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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.

   Posted in Books, Library Information, Programs, Reading Room, Teens | No Comments »




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.

   Posted in Library Information, music, Teens | No Comments »




New Teen Website

   Saturday, September 12th, 2009 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

TeenZoneMonsterThe Teen section of our website recently got a major face-lift. We're still playing with the way it looks, so please let Tricia Horan, Teen Librarian, know what you think (phoran@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x125).

Most of the information that was available on the previous Teen website will be still be available on the new website, but there will also be a lot more book reviews and current information. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed of the new page on our RSS Feeds list.

Since the internet is always changing, we try to adapt and adopt new tools that will best serve our patrons. If you have any suggestions, about either what we're doing or what we're not doing, please let us know. You can either send in a comment, or contact Barbara Morrison, Assistant Director (bmorrison@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x102) or Brian Herzog, Head of Reference (bherzog@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211).

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Introducing Tricia Horan, Youth Services Librarian

   Thursday, August 28th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Tricia HoranThe Chelmsford Library has a new Librarian for Youth Services, Patricia Horan. Tricia provided a brief biography as a way to introduce herself:

As an undergraduate I studied English and Art History at Rutgers University where I earned my B.A. in 2004. In August of 2005 I completed my M.L.S. at Simmons College with concentrated coursework in programming and collection development for children and young adults. For the past three years I was the Head of Youth Services at the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield, Connecticut. The OWL is a community library in a rural town of approximately 9,000 people. Due to its small staff size I was solely responsible for everything related to youth services and wore several other hats—doing additional work with adults, outreach and technology.

I am thrilled to begin my career as a Youth Services Specialist at the Chelmsford Public Library. After working in a small town, I am excited to work in a large library that serves an expansive and diverse community. The best part of my new position is that I get to spend my mornings working with little ones in the Children’s Room and in the afternoons I’ll be available to work with teens. Working with teens in a library environment was the reason I went to library school and being able to do that on a daily basis is a dream come true.

The Library is very happy to have Tricia as part of the team. Stop by the Children's Room or Young Adult area to introduce yourself, and give Tricia suggestions for books or programs you're interested in.

   Posted in Childrens, Library Information, Teens | No Comments »




School Summer Reading Lists

   Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

checklist imageThe summer reading lists for Chelmsford schools have been published, and are now on the school's and Library's websites.

The school's website lists the official forms and logs for middle school and high school.

The Library's website has the reading lists, and also includes book descriptions, links into our catalog and more. We have lists for the elementary school and middle & high schools.

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