Past One Book Programs
One Book Chelmsford - 2012
photo by Randi Baird
The Chelmsford Public Library hosted Pulitzer
Prize-winning authors Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz at the Chelmsford
High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 11 a.m.
for a talk and book signing.
photo by Randi Baird
Horwitz is the bestselling author of Confederates
in the Attic, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes
and Baghdad without a Map. He is a prize-winning journalist
who worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker.
Geraldine Brooks is the New York Times
bestselling author of People of the Book, March (winner
of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction) and Year of Wonders
and the nonfiction works, Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign
Correspondence. Born and raised in Australia, she lives with her
husband, Tony Horwitz, on Martha’s Vineyard. They have two sons.
Horwitz and Brooks are both currently on tour for their newest books.
In Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil
War, Horwitz tells the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection
that put America on the path to the bloody Civil War. Brooks’
latest release, Caleb’s Crossing, is inspired by the
life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate
from Harvard College in 1665.
You can read
about these authors and their books at their websites:
A donation from Stop and Shop and funding from the Chelmsford Friends
of the Library made it possible for us to purchase multiple copies of
“March” and “Confederates in the Attic” for
“One Book Chelmsford”
2012 Timetable (click for details):
May 2, at 7 p.m. main library
Bernie Ready with ”Chelmsford and the Civil War” available
at library on DVD
May 8, at 7p.m. main library
“The Books of Tony Horwitz” by Michael Pierson
Book Authors Visit
Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the CHS Performing Arts Center
Meet Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz
Morning Lecture Series on Jan 13:
Dick Howe presents "Making Sense of the Civil War"-available
at library on DVD
evening, February 3, 2012
"Beat the Winter Blues-Warm up to Reading!" -the
annual Winterfest Community Social.
Feb 9, at noon main library
“Now ...It’s Your Turn” in the fireplace room
March 13, at 7 p.m. main library
“Geraldine Brooks and the Consciousness that Discovers the Story"
a lecture presented by UMass Professor Jeannie Judge
March 23, at 7 p.m. main library
Coffee House with the Amoskeag Players
April 3, at 7 p.m. main library
Civil War Genealogy with Dennis Ahearn
April 11, at 7 p.m. main library "Torn in Two: Mapping the Civil
presented by Ronald Grim, Curator of Maps, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
at the Boston Public Library
April 12, at noon-main library “Now ...It’s Your Turn”
in the fireplace room
April 20, at 7 p.m.
Coffee House with The International String Trio
One Book Chelmsford - 2011
The 2011 town-wide read for "One
Book Chelmsford" was The
Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
In a not-too-distant future, the United
States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine,
and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol
and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district
are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment,
part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised
games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced
to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required
to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected
as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to
take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the
town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread
dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have
trained for this their whole lives. Collins's characters are completely
realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in
the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing.
This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality
shows like "Survivor" and "American Gladiator."
CATCHING FIRE TRAILER
2011 One Book programs:
here to print off a copy of our brochure of programs
Night presented dystopian films
Nina Huntemann, "Video Game Violence: It’s Not What
You Think" - Thursday, April 28, 2011
Evening Book Group discussed
"The Hunger Games" - Monday, March 7,
Book Friday evening Coffee House featured"Root Cellar"
- Friday, March 11, 2011
Garden Tour of the Heritage Education Garden - Friday,
June 10, 2011
in a discussion!!
We held a marathon of book discussions of this intriguing book the week
of June 13th through the 18th.
-Monday, 6/13 (@ the high school; open to CHS students only)
-Tuesday, 6/14 at 2 p.m. at the main library
-Wednesday, 6/15 at 7 p.m. at the main library
-Thursday, 6/16 at 7:00 p.m. at the main library
-Friday, 6/17 at noon at
the MacKay Library
-Saturday, 6/18 at 11 a.m. at the main library
WinterFest Community Social took place on Friday, February 4, 2011
at the Chelmsford Library, "Let the Games Begin"
This annual WinterFest social was
also the kick-off for the One Book Chelmsford community reading campaign.
