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People of the Book, a Novel Conversations Selection for February.

   January 22nd, 2015 - by: Christine Sharbrough, Head of Reader Services & Circulation

peoplebookThis book has been on my nightstand for a long time and I finally had the time to read it. Stitched into a series of vignettes, the story follows the life of a 500 year-old illuminated Haggadah. Hanna Heath, a book conservator tasked with the job of ensuring the stability of the book, travels from her home in Australia to Sarajevo, Bosnia where the book is under heavy guard. Upon taking the book apart to restitch and fix small holes in the binding and seams, she finds evidence of where the book has been throughout its 500-year history. The story alternates between the present (in this case 1996) and the past. The story of the Haggadah is told in reverse chronology - moving steadily backwards, ending with the creation of the drawings that become the Haggadah.

Not only a story of a book as the title would suggest, but in many ways a history of the Jewish struggle to exist in a world that found reason after reason to make that as difficult as possible. For a student of history as I am, I found more questions than answers that have led me onto more history books about the history of the Jewish people.

If you have never seen an illuminated Haggadah take a look. They are absolutely gorgeous. I had no idea until now that they existed.

Bottom line: I am told that it is a tough book to read because of the alternating plot lines. I didn't have the same sensation perhaps because I listened to it. Try it and see and then come join us at the main library on February 6th, 2015 at Noon to discuss.

NB:  I checked this book out of the Chelmsford Public Library.  I received no compensation from this review.

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Last Weekend To Donate Books!

   January 16th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

stop signThis weekend is the last chance people will have to donate books to the library until Spring.

Since the Dutton House next door to the library could not be sold to be moved, the Selectmen have approved its demolition. The work of clearing the building for demolition is to begin immediately, which also means that the house can no longer be used for book sale storage.

Therefore, starting on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, the library cannot accept any book donations until the Dutton House is replaced with a new storage building. Plans for a storage building, additional parking, and more green space will be finalized by the Spring. We'll update everyone when the library will be able to once again happily accept donations from our patrons.

We apologize for this interruption in accept donations, because the library truly appreciates the generosity and support of the Chelmsford community.

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Digital Services at the Chelmsford Library

   January 9th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

econtent tabletAre you paying for a subscription to a service like Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix to receive digital books, movies, music and television? Did you know that similar services are available for free through your library?

With just a library card, you can download bestselling eBooks, like John Grisham's Gray Mountain; full-color magazines, like National Geographic; classic films, like "To Kill a Mockingbird;" and popular television shows, like "Wallander" and "MI-5." You can even download and keep up to five songs per week. Whether it's Mozart or Megan Trainor, select from among 8 million songs to keep for as long as you want.

Connect to any of these services from the library's webpage at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/econtent/. For assistance with these services, contact or visit the library, sign up for a one-on-one help session, or register for one of the Tech Talk workshops held each month. The next workshops are scheduled for January 28 at 10 a.m. and February 4 at 10 a.m. Bring in laptops or mobile devices for help setting up, or just attend to learn more. Contact the library's Reference Desk with questions at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Updates to Library Hours and Programs During the Holidays

   November 24th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

November and December are busy months for everyone, including Library volunteers and staff. As a result, a few of our scheduled programs and operating hours have been changed to accommodate the holiday season:

Library Hours:
You can view our complete listing of library hours, but the changed days are:

Thanksgiving
Wednesday, Nov 26: Main library open 9:30-5:00, MacKay Branch open 1:00-5:00 - we close at 5:00 PM for Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov 27: Closed all day

Christmas
Wednesday, Dec 24: Closed all day
Thursday, Dec 25: Closed all day
Friday, Dec 26: Closed all day

New Year's
Wednesday, Dec 31: Main library open 9:30-1:00 - we close at 1:00 PM for New Year's Eve
Thursday, Jan 1: Closed all day

 

Library Programs:
Our online events calendar is the most up-to-date source for library programs, but the updates we know about so far are:

  • Both advanced and beginners English Circles will not meet on Dec 23 and Dec 30
  • The Writers group at the main library will not meet Wed Dec 17th
  • The Knitting Group at MacKay will not meet in December
  • TSSG (technical skills share group) will not be meeting in November or December
  • The teen programs Rainbow Loom Club on Dec 16, Drop-In Minecraft on Dec 23, and the Rocky Horror Sing-A-Long on Dec 30, have all been cancelled

Please check our online events calendar for program and hours information, or contact the library at 978-256-5521 if you have any questions. Happy Holidays!

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Find the Value of Your Antiques!

   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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