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Committing to Compassion

Published: December 29, 2020

Last year brought challenges. It also brought opportunities for compassion, community, and patience. In addition to the pandemic, racial unrest throughout the country forced us to think about how we make a community work for everyone. This year, renew your commitment to personal and community growth. In the spirit of spreading knowledge, here are some tools and tips for achieving your resolutions and becoming a more informed and engaged citizen. Talk to your family about race Research from the American Psychological Association shows some preschoolers may have already developed racist beliefs well before adults start talking about race with them. …


NEH For All the World to See Virtual Tour

Published: December 22, 2020

The virtual tour and accompanying activities for the NEH For All the World to See exhibit are ready to explore!


For the Whole World to See: Civil Rights Bibliographies

Published: December 21, 2020

Browse this selection of books and DVD titles that discuss different aspects of the Civil Rights Movement, from the ’50s and ’60s. This list is a part of the For All the World to See exhibit.


The 2020 Fall Family Read Virtual Experience!

Published: November 1, 2020

We’ve got this year’s Family Read page packed with activities and thought exercises.


Netflix Bookmarks

Books that spark kid-friendly conversations about empathy, equality, self-love and antiracism!

Look Both Ways

Published: September 5, 2020

The Ypsi Family Read brings our entire community together around one book. This season’s pick is Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds.


Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Talking with Kids about Race and Racism

Published: September 2, 2020

Our final installment in our family townhall anti-racism series.


Ypsi Farm and Garden Tour

Published: August 1, 2020

Take a virtual tour of a few of Ypsi’s farms and educational gardens to see who’s growing local food!


Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Self-Care, Community Care, and Reflection

Published: July 28, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.


Teens Believe Black Lives Matter

Published: July 27, 2020

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Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Community Transformation and Uplifting the Voices of Young People

Published: July 22, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.


Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Youth Empowerment and Radical Imagination

Published: July 13, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.


Graphic Novels for Kids and Teens by BIPOC Authors

Graphic novels for kids and teens by BIPOC authors.

Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: The Power of Stories

Published: July 8, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.


Race Relations

Book lists, movies, and activities for all ages to increase understanding about race.


Documentaries on Police Brutality and Race Relations

Published: June 9, 2020

This is a collection of documentaries available on Hoopla that focus on specific events and ideas surrounding police brutality and race relations.


Black Lives Matter

It’s important for all kids to see books with characters of all colors who are just kids being kids, as well as stories of empowered, successful black people. Here are a few of our recently published favorites.

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Anti-Racism Book List for Adults

Published: June 4, 2020

The following books are available through YDL’s digital collections:Abu-Jamal, Mumia | Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? ebook on HooplaAlexander, Michelle | The New Jim Crowebook on HooplaAnderson, William & Zoe Samudzi | As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberationebook on HooplaCoates, Ta-Nehisi | Between the World and Meebook and eaudio on OverdriveDavis, Angela | Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movementeaudio on Hoopla, ebook on OverdriveDiAngelo, Robin | White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racismebook & eaudio on OverdriveDunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne | An Indigenous Peoples’ History of …


Covid-19 and Racial Health Disparities

Published: April 21, 2020

Covid19 has shined a light on racial health disparities. Find out more information.


Family Read Ypsi History Geocache Scavenger Hunt

Published: October 8, 2019

Ready to go on an adventure? Get a chance to explore historical Ypsilanti on the Family Read scavenger hunt! Collect all 6 tokens to win a special prize.