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Room Reservations are Back!

Room Reservations are Back!

Our rooms are available to reserve again! To avoid overbooking our available space, we ask that you please make a reservation to use a room.

YpsiWrites Virtual Tutoring Updates

YpsiWrites Virtual Tutoring Updates

Drop-in tutoring sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays with YpsiWrites volunteers have been cancelled for the fall season. Instead, you can continue to receive virtual help on your own schedule. Just as with their face-to face tutoring, you can expect to receive focused...
YDL Board Meeting – Special Sessions Sept 8 & Oct 13

YDL Board Meeting – Special Sessions Sept 8 & Oct 13

There will be two special sessions where the YDL Board will attend fundraising training. These meetings are open to the public. For public meeting guidelines and other information about our board meetings, visit our Board...
Check Out Our New-Look Events Page

Check Out Our New-Look Events Page

Our new events page has a cleaner look that is simpler to read and easier to use. When you visit the new page you can switch between a daily list view and a calendar view. You’ll also find building hours and information along with all the event details. From...
YDL Board Meeting – Special Sessions Sept 8 & Oct 13

YDL Board meeting August 25 – Zoom & in-person

The August YDL Board meeting will be held in the Whittaker Road Board Room on Wednesday, August 25 at 6:30 PM. You will also be able to watch the meeting on Zoom. For public meeting guidelines and other information about our board meetings (including the Zoom...
We Did It…Thank You!

We Did It…Thank You!

Thanks to all your generous donations, we have reached our Young Family Challenge goal!

More to See!

More to See!

As you can see from these wonderful aerial photographs, the new library site is taking shape!  Diversified Excavating prepared the base for the building’s foundation with crushed stone.  Superior Township issued our building permit, so Diversified expects to begin...
Put your Summer on the MAP

Put your Summer on the MAP

Are you ready to get even more with your Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)? Metroparks has joined the MAP program! As of May 1, 13 Metroparks will offer free admission to MAP patrons! To claim your free daily vehicle pass*: 1) Visit ypsilibrary.org/michigan-activity-pass...
A2SO Virtual KinderConcerts

A2SO Virtual KinderConcerts

Missing music time at the library with your children? Our friends with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra have KinderConcerts videos!

Final Site Plan Approval

Final Site Plan Approval

At its meeting on December 16, the Superior Township Planning Commission approved the final site plan for the new library! Now our design work can be finalized and the construction can go out for bid.

YDL Board Meeting – Special Sessions Sept 8 & Oct 13

Help YDL Prepare for Reopening

To welcome patrons back to the library safely, YDL wants to install air purification systems at Whittaker Road and Michigan Avenue. Read on to learn more, and visit our Donate Page to contribute to the project.

YpsiWrites Virtual Tutoring Updates

YpsiWrites Virtual Tutoring

Having a hard time with virtual learning? YpsiWrites is excited to offer both asynchronous and synchronous (real time) virtual writing support during this time of social distancing. With YpsiWrites, you can expect to receive focused feedback on your writing and...
Introducing Creativebug

Introducing Creativebug

Introducing Creativebug, where you can watch thousands of arts and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

LET’S COMPLETE OUR HISTORY

LET’S COMPLETE OUR HISTORY

In October, YDL will co-host a Wikipedia edit-a-thon of Ypsilanti and related pages. We want to engage our diverse community to paint a more complete picture within those articles.

YDL to Expand TALK Program with Prestigious IMLS Grant

YDL to Expand TALK Program with Prestigious IMLS Grant

The Ypsilanti District Library, with the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative Library, will expand our early literacy text messaging service, TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, to reach parents of children birth through five years old across Michigan and Indiana.

OVERDUE FINE AMNESTY

OVERDUE FINE AMNESTY

The fine forgiveness initiative that the YDL Board approved last month has gone into affect!

Curbside Service Starts at Whittaker!

Curbside Service Starts at Whittaker!

Curbside service starts today (Monday, June 29) at Whittaker Road! This is the next step in our plan to phase in services and we couldn’t be more excited. Check out the details on how to use curbside and schedule your appointment at...
YDL’s Update on Resuming Services

YDL’s Update on Resuming Services

We’re excited to resume operations at YDL, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and perseverance. We plan to gradually phase in our services in a way that keeps our community, patrons, and staff safe. Please read on for more information about what to expect as we re-open responsibly.

Getting or renewing a library card while the library is closed

New Borrowers If you live in our service area and the recent closures around the community are inspiring you to check us out for the first time, welcome! You can get all of the basic information about applying for a library card (including non-resident cards) on our...
The First Rule of Punk: Be Yourself!

