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Help for Caregivers

Published: July 31, 2020

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) has a new program to support family caregivers. Caregiver Coaching aims to smooth the way for family caregivers by providing them with a trained volunteer coach who can provide a listening ear, talk through care options, and provide access to resources the caregiver may need. Caregiver Coaching is free to family and informal caregivers (anyone who is caring for a spouse, sibling or other loved one). After the coach and caregiver are matched, they communicate by phone for a one-time consultation or ongoing support, at times that are convenient for the caregiver. …


YDL to Expand TALK Program with Prestigious IMLS Grant

Published: July 27, 2020

The Ypsilanti District Library, with the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative Library, will expand our early literacy text messaging service, TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, to reach parents of children birth through five years old across Michigan and Indiana.



Published: July 23, 2020

The fine forgiveness initiative that the YDL Board approved last month has gone into affect!


Curbside Service Starts at Whittaker!

Published: June 29, 2020

Curbside service starts today (Monday, June 29) at Whittaker Road! This is the next step in our plan to phase in services and we couldn’t be more excited. Check out the details on how to use curbside and schedule your appointment at


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!


YDL’s Update on Resuming Services

Published: June 2, 2020

We’re excited to resume operations at YDL, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and perseverance. We plan to gradually phase in our services in a way that keeps our community, patrons, and staff safe. Please read on for more information about what to expect as we re-open responsibly.


Food Resources during COVID-19

Published: April 17, 2020

If you need assistance getting food for your family, local schools and organizations are ready to help. Families with children in Ypsilanti Community Schools may make use of a hotline for help. Click here for more information. Click on any heading below to see how you can get help accessing free food, plus tips for safe shopping and menu planning. Free Food Ypsilanti Community Schools Food Distribution Ypsilanti Community Schools is offering breakfasts and lunches for students until June 25 at no charge. Distributions are on Thursdays from 11-1 at the following sites. Click here for more information. The summer …


Covid-19 Unemployment and Financial Help

Published: April 15, 2020

Information about how to apply for Unemployment Insurance and the Covid-19 Economic Impact Payments.


Getting or renewing a library card while the library is closed

Published: March 19, 2020

New Borrowers If you live in our service area and the recent closures around the community are inspiring you to check us out for the first time, welcome! You can get all of the basic information about applying for a library card (including non-resident cards) on our website. Since our building is closed, we’re working hard to provide these services remotely. To secure a card during the closure, email the following to A scan or picture of a completed YDL card application along with a scan or picture of your valid photo ID If you aren’t able to print …


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Engaging with YDL in light of the Coronavirus

Published: March 13, 2020

Ypsilanti District Library will close all of its locations beginning at 6 pm today (March 13) with a preliminary plan to reopen on April 14.


Community resources to help during Coronavirus closings

Published: March 13, 2020

As a community resource, we understand the difficulties we are all facing at this time. In addition to electronic resources from YDL, we wanted to make sure you know what other community resources were available to you and your family during this period of extended closures


YDL Coronavirus Information

Published: March 11, 2020

As COVID-19 ramps up in Michigan, the need for accurate information is critical.


Information on YDL-Michigan’s Closing on 3/4/2020

Published: March 4, 2020

We are set to reopen our downtown branch on Thursday, March 5.


Free Tax Assistance Help at YDL

Published: February 24, 2020

Free income tax return assistance is available at all YDL locations!  Tax preparation assistance sponsored by AARP is available at YDL-Michigan on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Call 734-482-4110 ext 1385 to make an appointment. AARP volunteers will be available at YDL-Whittaker on Thursdays and appointments may be made by calling 734-482-4110 ext 2411.  This service targets people with low to moderate income with special attention to those 50 and older. YDL-Superior will be a Scan & Go site again this year in partnership with United Way of Washtenaw County and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. To be eligible for Scan …


Making 2020 Count: Participate in the Census

Published: January 31, 2020

2020 marks the start of a new decade, and the Census is upon us. Learn how to participate, what information you need, and where to take the Census.


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The News About Our Health

Published: January 31, 2020

Stay informed on the latest updates on maintaining both physical and mental health in Washtenaw County.


Ypsilanti Housing Commission Announces Waitlist Opening

Published: December 28, 2019

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has announced it will accept applications for its one-bedroom housing waitlist at Deborah Strong Housing from January 6-10. Applications will be accepted in person from 10am-3pm at 928 W Michigan Ave, or by faxing to (989) 400-4761. Deborah Strong Housing is composed of three different apartment complexes: Sauk Trail Pointe, Hollow Creek, and Towner. For more information about these properties, click here. The application will be available beginning January 6 at the Ypsilanti Housing Commission website or at 928 W. Michigan Ave. For help accessing and printing the application, visit any Ypsilanti District Library location.


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Get Weather-Ready with Home Improvement Programs

Published: November 16, 2019

In need of some home improvement projects? Washtenaw County is providing FREE weatherization services for eligible residents.


Help for Veterans is Available

Published: November 14, 2019

Did you know that as of 2019, 11.7 million veterans are over the age of 65, which is about 61% of all veterans (U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics)? The Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs can help veterans, their survivors and dependents, file claims for benefits from Federal, State, and Local governments and receive help with VA Pension, life insurance and health care, financial assistance with food, transportation, and housing, and funeral and burial reimbursements. Their mission is to provide accurate, efficient and timely services to ensure delivery of benefits to veterans and their families.  If …