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Newsletter | Winter 2012/13 December | January | February



Igeek drumming

Director’s Chair Check it Out! Donations Volunteers Programs & Events Friends

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SONIC SUNDAYS A Winter Music Series, see p.11 Made Possible By:

Photo: Burrill Strong Photography



Whatever you Geek, Fun or Serious, the Chelsea District Library Supports You

This year, your library is busier than ever. In July alone, more than 22,300 people visited our beautiful historic building, using our public computers, borrowing materials or accessing our 24/7 online resources and e-books from home. With Internet access, knowledgeable librarians and nationally-recognized local programs, the library is an important asset in our community. And for many of us, the library is the only access to the essential resources we need to improve our lives. For many, the library is not a luxury, it is a necessity.

Public Libraries Are Struggling

Many libraries across the state and nation are cutting staff, programs and hours, and some are closing their doors forever. Although we have been very fortunate here in Chelsea, the economic environment continues to have a negative impact on our budget. Over the past four years, library revenue has decreased by 13%, almost $200,000. And yet, since 2007, circulation of library materials has increased by 10% and continues to rise. We’ve responded by cutting operating and maintenance costs. We’ve made every effort to minimize cuts to public service.

Chelsea District Library Needs Your Support

Inadequate library funding translates into fewer books, fewer hours open to the public, fewer staff to assist residents and fewer children’s programs. Your voice matters. Help us continue the conversation in our community regarding library funding. This is critical now with the decline in property values and the potential elimination of personal property tax by the state legislature, which could result in an additional $100,000 loss in revenue for us. Personal Property Tax is a tax paid by businesses on industrial and commercial equipment and generates nearly $470 million annually for local governments, school districts and libraries. So please, share what you geek. Share what our library does for you and our community. And spread the word that your public library needs everyone’s support.

Sound Investment

Public libraries are a sound investment. They provide support for individuals, small businesses, local organizations and schools. The library has helped people find jobs, re-educate themselves, and transform their lives for decades, but our role has never been more critical. With high unemployment and many people cutting back on expenses, this vital resource is often the only viable option for active job seekers. The library helps people get back to work.

What Do You Geek?

If the library matters to you, make an effort to explain to others why you “Geek” the Chelsea District Library. Benjamin Franklin created the free public library system because he knew the power of knowledge for the welfare of a free and independent society. When our schools and libraries don’t have the necessary resources that they need, what sort of legacy do we leave for future generations? Remember, when it comes to supporting the library, your voice can make the difference.

William Harmer

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it out!

Scratched Discs

Public libraries are a great resource for the latest DVDs, CDs, current best-selling books on CD, and video games but often times these discs skip, ruining your viewing or listening experience. If you check out materials and discover a damaged disc, please let us know. A simple note inside the case identifying the damaged disc will alert our staff to the problem so we can clean or buff these items, allowing a better experience for the next person. Notes can also be left on non-Chelsea items; the other libraries in our system will appreciate the note and take care of the problem when the item returns to their library. Due to the number of discs that circulate each day and limited staff, most libraries cannot clean discs each time they are returned.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)

We encourage you to bring your own re-usable bag to the library. In an effort to reduce costs and waste, the library no longer purchases plastic bags. The Friends of Chelsea District Library now have eco-friendly bags available for purchase. Bags are $3 when purchased at the Check Out Desk. Stop by the next Friends of Chelsea District Library Used Book Sale on Saturday, January 12 and get your bag for $2 with purchase.

