All posts by Marty Mason

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 byย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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Open Studios with artist Ursula Ziegler

Attention Teen Artists!

We have some amazing opportunities coming up at the Library to meet, chat, and create art with interdisciplinary artist Ursula Ziegler, whose work is currently on display in the McCarthy Meeting Room.

She will be available for drop-in Open Studios on the following dates from 3:00 – 5:00 pm:

We hope you will take this opportunity to learn from a local artist and expand your own style and perspective. Be sure to share any creations you make with us at the Library or if you’d like, take a picture to share on our social media!

Learn to Play Chess at the Library!

Hi kids!

Do you love learning new games? Did you know you can come to the Library to learn how to play chess?!

On Saturday, November 16th, we have 2 opportunities for kids ages 6+ to come and learn how to play chess! Registration is open now, so whether you are a brand-new beginner or if you know the basics but want to get some practice in, join us at the library for a fun challenge and learning experience!

Intro to Chess for Beginners, Ages 6+ – 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Intro to Chess for Advanced Beginners, Ages 6+ – 11:15 am – 12:45 pm

Join us for Snacks in the Stacks!

Hey Tweens and Teens!

Now that the weather is getting cooler, you may be looking for some new indoor activities to try out. Check out our Library Book Talk Club, Snacks in the Stacks! We get together once a month to chat about whatever it is we’re currently reading – fiction, nonfiction, graphics, manga – anything goes! And we indulge in some yummy snacks in the meantime :).

Sign up today, bring a friend, or stop by the Children’s or Teen Desks with any questions!

Attention Makers!

Hi friends!

Do you love being creative and learning new skills? Then Chelmsford Public Library is the place for you!

We have a lot of fun & creative opportunities coming up for all kids & teens this November.

Check them out!

Family Make-It at the MacKay Library – Wednesday, November 6th from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in for all ages! MacKay


Make-It Junior – Wednesday, November 13th from 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Registration program for grades 3 & 4.


Mini Make-It – Wednesday, November 20th from 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Registration program for grades K – 2.


Make-It Club – Thursday, November 21st from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Registration program for grades 5 – 8.

October Programs for Tweens and Teens!

Hey middle- and high-schoolers!

If you’re looking for something fun stuff to do in October, check out our amazing lineup for the month!

Thursday, Oct 17th, 4:00 pm – Service Club: Kindness Rocks!

Drop in for the Chelmsford Public Library’s Service Club! This season, we will be painting kindness rocks to leave at the Story Walk at Sunny Meadow Farm. Participants can earn 1.5 hours of community service. Grades 5-12, drop-in.



Tuesday, Oct 22nd, 4:00 pm – Edible Art Studio: “Zombie” Raspberry Cheesecake!

Join us for Edible Art Studio and learn to make a creative no-bake treat. This month, we’ll be making “zombie” raspberry cheesecake cups!ย  Grades 5-12, registration only.



Thursday, Oct 24th, 4:00 pm – Make-It Club: Dragon Eggs!

Welcome to The MIC (Make It! Club), where you’ll be able to make and take home an awesome DIY project, snack, or dessert each month. This month you will get to make & take home a beautiful dragon egg! Grades 5-8, registration only.



Tuesday, Oct 29th, 4:00 pm – Cupcake Wars: Haunted Halloween!

Join us for this annual event where we challenge you to use our ingredients to decorate a spooky cupcake masterpiece!We bring the decorations, frosting, and cupcakes–you bring the creativity. Grades 5-12 only. Drop-in while supplies last. 50 spots available.



Wednesday, Oct 30th, 4:00 pm – Snacks in the Stacks Book Talk Club!

Have a snack & share your current favorite reads with your friends! Bring anywhere from 1 to 5 books to share – they can be any type or genre, from Manga to Nonfiction! We will provide the snacks :). This program is for grades 5+, registration required.

Spooky Story Contest!

Hi friends!

Don’t forget to submit your spooky stories for our contest – we will be accepting them until October 15th, so if you haven’t written one yet, now is the time! Anyone in grades K – 8 can submit. All stories must have a beginning, middle, and end and be spooky/scary. Feel free to include pictures, and be sure to include your name, grade, and phone number on the story.

All are welcome to join us for our Spooky Story Contest Celebration on October 26th at 4:00 pm. We will read the winning spooky stories for each grade, have some snacks, and award prizes!