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Always Available and Bonus Borrows for Adults!

So we’re ten days into April, and since we’ve been sheltering in place, there’s no doubt you’re looking for something new to read/ watch/ listen to now.  Both Hoopla and Overdrive have made your #quarantinelife easier with Bonus Borrows and Always Available Titles! Check out some of the highlights of these collections below.

Books, audio books, music, comics and TV:

Title details for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling - AvailableHarry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
The BookshopIn 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop – the only bookshop – in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.
Title details for Funny, You Don't Look Autistic by Michael McCreary - AvailableThis unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it’s like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Candid scenes from McCreary’s life are broken up with funny visuals and factual asides. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD.
Raising Good HumansAn essential, must-read for all parents-now more than ever! A kinder, more compassionate world starts with kind and compassionate kids. In Raising Good Humans, you’ll find powerful and practical strategies to break free from “reactive parenting” habits and raise kind, cooperative, and confident kids.
The ABC MurdersThere’s a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. There seems little chance of the murderer being caught — until her makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans …
The Daughter In LawNo one is good enough for her son…As a single mother, Annie has an especially close relationship with her son, Ben. They have always been together. Just the two of them. So, when Ben brings home his mysterious beautiful new wife, Daisy, immediately Annie doesn’t trust her. Who is this woman who has taken her son away from her? And what is she hiding? A gripping, psychological page-turner, perfect for fans of Sally Hepworth’s The Mother In Law, Lisa Jewell and K.L. Slater.
The Kiss Quotient Audiobook: Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases-a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn’t help that she has Asperger’s and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice-with a professional-which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. This book was featured in our ___ Friday Fiction
I Found YouIn a windswept British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left alone in a place where she knows no one and with the police telling her that her husband never existed. In this suspenseful drama, both women must sort through the secrets surrounding men neither of them knows if they can trust.
Saga Vol. 1From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (MYSTERY SOCIETY, NORTH 40), SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Angie Tribeca - Season 1Lone-wolf detective Angie Tribeca and a squad of committed LAPD detectives investigate the most serious cases. Starring Rashida Jones, written and directed by Steve Carell and Nancy Carell.

Access Now: It’s Hobby Time!

What’s keeping you sane these days? Have you been trying to distract yourself by really diving into that hobby that used to sit patiently for the one hour a week you had time? Maybe your picking up a guitar again, or fishing, or dusting off the DSLR with all the lenses you had to buy. Or maybe, as I mentioned in the last post, you’re picking up running or biking again, maybe even thinking about training for a big race. If #quarantinelife is any indication, you’re baking! Or maybe it’s a quieter hobby like knitting, or scrap-booking. Hey, if it’s reading, you know we have you covered.

Whatever your hobby is, the library has some excellent resources for you. Check out the list below, as well as a few podcast recommendations and some streaming TV shows to check out.

Overdrive, Hoopla and Safari simultaneous streaming eBooks:

Title details for Smart Photography by Next Gen Publishing Ltd - Available  Quilters Companion - Magazine  A World of Artist Journal Pages Pro Tools All-In-One For Dummies, 4th Edition   Guitar Player - Magazine Creative Writing     Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner


Creative Bug: If you’re a crafter of pretty much any persuasion, there is no better resource than Creative Bug! Find hundreds of classes, curated and taught by experts from knitting to calligraphy to pickling. The collection includes crafts specific to Teens and kids too!

Universal Class: Learn a new hobby among 500+ offerings including knitting, yoga, baking and much more.

Bingeable TV shows:

Acorn TV: Acorn TV is a streaming service available for free with your library card that provides you with access to thousands of commercial free television.

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Hulu: best makers from around the country take on a series of handmade projects they must complete in their own unique way. As the competition goes on, the challenges become increasingly difficult, and the least successful maker is eliminated each week.


Chef's Table | GQ India | GQ Binge WatchSome of the most renowned chefs in the world share their deeply personal stories, inspirations, and unique styles. Each chef’s discipline and culinary talent is explored while he or she prepares an awe-inspiring creation.

Podcasts: Exploder: Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. At the end of each episode the song is played in its entirety.

NPR's How I Built This - LinkedIn: Reid Hoffman | EVAN360How I Built This: Stories about innovators and entrepreneurs behind many influential products. Listen to stories about people who have made their hobby or side project a major career!

My Favorite Murder — Exactly Right Podcast NetworkMy Favorite Murder: Talk about needing a new hobby – and Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark do! These comedians and true crime super-fans cover some of the most notorious crimes in American history with style and much hilariousness.

Download now – Build a healthier you!

If you’re home, and you’re not feeling symptoms, why not use the time you have away from the office, after-office meetups during social distancing and #stayathome recommendations to return to some of those lapsed resolutions (sans gym of course) or just-jump start a path to a better, healthier you? (Psst: You CAN still go outside, just observe the social distancing recommendations!) There are lots of resources available through the library and elsewhere that can get you started.  Universal Class has courses in everything from Anxiety Therapy to Nutrition 101.  Libby and Hoopla have simultaneous access to popular magazines, books, and movies, which means you don’t have to wait! In the list below, I’ve also included a few apps and podcasts that I think are fun fitness companions for beginners. Here’s a quick sampling, and let us know what you are doing/ reading/ using to stay healthy:


Yoga Journal - MagazineRunner's World - Magazine

Prevention - MagazineTitle details for Clean Eating by Active Interest Media - Available

Women's Health - MagazineMen's Health - Magazine

Books and movies:

Juicing for HealthThe New Health Rules

Core Power Yoga: Calorie Blast Yogatitle


Running and Fitness apps to try:

Zombies, Run! - WikipediaZombies, Run Podcast, written by Naomi Alderman, author of The Power, leads you on a run IRL while you virtually collect supplies, save survivors and battle Zombies.

The market for Fitness Apps is huge. Check out:

Each site lists the price to expect for free and premium levels.


Life Kitted talks health podcast

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the food heaven podcastmove your dna podcast



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.
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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:

earn it Live is a Social Learning Platform for Wellness and Personal Development. Find and interact with top authors, experts, and teachers in expert-led programs covering cooking, nutrition, child care, financial wellness, fitness, yoga, mindfulness, stress reduction, and much more!


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