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.
2019 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 is Jo Ann Munce, who has a long commitment to libraries, beginning with her first library card while a first grader in Ann Arbor to some of her early jobs at the Ann Arbor Public Library and UM’s Graduate Library.
Jo Ann and her husband, Gary, moved to Chelsea nearly 25 years ago. In 1998, she participated in the effort to establish a library millage and bond for a new facility. This successful campaign set in place the building blocks for the district library we know today and ensured that there would be resources to provide library service to all residents of the district.
More recently, Jo Ann co-chaired the Yes! Committee, whose efforts helped to ensure passage of the August millage renewal. Her organizational skills, keen insights, and passion for libraries were instrumental in the successful campaign. Currently you may find her tending the Friendly Book Store shelves in the library lobby, or attending to the “care and feeding” of the Little Free Libraries in Pierce Park and Timbertown. Among Jo Ann’s other volunteer activities are Stockbridge Community Outreach and 5 Healthy Towns Foundation. Jo Ann loves country living, exploring bike trails around the country with Gary, and caring for her two dogs.