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Book lists: A summer reads preview!

   May 22nd, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

Your summer reading list is here! Our bimonthly presentation of new and recently released books highlighted many great titles for vacations, stay-cations, or just mini-escapes on your lunch break. Highlights from the presentation on May 22th are listed below. Hover your cursor over each book cover to view a brief description. Click on the image to go to the item in our catalog. The full list of books is available on our website. Join us for our next presentation, in two months, on July 17th.

Twenty-three-year-old Elaine Kelly doesn't earn much as a bank teller, and most of her salary goes toward caring for her terminally ill mother. When a lonely old man who deposits money at her bank every week gets hit and killed by a delivery truck, Elaine--a good Irish girl from Queens--thinks she's found the answer to her problems. She'll just transfer $1 million from the dead man's account into hers. Except that the lonely old man may not have been who he seemed. And when you take $1 million that isn't yours, it can cost you... way more

Love May Fail, by Matthew Quick: Inside the O'Briens, by Lisa Genova: In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume: God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison: Festival of Insignificance, by Milan Kundera: Eight Hundred Grapes, by Laura Dave: The Dream Lover, by Elizabeth Berg: Delicious Foods, by James Hannaham: The Daylight Marriage, by Heidi Pitlor: The Cake Therapist, by Judith Fertig: The Bone Tree, by Greg Iles: The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George:


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Book Sale Drop-Off Dates Announced!

   May 15th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Friends of the LibraryThe Friends will hold book drop-offs on the following days and times, at the Town Offices gym (same location as the book sale):

Saturday, June 6th 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday, June 27th 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday, July 11th 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Wednesday, July 22nd 1 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 1st 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Wednesday, August 19th 1-3 p.m.
Saturday August 29th 9 a.m. - 12 noon

 

2015 Book Sale Dates

September 18, 19th and 20th

(Setup help needed on the 17th!)

 

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is a significant source of funding for library programming, museum passes and many extras for Chelmsford patrons. The community's support through donations and volunteer hours is greatly appreciated. The Friends fall book sale brought in $26,618.50. Thank you!

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Upcoming Library Workshop: Your Library From Home

   May 1st, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

Finally, your favorite author has published libraryanytimeheadersmalla new book, and you can’t wait to read it. It’s 9:30 PM though - how are you going to place a request? Or maybe you’re a student working on a paper late at night, and you just need a few more sources. Or perhaps you’re just interested in finding out more about an author, or researching local services for a project, but if the library is closed, where will you go for the information?

The truth is, many of the services you receive in person or over the phone from a librarian are available to you from home using a computer that’s connected to the internet. You can perform catalog searches, place requests, create book lists, or check due dates.

In addition to the electronic library catalog, many robust and powerful databases are at your disposal 24/7. With just a library card and PIN, you have access to peer-reviewed journals, fully-searchable car manuals, consumer information, full-text business and computer book collections, detailed health information and much more.

Come see how your library never closes by attending one of two upcoming tech talk sessions:

All sessions are held in the main library’s first floor conference room. Space is limited so please register online here or at the reference desk.


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Love Fashion? Read ''Girl in Dior''

   April 29th, 2015 - by: Christine Sharbrough, Head of Reader Services & Circulation

diorThis graphic novel chronicles the career of designer Christian Dior for the last ten years of his life. Brightly colored drawings accompany a biographical history of the famed designer. The dress designs are very Grace Kelley or Audrey Hepburn and pay a beautiful a tribute to a man ahead of his time. Even if you are not a graphic novel fan, this book is fun just to look through for the illustrations.

Click here to link to our catalog and check it out!

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Reading List: Game of Thrones vs. Wolf Hall

   April 23rd, 2015 - by: Jessica Fitzpatrick

This year, there are two great book-related reasons to watch TV on Sundays. The first is Game of Thrones season 4, based on the immense fantasy series Song of Ice and Fire by George RR. Martin. Past seasons have brought no end of surprises, and Martin himself was quoted as promising that the surprises will continue, no character is completely safe.

The second reason is Wolf Hall, based on the Booker Prize-winning tome of the same name by Hilary Mantel starring Damien Lewis of Homeland as Henry VIII. The plot mainly focuses on the rise of Henry's chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, and his role in Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn.

Both series are entertaining, and share many similarities (bombastic kings, ruthless queens, devious plots, and plenty of medieval-style punishment). Of course they are also quite different. So whether you prefer the fantasy, adventure and dizzying cast of Game of Thrones or the heavy historical insight and intrigue of Wolf Hall, here’s some suggestions to satisfy your craving for noble ambition corruption and power on those six days between episodes. Hover over each book cover to see a description. Click on a cover to go to the book in the library's catalog.

Wolf Hall:

Queen's Gambit, by Elizabeth Freemantle The Queen's Lover, by Francine du Plessix Gray Tides of War, by S. K. Tillyard Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, by Eric Ives Thomas Cromwell, by Tracy Borman The Marriage Game: a novel of Queen Elizabeth I, by Alison Weir Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett The Tudors (Showtime series) starring Jonathan Rhys Myers

 

Game of Thrones:

Half a king (Book 1 - Shannara trilogy) During a tumultuous period in the Four Lands, young Druid Aphenglow stumbles on a dangerous secret about an Elven girl's heartbreak and the vanished Elfstones. Set seven years after the High Druid series. Legends : short novels by the masters of modern fantasy The kingdom of the Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lann... Book Jacket Image of item The Plantagents: The warrior kings and queens who made England: The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this history, Jones resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. In this remarkable book, Thomas Penn re-creates the story of the tragic, magnetic Henry VII—a controlling, paranoid, avaricious monarch who was entering the most perilous years of his long reign.  Rich with drama and insight, Winter King is an astonishing story of pageantry, treachery, intrigue and incident—and the fraught, dangerous birth of Tudor England.


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