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Try Out The MA Ebooks Project

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

MA Ebooks ProjectThe Chelmsford Library is participating in a pilot project to help increase the number of ebooks Massachusetts residents can access through their library. This initiative is funded by the state and part of the FY15 MBLC Legislative Agenda

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) created this pilot project to explore the potential of purchasing ebooks from a variety of sources, and make them all available in one place. The pilot started with two vendors (Baker & Taylor and Bibliolabs), and will soon add a third, Ebook Library (EBL). This collections increases the number of ebooks available to Chelmsford residents by thousands of titles.

To Get Started
Patrons have the option of using the new state ebook catalog, which searches everything available from the participating vendors. Or, you can go to each vendor's individual catalog directly (Baker & Taylor or Bibliolabs - EBL coming soon!). Brochures - and friendly staff - are available at the library service desks to help answer questions, too.

What It Offers
The project involves different vendors, because they each offer different types of ebooks and other electronic content, suitable for different audiences:

  • Baker & Taylor: their AXIS360 product includes popular fiction and non-fiction ebooks (similar to Overdrive). They also offer childrens picture books, and their special Blio reader software which displays pictures books exactly as if you were holding the book itself - the software will even highlight and read the words aloud!
  • Bibliolabs: their Biblioboard search interface is an easy-to-use tool for finding historical books, photographs, recordings, and other primary resources that are in the public domain, which can be read online or downloaded to your device
  • EBL: When EBL joins the project, their classroom-oriented content will be great for students working on projects. This content is all simultaneous use too, which means there is no limit to how many people can access it at the same time

You can also visit http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/econtent/ to see all of the download/streaming resources the library offers.

Tell Us What You Think
This initial pilot phase of the project includes 50 libraries across Massachusetts (including Chelmsford). And since this is the trial of something new, we'd like to hear feedback from patrons on what you think. If you have comments or questions, please contact Brian Herzog, Head of Reference, at bherzog@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Chelmsford Police Department: The SafeWatch Program

   February 18th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford PoliceThe Chelmsford Police is offering their SafeWatch Program, to help family members and caregivers of members of our community who may have conditions that cause them to wander, be unsafe, or pose a danger either to themselves or to others.

The Chelmsford Police is working to identify those individuals and their caretakers so that they can respond to crisis situations in a knowledgeable manner and ensure the proper steps are taken to protect the safety of the individual and others who may become involved.

Family members, caretakers, and friends are encouraged to make use of this program by completing the form (below) and meeting with Officer Jennifer Bellissimo to discuss the specifics of the form so that the most accurate information is available. This is a free, voluntary, and confidential program that is designed to better equip emergency personnel when responding to a crisis situation. The information is not for general release.

The form is available below both as a Word document and as a PDF file. If you'd like to enroll in the program, please fill out the form and submit it to the Chelmsford Police Department. A letter from the CPD explaining the program is also below.

For general questions or concern, please contact Officer Jennifer Bellissimo at jbellissimo@townofchelmsford.us or 978-256-2521 x148.

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Chelmsford Center Village Master Plan

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

Chelmsford's Center Village Master Plan Committee has released the latest version of plan. It is a comprehensive vision of what Chelmsford's Center Village could be, with better public access, scenic walkways, more parking.

Copies of the plan will be available at the Main Library and at the MacKay Branch - look for a display in the Main Library soon, too!

Read more in the Chelmsford Independent, or click the image below to see highlights of the plan: (PDF)

center plan 2014
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New Library StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow

   February 4th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

The Emperor Lays an EggTo help celebrate Chelmsford Winterfest 2014, the library installed a new StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow.

This time, the StoryWalk is the entire story of The Emperor Lays an Egg, by Brenda Z. Guiberson. All of the pages have been laminated and placed on sign posts along the trail, so kids and adults alike can read the story as they hike the trail.

Even if you didn't make it to Sunny Meadow during Winterfest, don't worry - the StoryWalk will be up for the next few months, so enjoy it whenever you can (and however many times you like!).

This StoryWalk is located at Sunny Meadow Community Garden, at the end of Robin Hill Road near Route 27/Kate's Corner in South Chelmsford.


View StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow in a larger map

Thank you for the Friends of the Library for funding our StoryWalk project, and to the COSS volunteers for their work in the field. Also, thanks to Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, for coming up with the original StoryWalk idea!

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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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