February 20, 2014
Born and raised in Michigan, author Bich Minh Nguyen draws on her own childhood obsession with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series in her new novel, Pioneer Girl. The story features aimless academic Lee Lien returning to her family’s Chicago home and becoming immersed in tracing the truth out of a bit of family lore, a brooch that might have belonged to Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Here’s an interview with Nguyen in Shelf Awareness. The book is on shelves now, and sure to appeal to adult readers who grew up clutching battered copies of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books.
February 10, 2014
The Chelsea District Library has 134 years of Chelsea newspapers on rolls of microfilm spanning from 1873 to 2012. Though the public can access these papers by coming into the library and using the microfilm reader, the process can be challenging and tedious. However, with support from the community, the Chelsea District Library is digitizing these newspapers, making them available online.
Each microfilm roll will be scanned and put online, making them accessible 24 hours a day, from anywhere with internet access. Additionally, these digital copies will be keyword searchable—rather than sifting through years of microfilm searching for a story about a particular person, you can type their name and find their every mention with one simple search. “The technology that makes keyword searching possible has come a long way in recent years, so while it still may not be perfect, it is a huge improvement from going through page-by-page.” said Sara Wedell, head of adult services.
For $100, you can sponsor the digitization of a year of Chelsea newspapers between the years 1873-2012. Pick the birth year of someone special, an anniversary, or just a year in history that piques your interest, and make it available to the world. Adult services librarian Emily Meloche handles the library’s local history collection. “Through these historic Chelsea papers, you can see world history unfolding through the lens of our local community.” Meloche said. “It’s an amazingly rich resource.”
Making Chelsea’s newspapers available online raises the profile of the community, as researchers from around the world will be able to easily access Chelsea’s history. But whether the historic Chelsea papers are used by an academic researcher working on a paper, or a curious Chelsea-ite looking for mentions of her grandfather, digitized versions of the newspapers will bring Chelsea’s history to the forefront.
For more information on the Historic Newspaper Project or to sponsor a year, contact Sara Wedell, email@example.com or at (734)475-8732 ext. 218.
January 31, 2014
I loved The Office on NBC, and especially watching BJ Novak and Mindy Kaling steal the show as self-important intern Ryan and self-obsessed ditz Kelly, respectively. They both moved into writing for the show and onto new projects, such as Kaling’s show The Mindy Project and now Novak’s foray into publishing.
I was interested to read his book, One More Thing, when I heard it compared to Simon Rich’s books, and now that I’ve seen the EPIC book trailer promoting it, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Kaling and Novak make a great comedy team, and this trailer proves it. Enjoy! –Sara
December 13, 2013
Even newcomers to Chelsea refer to the Washington Street Education Center as “the old high school,” and the Community Observer recently published a very interesting history of the building by area local historian Grace Shackman.
The article shares some great details about the design and construction of the complex, such as:
- The architect was Minoru Yamasaki, a famed Modernist who went on to design the World Trade Center
- The multi-building design was intended to give each building its own character and develop a “town center” feel to the overall school grounds
The article can be read in its entirety on the Ann Arbor Observer website.
November 7, 2013
On Monday, November 11 at 2 pm
, the Chelsea District Library will premiere their sixth community history documentary, “Vietnam Veterans” as part of Chelsea’s annual Veterans Day event at the Comfort Inn Conference Center.
In this latest film, filmmaker Rob Coelius of Video Farm Productions documents a collection of perspectives of the war as told by Chelsea area men who fought in Vietnam. It was created to collect recorded interviews with veterans of the Vietnam War as a way of preserving their stories and experiences for future generations. The goal of the project is to capture the stories of our town.
Among the interviews you’ll see are John Glidewell, Milton Wood, Tom Zatkovich, Tom Power, Norman Wetzel, Walt Herndon, Tom Heidtman, Gary Maynard, Dennis Stoffer, Craig Maier, Michael Muha, Jim Alford, Keith Haab, Tony Keezer, Dennis Schumann, Rod Anderson, and Tom Steele
Following the premiere, both the documentary will be available for online streaming at StoriesofChelsea.org.
“Vietnam Veterans” was made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Chelsea District Library, VFW Post 4076, American Legion Post 31, as well as the contributions of many private donors.
November 6, 2013
You’ve seen the yard signs, you’ve read the candidate coverage, you’ve cast your vote, now check out the results for the 2013 election!
November 2, 2013
The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace is now live at www.healthcare.gov. But if you’ve had trouble accessing the site, understanding your options or issues with your application – we have a solution for you.
The Chelsea District Library is hosting a certified ACA Navigator Danielle Carpenter at the library on Mondays and Fridays from 1:30-4:30 starting November 1st.
Danielle will be available for a one-on-one session to talk through the website, discuss your coverage options and assist you with your application.
To schedule a session with Danielle, please call the library at (734) 475-8732 ext. 219 and ask to make an Affordable Care Act 1:1 appointment. To prepare for your appointment, please see the checklist below and bring this information with you.
October 28, 2013
Recently, a list of former Chelsea District Library rules was found tucked in the pages of book of library records from 1936-1938. Though we re-typed them to post online, the rules are presented as-is below—spelling and typos left intact. Rules 12 and 13 were handwritten.
Rules of the Chelsea Library.
- Residents of Chelsea and environs may borrow books.
- Temporary residents may borrow books by depositing two dollars ($2.00) and giving their permanent address. Deposit will be returned on surrender of Lbrary card.
- Children below the High School grade must present Library cards in order to borrow books.
- Only two books may be taken at one time by any borrower.
- Books are loaned for two w eeks and are NOT renewable. If a patron wishes a non-fiction book for study longer than the two-week period he must arrange for this when taking the book out.
- Rental books are 3? per library period. Rental books may not be reserved.
- Books, other than rental books, maybe reserved for 2? each. A reserved book will be held until the following Saturday night. A card will be sent to notify the patron when the book is available.
- Books may not be loaned to patrons owing fines.
- If a library card is lost, one new one will be issued free. After two free cards have been issued to any patron, a card of2? will be made for any other card.
- Patron will write his number on book card and present it to Librarian for inspection and date.
- No information w ill be given out by the Librarian about who has borrowed certain books or when any book is due back in the library.
- A fine of 4? shall be charged for each book for each Library period a book is kept overdue.
- Not more than 25? will be charged on any one book.
October 21, 2013
When bad things happen, people deal with it in different ways. Comedian Tig Notaro was diagnosed with cancer shortly before she was scheduled to do a comedy show—though many may have canceled, instead Notaro went ahead with the show. Rather than performing in her typically removed fashion, Tig opens up completely, talking about her cancer and the bevy of other unbelievably unfortunate things facing her at that time. At the beginning of her set, she shares the adage “tragedy plus time equals comedy” and points out that she is at the tragedy stage of that formula. Despite that undeniable fact, the hour performance is remarkably humorous, even though often you’re laughing because it’s better than the depressing alternative.
The half hour show feels like a mix of a standup comedy set and a memoir reading and is worth multiple listens. About half of the show is featured in the prologue and first act in the “What Doesn’t Kill You” episode of This American Life. Or, the entire show can be streamed on Spotify, or bought on Amazon or iTunes.
October 15, 2013
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Roughly every week, Google will switch up their logo on their search page to honor particular days of note. Book Riot compiled a selection of some of the best Literary themed “Google Doodles,” beginning in 2004.
But the great doodles aren’t just limited to literary themes. You can spend hours browsing all of the Google Doodles (from around the world, not just the US) here.