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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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Adult/Teen Summer Reading Program 2014

   June 10th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Summer Reading 2014Chelmsford's Adult & Teen Summer Reading Program is on!

The theme this year is Literary Elements, because each book you read is a building block for your reading history. And in keeping with the idea of blocks, we're using a Bingo board to make tracking your reading this summer fun. Here's how it works:

  • Choose any five (or more!) categories on your Bingo Card
  • Read a book within each of your chosen categories
  • Log the title and author on the back of the bingo card (Include any notes about the book or whether you liked it if you wish!)
  • Turn in your Bingo card to either the Main Library or the MacKay branch by the end of the summer to be entered into a raffle for some great prizes!

You can download and print your own Summer Reading Bingo Card [pdf], or pick one up at the Readers Services Desk in the Main Library or at the MacKay Branch. And if you get stuck for ideas, we also have a list of suggestions based on the Bingo Card boxes [pdf].

Here are some common questions:

Q: When does the program start?
A: The program runs June 9th - August 15

Q: Who can participate?
A: Teens 13+ and adults

Q: Which books are eligible?
A: Any book you read or listen to - including graphic novels!

Q: How do I join?
A: Download and print a Bingo Card [pdf], or pick up a packet at the Readers Services Desk. Start recording your books and turn your completed sheet in by August 15th

All completed Bingo cards turned in by August 15th will be entered into our drawing for summer reading prizes. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, August 19th.

If you need more reading suggestions, check out our Reading Room webpage - or contact our Readers Service staff.

The Children's Summer Reading Program, Fizz Boom Read, has also started!

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Now You Can Borrow A Telescope From The Library

   May 30th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

telescopeThanks to a very generous recent donation, Chelmsford now has two telescopes available at the library!

The telescopes (one at the Main Library and one at the MacKay Branch) can be checked out just like a book or DVD, so you can use it at home to look at the stars. They are small but powerful - easy to take home with a built-in carry handle, but strong enough provide views of craters on the moon or the rings of Saturn.

You can reserve the telescopes through our catalog, and then check it out for one week. Patrons must be 18 or older to check one out, and a picture ID is also required. The telescopes each come with an operation manual, a starguide, and a headlamp.

The telescope at the Main Library is a gift in memory of Eugene Schueller, by Rich and Sue Schueller. MacKay's telescope is a gift from Bruce and Donna Berger.

Explore the night sky with these wonderful additions to the library collection! Contact either the main desk at 978-256-5521 or the MacKay Branch, x6, for more information.

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