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Spring 2016 Chelsea District Library Newsletter

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2 Fall I feel so fortunate to have been selected as your new director and am excited at the prospect of what we will build here at the Chelsea District Library (CDL) together. I am grateful to join a vibrant staff that embodies professionalism and dedication, and am impressed by the wonderful programs and collections of resources they have created. The Chelsea community is strengthened by their hard work and passion for creating and delivering innovative library services — I can't wait to be a part of the CDL team! Clearly the Chelsea community values programs and services that are enlightening, enriching, entertaining, and educational – this is to be admired. What I find most impressive about this community – and what motivated me to apply for the director position – is your wholehearted support and love for this library. You inspire! In turn, I hope that I will lead a library that inspires you. I bring to CDL close to 18 years of public library experience, respect for the Library's impressive accomplishments, a fresh perspective, and an eagerness to explore and encourage new ways to meet your informational needs in the 21 st century. It is a real joy to lead CDL as it continues to evolve as a first-class public library, responsive to your wants and needs. As we continue on our journey of providing innovation in programming and services, it is my mission to seek the community's input as we chart the course for the future at CDL. We can only truly succeed with you – the individuals, families, schools, businesses, and organizations in the CDL service area – as our partners. Under my leadership, your opinions, needs, ideas, and concerns will continue to be addressed as we progress into the future. I look forward to these community conversations and meeting each and every one of our patrons. Lori Coryell lcoryell@chelseadistrictlibrary.org 2 Spring February 1–April 1 | Civil War Exhibit: Michigan in the Civil War Although no battles occurred on state soil, Michigan residents played a crucial role in the American Civil War from the first shots at Fort Sumter, South Carolina until the final surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. Not all Michiganders were in favor of going to war, but ultimately, when the war came, thousands of Michigan men and women willingly stepped forward to help secure the Union. This exhibit tells the story of those sons and daughters of Michigan who served in the Civil War in many distinct ways, from the stalwart soldiers of the MI 24th Infantry "Iron Brigade," to the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics, who waged war by building bridges and ripping apart railroads. Expect to hear the stories of female soldier and spy Sara Emma Edmonds, the formation of the 1st Michigan Colored Infantry, and many more. u 2015 Library Volunteer of the Year Gary Zenz's life-long affiliation with the library began in 1985. Throughout the years he has s e r ve d a s a M c K u n e M e m o r i a l Library Board Trustee (1986–1995); lobbied for Lima Township to join the Chelsea Library District; and has served on several successful committees which ensured the building of our new library. In 2004, t h e C D L B o a rd a p p o i n t e d G a r y a s an At Large trustee, where he has been Board President five times, Treasurer twice, Secretary twice, and recently chaired the 2015 New Director Search Committee. As a Friend of the Library, he has volunteered many hours to organizing book donations and as the occasional handy man. Volunteers 2015 Library Friend of the Year Gary Munce has only been a member of the Friends for one year, and yet he has already proven to be a big asset to the organization. His "get it done" attitude and intelligent approach to finding solutions have propelled their efforts forward on a daily basis. From serving weekly as a library computer volunteer and helping with the monthly used book sales, to building and installing new Little Free Libraries around town, the Friends continually benefit from his broad range of talents and generosity of time. Gary's warm personality, electric smile and heart of gold make him a favorite amongst other Friends and the library staff. Director's chair MICHIGAN IN THE CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT

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