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Chelsea District Library
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Linda Ballard, assitant director,  welcomes your questions and comments.
Contact her at 734-475-8732 x202, or Click Here to email her.


Volunteer of the Year 2013

 Arlene Dobberstein Harvey has been volunteering at the library since 2001 when she started helping us barcode the collection in preparation for our first automated system. She then got involved in our obituary project and has been dutifully cutting out obituaries and pasting them to 3X5 cards ever since. We now scan those obits into our system and they can be accessed from anywhere in the world.


 Arlene with her READ poster.


 2013 Library Friend of the Year

Elizabeth Sensoli
 first started volunteering in 2007 on our e-news project and joined the board in 2013. She was instrumental in the success of our first-ever major fundraiser, the Barn Bash, by donating huge amounts of her time and the Sensoli barn! Her "can do" attitude and quick smile made her an easy choice for this



 Elizabeth with her READ poster.




Age Has Its Benefits!

Are you a volunteer who is 55 years old or older? If so, we have a partnership with the Corporation for National & Community Service (funded by Americorp) that offers supplemental medical insurance that covers you as you travel to and from the library, and while you are here volunteering! To find out more and get signed up for this perk, contact Linda Ballard (see above.) 



Youth Service Group

Youth Service Group at Chelsea District Library
Youth Service Group at Chelsea District Library play Guitar Hero


Feeling creative? Want to help with the Library's Summer Reading Program?  Join the Youth Service Group, a corps of volunteers that assists with youth and teen programs all summer long.

If you like comics & superheroes, drawing or painting, the Library is the place to be! Always wanted to learn Bollywood dancing? Perform in a play? Learn the art of Henna?

Youth Service Group volunteers are for ages 12 & up or going into 7 th grade. Sign up and orientation will take place June 1st and June 5th from 3:30-5:30 in the McKune Room. No appointment needed- just drop in one day or the other. Tell eligible friends or sibs, bring your calendar and sign up for events and shifts you would like to help with. Call Karen or Edith @ 475-8732 with any questions. We need YOU to make the Summer Reading Program happen!


Volunteer Opportunities and Application

Mac Computer Support Volunteers Wanted

Are you familiar with Apple computers, laptops and digital devices? Are you a good listener, patient and like to help others? If so, Chelsea District Library has just the volunteer opportunity for you! We are looking for individuals who have experience with Apple OS and can assist basic Apple users during our Computer Training 1:1 sessions twice monthly. Familiarity with iTunes and iPhoto a plus. For more information about this position or other Chelsea District Library volunteer opportunities, please visit or contact Ron Andrews ( 475-8732 ext. 223.


 Book Sale Manager

Do you love to work around books? Are you an organized person who likes people and is looking for a way to use your talents to support the library? If so, we have a great volunteer opportunity for you! We need a manager for our bi-monthly used books sales.

This individual is a member of the Used Book Sale Task Force and is responsible for scheduling and running the sale. Approximately 16-20 hours between each bi-monthly sale is required to satisfatorily fill this position. 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 times per year.


Book Bin Emptiers/Material Scanners

We need three or four volunteers to empty the book donation bins. Flexible hours.  Work involves moving filled bins to the basement, removing donations and stacking them on tables to be sorted for processing. We also need help scanning the donations for value by our online vendors.  Contact Jan Carr (  or Linda Ballard ( 475-8732 xt. 202 if interested.


The library is always looking for reliable and enthusiastic volunteers. Opportunities range from handyman projects to database entry and various other projects. Read more about these opportunities. We may not have needs in all areas so see above for current openings.

Download a volunteer application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

If you have any questions or wish to volunteer, please contact Linda Ballard, at (734) 475-8732 x202

All volunteers are also Friends of the Library. To learn more about the activities of this group, see the Friends page.


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