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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 …

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Let library staff pick out some great new titles for you.

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Pick Up Summer Challenge Supply Kits!

Published: August 10, 2020

This week at Whittaker, we’re giving Summer Challenge supply bags to anyone who stops by at designated times, while supplies last. Kits are for fit for kids and teens.

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Natural Dyes

Published: August 8, 2020

This week at Garden-to-Table, learn about plant pigments and what you can do with them.

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Ypsi Writes Summer Team

Published: August 5, 2020

Have you been following our Summer Learning pages and noticed that each one has an Ypsi Writes prompt? Wondering who is behind the fun activities? Find out! SONIA KRAFTSON Sonia is a Master’s student studying interdisciplinary arts and creative writing at Eastern Michigan University. She has worked in many jobs, from shoe sales, to outdoor expedition leader, to Human Resources, to writing center GA. She loves the way writing prompts teach us about ourselves and reveal new ways of making sense of our stories. She loves to go for long runs and eat lemon ice to cool down. KELSEY HYDE …

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Ypsi Farm and Garden Tour

Published: August 1, 2020

Take a virtual tour of a few of Ypsi’s farms and educational gardens to see who’s growing local food!

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Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Self-Care, Community Care, and Reflection

Published: July 28, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.

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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.

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New Zealand

Published: July 27, 2020

Join us on a trip to New Zealand for this week’s around the world stop.

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Nigeria

Published: July 27, 2020

This week we’re touring Brazil on our Around the World virtual vacation. Learn some capoeira and make happy art!

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Kitchen Science

Published: July 26, 2020

Learn the difference between chemical and physical changes, then test your knowledge at this week’s Summer STEAM! Taste your experiments, too!

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Animal Life in Your Backyard

Published: July 24, 2020

https://www.ypsilibrary.org/2020/07/supplies-available-for-teens-to-get-creative-this-summer/

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Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Community Transformation and Uplifting the Voices of Young People

Published: July 22, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.

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Help Pick the Fall 2020 Family Read Book

Published: July 21, 2020

Each season we choose an Ypsi Family Read book we hope everyone will read. This year we don’t yet know if it will be safe to have an in-person celebration, but if not, be sure we’ll provide plenty of fun, hands-on activity ideas you can engage in as a family from home to prompt conversations. And watch for more Zoom Family Town Halls like the one we’re having August 1 and maybe a virtual author visit depending on the book you help choose!Based on current events, social justice, and our desire to share the latest fiction from a diverse group …

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Loose Parts

Published: July 18, 2020

Gather loose parts outside and around the house, then put your design skills to work.

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Yemen

Published: July 17, 2020

We’re traveling to beautiful Yemen this week! Hope you join us.

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Foraging

Published: July 17, 2020

Learn where to forage, what to forage for in each season, and how to make wild raspberry jam at this session of Garden-to-Table.

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Summer Learning Activities

Published: July 16, 2020

Need fun, educational, and engaging activities for your kids this summer? Check out our Summer Learning pages! Each week you’ll find three new exploratory learning pages full of activities that require only basic supplies you can find outside, or probably have at home. Games and art projects can be done unplugged, and some pages include short videos to get kids moving with basic karate, ballet warm ups, and capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art) lessons by local instructors. Visit ypsilibrary.org/summer-learning to see what you can find each week. Thanks to 826michigan and EMU volunteers, every summer learning page has a prompt to …

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Medical School

Published: July 15, 2020

Learn a bit of anatomy and biology and this week’s Summer STEAM.

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Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Youth Empowerment and Radical Imagination

Published: July 13, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.

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