Check Your E-mail in December

In an effort to bring our e-mail list up to date, as well as avoid sending you e-mail that you may no longer wish to receive, we will soon be asking for your permission for future e-newsletter mailings. In December we will be sending a re-confirmation e-mail to those who currently subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter. If you wish to continue to receive our e-newsletter, you will be asked to click the confirmation link included in the e-mail. If you do not re-confirm your subscription, you will no longer receive our e-newsletter. This is a safe and secure way to maintain your subscription. We are asking for this confirmation simply to protect you from receiving unwanted e-mail. Please be assured that if you do not respond, your e-mail address will not be kept on our list, and you will not receive any future e-mail communications from Chelsea District Library. This will not affect your e-mail notices letting you know when library materials are due or ready for pick-up. These notification e-mails are sent from The Library Network, not Chelsea District Library. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions for content you would like to receive in our e-newsletter, please contact Anna Cangialosi by phone, (734) 475-8732 x216 or by e-mail,


Annual Volunteer Holiday Open House | Saturday, Dec. 1

Mark your calendars! Our annual Volunteer Holiday Open House in honor of our wonderful library volunteers will be on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5:30–7pm in the library’s McKune Room. The holidays are a great time to honor our volunteers, past and present. Enjoy a light buffet and holiday goodies, then watch the Hometown Holiday Lights Parade from the warmth of the McKune Room (or from the porch for those who like the winter chill). It is one small way we can say Thank You to those who do so much to serve our community through volunteering at the library. If you are now, or ever have been, a library volunteer please plan to attend. If you love working with books, we can always use more volunteers to help with the Friends’ Used Book Sales. The sales take place every other month and hundreds of hours go into preparing for each one: cleaning, sorting, shelving and culling thousands of items that are donated each month. Hours are flexible. Contact Linda Ballard by phone, (734) 475-8732 x202 or by e-mail, if you are interested.

Donations Thank You!

Friends of Chelsea District Library | State of Michigan MCACA Grant | River Gallery | Robert Martel | Target | Donna Stohl In Honor of Elaine Kerr: Gail Beaver, Rollie Billings, Nancy Bock, Ginny Brace, Barbara Cook, Elsie Dyke, Elizabeth Hancock, Georgia Hauk, Marilyn Larson, Marcia McCrary, Malvern Reinhart, Marge Rutila, Judy Schmidt, Cora Slavens, Deborah Smith, Joan Weber, Rae Ann Weymouth, Noel Winkler Korean War Veterans Project: John Merkel, Jean Vargas, Ann Arbor Eagles Auxilliary, VFW Post 4076, J. Vincent & Shirley Burg, Gary Zenz Endowment: Gary Zenz

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Adult programs

To register for programs: Call (734) 475-8732 or go online at and click on the Calendar tab.

arts & culture


business & finance

Winter Craft: Snowman Clips

Great Books

Grow Your Business One-on-One Counseling

Thursday, Jan. 24 | 7–8pm McKune Room | Registration Required Join crafter Mindy Kinner to make an adorable, yet functional winter craft. Using some paint, fabric scraps and a bit of glue, turn an oversized clothespin into a snowman ready to hold pictures, shopping lists, and anything else you might clip to it. All supplies provided.

Feeding the Monster: Approaches to Song-Writing

Thursday, Feb. 21 | 7–8:30pm McKune Room | Registration Required Educator and musician John Zainea will explore the art of song-writing—from how to get started, to collaborating with others and perfecting your final product.

Celebrating Chelsea: A Look Back at Chelsea’s 125th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 7–8:30pm McKune Room | Registration Required

First Fridays, Dec. 7 | Feb. 8 | 1–2pm Chelsea Senior Center | 512 E. Washington St. Drop-in Friendly, casual book discussions centering on a mix of classic and contemporary fiction and nonfiction. All are welcome. In partnership with Chelsea Senior Center.

December 7 | In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson February 8 | Defending Jacob by William Landay

International Book Club

Second Tuesdays, Dec. 11 | Jan. 8 | Feb. 12 7–8:30pm | McKune Room | Drop-in Reserved copies of the books are available at the Check Out Desk. In partnership with Global Marketplace.

Dec. 11 | Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri Jan. 8 | The Good Daughter by Jasmin Darznik Feb. 12 | The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht

Books and Banter

Third Thursdays, Dec. 13 | Jan.17 | Feb. 21 1:30–2:30pm | McKune Room | Drop-in Hosted by Michaelina Brown. Reserved copies of the books are available at the Check Out Desk.

