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Morning Book Group: One Book Chelmsford Selection

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Fireplace Area
The 2020 One Book Chelmsford theme is “Stirring the Plots!” We’ll be focusing on food by reading two books: Relish, by Lucy Knisley and Kitchen Yarns, by Ann Hood. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for providing the funds to purchase almost 1000 copies to hand out!

Join a reading group. For stimulating conversation and lasting friendships you can't beat one. And fortunately, at the Chelmsford Public Library, we are still looking for new members in both our morning and evening reading groups. Take a break from the chaos in your life, seek some respite from the demands of technology and sharpen your mind. The library can be an oasis from the workaday world and a welcome outlet to the demands and stresses of home and family life. Talk, interact with other people, voice your opinion and this time, at least, we won't be saying shhhhh!
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Adventures in Making Tea from the Garden

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)

Tea has been around for centuries and is currently enjoyed by millions of people.  Have you ever wondered what’s in that teabag from the store?  This class will cover a brief history of tea, how it’s made, and how to make your own herbal teas at home with ingredients from your yards and gardens.  Medicinal properties of plants will also be discussed.  Participants will have the opportunity to sample some teas and make their own tea blend to try at home. Please register for this class as space is limited.

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A Perfect Pairing Wine, Cheese and Chocolate tasting program

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
Join Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations for a pleasant evening of chocolate, cheese and wine. Gain insights from Ms. Larkin's chocolatier background and learn about the history and health benefits of dark chocolate, wine and cheese, all while sampling varieties of each. Space is limited so please register.
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One Book Chelmsford presents author Lucy Knisley

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Relish by Lucy Knisley
Main Library
Entire Library
“You find your own appetite piqued, and you remember a time you tasted something that would shape you for years to come.” -from Relish

Lucy Knisley, a critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator, spent her formative years working in her mother’s catering kitchen. Her last name has a silent K, and is pronounced “nigh-slee”

The 2020 One Book Chelmsford theme is “Stirring the Plots!” We’ll be focusing on food by reading two books: Relish, by Lucy Knisley and Kitchen Yarns, by Ann Hood. Copies are available at the Main Library and MacKay Branch, and downloadable copies of the ebooks are available in Overdrive.

One Book Chelmsford is a community-wide reading program encouraging all residents to read a selected title and attend programming related to the book.  The title is selected each Fall and the Library provides free copies to share. Related programs typically start early in the calendar year and often include a visit from the author. The library has been offering this program since 2007.
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Evening Book Group: One Book Chelmsford Selection

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Main Library
Fireplace Area
One Book Chelmsford Selection
The evening book group is an informal group which meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month for lively conversation and includes a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles. The group meets in the fireplace room in the Adams building at the main library. Meetings do not occur during the months of July and August. If a normal meeting date falls on a holiday, then it is postponed to the following Monday.
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Novel Conversation Book Group: One Book Chelmsford selection

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room - window side
One Book Chelmsford selection

The Novel Conversation book group reads one book a month. The group usually meets the first Friday at the Main Library but does not meet in July or August.
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Art on Sundays: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
Food has a way of bringing everyone together. Indulge in works that depict dining and drink through the centuries. Images include busy kitchens, heroic chefs, lush banquets and religious and symbolic associations with food. This is a multi-course feast for the eyes! All of the fun, none of the calories.

This art talk is part of a series of Art on Sunday at the library through April. These talks are led by Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious, an organization committed to engaging, and educating people through facilitated arts experiences that inspire joy and foster critical and creative thinking, as well as an appreciation for our shared humanity. Read more about this organization here.
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Knit-Lit Book Club: One Book Chelmsford

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Library
Fireplace Area
Find One Book Chelmsford selections
Join our newest book group, the Knit-Lit book club! Bring your craft projects (knitting, crochet, quilting, felting, etc) and work while discussing the group's latest read! In addition to using the above catalog link, you may find a book available at the Main Library's circulation desk. We meet every second Friday of the month at 10:30 AM in the fireplace area except during the months of July and August.
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One Book Chelmsford Author visit - Ann Hood

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood
Main Library
Entire Library
“Every bite brought me back in time…All of us young, and happy, and full” -from Kitchen Yarns
 
Ann Hood, a Rhode Island native, has been awarded both the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction and two Pushcart Prizes, and is the author of 20+ novels, non-fiction, and young adult books including The Obituary Writer, The Knitting Circle, and The Book That Matters Most.

The 2020 One Book Chelmsford theme is “Stirring the Plots!” We’ll be focusing on food by reading two books: Relish, by Lucy Knisley and Kitchen Yarns, by Ann Hood. Copies are available at the Main Library and MacKay Branch, and downloadable copies of the Relish ebook and Kitchen Yarns ebook are available in Overdrive.

One Book Chelmsford is a community-wide reading program encouraging all residents to read a selected title and attend programming related to the book.  The title is selected each Fall and the Library provides free copies to share. Related programs typically start early in the calendar year and often include a visit from the author. The library has been offering this program since 2007.
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Memoir writing workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
Learn to write a memoir like Ann Hood's Kitchen Yarns! Join professor Melissa Juchniewicz for a two hour presentation and workshop on memoir writing. Pens and paper for writing exercises will be provided.

About the instructor:
Melissa Juchniewicz has facilitated memoir writing workshops for more than 20 years around New England.  She is on the English faculty at UMass Lowell, teaching writing as well as literature courses.  She also taught a variety of courses at Northern Essex Community College where she helped to initiate new programs for student success.  Recognized nationally for teaching excellence, Melissa earned her doctorate in Language and Literacy in Education as well as a Master’s degree from UMass Lowell.  She directs a long-standing memoir writing group in Newburyport.  She is also a Hyla Brook poet, a group based at the Robert Frost farm, and is a member of the New Hampshire Writers Project.  She has published books, academic articles, and poetry, has been a contest winner in flash fiction, and a featured reader at poetry events in New Hampshire.  Prior to her education studies, Melissa worked in the professional theater in San Francisco and Boston, including the Lyric Stage, and was a reporter for the Eagle Tribune and other newspapers.          
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Bread making workshop with Denali Delmar

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)

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After hours concert: Hungrytown

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Explore the World of Herbs and Spices

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
Come learn all about culinary herbs and spices.  Smell and taste the wonderful flavors they have to offer.  Learn tips for how to cook with them, from appetizers to desserts and even drinks.

About the presenter:
Rita Wollmering is the founder, manager and grower of The HERB FARMacy. She grew up on her family’s 500 acre dairy farm in Minnesota. Like some farm kids, she wanted to experience the wide world, so she joined the Peace Corps and worked on agricultural projects in the Philippines. After her graduate studies, Rita continued her international work with USDA and USAID in Washington, DC until her urge to get “back to the farm” led her to pursue her herb farming ambitions. While working year round on the farm and greenhouses, she takes her “break” doing international volunteer work on the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program, most recently working with medicinal herb production in Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Visit the Herb Farmacy online at www.theherbfarmacy.com.
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Springfest Pot Luck and Putt Putt

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Delvena Theater presents Meet Julia Child!

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
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