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Early Christmas Gift for the Library

   Friday, 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.

NickArenaBenchesGift

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

   Tuesday, 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!

   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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