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2008 Newbery Award Winner Announced

   Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! book coverThe 2008 Newbery Medal winner is Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz.

In this book, a thirteenth-century England springs to life using 21 dramatic individual narratives that introduce young inhabitants of village and manor. Schlitz's elegant monologues and dialogues draw back the curtain on the period, revealing character and relationships, hinting at stories untold. Explanatory interludes add information and round out this historical and theatrical presentation.

2008 Newbery Honor Books:

  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
    In Elijah of Buxton, Elijah is the first free-born child in Buxton, a Canadian community of escaped slaves, in 1860. With masterful storytelling, vibrant humor, and poignant insight into the realities of slavery and the meaning of freedom, Curtis takes readers on a journey that transforms a “fragile” 11-year-old boy into a courageous hero
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
    In The Wednesday Wars, seventh-grader, Holling Hoodhood, is convinced his teacher hates him. Through their Wednesday afternoon Shakespeare sessions she helps him cope with events both wildly funny and deadly serious. “To thine own self be true” is just one of the life lessons he learns.
  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
    Feathers tells the story of how a new boy's arrival in a sixth-grade classroom helps Frannie recognize the barriers that separate people, and the importance of hope as a bridge. Transcendent imagery and lyrical prose deftly capture a girl learning to navigate the world through words.

To see lists of other award winning books, school reading lists, and library staff picks, visit the Children's Featured Books page.

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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Children's Room Mural Unveiled

   Saturday, October 6th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Sunday's reception to unveil the new mural in the Children's Room was a huge success. 150+ people were in attendance to see the mural painted in memory of Steve Maloney.

Read the Chelmsford Independent's story on the day, watch their video (also below), and see photographs of the mural as it was being painted.

But above all, stop by the Children's Room and enjoy the mural yourself!

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School Summer Reading Lists

   Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

checklist imageThe summer reading lists for Chelmsford schools have been published, and are now on the school's and Library's websites.

The school's website lists the official forms and logs for middle school and high school.

The Library's website has the reading lists, and also includes book descriptions, links into our catalog and more. We have lists for the elementary school and middle & high schools.

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Summer Camp Information

   Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Seal of the State of MassachusettsThe Library received information brochures about recreational camps for children in Massachusetts. It is published by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and is designed to help parents make informative decisions when choosing a camp for their children.

The MA DPH also include a booklet from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control entitled "Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety." This was included because most summer camps include strenuous outdoor activities, and this guide outlines ways parents and children can prepare for, recognize and treat heat-related health conditions.

Both of these items are available on the lower level of the main library, near the Reference Desk, and on the State's Recreational Camp website.

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Children's Room Mural

   Saturday, April 28th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Mural Painting beginsThe Children's Room is getting a makeover! In honor of Steve Maloney, the Library has commissioned a mural to be painted in the Children's Room.

Painting started this week, and will take place throughout the summer. Updated photographs will be available frequently, and the public is encouraged to come in and check on the progress - but be careful, because this is now a construction zone.

For more information, please visit the Children's Room Mural webpage.

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