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The Chelmsford Public Library will plant 3 apple trees in celebration!
Join us at Sunny Meadow Community Gardens on Robin Hill Road on Friday, May 23 at 5:00 pm, if you would like to help plant the trees. They will be planted to the left of the 2nd page of the StoryWalk.
Thank you to the Chelmsford Friends of the Library, Weston Nurseries and the Chelmsford Open Space Stewards. Thank you also to all the children who read and listened to stories.Posted in Books, Kids | No Comments »
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.
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.
The event is schedule for Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11 a.m., and the public is welcome.
For information on the Country Lane Garden Club visit their website http://www.gcfm.org/countrylanegardenclub/Home.aspx
And if you're interested, please check out some of these tree planting resources available at the library.Posted in Events, Library Information | No Comments »
The well-known and much-loved purple beech tree, planted on the common in 1892, was taken down in November 2012. Present on that day was local photographer Steve Hardwood, who chronicled the process of bringing the tree down.
He donated his series of photographs to the library, to commemorate the event and the life of the tree. Steve's photographs were supplemented by additional photos from the collections of Fred Merriam and the Chelmsford Historical Society, and Library staff also researched news articles about the tree.
This entire collection was then framed and hung in the Group Study Room, on the lower level of the Library, near the Library's other historical resources. Please check out this tribute the next time you're in the Library.
The Library would like to thank Steve Hardwood for getting the ball rolling, and also Fred Merriam and the Chelmsford Historical Society for contributing to the project. The generosity of community members like this helps preserve Chelmsford for future generations.Posted in Library Information, Resources | No Comments »
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