Librarian Emily Meloche will take us back to 1959, when the whole town embraced Chelsea’s 125th anniversary celebration by growing beards, wearing 19th century fashions, and building log cabins. She’ll showcase photographs, artifacts, and a recently-converted film of this incredible community event.

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Dec. 13 | Stephen Hawking: an unfettered mind by Kitty Ferguson Jan. 17 | Time in Between by Maria Duenas Feb. 21 | The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale Made Possible By:

Wednesdays, Jan. 16 | Feb. 20 | 3–7pm Study Rooms | Registration Required Register for a one-hour consultation with a business counselor who will provide confidential, personalized advice. Grow Your Business can provide mentoring on a wide range of topics including business planning, marketing, financing, accounting, and customer service. In partnership with SCORE.

Art Meets Business One-on-One Counseling

Fridays, Jan. 18 | Feb. 15 | 10am–1pm Study Rooms | Registration Required Art Meets Business assists highly motivated creative entrepreneurs with marketing, technology, and business skills. This coaching is designed to assist recipients with progress toward their goals, improved marketing strategies, customer relations guidance and more. For visual and performing artists, writers, photographers, graphic artists, and other creative types. Please register for your free one-hour session.


Common Chords Concert Friday, Nov. 30 | 7–8:30pm

McKune Room | Drop-in Join us for a heart-warming performance by the Common Chords hand bell choir! After the performance, audience members of all ages are invited to try playing the bells for themselves. Join us for music, refreshments and good cheer to kick off a great Chelsea tradition.

Purple Rose Concert Reading Saturday, Dec. 1 | 10:30am–1pm

McKune Room | Registration Required Join us for a reading of playwright David MacGregor’s new comedy: Scrooge Macbeth; or, A Shakespearean Christmas. Bob, Sylvia, Victor, and Renee are the last four actors standing when a food poisoning outbreak sidelines most of the cast on the opening night of their community theatre’s holiday production. But that’s not the only setback: Sylvia has just discovered a boatload of red ink in the theatre group’s ledger. With impending financial ruin, a shortage of cast members, and an expectant audience just outside the doors, can these four amateur thespians concoct some holiday entertainment in time to save their theatre?


community involvement

Photo: Burrill Strong Photography

Public libraries are a gift. Support your public library. Libraries put dollars back into the community by helping small businesses and local organizations, getting people back to work, and providing vital resources for everyone in good times and in bad. Libraries are a sound investment. What they do has a direct—and positive— effect on individuals, and on the well-being of the surrounding community. Make sure libraries have the funding they need to help individuals and communities thrive. Find out how you can help improve public library funding in your community. Your voice matters.

Stay after to share your feedback with the playwright and Purple Rose Theatre Company Artistic Director, Guy Sanville.


In partnership with Purple Rose Theatre Company.

Healthy Holiday

Wednesday, Dec. 5 | 7–8:30pm McKune Room | Registration Required Join Ann Arbor Cooks as they share secrets to a healthy holiday. Maple Apple Pecan Bread Pudding (vegan); Fresh Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Bark with Almonds (glutenfree, full of antioxidants); Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies (vegan). In partnership with

Brought to you by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative, with funding by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. does not support or oppose any candidate for public office and does not take positions on legislation.

Give the Gift of Local History

Chelsea Community Kitchen.

Gorgeous Gift Wrapping Guidance Thursday, Dec. 13 | 7–8:30pm

McKune Room | Registration Required Gift-wrapper extraordinaire Allison Winters will demonstrate the techniques to ensure a beautifully-wrapped gift every time, along with tips for handling those pesky oddlyshaped items. Please bring scissors and a gift to wrap.

Community History Documentaries For sale by:

Available at the Check Out Desk

One Room Schoolhouses Farmers World War II Veterans Village Life



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Microsoft Word 2007 Level 1A Saturday, Jan. 19 | 10:30am–12:30pm American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, Jan. 3 | 1–7pm | McKune Room To schedule an appointment go to and type in sponsor code chelsealibrary. Come join us and give the gift of life!

