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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 the cover to go to the 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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Chelmsford Town-Wide Cleanup Day: Sunday, April 26, 2015

   April 22nd, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

EarthJoin in and help clean up our town!

The snow is melting to reveal the roadside waste that accumulated over the winter. Help to make Chelmsford a beautiful town. Please pick up trash from your street.

When: Sunday, April 26, 2015
      (but if you can't do it Sunday, do it anytime!)

Who: YOU, your family, friends, co-workers, church, school or scouting group, etc.

Where: Your neighborhood, schoolyard, playground, and other public spaces where there is litter

Bags & gloves are available from the recycling office at 9 Alpha Road, while supplies last - they can be picked up during regular office hours of 9am to Noon. Put yellow bags out with your trash and report large items to the DPW.

For more information, contact the Office of Recycling and Solid Waste or nparlee@TownofChelmsford.us or 978-250-5203. You can also visit ChelmsfordRecycles.org for more information on recycling in Chelmsford.

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The Chelmsford Library is now on Instagram!

   April 14th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

CPLinstagramTo celebrate National Library Week, April 12 – 18, the Library is launching an Instagram account. You can find us at https://instagram.com/chelmsfordlibraryma/

Instagram is great for sharing quick photos, so we wanted to show off "24 hours in the library," with one photo every hour. (Since, unfortunately, we're not open 'round the clock, those 24 hours will be spread over the entire week.) We're going to be capturing slices of life in the library, our collections, our patrons - and maybe you!

Here's a sample of some photos so far:

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Check us out at https://instagram.com/chelmsfordlibraryma/, follow us, share our photos, and comment to let us know what you think. And, be sure to tag your own photos #chelmsfordma so we can follow you too!

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Special Spring Book Sale: April 11 and 12!

   April 6th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Book sale!Spring usually just brings rain and flowers - this year, Spring also brings a special Book Sale! The Friends of the Library will be holding a special Spring Book Sale:

2015 Spring Book Sale Dates and Times

Saturday, April 11th 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 12th 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The sale will be in the usual place, the gym behind the Town Office building, 50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford [see a map].

Run by the Chelmsford Friends of the Library, the book sale is a significant source of funding for library programming, museum passes and many extras for Chelmsford patrons. We're holding a special Spring sale this year because of the construction work involving our book storage building, the Dutton House.

For more information, visit http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/friends/booksale.html or contact the Reference Desk at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Kid Rock`s First Kiss Won`t Be His Last

   April 2nd, 2015 - by: Christine Sharbrough, Head of Reader Services & Circulation

kidrockI have to admit, I am a huge fan of Kid Rock.  There.  I said it.  I saw him as an opening act for Kiss and never looked back.  His latest CD, First Kiss differs a bit from his usual raunchy lyrics and hard rock sound and instead opts for more reflective lyrics and bluesy rock and roll.  The title track, "First Kiss," kicks off the CD with lyrics reminiscent of "All Summer Long" from Rock and Roll Jesus. There was not a single song that I didn't like on this CD.  That's quite a feat as far as I'm concerned.   One of my favorite songs was "Drinking Beer with Dad," reminding me of summers long ago when I did just that.

Reflect  back on your carefree, misspent youth with this CD.  Kid Rock is aging like a fine whiskey, smooth and satisfying.

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