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Library Hours

Main Library
Mon-Thu: 9:30 am - 9 pm
Fri-Sat: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun: 1 pm-5 pm*
*starting 10/15

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!
Evening Book Group
  
Novel Conversation Book Group
   
Morning Book Group
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  
Moveable Feast Book Group
Initial planning meeting
10/21 at 2:00 pm
at The Java Room
  
MacKay Mystery Book Group
Robin Blake and 
Steven Havill
 
History Book Group
by Bee Wilson
Bibliobites Book Group
by Molly Gilbert 

  Ebooks, magazines, movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks are available anytime on your computer or mobile device!    
Join us after-hours in the library for three events!
 
Friday, October 13 at 7 pm
Our first after-hours event is a free concert by 1960s-style, folks music duo Hungrytown.  They hail from Vermont and have performed on The Daily Show and Portlandia. Registration is recommended, but not required. 
Friday, October 20 at 6:30 pm
Do you have what it takes? Gather your crew and join us for Trivia Night at the Library! Register your team of up to six people. Drinks and snacks will be available.
Friday, October 27 at 7 pm
We'll be playing a live-acti on game inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft and the board game Arkham Horror. This is a co-operative game in which participants will play a character in the game, working together to try to win. Costumes appropriate to th e early 20th century are encouraged (but not required). This program is for ages 15 an d older and space is limited, so register today!

Saturday, October 14 at 1 pm
The Nashua Artists Breakfast Club invites you to attend a reception for their display of small works. Light refreshments will be served.    

Sunday Hours Begin! 
Sunday, October 15 at 1 pm
Starting on October 15th, the Main Library will be open on Sundays from 1-5 pm.  Sunday hours run through May 20th, 2018, the weekend before Memorial Day.  

Thursday, October 19 at 7 pm
Come learn about the history and health benefits of tea and dark chocolate (cacao), with insights from a commercial chocolatier's background. Includes samplings of tea, tea-infused food, various chocolates, and more.

New Book Group!
Saturday, October 21 at 2 PM @ The Java Room   
Always wanted to join a group but couldn't make time during the week? Join us for our new Saturday book group! The first meeting will be held at The Java Room ( 14 Littleton Rd in Chelmsford). We'll discuss a plan for the group, as well as possible titles to read.  

Sunday, October 22 at 2 pm
Kathy Downey, member of Country Lane Garden Club and a practitioner for over 50 years, will go through many of the methods of food preservation, canning, freezing, and drying.

Sunday, October 29 at 2 pm
Experience the art of beer-making from members of the Merrimack Valley Home Brew Club. Please Register online for this program - the workshop includes free beer samples!  

Sunday, November 5 at 2 PM 
Join us for the Friends of the Library's 4th Annual Apple Pie Contest!  If you'd like to strut your baking skills, registration and details are online.  After the official judging, the public is invited to feast on apple pie, donuts, and cider!   

 
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Teen Highlights

Wednesday, October 18 at 4 pm
Join us in the McCarthy meeting room for this month's art project! Open to grades 4+.
Register online for this event.
Thursday, October 19 at 4 pm 
This program will highlight young chocolate entrepreneurs, the history of chocolate, and chocolate trivia! You will also get to make & take chocolate treats. 
Register to guarantee your spot; walk-ins welcome if space is available.
Thursday, October 26 at 4 pm
Compete individually or in teams to make the most amazing Halloween-themed cupcake creation! Cupcakes and materials provided (while supplies last). Grades 4-12 and home school teens welcome!

    
Children up to age 12 are invited to enter our annual Spooky Story Contest! Drop off stories in the Children's Room or the MacKay Branch between October 2nd and October 18th by 9 pm. Be sure to put your name, grade, and phone number on your story.  Visit our website for more information
 
Winners will be announced at the Spooky Story Celebration on Saturday, October 28 at 4pm. All entrants will receive a prize!

Storytimes  
  • 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 11 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, October 28 at 2 pm    
Join us for a Halloween-themed storytime. Wear your costume and parade around the Library afte r listening to some (slightly) spooky stories and songs! Drop-in for all ages. 
 
 
 
For more details check out our Kids Events Calendar.

After School Programs
 
Thursday, October 12 at 4:15 pm 
D esigned for children Grades 2 & 3 (ages 7-9) with no coding experience, this program teaches basic computer science skills without using computers! We'll learn some coding basics through games and play. It's computer science- unplugged!
  
Terrific Tales 
Tuesday, October 10 at 4:15 pm
Read a folktale, do an activity, and create a craft!
 
Tuesday, October 24 at 4:15 pm
Each month features a different craft for children to make and take home.  
 
Saturday Programs
The Construction Zone: Our LEGO Club is levelin g
up!  The Construction Zone offers a v ariet y  of materials, inc luding LEGO bricks, magnetic tiles, gears, and more. 10:30 am on Oct. 7.  
 
Our pop ular Dads & Donuts Storytime meets at 10:30 am on the second Saturday of the month. Join us on October 14 for stories, songs, and snacks!  All caregivers welcome. 
 

For a full calendar of Children's events, click here