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Interest: Sustainable Living

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.


Growing Hope’s Sustainable Response to Covid-19

Published: April 8, 2020

Growing Hope is using their farm and resources to provide emergency food and support. Check out this post from their website for some of the ways they are responding and adapting to the needs of our community. It’s a great time to sign up for a virtual class!


Earth Day Rally

Published: March 4, 2020

A multitude of environmental issues stem from climate change… food and water scarcity, melting glaciers, wildlife species extinction, coastal flooding, fire crises, and more. These instill a sense of fear and hopelessness in today’s youth who worry about the future of our planet. But climate change is the result of human activity, solutions are feasible, and we can change! The Teen Advisory Group at the Ypsilanti District Library has decided to act. We are calling youth to come together to spread awareness and inspire EVERYONE to find ways to conserve at, at school, at work… EVERYWHERE! Join us at an …


Senior Health Counseling
The News About Our Health

Published: January 31, 2020

Stay informed on the latest updates on maintaining both physical and mental health in Washtenaw County.


Dr. Hanna-Attisha
How a Doctor Exposed the Flint Water Crisis

Published: October 1, 2019

What The Eyes Don’t See, Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha’s groundbreaking account of the Flint Water Crisis, is featured this fall as part of the Great Michigan Read. Dr. Mona will visit Ypsilanti October 21.


Gardens Bring Education Outside

Published: July 19, 2019

Gardens in Ypsilanti’s schools and libraries are are not just delicious–they’re also great educational tools.


boy magnifying glass
Explore the Outdoors with New STEM Kits

Published: July 2, 2019

Enjoy the great outdoors this summer gazing at the stars, bird calling, catching butterflies, and more, with our new outdoor STEM kits!


What’s New at Your Local Parks?

Published: July 1, 2019

This article appeared in our summer 2019 edition of The Loop. This edition’s theme was Get Outside and included many opportunities to take advantage of the natural resources of the Ypsilanti area! Our parks listing features a few of the parks that have had major improvements this year, or that are featured as part of the Summer Challenge. Cherry Hill Nature Preserve 6375 Cherry Hill Road | Free Located just outside the city, the preserve has a 1.6 mile trail loop through rolling hills and wetlands that are perfect for birdwatching and enjoying nature. The boardwalk through the wetlands is …


Fight the Bite! Avoid Ticks and Mosquitoes

Published: June 10, 2019

With the widespread appearance of ticks and mosquitos, the Washtenaw County Health Department shares how to keep you and your family protected this summer.


Two New Grants Grow the YDL-Whittaker Garden

Published: April 22, 2019

Thanks to grants from KidsGardening and the Library of Michigan, we’ll be expanding our salsa garden at YDL-Whittaker.


solar panel at YDL-Michigan
Dave Strenski talks solar at Teen STEAM Café

Published: April 10, 2019

Engineer and solar energy enthusiast Dave Strenski talks to teens about the potential of solar power and careers in engineering.


TEDxYDL Seeks Speakers for Third Annual Event

Published: June 29, 2018

TEDxYDL will feature inspiring stories and big ideas from the Ypsilanti area. Are you ready to take the TEDx stage?


Bus in front of the Whittaker Road library
Ride the bus free on weekends this summer with your library card!

Published: June 15, 2018

Every Saturday and Sunday from June 16 to August 26, library cardholders can ride any of TheRide local fixed-route buses for free. Just show the driver your library card!


Broader Sustainability Solutions

Big world, small planet : abundance within planetary boundaries Rockström, Johan Find in catalog Drawdown : the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming Find in catalog Edible : a celebration of local food Ryder, Tracey Find in catalog Folks, this ain’t normal : a farmer’s advice for happier hens, healthier people, and a better world Salatin, Joel Find in catalog The localization reader : adapting to the coming downshift Find in catalog Two percent solutions for the planet : 50 low-cost, low-tech, nature-based practices for combatting hunger, drought, and climate change White, Courtney, 1960- Find in catalog …