Local restaurants and bakeries provided delicious sweet and savory finger
you to all our participating restaurants and vendors! It was a wonderful
Wines & Liquors
Neighborhood Grill & Bar
Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley
Meat House, Chelmsford
Station, North Chelmsford
Grill Cafe, Chelmsford
Valley Technical High School
Stop and Shop,
Madras Grill, Chelmsford
Bella Dolce Bakery
Java Room, Chelmsford
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or suggestions for next year's event? Would you like to help? E-Mail:
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2010 ONE BOOK Events
Chelmsford's 2010 One Book author was Dennis Lehane. Although our One
Book campaign featured his novel, Shutter
Island, our programming also featured other novels by this popular
author as well as crime and mystery novels in general. After you've read
Shutter Island, check out this "Surprise
Ending Smorgasbord" book list!
June 13, 2010 at 1 p.m.
AUTHOR DENNIS LEHANE VISITED
On Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 1 p.m. Author Dennis
Lehane spoke at the Performing Arts Center at Chelmsford High School.
Dennis Lehane is the author of Chelmsford's ONE BOOK selection, Shutter
Island, as well as many other popular fiction titles. He is best
known for Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone which (like
Shutter Island) were made into films. Other Lehane titles include
The Given Day, Coronado, Prayers for Rain,
Sacred, Darkness, Take My Hand, and A Drink Before
Read more about
Dennis Lehane at his website: www.dennislehanebooks.com
Other ONE BOOK 2010 programs
5, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Social at the Chelmsford Public Library
“Sweet Suspense and Lethal
This annual WinterFest social was also the kick-off for Chelmsford’s
“One Book” community reading campaign. This year the Library
presented a Dessert Social. Local restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores
provided a variety of delicious desserts and coffees. Harrington’s
Wines & Liquors offered dessert wines for tastings. Beer and wine
were also available for purchase.
18, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
The library's film discussion group, Cinema
Night watched "Mystic River,"
the popular film based on Dennis Lehane's novel.
Thursday, March 18,
2010 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for the library's film discussion
group, Cinema Night.
We'll be watching a popular film based on a Dennis Lehane novel. (Hint:
a film about a kidnapping). Film first and then a discussion.
Thursday, March 25,
2010 at 7 p.m.
Novels -An Academic Perspective
Dr. Melissa Pennell, acting associate dean, Division of Fine Arts, Humanities
and Social Sciences, UMass Lowell, will discuss the genre of crime novels
and how they reflect social ills. She will cover the tradition of the
hard-boiled detective novel and the police procedural and how Lehane makes
use of and adds innovations to both traditions.
Wednesday, March 31,
2010 at 7 p.m.
a Killer Mystery" a writing workshop with Hallie Ephron
You know you’re reading a great mystery novel when you’re
up at three in the morning, unable to put it down. When you finally get
to sleep, the characters go romping around in your dreams. You get to
the final page and smack yourself in the head because the solution is
a complete surprise, and yet so obvious in retrospect. So how do you write
a great mystery? This workshop demystifies the art and artifice, and gets
down to the nuts and bolts of writing a killer mystery novel.
More information at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/programs/programs/hallie_ephron.html
Fridays, April 2nd
and April 16th at noon
The Novel Conversations Book Group at the
MacKay Library will discuss "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane.
Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Boston Harbor Islands,"
-a presentation by Donald Cann and John Galluzzo, authors of "Boston
Harbor (MA)." Donald Cann is a park ranger for the Boston Harbor
Islands. John Galluzzo leads public programming for Mass Audubon and has
authored 20 books on local and national history. Their book, "Boston
Harbor (MA)," covers a fascinating part of Boston, a part that is
also the setting for more than one Dennis Lehane novel. "Boston Harbor
(MA) is part of Arcadia Publishers' Postcard History Series. John and
Donald also co-authored other titles in Arcadia's "Images of America"
series on Rockland and Squantum and South Weymouth Naval Air Stations.
Tuesday, April 27,
2010 at 7 p.m.
CSI -Chelmsford, MA
Crime Scene Investigator, Erik Koester
from the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab in Danvers will deliver
the real world picture of Crime Scene Investigations. Using a power point
presentation and some hands on tools of the trade he will try to dispel
some of the myths created by popular TV shows and show us how the State
crime labs use science in solving crimes and convicting criminals.
