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Our Catalog is Now Mobile-Friendly!

   Wednesday, 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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Sunday Hours Are Back! 1-5pm Oct 20-May 18

   Friday, October 18th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

I [heart] SundaysSunday hours at the main library begin this weekend, October 20, 2013, and continue until the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend, May 18, 2014. Sunday hours will be 1:00 - 5:00 PM, and all regular library services and resources will be available during Sunday hours.

And this Sunday, October 20th, the Merrimack Valley Artisans will present "How Artists Create" - MVA members will demonstrate their art making process from 1:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. in the McCarthy Meeting Room.

Let us know what you think about Sunday Hours, so we can best allocate the library's budget to serve Chelmsford patrons.

If you're out and about on Sunday, stop in!

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Chelmsford Genealogy Discovery Day is Oct. 26, 2013

   Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

family treeCurious about genealogy? Are you an expert? Did you start researching your family's history and could use some help continuing? Join volunteers from the Chelmsford Genealogy Group for Chelmsford 3rd Annual Genealogy Discover Day!

Saturday, October 26
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
All are welcome to this free event

Members of the Chelmsford Genealogy Group will be available for assistance with your research, provide insight into the best resources, and demonstrate the tools they've found useful. Bring what you know...Come see your family tree grow!

  • Discover your ancestry with a free genealogy consult
  • Find a free treasure at the Genealogy Give-Away table
  • Learn how to find ancestors at the best, free websites
  • See demonstrations of technology tools

Join the fun at the Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824. Hosted by Chelmsford Genealogy Club, with generous support from Chelmsford Friends of the Library and the Chelmsford Public Library. For more information, contact Judy at jjsylvia582@aol.com.

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Read Magazines Online with Zinio

   Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

The library just signed up with the Zinio online magazine collection - it allows patrons to read magazines online or on their mobile devices, just like holding the printed magazine in your hands:

Zinio full layout view

Best of all, there is no waiting! If you see something you'd like to read, you can check it out and you'll keep it until you delete it from your account. The Chelmsford Library's Zinio magazine collection is starting with 40+ titles - and when you "subscribe" to one of these titles, new issues will automatically be delivered to your account.

Since this is a digital version, many magazines have enhanced content, also - embedded video clips, audio, or links to additional online resources. You are also able to download magazines to read while not connected to the internet.

Using Zinio requires two different accounts (which can be confusing at first). One account authenticates you as a Chelmsford patron, and is used for checking out magazines. The second account is your Zinio account, which is used for reading. One nice benefit of separate accounts is that if you get Zinio magazines from other sources (for instance, the Boston Public Library's Zinio catalog or if you buy magazines directly from Zinio), everything will appear together in your one Zinio account. When you first create your accounts, Zinio recommends using the same email/password combination when setting up your accounts.

If you have any questions about using Zinio on a computer or your mobile device, please contact the Reference Department at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Big Library Read book - Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth - available as ebook!

   Friday, September 13th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Nancy Clancy coverThe Chelmsford Public Library is taking part in the international "Big Library Read" program. This year's selection is Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor!

In addition to print copies, patrons can also borrow ebook and audiobook versions will also be available from our Overdrive catalog from September 16th through September 30th. Because this book is part of the "Big Library Read" program, there will be unlimited simultaneous use - which means, anyone Chelmsford resident can download one any time between the 16th and 30th.

To supplement the "Big Library Read," the Chelmsford Library will hold a book discussion on Monday, September 23 from 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. for 3rd and 4th graders who want to talk about this book. To register for this discussion, you can call the Children's Department at 978-256-5521 x4, or register online.

If you have any questions about the "Big Library Read" program, please contact Maureen Foley, Children's Librarian, and mfoley@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x4.

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