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Past Events

April 2014

Introducing the New Leveled Reader Collection

April 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join North Creek Elementary School’s Reading Specialist, Lisa Kaemming, as she introduces parents of young readers to the Library’s new Leveled Reader Collection. This special collection is aimed at beginning and struggling readers, and provides parents and mentors with strategies to help children become successful readers. Registration Required

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6th Annual Midwest Literary Walk

April 26, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 6th Annual Midwest Literary Walk will feature authors and poets giving readings of their work at venues throughout Chelsea’s beautiful historic downtown. Readers will include Mardi Jo Link, Matt Bell, Harry Dolan, Mona Jean Cedars, Garret Potter, and perennial favorite, ML Liebler and his band, Coyote Monk.We thank our planning and venue partners, River Gallery and the Chelsea Alehouse.The Midwest Literary Walk is made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and with funds…

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Earrings for Prom and Mom

April 27, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Make two pairs of earrings — one for yourself, and one for your Mom during this pre-prom and Mother’s day event. Jewelry maker Marie Krause will walk teens through the process of turning wire and beads into jewelry. Tools and beads will be provided. Registration Required

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May 2014

Free Comic Book Day!

May 3, 2014

What is Free Comic Book Day? Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops AND libraries across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their buildings. Pick up a free comic book at the children’s desk all day today and enjoy!

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May the 4th Be With You

May 4, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Star Wars celebration and movie showing. Come and enjoy all things Star Wars at the library. The afternoon will include a quiz, games and activities, refreshments, prizes and special guests! Come in costume! For fans big and small.

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Zinio – eMagazines – How does it work?

May 5, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Have you enjoyed using the Chelsea District Library’s eBook collection? Then attend this workshop to find out about our newest service – eMagazines! The service is called Zinio and we will explore how the program works and provide tips on using it effectively. Registration Required

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Bye Bye Birdie Singalong

May 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Put on a happy face and gather as a group to sing along with Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh and Ann-Margret as we watch Bye Bye Birdie. Lyrics will be posted on the screen, so no need to worry about remembering the words—just relax, have fun, and chime in! All ages are welcome! Registration Required

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Purple Rose Concert Reading

May 24, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join the Chelsea District Library and the Purple Rose Theatre Co. for a reading of a new play performed by Purple Rose actors. Stay after the performance to share your thoughts on the script! Registration Required

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Grow Your Business 1:1

May 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Register for a one-on-one consultation with an experienced business mentor who will provide confidential, personalized analysis and advice – whether you are looking to start your own business or expand your current business – Grow Your Business can provide guidance on a range of topics including business planning, marketing, financing, customer service and more. In partnership with SCORE. Registration required

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June 2014

Lego Club

June 2, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Playing with Legos promotes basic skills such as spatial awareness, fine motor skills, creativity, and storytelling. The Lego Club gives children ages 5-12 an opportunity to create structures and stories by giving them one full hour of free play with our extensive Lego collection. At the end of the program, children will have the opportunity to name their creations and put them on exhibit in the display case near the library entrance.

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Youth Service Group Volunteer Sign-Up & Orientation

June 3, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Make Sparks Fly — Volunteer at the library! Looking for an inventive volunteer opportunity? Sign up for the Youth Service Group, a crew of teens going into grades 7 and up that make youth and teen programs run smoothly all summer long. Make new friends, learn workplace skills and fulfill that community service requirement. If you’re looking for a challenge, special leadership opportunities will be available! Go to http://chelsealibrary.org/teen_blog/ysg/ for your sign up forms, and attend one of our special…

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Dance-along, Sing along!

June 4, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Drop-in! Dance along and sing along with Miss Beth! Move to the music! Join us for songs, dances, and musical games for children and parents to do together. For ages 2 and up, siblings welcome.

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The Beatles in America: 50th Anniversary

June 4, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ takeover of American airwaves with this multimedia and live music-filled event featuring award-winning Michigan poet ML Liebler, Eddie Baranek of The Sights, Grammy-winner Steve King and Charlie Palazzola of Coyote Monk. A must for all Beatles fans! Registration Required.

