The Library is always looking for reliable and enthusiastic volunteers. Opportunities range from handyman projects to database entry and various other projects.We may not have needs in all areas so please see our volunteer opportunities page for more details. All volunteers are also Friends of the Library. To learn more about the activities of this group, see the Friends page.

Linda Ballard, Assistant Director,  coordinates volunteers and welcomes your questions and comments. Contact her at 734-475-8732 ext 202 or email her.

Volunteer Opportunities

CPUS – Computer & Public User Support Volunteer

Are you good with computers? Do you enjoying helping others? If so, this could be a rewarding volunteer position for you. CPUs assist patron during Tech-By-Request session. Help teach technology workshops, and assist the Head of Technology and Network Administrator with various projects from time to time.  We are currently short on people with Mac computer or Android experience so those skills would be especially appreciated. For more information about this position contact Ron Andrews 475-8732 ext. 223.

Family History Index

Help develop and maintain the Family History Index, a collection of more than 60,000 obituary cards and accompanying web-based database. Tasks include data entry, creating digital images,  and assisting with genealogical research.

Youth/Teen Program Helper

Assist staff with special programs including room set up, “crowd control” and clean up. The position may also assist with craft project preparation and provide additional help to participants during the program.

Workroom Volunteer

Assist the Technical Services Coordinator with media care and repair. Assess damage to library media to help maintain collection. Work on withdrawn library materials, record-keeping and collection maintenance as needed.

Book Sale Manager — **OPEN POSITION**

Do you love to work around books? Are you an organized person who likes people and is looking for a way to use your talents to support the library? If so, we have a great volunteer opportunity for you! We need a manager for our monthly used books sales. Contact Jann Carr ( or Linda Ballard ( 475-8732 ext 202 if interested.

This individual is a member of the Used Book Sale Task Force and is responsible for scheduling and running the sale. Approximately 16-20 hours between each monthly sale is required to satisfactorily fill this position. Tasks include:

  1. Maintain all sale processes and procedures.
  2. Assure sales floor is set up correctly.
  3. Train/coordinate staff and make ad hoc decisions regarding pricing, logistics, etc. during sale or delegate responsibility.
  4. Recruit and schedule all required volunteers for the sale.
  5. Assure sales floor is cleaned up/reset after sale.
  6. Communicate PR/sale information to Communication Chair on Friends’ Board.
  7. Attend Used Book Sale Task Force meetings, approx. six times per year.

Post-Sale Manager — **OPEN POSITION**

If you love the library and helping other non-profit organizations as well, then this volunteer position may be the perfect fit for you! Contact Jan Carr, CDL Friends Used Book Sale Manager at if interested.

This individual works with the Inventory/Space Manager and is responsible for seeing that all unsold items are removed (culled) from the general used book sale inventory to help reduce inventory overload. It is usually done during the week after the sales in January, March, May, July, September, and November. These culled books are then made available to non-profit organizations every other month. Responsibilities include:

  1. Organizing culled material (Hardcover & Paperback) for final shopping sale.
  2. Scheduling and hosting appointments with non-profits to choose material from culled inventory (every other month).*
  3. Boxing culled inventory for donation to goodwill (10 boxes max at one time.)
  4. Boxing culled inventory, hardcover and paperback, for Better World Books (40 boxes min), arranging for pick up, and staging boxes for pickup.
  5. Boxing all discarded “Trash” hard cover books (70 boxes min) in Baker & Taylor boxes for pick up by Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA), scheduling pick up, and staging boxes for pickup.

*Non-profit organizations coming to select culled books should be encouraged to review all culled books. They may use any of the miscellaneous boxes to pack their selections.

Book Bin Emptiers

We need three or four volunteers to empty the book donation bins on Tuesdays anytime, on Saturday OR Sunday, or to help another volunteer with this task on Thursdays. Work involves moving filled bins to the basement, removing donations and stacking them on tables to be sorted for processing. You may also request to be trained to scan the donations for value by our online vendor.  Contact Jan Carr (  or Linda Ballard ( 475-8732 xt. 202 if interested.

Used Book Sales – General — **OPEN POSITIONS**

The Friends of Chelsea District Library hold monthly used book sales in the library basement. Assistance is needed for weekly sorting/cleaning sessions as well as day of sale set up, sales help and tear down. If you are interested in helping with the book sale, your name and information will be given to the Friends’ book sale manager for scheduling and more information.

Youth Service Group

Geared to students from 7th grade up, the Youth Service is a year-round community service opportunity. Participants assist the Youth and Teen Services librarian with program creation and implementation, Summer Reading Program registration and various other tasks throughout the year. Please call Stacey or Edith @ 475-8732 with any questions.

Senior Outreach/Programs

Assist the Adult Services Department with programs held at area senior living facilities or at the library. Volunteers should be comfortable reading/performing for special senior populations, such as those in assisted-living facilities, and available to travel to and from the program site on their own during the work day. This may include set-up and clean-up after programs.

Local History Materials

Help organize and improve the library’s collection of materials about the Chelsea area. Tasks include creating inventories, assisting with special research projects, and digitizing and preserving delicate material.

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Volunteer of the Year  Julie Pecka! Originally from Transylvania, Julie moved to the United States in 1973 and has lived in several Midwestern states and the South. She moved to Chelsea eleven years ago and says that she likes living in Michigan the best! Julie is fluent in Hungarian, and though she can’t speak Romanian anymore, she can still understand it.

Julie’s son Adam lives in Ann Arbor, along with his wife. They have two children: Sydney, a sophomore in college; and Jack a senior in high school. Both good athletes, Julie has enjoyed watching them compete throughout the years.

For more than 18 years, Julie and her husband owned an optical lab business. After retirement, she was a hospital volunteer for nine years. She began volunteering at the Chelsea District Library (CDL) in 2007, where she clipped obituaries from the local newspaper for CDL’s Family History Index. Her next volunteer assignment was helping with the Friends Used Book Sale, where she still volunteers to this day. Julie shares her love for community by also volunteering at the Purple Rose Theater and Adult Learners Institute. In addition to her volunteer hours, Julie became a library employee in 2015 shelving returned materials.

Julie loves to keep busy and when asked what she loves the best, she replied, “mostly books, the theatre, and music!” We love that Julie has chosen CDL to volunteer and work, helping make CDL the special place that it is!

Age Has Its Benefits!

Are you a volunteer who is 55 years old or older? If so, we have a partnership with the Corporation for National & Community Service (funded by Americorp) that offers supplemental medical insurance that covers you as you travel to and from the library, and while you are here volunteering! To find out more and get signed up for this perk, contact Linda Ballard at 734-475-8732 ext 202 or email her.