One Book Chelmsford - 2015The Sandcastle Girls
The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian,
is the 2015 "One Book Chelmsford" title.


The 2015 "One Book Chelmsford" town-wide reading campaign will kick off Sunday, February 8, 2015-WinterFest Sunday! You can pick up a paperback copy of the book to read and share. (If you can't wait until then, request a copy of The Sandcastle Girls from the library's catalog to start reading now.) In the meantime be sure to mark your calendars for these confirmed programs: (programs take place in the main library unless otherwise indicated)

Click here for a copy of the 2015 brochure listing all One Book programs

-Sunday, February 8, 2015: One Book program kick-off on WinterFest Sunday. The Library will host the annual WinterFest reception. We'll celebrate the kick off of the "One Book" program as well as the opening of the Cultural Council's annual photography contest/exhibit. Music will be provided by Ara Jeknavorian and Harry Alexanian. They will be playing a repertoire of Armenian folk and dance songs, many of which originate from the Armenian provinces in Eastern Turkey, where most Armenians lived prior to the Genocide. A number of the pieces are written by famous Armenian composers such as Sayat-Nova, Gomidas, and Khachadourian.

-Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. The Morning Book Group will discuss "The Sandcastle Girls" in the fireplace room

-Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Armenian Foods - Demo
Milka Jeknavorian and Alis Peretzian will demonstrate some authentic Armenian dishes. Please register for this program on the library's events calendar.

- Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. BiblioBites, a book group with a culinary focus, will discuss Armenian cookbooks.

-Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. A special children's program on Armenian folktales with a craft and food,

-Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. The Evening Book Group will discuss "The Sandcastle Girls" in the fireplace room

-Friday, March 6, 2015 at noon The Novel Conversations Group at the MacKay Library will discuss "The Sandcastle Girls"

-Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy one of our Friday Evening coffee houses featuring the Armenian Folk ensemble, Arev.

-Saturday, March 14, 2015 - "Chelmsford Day" at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown. The museum will offer free admission to Chelmsford residents. Curator Gary Lind-Sinanian will give a brief presentation about the museum's collections and will lead a guided tour at 2 p.m. We encourage you to register for this tour on the library's events calendar.
If there is sufficient interest, the Library would charter a bus. Would you be interested in taking a bus for this trip? If you are interested in a bus please let us know by typing "bus" next to your first name when you register on our calendar.

Chris Bohjalian Sandcastle Girls
-Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7 p.m.: Chris Bohjalian, author of "The Sandcastle Girls," will speak at the McCarthy Middle School on North Road. Please register for this talk on the library's events calendar.

-Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7 p.m. at main library Searching for your Roots with George Aghjayan

-Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. "The Case of the Forgotten Genocide of the Armenians" presented by Dr. Ara Jeknavorian and Tom Vartabedian.

-Sunday April 28, at 2 p.m. Dan Leclerc presents "The Human Face of the Great War: WWI"

"Armenia: A Country Kaleidoscope" Exhibit of photographs by Tom Vartabedian - in lobby beginning Jan 9 through end of March

Book Discussions of "The Sandcastle Girls":

February 18 Morning Book Group 10:00 a.m. in the fireplace room
March 2

Evening Book Group

7:00 p.m. in the fireplace room
March 6, Novel Conversations Group 12:00 noon at the MacKay Library

(Note: Morning Book Group was changed to February)

Please click here to take a look at our "Book Bag" of related materials.


One Book Chelmsford - 2014

The Art Forger
by B. A. Shapiro

The Art Forger Summary:
The story of a struggling Boston artist who gets pulled into the world of art and crime when she gets involved with the biggest art crime in history, the Gardner heist.

You can check out a copy of "The Art Forger" now or wait and pick up a copy in paperback at the WinterFest Sunday Social on Feb 2, 2014.

Print off a copy of our brochure

Upcoming One Book Programs:


Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 2 p.m. Author B. A. Shapiro will visit Chelmsford to talk about her book, "The Art Forger."

Art Reception:
April 6th: Reception for the Exhibit featuring the artists of the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell

Book Discussions:
April 4, 2014: The Novel Conversations Book Group discusses "The Art Forger"
April 7, 2014: The Evening Book Group discusses "The Art Forger"


Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 2 p.m.: Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord presents "Art Lessons: Reflections from an Artist's Life"

Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 7 p.m.: Professor Marie Frank will present, "Why Rembrandt and Vermeer? Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Old Masters"

Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. author David Daniel will present, "Writing with a Painterly Eye."

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. at MacKay Library: "How to Create Characters," a panel of writers from Sisters in Crime




Click here to take a look at our BookBag of related materials.