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Youth Service Group Volunteer Sign-Up & Orientation

June 5, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Make Sparks Fly — Volunteer at the library! Looking for an inventive volunteer opportunity? Sign up for the Youth Service Group, a crew of teens going into grades 7 and up that make youth and teen programs run smoothly all summer long. Make new friends, learn workplace skills and fulfill that community service requirement. If you’re looking for a challenge, special leadership opportunities will be available! Go to http://chelsealibrary.org/teen_blog/ysg/ for your sign up forms, and attend one of our special…

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6th Annual Comedy Showcase

June 5, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

As part of Sounds and Sights, the library will feature live, stand-up comedy on the lawn. Comedians from the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase will perform each Thursday in June from 6:30-8. Join us for a family-friendly evening of laughs. In partnership with Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.  

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Job Seekers Lab

June 9, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Learning Lab will be reserved for job seekers, whether you are looking for a quiet place to work on leads, or if you are in search of assistance starting a job search, applying for jobs online, or polishing resumes and cover letters. Staff and experienced volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate tools, assist with tech support and provide support.

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Quick Bytes: Word

June 9, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Participants will receive a basic overview of Microsoft Word 2010. We’ll demonstrate creating and editing documents and exploring the Ribbon to uncover the many tools this program has to offer.

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Summer Reading Kickoff Show–Sing Along to the Movie Frozen

June 10, 2014 @ 2:00 am - 3:45 pm

NEW DATE! When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Watch the movie and sing along to the songs!

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Summer Reading Kickoff–Fizz, Boom, Read! A Summer of Science at the Library!

June 10, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NEW DATE! It’s Mad, Mad Science at the Kickoff! Visit the Grossology Station! Build earthquake-proof towers, and test them! Enjoy games, crafts, a bounce house, giant volleyball, karaoke, and snow cones on the Library Lawn from 12-2pm, then move into the McKune room to sing along to the movie, “Frozen.” Sign up for Summer Reading and earn prizes all summer long just by reading! Register during our Summer Reading Kickoff; for every 5 books you read, you get a small…

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Dungeons and Dragons Weekly Gaming

June 10, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until August 29, 2014

D&D isn’t just fun, it’s challenging! Build your character, solve puzzles, battle villains and find treasure. New or experiences gamers are welcome. We will be using the 3.5 edition of the game. Feel free to bring your own games to play as well!

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Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

June 12, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hundreds of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs for sale. Throughout 2014 we are running fill-a-bag for $5 sales. Plus, sign up at one of our sales to become a Friend of the library and receive your first bag free.

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6th Annual Comedy Showcase

June 12, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

As part of Sounds and Sights, the library will feature live, standup comedy on the lawn. Comedians from the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase will perform each Thursday in June from 6:30-8. Join us for a family-friendly evening of laughs. In partnership with Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Terrific Tuesday: Animals “Made in Michigan”

June 17, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Live goats, chickens, doves, geese and more, all born in Michigan, will be at the Library today. This program is warm and fuzzy, hands-on, safe, and fun! Learn about Michigan Farming, Recycling, Livestock, Composting and Organic Farming, while enjoying the company of live Michigan animals! Great for all ages.

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Super Special Summer Storytime: Weird Science

June 19, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Have fun with hands-on science!

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6th Annual Comedy Showcase

June 19, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

As part of Sounds and Sights, the library will feature live, standup comedy on the lawn. Comedians from the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase will perform each Thursday in June from 6:30-8. Join us for a family-friendly evening of laughs. In partnership with Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.  

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Summertime READ to the Library Dog

June 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Reading Education Assistance Dogs has been a Chelsea District Library program for more than 8 years. Children read books to our friendly service dogs who listen carefully to every single word! Research has shown that children can improve their reading skills by reading aloud to non-judgmental listeners. Sign up for a 10-minute slot today by calling 475-8732, ext. 4.

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Job Seekers Lab

June 23, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Learning Lab will be reserved for job seekers, whether you are looking for a quiet place to work on leads, or if you are in search of assistance starting a job search, applying for jobs online, or polishing resumes and cover letters. Staff and experienced volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate tools, assist with tech support and provide support.

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Lego Club

June 23, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Playing with Legos promotes basic skills such as spatial awareness, fine motor skills, creativity, and storytelling. The Lego Club gives children ages 5-12 an opportunity to create structures and stories by giving them one full hour of free play with our extensive Lego collection. At the end of the program, children will have the opportunity to name their creations and put them on exhibit in the display case near the library entrance.

