Interest: New Library
Your Library is OPEN!
Published: March 6, 2023
The library is OPEN! YDL’s newest branch held its Grand Opening on November 14, welcoming hundreds of excited visitors through the doors for the first time. A week of Grand Opening programs followed, drawing more excited crowds. In the first three months, the library has had over 7,000 visitors and launched many activities for the community. Our first storytime series ran from January 10-February 16, with weekly sessions for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Thanks to support from Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, families were able to choose a free book to keep at each storytime. The Martin Luther King, Jr. …
Thank you for your service, Kay!
Published: November 28, 2022
After 45 years of dedication to the Ypsilanti and Superior communities, YDL Board Trustee Kay Williams is stepping down from her position.
Get Ready to visit the New Superior Branch!
Published: November 13, 2022
Opening week is here. Have fun visiting your new library!
YDL earns grants to create interactive ground mural at new Superior Branch
Published: October 5, 2022
Thanks to generous grants, a 650-foot interactive ground mural will be installed at the new Superior branch on Harris Road.
A Superior Collection Update
Published: September 29, 2022
In preparation for our move to the new Library location, access to the collection and holds at Superior will become unavailable until November 14. Here is what you need to know.
Windows installed and landscaping underway
Published: August 31, 2022
With construction over 75% complete, the new library changes day by day. On the exterior, landscaping work is underway and the retention pond and concrete work are complete. On the interior, crews have been installing countertops and cabinets in the kitchenette, laying tile on floors and walls, adding lighting, and painting. The windows made with bird-friendly glass are installed. In the coming weeks, crews will apply a foam layer to the exterior before installing the final layer of exterior wall material. Painting and tiling work will wrap up, and carpet will be installed. Library shelving is scheduled to arrive in …
Join us for the Superior Library Book Brigade
Published: August 30, 2022
October 8 is moving day for the collection at the current Superior branch!
Dramatic progress inside and out
Published: August 3, 2022
The most dramatic addition to the exterior has been the installation of the solar panels on the south side of the building.
Exterior finishing and a generous grant
Published: July 1, 2022
The exterior is taking shape, and we received a generous grant from the James L. and Faith Knight Foundation!
Fireplace Installation Starts
Published: May 31, 2022
The fireplace, a focal point of the library, has been installed.
Ceiling and walls underway
Published: April 20, 2022
In the last month, the roof has been completed and crews are making fast progress on interior work. The concrete slab has been poured. The subceiling insulation is mostly in place, and drywall is being installed. The walls are being framed and windows are being fabricated. We were delighted to welcome major donors and stakeholders into the space for a behind-the scenes Hard Hat Party during National Library Week. Attendees signed walls and posed with vests and hard hats to celebrate the progress of the new library. In the coming weeks, crews will begin installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing …
Progress on roofing and underground plumbing
Published: March 24, 2022
Construction work continues at a fast pace. In the last few weeks, crews have completed the installation of roof sheathing and shingles. Boxes for the solar panel circuitry are in place as well. Crews enclosed the building structure and heated the inside in order to defrost the ground. Underground plumbing has been installed. The ground is being leveled in preparation for the pouring of the concrete slab. In April, you’ll begin to see exterior façade work. We are happy to announce the award of a $10,000 grant from the Mullick Foundation for the kitchenette. Alongside a previous grant from The …
Winter construction continues
Published: February 28, 2022
We are very excited, as construction of the new Superior building is now 35% complete, over a third of the way done! Construction crews have been able to keep working despite cold weather and snow. Structural masonry work is finished, the heating and cooling unit is in place, and gas and power are available. You can see the many dramatic angles to the roof, which give the building flair. Roof sheathing is nearly done. Crews are currently in the process of defrosting the building pad. They will enclose the structure so the interior can be heated as work continues. When …
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 …
YDL’s New Superior Library, Summer Lunch Program recognized with Children’s Foundation Grant
Published: December 10, 2021
The Children’s Foundation has generously awarded the Ypsilanti District Library $23,100 to help build the kitchenette at the new Superior Library branch (slated to open later in 2022).
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 ypsilibrary.org/newlibrary. 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, ypsilibrary.org/nextchapter. The construction team continues to make visible progress on the new library. The …
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 …
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!
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 …
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 …