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Playaway View is Here!



Playaway View
Chelsea District Library is excited to announce a new addition to our youth collection-Playaway View™, the latest innovation from Findaway World. 

The pre-loaded video player offers libraries and their patrons access to award-winning programs from top children's content providers such as PBS KIDS, National Geographic, Sesame Street and TumbleBooks, among others. With Playaway View, libraries can provide their patrons with portable educational and entertaining programming that was designed with libraries and kids in mind.    


With over 100 titles available on Playaway View and more to come each month, each View is preloaded with multiple videos to entertain even the youngest patrons for hours at a time. Perfect for car rides!  


A variety of popular television episodes, animated picture books, and curriculum-based learning is offered for pre-kindergarten through high school.  


The library's collection will include:  

  • Arthur's Adventures
  • Between the Lions: Fun animal stories
  • Amazing Planet
  • Math for Children
  • Sesame Street: Elmo's world & more

Using Playaway View 
Click image below and use your mouse to hover over the Playaway View buttons and learn how they work. 


Playaway View Demo  
Former Pilot and Ski Patrolman, Silver Maples Resident Offers Tips on Living Longer   


Hank Karner reads The Blue ZonesOctober is Chelsea Reads Together month and our community read theme is health and wellness. We are reading The Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic fellow who traveled the globe uncovering the best strategies for longevity in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives.


We turned to Chelsea residents who have created their own unique formula for living long, happy lives. Silver Maples resident Hank Karner, age 96, is an example of an active lifestyle that has kept him healthy and happy through the years. Hank has worked as a commercial pilot and became a ski patrolman after retirement. "I never hated to go to work a day in my life," says Hank.  


Hank has lived at Silver Maples for 10 years and still enjoys daily exercise and outdoor activity. Hank works closely with Shawn Personke, Director of Activities and Public Relations at Silver Maples, on many projects and was instrumental in Silver Maples' walking path development. Hank heads up Wii bowling and is involved in many events including Happy Hour, the Harvest Art Market and Rummage Sale.  


As illustrated in The Blue Zones, Hank makes it a priority to put family first. He enjoys staying in touch with his nephews and every year heads up a picnic for 40 at his daughter's home on Cavanaugh Lake. Hank's story is inspiring and his lifestyle has mirrored many of the centenarians interviewed in The Blue Zones.


Read Hank's full article here.


Purple Rose Theatre Company
Concert Reading  


Purple Rose

Purple Rose actors will read  

33 Variations by Moises Kaufman.  

The plot moves between Ludwig van Beethoven composing his Diabelli Variations while gradually going deaf and a present-day musicologist studying that piece of music and battling ALS. The play studies parallels in the experiences of both characters in their own time periods.  33 Variations was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2009.  Stay after the reading to share your thoughts with PRTC Artistic Director Guy Sanville and the performers.  


Saturday, November 5| 10:30am-1pm
McKune Room | Registration Required  

The Blue Zones Author,
Dan Buettner, to Visit Chelsea
via Satellite   


Dan Buettner Chat with Chelsea via Skype

Join New York Times bestselling author, internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and National Geographic fellow, Dan Buettner for a discussion of
The Blue Zones via Skype!


Wednesday, November 9 | 7-8:30PM  

Washington Street Education Center Auditorium 

500 Washington Street

Registration requested, but not required


View Dan Buettner Virtual Book Discussion invite. 


RSVP to Sara Wedell, Head of Adult Services at Chelsea District Library: Call (734) 475-8732 or 

Have questions about The Blue Zones you would like to ask Dan? Let us know when you RSVP or bring them with you! 
                                                                                                                      Dan Buettner's National Geographic cover story on longevity, "The Secrets of Living Longer", was one of the top-selling issues in history and made him a finalist for the National Magazine Award.  In his book, The Blue Zones, he reveals strategies for longevity found in Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. In his book he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

Join us to hear his story and for a discussion of this year's Chelsea Reads Together book, The Blue Zones.

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The Chelsea District Library is nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide equal access to quality resources that serve the lifelong cultural, educational and informational needs and interests of all people.  The Library currently serves 14,000 residents in the Chelsea district - City of Chelsea plus Dexter, Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan townships and more than 20,000 individuals visit the Library each month.  The Library's state-of-the-art facility is an access point for information including: books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, downloadable e-books, subscription databases as well as access to the Internet.  In addition to providing dynamic services to complement and support local schools and other important community needs, the Chelsea District Library strives to present timely, interesting and high-quality programs and events to engage and enrich the Chelsea community.


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