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Job Seeker Skills Workshop: Resumes, Networking & Interviewing

June 23, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Nadine Anderson and Meri Evans of Manpower, Inc. in Ann Arbor will cover three major skills for job seekers: resume writing, networking and interviewing. Join us to gain guidance in building an informative and up-to-date resume, for networking tips to help you expand your personal connections, and for strategies to help you ace your interview. All are welcome, whether you are a first-time job seeker, just looking to polish your resume, or boost your networking skills. Registration Required.

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Ancestry Aficionados

June 24, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join fellow family history gatherers for open research. Expert volunteers will be on hand to answer genealogy and computer questions. Please include your email so that we can send you an email reminder. Registration Required.  

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Robots! With the Chelsea High School Robotics Team

June 25, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

June 25 Robots! With the Chelsea High School Robotics Team | 2:00-3:00pm | McKune | Registration | Ages 6 and up Learn all about robots with Chelsea High School’s F.I.R.S.T.(For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Robotics Team. Watch a demonstration of the team’s latest robots and engage in interactive robotic activities. Chelsea Robotics is a High School club for teens interested in science, technology and robotics. They create working robots and compete in national competitions.

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6th Annual Comedy Showcase

June 26, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

As part of Sounds and Sights, the library will feature live, standup comedy on the lawn. Comedians from the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase will perform each Thursday in June from 6:30-8. Join us for a family-friendly evening of laughs. In partnership with Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.  

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Magnificent Movie Monday: Despicable Me 2

June 30, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Enjoy a movie in air-conditioned comfort. Popcorn will be provided; bring your own pillow or bean bag to sit on. June 30: Despicable Me 2; July 14: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

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July 2014

Summer Reading Program – Wild Wednesdays: Gone Fishin’ Preschool Party!

July 2, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Where: McKune Room We’ll have a whopper of a tale to tell! We will listen to stories, make fishy crafts, and play fun fish games. The party won’t be complete without cheesy fish crackers for a snack! Register at Chelsea.lib.mi.us

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Baffling Bill’s Magic Show

July 8, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Summer Reading Program – Terrific Tuesday: Baffling Bill’s Magic Show When: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 – 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM Where: McKune Room Poof! In a brilliant flash Baffling Bill the Magician arrives at your library with his amazing magic show. This exciting 40 minute program features elements of illusion, comedy, audience participation, and Gus the Bunny, all to encourage summer reading!

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Quick Bytes: Excel

July 9, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

When: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 – 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM Where: Learning Lab Participants will receive a basic overview of Microsoft Excel 2010. We’ll demonstrate creating and editing a basic spreadsheet, data entry functions and introduce the Ribbon and its many options. Register at Chelsea.lib.mi.us

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Yoga on the Lawn

July 10, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

When: Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Where: Library Lawn Connect with your self, your breath, and nature – all in one! Yoga instructor Sue Whitmarsh will lead the group in a yoga practice on the Library Lawn that will work our muscles and our minds.

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Purple Rose Concert Reading

July 12, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Where: McKune Room Join us for a play reading by Purple Rose Theatre Company actors and share your feedback with the performers and Guy Sanville, PRTC Artistic Director. Register at Chelsea.lib.mi.us

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Mr. B’s Joybox Express Quartet

July 13, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Summer Reading Program – Mr. B’s Joybox Express Quartet When: Sunday, July 13, 2014 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Where: Katie’s Korner One man…one bicycle…one piano…one dream coming again to Chelsea! Welcome to Mr. B’s Joybox Express! Join legendary blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mark Lincoln Braun (aka Mr. B) as he takes his show on the road – via his amazing piano-bicycle. His “Joybox” (early American slang for a piano) will shake, rattle and roll along the 1900 miles…

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Improv Comedy Bootcamp

July 19, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Summer Reading Program – Improv Comedy Bootcamp When: Saturday, July 19 10:00am-4:30pm, Sunday,  July 20 1pm-4:30pm, Wednesday, July 23, 5:00pm-7:30pm, Thursday, July 24, 5:30pm-7:30pm Where: McKune Room Registration | Ages 12 to 17 Hone your skills at spontaneous comedy in this intensive improvisational comedy weekend workshop — with a performance right before Chelsea’s Sounds & Sights! Instructor Shelly Smith will teach you how to live in the moment, interact with others, accept new information and utilize it, all without scripts!…

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Dungeons and Dragons Weekly Gaming

July 22, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

D&D isn’t just fun, it’s challenging! Build your character, solve puzzles, battle villains and find treasure. New or experiences gamers are welcome. We will be using the 3.5 edition of the game. Feel free to bring your own games to play as well!

