Contacting Chelsea District Library Staff

Phone: 734-475-8732
Fax: 734-475-6190
Address: 221 S. Main Street
Chelsea, MI 48118

Please click here to view the organizational chart of Chelsea District Library.

Library Administration

Lori Coryell
Lori CoryellLibrary Director
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Linda Ballard
Linda BallardAssistant Director
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Chris Berggren
Chris BerggrenAdministrative Assistant
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Circulation Department

Terri Lancaster
Terri LancasterHead of Circulation
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Information Services

Shannon Powers
Shannon PowersHead of Information Services
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Laura Brown
Laura BrownAdult Librarian
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Stacey Comfort
Stacey ComfortYouth & Teen Librarian
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Edith Donnell
Edith DonnellYouth & Teen Librarian
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Jessica Zubik
Jessica ZubikYouth & Teen Librarian
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Catherine Sossi
Catherine SossiAdult Librarian
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Gabrielle Hopkins
Gabrielle HopkinsAdult Librarian
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Technology Department

Scott Rakestraw
Scott RakestrawHead of Technology
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Matt Jensen
Matt JensenTechnology Specialist
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Marketing Department

Elaine Medrow
Elaine MedrowHead of Marketing
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Virginia Krueger
Virginia KruegerMarketing Specialist
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Board of Trustees

TJ Helfferich
TJ HelfferichPresident
Nominating Committee
Finance Committee
(734) 475-5966

Selected as an At-Large Trustee (Through 2024)

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Gary Munce
Gary MuncePresident-Elect
Chair, Nominating Committee
Finance Committee

(734) 368-3152

Appointed by Lyndon Township (Through 2021)

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Susan Lackey
Susan LackeyTreasurer
Chair, Finance Committee
Nominating Committee
(734) 649-3119

Appointed by Sylvan Township (Through 2023)

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Jan Carr
Jan CarrSecretary
Chair, Policy Committee
Personnel Committee
(734) 475-7034

Selected as At-Large Trustee (Through 2022)

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Anne Merkel
Anne MerkelTrustee
Chair, Community Outreach Committee
Personnel Committee
(734) 475-3272

Appointed by the City of Chelsea (Through 2023)

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Elizabeth Sensoli
Elizabeth SensoliTrustee
Chair, Personnel Committee
Community Outreach Committee
Policy Committee
(734) 662-2142

Appointed by Lima Township (Through 2021)

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Charlie Taylor
Charlie TaylorTrustee
Community Outreach Committee
Policy Committee
(734) 475-2172

Appointed by Dexter Township (Through 2022)

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Lori Coryell
Lori CoryellLibrary Director
(734) 475-8732 ext 206
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Monthly Board Packets

Special Meeting Notice

Notices for special meetings will appear here 18 hours prior to the event.

The Library will hold virtual meetings based on Governor Whitmer’s EO allowing
public bodies to conduct remote public meetings during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chelsea District Library’s Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting previously scheduled
for Tuesday, December 21, 2021 has been changed to Tuesday, December 14 at 6:45 PM.

The next meeting will be held via ZOOM conferencing software on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 6:45 PM.

Meeting ID:  822 0792 7927
    Passcode:  305672 

Audio only?
1-929-205-6099 US (New York)

If you would like to request special accommodations to attend this virtual meeting,
please send your name, phone number, and email address to

The opportunity exists for the public and those with disabilities to relay comments during the course of the meeting. Special needs can be accommodated by request at sign-up. You will receive a link to attend the virtual conference and a phone number to call if you only wish to hear the audio.

Open Board Meetings

Open Board Meetings

All meeting are open to the public so citizens may have the benefit of observing Board business. All formal action by the Chelsea District Library Board takes place during the public meetings. Closed sessions may be held to discuss personnel matters, the purchase or sale of property for competitive bidding, dispute involving court action, negotiations with employees and certain disciplinary matters.

We appreciate your interest in your Library. We believe community participation is essential to maintain excellent library services for all members of our District.

Public Participation

Meetings held by the Chelsea District Library are for the purpose of conducting library business. Public input is allowed during set times of these meetings and for specific amounts of time.

We encourage you to express your views on subjects related to the Library. Comments are welcome during times designed in each Board agenda.

Addressing the Board

There are several ways to formally address the Chelsea District Library Board:

Written Communication

You may write a letter addressed to the Chelsea District Library, c/o Board President, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118. Letters received by the Board President are given to the Board and normally become public record.

Telephone Communication/E-Mail

Community members are always encouraged and welcome to telephone the Library Director, the Board President, or any member to ask questions, share information, or discuss any issue of concern. The director may be contacted by email. Please be sure to include your full name and address for a response.

Participation in a Board Meeting

There are two ways to participate in a Board meeting:

You may call the Board President at least five days in advance of the Board meeting and ask to be placed on the agenda. The Board decides what agenda items are to be discussed when they formally adopt the agenda at the start of their meeting. Once approved, you will be allowed to make your presentation to the Board.

You may address the Board during the agenda item listed as “Comments from the Public.”

When addressing the Board, please state your name. If you are representative of an organization or group, please indicate whether you are representing the view of that group. Written statements should be given to the Board Secretary so copies can be made available to the press. Board members may question speakers, but the Board will not necessarily enter into debate or conversation during this portion of the meeting. In general, issues are referred to the Director for investigation, study and recommendation, designation as a future agenda item, or answered through written communication.