Sunday, January 23, 2011
Kick off WinterFest and One Book 2011 with a "Sweets and Savories" community social at the library Feb. 4.
It's WinterFest time in Chelmsford again and you can be a part of the kick off by attending the "Sweets and Savories" Community Social at the library on Feb. 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. which will also launch the 2011 One Book town-wide reading program. This year, attendees can sample hor'dourves and desserts from fourteen restaurants for just $10. "The One-Book for the year is Suzanne Collins' 'Hunger Games'" library community relations director Kathy Cryan-Hicks said, "which is a dystopian future novel where there are 13 themed districts which we'll tie to the foods." A full list of participating restaurants will be updated on the library's Web site. A few tasty examples include Princeton Station's bread pudding and dessert wines …
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Chelmsford High School English teacher has excelled in her seven years in the community.
Walking down the halls of Chelmsford High School with Margaret Blakley is a bit like sitting in on five very short meetings. Current students ask questions about assignments, past students shout her name to say hi, fellow teachers check in on projects and the faculty holiday party she helped organize. It's a whirlwind of activity. High School Principal Anne O'Bryant to recommend the English teacher for Chelmsford Patch's Teacher of the Year because of this combination of Blakley's hard work and positive influence on the high school's community. "Margaret is an English Department head teacher," O'Bryant said, "advisor to the junior class, and is an inspiration to her peers." Blakley came to Chelmsford seven years ago after earning a dual …
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Volunteer appreciation night at Chelmsford Public Library celebrates their dedication.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010
A delicious dinner, tempting desserts, and an immense amount of thanks awaited 80 Chelmsford Public Library volunteers as they entered the Volunteer Celebration Friday night. The party, organized and supported by the library staff and the Friends of the Library, was a night of gratitude for the large volunteer program. "We're blessed with a lot of wonderful volunteers," said Kathy Cryan-Hicks, Assistant Director of Community Relations & Programs. When Cryan-Hicks began working at the library, there was a small, strong core of 15 volunteers who assisted the staff. So far in Fiscal Year 2010 the 241 active volunteers have given more than 5,800 hours to the library. "The program has grown without a lot of community outreach," said Cryan-Hicks…
Friday, October 29, 2010
Reader advisory group meets at Chelmsford Library to share suggestions for book clubs and cold weather reading.
Given the usually solitary act of reading, it can be frustrating when a book hits a cord but you don't have anyone to discuss it with. That's when being part of a book club comes in. Book clubs can be a great way to motivate yourself to read, meet some new friends, or just provide some nice mental exercise. Confused by a passage? Ask your club. Found an excellent new book? Share it with the club. Bored by the new author everyone is raving about? The club will find you a better fit. It can be difficult for a book club to determine which books are a good fit for their member though. Or, as a solo reader, you might be missing out on some books you would love. That's where Chelmsford Library's "Now... it's your Turn" program hopes to help. The…
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Local mystery reading group discusses food-related tales with UMass Lowell Professor Melissa Pennell
It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it was quite a nice night, but some clouds would have set the mood for the Cooking up Crime book discussion at Mackay Library Thursday. The pastries kindly provided by the library worked quite well, according to discussion leader Professor Melissa Pennell. "The people in that town eat so much butter they must all be on Lipitor," she said to a room of laughing mystery aficionados. "Each recipe in there starts with a stick of softened butter, well my heavens they go through pounds of it over the course of the novel." Intrigue and food pair well together, according to the growing subgenre of fiction wherein traditional mysteries are solved by sleuths who also cook. Food is often a central component of…