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Title: Outreach, Partnerships

Outreach, Partnerships YOU! Bill Harmer,
Director Chelsea District Library
Rock Roll Library Tour
High Strung, rooftop of Kansas City Public
  • 300 public libraries in 48 states, Cuba
  • Featured on NPRs This American Life in August of
    2005, 2006

Jiffy Mix(Hmmmcorn bread!)
Jeff Daniels
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Outreach, Partnerships You
Viva La Revolution!
Sell Yourself and You Sell the Library!
Keys To Success
  • Dont Ask for Permission
  • Form Partnerships Take it to the Streets
  • Talk Action Irrelevancy
  • Dont be lazy
  • 3. Make it Fun!
  • Fun Tax Revenue

  • 1. Why Partner
  • 2. What is this all about
  • 3. Advocacy
  • 4. Think big, start small
  • 5. Follow these steps

Why do we need to do this?
  • More than ever, libraries need to prove they are
  • Innovative
  • Deeply connected to their communities
  • Essential to the success of these communities
  • Its all about building community

Why do we need to do this?
  • Partnerships and outreach mean
  • You are spending resources wisely by combining
    forces with other groups
  • Strength in numbers
  • You are not sitting in the building and waiting
    for people to come to you
  • With each new effort, you are creating new
    advocates for the library

Why do we need to do this?
  • Partnerships and outreach mean
  • You are taking advantage of the creativity,
    networks, and expertise that exist in all
  • You are redefining the role of the library so no
    one considers it a frivolous or unnecessary

Why do we need to do this?
  • It all comes down to money
  • Ultimately, partnerships and outreach are key to
    sustaining funding levels and support through
    good times and bad

Identify Our Audience
  • Find out who the movers and shakers are in your
  • Remember, the people we need to reach are many
    and varied

Pretty Persuasion
  • Direct Outreach
  • Grassroots
  • Word of Mouth
  • Talk-Action Irrelevancy

What is this really about?
  • Partnerships and outreach shouldnt be considered
    separate tasks but an integral part of your daily
    work at the library
  • Its all about advocacy - as are your everyday
    good customer service and dedication

  • You need to be advocates because you and those
    who work in your library are the first line of
    defense against claims of irrelevance,
    displacement by technology, demotion on the list
    of community priorities, declining literacy, and
    ultimately, erosion of the memory of our
    collective communities
  • - Libraries Prosper with Passion, Purpose and
    Persuasion (PLA Toolkit)

So you want to form a partnership
  • Partnerships can take time to start
  • Once they are up and running, they should be
    beneficial and save time for all involved

Step 1 Brainstorm Projects
  • Get together with colleagues to discuss
  • I wish we could serve
  • I wish we could offer
  • I wish we could do a program on
  • I wish we could
  • Think outside the box

Step 2 Refine
  • Prioritize your list of ideas
  • Think of ideas for how to accomplish them
  • Choose a project and make a realistic outline of
    how it could be accomplished
  • Review ideas with co-workers

Step 3 Brainstorm Partners
  • Think about who to approach. Think big.
  • Consider
  • people you or your colleagues know personally or
    by reputation
  • local nonprofits and businesses (especially those
    that are new or expanding)
  • other libraries in the area
  • Think about where you might want assistance
  • money, publicity, materials, purchasing power,
    helping hands, ideas, logistics, meeting space,
    volunteers, etc.
  • Think about how your proposal will benefit your
    potential partners

Step 4 Approach Your Partner(s)
  • Select only one project to start with
  • Consider approaching more than one partner, but
    start with the partner most likely to say yes
  • Dont be afraid to do some cold calling
  • Be open to the partners ideas

Step 5 Work Out the Details
  • Make sure details are worked out and communicated
    clearly in advance
  • Consider what statistics or evaluations will be
  • Publicity should be done jointly with all
    partners to reach people outside the librarys
    regular networks

Step 6 Conduct the Program
  • This is the fun part You and your partner come
    together to host a program or kick off a service
  • Make sure to give recognition
  • Proper planning and full publicity should make
    for a smooth event and big crowd

Step 7 Evaluate
  • Evaluate collectively and individually
  • Evaluation questions could include
  • How well did the program work?
  • What can be learned from statistics?
  • What kind of comments were made?
  • Should this be done again?
  • How could it be improved?
  • How did the timing work out?
  • Would additional partners be helpful?