The First Rule of Punk: Be Yourself!

We had lots of library activities planned to hep bring the book alive. But in our effort to help stop the spread of Covid-19, the library had to close. Instead, log into the Spring Challenge to earn two special badges. To earn the Family Read badge, visit the...
Gardens Bring Education Outside

Gardens Bring Education Outside

Gardens in Ypsilanti’s schools and libraries are are not just delicious–they’re also great educational tools.

YDL’s TALK service recognized with John Cotton Dana Award

YDL’s TALK service recognized with John Cotton Dana Award

The Ypsilanti District Library has been awarded a John Cotton Dana Award, the most prestigious award of the American Library Association. The award recognizes YDL’s work on  TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, an early literacy text messaging service.

Have you tried the YDL App?

Have you tried the YDL App?

The YDL app available for Android and iPhone, allows you to manage your account, search the catalog, renew or reserve items, and download digital content.

See pictures from the Ypsi Family Read Cuban Arts Celebration!

See pictures from the Ypsi Family Read Cuban Arts Celebration!

This season we read Lucky Broken Girl, the 2018 Pura Belpré award winner by local author Ruth Behar. In the book, Ruthie Mizrahi and her family have recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her...
Library Millage Passes!

Library Millage Passes!

Thank you, Voters! We are thrilled to announce that the Ypsilanti District Library’s 2018 millage request has been approved.

See the Proposed New Library Branch

See the Proposed New Library Branch

The Ypsilanti District Library is proposing building a new, full-service facility on Harris Road, between MacArthur Boulevard and Geddes Road. This new facility would replace the current, temporary library branch on MacArthur Boulevard.

Your Library on the Ballot

Your Library on the Ballot

On the November 6 election ballot, the Library will request .7 mills of operating funds to support library operations across the district. Learn more!

It’s Banned Books Week!

It’s Banned Books Week!

Celebrate your freedom to read with an interactive exhibit showcasing banned and challenged books.

We’re Part of PBS’ The Great American Read!

We’re Part of PBS’ The Great American Read!

What’s America’s favorite novel? You’ll help decide from a list of 100 books as part of the PBS Great American Read. YDL was selected as one of 50 libraries across the U.S. to promote the Read!

Celebrate the Women Who Created YDL

150 years: letter from the director

In 1868 a group of enterprising women established what we now call the Ypsilanti District Library. There were 160 registered borrowers, a collection of 175 books, and a budget of $260. 150 years later, YDL remains a vital and vibrant information hub for our community!

Inside the Racial Justice Discussion series

Inside the Racial Justice Discussion series

Fully titled “Safely talking and learning about race and racism,” the series has brought hundreds of people to the library to watch films and hold open, honest conversations in a safe and supportive environment. What began as a short-term partnership between YDL and...
Progress on Water, Sewer, and Electric

Progress on Water, Sewer, and Electric

Since our last update, we’ve seen exciting progress in the construction of the new library. The sanitary sewer line has been installed. Water mains have been installed, pressure tested, and chlorinated. Our construction crew is awaiting a permit to connect to the...

September 2021: New and On Order DVDs

Beasts of No Nation (2015.   Fiction: War.   Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga) Starring: Abraham Attah, Idris Elba The nightmare of war is seen through the eyes of one of its most tragic casualties, a child soldier, in this harrowing vision of innocence lost from Cary...
Roller Girl: Chapter Seven

Roller Girl: Chapter Seven

Hear chapter seven read aloud by a member of the Ann Arbor Roller Derby and write about what you need to play your favorite sport.

Roller Girl: Chapter Seven

Roller Girl: Chapter Six

Hear chapter six read aloud by a member of the Ann Arbor Roller Derby and make a zine!

Roller Girl: Chapter Seven

Roller Girl: Chapter Four

Hear chapter four read aloud by a member of the Ann Arbor Roller Derby and design your uniform!

Roller Girl: Chapter Seven

Roller Girl: Chapter Three

Hear chapter three read aloud by a member of the Ann Arbor Roller Derby and create your roller derby name.

Foundation Work Continues

Foundation Work Continues

Underground and foundation work continues at the new library site. Harris Road was closed temporarily to allow crews to install the sanitary sewer line under the road. Crews continue to work on the footings and foundation. Heavy rains have delayed that work slightly,...
Paralympics Coming Soon!

Paralympics Coming Soon!

The Olympics are not over! The Paralympic Games begin on August 24 and run through September 5.

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