy circuits — you’ll just have to come to find out what we’ll be doing each Tuesday.

Art Kids (ages 3 and up). Tuesday, August 11 at 10 a.m. Kids, and their caregivers, use all of their senses during this hands-on experience.

Builders Brigade (all ages). Wednesdays, August 12 and 26 at 4 p.m. Do you love building with LEGO® bricks? Then this program is for you.

STEAM Punks (grades 6-12). Friday, August 14 at 3 p.m. This program features a variety of STEAM activities including robotics, circuits and simple electronics.

Music For Kids (ages 3 and up). Monday, August 17 at 4 p.m. Buzz Gordo and Tom Smith play music for kids and their folks. Enjoy songs about everything from annoying monkeys to a rap about Dr. Seuss!

Who Was Book Club: Stan Lee (all ages). Thursday, August 20 at 4 p.m. For all those super hero fans out there, we’ll talk about the man who launched a comic book empire and “marvel” at the fun you’ll have along the way.

Summer Reading Finale at Artsplace (all ages). Monday, August 24 at 6 p.m. Join us for our finale hosted at Artsplace located at 1220 Waterbury Road in Cheshire. Learn new art techniques with Artsplace artists, play with art robots and use our green screen to make funny pictures. Light refreshments will be served.

The Cheshire Public Library is located at 104 Main Street in Cheshire. For more information about all of our services, please call 203-272-2245 or visit

Kimberly White is a children’s librarian at the Cheshire Public Library.



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