Try It Out
  • Worse case scenario
  • Someone tells you no
  • You have a list of ideas
  • Ask for feedback
  • Best case scenario
  • No program but you form a solid partner
  • You make yourself look good
  • You make the director look good

Tips Tricks
  • Outreach is partnerships / partnerships are
  • Consider every interaction an opportunity to do
    outreach and build partnerships
  • Make everyone look good
  • Dont assume its someone elses job

Tips Tricks
  • Enjoy the snowball effect
  • Be ready to adjust your expectations and adapt to
    partners changing needs

Tips Tricks
  • Learn from other professions
  • networking
  • marketing
  • Make it fun
  • Create buzz and be creative
  • Fun tax revenue

You Can Do It!
  • The first step is the hardest
  • Ask yourself
  • Whats the worst that could happen?
  • Whats the best that could happen?
  • Write down the first idea you got today and
    follow the plan when you get back to work

Why Do We Need To Do This, Again?
  • Remember
  • Partnerships and outreach are advocacy and thus
    a core part of your job.
  • Doing this could make the difference the next
    time you need to ask for community funding or

Keys To Success
  • Dont Ask for Permission
  • Form Partnerships Take it to the Streets
  • Talk Action Irrelevancy
  • Dont be lazy
  • 3. Make it Fun!
  • Fun Tax Revenue

Program Title Artist In Residence
  • Program Description
  • The artist-in-residence program is a joint
    project between the Chelsea Center for the Arts
    and the Chelsea District Library.
  • The artist-in-residence program is designed for a
    nationally-known artist who works in the
    community through the
  • library to deliver various services as they see
    fit. In addition to instructional and
    consultative activities, the artist-in-residence
  • enriches the local arts scene by his or her
    presence, but may also offer writing workshops
    and other writing related events, plus
  • programming.
  • Whats It All About
  • New blood each year
  • Remember what I said about finding the experts?
    Let them
  • do the work for us!
  • How many libraries, let alone public, let alone
  • public libraries think to sponsor an artist in
  • Bring in recognizable authors artists
  • .

Program Title Midwest Literary Walk in Downtown
  • Program Description
  • Michael McClure, famous Beat Generation and
    1960s counter-culture poet and writer, will make
    a rare appearance in downtown Chelsea at the
    first-ever Midwest Literary Walk, April 18.
  • McClure, associate of Allen Ginsberg and close
    friend of Jim Morrison, is the author of 14 books
    of poetry, eight books of plays, and four books
    of essays. He wrote the song Mercedes Benz,
    popularized by Janis Joplin, and authored the
    play The Beard, which became a cause célèbre in
    the 60s for testing censorship laws in San
    Francisco and other cities. Now 78, McClure was
    immortalized by Jack Kerouac in his novel Big Sur
    and by Martin Scorcese in his film The Last
  • Oprah Book Club novelist Bret Lott, of South
    Carolina, and suburban Detroit novelist Michael
    Zadoorian will also read from their work, along
    with Michigan poets Keith Taylor, Janet Kauffman,
    Macklin Smith, and Bill Harris.
  • Free and open to the public, the event is the
    brainchild of Detroit poet ML Liebler, current
    artist-in-residence at the Chelsea District
    Library and Chelsea Center for the Arts,
    cosponsors of the Walk. All locations are within
    a two-block area.
  • 1 pm, Keith Taylor and Macklin Smith, River
  • 2 pm, Michael Zadoorian and Bill Harris, Chelsea
  • 3 pm, Bret Lott and Janet Kauffman, Cranesbill
  • 4 pm, Community Open Mic with ML Lieblers
    Workshop, Zou Zous Café
  • 530 pm, reception and book signing with Michael
    McClure, River Gallery
  • 7 pm, Michael McClure and ML Liebler, Chelsea
    District Library
  • .

