March 21, 2014

Game of Thrones: Better as a Book or TV Show?

Filed under: books to film,Fiction Collection — Chelsea Blog @ 3:27 pm

George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series is a great candidate for the eternal debate: Which is Better, Book or Movie?

Ok, so it’s a TV series, not a movie, but close enough! It’s an incredible adaptation by HBO that follows the books closely, if not quite precisely.

If you haven’t read the books, they are worth the thousands of pages. Not surprisingly, you should start at the beginning, with Game of Thrones.

If you’re looking to get hooked on an phenomenal TV series that will have you binge-watching all three seasons, Game of Thrones Season 1 is for you.

And if you are all caught up on the books and the show, you’ll simply have to make do with this Season 4 trailer:

March 11, 2014

6th Annual Midwest Literary Walk Coming April 26!

Filed under: authors,Community,Culture,Funding,Library News,Uncategorized — Chelsea Blog @ 7:59 pm

The 6th Annual Midwest Literary Walk features another great lineup of Michigan and regional authors ranging from popular mystery novelists to memoirists to poets. As always, the event features locations throughout downtown Chelsea, this year we will have readings at the Purple Rose Theatre, River Gallery, Chelsea District Library and the Chelsea Alehouse.

11 am  | First Drop  |  Purple Rose Theatre

dolanMLW14  Harry Dolan

Harry Dolan is the author of the mystery/suspense novels: Bad Things Happen (2009), Very Bad Men (2011), and The Last Dead Girl (2014). He graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. A native of Rome, New York, he now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

PotterMLW14  Garret Potter

Garret Potter is a touring performance poet, published author, and writing workshop facilitator. He is the current host of the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam, winner of numerous poetry slams across the country, and competitor in the 2012 and 2013 individual World Poetry Slams. His work has appeared in sixteen publications including Indeefeed, The Promethean, and GroundCover News.

12:10 pm  |  Second Hop  |  River Gallery

LinkMLW14  Mardi Jo Link

Mardi Jo Link is the author of a memoir, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm, and the true crime books, When Evil Came to Good Hart and Isadore’s Secret. She is the recipient of the 2013 Booksellers Choice Award from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and two Michigan Notable Book Awards. She studied journalism at Michigan State University and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She lives with her family in Traverse City, on The Big Valley, the small farm featured in her memoir.

BellMLW14  Matt Bell

Matt Bell’s debut novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods was selected as a 2014 Michigan Notable Book and longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby. He teaches creative writing at Northern Michigan University.

1 pm |  Lunch Break

2 pm  | 3rd Stop  |  River Gallery

Community Open Mic - Local poets and authors are invited to read their own work at the Open Mic. Readers can sign up the day of the event. Readings are limited to three minutes.

3:10 pm  |  Over the Top  |  Chelsea District Library

CedarMLW14  Mona Jean Cedar

Mona Jean Cedar attended Julliard School for Theatrical Interpreting and the National Theater of the Deaf’s Actors’ Academy and currently lives Los Angeles. She composes poetry with American Sign Language and choreographs with foreign sign languages. She has competed at the 1996 Poetry Slams Nationals; interpreted at the 2003 Nationals Poetry Slams and represented the United States at the 2011 international slam in Paris, France. She is the recipient of the 2013 Spirit of the Slam award.

SeussMLW14  Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss’s most recent collection of poems, Four-Legged Girl, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2015. Her second book, Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (2010), won the Juniper Prize for Poetry. A poem that originally appeared in Blackbird received a Pushcart Prize in 2013, and Seuss’s poem Free Beer was selected by guest editor Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Best American Poetry anthology. Seuss is Writer in Residence at Kalamazoo College.

4:20 pm  |  Final Pop  |  Chelsea Alehouse

CampbellMLW14  Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the bestselling novel Once Upon a River (July 2011, W.W. Norton) and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She was a 2009 National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for her collection of stories, American Salvage. Campbell is also author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband and two donkeys.

LieblerMLW14  ML Liebler

ML Liebler is an internationally known and widely published Detroit poet, university professor, literary arts activist and arts organizer. He is the author of 13 books including the award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else’s Dream. The Coyote Monk Poetry Band features Grammy winning Eminem producer and bassist Steve King, The Blue Room guitarist Charlie Palazzola , Frankie the K of Black Hat on the keys, and from The Dangerous Diane Band, The Ghost Band, and 54 Sound session, drummer Leonard Johnson.

The 2014 Midwest Literary Walk is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

February 20, 2014

“Pioneer Girl” – New Fiction Embracing the Little House Books

Filed under: authors,Fiction Collection — Chelsea Blog @ 11:45 am

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

Extra, Extra! Library Launches Historic Newspaper Project

Filed under: Community,Funding,History,News,Online Resource,Preservation,Web — Chelsea Blog @ 9:59 am

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, or at (734)475-8732 ext. 218.

January 31, 2014

“The Office” Star BJ Novak Has a Debut Novel

Filed under: authors,Culture,Fiction Collection — Chelsea Blog @ 4:58 pm

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

History of the “Old High School”

Filed under: Community,Local history — Chelsea Blog @ 1:32 pm

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

Vietnam Veterans Documentary Premiere

Filed under: Community,Friends of the Library,History,Media Collection,Preservation — Chelsea Blog @ 10:09 am

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

“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

Chelsea City Council Election Results

Filed under: Community,Current Events,Online Resource — Chelsea Blog @ 9:42 am

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

Affordable Care Act 1:1 – Guidance for

Filed under: Community,Services — Chelsea Blog @ 11:34 am

The Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace is now live at  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

Rules of the Chelsea Library – circa 1930s

Filed under: Local history — Chelsea Blog @ 9:54 am

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.

  1. Residents of Chelsea and environs may borrow books.
  2. 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.
  3. Children below the High School grade must present Library cards in order to borrow books.
  4. Only two books may be taken at one time by any borrower.
  5. 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.
  6. Rental books are 3? per library period.  Rental books may not be reserved.
  7. 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.
  8. Books may not be loaned to patrons owing fines.
  9. 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.
  10. Patron will write his number on book card and present it to Librarian for inspection and date.
  11. 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.
  12. A fine of 4? shall be charged for each book for each Library period a book is kept overdue.
  13. Not more than 25? will be charged on any one book.

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