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What to read this summer?!

Hey friends!

Since the Chelmsford Public Schools are no longer requiring students to read specific books over the summer, we wanted to point you towards some great resources to find something new and fun to read! 🙂

If you’d like to stick with the Chelmsford Public School’s recommended reads, the lists are still available here! There are also some lists of recommended reads that the Teen librarians at Chelmsford Public Library created here!

Need help finding something? Just ask a librarian at the Teen, Reference, or Children’s Desk! We are always happy to help you find just what you’re looking for. 🙂

Have a great summer of reading! And don’t forget to sign up for our Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program at the Children’s Desk if you haven’t already!

Snacks in the Stacks – June Recap!

We had so much fun snacking and chatting in the courtyard at our June Snacks in the Stacks meetup! Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 31st at 4:00 pm – register here!

Here’s a quick recap of what folks are reading and enjoying so far this summer.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

“A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.”

 

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

“A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.”

 

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

“The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land–Greece itself–to find the Doors of Death”

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

“Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them”

Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

“When a new sitter arrives and a movie star goes missing, Dog Man and Cat Kid investigate, but Petey, the world’s most evil cat, complicates their case.”

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

“Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids, ” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.”

Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger

“In this final book in the series, the seventh graders of McQuarrie Middle School and their Star Wars-inspired Origami finger puppets go on a field trip to Washington, D.C., on what proves to be a very long trip full of shifting alliances, betrayals, carsickness, and sugar rushes.”

I am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton

“Pusheen is a pleasantly plump cat who has warmed hearts and tickled funny bones of millions worldwide with her signature GIF animated bops, bounces, and tail wiggles. Now, Pusheen is ready to make the leap from digital to print in her first comic collection! Learn what makes her purr and find out why millions of people have already fallen in love with this naughty, adorable kitty.”

 Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

“Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft and new friend Ella summon the ghost of Sir William Longspee, who may be able to protect Jon from a group of ghosts that threatens him harm from the day he arrives at Salisbury Cathedral’s boarding school. Includes historical notes.”

Like Books? Like Snacks? Join us at 4:00 on Wednesday, May 29th!

Hey teens!

If you’re in grades 5+ and are reading a great book (or listening to a great audiobook), please join us for our Snacks in the Stacks Book Talk Club!

There is no assigned book to read –  just bring whatever you have been reading (anywhere between 1-5 books of any length and genre) and talk it up to us! It’s a great way to discover your next great read, or find out that someone else in the group is just as much of a superfan as you are!

Plus, we’ll have snacks for you! Come check it out! 🙂

Writing Workshop with Jen Petro-Roy: THIS Thursday May 16th!

Attention budding authors!

We have some amazing creative writing workshops beginning THIS WEEK with Chelmsford’s own Jen Petro-Roy that you won’t want to miss! These workshops are for anyone in grades 5-9 who wants to sharpen their writing skills, and there are 2 opportunities to attend:

Thursday May 9th at 4:00 pm

Thursday May 16th at 4:00 pm

Chelmsford author Jen Petro-Roy has authored several fiction and non-fiction books for children and teens surrounding themes of inclusion, identity, and positive self-image. You can read more about Jen and the diverse experiences her works portray at https://www.jenpetroroy.com/. Or you can check out one of her books in our Children’s & Teen collections!

                                                         

 

Star Wars Day Jedi Training – Register now for ages 10+!

May the Fourth be with you!

That’s right, we’ll be celebrating Star Wars Day here at the Library! Be sure to register now for our Jedi Training workshop on Saturday, May 4th at 2:00 pm. And here’s some exciting news – we are now opening up registration to ages 10+! Kids and adults alike can learn to fight like a Jedi from professional combat instructor Dan Burns-McKernan.

So gather up your force, turn away from the dark side, and join us at the Library on Saturday, May 4th at 2:00 pm!

Note: Participants or their parent/guardian must sign a waiver prior to participation as foam weapons will be used.

Writing Workshops with Jen Petro-Roy: Thursdays, May 9th & 16th at 4:00!

Attention budding authors!

We have some amazing creative writing workshops coming up in May with Chelmsford’s own Jen Petro-Roy that you won’t want to miss! These workshops are for anyone in grades 5-9 who wants to sharpen their writing skills, and there are 2 opportunities to attend:

Thursday May 9th at 4:00 pm

Thursday May 16th at 4:00 pm

Chelmsford author Jen Petro-Roy has authored several fiction and non-fiction books for children and teens surrounding themes of inclusion, identity, and positive self-image. You can read more about Jen and the diverse experiences her works portray at https://www.jenpetroroy.com/. Or you can check out one of her books in our Children’s & Teen collections!

                                                         

 

 

Snacks in the Stacks Recap!

On Tuesday afternoon we had our very first Snacks in the Stacks Booktalk Club! Our small group had tons of fun snacking & discussing our current favorite reads. I wanted to share a quick recap of some of the books we discussed in case you want to pick them up yourself! 🙂

And if you’re interested, please  join us for next month’s meetup on May 29th at 4:00!

Gone by Michael Grant – “In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.”

 

 

Theodore Boone, the Scandal by John Grisham – “Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows every judge, police officer, and court clerk in Strattenburg. He has even helped bring a fugitive to justice. But even a future star lawyer like Theo has to deal with statewide standardized testing. When an anonymous tip leads the school board to investigate a suspicious increase in scores at another local middle school, Theo finds himself thrust in the middle of a cheating scandal. With insider knowledge and his future on the line, Theo must follow his keen instincts to do what’s right in the newest case for clever kid lawyer Theo Boone.” (The sequel Theodore Boone, the Abduction is also a gripping read!)

 

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander – “In the land of Prydain, evil is never far away. Arawn, Lord of the Land of Death, has been building an army of dark warriors to take over Prydain, and the only way to stop him is to destroy the Black Cauldron he uses to create his dreaded soldiers. Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his loyal companions must journey deep into Arawn’s domain to destroy the Black Cauldron. For each of them, the quest has a special meaning. For Taran, it is the glorious opportunity to use his first sword in battle. But war requires a sacrifice greater than he’d ever imagined.”

 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin – “Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.”(This reader was also inspired to pick up Lin’s When the Sea turned to Silver)

 

 

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend – “A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society”

 

 

Cyrano (on Playaway) adapted by Geraldine McCaughrean – “When Roxanne can’t see past Cyrano’s ugly visage, Cyrano expresses his feelings within letters that he asks a soldier to deliver. But Roxanne falls for the soldier, believing the letters are his own.”

New Storywalk!

Spring is here, and with it a fresh new Story Walk! 🙂

We hope you will take a moment to head over to Sunny Meadow Farm and check it out. Our new story is Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson, a beautiful interactive tale about how a seed grows into a flower.

At the end of the walk, please sign our guest book and bring home a piece of plantable paper that the teens in our Service Club made!

Make-It Jr.: Shrinky Dinks!

Hey friends in 3rd and 4th grade!

Register today for Make-It Jr., a fun maker program where you can learn new skills and take home a cool project! On Wednesday, April 10th at 4:15 we’ll be making wearable art using shrinky dink plastic – you’ll get to see your design shrink down to 2/3 its size in the oven!

Space is limited, so sign up today! 🙂