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‘Tis the Season for Binging!

Would you like nothing better than to just curl up under a blanket this weekend and binge on some great movies? Check out a Binge Box and make it happen!

Binge Boxes contain six DVDs related to a single theme – 80s movies, Boston movies, chick flicks, etc. The included movies are listed on the outside of the box and in the catalog. We’ll keep adding more to the catalog as we collect more movies, but if you have suggestions for binging, please let us know. The current list of Binge Boxes is:

  • Quentin Tarantino
    Contains: Hateful Eight — Jackie Brown — Kill Bill Vol. 1 — Kill Bill Vol. 2 — Pulp Fiction — Reservoir Dogs
  • Chick Flicks
    Contains: Bridesmaids — Steel Magnolias — Sleepless in Seattle — When Harry Met Sally — My Big Fat Greek Wedding — Bridges of Madison County
  • ’80s Classics
    Contains: Breakfast Club — Caddyshack — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — Pretty in Pink — Sixteen Candles — Trading Places
  • Mass Movies
    Contains: Civil Action — Fighter — Glory — Good Will Hunting — Jaws — Mystic River
  • Merry Christmas
    Contains: Christmas Story — Scrooge (1970) — National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — Elf — The Santa Clause — White Christmas
  • Scary Funny
    Contains: American Werewolf in London — Cabin in the Woods — Gremlins — Scream — Shaun of the Dead — Zombieland
  • Inspiring Athletes
    Contains: Blind Side — Chariots of Fire — Cool Runnings — Hoosiers — Miracle — Rudy

Binge Boxes circulate for 1 week, can be requested, but cannot be renewed, and patrons are limited to one box at a time.

The Library is now open on Sundays!

opensundayssignCan’t make it to the Library during the week? No problem – we’re open 1-5pm on Sundays!

Sunday hours started the weekend after Columbus Day, and will continue until the weekend before Memorial Day. We will not be open on Sunday, December 25th, Sunday, January 1st, or Easter Sunday, March 27, 2017.

Our regular hours remain the same: Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 9:00pm, and Friday – Saturday 9:30am – 5:30pm.

And of course, our website and many online resources are always available, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Use a Library Laptop Anywhere in the Building

loanerlaptopSit anywhere in the library and use the same software and internet access that the public desktop computers provide!

They are perfect for taking an online exam in a small study room, taking into the courtyard to get phone support with one of your online accounts, or just checking your email from the comfort of a soft chair by the window. You can even print from a laptop using the library print from anywhere service.

These laptops are available for checkout at the reference desk for use within the library, and also at the MacKay Branch. A picture ID is required to checkout a laptop, and the laptops have a four hour time limit.

BookWise: Reading Advice Just For You

heartbookLooking for your next favorite book, or just need a few quick suggestions? You need BookWise!

BookWise is the library’s personalized reading suggestion service. Patrons can contact any of our BookWise staff, based on their reading interests, and we’ll create a list of books you’ll enjoy.

You can tell us as much or as little information as you like – favorite authors, favorite titles, preferred genres, interesting topics, that you like books set during the Civil War and told from a women’s perspective but don’t necessarily need to be historically-accurate and may include a little element of the supernatural (for instance) – and our staff will find similar titles for you. The more information you provide, the better, but if you’d just like a few romance books to take on your next beach vacation, that’s okay too!

When you need reading suggestions, contact BookWise!

Videophone for Patrons with a Hearing Impairment

videophoneThe Chelmsford Library is now better able to serve our patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, by offering a videophone for making phone calls using a sign language interpreter.

The device is a Microsoft Surface tablet that is powered by Purple, an assistive technology which makes the phone call via video relay service. Hearing-impaired callers will see an on-screen sign language interpreter, who translates the speech from the person at the other end of the call into sign language. A Purple account is not required in order to use the public videophone, can be used to call any phone number.

The video phone may be used free of charge, and is available by request at the reference desk on the lower level of the library. It is not necessary to have a library card to use the videophone, but staff will hold your photo ID at the desk while the device is in use.

Purple provided this device at no cost to the library, as the funding comes from a Federal Communications Commission program to aid hearing-impaired citizens.

For more information on the video phone, please contact the Reference Desk at or 978-256-5521 x211.

Chelmsford Town-Wide Cleanup Day: Sunday, April 24, 2016

EarthJoin in and help clean up our town!

The snow is melting to reveal the roadside waste that accumulated over the winter. Help to make Chelmsford a beautiful town. Please pick up trash from your street.

When: Sunday, April 24, 2016
(but if you can’t do it Sunday, do it anytime!)

Who: YOU, your family, friends, co-workers, church, school or scouting group, etc.

Where: All roads and parks, your neighborhood, schoolyard, playground, and other public spaces where there is litter

If you need them, bags & gloves are available from the recycling office at 9 Alpha Road, while supplies last – they can be picked up during regular office hours of 9am to Noon. Put yellow bags out with your trash and report large items to the DPW.

For more information, contact the Office of Recycling and Solid Waste or or 978-250-5203. You can also visit for more information on recycling in Chelmsford.

One Book Chelmsford 2016 – Keeping Chelmsford in Suspense!

onebooklogoThank you to everyone who came to the Winterfest Social at the Library, and helped us kick off this year’s One Book Chelmsford theme, “Keeping Chelmsford in Suspense!

And the suspense is over – at least, for finding out the titles of 2016’s One Books. This year, instead of just doing a single title, we’ve chosen an entire genre – suspense – and will be reading three books by three different authors. This is a good sample of the genre, and will hopefully keep you on the edge of your seat all year.

OneBook2016-columbusaffairThe Columbus affair
Steve Berry
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Tom Sagan has written hard-hitting articles from hot spots around the world. But when a controversial report from a war-torn region is exposed as a fraud, his professional reputation crashes and burns. Now he lives in virtual exile, haunted by bad decisions and the shocking truth he can never prove: that his downfall was a deliberate act of sabotage by an unknown enemy. But before Sagan can end his torment with the squeeze of a trigger, fate intervenes in the form of an enigmatic stranger with a request that cannot be ignored.

OneBook2016-otherwomanThe Other Woman
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress days before a pivotal Senate election, reporter Jane Ryland discovers links between her story and a serial killer investigation by detective Jake Brogan, with whom she partners to stop a killer in the face of dirty politics and betrayal.


OneBook2016-oldwomanThere was an Old Woman
Hallie Ephron
A novel of psychological suspense, in which a young woman returns to the quirky Bronx riverfront neighborhood where she grew up, only to find that her mother’s house has become a hoarder’s nest. As Evie digs into the events of the past few months, a bigger, more sinister story begins to unfold.


Be sure to visit to see a complete schedule of One Book events this year. There are lots of book discussions, and visits from all three authors!