Moby Grape
Program Title Songwriters Workshop
  • Program Description
  • Join the Chelsea Center for the Arts and the
    Chelsea District Library for a most exciting,
    memorable and entertaining song-writing workshop
    from Chelsea's artist-in-residence, M.L. Liebler.
    Plus Detroit quartet the High Strung, hailed by
    Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and Village
    Voice as one of the best rock roll bands in
    America. Registration required. Space is limited!
    Call the CCA 734-433-2787 or e-mail
    programs_at_chelseacenterforthearts.org to register
    for this workshop.  BasicsSaturday
    Afternoon from 12 to 4
  • Bring School of Rock to your townServe
    PizzaFilm itGreat way to get young people and
    old alike togetherPerfect for OutreachTake the
    School of Rock concept and apply it to
  • .

Program Title A Day in the Life of Chelsea
  • Program Description If your house is anything
    like our library, it has a shelf full of
    cookbooks most of which are filled with
    dazzling photos of all kinds of food dishes. Some
    of them are mouth-watering to look at. We are
    giving you 24 hours to document a delicious
    dining experience through your eyes, from the way
    its prepared, to its presentation, to the way it
    is eaten. Pick up a disposable camera at the
    library. Photos will be posted in a special
    exhibit on the library web site. Registration
  • Topics
  • PhotographyCommunity
  • BasicsRegistration is Required
  • Try to limit numbers to 15 or 20
  • Buy 15 disposable cameras from local camera shop
    and work out a deal (lean on them about promoting
  • Notify patron when the galleries are on the
    librarys web page
  • You can use multiple themes, or make it more
  • Extras
  • Make double copies of prints so patrons can keep
  • Marketing
  • Newsletter, website, and around town
  • The editor of the Ann Arbor News write an
    editorial pronouncing me a genius and wishing
    more libraries got in the business of preserving
    our local heritage, and encouraging libraries
    all over the country to follow my lead.

Program Title Chelsea District Library Comedy
  • Program Description Together with the Ann
    Arbor Comedy Showcase, the library will be
    staging a series of stand-up comedy showcases
    from some of the regions most popular comics.
    Once a week our cut-loose comedy series will
    present the comedy of 12 of the current rising
    stars in the area and beyond.
  • Topics
  • Stand up comedy
  • BasicsEvery Thursday in June
  • Partner with local comedy club
  • Bus seniors over from residential homes
  • Held outdoor in the librarys outdoor
  • Marketing
  • Newsletter, website, and around town
  • Stories in the Chelsea Standard and Ann Arbor
  • Streaming video or YouTube clips of
    comicsCoverage on Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
  • Comics
  • Mike Green
  • Horace HB Sanders
  • Kevin McPeek
  • Chili Challis
  • Gary George

Program Title Purple Rose Theater
  • Program Description
  • The Purple Rose and Library recently received a
    17,000 grant to support a new play development
    partnership .
  • In 2008, the PRTC and CDL created a partnership
    to foster mutually beneficial programming and
    community collaboration. Since the inception of
    this partnership, these institutions have worked
    together to bring concert readings of new plays,
    adult playwriting workshops, and acting workshops
    for teens to the library, all free of charge to
    participants. The partnership has proven
    especially effective in the play development
    process of several PRTC world premieres,
    including Bleeding Red by Michael Brian Ogden
    and Wake by Carey Crim both plays received
    public readings at the CDL before rehearsals
  • The mission of the partnership is threefold to
    develop new works by Midwestern playwrights for
    potential production to involve community
    members in the script development process and to
    inspire young writers to create their own works
    for the stage.

