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Volunteer to Help at the Book Sale!

   Monday, August 19th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Book sale!The Chelmsford Friends of the Library has started recruiting helpers for the annual book sale, September 20-22. Sign-up sheets have been placed at both the Main Library and MacKay Branch for anyone who is interested in volunteering.

The Friends are looking for help on Thursday, September 19, from 6-9 p.m. to unload books from boxes and setup for the sale, as well as for various shifts throughout the Book Sale weekend. This is a this fun work weekend and makes a huge impact on the Library - last year the sale raised over $24,000 to help fund library programs and services.

If you can help, please stop by the Library to add your name and phone to the sign-up sheets, or email kcryanhic@mvlc.org to let us know - please specify which shift you would like.

Shifts the Friends need to fill:

Thursday
Set up: 6-9 p.m.
Friday
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1p.m. - 3 p.m.
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1p.m. - 3 p.m.
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1 p.m. breakdown

Even if you can't help out, please support the library by visiting the book sale if you can this weekend:

2013 Book Sale Hours:
Friday Sept. 20 9 AM - 9 PM
Saturday Sept. 21 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday Sept. 22 9 AM - 1 PM
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Reading Suggestions for the Summer

   Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Reading on the beachIn case you missed the latest Friday Fiction program, the lists of suggested reads are below. This time, in addition to the usual list of suggestions, there is also a bonus list of staff suggestions for great summer beach reads:

If you need more suggestions, or have specific questions about reading or books, check in with Christine S. at the Readers Services Desk on the main level of the library (across from the Front Desk). She's there 9:30 - 4:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or you can reach her by email at csharbrough@mvlc.org.

You can also find reading suggestions through our Reading Room webpage, which groups suggestions into lots of different categories to make them easy to locate. It also has links to all of our book groups, great free web resources, and much more.

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Go for a StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow

   Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Sheep take a HikeThe Library has partnered with the Chelmsford Open Space Stewards to create a "StoryWalk" along a trail at the Sunny Meadow Community Garden.

The entire story of Sheep take a Hike, by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple, has been laminated and placed on sign posts along the trail, so kids and adults alike can read the story as they hike the trail.

The story follows a group of sheep taking a nature hike - which is a perfect summertime story. The StoryWalk will be changed periodically throughout the year, to match the season. Taking the StoryWalk is a fun way to enjoy the story and get a little exercise.

If you can, come join library staff and COSS volunteers for the StoryWalk ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 27th, at 9:00 am. Even if you can't make it then, please enjoy StoryWalk all year round!

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!

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

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Have Your Test Proctored At The Library

   Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

exam signIf you're taking a distance or online course this summer - or any time of the year - you can have your tests proctored at the library!

Exams are proctored by the Reference staff, free of charge (other than what you may be charged by your school, or for postage). Usually, the process is for you to submit the Chelmsford Library as a proctor site to your school, and they will contact us to confirm we are a valid location. In general, the information they will need is the following contact information:

Chelmsford Public Library
25 Boston Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824

Brian Herzog
Head of Reference
978-267-5521 x211
bherzog@mvlc.org

We can accommodate either online or paper-based tests, and students will take their tests in one of our study rooms. The study rooms have large windows and are situated right next to the Reference Desk, so students can be observed at all times during their test.

For more information, or to schedule a proctor session for one of your exams, contact the Reference Desk at the information above.

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New Museum Pass: Boston Harbor Islands Ferry

   Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

boston harbor islands logoThere is a new pass available this summer - discount ferry passes to visit the Boston Harbor Islands.

It runs May through October, and is valid for weekdays only. It is a 2-for-1 ferry ticket coupon for up to 4 people (so, two people could go for the price of one, or eight people could go for the price of four, etc) - however, it is based on the availability to either Georges or Spectacle Islands (good for one island only).

The ferry boats are run by Boston Best Cruises, and schedules and fares are available online or you can call call 617-770-0040 to make a reservation. You must present the coupon at the ferry center at Long Wharf North on the Boston waterfront.

This pass (and discounts to many other area museums) is available on the library's website, or you can contact the Reference Desk at 978-256-5521 x211 to reserve it.

Library museum passes are provided by the Chelmsford Friends of the Library.

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