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Upcoming library workshop: Your library from home, Wed. April 1

   March 30th, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

libraryanytimeheadersmallFinally, your favorite author has published a new book, and you can’t wait to read it. It’s 9:30 PM though - how are you going to place a request? Or maybe you’re a student working on a paper late at night, and you just need a few more sources. Or perhaps you’re just interested in finding out more about an author, or researching local services for a project, but if the library is closed, where will you go for the information?

The truth is, many of the services you receive in person or over the phone from a librarian are available to you from home using a computer that’s connected to the internet. You can perform catalog searches, place requests, create book lists, or check due dates.

In addition to the electronic library catalog, many robust and powerful databases are at your disposal 24/7. With just a library card and PIN, you have access to peer-reviewed journals, electronic car manuals, consumer information, full-text business and computer book collections, detailed health information and much more.

Come see how your library never closes by attending one of two upcoming tech talk sessions:

All sessions are held in the main library’s first floor conference room. Space is limited so please register online here or at the reference desk.

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Chelmsford Volunteer Fair: Sat, March 28, 2015

   March 26th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

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"This is Chelmsford" 2015
Annual Volunteer Fair and Organizations Showcase
Saturday, March 28, 2015
10 a.m. - 12 noon
at the Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford

Chelmsford's annual Organizations Fair is a chance for adults and teens to speak with reps from over 30 organizations about volunteer and membership opportunities. Volunteer work is always a plus for your resume or college application, and many local organizations could not survive without help from the community!

If you've been wanting to contribute to the Chelmsford community, have special skills, or just want to stay active, stop by the Senior Center this Saturday.

Visit the library's website for more information. Also, check out http://www.chelmsfordvolunteers.org for a calendar of volunteer events and a searchable list of local volunteer organizations.

This event is sponsored by the Chelmsford Library and the Chelmsford Senior Center.

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Spring into spring with new fiction!

   March 21st, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

Spring is finally here, so is our bi-monthly round up of new fiction! Highlights from the presentation on March 20th are listed below. Hover your cursor over each book cover to view a brief description. Click on the image to go to the item in our catalog. The full list of books is available on our website. Join us for our next presentation, in two months, on May 22.


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Special Spring Book Sale: April 11 and 12!

   March 12th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Book sale!Spring usually just brings rain and flowers - this year, Spring also brings a special Book Sale! The Friends of the Library will be holding a special Spring Book Sale:

2015 Spring Book Sale Dates and Times

Saturday, April 11th 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 12th 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The sale will be in the usual place, the gym behind the Town Office building, 50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford [see a map].

Run by the Chelmsford Friends of the Library, the book sale is a significant source of funding for library programming, museum passes and many extras for Chelmsford patrons. We're holding a special Spring sale this year because of the construction work in our book storage building, the Dutton House.

For more information, visit http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/friends/booksale.html or contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Looking back: CHS Yearbooks at the Chelmsford Library

   February 24th, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

1944 Fighter PlaneI recently spoke with a woman who was trying to help a ninety-year-old friend track down some pages from his yearbook from the 1940s. Our local history room actually contains a collection of Chelmsford High School yearbooks dating back to when the school was established in 1927. In the process of going through the books for the specific page, I was amazed at how universal the high school experience appears from the photos, with their little bios beside each – so many bright, ambitious, excited young people about to embark on adulthood.

Upon receiving the scanned pages we sent him from the yearbook, he called to express his thanks. He shared some of his memories from that period so many years ago, and the impact it had on his future. The gentleman in question had grown up on a farm in Chelmsford, and in those years during the war, his family had been intensely busy supporting the war effort.  Upon graduating, first from Chelmsford, and then from university, he was able to move away to begin a successful career in another area. He was delighted and overwhelmed to return briefly to the time and the person he had been so many years ago.

If you would like the opportunity to reminisce about your youth, visit our collection anytime we are open. You can browse the collection we have through our catalog (each year is listed in the call number), and check out a few of the interesting covers in our Flickr photo collection here. We have many of the years between 1929 and 2013, but our set is by no means complete. If you have any old yearbooks collecting dust around the house, consider donating them to the collection.

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