YPSILANTI DISTRICT LIBRARY
Plagued by COVID delays and ‘skyrocketing’ costs, Ypsilanti District Library’s new branch forges ahead
For more than a decade, the Superior Township and Willow Run areas have been served by a library branch the size of a two-car garage. Meanwhile at 1900 Harris Road, the site of the new Superior branch, workers have installed sewer lines and are laying masonry and wiring electrical systems. Plans for the library stretch back more than a decade, when Superior Township joined the library district, which serves Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and now parts of Superior. Construction costs are “skyrocketing” library officials said in a news release last week. The child and the dog need to be alone, which is impossible in the library’s current space in Superior Township.mlive.com
Ypsilanti District Library to launch capital campaign for new Superior Township branch
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, MI — The Ypsilanti District Library is launching the next phase of its capital campaign to help build a new library branch in Superior Township. Superior Township residents Bill and Vivienne Young, who have contributed $400,000 to the library, will match every dollar raised up to $100,000. Ypsilanti District Library held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 7 at the site of the new building. Construction on the facility is set to begin Monday, May 24, according to Sam Killian, Ypsilanti District Library community relations specialist. People can donate online at ypsilibrary.org/nextchapter, or mail checks made out to Ypsilanti District Library: Next Chapter Capital Campaign / Ypsilanti District Library / 5577 Whittaker Road / Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197.mlive.com
Groundbreaking ceremony will usher in Ypsilanti District Library’s new branch building
YPSILANTI, MI — Plans are in the works to get a new Ypsilanti District Library branch building underway in Superior Township. The library is inviting masked members of the community to stop by the new Superior Library branch site at 3:30 p.m. April 7 for a socially-distanced groundbreaking ceremony that will take place rain-or-shine. Former State Rep. David Rutledge, D-Ypsilanti, a neighborhood resident and friend of the library, will attend the groundbreaking ceremony, along with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Superior Township Supervisor Ken Schwartz. A library millage that passed in 2018 includes funds for the construction of the new Superior Township branch, which is estimated to cost $5 million officials said. Architect Dan Whisler of Daniels & Zermack Architects, lead project architect for YDL’s Whittaker Road location, has been tapped to design the new Superior building.mlive.com
Martin Luther King Jr. Day being celebrated virtually in Ann Arbor area
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is celebrated nationally on Monday, Jan. 18, is going virtual this year in the Ann Arbor area due to the coronavirus pandemic. University of Michigan symposiumUM will stream its annual symposium this year at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18. Throughout the month, UM will host numerous events on racial bias, politics, civic engagement and other topics for the community. She will address “Health Disparities in the African American Community.” The service is being steamed live at sbcypsi.org. Charles Reinhart, founder of Ann Arbor real estate company, dies at 96COVID-19 fueled Ann Arbor office vacancies, but employees likely to return, experts sayAnn Arbor Art Center’s ‘Artini-at-Home’ cocktail competition goes virtualmlive.com
Free COVID-19 testing to be offered at Ypsilanti District Library on Saturday
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Health Department will be setting up a no-cost, pop-up COVID-19 testing site at the Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker Branch on Saturday. Testing will be offered to anyone with or without symptoms. Ypsilanti District Library is at 5577 Whittaker Road. Once registered, you may arrive at the testing site anytime during its operating hours. For more information and for a list of permanent testing sites throughout Washtenaw County, visit the Health Department’s COVID-19 testing website.
Washtenaw County approves $50K for new Ypsilanti District Library branch building
YPSILANTI, MI -- The Ypsilanti District Library is receiving $50,000 for its new Superior Township branch. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved funding for the new branch at MacArthur Boulevard and Harris Road during a Wednesday, Oct. 21 meeting. Officials expect to break ground on the new library in spring 2021, according Lisa Hoenig, library director. “The library is really a lifeline for the people there but the library is so undersized for Superior Township,” Hoenig said. Superior Township joined the Ypsilanti library district in 2007 and intended to begin building a new library then but an economic downturn took away its steady revenue source, Hoenig said.mlive.com
Washtenaw County to offer free COVID-19 testing in Ypsilanti Sept. 26
YPSILANTI – The Washtenaw County Health Department has announced a new pop-up testing site in Ypsilanti on Saturday, Sept. 26. “Coronavirus is still circulating in our community, and free testing for everyone remains important,” Jimena Loveluck, MSW, health officer for Washtenaw County, said in a statement. According to the health department, anyone who is tested should stay away from others until they receive their results. For the latest updates on cases, testing options and more in Washtenaw County, visit www.washtenaw.org/covid19. To contact the Health Department, leave a message at 734-544-6700 or email email@example.com.
Ann Arbor organization, Ypsilanti library receive almost $500,000 in grants
ANN ARBOR The Ypsilanti District Library and the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development in Ann Arbor have received over $490,000 in combined grant monies to strengthen library services and community connectedness. The Ypsilanti District Library received $249,788 in grant funding, which will develop its early literacy program, TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten. Ann Arbor-based not-for-profit organization University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development, also known as Internet2, received a total of $242,640. The grant funding will go towards improving the organizations Broadband Toolkit and custom Broadband Improvement Plan. The two resources help librarians understand broadband infrastructure and internal information technology environments, as well as advocate for library broadband infrastructure needs.
Ypsilanti District Library offers remote library card renewal, sign up
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Ypsilanti District Library may be closed but patrons are still able to sign up for library cards, renew expired cards and use the YDL online services. Find Ypsilanti District Library library card applications here. Those with a YDL digital card, or a renewed card, can download books, music, digital magazines and audiobooks. The Ypsilanti library also has a community list of resources ranging from health resources to recreation activities. Related: Here’s how to apply for an Ann Arbor District Library card remotely