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> Activities/opportunities > Friends Meetings
> Library Reusable Bookbags > Used Book Sales
> Contact Friends > Other Links
> Mystery Book Club  

2014 Friends of Chelsea Library Officers/Committee Chairs

President: Marie Brooks   Hospitality Chair: Michelle Mullens
President-elect: Sue Whitmarsh   Membership Chairs: Cynthia Silveri/Sue Whitmarsh
Treasurer:Nancy Neff   Comm/Social Networking Chair: Sue Whitmarsh, with assistance from Stefanie Dever
Secretary:Diane Bloom   Book Sale Task Force Chairs: Linda Ballard/Jan Carr
 Past President: Cynthia Silveri

Hi, there! I’m Marie Brooks, your Friends of Chelsea District Library president. I’m very excited to be actively involved with the library and the Friends once again, after a bit of ‘down time’ since leaving my volunteer coordinator position with CDL in 2007. I've been a library supporter and a Friend since moving to Chelsea, way back in 1995 and it almost feels like coming home to work with all of these fine folks again.

My goal for the Friends this coming year is really more of the same good work they've been doing all along – steady and increasingly necessary financial support of the library’s excellent programs through fundraising and community advocacy. My hope is to increase public awareness of our Friends group as well and by doing so, increase our ranks. To do this, I’m putting in place a great team of committee chairs and volunteers to help plan and execute a variety of (very fun!) events and ideas. Keep your eyes peeled for details…. I look forward to the year and I hope you’ll join us on the journey!

Contact the Friends

Join the Friends!

Please consider joining the Friends and exploring the many ways you can help the library continue to be such a valuable community resource! We really are a friendly bunch! 

All throughout 2014, if you sign up at one of our book sales to join the Friends, you will receive your first $5 bag of books for free! Pick up one of our bookmarks in the front lobby and fill out the form on the reverse.


$10 Students/Senior $200 Patron

$25 Friend & Family

$500 Sustaining
$50 Best Friend $1,000 Lifetime
$100 Supporting Friend  

 Membership Benefits:

  • First time members recieve our eco-responsible Friends logo book bag as a thank you for joining.Plus, all throughout 2014, sign up at one of our monthly book sales and receive your first $5 bag of books for free.
  • Hours volunteered count towards vouchers redeemable at our Book Sales.
  • A satisfaction of knowing you did your part to help sponsor fun and favorite library programs and events!
  • An invitation to our Friends and Volunteers Holiday Party, with 'front row' seats for the parade!

A Friends bookmark and membership registration form can be picked up at the library or at one of our book sales. 

Friends Activities & Events during 2014


January 11, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 January 25, 2014 – Annual General Membership Meeting 

 February 5, 2014 – Used Book Sale Volunteers Meeting

 February 8, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 March 8, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 April 12, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 April 15, 2014 – Staff Appreciation Luncheon

 April 19, 2014 – Chelsea Spring Expo

 April 26, 2014 – Midwest Literary Walk

 May 4, 2014 – Star Wars Day

 May 10, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 June 14, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 July 12, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 August 9, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 September 13, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 October 11, 2014 – Used Book Sale

 October 19-25, 2014 – National Friends of Libraries Week 

 November 8, 2014 – Used Book Sale


friends buntingBunting courtesy of Michele Friss

Looking for ways in which to help out? We are always in need of Book Bin Emptiers:

We need three or four volunteers to empty the book donation bins on Tuesdays anytime, on Saturday OR Sunday, or to help another volunteer with this task on Thursdays. Work involves moving filled bins to the basement, removing donations and stacking them on tables to be sorted for processing. You may also request to be trained to scan the donations for value by our online vendor. Contact Jan Carr ( or Linda Ballard ( 475-8732 xt. 202 if interested.

 Also, we are still seeking a Book Sale Manager:

The Friends' have an opening for a volunteer to manage their bi-monthly used book sale. Tasks include:

  1. Maintain all sale processes and procedures.
  2. Assure sales floor is set up correctly.
  3. Train/coordinate staff and make ad hoc decisions regarding pricing, logistics, etc. during sale or delegate responsibility.
  4. Recruit and schedule all required volunteers for the sale.
  5. Assure sales floor is cleaned up/reset after sale.
  6. Communicate PR/sale information to Communication Chair on Friends’ Board.
  7. Attend Used Book Sale Task Force meetings, approx. six per year.

Approximately 16-20 hours between sales is required to successfully manage this activitiy. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Linda Ballard at or 734-475-8732 ext. 202.


