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Mon-Thu: 9:30 am - 9 pm
Fri-Sat: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Closed on Sundays Memorial Day to Columbus Day

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!
Morning Book Group
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
by Khaled Hosseini
MacKay Mystery Book Group
Novel Conversations Book Group
 
will return in September
Evening Book Group Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
will return in September
by Mark Sullivan

History Book Group
Wheels of the World by Douglas Brinkley
will return in September
by Douglas Brinkley
Bibliobites Book Group
will return
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Summer Fun!
Join us on Wednesday nights this summer for music, laughs, and fun for all ages on the lawn at MacKay. Bring your chairs or a blanket! Rain location: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd., N. Chelmsford.  Presented by 
Kurt Kelly Memorial Foundation
The Toe Jam Puppet Band Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys
Keith Munslow
The Toe Jam Puppet Band returns with lots of fun and the ever popular Mr. Vinny.
Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys play "toddlerbilly," their special mix of surf and folk music
Keith Munslow
brings fun, toe-tapping tunes, and sing-alongs.


Adult Summer Reading
Why should kids get all the fun? There's still time to complete your BINGO sheets and turn them in for a chance to win!  Bring them to the Main desk and be entered into a raffle for a fantastic pack of prizes by August 24!  Look below for details on cool tie in events including a harmonica workshop and music trivia night!

Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 pm
Goats to Go
Learn why using goats for poison ivy and weed removal is an affordable, and fun, option to assist with your summer clean-up.  A local farm will share success stories of projects using goats, and sometimes sheep, to explore this environmentally-friendly approach to pesticides and chemical use. Come for a exciting evening presentation followed by Q&A with father and daughter, Alan and Michelle Aulson, of Goats To Go in Georgetown, MA. 

Saturday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Harmonicas
Registration required!
Whether you are a beginner, or want to hone your skills, Mike Rogers will share his 50 plus years of knowledge and experience. You will receive individual assistance and learn at your own pace. This event is geared toward adults but anyone over the age of 9 is welcome. 

Harmonicas will be on hand for participants that need one. If you would like to bring your own, Mike requests that it be a 10-hole harmonica in the key of C.

Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Plum Island Pans
Rescheduled from July 25
The lively local steel drum band plays traditional calypso and reggae music along with jazz and billboard hits for all ages! Bring your chairs and blankets; rain location is at the main library in the McCarthy Meeting Room.

Saturday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Moon Flower by Fiona HuangMeet Fiona Huang, a talented young artist who is looking forward to sharing her work, along with her story and inspiration with the Chelmsford arts community. Throughout the years, Fiona has won many awards for her artwork in various art events including the 2018 PCA Westford Regional Art Event, and the "Parker Pride" Poster Contest and her artwork was selected to be Parker Middle School's 2018 yearbook cover.  

Friday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.
We're wrapping up Adult Summer Reading with a music themed trivia night! Gather your crew of up to six people and come over to the library for this special after-hours event! Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Beer and wine will be available for $5 (please bring ID). Food will be available for an optional donation.
Registration is required
 
Teen Highlights
Wednesday, August 1 at 4:00 p.m. at MacKay
Thursday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
CD Clock
Welcome to The MIC (Make It! Club), where you'll be able to make and take home an awesome DIY project, snack, or dessert each month. This special summer MIC is registration only, so be sure to sign up! Youth entering grades 5-8 and homeschooled teens welcome!  This month, you'll turn an old CD into a clock featuring your custom artwork!
Teen Iron Chef
Thursday, August 9 at 4:00 p.m.
Create a tasty dessert with a secret main ingredient and wow our judges to win!  (Please note, the main ingredient will contain gluten.) Drop in for middle & high school.  No prior experience needed. 
Squirt Gun Painting
Wednesday, August 15 at 4:00 p.m.
If you're entering 5th grade and up, join us for this month's art project! Fill squirt guns with paint and water and create a splatter paint masterpiece. This program will be held outside in the courtyard. Please wear old clothes that can get splattered with paint!
Thursday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m.
Play against other Chelmsford SSB masters! First prize will be awarded a GameStop card. Wiimotes, nunchucks and Gamecube adapter will be provided. Please bring your own controller or use a library Wiimote. Drop in for middle and high school.  
Friday, August 3 at 3:00 p.m. - Planning Meeting
Thursday, August 9 at 3:00 p.m. - Crafting Party
Saturday, August 18 at 9:30 - Party Preparation
End of Summer Bash
It's a yearly tradition!  Calling all teens entering 8th grade and up! Join us to plan what decorations and activities we should have at the End of Summer Bash then make crafts and have some fun with kids of all ages! You do NOT have to be enrolled in the teen volunteer program to participate.

