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Vote for the 2023 Washtenaw Reads Title!

Published: August 9, 2022

The Washtenaw Reads Screening Committee has selected 3 titles for consideration as this year’s Washtenaw Reads book. Discover each title and vote for your favorite.

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It’s Time for the Summer Challenge

Published: June 10, 2022

YDL is ready to start the 2022 Summer Challenge. From June 10 until August 28, you can log your activities on your Summer Challenge account.

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Welcome to Fine-Free

Published: May 31, 2022

Exciting news! Effective June 1, YDL will no longer charge fines for late materials.

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Read popular titles from YDL

Published: May 19, 2022

A recent Book Riot article dug in to what books people around the country are reading the most–and you can find almost all of them at YDL!

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It’s National Library Week 2022!

Published: April 1, 2022

National Library Week is April 3-9! Celebrate with us by using our digital resources and sharing what you love about YDL.

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2022 Family Read Kicks Off

Published: March 7, 2022

This year’s Family Read is American as Paneer Pie. Read, come to programs, meet the author!

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Read Michigan

ReadMichigan.org is a statewide eBook collection consisting of eBooks published by local university presses about Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

The Night Watchman : a novel

Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new ’emancipation’ bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. The bill is a ‘termination’ that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. Since graduating high school, Pixie Paranteau has insisted that everyone call her Patrice. Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Patrice, the class valedictorian, has no …

Invisible Man

The story begins with a terrifying experience of the hero’s high school days, moves quickly to the campus of a Southern Negro college and then to New York’s Harlem, where most of the action takes place. The many people that the hero meets in the course of his wanderings are remarkably various, complex and significant. With them he becomes involved in an amazing series of adventures, in which he is sometimes befriended but more often deceived and betrayed–as much by himself and his own illusions as by the duplicity of the blindness of others. Winner of the 1953 National Book …

News of the World

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by …

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Published: September 1, 2021

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

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Book Club Kits for Adults

Each kits contains 10 copies of the book and resources to get the most out of your discussions. Bless Me, Ultima Anaya, Rudolfo A. Ultima is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic, and she joins Antonio Marez’s family when he is six years old, teaching him the magical secrets of the pagan past. Find in catalog Code Girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II Mundy, Liz Documents the contributions of more than ten thousand American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened …

Dear America : notes of an undocumented citizen

The movement of people–what Americans call ‘immigration’ and the rest of the world calls ‘migration’–is among the defining issues of our time. Technology and information crosses countries and continents at blistering speed. Corporations thrive on being multinational and polyglot. Yet the world’s estimated 244 million total migrant population, particularly those deemed ‘illegal’ by countries and societies, are locked in a chaotic and circular debate about borders and documents, assimilation and identity. Born in the Philippines and brought to the U.S. illegally as a 12-year-old, Vargas hid in plain-sight for years, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in …

Code Girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II

Documents the contributions of more than ten thousand American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and enabled their subsequent careers.

March. Books 1, 2, 3

A first-hand account of the author’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights.  After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence — but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. The only hope for lasting …

Reading with Patrick : a teacher, a student, and a life-changing friendship

Michelle Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, as a Teach for America volunteer in 2004, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America. In this memoir, Michelle shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable literary and political awakening. Fifteen and in the eighth grade, Patrick begins to thrive under Michelle’s exacting attention. However, after two years of teaching, Michelle leaves Arkansas to attend law school. When, on graduating, she learns that Patrick has …

What the Eyes Don’t See : a story of crisis, resistance, and hope in an American city

From the heroic pediatrician who rallied a community and brought the fight for justice to national attention comes a powerful firsthand account of the Flint water crisis–a dramatic story of failed democracy and inspiring citizen advocacy and action. In the heart of the world’s wealthiest nation, one hundred thousand people were poisoned by the water supply for two years–with the knowing complicity of their government. Written by the crusading pediatrician who helped turn the crisis into a transformative movement for change, What the Eyes Don’t See is a devastating insider chronicle of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster …

Shores Beyond Shores : from Holocaust to hope : my true story

As Irene’s Pappi fights to save his family during the Holocaust, Irene’s childhood is lost. Play is restricted. Family and friends disappear. Finally, with the Dutch police at their door comes the reality that Irene’s father has not moved his family far enough from Hitler’s Germany. By January 1945, the family is struggling to survive a death camp. Irene tends her ailing parents, cares for starving kids, and even helps bring clothes to her Amsterdam neighbor Anne Frank, before her family is offered a singular chance for freedom…providing the Nazi doctor says they are healthy enough. After two weeks of …

The Intuitionist

An elevator inspector becomes the center of controversy when an elevator crashes. The inspector, Lila Mae Watson, is a black woman who inspects by intuition, as opposed to visual observation, and now she must prove her method was not at fault. A study of society’s attitude to technology and a debut in fiction.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person–no mean feat for a black woman in the ’30s. Janie’s quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.

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