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Celebrate Chelmsford Winterfest 2014, Jan 31-Feb2

   January 29th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford WinterfestCome out and enjoy winter with Chelmsford Winterfest!

There are a variety of events around town this year, with both traditional Winterfest events and new activities. This year, the kick-off event is:

Friday, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. - Friday Night Lights: Night Snow Shoeing or Walk at Russell Mill Forest

Join the Chelmsford Conservation Commission for a special edition of "Friday Night Lights." We will meet at the main parking lot of Russell Mill Soccer Fields (105 Mill Road) at 5:30 p.m. and break into groups to explore the town conservation land. Different groups will allow everyone to participate, from a slow, leisurely walk to challenging trails at a moderate pace. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp and your own snowshoes or boots. This event is free and family-friendly.

From there, the weekend of low temperatures and high fun winds its way through a family movie night, ice skating, farmers' market, walks, photograph contest, stories, dancing, and lots of great food.

To conclude Chelmsford Winterfest 2014 in style, join us from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the main library:

Exhibit/Reception and a WinterFest Sunday Social to kick off "One Book Chelmsford"

Stop in to the Library on Sunday. The Cultural Council will be holding a reception for the Photography exhibit. Winners of the Photography Contest will be announced. Music by the Washington Calvo Duo and refreshments. Enjoy art and conversation and pick up a copy of the 2014 One Book title, The Art Forger. Check the Library’s website for details on the One Book program.

Check out http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/winterfest/ for a full listing of events, locations, and sponsors - and be sure to get out, enjoy the cold, and have fun with your neighbors!

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Volunteer as an Election Day Official

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

Seal of the Town of ChelmsfordThe Town Clerk of Chelmsford, Onorina Maloney, is recruiting residents to preserve the democratic process by helping out on election day.

We are looking for vibrant, energetic individuals who are interested in participating in the most important democratic exercise: elections!

We are hoping to attract sharp individuals who enjoy following rules and upholding the law, as well as, respecting the process in aiding all individuals celebrate their right to vote. We are looking for workers to check in and out, greeters and ballot box attendants. We are also eager to sign up several Wardens and Clerks. The Warden and Clerks roles are quite critical and this is where attention to detail, tact and impeccable people skills are a must.

If you know individuals who can commit a few days per year, plus some fun training, please send them our way.

I guarantee you, here in Chelmsford we do elections in a super FUN way and are PROUD of it!

Thank you for your gracious assistance.

Gratefully,

Onorina Z. Maloney, CMMC
Town Clerk

Volunteers can download and fill out the Election Worker Profile Sheet [pdf] and turn it into the Town Clerk's office:

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm

Town of Chelmsford
50 Billerica Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Phone: 978.250.5205
Fax: 978.250.5208
omaloney@townofchelmsford.us
http://www.townofchelmsford.us/Town-Clerk.cfm

Thank you to everyone who performs this civic duty! For more election information, please visit the Town's Voter Information webpage.

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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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