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September Events for Middle and High Schoolers!

School is back in session, and the library has tons of fun back to school activities for our middle and high school users! Please join us for Snacks in the Stacks Book Talk Club and share your favorite reads with your peers. Or, if you’re a crafty middle schooler, come and learn to DIY a personalized pencil case!

All snacks & craft supplies are provided by the library – just bring your love of books and excitement to learn! 🙂

Children’s Room Closed Monday 9/9 – Thursday 9/12

Attention kids, parents, and caregivers!

The Children’s Room will be CLOSED Monday September 9th – Thursday September 12th. Children’s staff will still be available to answer your questions, make recommendations, and help you find materials.

We hope you will join us to play, read, and do homework in the McCarthy Meeting Room in the interim, and look forward to unveiling our new space and starting up storytimes again in the following week! 🙂

Snacks in the Stacks – July Recap!

We had a great time snacking and talking books at yesterday’s Snacks in the Stacks! Here’s a list of the books everyone shared & loved. If you love books & you love snacks, please join us for our next meeting, Wednesday August 28th at 4:00 pm!

 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

 

 

 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter, now a fifth-year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, struggles with a threatening teacher, problematic house elf, the dread of upcoming final exams, and haunting dreams that hint toward his mysterious past.

 

 

 Wings of Fire Book 2: The Lost Heir: the graphic novel by Tui Sutherland

She can’t believe it’s finally happening. Tsunami and her fellow dragonets of destiny are journeying under the water to the great SeaWing Kingdom. Stolen as an egg from the royal hatchery, Tsunami is eager to meet her future subjects and reunite with her mother, Queen Coral. But Tsunami’s triumphant return doesn’t go quite the way she’d imagined. Queen Coral welcomes her with open wings, but a mysterious assassin has been killing off the queen’s heirs for years, and Tsunami may be the next target. The dragonets came to the SeaWings for protection, but this ocean hides secrets, betrayal, and perhaps even death.

 

When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid, ” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

 

 

 The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

 

 

 Diary of a Minecraft Zombie: Book 2 – Bullies and Buddies by Zack Zombie

 

This time Zombie is up against some of the meanest and scariest mob bullies at school. Will he be able to stop the mob bullies from terrorizing him and his friends, and make it back in one piece? Jump into this Minecraft adventure and find out!

 

 Dewey: The small-town Library Cat who Touched the World by Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter

The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

 

 

 

 Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.

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!