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Main Library
Mon-Thu: 9:30am - 9pm
Fri-Sat: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. beginning the Sunday after Columbus Day and ending prior to Memorial Day.

MacKay Branch
Mon: 1pm - 5pm
Wed: 1pm - 8pm
Fri: 10am - 5pm
Closed Sun, Tue, Thu, & Sat 

All of our book groups are free and open to all!

Links below will only work until 5/15, when we switch over systems. 

 Station Eleven  by Emily St.John Mandel on  5/1 at 7pm. 

In June, they will read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, 

 The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown on  5/5 at 12:30pm. 

In June, they will read Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo. 
 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins on 5/17 at 10am. 

In June, they will read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. 

  Ebooks, magazines, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks are available anytime on your computer or mobile device!    
We're Getting a New Catalog! 
Welcome Symphony!
The Library is getting a new catalog!  On May 18th, library patrons will see a new look to our online catalog, as well as some great new features.  During that week access to the online catalog will be limited, click here for more information!

May Hours

-The Library will open at 1pm on Monday, 5/15 and Tuesday, 5/16 in preparation for our new catalog. 

-Our last Sunday open until the fall will be May 21st. 

-We will be closed on Monday, 5/29 for Memorial Day. 

Tuesday, 5/2 at 7pm
genealogy club logo The Chelmsford Genealogy Group is an informal genealogy group for sharing of information and ideas. This meeting is part 2 of DNA and Genealogy by Dr. Sandra Murray.  This Genealogy group is open to all and meets the first Tuesday  of every month. 

Thursday, 5/11 at 7pm
Glenn Davison of KitingUSA will give a talk called, "Kite Festivals Around the World." This will include examples of giant kites, unusual kites, and discussion about the kites in the May art exhibit. There will be amazing hand-made examples and a question/answer session with Glenn. If you like kites, don't miss it!

Glenn has been a featured flyer at the Antigua Kite Festival, Bogota Colombia Festival de Verano, Dieppe International Kite Festival, Verdun International Kite Festival, among many others. He has been featured on HGTV, the Boston Globe, Kiting Magazine and many other publications. 

Friday, 5/12 at 10am
Expert Keith West returns for the Marjorie Scoboria Friday Morning Lecture Series to discuss issues pertaining to the South China Sea segment of the Foreign Policy Associations' Great Decisions series. This series is currently being studied by the Learning in Retirement Association at UMass Lowell. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Friday, 5/19 at 10:30am
Join us to hear about some of the best books for summer!  Friday Fiction is more of a book share than a book group. Every other month, 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, 5/20 from 9am-noon
Stack of books 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. Drop-offs for the Friends of the Library book sale take place at the Gym at the rear of the Town Offices Building,  50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford.  

Monday, 5/22 at 7pm
Speaker Adam Weston MD, Infectious Disease Specialist from Lowell General Hospital will present a public information session on Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses including information on prevention, symptoms, and treatment options.  Stop by the Reference Desk any time for tips on tick safety and tick-borne disease information!  Sponsored by Lowell General Hospital, Chelmsford  Public Library & Chelmsford Board of Health

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're making s'mores parfaits with graham crackers, chocolate pudding, marshmallow cream, and marshmallows! Gluten free & gelatin free options will be provided. Drop in while supplies last. Grades 4-8 and home school teens welcome!  

Thursday, 5/11 at 4pm
Kites are a sign of spring! Most people find it surprising that tiny kites can fly at walking speed. Join us to build a tiny kite with kite workshop leader Glenn Davison of KitingUSA. Building a tiny kite is free. For middle, high school, and home school teens. Registration required.


Spring Programming
Friday, May 12th is the last day of our Spring Storytime session. The Summer Storytime session runs from Monday, July 3rd through Friday, August 18th. What's happening in between sessions? Check out these special programs:
Saturday, 5/13 at 10:30am 
This special Dads and Donuts Storytime will feature books about ducks, a simple duck craft, and then we'll walk over to the Rotary Club's Annual Center Village Duck Festival.

Friday, 5/19 at 10:30am
This special program is held at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, located at 1A North Road, Chelmsford, and requires a ticket for admission. Tickets are FREE and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Friday, May 5th at the Children's Desk. You may only pick up tickets for your immediate family. If you'd like, bring along your favorite teddy, a blanket, and a picnic lunch to enjoy outside after the concert!

Thursday, 6/8 at 10am
Come see baby goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and sheep! This special program requires a ticket for admission for a 15-minute time visit. Time slots begin at 10am and end at 12pm. Tickets are FREE and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, May 25th at the Children's Desk. You may only pick up tickets for your immediate family.
The Reading Without Walls Challenge  runs through the end of May - it's not too late to begin reading without walls! Get your reading muscles ready for Summer Reading with this fun spring challenge.
Summer Reading 2017: Build a Better World
The children's Summer Reading Program officially begins on Saturday, July 1st - join us for LEGO & Duplo Club at 10:30am as we kick off this summer's theme of "Build a Better World!" Reading logs will be available beginning Saturday, June 3rd - come pick up your reading log and a themed bookmark to start keeping track of the time you spend reading this summer. The more you read, the more chances you have to win one of our raffle prize jars! Bedtime Math logs will also be available as part of our summer program.
Every child who turns in at least one completed reading log will earn a discounted pass to Davis Farmland in Sterling, MA. If we reach our community reading goal, the Friends of the Library will donate to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell - an organization with a long history of literally building a better world!
Summer programming begins Saturday, July 1st. Programs include weekly storytimes & crafts; performances by children's entertainers; art programs; a live reptile show; parties; and more! Check out our event calendar for more details as we head into summer.
For a full calendar of Children's events, click here