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Now You Can Download Comic Books and Ebooks from Hoopla!

   Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford residents now have a new source for free ebooks, as well as a way to download digital comic books!

We've offer Hoopla for over a year, allowing patrons to download audiobooks and watch streaming movies and television episodes, all using Hoopla. Now through Hoopla, you can also download ebooks and comic books to your computer or mobile device.

Downloadable comic books is a new digital format for us, and it compliments our print graphic novel collections (for Children, Teens, and Adults). The collection so far is small but growing, and some of the most popular titles have been:

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The library has offered ebooks for years, mainly through our Overdrive catalog. The new ebooks through Hoopla are different. Just like the Hoopla audiobooks and videos, these ebooks are always available - which means no waiting lists!

Ebooks are a new format for Hoopla, so they're still building this collection too. A few of their featured ebook titles are:

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All of these new Hoopla ebook and comic books can be checked out for 21 days (and of course downloaded again after that if you need more time, since they are always available!). Most of them are also available for both streaming and downloading to you mobile device.

Give them a try at https://www.hoopladigital.com - if you don't already have an account, set one up at https://www.hoopladigital.com/register or contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211 for help.hoopla-ebook-comic

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Book Sale Drop-Off Dates Announced!

   Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Friends of the LibraryThe Friends will hold book drop-offs on the following days and times, at the Town Offices gym (same location as the book sale):

Saturday, June 6th 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday, June 27th 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday, July 11th 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Wednesday, July 22nd 1 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 1st 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Wednesday, August 19th 1-3 p.m.
Saturday August 29th 9 a.m. - 12 noon

 

2015 Book Sale Dates

September 18, 19th and 20th

(Setup help needed on the 17th!)

 

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is a significant source of funding for library programming, museum passes and many extras for Chelmsford patrons. The community's support through donations and volunteer hours is greatly appreciated. The Friends fall book sale brought in $26,618.50. Thank you!

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Looking back: CHS Yearbooks at the Chelmsford Library

   Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

1944 Fighter PlaneI recently spoke with a woman who was trying to help a ninety-year-old friend track down some pages from his yearbook from the 1940s. Our local history room actually contains a collection of Chelmsford High School yearbooks dating back to when the school was established in 1927. In the process of going through the books for the specific page, I was amazed at how universal the high school experience appears from the photos, with their little bios beside each – so many bright, ambitious, excited young people about to embark on adulthood.

Upon receiving the scanned pages we sent him from the yearbook, he called to express his thanks. He shared some of his memories from that period so many years ago, and the impact it had on his future. The gentleman in question had grown up on a farm in Chelmsford, and in those years during the war, his family had been intensely busy supporting the war effort.  Upon graduating, first from Chelmsford, and then from university, he was able to move away to begin a successful career in another area. He was delighted and overwhelmed to return briefly to the time and the person he had been so many years ago.

If you would like the opportunity to reminisce about your youth, visit our collection anytime we are open. You can browse the collection we have through our catalog (each year is listed in the call number), and check out a few of the interesting covers in our Flickr photo collection here. We have many of the years between 1929 and 2013, but our set is by no means complete. If you have any old yearbooks collecting dust around the house, consider donating them to the collection.

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Find the Value of Your Antiques!

   Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

If you're curious about the history or value of some of your antique furniture, vintage toys, or just old stuff, the library has quite a few resources that can help.

Every year we get updated copies of price guides for coins and money, stamps, sports cards, and other collectibles. There are encyclopedias and picture guides for almost every subject too - toys to cigars to watches to clothing. Most of these are in the non-fiction shelves downstairs, and the Reference staff is happy to help you locate the right book.

Chelmsford residents also have access to an online antique pricing resource called P4A Antiques Reference (P4A stands for "Price For Antiques") - it's a quick way to check how much an antique might be worth, based on what similar pieces have sold at recent auctions.

P4A Price for Antiques database

The focus is on collectibles and historic Americana, including furniture, china, glassware, folkart, brass, silver, iron, artwork, and major antique collectibles, with complete information on when, where, and for what price the antique was sold. The database will also provide a little background information on each item, including date, maker, etc, based on the information that was provided at the auction.

Because antiques are described differently by different people, don't give up after your first search. Try describing your piece in various ways, and also try the country of origin, material used, and maker, if possible.

If you have any questions about the P4A Antiques Reference database, please contact the Reference Desk.

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What is Your Choice for One Book Chelmsford 2015?

   Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford One Book LogoIt's time to make your selection for the book Chelmsford will read in 2015!

To commemorate the first World War, our next One Book Selection will take place during the years that the Great War was fought. The Friends, Trustees, and the Staff have come up with three nominees and we would like YOU to make the final decision. Please vote for the one you think the town should read. In addition to this voter choice, the staff will also choose a World War I non-fiction title and a children's book as companion books for the One Book Chelmsford program.

Voting will be open until November 4th, 2014 (election day), and the winning book will be announced on Wednesday, November 5th. The choices are:

Maisie Dobbs
by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs

Regeneration
by Pat Barker

Regeneration

The Sandcastle Girls
by Chris Bohjalian

The Sandcastle Girls

Vote Now >>

 

 

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