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Holiday Hours
July 3, 9:30-5:00
July 4, Closed

MacKay Branch
Closed July 2 & 4

Main Library
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
Selection Meeting
MacKay Mystery Book Group Jo Bannister and Peter Robinson
Novel Conversations Book Group
will return in September
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan Evening Book Group
will return in September
by Mark Sullivan
Moveable Feast Book Group
Will return in the Fall

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 stories on the lawn at MacKay. Bring your chairs or a blanket! Rain location: Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd., N. Chelmsford.  Drop in for ages 8 to 108; concerts for families with young children begin August 1. 
Don_t Tell Jack Night Rhythm Jazz Trio Plum Island Pans
Don't Tell Jack plays folk and roots music, blues, Americana, and more!
Night Rhythm presents jazz and swing from the 1940s to today!
Plum Island Pans is a local drum ensemble featuring calypso, reggae, and billboard hits.

You renew your books, we'll renew the library! Library Front Door
If you visit us during July, you may see a some work happening around the outside of the library. The original Adams building is getting a much needed coat of fresh paint and the front door is being refinished.  We're also replacing the roof of the MacKay branch - for which it will be closed on Monday, July 2. Finally, we've replaced our telephone system throughout the building - if you have someone's direct extension, add an extra '1' to the beginning (i.e. the Reference desk was x211 and is now x1211).

Adult Summer Reading
Why should kids get all the fun? Download a BINGO sheet, c ross off spaces for reading in different genres, for attending summer programs, downloading music and movies, and much more! Turn in your completed card 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 drumming workshop and learning about rocks on Mars!

Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 pm
Mars Rover
Why are we so fascinated with Mars, our neighbor in space? Why is it so like our own Earth in some ways - and so utterly different in others? This presentation lets you explore the "Red Planet" from afar and up close. You'll learn where to find it in the night sky as it comes especially close to Earth in the coming months, and get a sense of what you'll see through a backyard telescope. Kelly Beatty recently retired as the long time editor of Sky & Telescope.

Friday, July 20 at 10:30 am
Join us to hear about the latest and upcoming fiction to pack on your end of summer vacations!  Library staff give brief reviews of recent and recommended titles to the group, and then ask the members to share what they have been reading too. 

Saturday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m.
2017 Photo Contest Celebrate half a century of Chelmsford's dedication to the arts. There will be music, light refreshments, and a chance to meet some of the most creative people in town.

Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm
Herb Gardening - Suzanne Crooker
Registration required!
Gardening specialist Suzanne Crooker discusses planting herbs and veggies, both in containers and in the garden. Explore the various uses of herbs: which ones dry or freeze well, which have a long shelf life, and what other options work for food storage and preparation. Participants will also leave with some of her favorite recipes for using fresh herbs and veggies in the kitchen! 

Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Dave Curry - Drums for One and All
Registration required!
This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of how to play various types of hand drums, as well as teaching basic rhythms that are drawn from several cultural traditions.  No prior experience is required.  If you own a drum, bring it along, but there will be extra drums available for people to borrow.  All ages are welcome, though we ask that young children have adult supervision.

Teen Highlights
Julie Stepanek plays the ukulele
Tuesday, July 5 at 4:00 p.m.
Join Julie Stepanek for a lesson on this fun instrument! If you do not own a ukulele, be one of the first 20 to register in order to reserve a ukulele to play during the lesson. No prior experience needed. Open to students entering grades 5-12.
Mirror Collage
Wednesday, July 18 at 4:00 p.m.
If you're entering 5th grade and up, join us in the McCarthy Meeting Room for this month's art project! This month, we'll be using broken CDs to make a collage in a design of your choosing that will look just like a broken mirror.
Wednesday, July 11 at 4:00 p.m. at MacKay
Thursday, July 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
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 time, you'll make vanilla ice cream from scratch--then add your favorite toppings!
There will also be a special Make up Make It! on Monday, July 23 at 3:00 at MacKay! We'll make the waffle pops that we didn't get a chance to do in June.
Friday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m. - Planning Meeting
Thursday, July 19 at 3:00 p.m. - Crafting Party
Saturday, July 28 at 9:30 - Party Preparation
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 Harry Potter Birthday Party then make crafts and have some fun with fans 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. Storytimes resume starting July 2!

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
July 7 
The Construction Zone (Drop in play for ages 3+)
July 14 
Dads & Donuts (Storytime for ages 2+)
Drive-in Movie July 21
Drive In Movie (Drop-in ages 2-5)

HP Birthday Party July 28
Harry Potter Birthday Party (Drop-in ages 6+)
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!

Registration for the Museum of Science program on Thursday, 
July 26 is required and begins on Thursday, July 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Mathnasium Join the experts from Mathnasium for a night of games and testing your math skills. Play each game and earn a prize! Please register online to improve your experience--Mathnasium will tailor the games to the ages of those attending!

Fifth Grade Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 25 at 4:00 p.m.
No Talking by Andrew Clements Get ready for middle school with a head start on your assigned Summer Reading! We will meet to discuss  No Talking by Andrew Clements in which t he noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest.


Currently we are looking for volunteers to help us with our 4th of July float and the CFOL booth at the Country Fair. There's always some type of fun project going on. Join us!  

Dining for Dollars with Bertuccis!
Wednesday, July 18
Mention the library or bring this flyer with you when you dine in, take out, or order online on July 18 to help raise money for the Friends! If library supporters spend more than $2000 over the course of the day, we receive 25% of the proceeds. That's just 125 large pizzas!
Thursday, July 5 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, July 14 and 28, 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