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Chelmsford Center Village Master Plan

   Monday, February 10th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford's Center Village Master Plan Committee has released the latest version of plan. It is a comprehensive vision of what Chelmsford's Center Village could be, with better public access, scenic walkways, more parking.

Copies of the plan will be available at the Main Library and at the MacKay Branch - look for a display in the Main Library soon, too!

Read more in the Chelmsford Independent, or click the image below to see highlights of the plan: (PDF)

center plan 2014
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Sunday Hours Are Back! 1-5pm Oct 20-May 18

   Friday, October 18th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

I [heart] SundaysSunday hours at the main library begin this weekend, October 20, 2013, and continue until the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend, May 18, 2014. Sunday hours will be 1:00 - 5:00 PM, and all regular library services and resources will be available during Sunday hours.

And this Sunday, October 20th, the Merrimack Valley Artisans will present "How Artists Create" - MVA members will demonstrate their art making process from 1:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. in the McCarthy Meeting Room.

Let us know what you think about Sunday Hours, so we can best allocate the library's budget to serve Chelmsford patrons.

If you're out and about on Sunday, stop in!

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Groton Library Joins MVLC Oct. 1st, 2013

   Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Groton Library LogoOn October 1st, 2013, the Groton Public Library will join the other 36 existing members of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium!

Groton had previously been a stand-alone library, so their patrons will now have easy access to the collections of all MVLC libraries.

It also means that Chelmsford patrons (and all other MVLC patrons), will be able to request items from the Groton Library, as well as use the Groton Library as a pick-up location, or a place to return items. If you work in Groton or live not to far from their library, this could make it much easier to use library items. Items from Groton's collection will also now start filling holds for other library patrons too, which means items you're waiting for might come quicker.

Groton Library Quick Facts:
99 Main Street Groton, MA 01450 (see a map)

Tue - Thu: 10 - 9
Fri: 10 - 5
Sat: 10 - 3
Sun (Sept-Apr): 1 - 5
Closed Monday

Patrons will start seeing Groton items, and Groton listed as a pickup location, in the Evergreen catalog on Tuesday, October 1st. If you have any questions about MVLC or member libraries, please contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521. Welcome to MVLC, Groton!

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Vote Tuesday, June 25, in the MA Senate Special Election

   Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Vote!The Massachusetts Senate Special Election is Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. Polls will be open 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM.

The candidates are:



Polling Locations:

Precincts 1 & 9 - Town Office Building Gym, 50 Billerica Road
Precincts 2 & 3 - Harrington School Gym, 120 Richardson Road
Precincts 4 & 6 - Westlands School Gym, 170 Dalton Road
Precincts 5 - Byam School Gym, 25 Maple Road
Precincts 7 & 8 - Mccarthy School Gym, 250 North Road

The list of precinct locations is available online [pdf], as well as sample ballots [pdf]. For more information, residents should contact the Town Clerk's office.

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New Look for Overdrive Ebooks and Audiobooks Catalog

   Monday, March 4th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Overdrive Next Gen catalogThe online catalog the library uses for ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, called Overdrive, updated its website with a new look this weekend. If you haven't already, please check it out at http://mvlc.lib.overdrive.com.

There is an online guide that introduces all the new features, and new printed guidelines will be ready soon. A few important changes to note are:

  • The way to choose how long you'd like to check out an item has changed dramatically:
    1. Below the large BORROW button on a title's information page it will say "This title can be borrowed for 14 days. (Change)." Clicking on the "Change" button will allow you to set a new lending duration.
    2. From the ACCOUNT screen in the SETTINGS tab on the right of the page and must be done BEFORE a title is checked out in order to take effect. As always, everything but WMA Audiobook titles can be returned early so we recommend the maximum checkout duration for eBook titles as they can always be returned early but they cannot be renewed.

    Any change made to this setting from either the method in 1 or 2 will become the new default.

  • Patrons can now return their EPUB and MP3 Audiobook titles early directly from their "Bookshelf" screen in the new OverDrive web interface. Below each title is a new button "Return Title" so a patron will not have to return the title through Adobe Digital Editions as was required previously.

The new look only applies to the website - people using the mobile app will not notice any change. If you use Internet Explorer 7 you will need to download the Google Chrome plug-in to display the page correctly, as that version of the browser does not support all the features of the new layout. Alternatively you could update to the latest version of the browser.

If anyone has any questions please contact the Reference Desk.

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