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Submit Your Entry for the 18th Annual Chelmsford Photography Contest

   December 31st, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

cameraThe Annual WinterFest Photography Contest, sponsored by the Chelmsford Cultural Council, is now accepting entries!

There are three categories - professional, amateur and student. Cash prizes will be awarded for winners in each category, and there will be a "Peoples' Choice" award as well.

Entries will be on exhibit at the main library for the month of February. Join us for refreshments and music at the WinterFest opening reception on Sunday, February 2nd from 2-4 p.m., where the Photography Contest winners will be announced. The recipients of 2014 Mass Cultural Council LCC grants will be recognized as well.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. To submit an entry and find out more about the contest rules, print and return the entry form [pdf], or pick up an entry form at the Reference Desk.

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Early Christmas Gift for the Library

   December 20th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

The Chelmsford Library received an early Christmas gift this week.

Nick Arena, 2013 CHS grad gave us in 2 lovely handcrafted benches for the Children's Room. Nick made these benches out of the wood of the old purple beech tree from the Chelmsford Common.

He said that since the tree was originally planted by school children, he wanted to bring the benches to the Library for the kids of Chelmsford to enjoy. Nick, currently a freshman at UMass Amherst studying civil engineering, said that he wanted to thank two of his teachers at the high school, Matt Bartos and Doug Greenfield, for the idea and the inspiration.

Here's a photo of Nick with the benches - look for them in the Children's Room the next time you're in the library.

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The workmanship and character of the wood is wonderful - you can even seen evidence of the disease that ultimately was the purple beech tree's demise. These benches are a great way to keep the history of Chelmsford alive.
Thank You Nick!

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The Library's Chelmsford Authors Collection

   December 17th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford AuthorsDid you know the library has a collection of books written by local authors?

In the past, the library has accepted donations from local authors to help get their work read, and highlighted these works in our "Local Author" section. However, sometimes books by well-known local authors have ended up in the regular collection, so we're rewriting our policy to help showcase the breadth of Chelmsford talent.

We've renamed our "Local Author" section to be "Chelmsford Authors," and will include in the section a copy of books written by authors with a connection to Chelmsford. This could be that they live or work here, were born here, graduated from Chelmsford schools, or other strong connection. We're limiting the books in this section to just authors with a Chelmsford connection, because the prevalence of online print-on-demand services make it so easy for anyone to publish a book. We'll still accept donations from non-Chelmsford authors, and those titles will be incorporated into our regular collection. Read our full policy here.

Items in the "Chelmsford Authors" section will get a special spine label so they're easily identified, will be shelved together in the "Chelmsford Authors" section (in the New Book Room), and will get a special note in their catalog record.

If you have any questions about the Chelmsford Authors Collection, check with the Readers Advisory desk at 978-256-5521 x134 or email Christine Sharbrough at csharbrough@mvlc.org. If you are a Chelmsford Author and would like to have your work added to our collection, or be involved with our annual Local Authors showcase, contact Kathy Cryan-Hicks at kcryanhic@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x109.

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Our Catalog is Now Mobile-Friendly!

   December 11th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Our Evergreen catalog underwent a software update this weekend. Most of the changes were fixes to staff functionality, but one change that should benefit patrons is a new mobile-friendly design.

The new catalog is implements "responsive design" coding. This means that the website "responds" to the size of the screen on which it is being viewed. For instance, if you're browsing our catalog on a big desktop computer monitor, it should look just like it used to.

However, if you're using your mobile phone to browse the catalog, it will detect you're using a device with a small screen, and change the layout to fit better. A mobile device version of the catalog will look like this:

mobile catalog

You can try it for yourself, even without a mobile device. Just visit our catalog and then slowly shrink the size of your web browser window. You'll see the catalog reconfigure itself to fit different size screens.

All of the functionality of the full catalog should still be available in the different sizes, although buttons and information may be in different places. If you have any questions about the catalog, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Chelmsford Toys for Tots Collection

   November 14th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Toys for TotsPlease help the Town of Chelmsford in collecting new/unwrapped toys, books, art supplies, and other gifts, for the 2013 Toys for Toys Program.

Last year, Toys for Tots collected over 55,000 toys for kids in the area and we are hoping to exceed that number this year.

Toys can be dropped off to the box in front of the Fire Prevention office, Chelmsford Town Hall, Room LLO3. The last day for the collection will be Friday December 13,2013 - anything you are able to contribute, is very much appreciated.

For more information please contact:

Kristen Benjamin
Fire Prevention Clerk
Chelmsford Fire Department
50 Billerica Road | Chelmsford MA 01824
kbenjamin@townofchelmsford.us
(978) 244-3361

More information about donating to the Toys for Tots program is available on their website.

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