Technology eReader Users Group

Sundays, Jan. 6 | Feb. 3 1:30pm–3pm | McKune Room | Drop-In The eReader Users Group will meet to provide helpful tips, updates, and advice on using or considering various popular eReader devices. Discuss how to access and download free titles from our Download Destination website. All users and prospective users are asked to bring in their eReader devices if they have one.

Introduction to Windows 8

Tuesday, Dec. 11 10:30am–12pm & 7–8:30pm McKune Room | Registration Required Come to a basic introduction and discussion about Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system. A handout of web and print resources will be available. All experience levels and questions welcome.

Learning Lab | Registration Required Get introduced to the popular word processing program Microsoft Word 2007 by creating a simple letter. In this session, we will cover basic document creation features by working on simple text entry, editing, basic formatting, saving and reviewing print options.

Microsoft Word 2007 Level 1B Saturday, Jan. 26 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Learning Lab | Registration Required In continuation of the Microsoft Word 2007 Level 1A session, we will begin with a quick review of our prior topics. This workshop will build on the earlier letter example, and create a simple report with cover page. Users will learn additional formatting functions like bullets and lists, page layout, more editing tools like Search & Replace, inserting Headers & Footers and page numbering. We will finish with insertion of a simple image from clip art and other picture sources.

Microsoft Excel 2007 Level 1A Thursday, Feb. 14 | 6:30–8:30pm

Learning Lab | Registration Required Get introduced to the popular number crunching and graphing program Microsoft Excel 2007. In this workshop you will create a simple accounting spreadsheet as an example. This session will cover the Excel visual interface, entering numeric and text data, completing basic formatting of data, manipulation of cells, rows and columns, entry of basic math formulas and configuration of simple printing for your example spreadsheet.

Microsoft Excel 2007 Level 1B

Thursday, Feb. 21 | 6:30–8:30pm Learning Lab | Registration Required In continuation of the Microsoft Excel 2007 Level 1A session, we will open with a quick review of the prior topics. This session will cover the creation of standard graphic options and go into the creation of a simple database. Users will learn more functions like formatting of data (text & images), working with ranges, using the sort and filter tools, connecting formulas between sheets, and additional print options.

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Pinterest: Tips and Tricks from a Power User Thursday, Feb. 7 | 7–8:30pm

McKune Room | Registration Required Visual social networking site Pinterest has rocketed in popularity and is used to note and promote everything from artwork to recipes to fashion to clever uses for mason jars. See what the buzz on this fast-growing site is all about with a guided demonstration from social media expert Shannon Beeman.

One–on–One Computer Help First & Third Tuesdays | 10am–12pm

Learning Lab | Registration Required Have a general question about your computer system? Our computer volunteers are on hand to help educate and inform our patrons and answer basic questions about computers, the Internet, Microsoft applications, and other technology topics. We also have volunteers that can help answer basic Apple/Mac questions. Wireless access is available. There are new fields about your questions and device type in the online registration forms. Bring your device and questions. To register for One–on–One Computer Help, go to and click on Calendar tab from the library homepage, then choose the One–on–One Computer Help session you would like to attend. You can also register by calling or coming into the library. Registration is very important so that we can prepare for your questions with enough volunteers.

Ancestry Aficionados Last Tuesdays | 10am–12pm

Learning Lab | Registration Required Join fellow family history enthusiasts and gather for open research and study. Expert volunteers will be on hand to answer genealogy, record searching, and computer questions. Check out our installation of Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, and our own!

Teenspace Holiday

Hygiene Drive December 1 - January 7 Donations go to:

Help homeless teens and children this December by donating unopened hygiene supplies. Donations will be distributed between Faith in Action in Chelsea and Ozone House of Ann Arbor. For a list of the most necessary hygiene products, pick up a list at any Information Desk. In partnership with 4-H Clubs of Washtenaw County.

Dungeons & Dragons Weekly Gaming Night

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4:30–8:30pm KidSpot | Drop-In | Ages 12+ Dungeons and Dragons isn’t just fun, it’s challenging! Build your character, solve puzzles, battle monsters and find treasure. New and experienced gamers are welcome! Different games on Tuesdays and Thursdays, organized by teens with oversight by an adult volunteer. Please see online calendar for dates and details.

