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The library will be open on the day after Thanksgiving.
We will have storytimes on that day.

Thank you to all the children who submitted Spooky Stories for our contest.

These are our winners:

Kindergarten-2nd grade: Spook of the Book by Jacob Lazar
3rd and 4th grade: The Cemetery Ghost by Samuel Prince
5th - 8th grade: The Girl in the Portrait by Hannah Nettikadan

Congratulations to Jacob, Samuel and Hannah!

Visit our children's programming pages for the Main Library and the MacKay Branch.

PlaySpace is moving to a new day this year - Thursdays at 10 beginning October 8.
Children ages 2 and 3 years old are invited to listen to a classic story and then do several activities based on that story.
For more information, view the handouts from previous years.

Visit our Blog for early literacy information, storytime books, weekly tips, and more!


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Featured Resources:
  • Tumblebooks: ebooks for kids

  • Early World of Learning
Early World of Learning

  • World Book Ebooks
World Book Ebooks


Tumblebooks: Listen and read along to picture books and chapter books, and watch non-fiction videos.


Watch Stories on Chelmsford Cable TV. Staff from the public library and the school libraries read stories every evening at 7:00 pm on Comcast Channel 22 or Verizon Channel 36.


Sing great songs.

Sing children's songs or some of your own favorites. Children can hear the syllables in a word more distinctly in songs.
With a Chelmsford Library card, you have access to many nursery rhymes and songs in the Early World of Learning.  World Book Web Click on the frog to hear some rhymes and then click on the prince to return "home".

Home access with your Library card:


Learn to write the letters of the alphabet at Enchanted Learning

Imaginative play, especially outdoors, is an important step toward literacy. uses Google Earth to provide an overview of the major trails in town with estimated mileage. The BLUE trails are the primary trails.

The Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship is a group of local volunteers who take care of the public lands in Chelmsford. Visit their website for more information about the open spaces.

Have you found the bench on Chelmsford's Rail Trail? Children raised the money for this bench by reading all through the summer in 2010. (The Friends of the Library donated the money.) Hint: The bench is found on the stretch of the trail between the Center and the Byam School.

The library has installed a StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow. In the middle of Sunny Meadow is a large community garden. Boy Scouts have blazed a trail around the perimeter of the garden, and there is now a StoryWalk on the trail. A StoryWalk happens when a book is taken apart and the pages put on stakes. The stakes are arranged along the trail, so you can read as you walk. Beginning on Memorial Day in 2015 the book will be The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.

Right at the beginning of the StoryWalk there are some flowering crab apple trees. These were a gift from the Friends of the Library in honor of the children who completed a reading log in the summer of 2013.