Program Title Cemetery Ghost Hunt
  • Program DescriptionHaunted houses? Cemeteries
    with ghosts? Explore the supernatural as the
    Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan (GHOSM) reveal
    evidence of paranormal phenomena captured during
    their investigations. Then, join the Ghost
    Hunters of Southern Michigan (GHOSM) on a search
    for ghostly activities at Chelseas Oak Grove
    Cemetery. Registration is required. 
  • TopicsParanormal investigationsTrue
    StoriesHow to go on a ghost hunt SpeakersLoca
    l ghost hunters group. They are everywhere. Just
    do a Google search, youll find
    one. BasicsLength Two sessions
    (presentation 1 ½ hours ghost hunt 2
    hours) For the ghost hunt, people will need to
    bring flashlights, warm clothes (if you do it
    after dark around Halloween), tape recorder,
    video recorder, and cameras.Be prepared to
    address the issue of the occult. You have to
    have guts to do a program like this, because
    staff and members of community will give you
    grief about it. Dont be afraid to take risks,
    even if you dont buy into this stuff you have to
    remember that we are here to serve all walks of
    life, plus a little controversy at the library is
    always a good thing. Helps keep us on the
    map! ExtrasInvite member of historical
    society to lead a guided tour of cemetery before
    the extra ghost hunt. Not only will it remind
    people that you arent introducing the occult,
    but its all about fun. MarketingLibrary
    newsletter and website, which is all you need as
    people will literally come out of the woodwork to
    attend this program. Ive done in four or five
    times, not just with seniors, but with teens too.
    Patrons who didnt know the library even existed
    will come as if making a trek to Mecca. Be
    prepared to be overwhelmed.

Program Title Meet the Beatles
  • Program DescriptionAn informal look at all
    aspects of The Beatles (their songs, films, album
    concepts, fiction, poetry, theater, essays,
    cartoons, and more). Well look at the history,
    the myths, the legends, the secrets, the lies,
    and the reality of it all. M.L. Liebler,
    professor at Wayne State University, will lead
    the discussion and supply rare essays and
    writings of The Beatles in addition to seldom
    seen Video/DVD footage. Registration is
    required. TopicsThe Beatles Pop
    Music SpeakersLocal expert or
    professorRecord store ownerMusicianRadio
    DJThe librarian BasicsLength 5 part series
    at 1 hour eachTheater style seatingLCD
    projector w/laptop, audio equipment for playing
    CDs or DVDs ExtrasBeatles book (of which
    there are no shortages) display for
    checkoutDecorate room with postersGet the
    audience involved by asking them where they were
    when the Beatles appeared on Ed
    SullivanEncourage patrons to bring their own
    memorabilia and stories to share   Marketing
  • In addition to marketing in library newsletter
    and website, hit the schools, coffee shops,
    record and book stores

Program Title Flower Arranging with Gigi
  • Program DescriptionFlowers can make a gray day
    bright. Isnt that sweet? An artfully arranged
    bouquet can become a focal point of a room. Many
    senior patrons like to know how to create their
    own gems. This program will give them the tools
    to get started plus a chance to take home a free
    bouquet. Invite a local florist, local garden
    club member to demonstrate floral arrangement.
    TopicsFlowersFlower Arrangements
  • SpeakersFloristMember of Garden ClubStaff
    Member Basics Length 1 ½ hours Several
    tables set up in big square  Participants should
    bring scissors or a knife and a bag to carry the
    finished product free, but you must pay for the
    flowers and the time of the local florist if they
    dont agree to donate their timeExtrasDisplay
    books and videos on floral design, flower
    arranging, and decorating with flowers Seniors
    will be able to take the floral arrangement home
    Ask them to talk about where to buy fresh and
    silk flowers, how to select colors, and how to
    create designsMarketingIve always had to
    turn people away because weve exceeded capacity
    Chances are patrons will be quit familiar with
    the person who owns the flower shop and love to
    have a chance to walk away with a free flower
    arrangement, particularly around the holidays
     Distribute flyers at library, senior center and
    residential homes, plus the florist, and
    gardening centers

