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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.


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Solve A Mystery with the Ypsi Family Read

Published: September 9, 2019

The Ypsi Family Read brings our entire community together around one book. This season’s pick, The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson, will come to life with a scavenger hunt that takes families on a trip through local history.


Book Group Offers Scholarships to Ypsi Grads

Published: April 9, 2019

The African American Authors Book Discussion Group are awarding book scholarships to area to graduating high school seniors from the Ypsilanti area.


Celebrate Black History Month with the #ReadingBlackout Challenge

Published: February 6, 2019

Celebrate Black History Month 2019 with the #ReadingBlackout challenge and events throughout February.


Jason Reynolds’ book Ghost featured in the Ypsi Family Read

Published: October 8, 2018

For more information contact: Jodi Krahnke Head of Youth Services 734-482-4110 x1304                                                                                                Starting this season the Ypsilanti District Library is bringing forth the “One Community, One Book” model to kids and families with the Ypsi Family Read. This new program is aimed at bringing the community together to encourage kids and families to …


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Jason Reynolds’ “Ghost” kicks off the Ypsi Family Read

Published: August 27, 2018

The Ypsi Family Read brings kids and families together to read and celebrate a book! This season’s book is Ghost, by Jason Reynolds.


#ownvoices Picture Books by African American Authors

Great books for kids ages 2-9 by African American authors. This collection ranges from being published a while ago to only several years ago. With a range of styles and topics, you’re sure to find something that you love.

Black Panther

Published: February 6, 2018

Did you know that Ypsilanti has its own local superhero? Jermaine Dickerson, creator of Hero Nation Ypsilanti, has accomplished quite a few stupendous feats. Besides creating Ypsilanti’s biggest ever superhero comic con, he has also worked to inspire local youth with his passion for superheros and the idea that we all can be heroes and heroines in our community! Recently, he helped organize a campaign to get tickets for students at Ypsilanti Community High School to see the new Black Panther film! Check out this great clip from Fox 2 about it!   For more about this project, …


Ypsilanti’s historic African American community

Published: February 6, 2018

Did you know that after the Civil War Ypsilanti had one of the largest African American populations in Michigan? Members of this well-organized community lived through the Jim Crow era, fought racism during World War II, and led the local Civil Rights movement. You can explore their stories through the A.P. Marshall African American Oral History Archive. A.P. Marshall was a local historian who sought to preserve the stories of Ypsilanti’s African American community and did so by recording numerous oral history interviews in the 1980s. The interviews are now available online, with each one featuring a biography of the …



Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi’s has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and–with outstanding economy and force–captures the troubled spirit of our own nation.

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Inside the Racial Justice Discussion series

Published: December 28, 2017

La’Ron Williams 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 the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice is now in its third year. YDL asked facilitator and moderator La’Ron Williams about the intention and impact of these discussions. YDL: What motivated the start of this series? La’Ron Williams: In a nutshell, the racial climate about two years ago was one in which there were heightened …



A large collection of census, vital, military, and immigration records for genealogy research. ***Remote access to Ancestry has ended. You will again have to use a library computer to access the database.***

A.P. Marshall African American Oral History Project

A collection of interviews of Ypsilanti residents who lived through the Jim Crow era, fought racism during WWII, and led the local Civil Rights movement.