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New Resource for Parents to Improve Early Literacy

   Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

kids blog thumbnailIn addition to the Fizz Boom Read Summer Reading program, the Library's Childrens Room also has resources for parents to work on the literacy skills of their storytime-age kids.

Check out the new Early Literacy resource, maintained by the Childrens Room staff. It has sections for:

  • Books from Storytime - Want to know the title of a book you saw in storytime? Or just want some great suggestions to read to your kids? It's all here! Staff post the titles from each storytime, so you can look them up or browse for ideas. Use the links under the "Storytime Picks" section to find age-appropriate titles for your kids
  • Get Your Child Ready To Read - tips for using the 5 simple practice areas for developing early literacy skills: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - "Children need to hear 1000 stories before they can begin to learn to read. Or the same story a thousand times!" ~ Mem Fox. Download reading logs to track your progress!

The resource is in blog format, and is updated on different schedules - storytime titles are posted shortly after the storytime ends, and there are also Weekly Tips on developing early literacy skills.

For more information, contact the Childrens Room at mfoley@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x4.

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Summer Reading Tree Planting!

   Saturday, May 17th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

treeCongratulations! Last year we made our goal of reading for 4000 hours.

The Chelmsford Public Library will plant 3 apple trees in celebration!

Join us at Sunny Meadow Community Gardens on Robin Hill Road on Friday, May 23 at 5:00 pm, if you would like to help plant the trees. They will be planted to the left of the 2nd page of the StoryWalk.


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Thank you to the Chelmsford Friends of the Library, Weston Nurseries and the Chelmsford Open Space Stewards. Thank you also to all the children who read and listened to stories.

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New Library StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow

   Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

The Emperor Lays an EggTo help celebrate Chelmsford Winterfest 2014, the library installed a new StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow.

This time, the StoryWalk is the entire story of The Emperor Lays an Egg, by Brenda Z. Guiberson. All of the pages have been laminated and placed on sign posts along the trail, so kids and adults alike can read the story as they hike the trail.

Even if you didn't make it to Sunny Meadow during Winterfest, don't worry - the StoryWalk will be up for the next few months, so enjoy it whenever you can (and however many times you like!).

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

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!

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Early Christmas Gift for the Library

   Friday, December 20th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

The Chelmsford Library received an early Christmas gift this week.

Nick Arena, 2013 CHS grad gave us in 2 lovely handcrafted benches for the Children's Room. Nick made these benches out of the wood of the old purple beech tree from the Chelmsford Common.

He said that since the tree was originally planted by school children, he wanted to bring the benches to the Library for the kids of Chelmsford to enjoy. Nick, currently a freshman at UMass Amherst studying civil engineering, said that he wanted to thank two of his teachers at the high school, Matt Bartos and Doug Greenfield, for the idea and the inspiration.

Here's a photo of Nick with the benches - look for them in the Children's Room the next time you're in the library.

NickArenaBenchesGift

The workmanship and character of the wood is wonderful - you can even seen evidence of the disease that ultimately was the purple beech tree's demise. These benches are a great way to keep the history of Chelmsford alive.
Thank You Nick!

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Big Library Read book - Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth - available as ebook!

   Friday, September 13th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Nancy Clancy coverThe Chelmsford Public Library is taking part in the international "Big Library Read" program. This year's selection is Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor!

In addition to print copies, patrons can also borrow ebook and audiobook versions will also be available from our Overdrive catalog from September 16th through September 30th. Because this book is part of the "Big Library Read" program, there will be unlimited simultaneous use - which means, anyone Chelmsford resident can download one any time between the 16th and 30th.

To supplement the "Big Library Read," the Chelmsford Library will hold a book discussion on Monday, September 23 from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. for 3rd and 4th graders who want to talk about this book. To register for this discussion, you can call the Children's Department at 978-256-5521 x4, or register online.

If you have any questions about the "Big Library Read" program, please contact Maureen Foley, Children's Librarian, and mfoley@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x4.

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