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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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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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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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