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Interest: Teens

Reading, Learning, and Exploring in Ypsi

Published: August 12, 2020

We’ve missed seeing you at the library this summer. Virtual programming just isn’t as fun. But we’re so happy to get a glimpse into what Summer Challenge players are reading, learning, and doing around town this summer! Scroll down to see what others are doing and get ideas about how to spend the rest of August. SUMMER CHALLENGE 2020 FLICKR ALBUM READING AND LISTENING VISITING LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES We are happy to see kids with books at the library, even if they are outside the building at our Little Free Libraries. See YDL’s Little Free Libraries, plus a few more …


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Hand-Picked for You!

Let library staff pick out some great new titles for you.


Pick Up Summer Challenge Supply Kits!

Published: August 10, 2020

This week at Whittaker, we’re giving Summer Challenge supply bags to anyone who stops by at designated times, while supplies last. Kits are for fit for kids and teens.


Teens Believe Black Lives Matter

Published: July 27, 2020

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Supplies available for teens to Get Creative at home

Published: July 24, 2020

Pick up supplies, get creative at home, then show us what you did! Reserve your supply kits.


Bottle Cap Magnets

Published: July 23, 2020

Pick up a bottle cap supply kit at the library and get creative.


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.


Ugly Monsters

Published: July 20, 2020

Make an ugly monster out of felt. Nicole shows you how!


Mini Canvas Album Cover Art

Published: July 17, 2020

Pick up a mini canvas supply kit at the library, then recreate your favorite CD cover in miniature for this week’s Get Creative teen activity.


Summer Learning Activities

Published: July 16, 2020

Need fun, educational, and engaging activities for your kids this summer? Check out our Summer Learning pages! Each week you’ll find three new exploratory learning pages full of activities that require only basic supplies you can find outside, or probably have at home. Games and art projects can be done unplugged, and some pages include short videos to get kids moving with basic karate, ballet warm ups, and capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art) lessons by local instructors. Visit to see what you can find each week. Thanks to 826michigan and EMU volunteers, every summer learning page has a prompt to …


Cookie Decorating

Published: July 13, 2020

Hone your creativity and artistic skills while decorating sugar cookies from Terry’s Bakery in Ypsilanti!


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.


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 I Am Enough Byers, Grace, author. Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another. Find in catalog Kindred Duffy, Damian Find in catalog Bingo Love Franklin, Tee Find in catalog March: Book One Lewis, John, 1940 February …

Healthy Youth, Healthy Futures Summer Program

Published: July 7, 2020

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826michigan Summer Lunch Poems Workshops

Published: July 6, 2020

Are you bored this summer? Join 826Michigan for a weekly poetry workshop (offered online) where you read, write, and share delicious poems, and also have the opportunity to publish your work! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  Lunch Poems for Middle & High School Writers | Ages 12-18 Wednesdays: July 8-August 12 2:30-3:30pm Lunch Poems for Middle & High School Writers | Ages 12-18 Thursdays: July 9-August 13 2:30-3:30pm


Nature Video Journaling

Published: July 3, 2020

Explore with Liz, then grab your phone and record what you see outside.


Coloring Page Projects

Published: June 26, 2020

Learn how to repurpose your coloring pages and other artwork in this week’s Get Creative session.


Nature Photography

Published: June 19, 2020

Learn a few nature photography tips from Liz and see what she found in Riverside Park this spring.


Race Relations

Book lists, movies, and activities for all ages to increase understanding about race.



Published: June 12, 2020

WHAT IS A ZENDOODLE? Do you need to relax a little?  Do you enjoy doodling?  ZenDoodle takes simple shapes and patterns and uses them to create a finished piece of art.  MAKE YOUR OWN For this week’s Get Creative at home session, grab a pencil, eraser, and some kind of pen and draw along as Nicole takes you through a set of simple doodles to create your finished product.      HERE ARE MORE IDEAS TEENS CAN DO AT HOME THIS WEEK Make your own taffy. It’s easier than you think!Liz and Ian show you how.  Attend Teen Trivia, a …