If you love the Library and aren’t yet part of the Friends group, now is a good time to consider joining. The Friends of the Library, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness of the Library. The money raised supports important library services like summer reading programs, author events, special collections, and new technologies. Click here to find out how you can become a Friend of Chelsea District Library.
2018 Library Friend of the Year
Each year, the Friends of CDL recognize a member who has gone above and beyond to support the Friends organization and the Chelsea District Library (CDL). This year’s recipient, a long-time library user and retired Chelsea High School teacher, is Bill Coelius. Bill taught at the Chelsea High School for over 40 years in the subjects of Public Speaking, Debate, Drama, and Radio Broadcasting. “Throughout my years as a teacher, I encouraged my students to take advantage of the resources at the Chelsea District Library,” Bill says. “My Advanced Speech students even gave speeches on local topics from the library’s front porch!”
Forty years and 10,000 Chelsea students later he retired. Encouraged by his wife Pat to help the CDL Friends with their monthly book sale, Bill found himself in charge of the Media section. He’s watched the technology of this collection change from cassette tapes and VHS to DVDs, CDs, and computer programs and games. “I never know what’s coming next, but it’s been fun,” exclaims Bill.
Bill is proud to be a Friend of CDL and one of the volunteers who have made the monthly Used Book Sale a significant financial benefit for the Chelsea District Library. CDL is certainly thankful to have the support of Bill as a Friend!