McKune Room | Registration Required Ages 10–17

Need a present for a friend or family member? Make your own holiday presents here in the library. What we’ll be making is a surprise, but we’ll make it and wrap it today. Parents, this would be a great time for you to go shopping downtown, while your children make you a present. All supplies provided.

Teen Lock-In: Laser Tag Friday, Feb. 1 | 6:30–9:30pm

Throughout the Library | Ages 12 + Parent-Signed Waiver Required

Laser Tag in the library

Youth Service Group Winter Membership Meeting Monday, Jan. 7 | 3:30–5pm

Kidspot | Drop-In | Ages 12 +

volunteer all year! at chelsea district library

Homemade Tween and Teen Gifts for the Holidays Saturday, Dec. 1 | 2–3:30pm

To register for programs: Call (734) 475 - 8732 or go online at and click on the Calendar tab.

cool prize giveaway! Are you a member of the library’s Youth Service Group? Would you like to join? Come to this special membership and orientation meeting to find out more about volunteering at the library. Sign up for programs, select ongoing projects to work on, and pick out winter teen programs for the library! Get first chance at special new teen book collections, win prizes and more!

Sign up with your friends, form teams of four and compete amidst shelves of books and a laser light array. When not playing laser tag, watch the movie The Hunger Games, and enjoy pizza and snacks. Attendees must have a parent-signed waiver or have a parent speak with a member of the Youth Department before the event. In partnership with SRSLY.



Photo: Burrill Strong Photography

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Youth programs LET’S GET STARTED!

You’re never too young to be a library user.


Tuesdays | 10:30–11:15am KidSpot | Drop-in | Ages 0–24 months Play an important and powerful role in shaping the early learning experiences of your child! Babytime is the perfect place to socialize and learn important skills with your baby or toddler. We’ll be singing songs, doing bouncy rhymes, learning some “baby signing” and reading along to fun board books in the first half of this program. In the second half, the toys come out! While the babies play (and learn to share), caregivers have a chance to socialize and exchange information.


Dance Along, Sing Along! Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 10:30–11:15am

McKune Room | Registration Required Ages 2+ w/adult Dance along and sing along with Mrs. Beth! Join local music teacher Beth Battey for songs, dances, and musical games for children and parents to do together, followed by open playtime. Siblings welcome. Beth Battey is a co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, and teaches music at several local day care centers, as well as private music lessons to all ages.


Special programs just for parents!

Registration Required | For Parents


• YOU could IMPROVE their chances of remaining drug free by a further 26%?

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Thursdays, Jan. 17 | Feb. 21 10:30–11:30am | KidSpot | Drop-In Ages 4 and under w/adult This informal play session gives children an opportunity to meet and play with other children in a fun, safe, and child friendly environment while enabling parents and caregivers to socialize. We’ll provide age appropriate toys for the kids and coffee for the adults.

Parents’ Night Out Friday, Jan. 25 | 6–9pm

McKune Room | Registration Required For parents w/kids ages 5–11

Guiding Good Choices Family Workshop Mondays, Feb. 25–March 28 11am–1pm | McKune Room

Wednesdays | 10:30–11:15am KidSpot | Drop-in | Ages 2–6 Join youth librarians Miss Karen, Miss Robin and Miss Edith in storytime fun. With over 25 combined years of storytime experience, our youth librarians will introduce your child to the wonderful world of books by reading great stories, singing funny songs, and making each story come alive through puppets, fingerplays and movement. Winter Session: January 2–February 6 Thursdays, Dec. 6 | Jan. 3 | Feb. 7 10:30–11:15am | KidSpot | Drop-in Ages 18–36 months Toddlertime is our storytime that emphasizes certain early literacy skills for your child. We will lay the foundation for reading through letter knowledge (with our Letter People Puppets) and vocabulary building (great new books to read together). Activities such as group songs, interactive felt board stories, and our “group troop” action rhymes, will entertain and educate. Our age-specific toys, which come out the last 15 minutes, will encourage socialization. Your child will leave thinking the library is a super fun place, all while learning pre-reading skills!