Program Title Slice of Life Pizza Tasting
Competition for Seniors
  • Program Description
  • Whether you prefer a traditional Neapolitan or
    Chicago style pie or the modern pizza versions
    established by fast food chains like Little
    Caesars, you'll agree most of us have a love for
    that delectable food we call - Pizza.
  • Topics
  • Pizza
  • Speakers
  • Adult Services Librarian
  • Basics
  • So why not host a Pizza Tasting contest for
    Senior Citizens?
  • With the support of local Pizzerias, you can dish
    out cheese and pepperoni pizzas for the judging.
  • Participants will sample each type of pie in a
    taste test and voted on their favorite cheese and
    pepperoni pizza.
  • The categories included Best in Show, Best
    Crust, Cheesiest, and Best Sauce.
  • Extras
  • While the seniors filled their bellies with the
    sampling of pies, they also received recipes and
    ideas on how to create their own
  • unique pizza creations.
  • The votes were tallied and the race was tight.
    The winner for best in show was Brooklyn Pizza.
    The champion for best cheesiest in Chelsea was
    awarded to Thompsons.

Program Title Pollinate Your Mind Summer
Reading Program
  • Program Description
  • Just for adults, register to get rewards and win
    prizes for using the library. This years program
    is as flexible as ever. Participants can read,
    listen to music or audio books, watch movies, or
    attending one of our great lineup of programs and
    win great prizes, like an iPod, dinner at Common
    Grill, tickets for the Purple Rose Theater,
    Chelsea Cash, and more!
  • Basics
  • Nobody ever thinks about designing a program
    strictly for adult, change that!
  • Dont go cheap on prizes. If you cant afford
    anything more than the crap you buy from the
    Oriental Trading Catalog, dont bother. People
    wont be interested
  • Choose a theme, this year we picked gardening
  • Here's how you get started
  • Register to get a reading log, and then start
    reading from May 15 through July 30.
  • Earn stamps by reading a book, newspaper, or
    magazine, watching a movie, listening to an
    audiobook or music CD, using the library's online
    resources, or attending our great lineup of
  • Choose your prize as you reach 5, 10, and 15
    stamps. Books earn 3 stamps each all other
    activities are worth 1 stamp each.
  • Earn 15 stamps and you'll get a free paperback
    book plus an entry for the grand prize drawing,
    held during the closing event ice cream social on
    Wednesday, July 30.
  • Prizes
  • Win prizes like
  • a bird feeder
  • garden tools

Program Title Pollinate Your Mind Summer
Reading Program
  • CDs
  • clay pots
  • dinner at the local fancy restaurant
  • hose guides
  • seeds planters
  • Gift Certificates to Local Business
  • DVDs
  • painted watering cans
  • Local bookstore gift cards
  • plant markers
  • fair-trade chocolate
  • a garden tote bag
  • tickets to the local theater
  • bird seed
  • Marketing
  • Both the library and senior center newsletters,
    distribute fliers to hospitals, churches, nursing
    homes, and senior residential facilities.
  • By far the best thing to do is find a major
    event, like a Senior Expo, set up a booth and
    sign people up at the event. Or, find something
    similar, call, and ask to be a part of it.