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Dungeons and Dragons Weekly Gaming

July 24, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

D&D isn’t just fun, it’s challenging! Build your character, solve puzzles, battle villains and find treasure. New or experiences gamers are welcome. We will be using the 3.5 edition of the game. Feel free to bring your own games to play as well!

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Dungeons and Dragons Weekly Gaming

July 29, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

D&D isn’t just fun, it’s challenging! Build your character, solve puzzles, battle villains and find treasure. New or experiences gamers are welcome. We will be using the 3.5 edition of the game. Feel free to bring your own games to play as well!

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August 2014

Paddling in the Big 400

August 18, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

When: Monday, August 18, 2014 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Where: McKune Room PBS-featured author and avid canoer Doc Fletcher will lead a photographic river tour of a favorite stretch of the Huron River flowing within our own Big 400, running from the Hudson-Mills Metropark and ending at the Delhi Rapids & Delhi Road Bridge. Join us for Doc’s great stories, photos and useful observations from an expert paddler.

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September 2014

Drummunity

September 14, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Drummunity Rhythm is one of the earliest and most accessible forms of music. And music is the way we can connect and communicate with everyone whether we speak the same language or not. So come join the “Drummunity” circle, a fun and empowering activity that will connect you with your family, friends and neighbors. No musical experience required. Lori Fithian will bring her collection of drums including real drums, pickle buckets, salad bowls, muffin tins, etc. No musical experience required.…

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Bullying Prevention

September 15, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bullying Prevention Registration Required Join local American Taekwondo Association martial arts instructor, Dan Righter, for free instruction on preventing bullying through education. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, “close to half of all children will experience school bullying at some point while they are at primary or secondary school.” The impact of bullying is enormous. Through age appropriate instruction, direct training, and open houses such as this one, “ATA schools around the world hope to have…

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Scholarship Open House

September 15, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Scholarship Open House Monday, September 15 Scholarship Open House | 6:00-8:30pm | Mckune | Drop-In | Ages 12 and up and Parents Scholarship opportunities abound! Learn about college scholarships from state, local and national organizations from representatives. Hear from Chelsea High School counselor Jason Murphy and Shannon Price, Coordinator of Outreach Activities/Student Scholarships & Grants for the State of Michigan, among others. Presentations by organizations will happen throughout the evening.When: Monday, September 15, 2014 – 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Where: McKune Room

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Sculpture Walk Guided Tour

September 21, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sculpture Walk Guided Tour When: Sunday, September 21, 2014 – 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Where: Library Lobby Registration Required Meet in the library’s lobby for a docent-guided tour of the Sculpture Walk art installations throughout downtown Chelsea. We’ll visit each location on the Sculpture Walk, sharing artists’ insights and encouraging group discussion along the way. Families and strollers welcome. The walk is roughly 1.5 miles and involves crossing the railroad tracks at Main St. In partnership with River Gallery.\ To learn…

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October 2014

SAT/PSAT Test Strategies 101

October 5, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

‎When: Sunday, October 05, 2014 2:00 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room SAT/PSAT Test Strategies 101 Students who took the SAT and PSAT Practice Tests in September can pick up their test results at this program. What types of questions are on the PSAT/SAT? Why should I take the PSAT/SAT? How can I do well on the PSAT/SAT? Does my score really make a difference? If you find yourself asking these types of questions come out to our…

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Kids Halloween Costume Exchange

October 6, 2014 - October 30, 2014

‎Do you have well-cared for costumes that don’t fit your children, but you hate to throw them away? During October, Chelsea District Library is offering you the chance to let other children use the costumes you purchased or made, in a costume exchange! Bring in your costumes and take a “new” one home! All unused costumes will be donated to a local charity on November 1st! When: October 6 through October 30 , 2014 Where: Chelsea District Library

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Tween Book Club: Rules by Cynthia Lord

