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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!
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly Novel Conversations Book Group
by Martha Hall Kelly
The Girls by Emma Cline Evening Book Group
The Girls  
by Emma Cline
Moveable Feast Book Group

Will return in the Fall
Morning Book Group
by Anita Shreve
Liberty_s Exiles by Maya Jasanoff
History Book Group
by Maya Jasanoff
Bowls of Plenty by Carolynn Carreno
Bibliobites Book Group
by Carolynn Carreno
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Monday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Art of Living - Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness and meditation are immensely beneficial to health and wellness. Regular practice has been shown to improve overall health, reduce stress and even combat depression. Join instructors from the Art of Living Foundation to learn the basics of meditation and how to develop a regular practice.

Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00 pm
Walter Hickey
Many people have family that nobody talks about, people who just seem not to be documented anywhere or perhaps did not want to be found. Records from almshouses, reforms schools, court documents and more can illustrate the lives of these hidden relatives. Walter Hickey is a Lowell native who spent years working for the National Archives and Records Administration and will share his research on 19th century municipal records for the city of Lowell and show how these can be expanded to do genealogical research in other communities. 

Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm
Warning signs of dementia
Join Alzheimer's specialist and Alzheimer's Association dementia ambassador Lisa Sobhian for a presentation on the ten warning signs of dementia.


Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm
Chickens by Jordan Whitt via Unsplash
Registration required!
Lisa Bougoulas of the Chelmsford Agway will lead this how to seminar on raising chickens. The seminar will include information on what to buy, what to expect, different breeds of chickens available and where to buy them in the Spring time. She'll also include information on local laws and licenses regarding chicken keeping. If you've been thinking about raising chickens, don't miss this session!

Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.
SHINE Medicare
SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) presents a free information session on Medicare. Learn about the structure of Medicare, when to enroll, and helpful tips to choose plans that suit you, your lifestyle and your Medicare insurance needs. This session will be presented by a certified SHINE Counselor who provides FREE, unbiased, Medicare health insurance information and will help guide you through your options so you will be an empowered, educated consumer. Registration for this event is suggested but not required. 

Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Kohbar style Madhubani painting by Padma Shri Sita Devi Artist Anindita Lal will be having a mini-workshop for anyone age 10 and up to explain the art of Madhubani drawing! We'll use stencils and fine tipped markers to create work inspired by a traditional painting style used in Nepal and northeastern India that features bright colors and geometric patterns.  By the end you'll have your own artwork to take home with you!
Registration is required for the workshop, but not for the reception, which will begin at 3:30. 

Using the drive-up book drop
Book Drop Many of our patrons love the convenience of the drive-up book drop at the main library. When using this book drop, be sure to pull close enough to it so that cars can pass on the other side of the driveway. And if you're in line to use it, please be patient, as it can take a long time to deposit books when someone has a large stack. 

Teen Highlights
Clothespin sunflower wreath
Wednesday, June 20 at 4:00 p.m.
This month we'll be making clothespin wreaths. Paint a black and white wreath to look like piano keys, paint each one with a favorite animal, create a summery beach-themed wreath, or just explore the limitless possibilities of your creativity!
Wednesday, June 6 at 4:30 p.m. at MacKay
Thursday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Waffle Pops
Waffles are delicious, and that's a fact. But what if...you put one on a stick? And then dipped it in syrup and/or candy? Well, it can only get tastier! Drop in while supplies last. Youth entering grades 5-8 and home school teens welcome!

   
Check out our online calendar for complete program details, or the overview schedule below. Weekday Summer Storytimes begin on Monday, July 2.   

The Construction Zone (Drop in play for ages 3+)
Saturday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Dads & Donuts (Storytime for ages 2+)
Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Featured Kids' Programs

Summer Reading Begins!
2018 Summer Reading
Reading logs will be available starting
Saturday, June 2 and there will be a kickoff event with fun and refreshments for children entering Kindergarten or First Grade on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m.

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!
   
Petting Zoo  (ages 6+)
Thursday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. 
Petting zoo goat We will have a petting zoo at the library! There will be baby animals: goats, piglets, chicks, ducklings, bunnies and a lamb. Come to the library beginning two weeks before the event for free tickets for a 15 minute visit; time slots begin at 10 a.m. and end at 12 noon. Pick up tickets at the children's desk beginning May 31 for your immediate family only. 

   

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!  
Thursday, June 7 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, June 9 and 23, 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 .