Library Snapshot Day
We chose the Wednesday of National Library Week to study a day in the life of YDL.
Country in the City - 2010
The kids spent a few hours downtown having old-fashioned fun riding ponies, petting farm animals, getting their face painted, dipping beeswax candles, cutting apple spirals, creating Indian corn jewelry, churning butter and more! All activities were free. This event was generously funded by the Friends of the Ypsilanti District Library.
Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival 2010
The Fourth Annual Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival featured nationally-known songwriters Graham Parker and Paul Burch, along with a local songwriter's showcase, one-on-one sessions with songwriters, the Songwriter's Stopwatch Challenge, and more!
Snoopy as the WWI Flying Ace
From February 3-March 10, 2011, YDL-Whittaker hosted the Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace exhibit, courtesy of ExhibitsUSA and The National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibit offered 40 prints of Snoopy's boldest adventures in his transformed doghouse-now a Sopwith Camel. An opening reception was held on February 8.
El Día de los Niños, El Día de los Libros
Photos from our annual event celebrating children, books, and the Spanish-speaking world.
Bushels of Laughs with Clowns
We celebrated National Clown Week with an afternoon of informal face painting and balloon sculpture, followed by a high-energy variety show by Clowns Around Redford!
YDL-Whittaker 10th Birthday
YDL-Whittaker opened its doors to the community on January 27, 2002. We celebrated the building's 10th birthday by sharing memories, looking at photos, and eating cake.
Fun with Peeps 2012
Making Peeps sushi, Peeps dioramas, and Peeps candy necklaces at Whittaker and Superior.
Congratulations to the winners of the first-ever Peeps-O-Rama at Whittaker! First place was a tie between "Star Wars - Peeps War" by Gabriel Candelaria and "Just Another Day at Peeps Middle School" by Bryon Pee. Second place was "The Choir" by Angel Wilson. Third place was "The Hunger Games" by Callah Pee.
Thank you to everyone who participated and voted!
Celebration of the Arts: Billy Collins
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins was the star of our National Library Week and National Poetry Month celebration. Culminating in a poetry reading, Q & A session, and book signing, Billy Collins also visited students at Ypsilanti High School. [some photos courtesy of the Ypsilanti Public School District]
Safety Sense: Community Health Fair 2012
Safety information, from seat belts, sports, and self-defense to first aid, fire escapes, food handling, and more!
YDL-Whittaker teen program: Use your favorite quotes, song lyrics, bible verses, or book excerpts to customize a t-shirt. Draw a picture or a shape instead. Have fun making it yours!
Stuffed Animal Storytime and Sleepover 2012
Following storytime, stuffed animals are invited to spend the night at the library. See what they do!
Steampunk Wearable Art
Steampunk is a blending of Victorian femininity and robust mechanical components. Steampunk wearable art is a fusion of 19th century Victorian history and science fiction. Make a ring, a cuff bracelet, a medallion, or other steampunk wearable art.
Teens made distinctive collage portraits of themselves (or others) with bits of paper. YDL-Whittaker.
KinderConcert October 2012
Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. YDL-Whittaker Community Room.
Polymer Clay Steampunk Jewelry
Polymer clay is a great material to use for all kinds of items, but adding steampunk features brings a new dimension. YDL-Whittaker, teens.