May 28, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou

Filed under: Current News — Teen Blog @ 9:07 am

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

May 23, 2014

Bored? Let the Michigan Activity Pass take you on an Adventure!

Filed under: Summer Fun — Teen Blog @ 11:51 am

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How the Program Works
Beginning May 24, library users with a valid library card from any one of Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries can print a pass, either from home or at the library, to one of the 70+ participating cultural institutions at the website. Some cultural partners offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires one week from the date it is printed. Each library will have five passes available per week for each of the participating organizations. Participating organizations as of the date of this press release (more venues will sign on before the program kicks off for its second year on May 24) include:

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn
Argus Camera Museum, Ann Arbor
Arts & Scraps, Detroit
Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Ludington
Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor
Wild Swan Theater, Ann Arbor
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Ann Arbor
Jiffy Mix Factory Tour, Chelsea
Yankee Air Museum, Belleville

Use this helpful mapping tool to find something to do close to you!

May 16, 2014

Newsletter’s out!

Filed under: Summer Fun — Teen Blog @ 10:26 am


Sign up for our great summer programming now!

July 19 10:00am-4:30pm, July 20 1pm-4:30pm, July 23, 5:00pm-7:30pm, July 24, 5:30pm-7:30pm | Improv Comedy Bootcamp | | McKune & Kidspot | 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!  The final day is a performance in front of an audience of your friends, family and anyone else who would like to attend!

July 23             Minecraft | 1-2:30, 2:30-4pm | McKune | Registration | Ages 8-14 |

Explore the endless possibilities of Minecraft Programming using the Python programming language! Begin with the basics and work your way up to our advanced challenges.   Presented by GameStart School of Ann Arbor.

Download a Youth Service Group Application!

May 9, 2014

Two Free Audiobooks Every Week this Summer? Count me in!

Filed under: Great Reads, Summer Fun — Teen Blog @ 9:53 am


May 1, 2014

Youth Service Group Summer Signup has begun!

Filed under: Youth Service Group — Teen Blog @ 10:44 am

You are invited to become a member of the Chelsea District Library’s Youth Service Group—a volunteer organization. YSG for short.Youth Service Group is a program that allows you to build skills, accumulate volunteer hours and help the library with programs, planning and more! You must be going into 7th grade to be eligible for this Group.

2014 YSG Application and Task Form

Our Summer Reading Program is just around the corner, June 10 to July 30. This year our theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for kids and “Spark a Reaction” for teens. We need your help with registering readers, handing out prizes & helping with our special events. We can’t do it without you!
Second: Attend the following program:
Tuesday June 3 & Thursday June 5 YSG Volunteer Sign-Up & Orientation | 3:30-4:30pm | McKune | Drop-In | Ages 12 and up, or Entering the 7th Grade Learn what Youth Service Group is all about! Bring the Summer Volunteer Task Form and YSG Application with you, and make sure it is signed by a parent. You only need to attend ONE of these orientations.

April 23, 2014

Michigan Thumbs Up Award: Time to Vote for your Favorite Teen Novel!

Filed under: After School Fun, Book Club, Great Reads — Teen Blog @ 5:12 pm


The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually to the author of an original work that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The award includes a statewide teen vote of the top ten books. These 10 books were narrowed down from 100 by a group of Michigan youth and teen librarians.

Now it’s time for the teens to vote. Please distribute the list of Top Ten Titles to Michigan teens so they can read and vote! Voting will be open through May 31, 2014.

The winning book will be announced at MLA 2014 in Grand Rapids in October.

Click here to Vote!

April 17, 2014

Adventure Time!

Filed under: After School Fun — Teen Blog @ 12:38 pm

April 16, 2014

Gayle Forman’s book, “If I Stay” is going to be a Movie!

Filed under: Great Reads, movies — Teen Blog @ 10:01 am

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

It’s finally here! Watch the first trailer for If I Stay below. The film is based on the novel by Gayle Forman, and stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley. The story follows a young musician, named Mia, who develops a relationship with a boy named Adam. She is a serious musician, and has big dreams to go to Juilliard. However, when she is involved in a car accident she has to make a huge choice: to decide to give up everything, or keep on living. Via Page to Premier.

April 3, 2014

Spring Break Fun!

Filed under: After School Fun — Teen Blog @ 12:57 pm

Looking for things to do?

Check out a Writing Contest

Start a Blog.

Build a Birdhouse.

Go for a hike in Waterloo Recreational Area! Most trails can be reached from the Gerald R. Eddy Discovery Center, very close to Chelsea!

Join Youth Service Group and help out at the library!

Volunteer with Chelsea Seniors!
Chelsea Community Senior Services (C2S2) is in need of both volunteer and paid individuals for all levels of gardening assistance for our local seniors, such as raking, weeding, picking up sticks, to more experienced tasks such as planting perennials. If you know of anyone who may be able to offer these services, please ask them to contact me or they can find the volunteer and vendor applications on our website.
NOTE: Volunteers are always asked if a job/location suits them and if they are available. Volunteers are contacted on as “as needed” basis and are always free to decline a request. Vendors can accept or decline jobs, and determine their own fees. Volunteers and vendors of all ages are welcome.

Thank you! (website and contact info below)

Alison (Ali) Marable, LMSW
Senior Services Coordinator
Chelsea Community Senior Services (C2S2)
Chelsea Senior Center
512 Washington Street
Chelsea, MI 48118
P: 734-475-9242
F: 734-475-6189

March 31, 2014

April 1st is almost here!

Filed under: After School Fun, Current News, Gaming — Teen Blog @ 5:05 pm

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