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Temporary Building Closure

The Chelsea District Library building is temporarily closed for materials pick up starting Friday, Apr. 9–Sunday, Apr. 18 following a positive COVID-19 test reported by staff. In the interest of staff and community health and safety, the building is being thoroughly cleaned and library staff are self-isolating during that time. We will reopen for materials pickup on Monday, April 19.

  • Items on hold are frozen—you won't lose your hold.
  • Our Wi-Fi is accessible outside the building.
  • Reference by telephone and email will still be available during normal operating hours.
  • Scheduled virtual programs will still take place.
Click here for complete COVID-19 Response and Reopening Plan.

Library Highlights

Grow a Garden at Snacktime!

After School Nature Nibbles
Monday, May 10
3:30–4:15
Ages 6–11
Register for Zoom link
Get ready for edible gardening as Ms. Elisabeth guides kids in the art of graham cracker gardening! For the best program experience, purchase ingredients from list in registration link prior to the program.

CDL Welcomes Azar Nafisi

Midwest Literary Walk
Saturday, Apr. 24
1–5pm
Online
CDL is thrilled to welcome professor, author, and activist Azar Nafisi to this year's virtual Lit Walk. Nafisi's best known work, Reading Lolita in Tehran, offers an incisive exploration of the transformative powers of fiction in a world of tyranny.

Celebrate Earth Day!

Wildflower Seed Bomb Kits
Thursday, Apr. 22
10am–6pm
While Supplies Last
Pick up a seed bomb kit at the library to spread native wildflower joy!

Join the Discussion of Lit Walk Guest Author's Memoir.

Reading Glasses Book Club
Things I've Been Silent About:
Memories of a Prodigal Daughter
by Azar Nafisi

Wednesday, May 5 | 7–8:15pm
Register for Zoom Invite
Join us to discuss Midwest Literary Walk guest author Azar Nafisi's fascinating memoir. Call the Circulation Desk at 734-475-8732 x200 to place a copy of the book on hold. You will receive the Zoom login code the week of the meeting.

Stretch Out at Storytime!

Virtual Yoga Storytime
Wednesday, May 5

10:30–11:15am
Ages 2+ 
Register for Zoom code
Breathe Yoga combines stories and stretching at this special storytime! Watch this video clip from January's snowy yoga storytime from Colorado!

Using Your Library Remotely

CDL is making every effort to safely provide materials and resources during the evolving COVID-19 situation. Consider making use of digital collections and online resources.

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Midwest Literature Virtual Walk

Join us virtually on April 24 for an afternoon celebrating literature with three award-winning authors—Laurie Halse Anderson, Ross Gay, and Azar Nafisi! Click here for details and registration link!


My Free Taxes logoTax season is here and your library is here to help. The federal filing deadline has been extended until May 17.  Paper copies of Federal and State tax forms are available 24/7 in the library vestibule. Additional forms can be accessed on IRS. gov or the State of Michigan's website. New this year, try MyFreeTaxes.com, an online tax filing program that helps anyone of any income file their taxes for free. Provided by United Way, MyFreeTaxes also connects filers to the IRs's VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) programs.


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The CDL staff are dedicated to providing accurate information about COVID-19, as well as fun resources to keep busy in this period of social distancing. We miss our community, but will make every effort to stay in touch while the library is closed via the eNewsletters, quarterly print newsletter, website, virtual programs, and social media.

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Zoom! 3-5 Hangout @ Chelsea District Library at Zoom
Apr 19 @ 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

It's hangout time on Zoom! Kids in grades 3-5 can sign up to log in and chat with friends while doing an informal activity. A librarian will always be present in the Zoom “room” during the program, but the kids run the show!

Apr. 19 | Origami Flowers — Have paper and scissors at hand to try folding different origami flowers.

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20
Tue
Book Talk Tuesdays @ Chelsea District Library at Facebook
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Meet your next favorite book! Twice a month, Youth Librarian Miss Jessica will share a few of her favorite books, new and old, for independent readers. Book Talk Tuesdays will feature special guests from the Chelsea community, including Chelsea teachers! These books will be of interest for readers ages 8-12 and available in a variety of formats, including ebooks. Find Book Talk Tuesday videos on the library's Virtual Programming page and CDL Facebook page.

Pajama Storytime on Zoom! @ Chelsea District Library at Zoom
Apr 20 @ 4:00 pm – 4:40 pm

Pop into your PJs and snuggle up with a pillow for storytime! Join Miss Edith for interactive stories, songs and more. Register for a zoom link and materials list. Pick up a Musical Instrument Kit in March for extra fun! Mar. 30 | Bunny StorytimeApr. 20 | Pajama StorytimeMay 4 | Mother’s Day Storytime

Library Board Meeting @ Chelsea District Library at McKune Room
Apr 20 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 20 @ 9:00 pm

The Chelsea District Library Board of Trustees meets the third Tuesday of each month in the library meeting room at 6:45 p.m. This meeting will occur over Zoom until the State of Michigan deems it is safe to meet in person once again.

Apr
21
Wed
Live Virtual Storytime with Miss Edith! @ Chelsea District Library at Facebook
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Storytime with Miss Edith will begin at 10:30am on the CDL facebook page (@ChelseaDistrictLibrary). Storytime live will feature stories, songs, puppets and more! Tune in on time and Miss Edith will be sure to include your name in the welcome song! Check out all of our storytimes on Facebook Watch — No Facebook Account Needed! https://www.facebook.com/ChelseaDistrictLibrary/live/

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