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Use Consumer Reports At The Library

   Thursday, November 8th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Use Consumer Reports at the Library!Did you know the library subscribes to Consumer Reports? In fact, we subscribe to both the print magazine and the online database - and it's free for any Chelmsford resident to use!

We have two copies of the magazine - one upstairs with the regular magazines that you can check out to use at home (except for the most recent issue), and another complete set downstairs in Reference. The most current year is kept at the Reference Desk, and we also keep the last few years too.

In addition to the magazine, the library also has the Consumer Reports Buying Guide, and new and used car buying guides.

The online version of Consumer Reports is listed on the Reference databases section of our website - you'll need your Chelmsford Library card number to log in from home.

For similar resources, check out our Consumer Information webpage - it lists other subscription services provided by the library, as well as free websites.

Another great resource is the Boston Consumer Checkbook - instead of reviewing products (like Consumer Reports), it reviews local services, like plumbers, roofers, etc. Print magazines for the last few years are available by the Reference Desk, and online access is available too, but you must be in the library.

For help with these or any Library resources, please contact the Reference Desk.

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The Library Is Open on Sundays Again!

   Thursday, October 11th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

I [heart] SundaysAt the town meeting in April, town meeting representatives voted to approve the library budget - which included restoration of Sunday hours at the main library from October to May.

Sunday hours begin this weekend, October 14, 2012, and continue until the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend, May 19, 2013. Sunday hours will be 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

The library hasn't been open on Sundays since 2007, due to tightened budgets. We're happy to have this funding restored, so the library is able to serve patrons at a time that is convenient for many people.

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

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New Library Catalog Design Launches Oct 1st, 2012

   Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

New CatalogThe entire MVLC catalog will be getting a new look starting Monday, October 1st. Chelmsford has been testing it for the last few weeks, so you may have already seen it, and maybe even suggested ways to make it better.

The new catalog will be an improvement over the previous catalog. One very noticeable thing should be an improvement in the speed of the catalog, and also fewer "empty pages" (when all you see is a blank page and have to reload it).

Many new features will be introduced, including:

  1. A cleaner, easier-to-navigate interface
  2. The ability to view item details (call number, availability status, etc) on the search results screen by clicking on the “Show More Details” button
  3. The ability to configure which e-mail notifications you wish to receive from your library
  4. Text messaging will be available for holds notification, and to quickly send a call number to your phone (instead of writing it on scrap paper)
  5. You can set a preferred “Pickup Location” for requested materials for your patron account
  6. You can choose to record your check out and holds history in your patron account
  7. Enhanced functionality to bookbags (no called My Lists)
  8. You can choose to stay logged into the catalog when logging in from home, instead of getting kicked out after a little while
  9. More information on using these new features is also available

We've had a lot of great feedback so far from patrons who've tested the new catalog, so we're excited to launch the new design and features. If you notice any glitches after Monday, or have any questions whatsoever, please contact the Reference Desk.

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The Library Catalog Is Getting A New Look!

   Saturday, August 11th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

New CatalogThe library catalog for the Merrimack Valley is in the process of getting both a new look and some new features. Chelmsford is one of the libraries that will be testing out the new catalog - and we'd like to hear what you think.

Try Out the New Catalog

Some of the new features are:

  • Cleaner look & faster loading
  • Better search options
  • Keep track of items you've checked out
  • More bookbags options (now called My Lists)
  • Stay logged in at home

Read about how to use some of the new features in this version of the catalog.

We'll be testing the new version of the catalog until September, when it will go live for all the area libraries. In the meantime, our old catalog is still available.

Love it or hate it, please submit your feedback through the "Patron Catalog Survey" link in the top right corner of the new catalog! Or, talk to any library staff person - and ask us questions, too!

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Chelmsford's 2012 Fourth of July Activities

   Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

American FlagChelmsford is a great place to celebrate Independence Day. The schedule of events for the holiday is listed below, along with a few holiday closings. Additional information is available at ChelmsfordParade.com, and be sure to check the local weather before you go out for the day. Have a great 4th of July!




Tuesday, July 3rd

Time Event; Sponsor Location
4:30 PM Ribbon Cutting; Chelmsford Center for the Arts 1A North Road
5-10 PM Art Festival; Chelmsford Art Society Center for the Arts
5-11 PM Country Fair; Chelmsford Lions Club Center Common
5:30 PM Dance Group; Dance Unlimited Center Common
6-8 PM Kiddies Train Ride; Chelmsford Rotary Club Rear of Center Fire Station
6:30 PM Twirling Group; Chelmsford Suburbanette’s Center Common
7-9 PM Band Concert; Chelmsford Community Band Center Common
9-11 PM Jazz Concert Center Common

Wednesday, July 4th

7-10 AM Coffee Shop; First Parish Universalist Church
8-3 PM Country Fair; Chelmsford Lions Club Center Common
8:30 AM Flag Raising; Police & Fire Honor Guards Center Common Flag Pole
9:30-1 PM Art Festival; Chelmsford Art Society Center for the Arts
9:30 AM Annual John Carson 2 Mile Road Race
10 AM 45th Annual Fourth of July Parade
12 PM Raffle Drawing; Chelmsford Parade Committee Center Common

No Fireworks Display

Thursday, July 5th

8:00 PM The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters” film Chelmsford Center for the Arts
In 1981, filmmaker and Chelmsford resident Fred Barzyk produced this film with Jean Shepherd (who also wrote the popular movie, "A Christmas Story"). Here's some little known trivia: the film's music was performed by the 1981 Chelmsford High School Band!


Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!



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