May 22, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
Mack brings his acclaimed one-man show "Hearing Voices"
(Speaking in Tongues) to Chelmsford. For over a decade, Boston-based solo
performer Michael Mack has been preaching a kind of gospel. The good news?
His mother's recovery from schizophrenia, as told in his one-man play
Hearing Voices (Speaking in Tongues). Click here for more information:
2009 ONE BOOK Events
Chelmsford's One Book for 2009 is Three
Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The astonishing,
uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones' campaign to build schools
in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia. Inspired
by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers, the author
is building schools to provide a balanced education in an isolated and
With the help of our many friends the
library entered a "Three Cups of Tea" float in the town's
4th of July parade.
K2 and Other Adventures
with Chuck Boyd of Vertical Realms
Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Chuck Boyd, owner and operator of Vertical
Realms, LLC, will talk about his adventures climbing K2.
Take a look at the special website Chuck Boyd has created on his climb
The photographs are amazing!
Chuck has devoted most of his life to climbing and exploring the world's
highest mountains and he loves sharing this with others. He has climbed
peals throughout the world from the big walls of Yosemite and the great
mountians of PEru, pakistana nd Tibet to exotic locales like Morocco's
Todra Gorge and Thailand's dramatiuc sea cliffs. See his website for more
information and dramatic photographs of his adventures.
"The Many Facets of Islam"
Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 7 p.m.
"The Many Facets of Islam" by Subheen Razzaqui, speaker for
the Harvard Outreach Center for Middle Eastern Studies and history teacher
at Newton North High School, discusses the history and basic tenets of
Islam, and similarities and differences among Muslim groups in the U.S.
May 4 - May 30, 2009 Exhibit of
artwork inspired by Three Cups of Tea.
to Artists for works inspired by the book, "Three Cups of Tea"
Three Cups of Tea Resources:
Chelmsford Volunteer Fair
Saturday, March 21, 2009; 10 a.m. -
Come to Chelmsford's
Volunteer Fair learn about organizations
that offer you a myriad of ways to give back to your community and make
the world a better place. A rep from Barakat will be available to speak
with you about their volunteer opportunities.
on Three Cups of Tea will take
Monday, March 2nd at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, March 18th at 10 a.m., in the
Films and Discussions
The film, “Kite Runner” will
be shown on Thursday, Feb 19, at 7 p.m. Discussion to follow.
The film, "View from a Grain of Sand," will be shown on Thursday,
March 19, 2009 at 7 p.m. Discussion to follow.
Barakat Working in Central Asia
Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 7 p.m.
Damon Luloff, Executive Director of Barakat
will talk about the work his organization is doing in Central Asia.
Greg Mortenson's Visit
at the Chelmsford Performing Arts Center
Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea (Chelmsford’s
One Book), spoke at the Performing Arts Center at Chelmsford High School
on Sunday, Feb 8th. Co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and Pennies
for Peace, Greg Mortenson has established over 78 schools in rural and
often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. His two new children’s
books are: Three Cups of Tea (Puffin, chapter book) and Listen to the
Wind (Dial; picture book). Mr. Mortenson's visit was part of his book
tour for his two children's books (based on "Three Cups of Tea”)
which came out in January. This program was funded by Penguin Publishers
and the Chelmsford Friends of the Library
Chelmsford Telemedia filmed
this event live to show on Chelmsford cable TV. If you missed the amazing
talk by “Three Cups of Tea” co-author Greg Mortenson at
Chelmsford’s Performing Arts Center this past Sunday you can still
catch it. The program will also be re-broadcast on Chelmsford Cable
TV Channel 8 at the following times:
Thurs Feb 12 at 10:00 PM on channel 8
Sat Feb 14 at 10:30 AM on channel 8
Thurs Feb 19 at 10:00 PM on channel 8
Sat Feb 21 at 10:30 AM on channel 8
You could check Chelmsford Telemedia’s website to confirm http://www.chelmsfordtv.org/
Thanks to Chelmsford Telemedia, the program
will also be available on DVD at the Library. We will have several copies
so you can check one out to view at home.
Photojournalist Paula Lerner's exhibit,
Afghan Stories: Behind
the Headlines, will be at the Chelmsford Public Library through the
end of February. This exhibit is an excellent complement to our "Three
Cups of Tea" programming.
Click here to print off a brochure