Preschool Open Play

What if someone told you that in five weeks… • YOU could REDUCE the likelihood of your child using marijuana or drugs by 40%?

• YOU could RAISE your child’s feelings of self-worth by over 20%? Guiding Good Choices is a five-part workshop for parents or caregivers of children ages 9–14. This program is based in years of research and has been PROVEN to: • Improve parenting skills and parent-child interactions. • Reduce adolescent substance abuse. • Reduce adolescent depressive symptoms. • Reduce rates of self-harm by teens Session topics range from How to Prevent Drug Abuse in Your Family, to How to Say No, and How to Strengthen Family Bonds and are taught by trained SRSLY volunteers from the Chelsea community. In partnership with SRSLY.

The library is offering parents a well deserved night off. Three certified care givers, along with your friendly children’s librarians, will supervise your children so you can be free to explore the community of Chelsea without the kids in tow. During the event, children will play games, make crafts, watch videos, eat pizza, and get a special nighttime tour of the library. Area businesses, Back to the Roots, Jet’s Pizza, and Zou Zou’s Cafe are giving special deals to make your evening even more special.


Kids Play Chess

Monday, Dec. 17 | 3:30–4:30pm McKune Room | Drop-in | Ages 5–12

To register for programs: Call (734) 475-8732 or go online at and click on the Calendar tab.


LET’S get scientific!

LEGO® Club

With the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History and the Eddy Discovery Center!

Did you know the “work” of children is play?

Mondays, Dec. 3 | Jan. 7 | Feb. 4 3:30–4:30pm | McKune Room Drop-in | Ages 5–12 Playing with LEGO®’s promotes basic skills such as spatial awareness, fine motor skills, creativity, and storytelling. The LEGO® Club gives children ages 5–12 an opportunity to create structures and stories by giving them one full hour of free play with our extensive LEGO® collection. At the end of the program, children will have the opportunity to name their creations and put them on exhibit in the display case in the library lobby.

Homemade Tween and Teen Gifts for the Holidays Saturday, Dec. 1 | 2–3:30pm

McKune Room | Registration Required Ages 10–17

Need a present for a friend or family member? Make your own holiday presents here in the library. What we’ll be making is a surprise, but we’ll make it and wrap it today. Parents, this would be a great time for you to go shopping downtown, while your children make you a present! All supplies provided.

Hoppin’ Holidays with 4-H Clubs Saturday, Dec. 8 | 2–4pm

McKune Room | Drop-in Ages 12 and under w/adult Join us for a festive family party and meet a llama in the library! Visit a petting zoo of farm animals, and learn how these animals are important parts of Chelsea life. A variety of crafting activities, including origami and beaded decorations will keep big and small hands busy. Snacks will be served. Families can bring a personal hygiene product to the event for the Holiday Hygiene Drive. In partnership with 4-H Clubs of Washtenaw County, Faith in Action and Ozone House.

Science Saturday @ the Library UM Museum of Natural History Workshops: Just Like Me? Exploring Culture, Biology, and Diversity Saturdays, Jan. 12 | Feb. 9 | Mar. 9 | 2–3pm

Chess promotes sportsmanship, problem solving, creative thinking, and pattern recognition. Whether you want to learn to play, help others learn to play, improve your chess skills, or meet new friends to play with, join librarian and lifelong chess player, Robin Linkowski for Kid’s Play Chess!


McKune Room | Registration Required Ages 6–12, w/adult All of us seem so different from the outside, but is that really true? In a series of three hands-on family workshops the UM Museum of Natural History will come to Chelsea to explore how biology, anthropology and physics all play a part in race and culture.

Of course!

READ to Library Dogs

Fridays, Dec. 14 | Jan. 18 | Feb. 8 3:30–5pm | KidSpot Registration Required | For Readers Children read books to our friendly Reading Education Assistance Dogs who listen carefully to every single word! Research has shown that children can improve their reading skills by reading aloud to non-judgmental listeners. Read three times and get a free book! Sign up for a 10-minute slot today!

