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National Day of Listening

Published: November 22, 2020

Use this interview guide from 826michigan and YpsiWrites to be part of the National Day of Listening.


Tales of Ikkyu

Published: November 20, 2020

Watch a short animated film about the Tales of Ikkyu and get inspired to make art!


A2SO Virtual Kinderconcerts

Published: November 16, 2020

Missing music time at the library with your children? Our friends with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra have completed their Playful Percussion KinderConcerts videos!


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The Night Sky

Published: November 11, 2020

Our ancestors knew the night sky like the back of their hands.They observed the sky until they found patterns in the stars and utilized them as tools for navigation. They made up stories about mythological creatures and characters which they associated with the star patterns. Astronomers began to make maps of the stars and called them constellations. There are 88 officially recognized constellations in the sky. At different times of the year, different constellations can be seen. Different constellations can also be seen depending on where you are on Earth. Scroll down to learn more about constellations and the night …


Chapter 3: Skitter Hitter

Published: November 8, 2020

Hear Chapter 3 of Look Both Ways!


hundreds or yellow colored popping boba displayed in a white bowl
Kitchen Science: Popping Boba

Published: November 7, 2020

Popping Boba Popping boba is popular topping for frozen yogurt. It is also often served in fruity bubble tea. Traditional boba is tapioca based, but popping boba is made from juice. The little juice spheres have an outer gel layer that is created in a process called spherification. Reserve a Supply Kit to Make Popping Boba at Home Spherification Spherification is chemical reaction that occurs between calcium chloride (or calcium lactate) and sodium alginate. To perform this chemical reaction, you dissolve calcium chloride in water, then dissolve sodium alginate in juice. The juice solution is then dripped into the calcium …


The 2020 Fall Family Read Virtual Experience!

Published: November 1, 2020

We’ve got this year’s Family Read page packed with activities and thought exercises.


Chapter 2: The Low Cuts Strike Again

Published: October 30, 2020

Hear Chapter 2 of Look Both Ways!



Published: October 28, 2020

PUMPKINS–THE ORANGE ICON OF FALL Pumpkins were one of the earliest cultivated foods of the Americas. Over 9,000 years ago the indigenous peoples of North America were growing pumpkins in Oaxaca, Mexico. Pumpkins spread north to the eastern region of the United States by 2700 BCE, where they were grown by the Pueblo tribes of the southwestern United States, as well as the Apaches, Hopi, Navajo, Havasupai, Papago, Pima and Yuman tribes. The pumpkin’s thick orange flesh was a staple food source for thousands of years, and the seeds can be eaten too. The Tohono O’Odham people ground pumpkin seeds …


Netflix Bookmarks

Books that spark kid-friendly conversations about empathy, equality, self-love and antiracism!

Chapter 1: Water Booger Bears

Published: October 24, 2020

Hear Chapter 1 of Look Both Ways!


Look Both Ways

Join us for a chapter by chapter read aloud of Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds.

2020 Election for Kids

Published: October 17, 2020

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


Grab an ypsiGLOW poster kit!

Published: October 12, 2020

Feeling artistic for the Fall season? Grab an ypsiGLOW Social Justice poster kit.


Pop-Up Browsing this Sunday!

Published: October 9, 2020

Have you missed browsing the materials on our shelves? This Sunday (Oct. 11) from 2-4 PM, come to Whittaker to look through a selection of popular new releases, children’s books, and holiday-themed materials outside the front entrance.


South Korea

Published: October 2, 2020

Let’s visit South Korea, as part of our Around the World tour.


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Sensory, STEM and Play Kits



Thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Roller Girl: Chapter Two

Published: September 25, 2020

Hear chapter two read aloud by a member of the Ann Arbor Roller Derby and make a graphic story of your own with 826michigan.


Seed Saving

Published: September 19, 2020

This week at Garden-to-Table, learn how to save seeds!