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Celebrate National Library Week with YDL!

Published: April 3, 2024

April 7-13 marks National Library Week 2024, a week dedicated to honoring libraries, library workers, and their impacts on their communities. This year’s theme is Ready, Set, Library!


September is National Library Card Sign-up Month!

Published: August 28, 2023

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month


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Celebrate National Library Week 2023!

Published: April 19, 2023

April 23-29 marks National Library Week 2023, a week dedicated to honoring libraries, library workers, and their impacts on their communities. This year’s theme is “There’s more to the Story.”


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We Can Help With Low Vision Aids

Published: March 8, 2023

Vision impairment — including low vision — affects millions of Americans and can make it hard to do things like reading, shopping, cooking, or writing.  YDL has devices, kits, and materials to help. Check out a Tools for Living kit that includes a guide for writing legibly, a talking calculator with easy to read buttons, and 3 different magnifiers for reading. We have Magnifiers of various strengths and sizes available at the Whittaker branch to check out, a wide selection of large print books, including new bestsellers, at the Whittaker and Superior branches, and Adaptive computers are available for use …


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Free Classes Available to Seniors

Published: October 10, 2022

Are you looking to keep your mind and body engaged?  Washtenaw Community College offers senior focused classes for Washtenaw county residents 65 years and better. Choose from a variety of topics including fitness, visual arts, yoga, dance and more. These classes are requested by and designed especially for older adults. Classes are held at the Ypsilanti Senior Citizens Recreation Center on N. Congress St., 734-483-5014 and at the Ypsilanti Township Community Center on E. Clark Rd., Ypsilanti, 734-544-3800.  Contact the individual centers for specific class details and to register.


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Welcome to Fine-Free

Published: May 31, 2022

Exciting news! Effective June 1, YDL will no longer charge fines for late materials.


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VISIONS Fair Showcases Disability Access Products and Services

Published: May 21, 2022

The 2022 VISIONS Vendor Fair takes place on Wednesday, June 8th from 11-4pm at the Ann Arbor District Library and features a variety of Michigan exhibitors who will demonstrate the latest products and services for the blind, visually impaired and physically disabled. Electronic readers, magnifiers, support services for the blind, Braille devices, library services, CCTVs, leader dogs, and transportation services are just a few of the many outstanding services and products that will be on display. The VISIONS Vendor Fair is presented by and is held at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library (which also serves as …


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YDL’s Senior Advisory Board keeps inspiring; seeks new members

Published: April 13, 2022

YDL’s Senior Advisory Board has been supporting and inspiring Ypsilanti’s older population since 2015, and they’re looking for new members to join the mission. 


Housing Choice Voucher waiting list to open March 15, 2022

Published: February 25, 2022

Get help applying at the Library! If you are low-income and need assistance in paying your rent, consider applying for the Housing Choice Voucher program wait list. Generally, to be eligible, families must have income levels at or below the extremely low income limit set by HUD for county and family size. These limits vary; the limits for Washtenaw County can be found by clicking here. The Housing Choice Voucher waiting list program will open March 15, 2022 at 9am and close March 22, 2022, at 3pm. Applications must be submitted online. If you need help, please stop by YDL-Michigan …


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Accessibility Improvements to Libby

Published: December 20, 2021

YDL’s digital service Libby (Overdrive) has made some accessibility improvements to the Libby app. After partnering with the accessibility platform Fable, and based on research and direct feedback from users with visual, motor and cognitive disabilities there are several new updates that make the Libby app more accessible for all users. Check them out!


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Kanopy is a video-streaming platform dedicated to thoughtful and thought-provoking films.

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Get Your Library Card This September

Published: September 1, 2021

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month


Online classes for older adults

Published: April 25, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and GetSetup-Michigan have online classes for older adults where you can get computer, fitness, and other help.


Preservation Week 2021

Preservation Week 2021 The American Library Association established Preservation Week to connect communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do to preserve personal and shared collections. April 25-May 1 focuses on the ways to explore the many facets of preservation through YDL, in the community, and in the wider world. Saving Your Stuff gives tips to help you start preserving all sorts of items from film to LP records to paper. Ask Donia, a preservation specialist, your preservation questions! Preservation for Families offers ideas to get the whole family involved. Using Oral History to Tell Your …

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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’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.


DIA at Home

Published: May 28, 2020

Are you an art lover?  The Detroit Institute of Arts partners with a wide range of regional non-profit organizations for weekly programming in the museum. Enjoy the work of those partners online through video, slideshows, images and more – from dance and music to artist demonstrations and community art projects.


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How graphic novels are helping doctors and patients

Published: March 2, 2020

“Something remarkable and game changing is being sparked in the alliance between comics and medicine. It’s becoming clear that these graphic narratives can deepen understanding, not only of facts but of feelings, between patients, family, and professionals. A spoonful of comics really does help the medicine go down.” – Paul Gravett, author of Comics Art and the editor of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die Graphic Medicine is the use of comics in medical education and patient care. Graphic novels related to illness, aging, and other difficult topics are emerging as a robust and widely varied sub-genre of …