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Chelsea District Library


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About Us:

The Chelsea District Library is nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people.  The Library currently serves 14,000 residents in the Chelsea district – City of Chelsea plus Dexter, Lima , Lyndon and Sylvan townships and more than 20,000 individuals visit the Library each month.  The Library’s state-of-the-art facility is an access point for information including: books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, downloadable e-books, subscription databases as well as access to the Internet.  In addition to providing dynamic services to complement and support local schools and other important community needs, the Chelsea District Library strives to present timely, interesting and high-quality programs and events to engage and enrich the Chelsea community. Learn more on the Chelsea District Library website.

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If you are interested in events going on at the library, please see our events calendar.

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For photos, details regarding any of our programs or to schedule an interview with our staff, contact Patty Roberts, Chelsea District Library's  Marketing Coordinator.

Patty Roberts
Marketing Coordinator
Chelsea District Library
221 South Main Street
Chelsea, MI 48118
(734) 475-8732

Chelsea District Library
221 South Main Street
Chelsea, MI 48118

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Chelsea District Library Press Releases

03/06/2014 Chelsea District Library Welcomes Three Children’s Authors

03/03/2014 Midwest Literary Walk Returns for 6th Year!

02/19/2014 Historic Newspaper Project Continues

09/24/2013 Extra! Extra! Library Launching Historic Newspapers Project! 

09/10/2013 Antiques Expert to Offer Appraisals at Library

08/23/2013 5 Healthy Towns to Read "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson

05/17/2013 Free Pass to a Healthier Mind, Body, and Spirit

04/01/2013 Bill Harmer Named as Global Libraries Delegate

02/22/2013 Award-winning Authors to Hold Intensive Workshops in Chelsea Schools

01/23/2013 Chelsea District Library's Geek the Library Campaign Featured in Case Study

12/13/2012 Library Awarded Grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

10/01/2012 Library Premieres Fourth Community History Documentary, "Village Life"

08/27/2012 Library Hosts Free SAT/ACT Practice Test with Kaplan Test Prep

06/29/2012 Screen Arts series brings award-winning filmmakers to Chelsea

03/06/2012 Award-winning Authors to Hold Intensive Workshops at Chelsea Schools

02/22/2012 Poet Thomas Lux Joins Acclaimed Writers at 4th Annual Midwest Literary Walk

10/25/2011 Playaway View All-in-one Video Player to Thrill Kids, Parents Alike

10/20/2011 New York Times BestsellingAuthor, Dan Buettner, to Visit Chelsea via Satellite

08/08/2011 Chelsea District Library Receives Grant from Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation for Community Read

08/02/2011 Chelsea District Library Receives Grant from Target for Authors in Chelsea

06/08/2011 Toyota Makes Large-Scale Donation to Library

06/01/2011 People Are Funny. Third Annual Comedy Showcase Kicks Off June 16!

05/23/2011 Kids Read Comics Event Brings Free Weekend Festival of Fun and Creativity to Chelsea

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Chelsea District Library in the Media

02/25/2014Parents: Expert tips for students taking the ACT test | Chelsea Update

02/14/2014Chelsea District Library looking for your help with fiction accessibility | Chelsea Update

02/12/2014 Affordable Care Act help at the Chelsea District Library | Chelsea Update

09/29/2013 Antiques Expert to Offer Appraisals at Chelsea District Library | Chelsea Standard

09/28/2013 Guided Tour of Chelsea Sculptures Planned | Chelsea Update

09/28/2013 Library Begins Newspaper Digitization Project | Chelsea Standard

09/17/2013 Chelsea District Library presents "Looking for Laura: The World of Little House" | Chelsea Update

09/15/2013 Novel Ideas: Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland | Chelsea Update

09/15/2013 Gardner, author, humorist Joseph Tychonievich to speak at Autumn Gardening Lecture | Chelsea Standard

09/08/2013 Sept. 14 Bear Hunt Picture Book Walk at Silver Maples | Chelsea Update

08/27/2013 Take a Vicarious "Walk in the Woods" with Bill Bryson | Chelsea Update 

