The Real Librarians of Chelmsford

What is the best way to get to know a librarian?  By getting them to dish about books, of course!  Each month, we will introduce you to one of the librarians of Chelmsford Public Library.  This month, we talked to Vickie Turcotte, Assistant Director of Support Services.

Vickie has been the Head of Technical Services at CPL since 2001 and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2016.  She and her team are the ones responsible for ordering and getting books, music and movies onto our shelves, so we are always extra nice to her!  Vickie enjoys reading, games, scrapbooking, watching the occasional baseball game, but not cooking.

We asked Vickie…



What was your first library?

The Lowell Library – my grandfather taught me to sign my name in cursive when I was six so I could get my own card.

What is on your nightstand right now?

The Unidentified by Colin Dickie.

What book do you love to suggest to patrons?

Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery – it’s truly amazing how intelligent these creatures are!

What are your top three “desert island” books?

The Stand by Stephen King

Cotillion by Georgette Heyer

The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

What is your favorite place to read?

Curled up on my couch at home, kitty by my side.

What book should be adapted to film but hasn’t been yet?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

What is the last book that made you laugh or cry (or both!)?

Highfire by Eoin Colfer

Why do you love being a librarian?

It’s book heaven! So many things I never even knew I wanted to read!


Click the items below to find Vickie’s faves in the library!