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New Resources Available at the Library

   Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Rosetta Stone Language Learning Database
Rosetta Stone logoAre you taking a trip to Europe, and would like to learn a bit of the language before you go? Would you like to brush up on your high school French? Are you new to this country and are still practicing English?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then the Rosetta Stone Language Learning database is for you. Using an award-winning approach to learning languages, Rosetta Stone teaches through listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing, using interactive programs that are both educational and fun. Nine languages are covered, including English (US & UK), French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, Spanish (Latin American & Spain).

Business & Personal Forms On File
This database contains common personal, business and government forms, ranging from financial aid, real estate, sales, employment, and much more. Access to them is available in the library or at home, 24 hours a day, and the forms are the most up-to-date versions required for legal real estate health and social services, immigration, and other transactions.

Forms can be found by both browsing categories or searching for keywords, and they are available as convenient Adobe PDF files. This single repository is easier and more reliable to search than the internet, and with at-home access no photocopying is needed.

How to Get Started:
Forms on File is provided by the library, Rosetta Stone is being funded by the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, and both are available to all Chelmsford residents. To log in and start learning from home or in the library, visit our Reference web page. For help, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Transportation Improvement Program public meeting

   Thursday, May 31st, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

A public meeting will be held on June 6th, concerning improvements to the traffic infrastructure of the Middlesex region.

The meeting is being held by the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, to receive comments from the public on the proposed amendments to the region's FY2007 and FY2008 Transportation Improvement Program for the North Middlesex Region, and also to the Public Participation Plan for Transportation Planning.

These proposals cover budget issues and projects involving the communities of Lowell, Billerica, Westford, Littleton and Tyngsborough.

The meeting will be held on June 6th, 7 p.m., at the Northen Middlesex Council of Governments Gallager Intermodal Center, 115 Thorndike Street, Floor 3B, Lowell, MA 01852.

More information and copies of these documents are available at the Reference Desk on the lower level of the main library, http://www.nmcog.org.

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Chelmsford and The Simpsons

   Saturday, May 26th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Did you know?

A few of the background illustrators that work on the television show The Simpsons grew up in Chelmsford. They drew on the images of their childhood to create parts of the Simpsons' town of Springfield.

To see a few places around town that you also might see in the show, as well as an interview with show illustrators Lance Wilder and John Krause, visit the library's Chelmsford and The Simpsons webpage.
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Updated Career Guidance Resource

   Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Our career guidance database has a new look! The changes to the database include a fresh and cleaner look, better search capabilities, a Career Opportunity News newsletter, and a great deal more content.

The Library subscribes to Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, from Facts on File, which is a resource offering information on jobs, careers, scholarships, industries, work skills, resumes & cover letters, and more. Patrons looking to find a job, change careers or just improve their job qualifications, can use this database to find out what skills different jobs require, and then get tips on how to obtain those skills.

To log in and start using this information, go to the Career Guidance listing of our database page, and either click on "In Library" (if you're in the library), or if you're at home, enter your library card number and click the Login button.

For assistance with this or any of the library's other databases, please contact the Reference Desk.

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New Online Subject Guides

   Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Two new subject guides are available on the Library's website.

One relates to Consumer Information, and includes resources such as Consumer Reports, Boston Consumer Checkbook, lists of buying guide books in the library, and links to websites offering product/service ratings, information on shopping and buying, and resources from the government.

The second guide covers Health Resources, including research databases provided by the library, a listing of where in the collection books of various health topics can be found, and a long list of web links to health-related websites, organized by topic. Many of the website are "starred resources," as they are recommended by the Health Studies Librarian of Simmons College.

Links to both of these subject guides, as well as many others, can be found on the Library's website. For help in using the guides, or with researching other topics, please contact the Reference Desk.

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