   
Check out our online calendar for complete program details, or the overview schedule below. Summer storytimes end on August 17!

Mondays, 10:00 a.m. 
Drop-in Storytime (ages 3-6)
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Drop-in Crafts (ages 6+)
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.
Drop-in Storytime (ages 1-2)
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Peace Out Pajama
Drop-in Storytime

Fridays, 10:00 a.m.
Drop-in Baby Storytime (infants)
Fridays, 11:30 a.m.
Drop-in Storytime at MacKay (ages 2-6)

Special Saturday morning fun! - 10:30 a.m. weekly
August 4 
The Construction Zone (Drop in play for ages 3+)
August 11
Dads & Donuts (Storytime for ages 2+)
Cake August 18
End of Summer Bash (Drop-in ages 6-12)


Featured Kids' Programs

Summer Reading Continues!
Libraries Rock Color
Fill in a dot on your reading log for every 15 minutes of reading and turn in the finished sheet after completing 12 hours to get a prize! The Friends of the Library will make a charitable donation if children turn in 800 reading logs. Vote on the charity of your choice each time you turn one in! Ends September 1!

Thursday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Learn to make some quick and simple snacks, perfect for munching when you're snuggling up with a book!  Sign up at 10:30 for ages 6-7 and at 12:00 for ages 8-10.

Thursday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Jerry Pallotta Author and New England Native Jerry Pallotta will read from  his books about the alphabet, animals, and the new "Who Would Win?" series. Lobster vs. Crab, Rhino vs. Hippo, Whale vs. Squid! Drop in for ages 6+.

Make Your Own Ice Cream
Thursday, August 16 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Friday, August 17 @MacKay at 1:30 p.m.
Beat the heat by making your own vanilla ice cream then adding your favorite toppings! Sign up for one of the three sessions beginning on Thursday, August 2.


 
Fifth Grade Book Discussion
Wednesday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m.
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass Get ready for middle school with a head start on your assigned Summer Reading! We will meet to discuss  11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass in which former best friends Amanda and Leo have to fix their broken relationship as their shared birthday repeats over and over again!
 


   
 
There's always a fun project going on - join us!  
 
Dining for Dollars with Bertuccis!
Thanks to everyone who supported the Friends through last month's promotion! With the help of all you hungry, pizza-eating, library lovers, we made over $350!
Thursday, August 2 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. 
 
The CFOL can benefit when you shop at Amazon - at no additional cost to you! Please designate the Chelmsford Friends of the Library as the nonprofit you wish to support and the CFOL will receive 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

Book Sale Dropoff 
Saturdays, August 11 and 25, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Friends seek books of all kinds in good condition including recent best sellers, fiction, non-fiction, children's books, paperbacks - as well as audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, maps, and local interest items. I f you are emptying a house or an estate and would like to donate a large collection of books, please  contact the Friends directly  to make special arrangements.  Drop off at the  Town Offices Gym, 50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford
 
Our big fall book sale will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 21-23
Message from the Trustees
 
2018 Big Idea Survey The Trustees would like you to take part in a survey on a future fundraising focus.  In November, they will introduce an Annual Giving Campaign asking for help sustaining the library. Along with this campaign will be an opportunity to donate to Impact Funds - funds that would support an innovative library idea, core to the library's mission, but chosen by library patrons. 
 
Q&A with the Board
Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Have you ever wondered what a trustee does? Members of the Board will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your thoughts and ideas for the library.