History of Friends of Ypsilanti District Library

The Friends of the Ypsilanti District Library were formed in 1958 to support the activities of the library. In 1958, the library's home was in Starkweather House, a private residence donated to the library in 1898, thirty years after the formation of the library. Shortly thereafter the library was given the opportunity to take possession of the former U.S. Post Office at 229 W. Michigan Avenue, which it did in 1963. The Friends began holding used book sales at this facility. At first, the book sales were held just once a year, but later they were held on a monthly basis. Once the Peters branch basement became available to the library, the Friends' book sales expanded to twice a month, continuing to raise funds for the library.

In the 1990s, the Friends were called upon to provide special leadership and assistance with the creation of a new library and the renovation of the Michigan Avenue facility. They provided support for the millage and bond issue vote, donated funds to enhance the Quiet Study Area at Whittaker Road and the Youth Department of Michigan Avenue. In 2006, Superior Township joined the district and a new library location on MacArthur Boulevard was opened in February 2007.

The first Friends Book Shop was unveiled January 27, 2002 at YDL-Whittaker Road. In August 2008, the Friends Shop reopened in a new location adjacent to the check-out desk and continues to raise money to support library activities.

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Delicious foods : a novelBy Hannaham, James

Hannaham’s book is the engrossing story of a Southern family’s disintegration after the death of husband and father, Nat Hardison. It is narrated by Eddie, the couple’s son, as well as an unusual inanimate character named Scotty, and Eddie’s mother, Darlene, absent both emotionally and physically during much of his childhood, unable to cope with the intense emotional burden, local injustice, and overwhelming grief she experiences when Nat is murdered. Eleven year-old Eddie spends a lot of time with his widowed Aunt Bethella, but at one point he decides to try to find his absent mother. Boldly navigating the seedy underbelly of the streets, Eddie’s path leads him to the horrible prison-like agricultural farming enterprise called Delicious Foods, from which he barely escapes with his life. A bold, harrowing story told with amazing love and respect for its characters.

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