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Main Library
Mon-Thu: 9:30 am - 9 pm
Fri-Sat: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Christmas Eve
Monday, Dec 24 
Christmas Day
Tuesday, Dec 25

New Year's Eve
1 pm, Monday, Dec 31

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 Let_s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
by Jenny Lawson
Bibliobites Book Group
Dorie_s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
by Julee Rosso
Novel Conversations
Book Group
Holiday Party!
Knit Lit Book Group A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick
by Marie Bostwick
Morning Book Group
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
by Graeme Simsion
History Book Group
History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
by Tom Standage
MacKay Mystery Book Group Martha Grimes and Chris Nickson
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Clint Smith and his poetry collection_ Counting Descent
As part of our year-long REACT series, we are offering Chelmsford not one, but two One Book titles this year! First, we're thrilled to welcome author and educator  Clint Smith.  Join us in reading his volume of poetry, Counting Descent, available for free at the library beginning  November 26 ,   then come and hear him speak on  January 28 We'll also be reading  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, with copies available following Clint Smith's talk,  and then screening the film adaptation in April !

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Our yearlong REACT project promotes civic participation and education for all ages. Join us as we explore six key issues that most impact our community and society as a whole, through engaging programming, in-depth, moderated discussions, films, readings, and quality resources. You won't want to miss what we have in store, so keep your eye on our calendar and website for more REACT programming.

Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 pm
1917 Halifax Explosion On December 6, 1917, six million pounds of munitions and aviation fuel destined for the battlefields of France exploded, destroying nearly half the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia and killing over 2000 people. Dr. Lee Poirier will share the background behind the disaster and how help rushed in from all over New England and particularly from Boston and the surrounding area.

Weekends in December

Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm
Cheese and Wine Join Beth Falk of Mill City Cheese mongers for a festive program to get you ready for holiday parties. Taste different types of cheese and enjoy a small tasting of wine along with it. This program is free. Registration is currently full!

Thursday, December 13 at 10:00 am
Tech Talk Logo We'll talk about what the internet is and the basic features of browsers, the computer programs that allow you to access the internet. We'll also discuss some specific tips for staying safer online and about how to get the most out of search engines. Presented by Reference Librarian Danny Lykansion. Registration is required.

Friday, December 14 at 1:00 pm
Friday Lectures The collective action of countries, communities and organizations over the last 30 years has literally saved millions of lives around the world. Yet terrible inequalities in health and wellbeing persist. The world now faces a mix of old and new health challenges, including the preventable deaths of mothers and children, continuing epidemics of infectious diseases, and rising rates of chronic disease.

Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 pm
Make Shift Coffee House Can Civility Save Us? What's the right response to troubling political trends? Protest? Tweet? Violence? Silence? What role should civil discourse play to bring change or make peace?  Come hear Make Shift Coffee House founder and public policy expert Craig Freshley share his views on these questions and lead a discussion.

Teen Highlights
Thursday, November 29 at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Make It Journal 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. Youth entering grades 5-8 and homeschooled teens welcome!  This month, you'll make a personalized journal from unique materials! 
Edible Art: Gingerbread Houses
Tuesday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Gingerbread House
Come to the Main Library to learn how to make a new and delicious piece of edible art every month. Open to middle and high school students and the homeschool equivalent.  This month, join us to decorate a mini gingerbread house! You'll start out with a blank slate and then embellish it with chocolate and candy.  Food allergies or dietary restrictions? No worries! Just email us, we are happy to make substitutions so that you can participate.  Register now!

Check out our online calendar for complete program details, or the overview schedule below. Fall storytimes continue through December but are not held during school vacation week when we'll have special programs at 10:30 a.m. each morning!

10:00 a.m. 
Toddler Rhyme Time (ages 1-2)

11:00 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)
10:00 a.m.
Stay and Play (ages 1+)
10:00 a.m.
Yoga Storytime (ages 3-5)

11:00 a.m.
Merrily We Sing Along (all ages)
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. Play Space (ages 2-3)

 7:00 p.m. Peace Out Pajama
Drop-in Storytime (all ages)

10:00 a.m. Drop-in Baby Storytime (infants)

10:30 a.m. Drop-in Storytime at MacKay (ages 2-6)

11:00 a.m. Toddler Rhyme Time (ages 1-2)
Featured Kids' Programs

Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Gingerbread Join us for our annual celebration with stories, songs, and crafts. Decorate a gingerbread cookie! Play pin the button on a gingerbread person! Drop in for all ages.

Sunday, December 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The Annual Holiday Prelude and Tree Lighting Ceremony includes delightful music, scrumptious treats, face painting, horse drawn hay rides, and tractor rides are all to be enjoyed while waiting for Santa to arrive! The library will be reading stories throughout in the Little Red Schoolhouse right across from the Common.

Wednesday, December 5 at 4:00 p.m.
Mason Jar Luminaries Drop in for a quick craft at the MacKay Branch Library that will be fun for the whole family! All ages welcome; children under 6 must be accompanied by a parent.  This month, we will be making luminaries (lanterns) using mason jars and tissue paper!

Thursday, December 6 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.  There's always something going on at the Library. Come learn how you can be part of it! 

Book Sale Drop-off
Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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, MA 01824. If you would like to donate a large collection of any sort, please contact the Friends directly to make special arrangements.

The CFOL can benefit when you do your holiday shopping with 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.

Message from the Trustees
This year's Make Your Impact Campaign will focus on community outreach - On the Move with CPL. With your help, we will fund a mobile Pop-up Library van that will visit schools, playgrounds, senior housing, farmer's markets and community events.

CPL Pop Up Library van model
Our Make Your Impact campaign kicks off on November 27th, 2018, as part of the nation-wide "Giving Tuesday" movement. Get the wheels rolling and make your donation now!