08/15/2013 Recycled book pages become art at Chelsea Library | Chelsea Patch

08/15/2013 SculptureWalk Chelsea refreshes downtown art | 

08/06/2013 Local Photographer Named Citizen of the Year | Chelsea Standard

08/04/2013 Novel Ideas: Make the Bread, Buy the Butter | Chelsea Update

08/01/2013 Aug. 20: Public Hearing Planned for Proposed Library Budget and Millage | Chelsea Update

07/31/2013 Fun Craft Project from Recycled Books | Chelsea Update

07/30/2013 Summer Reading Finale Planned for Wednesday | Chelsea Update

07/28/2013 Library faces challenging future despite positive 2012 report details | Chelsea Standard

07/22/2013 DDA receives reports on community enhancement projects | Chelsea Standard

07/13/2013 Chelsea District Library releases 2012 Annual Report | Chelsea Update

07/08/2013 Rotary Club Elects New President | Chelsea Standard

06/26/2013 Library's Comedy Showcase Finale Features Mike Bobbitt at Sounds and Sights | Chelsea Standard

06/25/2013 Free drawing for a canoe/kayak trip part of paddling talk at the library | Chelsea Update

06/11/2013 "Miles & Ellie" to grace Purple Rose stage | Chelsea Standard

06/10/2013 Summer Reading Kicks Off June 7 at Chelsea District Library | Chelsea Patch

06/08/2013 In photos: Summer Reading Kick-Off at the Library | Chelsea Update

06/05/2013 Chelsea Vietnam Veterans Focus of New Documentary Film | Chelsea Update

06/04/2013 Local Students Join Super Heroes to Save the Day | Chelsea Standard

06/03/2013 Chelsea District Library's Summer Reading Program Kicks Off June 7 | Chelsea Standard

06/01/2013 People Are Funny. Comedy Showcase June 6 at the Library | Chelsea Update

05/31/2014 Get Ready to 'Dig Into Reading' June 7 | Chelsea Update

05/31/2013 SRSLY Students Join Super Heroes to Save the Day | Chelsea Update

05/20/2013 Get free pass to 'MI Big Green Gym' at Chelsea Library | Chelsea Update

04/25/2013 5th Annual Midwest Literary Walk Saturday | Chelsea Update

04/23/2013 Elmore Leonard to kick off Midwest Literary Walk in downtown Chelsea |

04/10/2013 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Sends Chelsea Library's Director to South Africa | Chelsea Standard

04/02/2013 Bill Harmer named Global Libraries Delegate; heads to South Africa later this month | Chelsea Update

03/27/2013 Have Storytime with Bunnies in Chelsea Wednesday | Chelsea Patch

03/14/2013 Beethoven Scholar to Present Lecture to Illuminate Purple Rose Theatre's "33 Variations" | Dexter Patch

03/05/2013 Authors in Chelsea offers something for all ages at the library on March 20 | Chelsea Update

03/04/2013 ACT or SAT: practice combo test will help you determine which is best | Chelsea Update

02/22/2013 11 Books that Inspired the 2013 Oscar Films | Chelsea Patch

02/22/2013 Award-Winning Authors Hold Writing Workshops at Chelsea Schools | Chelsea Patch

02/22/2013 Library Gearing Up For Annual Authors in Chelsea Event | Chelsea Standard

02/20/2013 New Online Tool Helps Volunteers Connect with Chelsea Nonprofit Groups | Chelsea Patch

02/01/2013 Purple Rose Theatre Debuts New Play at Chelsea District Library | Chelsea Patch

01/31/2013 Library facilitates donation of 340 books to Chelsea schools | Chelsea Standard

01/25/2013 Local Geek the Library program featured in national study | Chelsea Standard

01/24/2013 Chelsea District Library Featured in National Case Study | Chelsea Patch

01/23/2013 Everybody Polka at the Depot on Sunday | Chelsea Update

01/18/2013 Library Parent's Night Out is Jan. 25 | Chelsesa Standard

01/10/2013 Chelsea District Library's 'Sonic Sundays' Begins on Jan. 13 | Chelsea Update

01/10/2013 Chelsea District Library's 'Sonic Sundays' Concert Series Begins on Jan. 13   | Chelsea Patch

01/05/2013 Chelsea District Library Holds Red Cross Blood Drive | Chelsea Standard

12/30/2012 Science Saturdays and Sonic Sundays at the Chelsea District Library | Chelseamich