October 7, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

‎When: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 3:30 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at KidSpot “No toys in the fish tank.” That’s just one of the rules that Catherine writes for her little brother, who has autism. But when Catherine meets two new friends who are very different from each other, she begins to realize that one set of rules won’t work for everyone. Register early and receive your own copy of the book! Then join us for a discussion of the…

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Resume Review 1:1

October 9, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

When: Thursday, October 09, 2014 4:00 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at Study Rooms Registration Required Maximize your employment potential with a resume that presents you in your best light and helps you get interviews. Whether you are searching for your next job or just have a resume in need of an update, register for a free one-one-one resume review session with Tom Parr. Tom has been writing resumes for more than 20 years, and is the co-founder of Holland…

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Permaculture: Solutions for Food, Water, Energy and Climate

October 9, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

‎When: Thursday, October 09, 2014 7:00 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room Registration Required Nathan Ayers, sustainability expert and founder of Chiwara Permaculture, will showcase perennial agriculture techniques – from backyard gardens to 1000 acre farms. Permaculture design gives us the tools and principles to create regenerative, resilient homes and communities, providing for all of our needs, while healing ecosystems and restoring biodiversity.In partnership with the Chelsea Area Garden Club.

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Purple Rose Concert Reading

October 11, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

‎When: Saturday, October 11, 2014 10:30 AM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room Registration Required Join us for a reading by Purple Rose performers of a series of new short plays, written as part of the PRTC Playwrights’ Intensive Workshop. Share your feedback with the cast, playwright, and Artistic Director Guy Sanville.

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Chamber After Hours – Friends of Chelsea

October 15, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

‎When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 5:00 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room A fun networking event for Chamber members or anyone wanting to learn more about the Chamber or the Friends of the Chelsea District Library. Light refreshments will be served.

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Graphic Design for Beginners

October 16, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

‎When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:30 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at Learning Lab Registration Required Come join us and learn some basics of graphic design principles using Microsoft Publisher. Participants will learn how to make a greeting card or calendar, while getting some great tips on graphic design and discussing tips on future project ideas.

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Chills in Chelsea Halloween Party

October 23, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

‎When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:30 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room Registration Required Our annual Chills in Chelsea Halloween Party is the best way to celebrate all things spooky and terrifying! Join us at our Halloween Party and listen to scary stories, do creepy crafts, play gory games, and walk through Haunted KidSpot! Come in costume and we’ll hunt for treats throughout the library.

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Not-Too-Scary Halloween Storytime

October 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Not-Too-Scary Halloween Evening Storytime ‎When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:30 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room Join Miss Karen and Miss Edith for Halloween stories, songs and crafts for the youngest spooks in this special evening storytime. Come in costume and we’ll hunt for treats throughout the library!

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Introduction to Brainfuse: Online Homework Help for All Ages!

October 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

‎When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:00 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room Brainfuse Live Homework Help Need help with homework? Try our new online resource, Brainfuse, a comprehensive suite of services designed to accommodate a range of homework needs, including live, one-to-one homework help, Michigan-aligned skills building, test preparation and comprehensive writing assistance. Live tutors are available 2-11pm every day to teach students of all ages in the subject areas of math, English, science, and social studies. Try…

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Frosting with Flourish: Cake decorating basics

October 30, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

‎When: Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:00 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room Registration Required Learn the basics of cake decorating from Zuzana Wiseley, founder of Cakes by Zuzana. Experiment with fondant and butter cream and decorate Halloween-themed cupcakes as you learn tips and tricks that you can try at home as well. All supplies will be provided. Participants must be age 15 or older.

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November 2014

makerchelsea Open House

November 5, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

You’re invited to our makerspace open house! Makerspace programs create a space where people have the opportunity to work collaboratively on projects and acquire new skill sets, whether for work or hobby. They provide the opportunity to access and learn software and technology that can be prohibitively expensive for the average household and a place to play around with new ideas and tools as well as provide the opportunity to connect with others for creative inspiration. Find out more about our new…

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Purple Rose Concert Reading

November 8, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Registration Required Join us for a reading of scenes from 2AZ, a new play by Brian Michael Ogden, premiering this fall at PRTC. Share your feedback with the cast, the playwright, and Artistic Director Guy Sanville.

