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Better Hours for Better Access at the MacKay Branch

   August 13th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

MacKay BranchBeginning in September 2014, the hours at the MacKay Library in North Chelmsford will change to accommodate more patrons and to improve access to library materials.

MacKay Library's new hours will be:

Mondays: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The main library in the Center will still be open its regular hours:

Mon-Thur: 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Both buildings will be closed on Monday, September 1st, for Labor Day. Of course, the library's website and all of our downloadable and streaming resources - ebooks, movies, television, music, and magazines - are still available anytime.

Also, beginning Oct. 19th the main library will open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

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Get Personalized Reading Recommendations from Library Staff

   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

   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

   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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Chelmsford Farmers Market 2014

   June 17th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Farmers Market logoThe Chelmsford Farmers Market 2014 seasons opens this Thursday, June 19th! Vendors from the local area and beyond can be found on the Chelmsford Town Common every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., through October 2nd.

The opening day will feature a free live music concert by Amanda Cote, a blues/rock/soul artist from Chelmsford. Learn more about and listen to a sample of her music at http://www.reverbnation.com/AmandaCote.

You can connect with the Market on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chelmsfordfarmersmarket.

Anyone interested in having their own tent at the Market, volunteering, or providing entertainment, please email chelmsfordfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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