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The organizers of "Writers of Ypsilanti," a program sponsored by community writing lab YpsiWrites believe everyone's a writer and writing matters.

WEMU's Lisa Barry and On The Ground Ypsi project manager Sarah Rigg talk to the co-founder of YpsiWrites, Ann Blakeslee, about their mission and belief that the art of writing...in any form...still matters in 2021.

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This week for "On the Ground Ypsi,"  Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg talk with a 14-year old member of the Ypsilanti District Library Teen Advisory Group about a recent grant that allowed them to expand information being handed out to local teenagers.

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The Ypsilanti District Library will finally break ground on a new Superior Township branch, and the public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, April 7th.  Lisa Barry talks with Sam Killian of the library system about how this new facility has been a long time in the making and how the community will benefit.


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This week, our "On The Ground Ypsi" conversation is about a nearly $2 million gift made to six different Ypsilanti groups and what that means to them.  Lisa Barry and On the Ground Ypsi project manager Sarah Rigg talk with Alison Foreman, executive director of Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, which was one of the local groups to receive the money.  She shares what they plan to do with the gift and the impact it will have on the community.

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February is Black History Month, and coming up this week in Ypsilanti is a virtual community conversation being called “America Without Racism...Making the Vision a Reality."  Organized by several local organizations, including “Washtenaw Faces Race” and the Ypsilanti District Library, the two-day, online event is intended to be a conversation about imagining a world without racism and exploring what needs to be done to make that a reality.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with La'Ron Williams, a local storyteller and racial justice educator, who helped come up with the idea for the community event.

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The Superior Township Planning Commission has approved a final site plan for a new library branch the Ypsilanti District Library will build in that township. 

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The Ypsilanti District Library will install new air purification systems at their Whittaker Road and Michigan Avenue branches that will eventually allow for in-person visits during the pandemic.  

Ann Arbor District Library Closes Due To COVID-19

Nov 16, 2020

The Ann Arbor District Library will be closed during the next two weeks after library staff and family members of library employees tested positive for COVID-19.  

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has allocated $50,000 to the Ypsilanti District Library to help build a new library branch in Superior Township.  

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A combination of socially distanced, light-up art on the street and around the Ypsilanti area, as well as some online components, will be included in this year's ypsiGLOW event October 23rd.  Lisa Barry talks with Jennifer Goulet and Lynne Settles about the unique public art “light-up” event.

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The Ypsilanti District Library will partner up with the University of Michigan Library later this week to host an Ypsilanti Wikipedia page edit-a-thon.  

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The Washtenaw County Health Department will offer free COVID-19 testing Saturday, September 26th in Ypsilanti.  

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The Ypsilanti District Library has expanded its curbside pickup service during COVID-19.  

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The Ypsilanti District Library will host a virtual anti-racism town hall for families this Saturday.  

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The local and national dialogue on racism continues.  To understand where we are and where we are going, it is important to understand how we got here.  In this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair checks in with Sam Killian from the Ypsilanti District Library.  They'll discuss the resources available while the library branches remain closed and look forward at what may come as they reopen. 

Ypsilanti District Library To Offer Curbside Pickup

Jun 26, 2020
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To help maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, the Ypsilanti District Library will start offering curbside pickup service at its Whittaker branch on Monday. 

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The Ypsilanti District Library is preparing for a soft reopening.  

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As the coronavirus keeps local libraries closed and forces them to move their operations online, the Ypsilanti District Library is taking steps to ensure those without internet access can still receive important information.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, forcing businesses to close and many people to stay home, local libraries are seeing a spike in demand for their services.

#OTGYpsi: 'YpsiWrites' Program Mentors Writers Of All Ages And Professions

Oct 30, 2019
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It can be hard to put your thoughts on paper, whether it's writing a good cover letter to go with your resume, or getting started on that novel you put off for years.  This inspired representatives from Eastern Michigan University, 826Michigan, and the Ypsilanti District Library to form an alliance known as "YpsiWrites," which offers instruction and guidance to up-and-coming writers.  Catherine Calabro Cavin from 826Michigan and Jodi Krahnke from the Ypsilanti District Library talk about this amazing program in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," hosted by WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

For decades, Frisbees and other flying discs have entertained one generation after the other.  Two local men have spent most of their lives doing that professionally, right here in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan met up with them and has their story.

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The local library has evolved into something much more than just a place to check out a book or peruse the Dewey Decimal System.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry reports on an upcoming library millage issue that will be before Ypsilanti voters on November 6th.

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There are five candidates seeking to become Ypsilanti's next mayor.  Sitting Mayor Amanda Edmonds decided against seeking re-election.  2nd Ward City councilwoman Beth Bashert was unopposed in the August primary but now faces a run-off with four others.  Anne Brown has previously served on Ypsilanti City Council.  Adrienne Hirschfelder is a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University.  Mickiela Tate is an Ypsilanti resident dipping into local politics for the first time, and Shiela McSpadden is a write-in candidate seeking her first elective office.  Four of the five candidates gathered at Riverside Arts Center for a public forum Tuesday night.  McSpadden did not participate.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there. 

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As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we take a close look the role women played in establishing some of the public libraries in Washtenaw County.  This history is extra special for one district library in particular this year. 

Women's March Events This Weekend In Washtenaw County

Jan 19, 2018
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The Women's March returns again this year to Washtenaw County.  Events will be held in both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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Several special ceremonies are planned for later this week in Ypsilanti, as two student-created art murals are unveiled.  They were created, curated, and funded by Ypsilanti High School art students.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry was there as they were recently installed.

Lisa Barry

There are many ways to try and uplift a community, and several Washtenaw County artists are trying to do that by creating and installing wings around town.

I spoke with some of the wing creators and shares their purpose and passion about what started as a global effort:

Washtenaw County Residents Amazed By Solar Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017

You could feel the excitement as both young and old viewed the Solar Eclipse at the Whittaker Branch of the Ypsilanti District Library.  About 650 people attended the historic event.

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August 21st is the day there will be a total eclipse of the sun in North America.  Locally, it will be seen as a partial eclipse with 85 to 90 percent of the sun covered by the moon in the early afternoon.  There are several local watching events, including at the Ypsilanti District Library.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Molly Beedon, youth services librarian for the Ypsilanti District Library, who talks about the NASA expert coming to speak on the day of the eclipse and that they have special eclipse watching glasses they are giving away.

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As students continue to protest at Eastern Michigan University, their movement could soon become a permanent part of our history.  The Ypsilanti District Library launched an African-American Oral History Archive last summer that has expanded since then.