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Sunday, May 27
Monday, May 28

Main Library
Mon-Thu: 9:30 am - 9 pm
Fri-Sat: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun: 1 pm - 5 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!
My Name is Lucy Barton Novel Conversations Book Group
by Elizabeth Strout
Hillbilly Elegy Evening Book Group
by J.D. Vance
On a Farther Shore Moveable Feast Book Group
by William Souder  
Mischling by Affinity Konar Morning Book Group
by Affinity Konar
Quench by Ashley English
Bibliobites Book Group
by Ashley English
Constantine_s Sword by James Carroll
History Book Group
by James Carroll
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Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm
Gravestone Girls
The Chelmsford Genealogy Club welcomes the Gravestone Girls, who will lead a program that will get you looking at cemetery spaces as a valuable resource for learning about your family's history. You can learn to 'read' the cemetery for clues and information using both direct observation and deductive reasoning to reach new insights into the past.

Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 pm
Decoding Dyslexia
The Chelmsford Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) & Decoding Dyslexia Chelmsford are excited to bring you a talk with Nancy Duggan, M.S.C., Executive Director and Co-Founder of Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts and Member of the Advisory Group to the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction, to learn about learning to read.

Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 pm
Registration for this workshop is currently full!
Participants will work side by side with artist Rhonda M. Fazio to create their own unique piece of wearable art using natural dyes and ancient design techniques.

Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, May 21 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 Lina Shastri of the Art of Living Foundation to learn the basics of meditation and how to develop a regular practice.

Thursday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Tech Talk_ Cyber Security
Learn the essentials of safely going online while protecting yourself from identity thieves and those wanting to invade your privacy and obtain financial and other data. Understand how to best to secure your computers and home network, recognize scams, email safety, safely buying and selling online, and best practices for preventing identity theft.

Friday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Media Freedom and Democracy
Professor Jenifer Whitten-Woodring  challenges our assumptions about media freedom and identifies the conditions that must be in place if media are to perform their idealized role in society: monitoring government behavior, preventing corruption and protecting human rights.   Spreading media freedom is widely seen as a key to promoting development, democracy and human rights.

Sunday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Songbirds of the Northeast
Musician and naturalist John Root leads attendees through a presentation featuring both photographs and recordings of our region's songbirds. The role of song in these birds' lives as well as their diet, social behavior, and other adaptations for survival will be discussed. Participants also learn how to provide attractive habitat for songbirds.

Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Joanne Cullinan and her granddaughter will facilitate a discussion group on the dilemmas facing grandparents who find themselves the primary or part-time caretakers of their grandchildren. Bring questions and be ready to share your own experiences!

Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Mixed material artwork by children aged 4 to 12 highlight themes of family and growing up.  Refreshments will be served and there will be an awards ceremony.  The Chinese Family Network helps to inspire children to understand and appreciate Chinese culture, heritage, and language.

Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Preston Heller
You need to be there to believe it! E very audience member will have a unique, personal experience with the "unseen", including thought implantation or 'influence', revealing of information known only to the spectator, reading of body language and voice patterns, psychometry and much more. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring canned or dry goods for the Chelmsford Food Bank. 

Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m.
The Last Warlord
For four years Professor Brian Glyn Williams roamed the mountains of Afghanistan retracing a covert operation that saw U.S. Green Beret Special Forces unite with Mongol Uzbek horse warriors to fight the Taliban. His greatest breakthrough came when he was allowed to live with the Uzbeks' leader, General Dostum 'The Taliban Killer.' Prof. Williams will present the real story behind the events covered in his book and the recent movie 12 Strong with extraordinary photographs of the covert 2001 horseback campaign.

Teen Highlights
Stencil Skylines
Wednesday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m.
This month we will learn about positive and negative space and create mirror images of a city skyline on canvas. 
Wednesday, May 2 at 5:00 p.m. at MacKay
Thursday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Will it water marble_
Water marbling isn't just for your fingernails! Drop in to find out what else we can color with this method. Everyone will be able to make one mug to take home, and you can also bring other small items from home to see... will it water marble? Drop in while supplies last. Grades 4-8 and home school teens welcome!

Check out our online calendar for complete program details, or the overview schedule below. Spring Storytimes come to an end on Friday, May 11.

  • 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 Storytime (pre-walking babies)
  • Wednesdays at 11 am -Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
  • Thursdays at 10 am - Drop-in 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 2-6) 
Featured Kids' Program

Dads and Ducks and Donuts
The Center Village Duck Festival
Saturday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Come for storytime, then stay for even more fun! As always, Dads and Donuts is open to all caregivers. The Duck Festival will feature music, duck races, and much more. Proceeds benefit library and school programs sponsored by the Chelmsford Rotary Club.
Friday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. 
Teddy Bears Join us for our annual concert, this year at Journey Church on the Common, 9 Academy St., Chelmsford. This year Vanessa Trien of Jumping Monkeys fame will perform for us.  Bring your bear, a blanket, and a picnic lunch to take outdoors afterward, weather permitting.  All ages welcome!


Thank you to everyone who supported the Friends' April Book Sale! And a BIG thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our special Spring Sale so successful. We raised over $7,000! We also welcomed many new volunteers and made new friends!  Don't forget, if you'd like to get more involved in the Friends of the Library, please attend our next meeting (details below).

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, May 3 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.

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 
Saturday, May 19, 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 .