Interest: African American Interest
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.
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.
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.
Published: February 6, 2019
Celebrate Black History Month 2019 with the #ReadingBlackout challenge and events throughout February.
Published: October 8, 2018
For more information contact: Jodi Krahnke Head of Youth Services 734-482-4110 x1304 email@example.com 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 …
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.
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.
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! https://www.ypsilibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/jermaineblackpantherypsihigh.mp4 For more about this project, …
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.
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. ***For a temporary period of time during the Covid-19 outbreak, you can access Ancestry from anywhere – not just from a library computer!***
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.