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Improving access to fresh food

Published: April 29, 2021

A new pilot project aims to make it easier to use food assistance benefits, like SNAP, to get fresh produce.


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Ready to Build!

Published: April 19, 2021

We have officially broken ground! Our Groundbreaking Celebration, held April 7, was an exciting milestone in the construction process. The enthusiastic in-person crowd, engaging speakers, and fabulous weather made for quite a memorable event. Thank you to Bank of Ann Arbor for sponsoring the livestream, which allowed many more people to attend remotely. If you missed the event, check out the recording on the YDL Youtube channel. Thanks to an in-kind gift from Superior Township, we finalized the transfer of the land on March 29 for the rock-bottom price of one dollar. We are so grateful to Superior Township for …


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It’s National Library Week!

Published: April 4, 2021

Happy National Library Week! Celebrate with us by using our digital resources and attending the Superior Groundbreaking this Wednesday.


Groundbreaking Celebration and Progress Report

Published: March 4, 2021

At its meeting on December 16, the Superior Township Planning Commission approved the final site plan for the new library! Now our design work can be finalized and the construction can go out for bid.


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Celebrate the Women Who Created YDL

Published: March 3, 2021

In honor of March being Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting the women that built our local library.


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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!


Final Site Plan Approval

Published: December 17, 2020

At its meeting on December 16, the Superior Township Planning Commission approved the final site plan for the new library! Now our design work can be finalized and the construction can go out for bid.


Help YDL Prepare for Reopening

Published: December 1, 2020

To welcome patrons back to the library safely, YDL wants to install air purification systems at Whittaker Road and Michigan Avenue. Read on to learn more, and visit our Donate Page to contribute to the project.


Ypsi Stories

Join us every month to hear Ypsilanti History in story form!

Ypsi Stories Episode 1: Lucius Lyon and the Land Speculators

Published: November 4, 2020

Hear Chapter 1 of Look Both Ways!


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Site Clearing Progress

Published: November 3, 2020

If you have traveled past the future library site on North Harris, you no doubt have noticed exciting changes: site clearing work is underway! Brush and small trees have been cleared from the construction area. Once a soil erosion permit is secured, temporary fencing will be placed and the land will be prepared for groundbreaking. We anticipate groundbreaking in Spring 2021. Having the site clearing performed in the fall means the construction work can get a quicker start as soon as the weather permits. Over the winter months, we will continue finalizing all of the planning pieces so that construction …


2020 Election for Kids

Published: October 17, 2020

Kids, learn about elections and the book character candidates, then cast your vote!



Published: September 24, 2020

In October, YDL will co-host a Wikipedia edit-a-thon of Ypsilanti and related pages. We want to engage our diverse community to paint a more complete picture within those articles.


Let Your Voice Be Heard

Published: September 22, 2020

Everyone has a voice in our community and government. Make sure yours is heard!


Reading, Learning, and Exploring in Ypsi

Published: August 12, 2020

We’ve missed seeing you at the library this summer. Virtual programming just isn’t as fun. But we’re so happy to get a glimpse into what Summer Challenge players are reading, learning, and doing around town this summer! Scroll down to see what others are doing and get ideas about how to spend the rest of August. SUMMER CHALLENGE 2020 FLICKR ALBUM READING AND LISTENING VISITING LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES We are happy to see kids with books at the library, even if they are outside the building at our Little Free Libraries. See YDL’s Little Free Libraries, plus a few more …


Powerful Films on Race Relations in YDL Collection

Published: July 3, 2020

Powerful Films on Race Relations YDL owns copies of all but one of these films: reserve your copy today The Color Purple (1985) PG-13 Fiction: Based on the novel by Alice Walker Do The Right Thing (1989)  R Fiction Get Out (2017) R Fiction: Horror Django Unchained (2013) R Fiction-Western Harriet (2019) PG-13 Fiction: Biographical: Harriet Tubman 13th (2016) Documentary about 13th Amendment & Mass Incarceration No DVD release; streaming only on Birth of a Nation (2016) R Fiction: Biographical: Nat Turner Note: For historical purposes, YDL also owns a copy of the original film called Birth of a …


What virtual events do you want to see? Take the Survey!

Published: June 19, 2020

As the Ypsilanti District Library plans programs for fall we would like to know your thoughts about online programs. CDC safety recommendations will guide us but your input will help us offer the best programs for our community. We’d love feedback on the types of events you’d like to see, along with how you’d like to access them. Click here to take the survey and help us plan for you!


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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 …


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