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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. …


Curbside Service Starts at Whittaker!

Published: June 29, 2020

Curbside service starts today (Monday, June 29) at Whittaker Road! This is the next step in our plan to phase in services and we couldn’t be more excited. Check out the details on how to use curbside and schedule your appointment at


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.


OLLI at U of M Offers Free Online Lectures

Published: April 13, 2020

Since in-person programming is suspended for now, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is offering free programming to the community. They are hosting 2-3 live-stream lectures per week, and have opened up their video catalog to the public during our stay at home order. Watch programs on history, civics, technology, politics, art, and health, including a lecture by Dr. Lona Mody on COVID-19.  Go to the OLLI site  and then click on Video Catalog at the top of the page. Check out their long list of distinguished lecturers on timely topics or for pure enjoyment, to stimulate your lifelong learning.


Income Taxes during Covid-19

Published: March 16, 2020

Covid-19 has severely impacted our patrons getting their taxes done through the dependable AARP Tax Aide volunteers. In addition to the library being closed temporarily, AARP has also suspended the Tax Aide program indefinitely. While our hope is that things will get back to normal, here are some suggestions and resources in the meantime: ***UPDATE 3/20/20: The federal filing deadline has been extended to July 15 for individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates.  For more information see IRS press release.  No extensions need to be filed. If you are getting …


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Engaging with YDL in light of the Coronavirus

Published: March 13, 2020

Ypsilanti District Library will close all of its locations beginning at 6 pm today (March 13) with a preliminary plan to reopen on April 14.


Community resources to help during Coronavirus closings

Published: March 13, 2020

As a community resource, we understand the difficulties we are all facing at this time. In addition to electronic resources from YDL, we wanted to make sure you know what other community resources were available to you and your family during this period of extended closures


YDL Coronavirus Information

Published: March 11, 2020

As COVID-19 ramps up in Michigan, the need for accurate information is critical.


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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 …


Free Tax Assistance Help at YDL

Published: February 24, 2020

Free income tax return assistance is available at all YDL locations!  Tax preparation assistance sponsored by AARP is available at YDL-Michigan on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Call 734-482-4110 ext 1385 to make an appointment. AARP volunteers will be available at YDL-Whittaker on Thursdays and appointments may be made by calling 734-482-4110 ext 2411.  This service targets people with low to moderate income with special attention to those 50 and older. YDL-Superior will be a Scan & Go site again this year in partnership with United Way of Washtenaw County and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. To be eligible for Scan …


Help for Veterans is Available

Published: November 14, 2019

Did you know that as of 2019, 11.7 million veterans are over the age of 65, which is about 61% of all veterans (U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics)? The Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs can help veterans, their survivors and dependents, file claims for benefits from Federal, State, and Local governments and receive help with VA Pension, life insurance and health care, financial assistance with food, transportation, and housing, and funeral and burial reimbursements. Their mission is to provide accurate, efficient and timely services to ensure delivery of benefits to veterans and their families.  If …


Senior Living Week

Published: August 22, 2019

Looking for a new place to live?  Need some legal advice?  Senior Living Week brings answers to these and many more questions for those aging in our community.  The Expo on Saturday, September 14 at Washtenaw Community College will feature exhibitors, educational workshops, free legal advice and annual flu shots. Other workshops on a variety of topics will take place during the week of Sept 14-21 at various locations around the area.  See this flyer for more information.


Have Questions about Medicare or Medicaid?

Published: June 10, 2019

Get unbiased advice to make the right decisions about your health care. Schedule a one-on-one conversation with an experienced health counselor, provided by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.  Counselors are available at the Michigan Avenue branch of YDL June 8, 22, July 13, 27, August 10, and 24.  Make an appointment by calling 800-803-7174.


Nature and History Tours With Your County Parks

Published: May 20, 2019

Spring has sprung and it’s a great time to get outside and enjoy nature.  Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation offers nature and history programs for all to enjoy.  Programs are free for Washtenaw county residents.Feed your mind and spirit with Washtenaw County Parks!


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VISIONS Fair Showcases Disability Access Products

Published: May 8, 2019

The 2019 VISIONS Vendor Fair is on Wednesday, May 15th 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.


Legal Advice
Free Legal Advice Day CANCELLED

Published: April 15, 2019

Get twenty minutes of free legal advice from the New Lawyers Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association in celebration of National Law Day on Wednesday, May 1st.  Consultations will take place at YDL-Michigan between 10am and 3:30pm. To schedule an appointment, please call 734-996-3229, starting April 16th.  Walk-ins welcome as time allows.


TheRide for Seniors

Published: February 27, 2019

Getting around town can be challenging for seniors who don’t or can’t drive themselves.  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), a not-for-profit unit of government, operates the local public transit system for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. This service enables the area’s residents to reach their destinations at reasonable cost, and offers the region efficient, environmentally sound transportation alternatives. The Ride offers several unique programs and services for individuals ages 60 and older. AAATA representative Tracy Byrd will share details about ARide, GoldRide, and GroceryRide on Thursday, March 7 at 3:00 pm at YDL-Whittaker. Come and find out how TheRide might help you …


Help make the Library more welcoming to seniors!

Published: February 5, 2019

Join the Senior Advisory Board and give your input on programs, services, and other resources the library offers to those age 55 and over.


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Free Tax Prep at YDL & Beyond

Published: January 9, 2019

It is tax season once again, but don’t despair! If you are a local resident with low income, you have many options available for free tax preparation. Local organizations including the AARP Foundation, United Way of Washtenaw County, and the Eastern Michigan University Accounting Society have partnered with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs to help taxpayers receive more of their tax refund. A detailed list of sites, dates, and times is available by clicking here. YDL’s Michigan Avenue branch is one of AARP’s tax preparation sites. To learn more about getting your …