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Check Out Our Museum Passes

   Friday, April 25th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference
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The Chelmsford Library has discount passes to 17 different area museums, parks, zoos and other attractions. If you're looking for something to do this weekend or this summer, these passes offer a great way to explore the area economically.

All of the passes available through the Library are paid for by the Friends of the Chelmsford Library group. As such, they are available to all Chelmsford residents and any member of the Friends, regardless of residency. If you don't live in Chelmsford but would like to use our passes, you can join the Friends group to get access.

To view or reserve a pass, first click on the Museum Passes link from our homepage. From there, available passes are viewable By Date or By Museum, and you drill down to the right pass on the right day just by clicking.

To request a pass, click the green "Request Pass" button and log in your your library card number and your PIN (usually, the last four digits of your telephone number). When requesting, you can choose to be receive a reminder email 24 or 48 hours before your reservation. Make sure you see the reservation confirmation screen before ending the process.

Reserved passes can be picked up in person at the Circulation Desk the day before or the day of the reservation, using the library card they were reserved under.

For questions about making or canceling a reservation, or about the museums themselves, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Have You Done Your Taxes Yet?

   Friday, April 4th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

IRS logoFederal and State income taxes are due in less than two weeks, on April 15th, 2008!

The Library still has both Federal and State tax forms and instructions, available downstairs near the Reference Desk. Forms are also available on both the IRS website (index of forms) and the MA Dept. of Revenue website (index of forms).

If you need help with your taxes, the AARP offers volunteer tax assistants through their Tax-Aide program. All of the appointments with the Library's tax assistant are filled, but you can check other area sites for appointments.

The Federal government is also offering a Tax Rebate this year, otherwise known as the Economic Stimulus Payment. Please note that even if you are not normally required to file taxes, you may be required to file this year to receive the tax rebate - read more about this. The IRS has also released the tax rebate payment schedule, so you'll have an idea of when your check will arrive.

If you need tax forms or have questions about the tax rebate program, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Library Closed for Martin Luther King Day

   Friday, January 18th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Martin Luther Knig, Jr.The Main Library and the MacKay Branch will both be closed on Monday, Jan. 21st, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

The Main Library will reopen with normal hours at 9:00 am on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, and MacKay will reopen at 10:00 am on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd.

In addition to library materials about Martin Luther King, here are some internet resources:

For more information about library hours or for help finding information on Martin Luther King, Jr., please contact the Reference Desk.

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Research Database Updates

   Thursday, January 10th, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

There were two recent changes to the research databases provided by the Chelmsford Library:

New Historical Newspaper Database
Access NewspaperARCHIVE logoThe library has just signed up with the Access NewspaperARCHIVE database, which provides access to over 2000 newspapers from all over the world. Some of the newspapers date back to the 1700s, which means this is a great resource for students and others looking for primary sources.

This database is accessible from within the library only, and patrons can browse by location, date, or newspaper title. What you'll find are the front pages of most major and many minor newspapers, just like they appeared when they were originally published.

All of the newspapers are saved as PDF files, and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. And like other PDFs, they can be easily printed, saved or emailed.

New Interface for NewsBank Newspapers
NewsBank logoThe NewsBank databases (Chelmsford Independent, Lowell Sun, New York Times) have a brand new interface designed to significantly enhance the searching experience. A few of the improvements allow patrons to more easily:

  • refine searches for more relevant returns
  • limit searches by article word count to filter out news briefs and minor articles
  • refine results and pinpoint articles by title, date, source type and geographic location
  • display topic and events results over time
  • print, email or cite articles with an improved toolbox

For help using either of these databases, or for questions on any of the resources offered by the Chelmsford Library, please contact the Reference Desk.

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MacKay Branch Is Now Open

   Friday, December 28th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Patrons checking out books at the MacKay circulation deskThe renovation is complete, and the MacKay Branch Library is once again open to the public.

On Friday, Dec. 21st, the MacKay Branch's doors reopened, and many North Chelmsford were there waiting. All library services are available, but staff will be spending the next couple weeks finishing up loose ends and putting on the final touches.

For more information on the renovation, take a look at our renovation photos or read the Chelmsford Independent's article on the reopening.

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