YDL joins Pepsi Refresh Project to help fund new "Teen Zone"

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Ypsilanti District Library is looking for clicks!  The Library is in the running to receive a $25,000 grant from thePepsi Refresh Project for its YDL-Michigan Avenue Teen Zone. The Project is all about supporting great ideas that move communities forward. Starting today, December 1st, YDL hopes to get as many library and community supporters as possible to “vote” for their project to create a better, more defined space for teens in the downtown library.  The top vote getters will receive grants. YDL has the month of December to make its case and garner those online clicks.

“And, anyone can vote for our Teen Zone entry – from anywhere in the United States at any time.  It’s all free, and you can vote once per day all month long.  Once you’re registered, it’s just a matter of clicking the VOTE FOR THIS IDEA button each day in December.  You could do it in the morning over your first cup of coffee,” says Library Director Jill Morey.

The YDL’s Teen Zone idea has been in the works for more than a year.  The idea of a dedicated space for young people from 13 to 17 came about due to the increased usage of the library as an important resource for teens.  The Zone would be a safe space as well as a place for encouraging reading, knowledge sharing, and community engagement.

“The design plans are complete, and there is keen interest and support from our patrons. Community fundraising has already raised $10,000 for the Teen Zone. The $25,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project effort could be the way to make it all happen  – provided we get the votes!” adds Morey. For more information on the Teen Zone, go to www.ypsilibrary.org/teenzone.

YDL staff will be sending out email reminders each day to friends of the YDL to garner those daily clicks. If you need a reminder, sign up here.  

To vote for the YDL Teen Zone Project any or every day this month, just go to www.refresheverything.com/teenzone. Once you’re registered, it’s just a matter of remembering to vote every day for the Ypsilanti District Library’s new Teen Zone.   Or you can TEXT your votes from your cell phone: send it to 73774 (PEPSI) and type in 104359. Vote for the YDL Teen Zone!

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