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Sunday, April 15
Monday, April 16

Main Library
Mon-Thu: 9:30 am - 9 pm
Fri-Sat: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun: 1 pm - 5 pm

MacKay Branch
Mon: 1 pm - 5 pm
Wed: 1 pm - 8 pm
Fri: 10 am - 5 pm
Closed Sun, Tue, Thu, & Sat 

All of our book groups are free and open to all!
Lincoln in the Bardo Evening Book Group
by George Saunders
Small Great Things Novel Conversations Book Group
by Jodi Picoult
Glass Universe Moveable Feast Book Group
by Lynn Sherr  
11_22_63 by Stephen King Morning Book Group
by Stephen King
Ellis - Ephron
MacKay Mystery Book Group
Hidden Figures
History Book Group
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Maangchi Korean Cooking
Bibliobites Book Group
by Maangchi
by Maria Vongerichten
by Judy Joo
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Spring Book Sale 2018
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Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm
The City Dark
Join astronomer Kelly Beatty for a film screening, discussion, and night sky viewing to celebrate International Dark Sky Week and investigate the problem of light pollution!   After viewing the documentary, we'll head out to Bartlett park and use telescopes to view the sky.

Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm
Stephen Collins Walt Whitman
Performer Stephen Collins appears as Walt Whitman, delivering anecdotes from all parts of the poet's life including memories of the Civil War and excerpts from Leaves of Grass. For 20 years, Collins has been amazing audiences throughout New England with his portrayal of one of our greatest writers.

Friday, April 20 at 10:30 am
Join us for Friday Fiction! Librarians Lisa and Jess will tell you about the latest and upcoming titles to enjoy the warmer temps with. We'll have some copies on hand for check out, so you won't have to wait to start reading what's good!

Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Join veteran space-science reporter Kelly Beatty as he traces the history of Pluto - from predictions of its existence to the discovery of its moons to its "demotion" to dwarf-planet status. Then take a tour of what New Horizons has revealed about Pluto and Charon - truly the "odd couple" of our solar system.

Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Money Smart Week
In this workshop you will be exposed to financial know-how that will help you live a really rich life. While everyone's situation is different there are tips and tricks that will help anyone wishing to have a healthy, wealthy lifestyle. Having a basic understanding of key financial components and building on that knowledge is essential. 

Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Poetry Slam
Join us for an evening of original poetry by all ages. We ask our poets to register in advance. If you wish to just come to listen and enjoy, you do not have to sign up in advance. Our poets are of all ages: Our youngest poet was about 5; our oldest poet spent the evening of her 90th birthday at one of our Slams! The rest fall in between giving us a rich variety of perspectives of the human condition. This program is free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Bike Maintenance
The Bicycle Maintenance Workshop will cover basic repairs, adjustments and bike love to get you out and riding for Spring. We'll have a bike and tools on hand to demonstrate everything you need to know and take questions. Tom Francis is Executive Director of  MassBike , a year round bike commuter and recreational cyclist who rides every day and does 98% of his own bike maintenance.

Teen Highlights
Cake Pop Party
Tuesday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Make (and eat) cake pops on cones and decorate them to look like scoops of your favorite ice cream!
Grades 4+
Pet Painting Party
Wednesday, April 18 at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
This month we will be having a special TWO HOUR TAS where you will learn how to paint your pet with artist Jen Niles! Please be sure to include what kind of pet you have or want to paint (and your pet's breed) when you register so that Jen can prepare for the class, and bring a photo of the pet if you want to be extra prepared! From cats to lizards to dogs to fish, all pets are welcome! 
Goldfish Aquarium Soap
Friday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Join Gariné Arakelian to learn to make soap in the shape of an aquarium with goldfish inside! At the end of the workshop you will take home two handmade soaps. The following day, the soaps can be unmolded and used right away!
DIY Candy Kit
Thursday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
This month, choose from a variety of Japanese DIY candy kits and make your own mini-gummies! Drop in while supplies last. Grades 4-8 and home school teens welcome!

  • Mondays at 10 am - Toddler Rhyme Time (ages 1 & 2)
  • Mondays at 11 am - Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6) 
  • Tuesdays at 10 am - Stay & Play (ages 1+)
  • Wednesdays at 10 am - Baby Storytime (pre-walking babies)
  • Wednesdays at 11 am -Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
  • Fridays at 10 am - Baby Storytime (pre-walking babies)
  • Fridays at 11 am - Toddler Rhyme Time (ages 1 & 2)
  • Fridays at 10:30 am at the MacKay Branch - Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6) 
Vacation Week Kids' Programs!
Wednesday, April 18 at 10:30 am 
Owl Join us for a fascinating look at owls!  These nocturnal birds of prey have some unique features that set them apart.  This presentation will feature several live owls;  due to the needs of these birds and the nature of the presentation, we request that you strictly observe the age guidelines!  Children must be able to sit quietly and attend for a significant period of time.
Juggler Bryson Lang 
Thursday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Juggler Bryson Lang Join us for an amazing vacation week program of juggling, jokes, and fun! We'll see all kinds of tricks and have lots of laughs.  Drop in for ages 6 and up.

Friday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Butterfly by David Clode_ via Unsplash Join us for the fifth annual June Cook Memorial Arbor Day Program, sponsored by Chelmsford's Open Gate Garden Club and presented by Hands-on Nature. What's the difference between butterflies and moths? We will also learn about the importance of these special insects to our eco-system, and will have a butterfly activity/craft.  We will have some live butterflies that the children can see up close and even hold in our 'butterfly tent'. 

Introduction to Chess
Saturday, April 21 
Chess pieces Gwen Meins, youth coach and chess champion, will provide instruction to children ages 6 and older who have little or no experience with chess. Basic moves and rules will be demonstrated in the first class, while the Advanced Beginners' session assumes that children know the rules of chess and want to learn tactics and strategy. Please note that this is an introductory workshop and not the beginning of a series of lessons. 
Registration begins on April 7

Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 pm
Join the Friends to become more involved in your public library and to make new friends! The Friends meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the McCarthy Meeting Room at the library.  Note that this is a new, earlier time as the Friends previously met at 7:30 p.m.

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Special Spring Book Sale - Volunteers Needed! 
Friday, April 20, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Friends are looking for volunteers to work as cashiers and restockers during the April Booksale.  The signup form will be on the Library's website starting April 6th - please sign up if you're able to help, and thank you!  The sale will take place at the  Town offices Gym, 50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford.