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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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-256-5521 x109.Posted in Books | No Comments »
Chelmsford Library patrons now have a new way to research books and authors: Literary Reference Center.
Searchable from either your home or the library, this database has full-text information on thousands of authors and their works. Content is broken down into a number of categories (plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, author biographies, literary journals, poems, short stories, classic texts, author interview and more). All search results are gathered into convenient tabs for easy organization.
Information can best be found in one of two ways:
Other features include a Literary Glossary (for definitions of literature-related words), a timeline of works and their historical context, a research guide, help with citing sources, and frequently-updated books and author highlights.
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BookTour.com lists which authors are on tour, and where all of their appearances will be. You can search by author, book or location, and results include both in-person events as well as virtual events.
This website is relatively new and still growing, but you should be able to find at least one important event on it.
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