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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 8

Published: May 27, 2020

Monday: A new challenge!We’re down to only THREE more weeks of Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge.  This week, we’re joined by Dr. W Blotch, Dr. Blotch’s great uncle’s cousin, who has just “discovered” comics. Dr. Blotch is astounded, and can’t believe that he has PhDs in seven different subjects yet no one told him about this incredible type of story. Putting pictures and words TOGETHER to make meaning? He can’t believe it. For Week 8’s Writing Challenge, Dr. Blotch is asking members of the 826michigan community to create comics that feature some of his favorite comic techniques: faces, setting the scene in one panel, and speech bubbles.To do this, follow these steps:Where will your story take place? Who …


Summer Challenge

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Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge: Week 7

Published: May 20, 2020

Monday: A new challenge!We’re here with Week 7 of Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge. The Drs. Blotch have been busy presenting these weekly Writing Challenges, and have let me know that they would like to wrap up the challenge after week 10 (ending on June 12). Can you believe we’ve been doing this challenge for seven weeks?This week, we’re joined by Dr. O Blotch, Dr. Blotch’s aunt, who’s feeling a bit gloomy after spending all of her time alone in her giant cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.Dr. Blotch is feeling particularly inspired by all of the local heroes during this time of …


YDL_Whittaker librarian Liz P. smiles at the camera wearing her YDL tshirt.
Virtual Library Labs

Published: May 19, 2020

The first and third Tuesday of each month, tune in to watch Liz conduct a STEM activity from home. Learn science in the kitchen and more!  


Image of a mandala. A series of sticks and green leaves around another ring of flowers in the center.
Nature Mandalas

Published: May 8, 2020

For today’s garden-to-table adventure we are going to take advantage of the nice weather and go outside to look for mandalas, then gather supplies and make your own!


Plant Potatoes

Published: May 8, 2020

Welcome to our new virtual Garden-to-Table series! Many thanks to TC Collins from Willow Run Acres for helping us kickoff the series.


Virtual Garden-to-Table Series

Published: April 28, 2020

Welcome to our new virtual Garden-to-Table series! New activities each week.


Capstone Interactive eBooks

Access interactive eBooks for kids on different subjects, genres, and reading levels.  Login is “continue” and the password is “reading.”

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 NEW: YCS is now offering a weekly produce box on Tuesdays from 12-2pm at the old Willow Run Middle School. Boxes are given first come, first served. Click here for box contents.Ypsilanti Community …


Helping Kids Cope During Covid-19

Published: April 13, 2020

Tips for creating a daily schedule and talking to kids about COVID-19.