Program Title Senior Lock-In
  • Program Description
  • Together with the Chelsea Senior Center, join us
    for the first ever Senior lock-in at the library.
    The library will close at 6pm and reopen at
    630pm. We will feature a host of activities
    including a Hawaiian rib dinner, massage
    therapist, flower arranging with Gigis Flowers,
    Fortune Teller, Nintendo Wii, and more. Dont
    miss out on this exciting event. Space is limited
    so register now!
  • Topics
  • Video Games
  • Food
  • Massage Therapy
  • Flower Arranging 
  • Tarot cards
  • Card games
  • Speakers
  • Local Flower shop owner
  • Local massage therapist
  • Senior center activities director
  • Adult Services Librarian
  • Tarot Reader 
  • Basics

Program Title Senior Lock-In
  • Extras
  • Cold beverages and cookies for people to snack on
    since this is a long night
  • Make sure you recruit volunteers to help set up,
    coordinate, and clean up after everyone leaves
  • Marketing
  • Library newsletter and website, distribute fliers
    at senior centers, nursing homes, and senior
    residential facilities
  • Notes
  • The best senior program Ive ever done, and maybe
    the first of its kind at any library
  • Its expensive, but you can find ways to do it

Program Title Nintendo Wii for Seniors Not
Your Grandkids Nintendo Anymore!
  • Program Description
  • Put your virtual bowling skills to the test. If
    you are not familiar with the Wii, please join us
    for our kick off event. We will be setting up
    bowling leagues, golf, tennis, and more. Wii
    approximates the motion of the games you enjoy
    because it requires players to swing a
    motion-detector controller like a bowling ball,
    tennis racquet, or golf club. This is the hottest
    thing going! Everyone is welcome to participate
    and become part of the fun. Don't let your
    grandkids have all the fun!
  • Topics
  • Video Gaming
  • Speakers
  • You
  • Basics
  • Nintendo Wii (retails for 250 If you cant
    afford it, ask the Friends to purchase it)
  • At least four Wii game controllers
  • TV or a big screen projector if you have it
  • Ideal for partnering with senior center, nursing
    home, or residential home
  • Be patient, this is a very hands-on project.
    Many of them probably never played a video game
    in their life
  • Extras
  • You need to offer cold drinks as people will work
    up a thirst
  • Cookies, light snack

Local History
  • Local history matters
  • Preserving the history of the community
  • Same concept as partnering, dont wait for the
    information to come to you
  • Rebrand the library by creating your own content
  • Tie programming into your local history
  • Great PR for the library

Program Title Historic Chelsea Interest Group
  • Program Description
  • Second Thursday of every month, 7-830 p.m.,
    McKune Room. Registration not required.
  • The library and Preservation Chelsea host this
    group of people researching historic homes or
    buildings in the Chelsea area. Each session
    features a guest speaker and time for members to
    share questions, ideas, or stories uncovered
    through their own research.
  • Topics
  • Local history, buildings, homes
  • Speaker
  • Speaker local guest or member of historical
  • Basics
  • Length 1 to 1 ½ hours
  • Weve even had local, Emmy-award winning film
    makers out to talk about Tiger Stadium and the
    old Hudsons building and the importance of
    historical preservation
  • Extras
  • Refreshments and light snack
  • Literature about the librarys local history
    resources, class information
  • Marketing

Oral History
  • Program Description
  • We experimented first by inviting three local
    veterans of WWII to participate in a panel
    discussion about their experiences during WWII.
    To create hype for the event, we worked with the
    Chelsea Senior Center and staged a special
    luncheon to honor our veterans. The luncheon was
    provided by and held at the CSC. The following
    week we invited the community to come to the
    library for the panel discussion, which we
    captured on film.
  • We asked each veteran a series of questions and
    gave them time to respond. After, we encouraged
    the audience to ask questions as well.
  • Why does this work?
  • Remember what I said about not waiting for the
    information to come to you, be in the business of
    creating content. Rebrand the library and youll
    help us all remain relevant
  • As you know, WWII veterans are dying off at a
    rate of over 1000 per day. We wanted to take
    action and capture some local heros testimonies
    and preserve it for historical record.
  • With our video editing software, our plan is to
    convert their testimonies to tape and burn them
    on a DVD which we will then place in our
    collection. My dream was that 50 years from now
    their great, great, grandchildren could come in
    and see for themselves their relative on tape.
  • Again, we are creating the content instead of
    waiting for it to come to us
  • Wonderful way for you to network and partner
    with local historical groups and museums, who
    often struggle for funding themselves. We work
    together to achieve common goals and then share
    our materials
  • Can you imagine the goodwill you create in the
    community when sons, daughters, and grandchildren
    come back to us and bend over backwards to thank
    us for recognizing their parent in this way. You
    cant buy that kind of feedback

