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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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Kid Rock`s First Kiss Won`t Be His Last

   Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 - by: Christine Sharbrough, Head of Reader Services & Circulation

kidrockI have to admit, I am a huge fan of Kid Rock.  There.  I said it.  I saw him as an opening act for Kiss and never looked back.  His latest CD, First Kiss differs a bit from his usual raunchy lyrics and hard rock sound and instead opts for more reflective lyrics and bluesy rock and roll.  The title track, "First Kiss," kicks off the CD with lyrics reminiscent of "All Summer Long" from Rock and Roll Jesus. There was not a single song that I didn't like on this CD.  That's quite a feat as far as I'm concerned.   One of my favorite songs was "Drinking Beer with Dad," reminding me of summers long ago when I did just that.

Reflect  back on your carefree, misspent youth with this CD.  Kid Rock is aging like a fine whiskey, smooth and satisfying.

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Unique (and musical) Volunteer Opportunity

   Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Farmers Market logoAttention anyone interested in music or planning events!

The Chelmsford Farmer's Market is looking for one or more volunteers to serve as Music Director, to bring music and entertainment to the Thursday afternoon Farmer's Markets in Chelmsford center.

A shade tent, small sound system (the size of a suitcase and very light), and microphone are available; the volunteer(s) will be in charge of lining up the musical talent and setting up the equipment.

Volunteers will coordinate with the Open Space Stewards, so if you are interested or have any questions, please call Phil Stanway at (978) 273-1474.

More Volunteer Opportunities
By the way, this and many other volunteer opportunities are listed at ChelmsfordVolunteers.org - check it out for opportunities to help out and contribute to the organizations that serve the Chelmsford area.

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World Wide Wednesdays 2010 Concert Series

   Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Music NotesCatch "World Wide Wednesdays @ Chelmsford," at the MacKay Library in North Chelmsford (directions). Concerts run from 6:30 until about 7:45 p.m. on Wednesdays from July 7th through August 11th.

This summer's lineup is:

Jul 7 - DownEast Ceilidh - Cape Breton Band
Jul 14 - Branches Steel Band - back by popular demand!
Jul 21 - VoloVolo de Boston - bringing the music of Haiti to Chelmsford
Jul 28 - The Zhao Zhimin School of Music - traditional Chinese folk music
Aug 4 - Wildest Dreams - blending elements of Afro-pop, reggae, calypso, and funky soul
Aug 11 - Grupo Fantasia - Merengue, Salsa, Reggae, Mariachi, Cuban and Latin jazz

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a lunch and don't forget your dancing shoes! For more information, or venue change due to weather, visit our website.

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New Ska CDs

   Thursday, August 7th, 2008 - by: Chris Kupec, Assistant Director

If you had the opportunity to see The Skatalites play at this year's Lowell Folk Festival, then you know that ska is great, upbeat party music. The library has an excellent collection of ska, and we've just expanded our offerings with the following titles (record labels are in parentheses):

Blazing Horns / Tenor in Roots by Tommy McCook (Blood & Fire Limited)
Saxophonist Tommy McCook, who died in 1998, was one of the founders of the Skatalites. This disc actually combines two LP's from different periods in McCook's career. He is backed up by the famous session duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on many of the tracks.

Alpha Boys' School: Music in Education (Trojan)
An interesting compilation of tracks by musicians who attended the school in Kingston, Jamaica, including Don Drummond, Lester Sterling (who is still in the present incarnation of The Skatalites), Rico Rodriguez, and Tommy McCook. The first few cuts are mainstream jazz, while the majority of the selections are ska.

Studio One Scorcher (Soul Jazz)
Downbeat the Ruler: Killer Instrumentals from Studio One (Heartbeat)
Two very good compilations of ska and reggae. The sound quality on Downbeat the Ruler is surprisingly clean. Be sure to tie down your sub-woofers; the bass is thundering.

Trojan Rude Boy Box Set (Trojan)
Trojan Skinhead Reggae Box Set (Trojan)
More of the inexpensive 3-disc compilations that Trojan is famous for. Rude boy and skinhead reggae were offshoots of ska. Rude boy is considered a form of rocksteady, while skinhead reggae, as its name implies, grew out of the British working-class sometime between the Mods (think Quadrophenia) and punk. The late 70's saw a revival of sorts with the British bands, Madness, The Selecter, and The Specials. Nowadays, most of us think of skinheads as right-wing xenophobes, but that isn't always the case. See Wikipedia's entry on skinheads for more information.

For more ska and rocksteady, try these discs:

This Is Ska! (Music Club)
This Is Ska Too! (Music Club)
Trojan Ska Box Set (Trojan)
Trojan Rocksteady Box Set (Trojan)

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