All posts by Marty Mason

New Story Walk is here!

We have a new Story Walk installed at Sunny Meadow Farm! It is the Ezra Jack Keats classic, The Snowy Day.

At the Story Walk, you can walk alongside Peter as he makes discoveries and finds new ways to play in the snow.

So pull on your hood & mittens, and head over to check it out! Be sure to tell us about your experience in the guest book at the end :).


Service Club: Card Making!

Hey Teens!

Are you looking for a community service opportunity to start the new year? Well, look no further than the Chelmsford Public Library! On Tuesday, January 15th at 4:00 pm, we will be gathering in the McCarthy Meeting Room to make cards. These cards will be delivered to a local nursing home to bring some cheer to the residents.

So whether you need an hour of community service for school, are feeling crafty, or just want to join your peers in doing something to brighten someone’s day, please stop by and join us!

No registration is required, and details are here.

New Program for Grades 3-4!

Hello and Happy New Year!

We have an exciting new program to offer our 3rd and 4th graders! Beginning Wednesday, January 16th at 4:15, the Chelmsford Public Library will be offering Make-It Junior, a monthly opportunity to make and take home an awesome DIY Project. This month, kids will get to make some ooey-gooey slime! 🙂

Registration is open so feel free to stop by, give us a call, or head over here to sign up!

Reminder: Storytime Winter Break

Hey folks!

During this hectic time of year, it is easy to lose track of schedule changes, so this is just a small reminder that the Chelmsford Public Library will be taking a brief break from our regular storytime schedule from December 26th through January 13th.

We do hope you’ll still stop by though! We love seeing you, and we are always here to help you find books and media, make recommendations, and provide fun activities to keep you occupied this winter.

And we do hope you’ll stop in for some of our special Vacation Week Programming! Check out our newsletter for more information and details!

We’ll be back in full swing with our regular storytimes on Monday January 14th!

Join us for Service Club!

Attention middle- and high schoolers! Join us Thursday, December 20th at 4:00 pm for our very first Service Club! We will be making No-Sew Fleece blankets to benefit Project Linus.

Teens can earn one hour of community service, and know that this winter you helped to

“provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” (Project Linus: About)

So come on by the Library from 4:00-5:00, ready to craft with friends and provide some comfort where it’s needed :).

Scholarship Season is coming…

Hey there teens!

A little bird told me that the CHSAA Scholarship Deadline is fast approaching, and that got me to thinking – there are some amazing resources available in the library that can come in handy for test prep, finding and applying for scholarships, and college searches.

So, without further ado, I am proud to present…

  • Our “EDU” section – you may have stumbled across it while searching the Y Series. There are some amazing College guides, Test Prep guides, guides to paying for school… definitely worth a browse.
  • QuizHub is great if you love online quizzes, but want to test your knowledge on something a little more substantial than which house you would be in at Hogwarts (not that I don’t love Pottermore)
  • For free & fast flashcards for pretty much any subject imaginable, check out StudyStack – they even have flashcards available for Standardized Tests like the SAT and ACT.
  • If you want to do some advanced learning for fun or just want to get a flavor for college coursework, try out an online course through EdX or MIT Open Courseware
  • And don’t forget, there are some pretty awesome librarians here who are always happy to help you out

And finally, when your brain needs a break, hop on over to hoopla TV and binge-watch something good. You deserve it 🙂

YA Diary Novels

Our upcoming Make-It Club (Make a Journal!) has me thinking about some of my favorite YA Diary Novels. I love this storytelling format, and wanted to share a few of my favorites:

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The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

This series is so cute,  funny & feel-good. I love Mia and her quirks, crushes, and lack of royal refinement. Maybe you’ve seen the movies, but trust me – the books are so.much.better!

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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

If you like historical fiction, you will love this one. Joan, at fourteen, runs away from home to take on a position as a hired girl in a wealthy Baltimore household.

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Terrier by Tamora Pierce

I will read pretty much anything set in Tortall. Join Beka Cooper as she trains to become a member of the Guard protecting the people of the Lower City.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

While there is serious controversy surrounding this author, I still love the book. Junior’s voice and cartooning style are warm, funny, and relatable. Just don’t read it until you’re ready, as there is some rough language and adult content.

There are so many more amazing YA Diary Novels, but I just wanted to highlight a few here. Stop by the Teen Desk and let me know your favorites!



Halloween & Spooky Stories

Hello friends! We can’t believe that tomorrow is Halloween!

We at the Library want to give a great big THANK YOU to all our friends who submitted stories for our Spooky Story Contest! We know that not everyone was able to join us for the celebration this weekend, but if you entered the contest, please swing by the Children’s Desk! We have a little treat for you (no tricks, we promise!)

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And please join us tomorrow for Halloween at the Library! We hope you’ll come in costume to Yoga Storytime and Singalong – it promises to be a spooktacular day!