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Let CPL help you through the Holidays!

   November 24th, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

Happy HolidaysLike it or not, the holidays are upon us once again. If you’re getting ready to write lists and entertain guests, there are many ways the library can help you to prepare and enjoy this season. Here are just a few:

If you’re struggling for ideas on what to cook this season, our Bibliobites group can help. Over the course of the year, this lively group of food enthusiasts meets monthly to discuss and try recipes from new and popular cookbooks. Ideas and experiences shared during the meetings are posted to their blog, along with favorite recipes, so turn there if you’d like some new and interesting things to serve! The group is always looking for new members too – join them for their next meeting on Friday, December 4 at 11AM.

Every great holiday party needs music. Of course we have our CDs in-house, but did you know that we also offer digital music available for streaming or downloading? From our website, connect to our Freegal service and download up to 5 free songs per week, including Adele's much anticipated latest, 25! Or try Hoopla to stream music through a computer or mobile device. Select from hundreds of albums and play them as much as you like. If you’d like to learn more about any of these services, sign up with the reference desk for a one-on-one session with a librarian, or attend one of our monthly Tech Talks, posted on the events calendar.

Need some gift ideas? Books make great gifts! On November 20, Christine and Jessica presented their ideas for great gifts. A list of these titles is available in our Fast Track kiosk and online at our Reading Room page.

The rush of the season can be stressful, so don’t forget to take some time to rest and relax with family and friends. Why not try out Roku for a week? Our Roku device allows unlimited access to a collection of over 30 newly released movies. It’s like taking a whole shelf of DVDs out of the library, but all you need is this pocket-sized device and a wi-fi connection - much easier to keep track of!

Of course, the library building closes for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but that doesn’t mean you lose access to all the library has to offer. Check out our Anytime website, where the library never closes, and find links to our downloadables, databases, event information, newsletters, new releases, and so much more. And during any storms, check our home page for up to date information on sudden library closings.

These are just a few of the ways the library can help you to have a wonderful holiday season!

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Recommended by Readers!

   October 6th, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

Here's a list of the latest submissions to our "Terrific Books" box, located next to the main desk. Check out what other people in our community are reading, and leave a few suggestions the next time you come in!

Ming TeaMing Tea Murder, by Laura Childs

"I enjoy the tea shop and wish there was one like it around here!"


name of warThe Name of War, by Jill Lepore

King Philip's War, the excruciating racial war--colonists against Indians--that erupted in New England in 1675, was, in proportion to population, the bloodiest in American history. Some even argued that the massacres and outrages on both sides were too horrific to "deserve the name of a war."

Telling the story of what may have been the bitterest of American conflicts, and its reverberations over the centuries, Lepore has enabled us to see how the ways in which we remember past events are as important in their effect on our history as were the events themselves.

edgar sawtelleThe Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father's death.


breaking pointThe Breaking Point, by Jefferson Bass

Called in to identify some remains, Dr. Brockton finds his life plunged into chaos when his identification is called into question, a killer from his past returns, and his wife delivers some news that changes everything.

"(I) enjoyed the interaction of the different branches of police to solve the mysterious plane crash."

turbulenceTurbulence, by Samit Basu

Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. He thinks this is because he doesn't have the right connections--but then he gets off a plane from London to Delhi and discovers that he has turned into a communications demigod. Indeed, everyone on Aman's flight now has extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires.

resistanceResistance, by Samit Basu (Sequel to Turbulence)

How would you adapt to a world of superhumans? And how far would you go to stop them destroying it? In 2020, eleven years after the passengers of flight BA 142 developed extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires, the world is overrun with supers. Some use their powers for good, some for evil, and some just want to pulverize the world's most iconic monuments and star in their own reality show. But now, from New York to Tokyo, someone is hunting down supers, killing heroes and villains both, and it's up to the Unit to stop them.

"Both clever and fun!"


betrayalBetrayal, by Robert Fitzpatrick

A complete account of the true-crime story introduced in the Jack Nicholson film, The Departed, traces how the author, a top FBI agent, confronted internal corruption and political adversaries to catch, prosecute and convict feared gang lord Whitey Bulger.


the nightingaleThe Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

"A wonderful historic fiction book about 2 sisters in WWII."

Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.


"Just read all Kate Morton books - Very Good!"

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Check out our Roku for streaming movies!

   October 2nd, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

roku playerThe Library recently added a Roku 1 player, to give patrons another option for watching movies from the our collection.

In case you're unfamiliar with it, a Roku is a small device that connects to a television and is used to wirelessly stream content from online services. Digital versions come with some of the DVDs we purchase, and these are the titles you can access through the Roku. The list of available titles is available on the Roku's catalog record.

The device circulates for one week and can't be renewal. You can place a hold on it from the catalog, to pick up either at the Main Library or the MacKay Branch. It comes packaged in a case that contains all the cables and connectors you should need to hook it up to your television or digital projector, along with a remote control.

Please see the Reference Desk or Circulation Staff if you have any questions, or stop by the Circulation Desk to check it out.

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Chelmsford FallFest is Coming in October!

   August 28th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

fall_fest_logoMark your calendars for the first weekend in October - Chelmsford FallFest is a celebration of the arts, music, and food!

Events are being scheduled starting Thursday, October 1st, through Sunday, October 4th. Here are a few highlights so far, with lots more to come:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

  • Life Review and the Arts workshop at the Senior Center
  • Farmers Market on the Town Common

Friday, October 2, 2015

  • "First Friday" Gallery Reception at the CCA
  • "Steppin’ Out" A Harvest Dance at the Library

Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • "Mad Hatter Tea Party" at the Library
  • Crafts Market on the Common with Food and Entertainment
  • Art Reception for artist George Chen at the Library
  • Family Fun: Yankee Notions "A Peddler's Pack of Songs" at the CCA
  • Author Signing/Book Sales sponsored by the Society of Independent Publishers and Authors (SIPA) at the CCA
  • Cabaret Night at the CCA with Aiden's Clan

Sunday, October 4, 2015

  • The CCA Stage Series presents Jazz vocalist Connie Diamond, "Timeless Songs of Love"
  • Colonial Crafts Fair at the Garrison House

Chelmsford FallFest will be a Town-wide celebration, similar to WinterFest. Be sure to check http://chelmsfordlibrary.org/fallfest/ to see the full list of events and information.

If your group would like to be involved, or if your business is able to help as a FallFest sponsor, contact Kathy Cryan-Hicks at kcryanhic@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x109.

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Terrific Book suggestions

   August 4th, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

Here's a list of the latest submissions to our "Terrific Books" box, located next to the main desk. Check out what other patrons are reading, and leave a few suggestions the next time you come in!

Image of itemOrdinary Grace, by William Kent Kruger:

Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

Image of itemThe Dissertation, by R. M. Koster

To fulfill his Ph. D. requirement, Camillo Fuertes decides to write about his father, the martyred president of Tinieblas, a country in Latin America. We follow Leon as he winds his twisted path through delinquency, learning, bravery, and incest to the presidency. At once a powerful vision of Latin American history and a brilliant parody of the academic form--complete with end notes!--The Dissertation is an essential postmodern novel in the tradition of Vonnegut, Barth and Nabokov, ready to be embraced by a new generation of readers.

Image of itemCorelli's Mandolin, by Louis DeBernieres

In 1941, on a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion.

Image of itemFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J. K. Rowling

A facsimile edition of the text required for the Hogwarts' Care of Magical Creatures class offers alphabetically arranged entries detailing the characteristics of such mythical beasts as hippogrifs, blast-ended screwts, dragons, and unicorns.

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