One Room
Schoolhouse Project
  • Due to the success of this World War II project,
    the Chelsea Senior Center and the library
    partnered again and we were recently awarded with
    a 6000 grant to do another, more extensive oral
    history project about one-room school houses.
  • At one time, there were 24 one-room school houses
    in the Chelsea area. Our idea is to interview
    the students and teachers about their experiences
    at these institutions. Although this started as a
    partnership, you better believe this is something
    that the entire community is going to rally
    around, from the schools to the historical
  • The concept is the same. We interviewed and
    captured on film these people and preserved it
    for the historical record.
  • There has been a tremendous buzz and we have had
    people contacting us from all over the country,
    who grew up in Chelsea and wanted to be a part of
    this special project.
  • We staged special events to set up an environment
    in which to film former students and capture
    their stories, including
  • - Special luncheons
  • - A picnic at a local farm
  • - A visit to a one-room school house that is
    still functional and standing

One Room
Schoolhouse Project
Oral History
Project Next Phases
  • Five-Year Plan
  • Year One Veterans History Project
  • To collect and preserve the stories of wartime
    services of local veterans
  • Our primary focus is on first-hand accounts of
    U.S. Veterans from the following wars World
    War I (1914-1918) World War II (1939-1945)
    Korean War (1950-1955) Vietnam War
    (1961-1975) Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
    Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts (2001-present)
  • Year Two Landmarks of Chelsea
  • Collect interviews with the surviving workers
    and members of the plant as well as provide a
    history of the facility and its ultimate fate.
    Federal Screw Works began in 1913 in Chelsea.
    The plant moved to its location on South Main in
    1917 due to its closeness to a Consumers Power
    substation, which powered the Detroit Urban
    Railroad. The plant survived the depression to
    make a strong recovery during World War II, when
    it produced artillery shells and other weapons
    for the war effort. From a post-war peak of 250
    employees in 1959, the plant declined to 131
    employees by 1997, and only 37 in 2005, when it
    closed its doors during a restructuring.
  • To include the following Federal Screw Works,
    Hospital, Clock Tower, CRC, Old prison, old mill,
    the Library

Oral History
Project Next Phases
  • Year Three Village Life Founding Families of
    Chelsea/Family Farming
  • Whether your family came from Germany in the
    early 1800s and has lived in the Chelsea area
    ever since or you moved here from Detroit in the
    1920s, we want to collect a record of the many
    different experiences that have added to our
    community over time, as told by Chelsea area
  • Year Four Chelseas Advancement As Arts
  • As told by stories of Purple Rose, Jeff Daniels,
    Common Grill, Chelsea Center for the Arts, River
    Gallery, Chelsea Gallery, Sounds Sights,
  • For ex., interview people who visit Purple Rose
    Common Grill (Why did you come? Where did you
    come from? How did you hear about it?)
  • Ask businesses, why did they choose Chelsea?
  • Year Five History of Jiffy Mix
  • Chelsea Milling Company has been operating by a
    family whose roots in the flour business dates
    back to the early 1800s. The family has been
    milling flour in Chelsea for over 120 years.
  • Cynthia Furlong Reynolds, author of Our Hometown
    and Jiffy book could be our project go to

