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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!
Novel Conversation Book Group
Holiday party - no book!
Evening Book Group
by Margaret Atwood on
Bibliobites Book Group
This month everyone choose a food magazine and try it out
Moveable Feast Book Group
@ the Java Room 
Morning Book Group
by Madeleine L'Engle 
History Book Group
by Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe
MacKay Mystery Book Group
Peter Swanson and Ian Rankin
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Friday, December 8 at 7 pm
Like escape rooms? Try our after-hours live-action game inspired by the board game Arkham Horror and the works of HP Lovecraft. Space is limited, so register today

Friday, December 8 at 1:00 pm
In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?  A nuclear event, either by a nation or terrorist group, looks increasingly real - Keith West will explain where things stand and where we're headed. 

Thursday, December 14 at 10 am 
Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Join us for a Tech Talk that provides the information you need to get your self-education started today. We'll take a tour of the library's resources and other online resources.  
Tech Talk Survey
We want to hear what topics interest you! Please let us know with this quick, single question survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F789CR9 

The library will be closed on these December Holidays:
  • Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24
  • Christmas Day: Monday, December 25
  • New Year's Eve: Sunday, December 31
  • New Year's Day: Monday, January 1, 2018

This year's One Book Chelmsford selection is The Nightingale, by NYT best-selling author Kristin Hannah.  Copies will be available early this year, starting January 2nd, with a series of programs to follow.  More details on our website.  

Teen Highlights
Make it! Club: Mini Pinecone Trees 
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 month, we'll be making mini evergreen trees out of pinecones! Drop in while supplies last. Grades 4-8 and home school teens welcome!
Join us in the McCarthy meeting room for this month's art project!  

Our annual Gingerbread Festival is on Saturday, December 2. Join us for this fun family event where we'll decorate gingerbread cookies, play games, and make crafts! This is a drop-in event for all ages: come anytime between 10:30am and noon!
Storytimes end this month on Saturday, December 16th.  There will be no programs from Dec. 17-25, followed by a week of special holiday programs! 
Holiday Week Programs   
Programs start at 10 am. Visit our website for details. 
  • 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 Yoga (pre-walking)
  • Wednesdays at 11 am -Yoga Storytime (ages 3-6)
  • Thursdays at 11 am - PlaySpace (ages 2 & 3)
  • 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)
For more details check out our Kids Events Calendar.
More Kid's Programs!
Saturday, December 9 at 10:30 am  
A storytime especially for dads and children ages 2 and up. Moms are always welcome. Snacks will follow the stories.
Tuesday, December 12 at 4:15 pm 
We will read "The Clever Baker", decorate a gingerbread cookie, and create a craft. Drop-in for kids in K-2.
Saturday, December 16 at 9:30 am 
Gwen Meins, youth coach and chess champion, will provide instruction to children ages 6 and older who have little or no experience with chess. Registration Required (opens 12/2) 
Saturday, December 16 at 9:30 am 
Demonstration class for children ages 6 and older who know the rules of chess and want to learn tactics and strategy. Registration Required (opens 12/2)  

For a full calendar of Children's events, click here