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Meet & Greet with editor of Washtenaw Now publication

November 12, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a meet-and-greet with Austen Smith, editor of the Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard publication. Come and meet Austen and staff as they discuss who they are, what their mission is and what you can expect regarding local news coverage both online and in print. Expect a frank and open discussion on the transition from the Chelsea Standard newspaper to the now consolidated Washtenaw Now and the decisions that led to newly reformatted newspaper.

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Historic Newspaper Project Open House

November 13, 2014 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Registration Required Celebrate the launch of the library’s online collection of 134 years of Chelsea newspapers! We will demonstrate this incredible local history resource and show off additional features that improve browsing and searching. This huge undertaking was made possible with the support of many sponsors in the community, so this is a perfect time to recognize and thank them for pitching in!

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Hospital History: Medicine in Chelsea through the Years

November 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - November 25, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Hospital History: Medicine in Chelsea through the years When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:00 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room Registration Required Join us for a presentation on Chelsea’s medical history by local historian Cary Church. Moving from small town doctors, to the creation of the Chelsea Hospital, to its merger with St. Joseph Mercy, Cary will cover how a small town got a top-ranked hospital.    

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Essential Oils: 101

November 23, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NOV. 23th, 2-4pm. Learn what essential oils are and how they can benefit you and your family as a safe and natural alternative for a healthy lifestyle. Learn their healing benefits as well as how to safely use them and all their many uses. For more information please contact: Kim Greenstein at klgreenstein@gmail.com This event will be held in the McKune Room at the Chelsea District Library and is a non-library event. Please feel free to invite others you feel…

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Thanksgiving Evening Storytime (Ages 2-6)

November 25, 2014 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Meet a real live turkey at 6:15pm in KidSpot, and then move to McKune for a special Thanksgiving storytime at 6:30pm with Miss Karen and Miss Jessica, complete with stories, songs and Thanksgiving crafts.

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LIBRARY CLOSES at 5:00 p.m.

November 26, 2014 @ 5:00 am - 5:00 pm

LIBRARY CLOSES at 5:00 p.m.

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LIBRARY CLOSED in observance of Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014

LIBRARY CLOSED in observance of Thanksgiving

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February 2015

Purple Rose Concert Reading

February 7, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

‎Registration Required Join us for a reading of Morning’s at Seven by Paul Osborn, read by Purple Rose performers. After the reading, share your feedback with the cast, playwright, and Artistic Director Guy Sanville. A little bit about the reading: Aaronetta and Ida Gibbs have lived next door to each other most of their lives and along with Esther, all of the Gibb sisters are an open book to each. Husbands not included. Into the fray comes Myrtle Brown, perpetually…

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ACT Essay Writing Workshop

February 8, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

ACT Essay Writing Workshop | Sunday, February 8 | 1:00-2:00pm | McKune | Grades 8- 11 | Drop In This 1-hour workshop is designed to show students and parents what college admissions officers want to see in an essay. The workshop will examine the types of topics students will encounter, cover the four steps to writing a winning essay, and critique a sample admissions essay

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Minecraft Monday

February 9, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Registration Required Minecraft Monday | Mondays, January 12, February 9 | 3:30-4:30pm | Learning Lab | Registration | Ages 7-12 Minecraft is like a Lego world on the computer!  Work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters and create a whole new world.   New and experienced players are welcome!  Don’t have a login?  We have 10 Minecraft logins available.  Participants will be partnered on Learning Lab computers.

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File Your FAFSA Tonight!

February 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration Required File Your FAFSA Tonight! | Monday, February 9 | 6:00-7:30pm | McKune | Parents & High School Seniors | Registration Let the experts help you file your FAFSA at the library!  Representatives from the U of M, Baker College and the State of Michigan will be on hand to answer your questions as you file your FAFSA. Please bring the following with you to the program:  A laptop that can connect to the internet (if you do…

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Survivor: Animals in Winter Edition

February 11, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

‎Where: Chelsea District Library at KidSpot Registration Required How do rabbits survive a Polar Vortex? Challenge yourself to survive as an animal during the cold winter months with Katie McGlashen, Park Interpreter at the Eddy Discovery Center. Learn how animals cope with the ice, snow, and hunger of the winter months through fun activities. Feel warm winter pelts, learn about winter-adapted feet, and discover animals that even produce antifreeze to stay warm!

