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Let CPL help you through the Holidays!

   Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

Happy HolidaysLike it or not, the holidays are upon us once again. If you’re getting ready to write lists and entertain guests, there are many ways the library can help you to prepare and enjoy this season. Here are just a few:

If you’re struggling for ideas on what to cook this season, our Bibliobites group can help. Over the course of the year, this lively group of food enthusiasts meets monthly to discuss and try recipes from new and popular cookbooks. Ideas and experiences shared during the meetings are posted to their blog, along with favorite recipes, so turn there if you’d like some new and interesting things to serve! The group is always looking for new members too – join them for their next meeting on Friday, December 4 at 11AM.

Every great holiday party needs music. Of course we have our CDs in-house, but did you know that we also offer digital music available for streaming or downloading? From our website, connect to our Freegal service and download up to 5 free songs per week, including Adele's much anticipated latest, 25! Or try Hoopla to stream music through a computer or mobile device. Select from hundreds of albums and play them as much as you like. If you’d like to learn more about any of these services, sign up with the reference desk for a one-on-one session with a librarian, or attend one of our monthly Tech Talks, posted on the events calendar.

Need some gift ideas? Books make great gifts! On November 20, Christine and Jessica presented their ideas for great gifts. A list of these titles is available in our Fast Track kiosk and online at our Reading Room page.

The rush of the season can be stressful, so don’t forget to take some time to rest and relax with family and friends. Why not try out Roku for a week? Our Roku device allows unlimited access to a collection of over 30 newly released movies. It’s like taking a whole shelf of DVDs out of the library, but all you need is this pocket-sized device and a wi-fi connection - much easier to keep track of!

Of course, the library building closes for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but that doesn’t mean you lose access to all the library has to offer. Check out our Anytime website, where the library never closes, and find links to our downloadables, databases, event information, newsletters, new releases, and so much more. And during any storms, check our home page for up to date information on sudden library closings.

These are just a few of the ways the library can help you to have a wonderful holiday season!

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Now You Can Download Comic Books and Ebooks from Hoopla!

   Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford residents now have a new source for free ebooks, as well as a way to download digital comic books!

We've offer Hoopla for over a year, allowing patrons to download audiobooks and watch streaming movies and television episodes, all using Hoopla. Now through Hoopla, you can also download ebooks and comic books to your computer or mobile device.

Downloadable comic books is a new digital format for us, and it compliments our print graphic novel collections (for Children, Teens, and Adults). The collection so far is small but growing, and some of the most popular titles have been:

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The library has offered ebooks for years, mainly through our Overdrive catalog. The new ebooks through Hoopla are different. Just like the Hoopla audiobooks and videos, these ebooks are always available - which means no waiting lists!

Ebooks are a new format for Hoopla, so they're still building this collection too. A few of their featured ebook titles are:

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All of these new Hoopla ebook and comic books can be checked out for 21 days (and of course downloaded again after that if you need more time, since they are always available!). Most of them are also available for both streaming and downloading to you mobile device.

Give them a try at https://www.hoopladigital.com - if you don't already have an account, set one up at https://www.hoopladigital.com/register or contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211 for help.hoopla-ebook-comic

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Upcoming Library Workshop: Your Library From Home

   Friday, May 1st, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

Finally, your favorite author has published libraryanytimeheadersmalla new book, and you can’t wait to read it. It’s 9:30 PM though - how are you going to place a request? Or maybe you’re a student working on a paper late at night, and you just need a few more sources. Or perhaps you’re just interested in finding out more about an author, or researching local services for a project, but if the library is closed, where will you go for the information?

The truth is, many of the services you receive in person or over the phone from a librarian are available to you from home using a computer that’s connected to the internet. You can perform catalog searches, place requests, create book lists, or check due dates.

In addition to the electronic library catalog, many robust and powerful databases are at your disposal 24/7. With just a library card and PIN, you have access to peer-reviewed journals, fully-searchable car manuals, consumer information, full-text business and computer book collections, detailed health information and much more.

Come see how your library never closes by attending one of two upcoming tech talk sessions:

All sessions are held in the main library’s first floor conference room. Space is limited so please register online here or at the reference desk.

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Last Weekend To Donate Books!

   Friday, January 16th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

stop signThis weekend is the last chance people will have to donate books to the library until Spring.

Since the Dutton House next door to the library could not be sold to be moved, the Selectmen have approved its demolition. The work of clearing the building for demolition is to begin immediately, which also means that the house can no longer be used for book sale storage.

Therefore, starting on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, the library cannot accept any book donations until the Dutton House is replaced with a new storage building. Plans for a storage building, additional parking, and more green space will be finalized by the Spring. We'll update everyone when the library will be able to once again happily accept donations from our patrons.

We apologize for this interruption in accept donations, because the library truly appreciates the generosity and support of the Chelmsford community.

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Updates to Library Hours and Programs During the Holidays

   Monday, November 24th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

November and December are busy months for everyone, including Library volunteers and staff. As a result, a few of our scheduled programs and operating hours have been changed to accommodate the holiday season:

Library Hours:
You can view our complete listing of library hours, but the changed days are:

Wednesday, Nov 26: Main library open 9:30-5:00, MacKay Branch open 1:00-5:00 - we close at 5:00 PM for Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov 27: Closed all day

Wednesday, Dec 24: Closed all day
Thursday, Dec 25: Closed all day
Friday, Dec 26: Closed all day

New Year's
Wednesday, Dec 31: Main library open 9:30-1:00 - we close at 1:00 PM for New Year's Eve
Thursday, Jan 1: Closed all day


Library Programs:
Our online events calendar is the most up-to-date source for library programs, but the updates we know about so far are:

  • Both advanced and beginners English Circles will not meet on Dec 23 and Dec 30
  • The Writers group at the main library will not meet Wed Dec 17th
  • The Knitting Group at MacKay will not meet in December
  • TSSG (technical skills share group) will not be meeting in November or December
  • The teen programs Rainbow Loom Club on Dec 16, Drop-In Minecraft on Dec 23, and the Rocky Horror Sing-A-Long on Dec 30, have all been cancelled

Please check our online events calendar for program and hours information, or contact the library at 978-256-5521 if you have any questions. Happy Holidays!

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