All posts by Jessica FitzHanso

Download Now: Start planning your gardens!

It is April and that means it’s time to start planning out your gardens. If you haven’t considered a garden before, why not start this year to ensure you have access to fresh fruits and veggies for your family in a time when fresh foods may not be as readily available. Gardens can also provide a peaceful, de-stressing, not to mention educational activity for families to do together at home. Here are many resources, available through the library and elsewhere, that can help to get you started, keep you going, and even help you to create and store food for consumption year ’round. We are also working on some gardening programming and you’ll know about that soon.

Title details for Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell - Available Square Foot Gardening with Kids - ebook
Good Organic Gardening - Magazine Garden Wisdom - ebook
Title details for Tomorrow's Garden by Stephen Orr - Available Building Raised Beds - ebook
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CreativebugBrowse a collection of craft and how-to videos taught by experts with your library card, including access to lessons specific to canning and preserving. New lessons are added everyday.
  Chelmsford Telemedia

CTV films many of our programs, including Bethany Bellingham’s 2019 program on Getting the Most out of Your Veggie Garden


Download Now: Meditation and Mindfulness

On Sunday, we hosted our first virtual, live mindfulness and mediation session with Lina Shastri of Art of Living via a virtual conferencing application, and it was actually really wonderful, even with the technological intermediary. If you were unable to join us for this session, we will hopefully have another coming up soon, so check our emails and our Facebook page. In the meantime, please check out some excellent mindfulness and mediation resources we have available right now through the library. Read through this list of books, audio books, music, instructional video and courses. click on the images to be taken to the item, and check out what else might appeal to you:

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Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety - ebook Peace Is Every Step - Audiobook
Title details for The Magic of Meditation by Marie Champeaux-Cunin - Available The Method: Meditation Through Movement - Video
Check out the courses available in Universal Class for free with your library card in everything from Anxiety reduction to Yoga:

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Download Now: You need something good for the weekend!

For many, today has concluded a week of pretty dramatic changes in routine, home, and work environment. If you are headed into the weekend, you’re going to want to take something good to read with you. Here is a list of some really great escapes available now in Overdrive. View a full list of available titles by clicking here:

Origin - ebook

Haven’t read it yet? Now’s your chance.

Outlander - ebook

The definition of escape novel

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - ebook           Spring cleaning everyone, plenty of time in the house – Let’s get to it!

The Night Circus - ebookA bewitching novel that won’t remind you of work.

The Identicals - ebookBeach season is just around the corner….

The Girl on the Train - ebookHow to associate with people from a distance?

The Escape Room - ebookMaybe a story about being trapped in the worst locked room will make you fell better!

A Game of Thrones 4-Book Bundle - ebookYour ultimate quarantine challenge,

Now Available for Download: Take a Spring Trip from home!

It’s almost travel season! IRL travel plans may be on hold, but you can still read a really good story that will transport you to the good parts of a trip without the long security lines and lost luggage. Or you could spend these days inside planning your next dream getaway…maybe 2021?

Take a look at this list of armchair travel histories, journey novels, or digital travel guides, available now for download from Hoopla and Overdrive. Need help getting started with either of these services? Call us at 978-256-5521, or send us an email at, and a librarian will help you out:

The Road to Little Dribbling - ebook Title details for My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem - Available
Eat, Pray, Love - Audiobook Driving While Black - ebook
Title details for Epic Hikes of the World by Lonely Planet - Available Title details for Lonely Planet USA's National Parks by Lonely Planet;Amy C Balfour;Greg Benchwick;Jennifer Rasin Denniston;Michael Grosberg;Bradley Ma... - Available
Title details for The Travelers by Chris Pavone - Available Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize) - Audiobook
The Little Paris Bookshop - ebook Title details for Hawaii by James A. Michener - Available
Available in Hoopla:
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As a Bonus: (Not sure how many actually got to these yet…) Also, Use this time to learn a new language:
Title details for Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2020 by Lonely Planet - Available Rocket Languages - Love your language-learning journeyCheck our Rocket Languages through the Chelmsford LIbrary! Interactive courses and varied learning styles make learning possible for all! There are 20 languages to choose from including American Sign Language and ESL for Spanish and Chinese. Use this time to learn a new language, get started today with you library card.


Available Now for Download: Poetry Collections

Poetry can be a panacea for those looking for wisdom and a zen moment in tense times, Often poetry can have a way of disassembling language and forging new connections that help our minds to see new options and connect with our humanity. Check out the wonderful hashtag #readasonnet or #asonnetaday on Twitter, where actors and poets  and actors take to social media to read poems for the comfort of others. Want to share your favorites or perhaps find something new? Check out these great collections available now for download in Overdrive. Need help getting started? email us at, or call 978-256-5521 between 9 and 5PM.

What Is Amazing - ebook Title details for Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker by Yusef Komunyakaa - Available
Devotions - ebook Title details for Counting Descent by Clint Smith - Available
Poems by Robert Frost - ebook Title details for The Sonnets by William Shakespeare - Available
Title details for Facing Nature by John Updike - Available Title details for Come On Everybody by Adrian Mitchell - Available
Title details for For Every One by Jason Reynolds - Available Title details for The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur - Available

Available Now for Download: Thrillers and Suspense

Some people find solace in novels that transport them to a  place of fast paced puzzles, where there is a mystery to solve or crime to stop. Here are some great books available now in Overdrive for download – click on the covers to be taken to the eBook in Overdrive. Need help getting started with Overdrive? Call us, email, or contact us via Facebook

Past Tense - ebook Two Kinds of Truth - ebook
Title details for Dark Places by Gillian Flynn - Available Skin Game - ebook
The Guilty - ebook Gray Mountain - ebook
Title details for Run You Down by Julia Dahl - Available Title details for Transcription by Kate Atkinson - Available
Title details for The Disappeared by C. J. Box - Available Title details for Twisted Prey by John Sandford - Available