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.

Library Service Updates:

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.

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! logo

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.

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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? Beginning Monday, Jun. 15, CDL librarians are expanding their help desk hours! A librarian will be on call via telephone and email from 10am–6pm Monday through Friday and 10am–3pm on Saturdays. Call 734-475-8732 x.219 or email!

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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

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Beginning Monday, Jun. 15 “Curbside CDL” will open. Hours will be Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm, and Saturdays from 10am–3pm. 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.0 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 for use by staff and students.

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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Are you safe at home without a library card to access thousands of digital books, movies, music, and more? CDL is proud to announce online library card applications during the library closure! Click here to apply today! Questions? Email for help! Please note: card is valid for 90 days. When the library reopens, patrons must come in to sign application.

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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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Now that school is out for summer, do you need some online resources to keep them busy? Check out this librarian curated list of links to entertain and educate kids all summer long!

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.

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The Junior Library Guild recently opened free access to their online collection! Search eBooks, audiobooks, and more by grade level (elementary, middle school, and high school and check out their unique virtual getaways!

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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:
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! 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 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.