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NEW – Smart Plates: Building Blocks for Healthy Habits

February 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

‎ Registration Required Brought to you by the Chelsea Wellness Coalition in partnership with the Chelsea District Library and Polly’s Country Market Humans are creatures of habit. This month we’re exploring how to create good habits and how to break some of the not-so-good habits that impact our health and wellness. Courtney Stinson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, will share some tips and tricks to fitting in all the food groups and lead you in a meal-planning activity you can use to…

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makerchelsea: Beautiful Boxes and Baubles

February 21, 2015 @ 1:00 am - 5:00 pm

‎When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 1:00 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room Registration Required Create handcrafted paper boxes and balls with instruction from crafter Melanie Bell.  Decorative and useful, these creations are a snap to make, and a whole lot of fun, too.  All supplies will be provided.

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Sonic Sundays: Beach Middle School Fiddle Club

February 22, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

‎When: Sunday, February 22, 2015 2:00 PM Where: Chelsea District Library at McKune Room How about some lively Bluegrass and Celtic tunes to “fiddle” away those winter blahs? Come and give a listen to the Beach Middle School Fiddle Club. The Fiddle Club has been part of Beach Middle School for 15 years and consists of Chelsea School District 5th-8th grade string students, under the direction of coach Nathan Peters, and high school cadet teacher, Aidan Carry.

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March 2015

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party!

March 1, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! We will celebrate this legendary author’s 110th birthday with games, crafts, stories, and delicious birthday cake! Dr. Seuss wrote over 50 children’s books including the timeless favorites Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. For ages 4-8; parents must remain in the library during the party.

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Fun Fair at the Chelsea District Library

March 7, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Come on down to the library for fun and games all afternoon! We’ll have a wide variety of activities to celebrate the upcoming visits later this month from our three Authors in Chelsea: Nancy Shaw, Johnathan Rand, and Gary Schmidt. Drop-in. Here is what is in store this afternoon!

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Music, the Arts & Dementia

March 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Bruno Giordani, associate director of the UM Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will present “Music, the Arts & Dementia,” on Monday, March 16, at 7pm, at the Chelsea District Library. Giordani will discuss the ways in which music and the arts affect the brain and improve the quality of life of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This program is part of the Chelsea Music & Memory Project. Thanks to a generous grant from the Chelsea Community…

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Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

March 26, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Good and Cheap Learn more about eating healthy on a limited budget and sample delicious, inspiring recipes from Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown. There will be hands-on activities and tastings accompanied by a discussion, based on the USDA Eating Better on a Budget, led by MSU Extension nutrition instructor Mary Donaldson. Good and Cheap classes are sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice in partnership with Faith in Action, MSU Extension, Chelsea Community Rec…

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AP Test Prep: How to Get a 5

March 29, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

AP Testing time is fast approaching and now is the time to prime your test taking skills and shore up your subject area knowledge! This session will feature advice from a test prep expert regarding test attack strategies, test anxiety management, and using test day stress to your advantage! This two-hour seminar will also review the resources available from the Chelsea District Library to help you get ready for the AP subject tests. Come build your confidence and take control…

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April 2015

Bunny Evening Storytime

April 1, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A special storytime to get you in the mood for Easter! “Pat” a bunny, listen to springtime stories, sing songs, and have fun making crafts! McKune & Kidspot | Ages 3-6

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Freezer Meals – Simple Meals for Busy People

April 8, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

No time to make meals? Let Courtney Stinson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, teach you how to put a meal on the table – straight from the freezer!  

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Friends of Chelsea District Library – Used Book Sale

April 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Friends of the Chelsea District Library Used Book Sale! Fill a bad for just $5!!

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Tablet/Smartphone Users Group

April 13, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tablet/Smartphone Users Group. Join us for tips and tricks, share ideas, and learn to use your iOS or Android device more effectively!

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College and Career Planning Workshop

April 19, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Too many students enter college thinking they will determine their major or career interest as they go along; this is an expensive and oftentimes unsuccessful approach. Understanding your authentic strengths, abilities, interests, and natural talents, then pursuing an educational path that leads to an economically viable career is far more likely to result in long-term career success and personal fulfillment. Professional career coach Nick Synko will help students identify several positive steps they can take to make informed college curriculum…

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Food and Justice Topic – Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice

April 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Explore our food system, how it relates to social justice issues and the politics of what we eat and grow.