Friend of the Year Honor Roll 

Elizabeth Sensoli 2013
Jan Carr 2012
Kim Verardi 2011
Sandra Shapiro 2010
Louise Jernigan 2009
Pat Coelius 2008
Stan Staffeld 2007
Sharon Pignanelli 2006
Greg DeGraff 2005
Louise Jernigan 2004
Jennifer Kundak 2003
Mitch Planck 2002
Allen Cole 2001
Tom Lancaster 2000
Stan & Dottie Staffeld 1999
Larry Ogden 1998
Sandra Thomas 1997
Ben & Mary Lou Bower 1996
Ray Timmerman 1995
Louise Timmerman 1994
Mary Green 1993
Diane Kyte 1992

Friends Meetings

Please consider joining the Friends and exploring the many ways you can help the library continue to be such a valuable community resource! We really are a friendly bunch! 

2014 Friends Executive Board Meetings are the first Saturday of the month at 10:15 a.m. in the McKune Room of the Chelsea District Library for the months of March, April, May, June, August, September, October & November. The December meeting will be at 4 PM on 12/6/2014. No meetings in February or July.


Chelsea District Library
221 S. Main Street


First Saturday, 10:15 AM Our next meeting is Saturday, March 1st at 10:15 am in the Library's McKune Room. Please join us. 

For more information about the Friends of the Chelsea District Library, check out the brochure:
> View the Friends of Chelsea Library Brochure

2013 Meeting Minutes: forthcoming
2012 Meeting minutes:
Jan.28 | Mar 3 | Apr 7 | May 5 | Jun 2 | Jul 7 | Sept 13 | Oct 6 | Nov 3 | Dec 1 |

2011 Meeting minutes:
Jan. 29| | Mar 05| | Apr 02| May 07| | Jun 4 | Aug 6 | Aug 31 | Oct 1 | Nov 5 | Dec

Friends of the Chelsea District Library

Library Bookbags : Made eco-Friendly by the Friends!

Eco-Friendly reusable book bag brought to you by friends of chelsea district library

Go Green at the Chelsea District Library with our beautiful eco-friendly reusable bookbags, brought to you by the Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

Library bookbags are for sale at the library for $3 each, $2 at a book sale with purchase. The bags are a natural color and are made of recycled material.

All proceeds from the sale of the bags go to support the library and its programs.


Used Book Sales

Friends of Chelsea District Library used book sales take place every other month, on the second Saturday of that month.
Our next sale will be:
Saturday, March 8, from 10am-2pm in the library basement.
2014 Book Sale Dates: March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11 & November 8.

Buy a Bag of books for $5.  Individual books also available at posted prices.

Donations of used books are always gratefully received by the library. We accept books, music, and movies in a clean and reasonably sound condition. Encyclopedias, textbooks or technical books older than five years, Reader's Digest condensed books, and issues of National Geographic are not accepted. Donation bins are located underneath the stairs in the main lobby area. All proceeds from the book sale go to support the library.

A small selection of prime condition books is available to purchase from the Friendly Book Store shelves in the library lobby during regular library hours.  For more information, contact Marie Brooks at or call the library.

Used Book Sales

Contact the Friends

To contact the Friends of Chelsea District Library, send a message to them or contact Linda Ballard at (734) 475-8732 x202.

The Friends also maintain a mailbox at the library. Mail may be addressed to officers in care of the library:
221 S. Main Street, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Other Links

Friends of Michigan Libraries
Friends of Libraries - U.S.A.


Mystery Book Club

The Friends of Chelsea Districtl Library host the Mystery Book Club the second Monday of each month from 7 - 9 p.m.. Selected authors and titles are chosen in advance. Members read any novel(s) of a series written by the author the host selects. The host provides brief biographical information about the author, and leads the discussion. Until further notice the Mystery Book Club will meet at the Breakaway Restaurant in the Arctic Coliseum.

Upcoming meetings and featured authors are:

Mystery Book Club at Chelsea District Library
2014 Dates
  • Mary Ann Jennings (Murdoch)         7:00 PM January 13th
    Breakaway Restaurant*
    Jan Carr
    TBD   7:00 PM February 10th
    Breakaway Restaurant*
    Lili Krezel
    TBD 7:00 PM March 10th
    Breakaway Restaurant*
    Jan Baird
    * The Breakaway Restaurant is in the Arctic Coliseum
    * NOTE: Updated 09/04/2013



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