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New Reading Suggestion Program: Friday Fiction

   Friday, July 6th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Book GroupEveryone is looking for a great book to read this summer - and the library is here to help!

We've transformed our popular "Now... It's Your Turn" program into the "Friday Fiction" reading suggestions group. With an emphasis on popular summer reads and new fiction, this program offers great tips, fun conversation, and great recommendations.

The first gathering is:

Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11 a.m.
Fireplace room in the Adams Building

Feel free to bring suggestions of your own, or just be ready to learn about great titles to read this summer.

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How to See New Library Books, Movies, and Music

   Friday, February 10th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

New Book AlertsWe now have an easy way to view all the brand new books, DVDs, and audiobooks that get added to the library catalog each week.

To see this list, just click the New Book Alerts button on our homepage. Once there, you can use the menus on the left to see just DVDs, or just Childrens books, etc.

Along the top, you can click to see previous weeks, or see more than one week at a time. These new items lists just started last week, so it'll take a few weeks to build up.

Speaking of book lists, did you know the library has a Reading Room webpage devoted to provided reading suggestions? From there you can find best seller lists and lists of award winners, "read-a-likes" similar to your favorite books and authors, staff picks, and also a list of places from which to download ebooks.

And if you'd like to have reading suggestions delivered to you automatically, via email or RSS feed, check out our Electronic Signups page. You can sign up to receive notifications of new items, best sellers, library events, our Twitter feed and more!

If you have any questions about these options, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Join a Book Group at the Library

   Friday, November 19th, 2010 - by: Becky Herrmann, Library Director

Book group meetingDo you enjoy reading and then discussing what you thought of the book with others? Come join one of the library's book groups!

We have several options for book groups - morning and afternoon sessions at both the main library and at the MacKay branch. Here's a brief breakdown on each one:

  • Evening Book Group
    Run by Library Director Becky Herrmann, this group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, and has been going on for about 7 years. It's an informal and talkative mix of men and women with ages ranging from mid-thirties to mid-seventies. They read a mix of fiction and non-fiction (with a heavier emphasis on fiction). Check out their list of upcoming books or sign up for email meeting reminders.
  • Morning Book Group
    The Morning group is run by Technical Services Librarian Vickie Turcotte, and meets at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is mainly women, primarily elderly folks but still a mix, and they read mainly fiction. Check out their list of upcoming books or sign up for email meeting reminders.
  • History Book Group
    This is a relatively new book group, meeting at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. It is run by one of our volunteers, and focuses on books that are historical in nature. Check out their list of upcoming books or sign up for email meeting reminders.
  • Mystery Book Group
    This group meets at the MacKay Branch Library at at 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month. They have been meeting for about 20 years, and they focus on several authors each month rather than particular books - these are die-hard, mystery fans who have read extensively in the genre. Check out their current authors list.
  • "Novel Conversations" Book Group
    This popular daytime book group meets at the MacKay Branch Library on the first Friday of each month at noon. This group reads fiction with the occasional biography or memoir thrown in. Check out their list of upcoming books.
  • Now... It's Your Turn
    This is a seasonal readers advisory program (designed with baby boomers in mind but suitable for all adults). Each season, Becky Herrmann and Mayleen Kelley highlight a group of mostly new books, to keep people reading for a few months. Attendees are also welcome to suggest titles. As this group meets sporadically, check our events calendar for dates, and also previous suggestion lists.
  • Readergirlz Teen Book Group
    This is a book group for Teens, led by Tricia Moore, and meets from 4-5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. At each meeting participants will complete a craft or activity related to the book. Refreshments will be served. Pick up a copy of this month's book at the circulation desk.
  • "Cinema Night Out" Film Discussion Group
    A "book group" for movie buffs, led by Teen Services Librarian (and film aficionado) Tricia Moore. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, with discussion to follow - and refreshments are provided. Due to our public performance contract, film titles are only announced a few days in advance, but you can check the online listing or sign up for email notification.

All of our groups are open to the public, and all are welcoming new members. Each group meeting will be listed on the library's events calendar, and many of the groups send email reminders.

If none of these groups quite meet your needs, a variety of other book groups are listed on Meetup.com and LibraryThing Local.

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Recommended Under-The-Radar Reads

   Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Seattle Librarian Nancy Pearl recently appeared on National Public Radio to highlight a few great books she that felt might not get noticed by readers this summer.

The titles of each book are listed below, with links so you can request the book from the library's catalog (or request that we purchase it if we haven't already). If you'd like to read Nancy Pearl's description of the books, check out the story on NPR.

Finding George Orwell in BurmaFinding George Orwell in Burma
By Emma Larkin

Check our Catalog

The Good SonThe Good Son
By Michael Gruber

Check our Catalog

Blood HarvestBlood Harvest
By S. J. Bolton

Check our Catalog

Miss HargreavesMiss Hargreaves
By Frank Baker

Check our Catalog

Under HeavenUnder Heaven
By Guy Gavriel Kay

Check our Catalog

Last Night in MontrealLast Night in Montreal
By Emily St. John Mandel

Check our Catalog

The Lotus EatersThe Lotus Eaters
By Tatjana Soli

Check our Catalog

Instead of a LetterInstead of a Letter
By Diana Athill

Check our Catalog

Purchase Request Form

Words for Empty and Words for FullWords for Empty and Words for Full
By Bob Hicok

Check our Catalog

Purchase Request Form

For help requesting one of these books from our catalog, or with placing a purchase request, please contact the Reference Desk. For more reading suggestions, check out our Reading Room page, and other book recommendations by Nancy Pearl.

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Ebooks Now Available

   Monday, May 3rd, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Ebook imageThe Library's Overdrive subscription has been expanded to offer ebooks in addition to audiobooks.

These ebooks are in the Adobe EPUB format, and work with many ereader devices, including the Barnes and Noble Nook and Sony eReader - they are not compatible with the Amazon Kindle or Apple iPad.

Anyone with a valid MVLC library card can visit http://mvlc.lib.overdrive.com to start browsing. We're starting with a small ebook collection, but will continue to add titles.

Searching for ebooks works the same as searching for audiobooks, but you will need to download and install the free Adobe Digital Editions software. Overdrive provides instructions for getting started, and offers a great video guided tour of using our Overdrive library. We also have an introductory brochure [pdf] that gives tips on using Overdrive.

In addition to Overdrive, our Reading Room page lists other places from which Chelmsford residents can download free ebooks (including some Kindle resources).

If you're still considering purchasing an ebook reader, here are resources to help you evaluate which device would work best for you:

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