I’m a Reader! Early Reader Book Club Thursday, Feb. 28 | 4–5pm

McKune Room | Registration Required Ages 5–8 w/adult Book clubs encourage beginning readers to learn communication, reading, and critical thinking skills all while talking with friends, playing games, and making crafts. Parents and children, read the picture book When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins, then join us to talk about the book and do fun themed activities. Reserved copies of the book are available at the Check Out Desk.

Jan. 12: What Makes us Different? What makes us the same? There is no biological marker for race, so why do we look so different on the outside? Families will learn about the biological reasons behind skin color, hair texture and explore other inherited genetic traits like the ability to taste certain compounds. Families will also get to perform a DNA extraction. Feb. 9: Everybody Cooks Every country has a cuisine but why do the same ingredients or types of food pop up all over the place? Families will learn how geology relates to food, what cultural transmission is and they will also get to make their very own bread starter. Mar. 9: Can You Feel the Beat? They say music is the universal language, but why? Families will learn what makes some instruments more common than others and why some sounds creep us out or get us excited. We will explore how cultural transmission influences music and families will get to make their own instruments.

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To register for programs: Call (734) 475-8732 or go online at and click on the Calendar tab.

Sid the Science Kid Preschool Science Party Saturday, Jan. 19 | 1–2pm

McKune Room | Registration Required Ages 2–6 w/adult Calling all little scientists, come learn about fossils and dinosaurs! We’ll hear stories, make crafts, and do age appropriate activities and experiments. Katie McGlashen from the Eddy Discovery Center will be here with actual fossils for kids to see, touch, and draw in their science journals. Remember to keep asking lots and lots of questions. See you there, scientists!

LET’S get musical! Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo Monday, Jan. 28 | 4–5pm

McKune Room | Registration Required Ages 6–11

Kickstart Your Child’s Development with our Musical Fun with the Children’s Music Academy™ Wednesday, Feb. 13 | 10:30–11:30am Thursday, Feb. 14 | 10:30–11:30am

McKune Room | Registration Required Ages 4–7 w/adult Children will sing, dance, and play instruments in this introduction to the Children’s Music Academy, a national music curriculum that specializes in teaching music to children in a fun, positive, non-pressured and lively classroom setting. Join instructor Sandy Tracey as she presents a musical story, and then has the children use their own (provided) individual keyboard to retell the story. Children will learn what rhythm is, play movement games, and then sing goodbye to their new music friends. Space is limited to eight children (with adult) per session. Sign up early! For more information visit:

Music Babies with Tara Vesprini

Hands-on fun with musical instruments! Children have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage. Join volunteers from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra as they bring a variety of instruments to the library for children to look at, touch and try to play!


Thursdays, Dec. 13 | 10:30–11:15am Jan. 24 | 10:30–11:15am McKune Room | Registration Required Ages 0–12months w/adult Join local music educator Tara Vesprini in a music workshop specially designed for babies and adults who want to learn about music development. Bring your baby and meet other parents of newborns and learn fascinating activities to recreate at home during these developmentally important early months.

Thanks to you, Chelsea District Library will receive a LEGO® DUPLO® Read! Build! Play! Toolkit chock full of cutting edge, early literacy programming that combines preschool books with a versatile collection of DUPLO® bricks! Thank you to everyone who voted over the last month.

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Media Kit Collection

Stories spark your child’s early literacy, reading comprehension, listening skills, vocabulary, and language skills while giving them a world of wonder and imagination. Our Media Kit collection provides early education at home that fits your busy schedule, and is fun for your kids. The kits couple new or classic picture books with audio CDs so children can follow along with the book while a narrator reads the story. Each audio CD also includes special music, story sound effects, and chimes that let the listener know when to turn the pages. Up until now, our Media Kit collection has hung in bags. Now, each Media Kit includes a hard cover book with the CD inside the back cover so it can be kept upright on a book shelf. This new format makes it easier for patrons to browse our Media Kit collection and gives us extra room to provide you with more classic picture books and books for beginning readers. Our new and improved Media Kit collection contains over 25 new titles including The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate The Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble, Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton, Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka, and more. This is a great collection for teachers, new readers, and anyone who enjoys being read to. Our Media Kit collection is located at the far end of the Youth Department between the series books and the children’s fiction section. Media Kits can be checked out for three weeks. Please ask a librarian if you need help locating the collection or finding a certain title. For more information about Media Kits, contact Karen Persello, Head of Youth and Teen Services at (734) 475-8732 x212.

