All posts by Jessica FitzHanso

New Year, New Books To Share!

If your TBR list needs some new titles for 2021, we have a great list for you! Shared during our first Book Brunch book share meeting, this list is composed of titles to satisfy almost any reading taste, recommended by readers just like you. Browse the list below and click through to place holds. Need even more recommendations? Check out our most recent episode of BookMarked! taped with help from Chelmsford Telemedia. And don’t forget about our current Winter Reading Challenge – many of the books shared fit nicely into those categories too!


Read This Next… Comfort food and reading with author Ann Hood

In case you missed it, last Thursday evening bestselling author Ann Hood joined us for a conversation with our own Andrea Grant. Ms. Hood began by reading her essay “Memories of a Marsha Jordan Girl,” about the famous Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins. The essay is a part of her collection, Kitchen Yarns, our selection for One Book 2020, and was a favorite among our readers who remember the muffins vividly. The book even includes that actual recipe for the beloved baked goods!

During their conversation, Andrea and Ann discuss favorite recipes and cookbooks, in particular, her husband Michael Ruhlman’s NYT article on Indiana Fried Chicken; comfort reads by her favorite authors and more. Watch the recording of the whole conversation, and check out some of the books and authors mentioned below. Stay tuned for an announcement of our next One Book Chelmsford selection, and have a wonderful and comforting holiday season!

Cozy up to these new books!

Check out which titles we’re excited about this month! Our November new books list has something for every reader – from the first in an epic new sci-fi series (Black Sun, #1 Between Earth and Sky series) to the latest in a sweet series about a romance book club for men (Crazy Stupid Bromance)  from a moving novel about compassion over the course of one night in a hospital (One Night Two Souls Went Walking), to a powerful punch of a horror story that would appeal to fans of HBO’s Lovecraft Country (Ring Shout).

Don’t forget – curbside services are still available so go place holds in our catalog and when they come in, we’ll carry them out to you safely. Not sure about the books in this list? Fill out our online reading request form and we’ll pick out some other great recommendations for you.


Bookmarked! with Deanna and Jess

On Wednesday morning, we went over to the Chelmsford Telemedia studio to film a new episode of our reading recommendation show Bookmarked! With Halloween coming up, we decided to focus the first part of the show on classic and contemporary Gothic fiction. The second part of our show is a lightning round of six books we’re excited to read. A list of all of the books featured in the show is included below the video.


New Recommendations from Readers Like You!

Thank you to everyone that joined us Friday morning for our second Summer book share. Everyone brought along some great titles to share and you’ll see in the list below there is certainly something for everyone. And many of these titles are older than the last year, so there’s a good chance they’re available to take home this weekend!

Recommendations From Readers Like You!

If you’re looking for something new to read, check out this list of books shared during our July Virtual Friday Fiction event. Everyone in the group shared three or four they read recently, resulting in a fabulous list of new-to-you titles. Many of them are also on our shelves right now or have shorter waiting lists so there are some quality recommendations here for people sitting in long queues for current bestsellers. Take a look:

Summer Reading 2020: For Adults Too!

Our Youth Services department has put together an awesome challenge for kids and teens, but did you know Adults can get in on the virtual summer reading fun too and earn chances to win prizes like gift certificates for local restaurants and book stores? Here’s how to sign up:

  1. Start by visiting the Chelmsford Library Beanstack landing page.
    • If you have created an account for another member of your family, login and select Add a Reader from the top right to add yourself to the same account:
    • If you have not yet registered yourself,  click to register as an individual:
  2. Select 18+ in the registration form to indicate how old you are:

You will be automatically entered in the adult challenge! Now you too can spend time reading, logging your reading and earning raffle tickets for trying new genres and sharing reviews!

If you have questions about the challenge, please contact Jessica at I hope you will choose to read with us this Summer!