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Music Together

April 23, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Come experience the Joy of Family music making with local music educator, Tara Vesprini. Families will have so much fun wiggling, singing, dancing, and playing instruments, that they won’t notice how much learning is taking place! Music learning supports all learning! Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the adults who love them. Chelsea resident Tara Vesprini is a teacher for Robinsongsforkids and a homeschooling mother of four.        

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Introduction to The New Leveled Reader Collection

April 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how this collection can help your K-2 student become a better reader.

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Book Conversations with Michigan Friends Center

April 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Michigan Friends Center for a discussion that will explore the question of the true secret of happiness; the topic of Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book “The Myths of Happiness.”

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May 2015

FREE Comic Book Day

May 2, 2015

Stop by on Saturday, May 2 to pick up your FREE comic book!!

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January 2016

MLK Day Celebration: “Selma” Viewing & Discussion

January 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Chelsea District Library for a viewing of Selma – the 2014 film retelling of the true story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. Selma is rated PG-13. Stay after the viewing for refreshments and a chance to discuss with others the significant of this historic moment in our country’s history.

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Open House: City of Chelsea Master Plan

January 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The City of Chelsea has undertaken an update to the community master plan. The master plan is both a community’s vision for the future and a guide for getting there. The master plan acts as a policy guide for the City’s Planning Commission and the City Council to make decisions related to land use and transportation needs, economic development, commercial and industrial development, quality housing, historic preservation, recreation and entertainment, environmental sustainability, and even public health. Therefore, the plan should…

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MakerSpace Chelsea – Kids Day

January 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Join the Chelsea District Library for MakerChelsea Kids Day to tinker, explore, and create with staff and community volunteers. Test out kid-friendly activities and projects at this makerspace program! With high-tech and low-tech projects, there’s something for all skill levels. We’ll even have the 3D printer out for a demonstration!

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Sonic Sundays: A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo

January 24, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chelsea District Library’s popular Sonic Sunday winter music series returns in January 2016 with an expanded lineup of six performances. The third performance in the series continues with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo. Get up close and personal with orchestral instruments! The Instrument Petting Zoo from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra allows families and children of all ages to hold and test out a variety of instruments that they may have seen played professionally on stage. This program will open with…

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February 2016

Sonic Sundays: North Creek Fiddlers

February 21, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chelsea District Library’s popular Sonic Sunday winter music series returns in January and February with an expanded lineup of six performances. The fifth performance in the series continues with the North Creek Fiddlers. The North Creek Fiddlers have been playing together since 2006. They started out playing Irish folk music, but later expanded to cover tunes by such greats as Roy Acuff, John Denver, Johnny Cash and others. One of the local favorites at events such as Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, join The North Creek Fiddlers for…

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Sonic Sundays: Music and Your Child’s Mind

February 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Chelsea District Library’s popular Sonic Sunday winter music series returns in January and February with an expanded lineup of six performances. The sixth and final performance in also part of the library’s parent education series: Music and Your Child’s Mind. Chelsea School District Band Director Rick Catherman and Music Together specialist Tara Vesprini join together to inform, and entertain parents with the importance music has on your child’s brain development. Musical examples from high school musicians and audience participation in singing and dancing will take place! The…

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December 2017

Homemade Tween & Teen Gifts for the Holidays

December 2, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Need a present for a friend or family member? Who doesn’t like a homemade gift? Make your own holiday presents here in the library! What we’ll be making is a surprise, but we’ll make it and wrap it that day! Parents, this would be a great time for you to go shopping downtown, while your children make you a present! All supplies provided.Ages: 10–17Start Time: 1:30 PMEnd Time: 3:00 PMLocation: Chelsea District LibraryRoom: McKune Room Registration Required Call Chelsea District Library for details. Click for…

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November 2018

Common Chords Concert

November 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Common Chords hand bell Choir will be returning for its 8th year to help celebrate the start of Chelsea’s Hometown Holiday. After enjoying a heartwarming performance, the audience will be invited to try playing the bells themselves.  All ages are welcome to join us for music, refreshments, and good cheer to kick off a great Chelsea tradition.  Click for a complete list of  Hometown Holiday events.   SaveSave

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