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City Directories on Microfilm

   Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Microfilm boxes of city directoriesAttention researchers and genealogists! The Chelmsford Library just received some "new" older city directories on microfilm. The new additions to the collection are:

LOWELL SUBURBAN 1905-1917/18
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1917/18-1932/33
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1937/38-1949
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1951-1955
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1957-1959
MIDDLESEX COUNTY 1882/83-1890

These are available in the microfilm cabinets downstairs in the Reference area. The library also has microfilm holdings of Chelmsford newspapers, the Boston Globe, early Chelmsford Town records, and early Massachusetts records.

If you have any questions or need assistance with using microfilm, please contact the Reference Desk.

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New Tech Training Course Series at the Library

   Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Digital Literacy Class SeriesStarting in September, the library will be offering a new series of small group instruction classes.

The topic will always be technology, but each month will cover a different aspect - ebooks, using library resources, streaming movies and TV shows. The schedule for the rest of 2014 is:

  • Tech Talk: e-Books
    Wed Sept 10 at 10 a.m. AND Wed Sept 24 at 7 p.m.
  • Tech Talk: Your library from home: Catalog searching & popular databases
    Wed Oct 8 at 10 a.m. AND Wed Oct 22 at 7 p.m.
  • Tech Talk: Career resources
    Wed Nov 5 at 7 p.m. AND Wed Nov 12 at 10 a.m.
  • Tech Talk: Beyond ebooks: Zinio, Hoopla, Freegal and more
    Wed Dec 3 at 7 p.m. AND Wed Dec 10 at 10 a.m.

The sessions will be held on Wednesdays in the Library's Conference Room on the lower level. Each session will be repeated during the month, once in the morning and once in the evening, so patrons can come to whichever session is most convenient for them.

Registration is required and space is limited - sign up on our events calendar. Contact the Reference Department for more information or if you need help registering at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Get Personalized Reading Recommendations from Library Staff

   Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

bookOur Readers Advisory librarians would love to help you find your next great read!

Stop by the Readers Advisory Desk in the library (across from the main desk) to get suggestions for what to read next. If you can't make it into the library, use our online Reading Recommendations Form to give us some information about your reading tastes, and we'll provide you with a list of books we think you'll enjoy.

If you prefer the self-serve approach, our Reading Room webpage has several reading lists and other tools to discover new titles and authors.

Please contact Christine Sharbrough, Head of Readers Services, at csharbrough@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x210, if you have any questions about these tools or books in general.

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New Museum Pass: Einstein's Workshop

   Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

einsteinsworkshopChelmsford patrons have access to a new museum pass through the Library: Einstein's Workshop, in Burlington.

Einstein's Workshop offers many science and technology classes, and has a great drop-in space. The Library's pass offers free admission during drop in hours and admits up to 2 children.

Drop-in hours vary, so check our museum pass website for more information, and to reserve a pass. You can also visit Einstein's Workshop's website at http://www.einsteinsworkshop.com for more information on their activities.

In other museum pass-related news, the library is running a trial for the summer to make our passes more accessible. We're going to waive our regular pass limits for any day-of-use pass that isn't already reserved that day. So, if you already have something booked, and another museum you'd like to visit is also available on that day, you can now borrow both of them.

At the end of the summer we'll evaluate how the trial went and decide how to move forward. If you have any questions or suggestions about museum passes, please contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Now You Can Borrow A Telescope From The Library

   Friday, May 30th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

telescopeThanks to a very generous recent donation, Chelmsford now has two telescopes available at the library!

The telescopes (one at the Main Library and one at the MacKay Branch) can be checked out just like a book or DVD, so you can use it at home to look at the stars. They are small but powerful - easy to take home with a built-in carry handle, but strong enough provide views of craters on the moon or the rings of Saturn.

You can reserve the telescopes through our catalog, and then check it out for one week. Patrons must be 18 or older to check one out, and a picture ID is also required. The telescopes each come with an operation manual, a starguide, and a headlamp.

The telescope at the Main Library is a gift in memory of Eugene Schueller, by Rich and Sue Schueller. MacKay's telescope is a gift from Bruce and Donna Berger.

Explore the night sky with these wonderful additions to the library collection! Contact either the main desk at 978-256-5521 or the MacKay Branch, x6, for more information.

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