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Mo Willems' birthday was on February 11.
He will be our featured author at

PlaySpace on Tuesday, Feb. 24 and March 3 at 10:00 am.
Activities will begin after we read a Pigeon book or an Elephant and Piggie book.
PlaySpace is open to children ages 2 and 3 years old.

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

Visit our Blog for early literacy information.

Children Read Children Learn Grownups Learn

Featured Resources:
  • Tumblebooks: ebooks for kids

  • Early World of Learning
Early World of Learning

Storytime on Chelmsford Telemedia

Listen to a half hour of stories every evening at 7:00 pm. The stories are read by the staff of the public library and school libraries in Chelmsford.

Comcast Channel 22 or Verizon Channel 36



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. One idea: Borrow a geomate.jr from the library to try geocaching.

Tony Giannone, the geocaching steward for the Open Spaces in Chelmsford, has donated a geomate.jr to the library. This tool allows children to find geocaches by following preprogrammed instructions. Several Chelmsford geocaches are included. The geomate.jr can be checked out from the children's room at the Main Library. The loan period is one week. 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.)


We surpassed our community goal of reading for 4000 hours in 2014.

We reached 10,000 hours!

I completed the ALS ice bucket challenge recently.
I did it in memory of Gary Rosen who performed at our Teddy Bear Picnic concert many times. He died of ALS.
I took Matt Damon's challenge for inspiration, because The Friends of the Library will donate money to in celebration of the children meeting the summer reading goal.

Watch Matt Damon's video
then watch Maureen's video: