2017 Annual Report

Dear Friends,

2017 came and went in a flurry of activity. It was a positive and eventful year at the Chelsea District Library, and it is with much pride that we share all that was accomplished working together with you, the community we serve, in this Annual Report. We made considerable progress toward the goals of our 2017-2019 Strategic Plan and continued to provide the excellent service you have come to know and expect of us. As you read through this Annual Report, we hope you share our sense of accomplishment in what we have achieved and our hopefulness at what we have yet to accomplish as your public library.

We speak on behalf of the board, staff, and volunteers of the Chelsea District Library when we say it is a privilege to interact with you as we engage, inspire, and equip our community through evolving services and resources.

We look forward to seeing you at the Library or out in the community soon!


Lori Coryell & Charlie Taylor

Lori Coryell
Library Director

Charlie Taylor
2017 Board of Trustees President

Board of Trustees

Anne Merkel
City of Chelsea

Charlie Taylor
Dexter Township

Tryntje Helfferich
At Large

Susan Lackey
At Large

Jan Carr
Sylvan Township

Elizabeth Sensoli
Lima Township

Jerry Wilczynski
Lyndon Township

Lori Coryell
Library Director


The mission of the Chelsea District Library is to engage, inspire, and equip through evolving services and resources.


The vision of the Chelsea District Library is to be a vibrant hub bringing together and enriching all communities.


  • Equal, uncensored access
  • High quality resources
  • A safe, secure environment for all library visitors
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Fiscal integrity and accountability
  • Free exchange of ideas
  • Inclusion and respect
  • High ethical and professional standards
  • Superior customer service


en·gage (v) participate or involve oneself in a process or activity

Washtenaw Reads

CDL participated in the first annual Washtenaw Reads program, which promotes reading and countywide dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. The 2017 book selection was $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, co-authored by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer.

Midwest Literary Walk

The 2017 Midwest Literary Walk showcased four authors representing different cultures and perspectives.

“Thank you all for putting on such a wonderful event and including me in it! It really was one of the best readings and discussion I’ve been a part of…”
–2017 Author Derek Palacio

What We Carried

Our What We Carried exhibition helped to highlight the difficult decision Iraqi and Syrian refugees had to make when choosing what to bring with them on their journey to America.

“This (What We Carried) is a beautiful, educational exhibit. Many thanks to all who made it possible.”

“…I so appreciate how eclectic CDL is in encouraging and privileging all kinds of communication—country music, roots music, theater, movies, trivia, photography, etc. I really appreciate CDL’s outreach efforts and the significant role you all play in enriching cultural opportunities in Chelsea.”

Beautifully Wrapped

The Beautifully Wrapped exhibition gave us a chance to explore different headdresses from numerous spiritual, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. A workshop followed, allowing participants a chance to try head wrapping themselves.

“Finally got to see this exhibit yesterday. The photographs are breathtaking!”

– Vanden Bosch-Family, Facebook Post

CDL Top 5

Bringing families together for a night of Family Feud inspired fun at various Chelsea restaurants, our new program, CDL Top 5, was an instant success!

March Madness

CDL gave book fans a bracket-style tournament of their own! During March Madness — CDL Style, participants voted online and in person to move their favorite book forward to the championship round. The winning title was A Man Named Ove by Fredrik Backman.

“Thank you again for the documentary showing on Saturday at the Chelsea District Library and the conversation following. I so appreciate the opportunities provided to our community through the film forum. And I so appreciated your leadership in the midst of the afternoon.”


in·spire (v) fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Fairy Garden

With the help of the Chelsea Area Garden Club and the Garden Mill, the library now has a magical Fairy Garden that is delighting both the young and old alike!

Chelsea Robotics

CDL was an integral part in helping Chelsea Robotics launch their First Lego® League, Jr. by loaning Lego® WeDo kits and laptops with Lego® software; and hosting their end of season Expo.

Music in the Air

An audience of over 100 surrounded themselves in music at our First Annual Music in the Air concert featuring classical pianist Jacopo Giacopuzzi.


To engage more readers and help celebrate Chelsea’s artistic community, CDL redesigned its quarterly newsletter into a magazine-like format. Each cover features work by local artists, and its contents are filled with inspiring articles and programs. There’s even an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts, ideas, and experiences in the Perspective column.

Kids Read Comics

Who doesn’t love a comic book? Kids Read Comics brought together professional and aspiring comic artists to share talents and techniques. Participants even had a chance to engage with the artists over lunch!

Song Fest

Over 300 Chelsea music lovers, including eighty-four teenagers, were inspired to explore, create, and perform during our first annual Song Fest.

“Congrats CDL on the first annual Song Fest – a great day for music! Thoroughly enjoyed the Paul Burch show at the Chelsea Alehouse Brewery. Let’s do it again next year…”


e·quip (v) to provide what is needed for use or for an undertaking.

Internet Access

Recognizing the digital divide within our service district, CDL helps to provide Wi-Fi access through hotspots, which are available for check out and also located at the Lima, Lyndon, and Sylvan Township Halls. CDL also advocated for the passage of a broadband bond proposal in Lyndon Township, which was approved in August 2017.

Training by Request

Training by Request, a new technology service, delivers training convenient to each learner’s needs and schedule.

“Wanted to let you know that my daughter and her friends thought the songwriting workshop with (John E.) Lawrence was so great! He was really inspiring for them =).”

Reading Garden

CDL now offers comfortable seating in our Reading Garden made possible with donations in memory of long-time CDL Friend and supporter Stan Staffeld.

Document Station

Our new Document Station allows document scanning to devices, online storage, email, or to the library printer.

Bridging the Digital Divide

As a recipient of the Mobile Beacon Wi-Fly Digital Inclusion grant, CDL was able to distribute a total of 24 hotspots to the Chelsea High School, Chelsea Senior Center, and Faith in Action helping to bridge the digital divide among seniors, student, and low-income populations.

“…we ARE regulars at the Chelsea District Library because it is so fabulous! We use its services all the time (yes, we have our library card memorized!) …”

Homeschool Support

To support our homeschooled families, CDL established quarterly Homeschool meet-ups, where topics, resources, and activities provided additional learning materials for students and parents/teachers. By the end of 2017, 27 families belonged to our Chelsea Homeschool Conversations Facebook Group.

“These historical presentations (The Yanks Are Comin’!) are some of our very favorite things about Chelsea Library! Our family is very thankful that you offer these.”
– Natures Homeschool, Facebook Post

“I’m so excited about the possibilities of the CDL Garage. I plan on using the projector and other items!”

Building Update: LED Project Complete!

Saving energy and protecting our planet is important to all of us at CDL! The completion of our LED Bulb Replacement Project is helping us and our planet in the following ways:

  • 784 bulbs were replaced resulting in a range of 47% – 80% energy savings, which helps to lower our electric bill.

  • We’ve seen usage reduction of over 93,000 kWh when compared to the average five year usage prior to inception of the project.*

    *This includes all electrical usage, not just lighting.

In addition to cost savings, LED bulbs…

  • Do not contain hazardous materials.

  • Run cooler, resulting in lower air conditioning costs.

  • Last up to 25 years longer than non-LED bulbs.

“This place is wonderful for studying. My friends and I are able to rent (use) a room with our school ID and study in quiet as well as working on projects. Thank you!”


“Life is like a tea cup, to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends.”

Appreciation Luncheon

Each year the Friends treat the CDL staff to a wonderful luncheon in recognition of their excellent service to the Chelsea community.

The Friends donated $21,874 in 2017 to support the following programs, collections, and contributions:

  • Comedy Showcase

  • Endowment Contribution

  • Lew Green Memorial Contribution

  • Midwest Literary Walk

  • Music in the Air

  • Purple Rose Theatre Reading

  • Song Fest

  • Sonic Sundays

  • Stan Staffield Outdoor Seating Contribution

  • Summer Reading Program and Prizes

  • Wi-Fi Hotspots

49 Members!

Processed 66,000 book donations in 2017.

