Community Resources Information


Ypsilanti District Library Summer Reading Challenge

Ypsilanti District Library Summer Reading Challenge

Families can sign up for the Summer Challenge at and log activities from June 13-August 31.

There are three ways to earn digital badges:
1. read or listen to a book
2. find a secret code within our online learning lessons (kids:, teens:
3. complete a challenge within the summer challenge website

Everyone who logs at least 6 books will get a $5 gift card mailed home, but every badge is worth a chance at grand prizes we purchased from local businesses. They can download a free app to log points or just play through a browser, on a computer, tablet, or phone.

Please let me know if you want me to register students for the program directly with a simple username and password you can give parents so they can directly log in without going through the registration process. I can do that with a class list as long as I have an email to notify a student or parent if they win a prize.

Each week on our Summer Learning webpage there will be three different activities for kids: STEAM, around the world, and garden science. We'll have instructional videos from local people and website links to describe what they can do from home, and then when we're able to, we'll give out supplies at food distribution sites or the library. There are also writing prompts with each lesson developed by 826 and EMU through our Ypsi Writes partnership. While they have to go online to find the activity suggestions, most activities are unplugged types of learning activities to get away from the screen. The around the world series will feature 8 different countries and we have people from those places helping us build the lessons and saying hello to Ypsi from afar. These will be available after the summer, so if school is online at any point next year, you will have access to the content and videos. If you have younger students, there will be new storytimes almost daily and archived storytimes on our YouTube Channel: YpsiDistrictLibrary.

Each week teens can try out an art activity, learn music and art tech skills, and more. They'll have space to share what they create on our Instagram and website.

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More Community Resources

More Community Resources

Corner Health Center 

Corner Health Center has a virtual event for teenagers discussing COVID-19. The event registration link is below.

EMU Summer Camps

Engage @ EMU has virtual summer camps available for students to participate in this summer! Please see the flyer for more information.


Coming Together

The 60-minute special "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET.

The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity, and being more empathetic and understanding.

Big Bird will join CNN commentator Van Jones and CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill to moderate the event. They will be joined by "Sesame Street" characters -- including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita -- and other experts answering questions submitted by families.



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Sharing some of the fun and funny videos we've been making at 826michigan. They're part of Dr. Blotch's Writing Challenge, a writing game that students (and families) can play along with us. We're sharing them out on social media, and the Ypsilanti District Library is as well, along with Melissa Brooks-Yip of WISD. We'd love to have any of these materials shared out to families as is appropriate. I'm attaching the general flyer as well as the writing exercises and schedule from our first two weeks, and I can keep you updated whenever we release new material!
Dr. Blotch's Writing Challenge
Who is Dr. Blotch?
Many of you are familiar with Dr. Blotch, a regular interrupter of 826michigan’s writing field trips, Dr. Blotch is 826michigan’s nefarious, slimy, and unique editor. Dr. Blotch often calls in and demands new and creative stories from us, and our field trip students regularly rise to the challenge to create brilliant writing that wows a skeptical Blotch. Dr. Blotch is the proud owner of 52 pet Mooncats, and is a big fan of mold, turnips, money, being right, good stories, and toenail clippings.

Where is Dr. Blotch?
Dr. Blotch is currently socially isolated in their Antarctica mansion. They are absolutely BORED and forgot to get to the libraries before they closed.

What is Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge?
Dr. Blotch is challenging members of the 826michigan community to create stories that will bring Blotch–and all who listen and read–entertainment. Each week, Dr. Blotch will issue a new writing challenge at the beginning of the week, check in with us on Wednesdays with a writing tip, and release a video of themself reading and reviewing submitted stories on Friday.

How can I participate?
Dr. Blotch requests the following types of stories:
  • Send typed writing
  • Send a picture of your writing
  • Record a video of yourself telling a story or reading a written story
Where to submit your stories:
I'm up for the challenge! When does it start?
  • On Mondays we'll share the week's writing challenge video from Dr. Blotch
  • On Wednesdays we'll share writing tips for each challenge on our social media pages and website
  • On Fridays we'll share a video where Dr. Blotch will review and read the writing that was submitted

Catherine Calabro Cavin | Education Director | 826michigan

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**Please note that my hours are limited to part-time in the Winter 2020 semester. I will be mostly away from 826michigan email on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.**

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COVID-19 Screening and Testing

Curbside COVID Screening and Testing

The Curbside COVID Screening and Testing Area at the St. Joseph Mercy campus in Ann Arbor offers COVID-19 screening and testing for patients that meet the CDC and State of Michigan testing criteria. A physician's order is NOT required for screening; however, if you have a doctor's order for testing, you are asked to please bring that prescription with you.

Pandemic EBT Program

Pandemic EBT Program

Families with children who received free or reduced-cost lunches at school qualify for new program

The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT) provides temporary funding to address emergency food need for families affected by the pandemic.

P-EBT food assistance benefits will go to Michigan families with students ages 5-18 that are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. This included families currently receiving Food Assistance Program benefits, as well as those not currently enrolled in the programs. No application is necessary for eligible families to receive P=EBT benefits.

Link to Pandemic EBT Program flyer

Ypsilanti District Library Information

Ypsilanti District Library

YDL is offering several new services.  

1. Students can receive an eCard to access digital books, movies, and databases now through the end of August. We can create these cards in two ways. 

  • a.    A teacher can send us a list of students' names and birthdates and we will send a list of card numbers you can share with families. 
  • b.    Individual students can email a photo of their student ID or parent’s ID along with their birthdate to and we will send their card number directly to them. 
  • c.    If students need to renew their regular card or get the number and PIN, they should email or call 734-879-1318 and leave a message.

2.  We have compiled a resource guide with links to content available through any device you can use when planning remote lessons. It includes eBooks, STEM websites, fun writing activities, and virtual field trips. You can use it to develop lessons or share directly with families. 

3.  A flyer about our resources and how to contact the library is attached for you to share directly with families. 

Link to flyer

Link to Ypsilanti District Library