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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!