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
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.
October 7, 2013
Photo by Reeding Lessons
How long do you give a book to draw you in before you put it down for good? Librarian Nancy Pearl has “The Rule of 50,” which states that after fifty pages, if you aren’t enjoy the book, stop reading (and if you’re over 50, subtract your age from 100 and give it that many pages instead). Typically I go with the Rule of 50, but isn’t it great when the first sentence is enough to make you want to read the entire book?
Stephen King especially appreciates the draw of a good opening line, and is known to spend months settling on the openings for his book. Over the summer, he was interviewed by The Atlantic and shared some of his favorite opening sentences. The article is short, and certainly worth the read!
October 2, 2013
Are you a writer? You might be interested to learn about a writing contest open to writers across the state!
Announcing the 2nd Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest.
Write Michigan is a statewide writing contest featuring $250 cash prizes for Judges’ and Readers’ Choice winners in each age category. Judges’ Choice runners-up receive $100. The top five stories in each category will be published in the 2014 Write Michigan Anthology.
The Write Michigan Short Story Contest allows entries from Michigan residents in three age categories:
- · Youth, free submission for ages 11 and under,
- · Teen Category, free submission for ages 12-17, and
- · Adult Category, $10 submission fee for ages 18 and up.
Short story submissions will be accepted online at WriteMichigan.org until November 30, 2013.
Stories will be reviewed by librarians and booksellers to determine the semifinalists. The top ten semifinalists’ stories will be available for judges and public review via the website in January 2014.
Winners will be announced on February 3. The Awards Ceremony, featuring author Kristina Riggle (a Kentwood native) will be Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch of KDL where copies of the 2014 anthology will be sold.
For details on how to submit a story, please review the Contest Guidelines. For complete information on the contest, visit www.writemichigan.org. For inspiration, we suggest reading the 2013 Write Michigan Anthology, available from Chapbook Press for $14.95.
The second annual Write Michigan Short Story contest is offered by Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music, Pooh’s Corner and Capital Area District Libraries.
September 30, 2013
The Affordable Care Act Marketplace opens on October 1 – which means Americans just got a new and improved way to find, compare and buy health insurance coverage. Check it starting Tuesday, Oct. 1 at www.healthcare.gov.
The marketplace is aimed primarily at people who are currently uninsured, but there are options there for everyone. Subsidies are available to help defray the cost of coverage. Here is a calculator to help you determine if you are eligible for a subsidy.
For more information on subsidies, visit this page.
September 29, 2013
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There’s a new resource for car owners, buyers and manufacturers to help improve safety on the road. Created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, called Safercar.gov.
Among other things, this site tracks vehicle recalls and includes safety tips for traveling with children and a place to check for and file safety complaints. For shoppers, there is a safety rating tool and information on tire pressure and safety devices like air bags, to ensure that the safety equipment in your vehicle is working properly. There is manufacturer information regarding safety and especially recalls – including shortcuts to search for recalls.
Anyone in the market for a new or used car will want to take a look at this resource to help them make an informed decision. It’s also a great tool to check when you are making a change to your vehicle, like adding a baby’s car seat.