CALENDARS: April Programs
To register for programs, you must go to the Calendar of Events on the Library's Main Page

Visit our children's programming pages
for the Main Library and the MacKay Branch

Visit our Every Child Ready to Read page.

Children Read Children Learn Grownups Learn

Featured Resources:
  • Tumblebooks: ebooks for kids

  • Early World of Learning
Early World of Learning

Storytime on Chelmsford Telemedia

Listen to a half hour of stories every evening at 7:00 pm. The stories are read by the staff of the public library and school libraries in Chelmsford.

Comcast Channel 22 or Verizon Channel 36



* Use our Reading Lists for recommended books.
The lists are sorted by grade and genre.
Find the kinds of books you like in our catalog, and request them from the library.

Tumblebooks: Listen and read along to picture books and chapter books, and watch non-fiction videos.

You've just read a great book and want guidance on what to read next... NoveList is a tool that can help you find another book to enjoy. (You need a library card to use NoveList from home.)



PATH TO LITERACY: Talk, Read, Sing, Draw and Play with your child. These are the building blocks for Every Child Ready to Read.


Come to the library to browse for books, or use our catalog from home to order books. We'll let you know when they arrive.


Watch Stories on Chelmsford Cable TV. Staff from the public library and the school libraries read stories every evening at 7:00 pm on Comcast Channel 22 or Verizon Channel 36.



Sing great songs.

Sing children's songs or some of your own favorites. Children can hear the sylables in a word much better in songs.
With a Chelmsford Library card, you have access to many nursery rhymes and songs in the Early World of Learning  World Book Web

Home access with your Library card:



Encourage your child to draw. Even the youngest child can create splatter art at


Learn to write the letters of the alphabet at Enchanted Learning


Imaginative play, especially outdoors, is an important step toward literacy. One idea: Borrow a geomate.jr from the library to try geocaching.

Tony Giannone, the geocaching steward for the Open Spaces in Chelmsford, has donated a geomate.jr to the library. This tool allows children to find geocaches by following preprogrammed instructions. Several Chelmsford geocaches are included. The geomate.jr can be checked out from the children's room at the Main Library. The loan period is one week. uses Google Earth to provide an overview of the major trails in town with estimated mileage. The BLUE trails are the primary trails.

The Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship is a group of local volunteers who take care of the public lands in Chelmsford. Visit their website for more information about the open spaces.

Have you found the bench on Chelmsford's Rail Trail? Children raised the money for this bench by reading all through the summer in 2010. (The Friends of the Library donated the money.)