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Ypsi Writes Summer Team

Published: August 5, 2020

Have you been following our Summer Learning pages and noticed that each one has an Ypsi Writes prompt? Wondering who is behind the fun activities? Find out! SONIA KRAFTSON Sonia is a Master’s student studying interdisciplinary arts and creative writing at Eastern Michigan University. She has worked in many jobs, from shoe sales, to outdoor expedition leader, to Human Resources, to writing center GA. She loves the way writing prompts teach us about ourselves and reveal new ways of making sense of our stories. She loves to go for long runs and eat lemon ice to cool down. KELSEY HYDE …

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Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Self-Care, Community Care, and Reflection

Published: July 28, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.

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YDL to Expand TALK Program with Prestigious IMLS Grant

Published: July 27, 2020

The Ypsilanti District Library, with the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative Library, will expand our early literacy text messaging service, TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, to reach parents of children birth through five years old across Michigan and Indiana.

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Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Community Transformation and Uplifting the Voices of Young People

Published: July 22, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.

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Loose Parts

Published: July 18, 2020

Gather loose parts outside and around the house, then put your design skills to work.

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Medical School

Published: July 15, 2020

Learn a bit of anatomy and biology and this week’s Summer STEAM.

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Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: Youth Empowerment and Radical Imagination

Published: July 13, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.

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Graphic Novels for Kids and Teens by BIPOC Authors

KIDS Akissi Abouet, Marguerite, 1971- Find in catalog Crossover Alexander, Kwame author. Find in catalog Lowriders in Space Camper, Cathy Find in catalog Pashmina Chanani, Nidhi Find in catalog New Kid Craft, Jerry author, illustrator. Find in catalog Sci-Fu Mercado, Yehudi Find in catalog TEENS Aya of Yop City Abouet, Marguerite, 1971- Find in catalog Kindred Duffy, Damian Find in catalog Bingo Love Franklin, Tee Find in catalog March: Book One Lewis, John, 1940 February 21- Find in catalog I Am Alfonso Jones Medina, Tony author. Find in catalog Shaka Rising Molver, Luke W. author, illustrator. Find in catalog Photographic …

Town Hall Anti-Racism Series: The Power of Stories

Published: July 8, 2020

Join YDL Storytme presenter Kristen Hamilton and Kekere Freedom School to learn about anti-racism.

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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 ypsilibrary.org/curbside.

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What virtual events do you want to see? Take the Survey!

Published: June 19, 2020

As the Ypsilanti District Library plans programs for fall we would like to know your thoughts about online programs. CDC safety recommendations will guide us but your input will help us offer the best programs for our community. We’d love feedback on the types of events you’d like to see, along with how you’d like to access them. Click here to take the survey and help us plan for you!

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Race Relations

Our librarians and library staff have worked hard to compile resources that elevate the conversation on race relations.

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Documentaries on Police Brutality and Race Relations

Published: June 9, 2020

This is a collection of documentaries available on Hoopla that focus on specific events and ideas surrounding police brutality and race relations.

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Black Lives Matter

It’s important for all kids to see books with characters of all colors who are just kids being kids, as well as stories of empowered, successful black people. Here are a few of our recently published favorites.

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Anti-Racism Book List for Adults

Published: June 4, 2020

The following books are available through YDL’s digital collections:Abu-Jamal, Mumia | Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? ebook on HooplaAlexander, Michelle | The New Jim Crowebook on HooplaAnderson, William & Zoe Samudzi | As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberationebook on HooplaCoates, Ta-Nehisi | Between the World and Meebook and eaudio on OverdriveDavis, Angela | Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movementeaudio on Hoopla, ebook on OverdriveDiAngelo, Robin | White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racismebook & eaudio on OverdriveDunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne | An Indigenous Peoples’ History of …

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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.

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Summer Learning

Fun activities for all ages every week during the summer!

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Virtual Library Labs

Published: June 2, 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!  

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Virtual STEAM Night!

Published: April 28, 2020

Join the FIRST Virtual STEAM Night centered around science, brought to you by the Literacy Initiative in St. Louis! Teens from the Literacy Initiative have lined up four engaging presenters from Vanderbilt, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, and the University of Missouri-Columbia that will be talking about their major, opportunities within their field, as well as the college experience in general. Research Science Careers this Thursday! This Virtual STEAM Night will take place THIS THURSDAY at 5:30pm (EST). More information can be found at literacy-initiative.org/STEAM. If students are interested in registering, they can REGISTER HERE. ———————————————- Virtual STEAM …

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Stay Home/Stay Safe Community Read

Published: April 21, 2020

Are you looking for something to do from home? Join us for a Stay Home/Stay Safe Community Read!

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