Spring into action at the library

Happy spring! Here are a few ways to shake off winter at the library:

student art
 Art by Chelmsford students

Catch some local art: They say March comes in like a lion. How about a Chelmsford Lion? The talented students of Chelmsford, grades K-12, have their art on display here in the library throughout March. Artwork ranging from drawing and painting, to photography, mixed media and computer graphic design fill the walls and display areas of the McCarthy Meeting room and the main floor. Information about this show and exciting future exhibits are available on our exhibits page. If you’re interested in going a little further afield for your art experience, check out our list of Boston-area art museum passes, including the Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, which offers an enchanting outdoor experience on a warm spring day. Browse the whole list of museums, and other “non-traditional” items available for borrowing,  on our webpage.

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 Building robots in Library Lab

Make something: March is National Craft month! Come to the library for some excellent crafting ideas and programs. From the Library Lab programs and MacKay craft-ernoons for middle grades, to the MacKay knitting circle and our Bibliobites cooking group, we have a little something for all crafty types. If solo crafting is more your mode, the library has a book, DVD, or downloadable for that. Browse this list in our catalog to find project books both fun and the functional to DIY your way to warmer weather this spring.

Garden display
 Gardening resources on display


              Get in the Garden: There’s probably no better springtime activity to get you outdoors than gardening.  If you love to garden, you’re probably already digging deep into plant planning. If you’re looking for some tips during your preparation, we have a few experts joining us to get ready for the summer blooms. On April 24, R. Wayne Mezitt of Weston Nurseries and Hort-Sense will join us to deliver a talk on Invasive plants. He’ll discuss how to determine whether a plant is invasive and coping strategies for when these aggressive species invade. Then on May 22, Jen Valentine of Valentine & Sons Seed Co. will discuss heirloom gardening and getting the most out of small spaces. Both programs will begin at 2 PM with time at the end for questions. Check the Chelmsford Library events calendar or call 978-256-5521 for more details.

Packed table at the Friends of the Library’s annual book sale

Spring into action in your community: If you’re looking for a way to do something good for the community, but have fun and meet new people at the same time, consider volunteering in your community! If you missed the volunteer fair on March 12, many of the organizations that participated are also listed on our Get involved web page. Visit anytime to connect to library and Chelmsford area volunteer opportunities. You might also consider joining the Friends of the Library!

The pictures in this post come from our library’s Instagram account. View the whole collection here, and follow the account for updates!