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Fri-Sat: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 pm

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Presidents Day
Monday, Feb 18

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!
Novel Conversations
Book Group News of the World by Paulette Jiles.
by Paulette Jiles
Evening
Book Group
Sing_ Unburied_ Sing by Jesmyn Ward.
by Jesmyn Ward
Knit Lit Book Group The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
by Erica Bauermeister
Morning Book Group Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
by Yaa Gyasi
Bibliobites Book Group
Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman
by Deb Perelman
MacKay Mystery Book Group Loren D. Estleman and Sujata Massey
History Book Group
The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb
by Neal Bascomb
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 
In addition to Clint Smith's Counting Descent, as part of our year-long REACT series, w e'll be reading  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas! There will be related programming throughout February for One Book and Black History Month and we'll have more events plus book discussions and film screenings in April!
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Saturday, February 2 at 1:30 pm
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Have you hit a brick wall in researching your family's past? Meet with the Genealogy Club to share tips and resources on how to keep moving forward! Meetings  are free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to participate no matter where you're from.

Reception, Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Judging the photo contest.
The Cultural Council will hold a reception announcing the winners and entries will be on display at the library throughout February. Light refreshments will be served and there will be live music by the Doublenecks guitar duo.

Friday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m.
A stunning crime has occurred right here at the library and only you can solve the mystery! Join with other guests to investigate by questioning witnesses and searching for clues. Enjoy a delicious selection of drinks and desserts on a fine spring evening!
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Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 pm
Let_s Talk Logo Join public policy expert and moderator Keith West to examine racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and discuss what can be done about it. Special guest, Chelmsford Police Chief James Spinney will be on hand to present his perspective and engage with the community.

REACT to the Oscars - Weeknights at 6:30/7:00!
REACT to the Oscars


Friday, February 8 at 1:00 pm
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Meghan Irons, Social Justice and Race reporter for the Boston Globe, will discuss the Spotlight Team's investigation into the realities of racism in our region.  Read more about the project and follow-up articles.

Sundays, February 10 and 24 at 2:30 pm
Join Lina Shastri of the Art of Living organization for a relaxing workshop on Mindfulness and meditation. Registration is required for each separate workshop meeting.

Thursday, February 14 at 10:00 am
This crash course in social media will introduce you to the many different options out there for interacting online.  After, if you'd like help getting set up with a particular social media platform or application, librarians will be happy to make a 1-on-1 appointment to assist.

Teen Highlights
Monday, February 11 at 4:00 p.m.
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Drop in to the service club and help organize donations for the Library's Pajama Drive!  Participants earn one hour of community service. Open to grades 5 and up or homeschool equivalent.

Edible Art Studio: Hot Chocolate Brownie Bites
Tuesday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Hot Chocolate
Join us each month to create a new piece of edible art! Do you have dietary restrictions? No problem. We are happy to make substitutions for you! Just email us with your needs.  This month, make brownie bites that look like tiny mugs of hot chocolate--and enjoy a real cup of hot chocolate!    Register now for grades 5-12!
Thursday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Perler Beads Each month we make and take home an awesome DIY project, snack, or dessert. Youth entering grades 5-8 and homeschooled teens welcome! Registration begins January 3.
Plus, Vacation Week Events!

   
Check out our online calendar for complete program details, or the overview schedule below. The return of Yoga Storytime on Wednesday mornings is made possible by a grant from the Chelmsford and Massachusetts Cultural Councils!

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

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

Make-It Club Family Make-It at MacKay  - DIY Lip Balm
Wednesday, February 6 at 4:00 p.m.  
Mini Make-It! - Slime Time (grades K-2)
Wednesday, February 6 at 4:15 p.m.
Make-It! Junior - Art Bots (grades 3-4)
Wednesday, February 13 at 4:15 p.m.
Make-It! Club - Perler Beads (grades 5-8)
Thursday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m.

Join us for quick crafts for every age level of creative kid!  Registration is required for all Make-Its, except for the Make-It at MacKay, which is drop-in for all ages, though children under 6 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m.
Take Your Child to the Library Logo Drop in anytime after 10 AM to celebrate libraries and families!  Try our bunny scavenger hunt, make a bookmark, and take home a special pin-on button.

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m., starting February 9
Kids REACT to the Oscars

Plus, Vacation Week Events!

   
   
Thursday, February 7 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! 


Message from the Trustees
 
Fundraising continues for the library's Impact Fund! We're almost a third of the way towards our goal of $75,000 to fund a mobile Pop-up Library van. Make your impact today!

CPL Pop Up Library van model 
Nominating papers must be filed with the town by Tuesday, February 12 if you want to run for a seat on the Library Board of Trustees in April town elections.