Friday, June 15, 2012

Charlie Geeks Brains via @chelsealibrary #michlit #library

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Charlie Geeks Brains


I geek brains
Photo: Burrill Strong Photography
Human brains are the most complex and highly organized things in the known universe. Your brain has over 200 billion (200,000,000,000) nerve cells, and inside your head there are about 100 trillion connections between different nerve cells. Each cubic millimeter of brain has specific jobs that are somewhat different than every other part. There are vastly more connections inside your head than between all the telephones and computers in the world. Scientists in the past 40 years have learned more about the brain than in all the years before that. It is a very exciting time to be interested in brains. 


Whatever you geek, fun or serious, the public library supports you.


Get your geek on. Show your support |


What is the Value of Today's
Public  Library? 


I geek rock and rollThere is new evidence of libraries return on investment (ROI) in a recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government. The economic impact study about Philadelphia's public libraries  concludes that the library created millions of dollars worth of economic value to the city. 


The study summarized four areas where the Library makes an impact on its community:


Workforce Development

  • $6 million in career development book lending, job finding databases, and workforce development-related programming
  • The study estimated that 1000 Philadelphians found jobs directly as a result of the resources provided by the Library in FY10, which translated into $30.4 million in earned income in one year (at an average entry-level salary for Philadelphia), generating $1.2 million annually in wage tax revenue for the city

Business Development

  • Nearly 10% of those surveyed indicated that they could not have started or grown their business without the use the use of the library, which resulted in over 8500 businesses that benefited from business services and programs provided by their local Library

Increased Value for Homes & Neighborhoods

  • One of the most telling statistics was homes within a quarter mile of a Library were worth, on average, about $10,000 more than home more than a quarter mile from a Library


  • The study estimated more than $22 million worth of literacy-related reading & lending, including literacy-related programming, and online activities
  • 10% of survey respondents or in the study indicated that they could not have learned to read without the library, which means an estimated 10,800 people credited the library for their ability to read

While bottom line figures may vary, this groundbreaking study provides evidence that libraries are integral to each of our community's economic vitality as well as an essential community resource.

-William Harmer
Director | Chelsea District Library 

What Makes a Film Work?


What makes a film work

What Makes A Film Work is an introductory, multi-media discussion of how a movie uses filmmaking techniques to make movie magic.


Techniques like camera shots, editing, sound design and music help to cast a spell over an audience and bring them into the story. 


Artist in Residence Sharad Patel will break down these elements using different scenes from well-known films to show how they come together to create a successful and powerful scene.


Drop in and join us at Silver Maples for this lecture/demonstration and chance to get the behind-the-scenes stories of movie magic from our filmmaker. 


Wednesday, June 20 | 6:30-8pm | Drop-in

Silver Maples - 100 Silver Maples Dr   


The Artist in Residence program is a joint venture of the Chelsea District Library (CDL), the Chelsea Center for the Arts (CCA), and the River Gallery.  


The 2012 Artist in Residence Program is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.  


Artist in Residence

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 What Do You Geek?


I geek photography
Photo: Lighting and camera set up by Burrill Strong Photography, 
button pressed by Anna

We'd like to thank Burrill Strong for donating his time and talent for our Geek the Library campaign. He has taken close to 100 photos over the last month and the campaign is running through the end of the year. We are lucky to have him on board. 


The next Geek the Library photo shoots are  Friday, June 29 from 4-5pm and Wednesday, July 11 from 4-5pm in the library basement. If you haven't had your photo taken, call to sign up!
Contact Anna Cangialosi by phone at (734) 475-8732 x216 or  email at 
Geek the Library is brought to you by OCLC, a non-profit library cooperative, with funding by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 Sounds & Sights


Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights
  • Ken Evans (Comedy) at the Library Stage
  • David C. Bloom & Friends (Jazz) at the South St. Tent
  • 3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons) at Main St. Alley*
  • Clare Cavicchio (Various Pop) at the East Alley*
  • Voices in Harmony (A Cappella Choir) at East Middle
  • Open Mic at the Total Fitness Lot: Spin Cycle, Rick Straub
  • Kelsey & The Rising Tide (Folk/Pop/Indie) at the Sylvan Courtyard
  • Some Velvet Evening (Honky Tonk) at the Glazier Bldg.
  • Creole du Nord (Zydeco) at the Clocktower Gazebo
  • Dee Dee the Clown (Face Painting) at the Clocktower Courtyard
  • Movie at dusk provided by SRSLY Cinema: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (PG)
About Us

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. 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. For more information, visit



Anna Cangialosi, Marketing Coordinator
Chelsea District Library

Chelsea District Library | 221 South Main Street | Chelsea | MI | 48118

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