Library Newsletter - October 12, 2023

The Library is now open on Sundays, 1:00-5:00 pm!

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friday, October 13-Sunday, October 15

At the Town Offices Gym

We'll have plenty of fiction, children's books, biography, history, cookbooks, sciences, social sciences, and DVDs! $2 for adult books, $1 for kids books. $5 for a whole box of books on Sunday! All proceeds help support library programs and services.

Spooky Story Contest

Our annual Spooky Story Contest is back for kids in grades K-8! The deadline to submit your story is Saturday, October 14. Visit the contest page for complete information.

You can submit your story online, or you can bring a copy to the library and feed it to the Spooky Story Monster! The winning story from each age group will be read aloud at the Spooky Story Celebration on October 28.

Featured Events

Introduction to Tarot

Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm at the Library

Mini Golf at the Library

Saturday, October 21, 12:00 to 4:00 pm

Upcoming in October

Bullet Journal Workshop

Monday, October 16 at 6:30 pm at the Library

Genealogy Club: Using MyHeritage's DeepStory

Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm on Zoom

Movie Night at MacKay

Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 pm Outdoors at MacKay

Shocked: Art that Rocked Audiences from the Renaissance to Today

Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Partner Programs

Author Talk: Kat Martin - The Ghost Illusion

Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Music History: Queen

Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

The Tragic Tale of Salem's Witchcraft Hysteria

Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Author Talk: Cozy Mystery Writers Darci Hannah, Lynn Cahoon & Libby Klein

Monday, October 23 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Documentary Screening - Memories for Life

Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00 pm at the Library

First Ladies Fashion

Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Film History: King Kong at 90

Monday, October 30 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Recurring Programs

Technology Works at CPL!

The Chelmsford Public Library is committed to offering ongoing support to our community to grow in the digital realm. With support from the Public Library Association and AT&T, we present Technology Works, a series of classes for adults and teens to help you manage your connected life.

We will have courses available on the following topics: Computer Basics (Windows 10 or Mac OS 11); Email Basics; Cybersecurity Basics; Internet Basics; Video Conferencing Using a Mobile Device (Android or iOS); and Android and iPhone Basics

New Movie Matinees at 1:00 pm

What's Love Got to Do with It?

Saturday, October 14

Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania

Saturday, October 28

Board of Health: Buried in Treasures

Tuesdays at 2pm

Intermediate English Conversation Circle

Tuesdays at 1:00 pm at the Library

Virtual Knitting Circle

Last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm on Zoom

The Pop Up Library Is Out and About!

We are visiting community locations throughout Chelmsford Monday through Thursday. On Saturdays we visit the Market on the Common! We are still considering more stops for the future, please contact us if you have a suggestion!

Library Book Groups

Currently, most groups are meeting in person with a hybrid option.

Be sure to register to indicate if you're joining in person or via Zoom!

Check out the schedule and pick up a book today!

For Teens and Tweens!

NEW Homework Help

Thursdays at 4:15 pm

Tween Crafternoon: Day of the Dead Planter

Wednesday, October 25 at 4:15 pm

Teen Halloween!

Tuesday, October 31 at 6:30 pm

NEW Zoom Book Group, Grades 6-8

Thursdays at 5:15 pm

Starting October 5, we will be reading Ghost, by Jason ReynoldsEach week kids will be expected to read several chapters from a chosen book. Each book will be completed over the course of several weeks. Books are available at the Circulation Desk at the Chelmsford Public Library. Each week participants will engage in discussions, games and activities related to the book that the group is reading.  

Kids Corner!

Crafty Kids Club: Painted Tote Bags

Wednesday, October 18 at 4:15 pm

Visit and Read with Friday the Dog!

Thursday, October 19, 2:30-3:30 pm

Fall Storytimes

NEW! Sensory Storytime

Wednesdays at 10 am

Join Ms. Marty in the McCarthy Meeting Room for a Sensory Storytime, designed for neurodivergent children and caregivers. We will read, sing, and do some sensory play activities together. In order to keep the group small, registration is required.

Stories on Mondays

Toddlers at 10 am

Big Kids at 11 am

Preschool STEM

Tuesdays at 10am

PJ Storytime on Tuesdays

Now In Person at 6:30 pm!


Wednesdays at 11 am


Thursdays at 10 am (Ages 2-3)

Storytime on Fridays

For Babies at 10 am 

All-Ages at 11 am

Dads and Donuts

Saturday, October 14 at 10 am

(Slightly) Spooky Storytime

Saturday, October 28 at 10 am

Zoom Book Group, Grades 3-5

Tuesdays at 5:15 pm

In the second half of October, we will be starting The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise. Participants are encouraged to read through chapter 5 before the meeting on Tuesday, October 17.

Main Library Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: Open 1:00-5:00 pm starting Oct. 15

MacKay is open!

  • Monday, 1-5pm
  • Wednesday, 3-6pm
  • Friday, 9:30am-1:30pm

Pop-Up Library, Fall Schedule!