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Overhead view of Superior library construction
Building takes shape

Published: January 26, 2022

The exterior of the building is changing every week, sometimes every day! The structure is nearing completion. The majority of the exterior studwalls are in place. After a few delays, roof trusses arrived in mid-January, and the larger ones were installed by a huge crane. Once the finer truss work is complete, crews will install roof sheathing and shingles. The overhead photo to the right may be one of the last open-air views you will see! Curbs are in place, clearly defining the outlines of the parking lot and the drive-up book return. The masonry sign at the Harris Road …


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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Published: January 12, 2022

Learn about community events and YDL resources that commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.


Grants boost Superior progress

Published: November 24, 2021

This is part of a series of updates about the new YDL library being constructed on North Harris Road in Superior Township. Find more information and updates at YDL received word of two grant awards for specific features of the building. The Humane Society of the United States awarded YDL a $2,000 grant toward bird-friendly glass. The Children’s Foundation awarded the library $23,100 toward the new library’s kitchenette, making the free summer lunch program possible. To see the latest on the capital campaign, visit,     The construction team continues to make visible progress on the new library. The …


Beam raising at YDL-Superior
Steel Beams in Place

Published: November 2, 2021

Construction crews are making exciting progress on the building structure. Steel arrived on October 13, and in the following weeks, the building has taken shape in a visible way. On November 1, project partners gathered for a beam signing ceremony before the placement of the final beam. It was a festive occasion to mark a major construction milestone. YDL has received the necessary permit to connect the sanitary sewer line to the County drain; our construction manager is in touch with the County’s Water Resources Commission to schedule that work. Other water work has been accomplished; the fire hydrant is …


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Double your donation to YDL’s Next Chapter Capital Campaign

Published: October 1, 2021

The Ypsilanti District Library is turning the page to a bright future, launching the Next Chapter Capital Campaign to help build a new branch in Superior Township!


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Progress on Water, Sewer, and Electric

Published: September 22, 2021

Since our last update, we’ve seen exciting progress in the construction of the new library. The sanitary sewer line has been installed. Water mains have been installed, pressure tested, and chlorinated. Our construction crew is awaiting a permit to connect to the county drain. Crews are installing underground plumbing for the building at this time. Electrical work has begun with the connecting of the light pole bases. We are in the queue for a full electrical hookup with DTE, predicted to be in about eight weeks.  Masons have installed block around much of the building’s perimeter.  The drive and parking …


Help Fund Bird-Friendly Glass at Superior

Published: September 10, 2021

As YDL is committed to protecting the environment and its wildlife, we have pledged to make the new library bird-friendly.


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Foundation Work Continues

Published: August 19, 2021

Underground and foundation work continues at the new library site. Harris Road was closed temporarily to allow crews to install the sanitary sewer line under the road. Crews continue to work on the footings and foundation. Heavy rains have delayed that work slightly, but the crew is making significant progress. Excess soil from excavation and the digging of the retention pond is in the process of being hauled away. Coming soon: electricity! Electricians will be on site in the next weeks to install bases for light poles. The construction site changes every day. We encourage you to drive or walk …


YDL Board meeting August 25 – Zoom & in-person

Published: August 15, 2021

The August YDL Board meeting will be held in the Whittaker Road Board Room on Wednesday, August 25 at 6:30 PM. You will also be able to watch the meeting on Zoom. For public meeting guidelines and other information about our board meetings (including the Zoom details), visit our Board page.


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The 2nd Phase of the Next Chapter Capital Campaign

Published: August 6, 2021

Thanks for making our $100,000 Young Family Challenge a success! For Phase 2 of our Next Chapter Campaign, help us double the size of our picture book collection for the new library.


We Did It…Thank You!

Published: July 29, 2021

Thanks to all your generous donations, we have reached our Young Family Challenge goal!


More to See!

Published: July 26, 2021

As you can see from these wonderful aerial photographs, the new library site is taking shape!  Diversified Excavating prepared the base for the building’s foundation with crushed stone.  Superior Township issued our building permit, so Diversified expects to begin pouring concrete next week.  Harris Road will be widened in conjunction with the new library construction.  The Library, Superior Township, and our respective engineering teams are partnering to make sure the process goes smoothly and efficiently, with the least disruption possible to neighborhood traffic. Act fast!  The Young Family Next Chapter Challenge runs through July 31. Visit before the challenge …


Construction has Begun!

Published: June 3, 2021

After the YDL Board of Trustees approved initial construction bids, construction work has officially begun!  Beginning the week of May 24, O’Neal Construction is on site to coordinate work, and subcontractors have begun earth moving operations. This involves leveling, moving, and compacting soil in preparation for foundation work and stormwater retention development. A construction trailer will be installed on site in the next week. We kicked off the Next Chapter Capital Campaign on June 1. You and your friends can help make the new library everything the community wants and needs! Please visit to learn more about how your …


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.


Jean Winborn at groundbreaking
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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