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New Year's Day
Tuesday, Jan 1 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, Jan 21

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!
Novel Conversations
Book Group
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
by Jojo Moyes
Evening Book Group The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Counting Descent by Clint Smith
by Clint Smith
by Angie Thomas
Knit Lit Book Group Knitting Group
2019 Selection Meeting
Morning Book Group The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Counting Descent by Clint Smith
by Clint Smith
by Angie Thomas
MacKay Mystery Book Group PD James and Tana French
1/23 at 6:45 pm
Bibliobites Book Group
My American Dream by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
History Book Group
The Curse of the Narrows by Laura MacDonald.
by Laura A. MacDonald
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Clint SmithAs 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, 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 !

Other REACT programming in January and February focuses on racial justice:

Improvements to Requesting Items Online
Magazine Holds  
Have you ever tried to reserve a magazine or TV series and been frustrated to receive the wrong volume? A new update to the library catalog helps you pick the exact item you want! No need to do anything differently, when you request the item you want you'll now be prompted to make a selection as you place your hold.

Presented by the Chelmsford Genealogy Club
Saturday, January 5 at 1:30 pm
Dueling Dragons by Marjorie Harshaw Robie. Inspired by the collection of ancestral diaries that survived intact through famine, revolution, a transoceanic voyage, and a mistaken mailing to the American Heartland, Marjorie Harshaw Robie's new book Dueling Dragons tells the story of 25 tumultuous years in the history of Ireland through the words and actions of three men who lived on the front lines of revolution. Copies of her book and its predecessor Dwelling Place of Dragons will be available for sale.

Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 pm
Make Shift Coffee House 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.

Thursday, January 10 at 10:00 am
Did you get a new device over the holidays? We can help!  This informal tech talk will assist you with connecting to Overdrive and the library's other digital collections. We can also help you to resolve simple issues with your new device, and maybe even teach you a trick or two!

Friday, January 11 at 7:00 pm
Windborne folk music Internationally acclaimed folk band Windborne joins us for a special evening of music and history. From the fights to abolish slavery and establish women's rights to union songs, environmentalism, and today's struggles, Windborne uses music to educate about movements past, and discuss how they affect us today.

Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 pm
The Bauhaus: Presentation by Mary Woodward
Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 pm
Join the Chelmsford Art Society for a holiday celebration of local work! Then come back the following Saturday with  Mary C. Woodward, Lead Guide at the Gropius House in Lincoln, MA, for a presentation on the Bauhaus art movement.

Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 pm
Mindfulness - zoltan tasi via unsplash
Join us to learn how to take a mindful approach to your New Year. Kimberlee Moore (M.Ed., M.Ac., L.Ac, Dipl.Ac.) will guide us through meditation exercises to help increase focus, memory, optimism, and relaxation while lessening anxiety and stress.

Wednesday, January 23 at 10:30 am
Chelmsford Senior Center
Tax Credit
If you meet income and home value requirements and pay more than 10% of your income in property taxes, you may be eligible to receive the state's Circuit Breaker Tax Rebate. Brian Lynch from the Department of Revenue will be on hand to answer questions. 75 Groton Rd, North Chelmsford

Teen Highlights
Tuesday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Greeting Card
Welcome to The Service Club, where you'll be able to earn drop-in volunteer hours on a project to benefit the public!  This month, we'll create hand-made greeting cards that will be delivered to residents at a local assisted living community! Open to grades 5 and up.
Thursday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library
Puzzle Piece Frame Each month we make and take home an awesome DIY project, snack, or dessert . Youth entering grades 5-8 and homeschooled teens welcome!  This month, stop by and join us in making a picture frame out of puzzle pieces. Registration begins January 3.
Edible Art Studio: Galaxy Cookies!
Tuesday, January 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Galaxy Cookies
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, you can learn how to decorate cookies to look like a colorful galaxy in outer space!    Register now for grades 5-12!

Check out our online calendar for complete program details, or the overview schedule below. Storytimes will return the week of January 14.  

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

Wednesday, January 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Make-It! Junior
Wednesday, January 16 at 4:15 p.m.
Slime_ Drop in for a quick craft at the MacKay Branch Library that will be fun for the whole family! All ages welcome at the Family Make-It!; children under 6 must be accompanied by a parent. Make-It! Junior is for grades three and four and requires registration Test our recipe for slime and customize it with colors and other add-ins!

Tuesday, January 8 at 3:00 p.m.
March On film poster.
Join us for a screening of Scholastic's  March On! Based on the book by  Christine King Farris, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s sister, the film is a definitive tribute to the man, the march, and the speech that changed a nation. 

Saturday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m.
Matt Heaton. Join us for a rollicking musical concert featuring Matt Heaton's unique mix of rockabilly, surf, and American roots music that's sure to please children and the grownups who love them.  Drop in for families with children ages 2 and up.

Film Screening: Small Foot
Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Small Foot movie poster.
An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn't exist-a human.  This film is rated PG and is 96 minutes.

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 (Except January!) 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
As the end of the year approaches, don't forget that your donation to the library's Impact Fund is tax deductible! We've just crossed the $20,000 mark as we head towards a goal of $75,000 to 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
Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
In consultation with the Trustees, library staff will be reviewing our long-term mission and goals. As part of our state certification, the library updates the strategic plan every three to five years and is looking for input from 15-20 members of the community. Please register at the link above if you're interested in taking part.