A Winter Music Series Performances suitable for all ages. No registration required, just drop-in!

Rev. Robert Jones

Made Possible By:

SONIC SUNDAYS Rev. Robert Jones


Sunday, Jan. 13 | 3–4pm | McKune Room Detroit musician Rev. Robert Jones will perform a selection of blues and folk music. A self-taught guitarist, Jones’ talents have been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, and Chelsea’s own Midwest Literary Walk.

Polka at the Depot

Twas Brillig & the Mazel Toves

Sunday, Jan. 27 | 1:30–3pm | Chelsea Depot | 125 Jackson St. Everybody Polka! Twas Brillig and the Mazel Toves is a an Ann Arbor folk dance band that combines fiddle, trombone, accordion, clarinet, mandolin, and more to create a unique sound that intertwines New England contra with Jewish klezmer. Polka and circle dance instruction will be provided at 1:30pm, so come early and bring your dancing shoes!


Sunday, Feb. 3 | 2–3pm | Chelsea Alehouse | 420 N. Main St. | Ste 100 CrossBow, a Celtic fiddle group based in Allendale, MI, will bring their spirited performance to Chelsea. Playing fiddles, woodwinds, mandolin, banjo, guitars, and drums, the 13 members of CrossBow will entertain with a variety of Scottish and Celtic music, plus a few popular covers with a Celtic twist.

American Indian Dance & Culture

American Indian Dance & Culture

Igeek Celtic music

Sunday, Feb. 24 | 2–3pm | McKune Room Enjoy a performance of American Indian singing, dance, and storytelling, and learn about the rich cultural diversity that is represented within the American Indian peoples of the Great Lakes. Discussion to follow, questions welcome.

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11 Winter 2012/13

Non-Profit Org. Postage Paid Chelsea, MI Permit #28 221 South Main Street Chelsea, MI 48118


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221 South Main Street Chelsea, MI 48118 (734) 475-8732 WINTER HOURS (Labor Day–Memorial Day) Monday–Thursday 10am–9pm Friday 10am–6pm Saturday 10am–5pm Sunday 1–5pm BOARD OF TRUSTEES At Large, Lynn Fox (2012) At Large, Gary Zenz City of Chelsea, Susan Brown Dexter Township, Janis Miller Lima Township, Elizabeth Sensoli Lyndon Township, Mary Budzinski Sylvan Township, Dawn Caplis DIRECTOR Bill Harmer

Friends Eco-Friendly Book Bags

The Friends of Chelsea District Library now have eco-friendly bags available for purchase. Bags are $3 when purchased at the Check Out Desk. Stop by the next Friends of Chelsea District Library used book sale and get your bag for $2 with a purchase.

Bi-Monthly Used Book Sales 10am–3pm | 2nd Saturdays

Photo: Sue Whitmarsh

January 12 & March 9 | Library Basement Proceeds from the sales are used to support the library.

The mission of the Chelsea District Library is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the life-long cultural, educational, and informational needs and interests of all people. Printed with vegetable based inks | Powered by 100% Certified Renewable Energy Printed in Michigan by Michigan Workers

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Linda Ballard DEPARTMENT HEADS Adult Services, Sara Wedell Youth & Teen Services, Karen Persello CIRCULATION SUPERVISOR Terri Lancaster Marketing Coordinator Anna Cangialosi LIBRARY CLOSINGS Monday, December 24 | Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 25 | Christmas Day Monday, December 31 | New Year’s Eve Tuesday, January 1 | New Year’s Day Monday, February 18 | President’s Day

2012/13 Winter Newsletter | Chelsea District Library  

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