Stories of

About Formed in 2009, the Library-Biz Connect
includes Washtenaw Community College, the Chelsea
District Library, Small Business Development
Technology Center (SBDTC), Food System Economic
Partnership, Art Meets Business, and
SCORE Goal The groups aim is to educate the
business community about resources available
through their local libraries and business
service organizations offer library programming
that will guide small business owners to
results-driven resources, and combine current
resources to broaden the boundaries of its
impact. The mission of the Library-Biz Connect is
to provide access to a network of business and
support services for new and existing small
businesses. What We Provide One on One
Counseling Business Workshops (Business, Plans,
Marketing Plans, Funding, Start Up, etc.)
Program Title Low Vision Service Center
  • The Library and Lions Club of Chelsea have
    joined forces to help people with vision
    impairments maintain their independence through
    the use of optical, non-optical, or electronic
    vision aids. With the help of a 3,000 donation
    from the Lions Club, we plan to install a low
    vision service center in the first floor lobby,
    which we hope will become the resource center for
    people with macular degeneration, diabetic
    retinopathy, and other eye diseases resume
    activities like hobbies or work that they thought
    they could no longer do because of their vision.
  • The Center will consist of a glass case that
    will house low vision equipment including a
    variety of magnifiers ranging in power, which may
    be borrowed for up to three weeks for an at-home
    trial, free of charge. Nearly two dozen state of
    the art, handheld and stand magnifiers will be
    available, all of which incorporate an LED light
    that has a life span of up to 10,000 hours,
    illuminating the magnifiers entire visual field!
    The equipment is lightweight and can be placed on
    top of a newspaper or book page allowing the user
    to slide the magnifier across the text with
    relative ease.
  • In addition, the library will also feature a
    Merlin Reading Machine, a powerful, auto-focus
    desktop magnifier that benefits those with poor
    eyesight. The reading machine can be used to
    magnify photo images, book pages, magazines, or
    newspapers. The operation is user friendly and
    requires only basic instructions. Boasting an
    ergonomic design, this flexible desktop magnifier
    allows you to pivot and adjust the screen to suit
    your most comfortable viewing position.

Program Title Kids Read Comics
Program Title Kids Read Comics
  • About the Convention
  • Generations of kids have grown up reading and
    loving comics. And its not hard to see why
    comics have captured the imagination of kids and
    teens with their unique blend of words and
    pictures, even the most everyday comics stories
    open up worlds of wonder.
  • And beyond the sheer joy of comics is the fact
    that they can help turn kids into more active and
    engaged readers. They also provide a model for
    young readers to explore and develop their own
  • But comics are no longer the mass medium they
    once were. Far fewer kids are exposed to them
    today, and many of the comics they find are
    intended for older readers. Thats where Kids
    Read Comics comes in!
  • Our Kids Read Comics Convention is a totally
    free event that unites kids, teens, parents,
    teachers and librarians with professional artists
    and writers from the comics and animation fields.
    Our goal is to introduce kids to worlds of
    imagination while unlocking their creative
    impulses, and to serve that goal, the convention
  • hands-on workshops
  • panels and presentations for kids, families,
    and educators
  • a chance for kids to meet and chat with comics
    and animation professionals
  • the opportunity for kids to have their own art
    portfolios reviewed
  • KRC also works throughout the year to promote
    comics and creativity for kids and teens. Were
    building a recommended reading list gathering
    resources for parents, teachers and librarians
    and organizing artists and writers who can bring
    presentations and workshops to libraries around
    the state of Michigan and beyond.
  • Kids Read Comics was founded by youth and teen
    librarian Edith Burney of Chelsea, cartoonist and
    educator Jerzy Drozd of Ann Arbor, comic shop
    owner Dan Merritt of Dearborn, and comic book
    writer Dan Mishkin of East Lansing. You can reach
    us at kidsreadcomics_at_gmail.com.
  • Notes
  • The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural
    Affairs awarded the Chelsea District Library, on
    behalf of Kids Read Comics, a grant of 5600!
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