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Learn a new hobby with Creativebug!

Check out Creativebug to learn a new skill or hobby with 1,000+ award-winning art & craft video classes, taught by recognized design experts and artists. You can also see a list of project videos before logging in with your library card.

Each project is a video-based tutorial, led by an expert, providing step-by-step instructions. Each lesson also provides a complete materials list and list of necessary tools. Videos can be watched and rewatched as many time as you like.

Some of the included topics are Art & Design, Sewing, Quilting, Paper, Knitting, Crochet, Food & Home, Jewelry, Holiday & Party, and projects for Kids. Each of these areas are further broken down by category, or you can search by keyword. Besides the classes, Creativebug also offers a pattern library, with free downloads of knitting and crocheting patterns.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw, work with leather, make a dreamcatcher, sew a kid’s apron – or hundreds of other skills – check out Creativebug!

The Human Library: Check out some unique stories!

On Saturday June 8th, beginning at 10 am, the Chelmsford Library is hosting a Human Library event. Human libraries promote tolerance and understanding, are a celebration of diversity, and challenge stereotypes and assumptions. A Human Library encourages people from different backgrounds and experiences to learn about and from one another. Come have a conversation with our Human Books, volunteers from our community and beyond, who will be available to share stories about their life experiences.

Register to have a chance to ask questions of, and have a conversation with:
  • A Veteran with PTSD: Mass Casualties/ Civilianized: They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakeable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty.
    After twelve months of military service in Iraq, he stepped off a plane, seemingly happy to be home—or at least back on U.S. soil. He was twenty-one years old, a bit of a nerd, and carrying a pack of cigarettes that he thought would be his last. Two weeks later, Michael was high on Vicodin, drunk and drinking more, and picking a fight with a very large Hell’s Angel. At his wit’s end, he came to an agreement with himself: If things didn’t improve in three months, he was going to kill himself. (But in the meantime, he had some dating classes to attend.)
  • A Woman with Bipolar Disorder: Silently Surfing the Waves of Bipolar Disorder: “I’ve struggled with mental illness for most of my life but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder last year that I really began to understand the severity of my illness. In hindsight, I can see symptoms of anxiety in many of my earliest memories and depression throughout my teen years. Yet, I mostly kept my struggles to myself. At first, I simply didn’t realize that others didn’t deal with these same issues, that it wasn’t normal to be so nervous and sad all of the time. When I began to realize I was depressed during my undergrad years, I sought help through therapy and medication. There was always this hope that things would get better–that I would get better. And I would, for a time. Things would be great! And then the tides would turn and I would come crashing back against the shore, soaking wet and having to start all over. How does one accept that, in some respects, there is no getting better? Or, if there is a “better,” there is also always a “worse” waiting for you?”
  • A man who was wrongly convicted: The Truth Has Set Him Free: Imagine being convicted of a crime you didn’t do, only to be fully exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 19 years in prison? How do you make it through? What happens to your family and friends on the outside? Who continues to fight for you? Dennis was exonerated by DNA testing in 2003, after he was convicted of sexual assault and spent 19 years in prison. In 1983, Dennis was an Army sergeant assigned to and was arrested because he was wearing a red hoodie similar to the one worn by the actual perpetrator. His conviction was based on severely flawed eyewitness identification protocols. Once when asked how he saw his future, Dennis said that he would ultimately be exonerated by DNA evidence, start work two months after his release, get married and have children.  Two months after his release Dennis was hired as a diesel mechanic for a local company, fell in love with and married Melissa and lives with her and their two children, Josh and Aliza. He serves on the Board of Trustees of The New England Innocence Project.
