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Interest: Art & Music

Supplies available for teens to Get Creative at home

Published: July 24, 2020

Pick up supplies, get creative at home, then show us what you did! Reserve your supply kits.


Bottle Cap Magnets

Published: July 23, 2020

Pick up a bottle cap supply kit at the library and get creative.


Ugly Monsters

Published: July 20, 2020

Make an ugly monster out of felt. Nicole shows you how!


Mini Canvas Album Cover Art

Published: July 17, 2020

Pick up a mini canvas supply kit at the library, then recreate your favorite CD cover in miniature for this week’s Get Creative teen activity.


Cookie Decorating

Published: July 13, 2020

Hone your creativity and artistic skills while decorating sugar cookies from Terry’s Bakery in Ypsilanti!


Nature Video Journaling

Published: July 3, 2020

Explore with Liz, then grab your phone and record what you see outside.


Coloring Page Projects

Published: June 26, 2020

Learn how to repurpose your coloring pages and other artwork in this week’s Get Creative session.


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Make Music

Published: June 19, 2020

Music is known in every culture around the world. Music brings people together, has the ability to capture entire moments in history, and tell personal stories. This week we will explore different types of music, learn how science plays a part in music, and discover how music can make us feel different emotions. Let’s make music together! VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS Check out Vivaldi’s The 4 Seasons on Hoopla or listen on YouTube. In classical music, songs written for instruments are called concertos. Vivaldi composed 4 concertos to represent the 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Each concerto has three …


Nature Photography

Published: June 19, 2020

Learn a few nature photography tips from Liz and see what she found in Riverside Park this spring.



Published: June 12, 2020

WHAT IS A ZENDOODLE? Do you need to relax a little?  Do you enjoy doodling?  ZenDoodle takes simple shapes and patterns and uses them to create a finished piece of art.  MAKE YOUR OWN For this week’s Get Creative at home session, grab a pencil, eraser, and some kind of pen and draw along as Nicole takes you through a set of simple doodles to create your finished product.      HERE ARE MORE IDEAS TEENS CAN DO AT HOME THIS WEEK Make your own taffy. It’s easier than you think!Liz and Ian show you how.  Attend Teen Trivia, a …


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Noise Permit

Ypsi youth artists sharing their talents.


DIA at Home

Published: May 28, 2020

Are you an art lover?  The Detroit Institute of Arts partners with a wide range of regional non-profit organizations for weekly programming in the museum. Enjoy the work of those partners online through video, slideshows, images and more – from dance and music to artist demonstrations and community art projects.


Ypsi Creates

Published: March 27, 2020

Spring Challenge players have been making art and comics, building with Legos, showing us what they’re reading with book selfies and book bentos, writing thank you letters to community helpers, and more.


Power of Children Ruby Bridges Display in the lobby of the Ypsilanti District Library
The Power of Children Exhibit: How Three Kids Changed History

Published: February 7, 2019

YDL hosted the national traveling exhibition, The Power of Children, in early 2019. The exhibit profiles three children who changed history: Ruby Bridges, Anne Frank, and Ryan White.



Rotating exhibitions are often on display at YDL-Whittaker and YDL-Michigan


League of Women Voters 2018 Poster Contest

Published: November 1, 2018

If you visit the library soon, you may see some artistic propaganda aimed at urging you to vote! Posters from the League of Women Voters high school poster contest are on display at libraries throughout the county.


Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center database offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

Did digital kill CDs? We deliver music in many forms & formats

Published: June 22, 2018

Our CD collection totals nearly 10,000 items and is newly reorganized into accessible genre headings such as R&B/Soul, Bluegrass, New Age, and Musicals.