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Emergency Spraying for Mosquitos in Chelmsford

   Thursday, August 15th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

mosquitoThe Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed that a collection of mosquitoes from a surveillance site in the Carlisle side off town off Proctor Rd has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

Spraying in the area is planned after 8:00 pm for Thursday evening, August 15th to reduce populations of mosquitoes. A map and street listing is available on the CMMCP website.

This is the same type of spraying in targeted areas using the pesticide sumithrin that has been done in the town for resident’s requests. Residents can call CMMCP at 508-393-3055 with any questions or concerns or the Chelmsford Board of Health at 978-250-5241. Followup spraying may occur if conditions warrant it. The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project will continue to test surveillance traps in the area the virus was found.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.
  • Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing longsleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain StandingWater - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

While Chelmsford Board of Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and the Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project, locally there will be spraying in the targeted area tonight and continue testing, larviciding and all other necessary actions until the problem is resolved.

Information about WNV and reports of WNV activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website. Recorded information about WNV is also available by calling the MDPH Public Health Information Line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968).

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Reading Suggestions for the Summer

   Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Reading on the beachIn case you missed the latest Friday Fiction program, the lists of suggested reads are below. This time, in addition to the usual list of suggestions, there is also a bonus list of staff suggestions for great summer beach reads:

If you need more suggestions, or have specific questions about reading or books, check in with Christine S. at the Readers Services Desk on the main level of the library (across from the Front Desk). She's there 9:30 - 4:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or you can reach her by email at csharbrough@mvlc.org.

You can also find reading suggestions through our Reading Room webpage, which groups suggestions into lots of different categories to make them easy to locate. It also has links to all of our book groups, great free web resources, and much more.

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Go for a StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow

   Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Sheep take a HikeThe Library has partnered with the Chelmsford Open Space Stewards to create a "StoryWalk" along a trail at the Sunny Meadow Community Garden.

The entire story of Sheep take a Hike, by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple, has been laminated and placed on sign posts along the trail, so kids and adults alike can read the story as they hike the trail.

The story follows a group of sheep taking a nature hike - which is a perfect summertime story. The StoryWalk will be changed periodically throughout the year, to match the season. Taking the StoryWalk is a fun way to enjoy the story and get a little exercise.

If you can, come join library staff and COSS volunteers for the StoryWalk ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 27th, at 9:00 am. Even if you can't make it then, please enjoy StoryWalk all year round!

Thank you for the Friends of the Library for funding our StoryWalk project, and to the COSS volunteers for their work in the field. Also, thanks to Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, for coming up with the original StoryWalk idea!

This StoryWalk is located at Sunny Meadow Community Garden, at the end of Robin Hill Road near Route 27/Kate's Corner in South Chelmsford.

View StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow in a larger map

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The Chelmsford Community Read-In Needs You!

   Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Community Read-InThere are more requests than ever before to have volunteers read in the classrooms. Please consider taking a few moments to participate in this community wide program. The teachers and the students so appreciate it!

This year's community read-in is the week of April 8-12, 2013.

If you're interested in encouraging literacy by taking some time out of your day on and reading to school kids, please print, complete, and return the 2013 Chelmsford Community Read-In interest form to:

Tara Trainor
25 Middlesex Street
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

For more information, contact chelsmfordreadin@gmail.com.

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One Book Chelmsford 2013: Townie, by Andre Dubus III

   Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

One Book Chelmsford 2013: Townie, by Andre Dubus IIIThe book chosen for One Book Chelmsford 2013 is Townie, by Andre Dubus III. There are lots of events planned over the next few months, including a visit from the author - check out http://chelmsfordlibrary.org/onebook/ for more information.

Townie is a memoir of the author's early life in Newburyport and Haverhill.

After their parents divorce in the 1970's, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed, or killing someone else, or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn't have been more stark or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by becoming a writer himself could Andre begin to bridge the abyss and save himself.

Copies of Townie are available at the library - after you read it, please return it to the library or pass it along to someone else.

Townie book display in the libraryHere's an overview of One Book events - check http://chelmsfordlibrary.org/onebook/ for more information.

  • "Keeping Your Heart Open in Hell: Jump Start Your Memoir" by Nancy Slonim Aronie, author of "Writing From The Heart"
    Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the main library

  • "Connecting Boys with Books" presented by Michael Sullivan
    Tue, Mar 26 at 7 p.m.

  • Townie Book Discussion
    Mon, Apr 1, 2013: the Evening Book Group will discuss "Townie" at 7 p.m. in the fireplace room at the main library

  • "From Memory to Memoir: How do we turn fragments of memory into stories that others care about?" by Mimi Schwartz, author of "Writing True, the Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction"
    Wed, Apr 3, 2013 10 a.m. - noon at the Senior Center

  • "The Fatherhood Project" presented by Dr Ray Levy
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the main library

  • Townie Book Discussion
    Fri, Apr 5, 2013: the Novel Conversations Book Group will talk about "Townie" at noon at the MacKay Library

  • "Why Write Memoir?" presented by Professor Maureen Stanton
    Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the main library

  • Author Visit with Andre Dubus III
    Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the McCarthy Middle School

Enjoy One Book Chelmsford 2013, and be sure to let library staff know what you think!

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