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Chesterfield Township Library Endowment

Serving the entire Anchor Bay community of Southeast Michigan, the Chesterfield Township Library Endowment Fund was established to improve lives and to help sustain library service to the community in good times and bad. The Chesterfield Township Library is committed to life-long literacy. We are the university for all walks of life.

Originally established in 1995 as the Chesterfield Library Endowment Foundation, funds were raised to create a permanent endowment to aid the Chesterfield Township Library in activities not supported by tax dollars. Since 2011, these funds have been administered by the Anchor Bay Community Foundation through the establishment of the Chesterfield Township Library Endowment Fund.

Make a donation to the Chesterfield Township Library Endowment

Below is a sampling of programs we offer to the community:

30 Million Word Gap
Studies comparing the vocabulary skills of children from wealthy and poor families have revealed a 30 million word gap in children by the age of three. The Chesterfield Township Library Endowment works together with families in our community to close this word gap.

The Early Catastrophe
Hart, Betty, and Todd R. Risley. “The early catastrophe: The 30 million word gap by age 3.” American educator 27.1 (2003): 4-9.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program offered at the Chesterfield Township Library that encourages parents to read 1000 books with their child before he or she enters school, a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves. Once registered, children receive a log book to record titles, and earn prizes for every 100 books read, moving their name marker up the wall of fame as they progress.

1000 Books before Kindergarten

Summer Learning
The Summer Reading Program is a free program offered at the Chesterfield Township Library that strengthens children’s and teen’s reading and learning skills to build life-long reading habits, retain skills developed during the school year, and includes opportunities for independent reading, arts and craft activities, and thrilling theme-related programs. Summer learning programs provide engagement and fun for families sharing learning together. In addition, public library programs can help meet the personal and social needs of youth and help them feel safe, cared for, useful, and valued.

Large Print Books
Because we are committed to life-long learning and recreational reading, the Chesterfield Township Library offers an extensive collection of Large Print books for folks who find regular type more difficult to read.

Employment Skills
The Chesterfield Township Library provides adults with many opportunities to enhance their skills for the modern workplace by attending classes specifically designed for job-seeking adults.


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