12/30/2012 Chelsea District Library to Host Blood Drive Jan. 3 | Chelsea Patch

12/15/2012 Chelsea District Library Receives Grant for Authors in Chelsea Program | Chelsea Patch

12/14/2012 Chelsea District Library Receives $6K grant for Authors in Chelsea Program | Chelsea Update

12/11/2012 Calling all artists: Learn to improve the biz side of your creative skills | Chelsea Update

12/05/2012 Chelsea District Library Hosts Healthy Holiday Baking Class | Chelsea Patch

12/01/2012 Purple Rose Theatre Presents Reading at Chelsea District Library Today | Broadway World

12/01/2012 Help homeless teens, Fatih in Action: donate hygiene supplies at the library | Chelsea Update

11/12/2012 Korean War Veterans Documentary Screened on Veterans Day | Chelsea Update

11/09/2012 Grass Lake Author Robin Mather Wraps Up "Community Read" Program in Dexter | Dexter Patch

11/08/2012 Top Purple Rose talent to give advance play readings | Heritage Media

11/02/2012 Purple Rose Theatre to Present Readings at Chelsea District Library, 11/10 & 12/1 | Broadway World Detroit

11/02/2012 Purple Rose, library team up to present play readings | Chelsea Standard

11/03/2012 Hometown Holiday: Common Chords bell choir, gift-making at the library | Chelsea Update

10/23/2012 "Village Life" premieres as latest "Stories of Chelsea" documentary | Chelsea Update

10/04/2012  OCLC to expand Geek the Library campaign to more libraries with increased support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | OCLC

10/04/2012 University of Michigan Student Debuts Silent Horror Film in Chelsea | Saline Patch

10/06/2012 Concert Readings at Chelsea District Library | Purple Rose Theatre Company

10/03/2012 Fourth Chelsea history project film "Village Life" premieres Oct. 21 | Chelsea Update

09/21/2012 Digital Copyright: what does it mean to you? focus of library talk Saturday | Chelsea Update

09/17/2012 Dexter, Chelsea Libraries Kick-Off "Community Read" Program | Chelsea Patch

09/11/2012 Library to host free SAT, ACT practice test session | Chelsea Standard

09/10/2012 Chelsea police part of special library storytime about safety on September 19 | ChelseaUpdate

08/29/2012 "In Defense of Food" this year's community read title | Chelsea Update

08/28/2012 Area Libraries Partner Together in Community Read Project | Chelsea Patch

08/26/2012 5H Community Read "In Defense of Food" chosen as book for 7th annual community read | Chelsea Mich

08/24/2012 Chelsea District Library Patrons 'Get Their Geek On' | Chelsea Patch

07/03/2012 Kids Read Comics! convention focuses on funnies for families | Detroit News

06/07/2012 Dream Big, Read! |

06/07/2012 Chelsea District Library to launch summer reading program June 8 | Chelsea Standard

05/16/2012 Chelsea District Library asks patrons to "get their geek on" | Chelsea Standard

05/11/2012 Chelsea District Library Wins 2 "Best of Show" Awards | Chelsea Standard

05/02/2012 Library receives $7,500 grant for Artist-in-Residence program | Chelsea Standard

04/30/2012 New business resource center opens at Chelsea District Library |

04/30/2012 Library history recalled as National Library Month ends  | Chelsea Standard

04/27/2012 Business Resource Center opens at Chelsea Library | Chelsea Standard

04/26/2012 Chelsea District Library Receives Grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs | Dexter Patch

04/26/2012 Library will be home to business resource center, grand opening will be celebrated April 26 | Chelsea Standard

04/26/2012 Lit Walk Showcases Michigan Talent | Chelsea Standard

04/25/2012 Library will be home to business resource center, grand opening April 28 | Chelsea Standard

04/23/2012 WHAT'S NEXT?: Libraries revamp offerings in light of digital age | Southgate News Herald

04/07/2012 Chelsea District Library and Gemini Salon Offer Dress Exchange |

04/05/2012 Chelsea Library, Gemini Salon team up for prom dress dress exchange |

03/09/2012 Award-winning authors, illustrators to visit for Authors in Chelsea on March 27 | Chelsea Standard 

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