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CLOSED on Veterans Day Sunday,  Nov 11 AND Veterans Day Observed 
Monday, Nov 12

5 pm, Weds, Nov 21

CLOSED on Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov 22

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
Hillybilly Elegy by Jack Vance
Evening Book Group Whtie Houses by Amy Bloom
by Amy Bloom
Knit Lit Book Group The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
by Ann Hood
Morning Book Group
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
by Jessica Shattuck
MacKay Mystery Book Group Nicola Upson and Philip Kerr
History Book Group
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
by Erik Larson
Bibliobites Book Group
Dorie_s Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
by Julee Rosso
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The Chelmsford Library is embarking on a yearlong project to promote civic participation and education. 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. 
Local Author Fair
Mystery, history, nonfiction, and fantasy, meet twelve local writers and pick up some great reads for the holidays!

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Margaret Fortier_ Mass Soc of Genealogists Margaret Fortier presents a primer for starting your French-Canadian genealogy. Includes the unique F-C heritage, their distinct immigration pattern, name changes, (first, last, and "dit" names), and where to look in the US and Quebec with step by step examples. Ms. Fortier is a certified genealogy researcher and serves on the board of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. Join the Genealogy Club to find out how to get started with your own research and learn about their breakout groups that address questions of English, Irish, and Maritime history and examine DNA analysis.

Thursday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m.
This tech talk will focus on the basics of how a home network works, including Wi-Fi. Then we'll dive into a hands on group project: we're going to build a local area network right here in the library.

Presented by Chelmsford Library's Head of Reference, Danny Lykansion. 

Friday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m.
South African Flag with cracks The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. But the party today suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation. Given America's history of opportunistic engagement with Africa, there are few prospects for a closer relationship between the two countries. Meanwhile, a weaker ANC could lead to political fragmentation in this relatively new democracy.

Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Portugal 41 - Art Reception with Liz Cardosa For years, Lowell-based photographer Liz Cardosa has journeyed around the world, capturing life in motion in different countries to create the kind of images that convey a story. In 2017, at the age of 41 she traveled to country #41 on her list...the mainland of Portugal. Being of Portuguese descent and feeling a special connection to the country and culture, she decided to document this wonderful milestone by capturing "41" images of life in this European gem.

Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.
REACT_ Let_s Talk Civility Read, Engage, And Come Together! 
Join Keith West and hone your civility skills in the days leading up to Thanksgiving with a moderated discussion on Hunger in America, an issue that can make us all more thankful this year. Bring canned goods to donate to our local food bank! Advance registration is requested but not required. 

East Side of Addiction - REACT Author Event
Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.
East Side of Addiction by Jack Maroney_ Henry Grosse_ and James Direda
The East Side of Addiction tells the story of how drug addiction ravaged a working class immigrant enclave in Worcester, Massachusetts and the close-knit group of young friends who lived there-and how several of the lucky ones managed to survive. It is the story of recovery and overcoming addiction. The authors will lead a discussion that focuses on risk factors for developing the disease of addiction, the feelings from which alcohol/drugs provide relief, and the various forms denial takes in keeping a person addicted.   Copies of the book will be on sale at the event or reserve a copy ahead of time through our  catalog.

Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 pm
A Place at the Table A Place at the Table  shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides - as they have in the past - that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Teen Highlights
Teens REACT: TED Talks
Thursday, November 15 at 4:00 p.m.
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Join us at the Library for our Teens REACT TED Talk afternoon. We will gather around the screen with some popcorn to watch and discuss TED talks around this month's Civic Engagement theme of Poverty and Food Insecurity.

Edible Art: Apple Rose Tarts
Tuesday, November 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Rose Apple Tarts
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 learn how to make a no-bake tart topped with an apple rose!  Register now!
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! Registration begins November 8.

Check out our online calendar for complete program details, or the overview schedule below. Fall storytimes continue through December!

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)

Special Saturday morning fun! 
Nov. 3, 10:30 
The Construction Zone (Drop in play for ages 3+)
Nov. 10, 10:30
Dads & Donuts (Storytime for ages 2+)
Nov. 17
Intro to Chess
Beginners, 9:30
Advanced, 11:15

Featured Kids' Programs

Tales with Tails!
Tuesday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m.
Practice your reading with Friday the Labrador retriever! Four lucky winners of the raffle from 10/1 - 10/15 will be able to read to Friday the Therapy Dog. Fifteen minute timeslots will be awarded to winners on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Morse Code bracelets 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, make a bracelet with a secret message in Morse code. Alphabet beads will also be provided!

Wednesday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m.
Join us for REACT Storytime where we will read stories, have a discussion, and do a fun collaborative activity surrounding a different theme each session! Recommended for ages 5-10.  This month, we will be discussing poverty and food insecurity.

There's always a fun project going on - join us!
Thursday, November 1 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. At the annual meeting, get to know  some of the people behind our successful Book Sales and learn about plans for the 2019 One Book kick -o ff, a spring 2019 Book Sale and a  Spring Social at the Library.  We want to hear your ideas! There's always something going on at the Library. Come learn how you can be part of it! 

The CFOL can benefit when you shop at 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!