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Coffee at the Library!

Need a pick me up on a Monday? The library now has a Zippy’s coffee kiosk in the lobby!

Choose between different flavors of coffee, espresso, or hot chocolate and then customize your drink with tasty syrups, flavors, sugar, and cream! Zippy’s uses French Roast beans that are ground fresh for every cup.

Drinks are $1.50 a cup, and a portion of all proceeds benefits the library. The machine accepts cash, cards, and Apple Pay.

Annual Book Sale 2018: Sept. 21-23!

The Friends’ Annual Book Sale is coming – please support the Library by shopping and helping run the sale!

2018 Book Sale Times
Fri, Sept 21: 9am – 9pm
Sat, Sept 22: 9am – 6pm
Sun, Sept 23: 9am – 1pm

Signup to Help with the Sale

We’re using a Doodle Poll for a Book Sale Signup Sheet this year. Please fill in your name and check off the times you’re available to help. You can also enter a comment at the bottom to send the organizers a message. And THANK YOU for helping make the sale such a success!

Donate to the Sale!

Want to donate to the sale? Check out the donate guidelines and drop-off times.

Download Magazines with Overdrive

A new collection of popular magazines is available in the shared OverDrive collection. As a simultaneous use collection, these magazines have no wait lists or holds and do not count towards checkout limits.

Magazines are searchable by title and other keywords in the shared collection of the MVLC Overdrive catalog and through the Libby or OverDrive apps. They also appear as a separate collection category under the Collections dropdown menu. Issues will include July 2018 onward, for instance, in November 2018, you will still be able to check out July’s issue, etc.

Magazines will follow the same 7/14/21-day lending periods as books, and they can be returned early or just expire at the end of the selected lending period. Magazine checkouts do not count towards checkout limits, and readers have the option to renew their selections. Titles are accessed and read through the OverDrive app, in a web browser (via OverDrive Read), or in the Libby app. Readers can also download magazines on Libby for offline use.

The full list of available issues are in the Overdrive catalog, and include:

  • 4-Wheel & Off-Road
  • Amazing Wellness
  • American Girl Magazine
  • Arts and Crafts Homes
  • The Atlantic
  • Backpacker
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Car and Driver
  • Clean Eating
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Country Living
  • ELLE
  • Entrepreneur
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • Esquire
  • Fast Company
  • Field & Stream
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Harper’s BAZAAR
  • HGTV Magazine
  • House Beautiful
  • Inc.
  • Lonely Planet
  • Traveller
  • Macworld
  • Marie Claire
  • Motor Trend
  • Muscle & Fitness
  • New York Magazine
  • Newsweek
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • OK!
  • Outside Magazine
  • Oxygen
  • PC Magazine
  • PCWorld
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Science
  • Quilters Companion
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Saveur
  • Seventeen
  • Simple & Delicious
  • Simply Knitting
  • Soap Opera Digest
  • Taste of Home
  • Town & Country
  • TV Guide Magazine
  • Woman’s Day
  • Yoga Journal

Library’s Phone System Update

This month the library updated its phone system – and the transition went fairly smoothly. The previous system was over 10 years old and out of warranty.

With a new system comes some changes though. For one thing, all library extensions are four-digits now – the same three digit extensions as before but with a 1 in front of them. For instance, Director Becky Herrmann can be reached at x1101 now, instead of x101.

A few of the menu options on the main greeting have changed too, to hopefully make it easier to get you to the right department quickly. The full text of the new greeting is:

Thank you for calling the Chelmsford Library. Please listen carefully, as our menu options and extensions have changed.

For a staff directory, press 2.

To request a book, room reservation, museum pass, or for general questions, press 3.

For the children’s room, press 4.

For the front desk, press 5.

For the MacKay Branch, press 6.

For the director’s office, press 7.

For library hours, press 8.

For all other questions, press 0, or remain on the library and your call will be transferred to the Reference Desk.

Thank you for calling the Library.

We’ve also updated the website’s Contact Us page with the new extensions. We can still be reached by email at and of course by visiting the library in person. Please let us know if you have any questions or notice anything we missed!

Annual Poetry Slam 2018!

Join us for an evening of original poetry by all ages. We ask our poets to register in advance. If you wish to just come to listen and enjoy, you do not have to sign up in advance. This program is free and open to the public.

A Word on our (gentle) Poetry Slams…

Chelmsford’s Slam is a gentle Slam. At some Poetry Slams in city bars and on college campuses judges signal their votes “Olympic style” after each reading. Our Slams are less intimidating; voting takes place quietly via a ballot box. Think of it as a Slam customized for the suburbs.

Our poets are of all ages: Our youngest poet was about 5; our oldest poet spent the evening of her 90th birthday at one of our Slams! The rest fall in between giving us a rich variety of perspectives of the human condition.

Audience members vote by filling out ballots with the names of their three most favorite poems or poets (we print up programs listing our poets so you can keep track of who’s who). The ballots are dropped into a ballot box at the end of the evening; the votes are tallied up usually by the following day.

Special Spring Book Sale, Apr 20-21

We’ve gotten so many book donations lately that the Friends are holding a Special Spring Book Sale, April 20-21!

The sale will feature Fiction, Children’s Books, and Teen Books (sorry, no non-fiction, movies, or music this time – see us in September for those!). The sale will take place at the Town offices Gym, 50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford.


Sale Dates and Times
Friday, April 20: 9am-7pm
Saturday, April 21: 9am-5pm


We Need Volunteers – Click Here To Sign Up!
If you’re willing to help out with a shift at the sale, please sign up to help! This will mainly be restocking books onto tables during the sale, but the very first shift and last shift will also help with setup and cleaning up. For more information, please contact Kathy Cryan-Hicks at – and thank you!