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Find the Value of Your Antiques!

   Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

If you're curious about the history or value of some of your antique furniture, vintage toys, or just old stuff, the library has quite a few resources that can help.

Every year we get updated copies of price guides for coins and money, stamps, sports cards, and other collectibles. There are encyclopedias and picture guides for almost every subject too - toys to cigars to watches to clothing. Most of these are in the non-fiction shelves downstairs, and the Reference staff is happy to help you locate the right book.

Chelmsford residents also have access to an online antique pricing resource called P4A Antiques Reference (P4A stands for "Price For Antiques") - it's a quick way to check how much an antique might be worth, based on what similar pieces have sold at recent auctions.

P4A Price for Antiques database

The focus is on collectibles and historic Americana, including furniture, china, glassware, folkart, brass, silver, iron, artwork, and major antique collectibles, with complete information on when, where, and for what price the antique was sold. The database will also provide a little background information on each item, including date, maker, etc, based on the information that was provided at the auction.

Because antiques are described differently by different people, don't give up after your first search. Try describing your piece in various ways, and also try the country of origin, material used, and maker, if possible.

If you have any questions about the P4A Antiques Reference database, please contact the Reference Desk.

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City Directories on Microfilm

   Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Microfilm boxes of city directoriesAttention researchers and genealogists! The Chelmsford Library just received some "new" older city directories on microfilm. The new additions to the collection are:

LOWELL SUBURBAN 1905-1917/18
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1917/18-1932/33
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1937/38-1949
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1951-1955
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1957-1959
MIDDLESEX COUNTY 1882/83-1890

These are available in the microfilm cabinets downstairs in the Reference area. The library also has microfilm holdings of Chelmsford newspapers, the Boston Globe, early Chelmsford Town records, and early Massachusetts records.

If you have any questions or need assistance with using microfilm, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Get Personalized Reading Recommendations from Library Staff

   Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

bookOur Readers Advisory librarians would love to help you find your next great read!

Stop by the Readers Advisory Desk in the library (across from the main desk) to get suggestions for what to read next. If you can't make it into the library, use our online Reading Recommendations Form to give us some information about your reading tastes, and we'll provide you with a list of books we think you'll enjoy.

If you prefer the self-serve approach, our Reading Room webpage has several reading lists and other tools to discover new titles and authors.

Please contact Christine Sharbrough, Head of Readers Services, at csharbrough@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x210, if you have any questions about these tools or books in general.

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New Resource for Parents to Improve Early Literacy

   Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

kids blog thumbnailIn addition to the Fizz Boom Read Summer Reading program, the Library's Childrens Room also has resources for parents to work on the literacy skills of their storytime-age kids.

Check out the new Early Literacy resource, maintained by the Childrens Room staff. It has sections for:

  • Books from Storytime - Want to know the title of a book you saw in storytime? Or just want some great suggestions to read to your kids? It's all here! Staff post the titles from each storytime, so you can look them up or browse for ideas. Use the links under the "Storytime Picks" section to find age-appropriate titles for your kids
  • Get Your Child Ready To Read - tips for using the 5 simple practice areas for developing early literacy skills: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - "Children need to hear 1000 stories before they can begin to learn to read. Or the same story a thousand times!" ~ Mem Fox. Download reading logs to track your progress!

The resource is in blog format, and is updated on different schedules - storytime titles are posted shortly after the storytime ends, and there are also Weekly Tips on developing early literacy skills.

For more information, contact the Childrens Room at mfoley@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x4.

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New Museum Pass: Einstein's Workshop

   Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

einsteinsworkshopChelmsford patrons have access to a new museum pass through the Library: Einstein's Workshop, in Burlington.

Einstein's Workshop offers many science and technology classes, and has a great drop-in space. The Library's pass offers free admission during drop in hours and admits up to 2 children.

Drop-in hours vary, so check our museum pass website for more information, and to reserve a pass. You can also visit Einstein's Workshop's website at http://www.einsteinsworkshop.com for more information on their activities.

In other museum pass-related news, the library is running a trial for the summer to make our passes more accessible. We're going to waive our regular pass limits for any day-of-use pass that isn't already reserved that day. So, if you already have something booked, and another museum you'd like to visit is also available on that day, you can now borrow both of them.

At the end of the summer we'll evaluate how the trial went and decide how to move forward. If you have any questions or suggestions about museum passes, please contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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