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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!
A Man Called Ove book cover Novel Conversations Book Group
by Fredrik Backman
Star of the Sea book cover Evening Book Group
by Joseph O'Connor
Sally Ride book cover Moveable Feast Book Group
by Lynn Sherr  
The Singles Game book cover Morning Book Group
by Lauren Weisberger
MacKay Mystery Book Group
In the Heart of the Sea book cover
History Book Group
by Nathaniel Philbrick
A New Way to Bake book cover
Bibliobites Book Group
by the Martha Stewart Kitchens
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Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Saving Seeds with Gretel Anspach
Gretel Anspach will teach  some of the basic techniques for ensuring genetic purity in plants and discuss the easiest home garden plants from which to save seeds.

Tech Talk Series - Cat with laptop Join Reference Librarian Danny Lykansion to explore what a computer's Operating System is, including its basic features. This tech talk will primarily focus on Windows 10, and will include some beginner's tips and tricks for navigating and using Windows 10.

The world's largest database of global food culture and recipes is now available for free with your Chelmsford Library card. With thousands of international recipes and hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, AtoZ World Food brings international cuisines to you, from Albanian byrek to Zimbabwean matemba!

Thursday, March 8 at 5:00 pm
Youth Art Month
The Chelmsford Public Schools will be holding their annual art reception as works by artists grades K-12 are on display.  

Friday, March 9 at 1:00 pm 
Russian President Vladimir Putin in front of a map of Asia
Public policy expert Keith West returns to discuss Russia's foreign policy. Presented in partnership with the Learning in Retirement Association of UMASS Lowell's Great Decisions series. 

Saturday, March 10 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
2017 Volunteer Fair
Meet with representatives of over 30 local organizations who are looking for volunteers. Great for students looking for community service hours or adults who just want to lend a hand.

To be held at the Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd, North Chelmsford

Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.

PS I Miss You book cover
Our own former Teen Librarian Jen Petro-Roy will be speaking about her debut novel P.S. I Miss You. Come hear all about Jen's writing process, the inspiration behind the novel, and her path to publication. Jen will also answer your questions and sign copies of her book following the talk. Don't miss this chance to meet a local Chelmsford author! 

This event is open to children, teens, and adults. Registration is appreciated but not required (it will help us determine how many refreshments to get). Books will be available for purchase.

Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Celtic musician Jeff Snow
Jeff Snow presents an evening of Celtic music and storytelling. Growing up as the son of a drummer in a bagpipe band and in a home where older Celtic songs were the everyday sounds, Jeff developed a love for the music of Scotland, England, and Ireland.

Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Julie Stepanek with her ukuleles
Join Julie for a lesson on this fun instrument! If you do not own a ukulele, be one of the first 25 to register in order to reserve a ukulele to play during the lesson. No prior experience needed. Oriented towards adults, but all ages welcome; children need adult supervision.

Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Merganser with chicks on the Quabbin Reservoir - Peter Christoph Photography
Join an unforgettable presentation as wildlife photographer Peter Christoph shares his experiences at the beautiful and pristine Quabbin Reservoir. You'll see loons and bald eagle families and will learn about the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir and the history of the the lost towns which gave way to this unlikely wilderness area. 

Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Goffin_s Cockatoo eating a rambutan fruit _photo credit Lip Kee Yap_ Wikimedia Commons_
Join Joanna Choo, Lecturer in Biological Sciences at UMass Lowell, as she describes her voyages to the rain forests of Peru and Indonesia.  Her research investigates how fruit diversity in the tropics impacts birds and other animals in different regions of the world.

Teen Highlights

DIY Fidget Spinner
Wednesday, March 7 at 4:00 p.m. a t MacKay
Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
This month, you'll make your own fidget spinner from everyday items. 
Drop in while supplies last. Grades 4-8 and home school teens welcome!
Illuminated Initial
Wednesday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m.
This month, you will learn about the process of illumination and bookbinding and create a metallic illuminated cover for a hand-bound notebook.  

  • 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 10 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) 
Saturday, March 3 at 12:30 pm 
All the World_s a Stage Players Join the All the World's a Stage Players as they present a scene from Shakespeare's play The Tempest adapted especially for families with children! The Tempest is an exciting adventure with a shipwreck, love, magic, and even monsters! Director Molly and the Players will also lead a Q&A session where you can learn all about the making of the play and what it's like to be a student actor. 
Stuffie Sleepover - Registration required, begins 3/1 
Thursday, March 15 - Dropoff 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 - Storytime, Picnic, Pickup! 10:30 a.m.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover Bring one of your stuffed animals to the library for a sleepover party! We'll have cameras ready to capture everything the toys do when the library closes. On Saturday, we'll have a special storytime where you'll get to see the photos, then we'll have a picnic with our stuffies!

Introduction to Chess
Saturday, March 24 
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 March 10

Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 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.  Note that this is a new, earlier time as the Friends previously met at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 am 
Drop-offs for the Friends of the Library book sale take place at the Gym at the rear of the Town Offices Building.
The drop-off box in the loading area on the north side of the library is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but can only accommodate smaller donations and is not water proof. Please make arrangements with the Friends for larger donations and avoid using the box during inclement weather. 

Special Spring Book Sale
Friday, April 20, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The sale will feature Fiction, Children's Books, and Teen Books  (sorry, no non-fiction this time - see us in September for those!).  The sale will take place at the  Town offices Gym, 50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford .