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 visit this page for library service updates, trusted health resources, how your library can help, and special online resources that CDL will provide in these unprecedented times.

Current Hours

CDL is currently in Stage 3 of our phased reopening plan. Current Curbside Pickup hours are:
Mon–Fri: 10am–6pm
Sat: 10am–5pm
Sun: Closed
Please allow 24 hours for material pickups to be processed.

Library Service Updates:

September 24, 2020: Director’s Note – CDL Expanding Curbside Services.
June 10, 2020:
CDL Announces Curbside Pickup will begin June 15 as part of CDL Reopening Plan.
June 3, 2020:
In response to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-110, Director Lori Coryell provided an update to the library reopening plans.
May 11. 2020: In response to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-77, Director Lori Coryell provided an update to the library closure and reopening plans.
May 1, 2020: In response to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-69, Director Lori Coryell provided an update to the library closure and reopening plans.
March 21, 2020: Director Lori Coryell shared this video update with plans for library closure and limited library services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 19, 2020: CDL Announces service update and suspension of curbside pick-up service.
March 16, 2020: In response to emerging COVID-19 health emergency CDL announces program cancellations and building closure.

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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? Librarians are on call via telephone and email during normal business hours. 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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Beginning Monday, October 26, curbside pickup tables will be located in the library lobby. Hours are Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm, and Saturdays from 10am–5pm. Items can be put on hold through the online card catalog or by calling a reference librarian at 734-475-8732 x.219. Patrons will be notified when their holds are ready and can call 734-475-8732 x.200 or email checkoutdesk@chelseadistrictlibrary.org to schedule a time to pick them up. Click here for more details!

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In the interest of public safety, large public events at the library have transitioned to virtual events. Please click here to see upcoming events for all ages!

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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.

Still looking for Wi-Fi? Check out this handy tool provided by Comcast or this page provided by the State of Michigan!

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Apply for a Library Card

Are you missing the most valuable card in your wallet? A library card grants access to thousands of digital books, movies, music, and more? CDL is proud to provide online library card applications during the building closure! Click here to apply today! Please note: card is valid for 90 days. When the library reopens, patrons must come in to sign application. Questions? Email checkoutdesk@chelseadistrictlibrary.org for help!

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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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Do you need online resources to keep your kids busy? Check out this librarian curated list of links to entertain and educate kids of all ages!

Special Resources

Youth & Family Resources

Are you looking for curriculum support as you enter a new kind of school year? Scholastic Teachables has you covered with downloadable and printable lessons, practice pages, and mini-books for kids from Pre-K through middle school. All you need is a library card number to get started!

Britannica School offers digital encyclopedia with a flexible interface to allow you to adjust the content to fit the educational level of your children from kindergarten through high school!

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Students in grades 3–12 can access live tutors daily from 2–11pm with HelpNow! Tutors hold degrees in the subjects they are teaching. Use strategies such as screen or photo sharing to get one-on-one help. Or, take advantage of the SkillSurfer where students can build curriculum or standardized test skills through lessons, videos, tests, and more.

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Michigan History for Kids is aimed at children in third and fourth grades, but anyone at any age will find the content interesting and informative!
HSM is honored to offer this service to our members and friends while we all cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Visit:

michigankids.org
Username: MHK
Password: 1234

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.

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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.

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We are excited for this resource as it offers many great learning and career training programs. Many of the technology training programs are from major software vendors like Adobe and Microsoft. The beauty of Lynda.com is that you can progress at your own pace and get certifications in many of the courses. Click here to begin training. Note: you will need a valid library card and pin number to register.

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The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce supports our local businesses and community with helpful links for business owners, lists of restaurants open for curbside and delivery, and local businesses providing gift cards and other services.

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PBS LearningMedia  will now offer access to “Ken Burns in the Classroom”  which includes many of the award-winning films of Ken Burns and Florentine Films in their entirety. The films will support teachers and students with distance learning for the remainder of this academic year.