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Updates to Library Hours and Programs During the Holidays

   November 24th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

November and December are busy months for everyone, including Library volunteers and staff. As a result, a few of our scheduled programs and operating hours have been changed to accommodate the holiday season:

Library Hours:
You can view our complete listing of library hours, but the changed days are:

Thanksgiving
Wednesday, Nov 26: Main library open 9:30-5:00, MacKay Branch open 1:00-5:00 - we close at 5:00 PM for Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov 27: Closed all day

Christmas
Wednesday, Dec 24: Closed all day
Thursday, Dec 25: Closed all day
Friday, Dec 26: Closed all day

New Year's
Wednesday, Dec 31: Main library open 9:30-1:00 - we close at 1:00 PM for New Year's Eve
Thursday, Jan 1: Closed all day

 

Library Programs:
Our online events calendar is the most up-to-date source for library programs, but the updates we know about so far are:

  • Both advanced and beginners English Circles will not meet on Dec 23 and Dec 30
  • The Writers group at the main library will not meet Wed Dec 17th
  • The Knitting Group at MacKay will not meet in December
  • TSSG (technical skills share group) will not be meeting in November or December
  • The teen programs Rainbow Loom Club on Dec 16, Drop-In Minecraft on Dec 23, and the Rocky Horror Sing-A-Long on Dec 30, have all been cancelled

Please check our online events calendar for program and hours information, or contact the library at 978-256-5521 if you have any questions. Happy Holidays!

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Find the Value of Your Antiques!

   October 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

If you're curious about the history or value of some of your antique furniture, vintage toys, or just old stuff, the library has quite a few resources that can help.

Every year we get updated copies of price guides for coins and money, stamps, sports cards, and other collectibles. There are encyclopedias and picture guides for almost every subject too - toys to cigars to watches to clothing. Most of these are in the non-fiction shelves downstairs, and the Reference staff is happy to help you locate the right book.

Chelmsford residents also have access to an online antique pricing resource called P4A Antiques Reference (P4A stands for "Price For Antiques") - it's a quick way to check how much an antique might be worth, based on what similar pieces have sold at recent auctions.

P4A Price for Antiques database

The focus is on collectibles and historic Americana, including furniture, china, glassware, folkart, brass, silver, iron, artwork, and major antique collectibles, with complete information on when, where, and for what price the antique was sold. The database will also provide a little background information on each item, including date, maker, etc, based on the information that was provided at the auction.

Because antiques are described differently by different people, don't give up after your first search. Try describing your piece in various ways, and also try the country of origin, material used, and maker, if possible.

If you have any questions about the P4A Antiques Reference database, please contact the Reference Desk.

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October 2014 Flu Clinics for Chelmsford Residents

   October 14th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

flu shotThe Chelmsford Board of Health has an upcoming flu shot clinic, available to Chelmsford residents. An annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza, or of transmitting influenza to others.

Thursday October 16, 2014
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ages 6 months or older

Location: Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Rd, Route 40
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

EVERYONE regardless of age MUST bring all health insurance cards!

If you have any questions you may call Sue Rosa, RN at the Chelmsford Board of Health (978) 250-5243.

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What is Your Choice for One Book Chelmsford 2015?

   September 30th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford One Book LogoIt's time to make your selection for the book Chelmsford will read in 2015!

To commemorate the first World War, our next One Book Selection will take place during the years that the Great War was fought. The Friends, Trustees, and the Staff have come up with three nominees and we would like YOU to make the final decision. Please vote for the one you think the town should read. In addition to this voter choice, the staff will also choose a World War I non-fiction title and a children's book as companion books for the One Book Chelmsford program.

Voting will be open until November 4th, 2014 (election day), and the winning book will be announced on Wednesday, November 5th. The choices are:

Maisie Dobbs
by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs

Regeneration
by Pat Barker

Regeneration

The Sandcastle Girls
by Chris Bohjalian

The Sandcastle Girls

 

 

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City Directories on Microfilm

   September 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Microfilm boxes of city directoriesAttention researchers and genealogists! The Chelmsford Library just received some "new" older city directories on microfilm. The new additions to the collection are:

LOWELL SUBURBAN 1905-1917/18
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1917/18-1932/33
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1937/38-1949
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1951-1955
LOWELL SUBURBAN 1957-1959
MIDDLESEX COUNTY 1882/83-1890

These are available in the microfilm cabinets downstairs in the Reference area. The library also has microfilm holdings of Chelmsford newspapers, the Boston Globe, early Chelmsford Town records, and early Massachusetts records.

If you have any questions or need assistance with using microfilm, please contact the Reference Desk.

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