Chelsea District Library COVID-19 Resource Page

Chelsea District Library is committed to its mission to engage, inspire, and equip our community with evolving materials and resources. The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring us to envision this mission differently as our building remains closed to the public in the interest of public health. Please see Director Lori Coryell’s message below and visit this page for trusted health resources, how your library can help, and special online resources that CDL will provide in these unprecedented times.

Trusted Health Resources

We all know that misinformation spreads fast in today’s world, but how do we recognize what is accurate and what is not? The best way to prevent the spread of misinformation is to stop and ask yourself a few questions. Is the source of this information specifically named?   (If the source is listed as “a neighbor” or “a source at the Pentagon ” then it’s probably not credible.) Is the source trying to sell something? (Articles and posts that advocate for certain products or kits are likely not credible). Use this handy infographic to spot inaccurate or misleading information. Remember, stop and think before you share!

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Click here for the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) up-to-date information on COVID-19 on their website.

State of Michigan Updates

Stay current here as the State of Michigan issues recommendations for how to stay healthy and how the State is responding to issues facing the workforce.

Looking for volunteer opportunities to help your community during this health crisis? Click here for a State-managed list of volunteer opportunities.

The State has expanded unemployment benefits to the workforce during this crisis. Click here for further details.

Washtenaw County Health Department

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Current Washtenaw County Health Department statistics and recommendations can be found here.

World Health Organization (WHO)

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Click here for updates from the World Health Organization (WHO).

How Can We Help You?

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Are you having trouble with an online resource? Are you looking for a particular book or movie to make it through the weekend? Beginning Wednesday, Mar. 18 CDL librarians are available to help! A librarian will be on call via telephone and email from 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday. Call 734-475-8732 x.219 or email ref@chelseadistrictlibrary.org!

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We miss seeing the friendly faces of our patrons! During this state-mandated closure of the building, please consider making use of our many digital resources. Click here for all eBook, audiobook, music, magazine, and movie streaming options. Looking for online educational resources to keep kids engaged? Try BrainfuseScholastic Teachables, or Britannica School! Need help? Email ITHELP@chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

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With the cancellation of schools, kids and parents may be restless and looking for resources to keep busy! CDL Youth librarians have been hard at work to provide ideas to keep their favorite learners busy! Check out this link with both library and non-library activities!

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During this time of social distancing, how are you staying busy? What are your passions? Art? Movies? Music? CDL Adult librarians have been hard at work to provide ideas to keep us all engaged! Check out this link with both library and non-library activities!

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Access 24/7 Wi-Fi at these locations:

  • Chelsea District Library
  • Sylvan Township Hall
  • Lima Township Hall
  • Lyndon Township Hall

Additionally, Chelsea School District is providing outdoor Wi-Fi at select locations for use by staff and students.

Still looking for Wi-Fi? Check out this handy tool provided by Comcast!

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Apply for a library card online! Email checkoutdesk@chelseadistrictlibrary.org and one of our staff members will guide you through the process of getting a library card and pin to access the digital content available during the library’s closure.

Special Resources

In response to COVID-19, many online resources are temporarily accessible outside of the library at no cost. We are committed to providing tools and information to support the Chelsea community and will update this page regularly.

Youth & Family Resources

Scholastic provides day-by-day lessons to keep kids reading, thinking,and growing. Access lessons for grades Pre-K–9.
Username: Learning20
Password: Clifford

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TumbleBookLibrary  is a curated database of children’s e-books with over 1100 titles for grades K–6. It includes animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!

Teen Book Cloud

TeenBookCloud is a curated database of e-books and other digital content for grades 6–12. The growing collection features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!

TumbleMath has the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere—all in the TumbleBook format which combines animation, narration, and sound to create a compelling and enticing story book for students of all ages. The books are all accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans, educational games, plus quizzes in order to test and track progress.

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AudioBookCloud features over 1200 titles, including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children’s and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography, and more! The audio books are always available. There are no special programs to install, or files to download. The site’s also completely mobile compatible, and the audio books can be streamed directly to whichever device you wish to use.

Adult & Small Business Resources

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Small business owners are severely impacted as the State of Michigan responds to the spread of COVID-19. Check out the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s list of grants and aid available from State and Federal resources.

Take this time at home to learn your family’s story! Ancestry.com provides access US and UK census records; passenger lists; birth, marriage and death records; and other genealogy material. Access requires a library card and your library card PIN. Note: TLN has extended this license to temporarily function outside of the library during this health crisis.