  • A Drag Queen: Hostess with the Mostess/ We are the Champions: “I’m 37 years old and have been a drag queen for 20 years. In 2018, I was voted Entertainer of the Year by the Nashua Telegraph and in 2019, that name became even bigger when I was asked to host “Drag Queen Teen Time” at the Nashua Public Library. I expected this opportunity would be a platform for me to be a positive role model to teens, but about a week prior to the event, I became the center of intense controversy, attracting a great deal of media attention. I had to speak to two radio shows, TV News stations and 5 newspapers in matter of 5 days, in order to deflect false claims. But guess what? The library event went off without a hitch and I spent a half hour taking photos with everyone after. Because of this event and the positive awareness it sparked, I now HOST A RADIO SHOW!!!!! My show is called “Life’s A Drag” and it’s every Friday 8-9pm on WSMN 1590 and it can be caught live on Facebook or downloaded from
    “Outside of my life as Monique, I’m married to a wonderful man, and this year we adopted our first child. After being disappointed by one mom we received a phone call from the adoption agent to say she had a 3 year old boy for us to meet. We met him and his Grandma the same week and the rest is history. 11 months later on April Fools Day, we adopted him. Being a dad has been the craziest journey I have ever had. I’m also a salon owner and have owned my business for 8 years. I’m a nerd, gamer, horror fanatic and pug lover!”
  • A Transgender Man: A Truth Enslaved No More: “I knew from the time I could form words that I was a boy. What I have come to realize in my own spiritual awakening is that I possess strong polarities of both the masculine and feminine. I am most comfortable presenting myself as male to the world. My life has been a metamorphosis from feeling like I don’t belong on this earth as a child and enduring a lonely and painful childhood and adolescence to becoming a stronger adult in the face of being ostracized, and leading a near solitary life after a string of rejection and heartbreak. The biggest obstacle for me as an emotionally profound person is overcoming a fear of investing emotionally in relationships and just taking a leap of faith. I have such gratitude to the Universe for what I am being shown, how I am being guided, and for the opportunities to imprint a part of my Being on the lives of those who seek to know me. I would like to share with people my story of awakening in hopes that it will inspire a belief that you are who you are, that no one and nothing can define you, and that the basis of life is freedom and the purpose of life is joy.”
  • An Entrepreneur and Craft Brewer: Getting craft-y in NoCho: I first fell in love with craft beer when I lived in Tampa, FL. After long nights working in hospitality we couldn’t go to a bar because everything was closed by then. So a good friend and I would collect really good beer and share them as well as the trials and tribulations of the day. It felt great to have a drink and get lost in great conversation. It also helped that we lived in Tampa, FL that had an explosion of excellent beer. After moving with my wife to Chelmsford, and gaining expertise working in popular area restaurants, I felt a desire to focus solely on helping people enjoy the experience of being at the bar. When I was approached to begin a local craft beer and liquor store in Vinal Square I I wasn’t about to refuse. Liquor, beer, and wine can be very simple, very artistic, or anywhere in between. There is an abundance to explore and it’s only getting better. This is the journey I want to take the willing on. Cocktails can make conversation much easier and more fruitful. We all know it can make parties and entertaining more exciting. I would be a fool to turn a blind eye to the negative sides. But I strongly believe that through education it becomes less about becoming intoxicated and more about appreciating what someone has created and is proud of. 
  • A Gun Owner
  • A Muslim person:

    Sumaira Afzal is currently servingu as a member of Board of Directors in an Islamic relief organization, and National Coordinator of  personal growth and development Dept. at a non profit Islamic organization. In the past she has served in HHRD board of directors, Outreach dept., Online Institute,national coordinator of children’s organization. She is actively conducting local and online Quran classes for Sisters and Youth, interfaith programs at libraries and churches, and premarital counseling for young couples. She is Sunday school program coordinator and head teacher. She holds Bachelors degree from Pakistan in Biology and Diploma in computer science.  She has completed 10 Years of advanced Islamic studies from online Islamic institute of women based in Houston. Currently she is enrolled in Masters  program  in Islamic studies at IOU.  She loves teaching ,reading and gardening.

Visit the Human Library Organization’s website to learn more about the project.

The goal of the Human Library is to challenge discrimination and prejudice by allowing our community to learn about the life experiences of those around them, encouraging a culture of diversity.

If you’d like to be a Book, sign up to share your story!

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.