Image of Friends Used Book Sale

Used Book Sales

  • 2428 book sale volunteer hours

  • 1800 20# bags of books sold in 2017


Grantors are integral to CDL’s ability to provide first-class programs, exhibits, and resources.

Workplace Wellness Grant

CDL created an employee-driven committee to begin implementing health goals, resources, and activities for staff around the theme of wellness. This initiative was made possible through a Workplace Wellness Grant from the Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

Chelsea Education Foundation

Chelsea Education Foundation provided a grant which allowed our Authors in Chelsea program to provide a book to all first through sixth grade Chelsea Students.

Chelsea Area Garden Club

A magical fairy garden came to life next to our Reading Garden thanks to a generous grant from the Chelsea Area Garden Club.


CDL partnered with over 40 local organizations and businesses throughout the year to provide programming for all ages, interests, and needs.

Endowment Donors

  • Friends of CDL
  • Dan Maroney


  • Karl & Kathleen Alleman
  • Sandra Belback
  • Edward & Karen Belloli
  • Chelsea Area Garden Club
  • Chelsea ATA Martial Arts
  • Chelsea Bakery
  • Chelsea Cottage Inn
  • Chelsea Lanes
  • Chelsea Lions Club
  • Chelsea Treehouse
  • Collected Treasures Farm
  • Jeffrey Danielski
  • Fred & Sally Dickinson
  • Sandra Dunham
  • Timothy & Judy Flint
  • Friends of CDL
  • Mary A. Green
  • Cayman Hartigan
  • Anna Henderson
  • Sue Ellen Hickey
  • Sheri Horn
  • Arlene B. Howe Revocable Living Trust
  • Elliott R. Hudgins
  • George S. Hunt, Jr.
  • Kiwanis Club of Chelsea
  • Candy Kus
  • Kenneth Kush
  • Douglas Kush & Emily Hojjat
  • Sahar Malik
  • Lisa Matovic
  • Christine Merkel
  • Gary & Jo Ann Munce
  • Nancy Neff
  • Camie Noah
  • Alexandra Nowak
  • Pandya Family Dentistry
  • Pines Book Club
  • Polly’s Country Market
  • Sarah Teare
  • Debra Thornton
  • Thriving Minds Family Services
  • Thomas Toon & Anthony Shakeshaft
  • Wendy’s
  • Susan Love Whitelaw & Larry C. Ledebur
  • Zap Zone
  • Rogerio & Judith Zepeda


  • Friends of CDL
  • Kiwanis Club of Chelsea
  • Michael D. Kunkel & Henry Cox
  • Mason Olive Lodge #156
  • Elizabeth Sensoli

Featured Song Fest Artist, Paul Burch, visited Chelsea High School’s Songwriting as Poetry class to share his songwriting tips and listen to students perform their poetry.

Community Partners

  • 4-H Clubs of Washtenaw County
  • Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
  • Ann Arbor District Library
  • Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
  • Astral Road Media
  • Ballet Chelsea
  • Chelsea Adult Learners Institute
  • Chelsea Alehouse
  • Chelsea Area Garden Club
  • Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
  • Chelsea Community Forum
  • Chelsea First United Methodist Church
  • Chelsea Lions
  • Chelsea Retirement Community
  • Chelsea River Gallery
  • Chelsea School District
  • Chelsea Senior Center
  • ChelseaMich.com
  • City of Chelsea
  • Dexter District Library
  • Faith in Action
  • The Garden Mill
  • Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
  • Jet’s Pizza
  • Just Imagine
  • Literati Book Store
  • McKinley Properties
  • Michigan Military Heritage Museum
  • Milan Public Library
  • Northfield Township Area Library
  • Polly’s Country Market
  • Purple Rose Theatre Company
  • Robin Hill Farms
  • Saline District Library
  • Serendipity Books
  • Silver Maples Retirement Community
  • Sounds & Sights/Chelsea Festivals
  • SRSLY Chelsea
  • Thompson’s Pizza
  • Ypsilanti District Library
  • WDET
  • Wines on Main


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Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan

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Fund Balances

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