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The Library's Chelmsford Authors Collection

   Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford AuthorsDid you know the library has a collection of books written by local authors?

In the past, the library has accepted donations from local authors to help get their work read, and highlighted these works in our "Local Author" section. However, sometimes books by well-known local authors have ended up in the regular collection, so we're rewriting our policy to help showcase the breadth of Chelmsford talent.

We've renamed our "Local Author" section to be "Chelmsford Authors," and will include in the section a copy of books written by authors with a connection to Chelmsford. This could be that they live or work here, were born here, graduated from Chelmsford schools, or other strong connection. We're limiting the books in this section to just authors with a Chelmsford connection, because the prevalence of online print-on-demand services make it so easy for anyone to publish a book. We'll still accept donations from non-Chelmsford authors, and those titles will be incorporated into our regular collection. Read our full policy here.

Items in the "Chelmsford Authors" section will get a special spine label so they're easily identified, will be shelved together in the "Chelmsford Authors" section (in the New Book Room), and will get a special note in their catalog record.

If you have any questions about the Chelmsford Authors Collection, check with the Readers Advisory desk at 978-256-5521 x134 or email Christine Sharbrough at csharbrough@mvlc.org. If you are a Chelmsford Author and would like to have your work added to our collection, or be involved with our annual Local Authors showcase, contact Kathy Cryan-Hicks at kcryanhic@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x109.

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Arthur C. Clarke Dies

   Friday, March 21st, 2008 - by: Vickie Turcotte, Head of Technical Services

Arthur C. ClarkeThe science fiction world is in mourning this week with the death of Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008.) He wrote over 100 books, and not all were fiction (although there was plenty of that.) He also wrote nonfiction works on space and underwater exploration, and came up with the idea of communications satellites years before such a thing existed. (Such satellites move through space in "Clarke" orbits in acknowledgment of his contribution.)

He's probably best known for his sci-fi series that began with 2001 : A Space Odyssey. The novel evolved alongside the movie of the same name directed by Stanley Kubrick, and Clarke went on to write three more related books (see below.) Other popular novels include Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama and The Hammer of God.

Clarke has been honored with nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize (1994), his name has been given to a diverse group of objects including: a dinosaur (Serendipaceratops arthurcclarkei), an asteroid (4923 Clarke), a space orbiter (2001 Mars Odyssey) and the Arthur C Clarke Learning Resource Centre at Richard Huish College, Somerset, UK (Clarke was a student at their grammar school.) He was invested as a British Knight Bachelor in 2000. He'll also be remembered for inspiring many scientists and astronauts: "All of us around the table said we read Arthur C. Clarke...That was the thing that got us there." - planetary scientist Torrence Johnson.

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