All posts by Marty Mason


Teen Book Bundles

Hey Teens!

If you’re looking for new books (and hoping to hatch as many dragon eggs as possible in our Summer Reading Program), you may want to try one of our book bundles! Each bundle contains 3-5 books selected by Youth Services Librarians that fall into a theme or category. Check out the options below:


Call and pick up at curbside today!

Book Bundles!

We are so excited to have curbside pickup up and running again, and have a new service available for families – book bundles!

If you know your family needs new books, but aren’t quite sure what to ask for, you can choose daily from our “menu” of book bundles available at curbside pickup. Youth Services librarians have chosen a wide variety of titles from our collection for all age ranges, from babies to teens! You can come to the library and pick up a “grab bag,” or you can choose from a variety of themes or concepts. Each bundle contains 3-5 books, and you can check out more than one bundle at a time.

Keep an eye out for our “menu” of bundles available

Stop by or give us a call to ask about book bundles today!

New story at the Story Walk!

We are so excited to share that there is a new story at the Story Walk at Sunny Meadow Farm! We hope you will visit soon 🙂

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry is a beautiful story of father-daughter love and empowerment.

“Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her-and her hair-happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair-and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.”

When you visit, don’t forget to sign our guest book! The only change is that now it’s gone online. When you come to the end of the story, you can use either the QR code or the URL to sign the guest book.

And don’t forget – reading at the Story Walk counts for your Summer Reading :). Be sure to log it on Beanstack!

Summer Reading 2020!

We’re challenging you to read every day this summer–and win rewards for it, too!

To participate in our Summer Reading Challenge, sign yourself or your family up for a free account on our new Summer Reading Challenge website, or download the free Beanstack Tracker app (on the Apple App Store or Google Play) to participate by logging your reading on a mobile device! If you’re using a mobile device, don’t forget to search for Chelmsford Public Library in the app to create an account and access our Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge (for ages 0-18) will run from Wednesday, June 17th – Saturday, September 5. You can log your reading anytime, but be sure to log your reading between these dates, because anything before or after does not count toward earning rewards.

Kids from 0-18 (yes, you can even participate by reading to your baby, and there are prizes for you, too!) can earn rewards for every seven days of reading logged in our new Beanstack website or via the free mobile app. “Reading” might mean picking up a book, graphic novel, or magazine, listening to someone read to you (or reading to someone else), attending storytime, or even playing reading or literacy games. Make sure you log days, not minutes for it to count for the challenge. Try to read for at least 15 minutes every day! And check out the special activities you can do for extra rewards on our website, too!

And remember…

Listening counts! No one is too young to participate in Summer Reading! Caregivers can record the time spent reading to children. If one child reads to another child, the time counts for both. Listening to audio books counts as well.

Read what you enjoy! Chelmsford Public Schools have no required books for children entering grades K-4. You can read anything you want, including books, magazines, comics, and graphic novels.

For every seven days of reading you log, you’ll earn a digital badge and you’ll be able to choose a (real) pinback button from our digital “menu” that you can come pick up via our curbside pickup service. You’ll also earn a digital ticket for the Grand Prize Drawing that you can spend on the website. One winner for each grand prize will be drawn on Monday, September 7.

If you have any questions, please call us at 978-256-5521 and press to speak with a Youth Services staff person. We are happy to help!

Check out Tumblebooks!

If you’re looking for a fun e-resource chock full of literacy & learning opportunities, look no further than Tumblebooks! The Chelmsford Public Library’s Tumblebook Library offers a wide variety of entertaining and educational e-books with a highlighted text read-along for kids at all levels. Here are some extra fun features you may want to check out:

  • Book of the Day – this feature will highlight something new each day for your reader to enjoy.
  • Playlists – Tumblebooks creates playlists for you varying in length, level, and theme.
  • Puzzles & Games – Practice reading comprehension and test your memory with games based on some of your favorite stories!
  • Language Learning – Brush up on your Spanish or French with Tumblebooks’ Language Learning collection.
  • Videos – Tumblebooks has a collection of short videos created by National Geographic that will appeal to your young learner.
  • “Favorites” feature – Mark the books and videos you are interested in, and you can come back to enjoy them later!

We hope you’ll check out this fun resource, and let us know what you think! 🙂

May is National Get Caught Reading Month!

Hey Teens!

Did you know May is National “Get Caught Reading” month? Here are some fun tips to keep you reading every day!

  • Stash a book or magazine in every room of the house – you never know when you’ll need a reading break, and it’s good to have something interesting on hand (you can only read the back of the cereal box so many times, right?)
  • Keep e-readers and tablets charged up – and make sure you have a few good reads from Overdrive and Hoopla ready to go!
  • Go audio! If you’ve never tried listening to an audio book, now may be the month for it! Download a few to your phone and listen while doing chores or walking the dog.
  • Enjoy a Family Read! Whether you take turns reading each chapter aloud every night, or every family member reads the same book and you discuss as you go, it’s a fun activity for all ages. Contact a BookWise Librarian for personalized suggestions, or use a Reader’s Advisory database like Novelist.
  • Try a Book Group! Many of our regular book groups are continuing to meet virtually – check out our Events Calendar for more info!

And don’t forget that the Library is here to support you! The building may be closed, but we are available via phone and email, and our website is chock full of great resources to keep you reading this month and always 🙂

New Collection – Playaway Launchpads!

Exciting news for kids and families –

We have a new collection of circulating tablets in the Children’s Room called Playaway Launchpads!

Playaway Launchpads are interactive tablets that come pre-loaded with fun and educational games for kids ages 3-5, 5-7, and 8-10. They can be checked out at the front desk for 7 days, 1 at a time, with no holds or renewals allowed.

Our launchpads will be on display in the Children’s Room – feel free to stop by and check one out! 🙂

Service Club! No-sew blankets

Hi Teens! If you’re looking for a fun way to earn some community service hours, consider stopping by our Service Club on Thursday, January 16th at 4:00 pm. We will be making no-sew fleece blankets to donate to Project Linus. We made 6 blankets last year, and it was super fun!

No registration required, and participants can earn 1 hour of community service – come join us! 🙂

Join us for our January Murder Mystery!

Hey Teens! Do you love murder mysteries? Are you a self-professed theatre geek or improv fan? Do you love role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you should sign up to be a part of our Teen Murder Mystery Party on Friday, January 3rd at 4:00 pm! The theme is Once Upon a Murder Mystery (think fairy tales with a twist). You will receive an email with your assigned character, and when you arrive at the party you will be given clue cards to help you drop hints, interact with the other party guests, and figure out whodunit! There will be light refreshments provided by the library.

Registration is open and we have space for 5 more party guests! If you have any questions, feel free to swing by  or call the Children’s Room, or you can email Marty directly at

(And if you’ve registered already, keep an eye on your email for your character assignments. They’ll be coming soon! 🙂 )