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School is back in session, which means new classes, new friends, and… homework. Luckily, your library is the right destination for tutoring, studying, and getting school assignments done. Check out what’s in store for this semester!

Back to School Study Tips

Whether you can’t wait for the new school year to start or are dreading the return of stressful homework, here are a few simple steps to help you start strong and stay organized.

    1. Get into a routine and stick to it. If you block off time in your calendar each day for studying, it will be easier to stay on top of your studies. Choose a time when you are less likely to feel tired and that does not conflict with other activities. 
    2. Start small. If you’ve got a big assignment looming, like a research paper, stay motivated by completing a piece of the project every few days. Write one paragraph each night or do 5 algebra problems from your assignment at a time. Then, take a break.
    3. Don’t stay stuck. If you feel confused on a concept, can’t work out a problem, or don’t know where to start on an assignment, ask for help right away. 


tutor dot com logo is one easy way to get the help you need for homework or studying. The online service matches you up with a trained tutor one-on-one for homework help or test preparation, and it is free through the library. Tutors are available from 10am-11pm daily to help in over 60 academic subjects. To get started, click here and have your library card ready.




Homework Help: all YDL locations offer free one-on-one homework help for youth and teens. Bring your homework, and look out for these sessions:

  • YDL-Michigan: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-6pm, ages 8-18
  • YDL-Superior: Mondays, 4-6pm, grades K-8
  • YDL-Whittaker: Monday-Thursday, 4-7pm, grades K-8


Remember, it is a new year, and a new start. You can do this! And YDL is here to help.


Head Back to School Healthy & Ready to Learn!

kid doctorIt’s always important to make sure your child or children are up-to-date on their vaccinations and health screenings. Michigan law requires vaccinations or a waiver for children entering licensed childcare, preschool, kindergarten or seventh grade, or who are new to a school district. Hearing and vision screenings are also required for children starting preschool or kindergarten. 

Washtenaw County Health Department can help. Call 734-544-6700 to schedule an appointment, or make an appointment with your pediatrician. For children with Medicaid or no insurance, the Health Department offers free or low-cost vaccines. 

Michigan parents or guardians opting out of the required vaccinations must request a nonmedical waiver from their local health department. 

For children starting school for the first time, hearing and vision screenings ensure they can see, hear and are ready to learn.

For more information, visit the Washtenaw County Health Department website


Resources for Teachers

Back to school preparation isn’t only for the students. YDL has many resources both on and offline available for teachers too! If you teach in the Ypsilanti or Lincoln School District, or any school in the YDL district, visit the library to learn about opportunities for teachers, or visit our Teacher’s page.Book Club kit for youth

Classroom Cards

If you are a teacher and would like to check out materials for the classroom, you should apply for a classroom card at your nearest YDL location. Classroom cards allow teachers to borrow unlimited numbers of books, DVDs, and more–with no late fees! Classroom Cards are available to teachers at any school in the YDL Service Area, as well as the entire Lincoln school district.

Book Bundles

Stock your classroom shelves to fit your next unit or assignment! Just fill out a quick form up to 5 days before you need materials, and our librarians will put together a set of books and DVDs tailored to the age, reading level, and subject matter of your choice. Check them out with your Classroom Card to avoid late fees.

Book Club Kits

Book club kits include multiple copies of the same book and are perfect for a class read aloud or just an old fashioned book club. There are lots of fiction and nonfiction selections available, including Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Sharon Draper’s Out of my Mind.