In Memory of Mimi Chapman

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Ypsilanti District Library community mourns the passing of beloved librarian and co-worker, Miriam (Mimi) Chapman. In her 33 years of service at the Library, Mimi served as an Adult Services Librarian, Branch Manager, Interim Director, and Head of Acquisitions. She also oversaw the Michigan/Ypsilanti Heritage Room.

Mimi helped usher the library from the card catalog to the internet era. She was present for the arrival of three new bookmobiles, the opening of four new library locations, and the introduction of public internet computers. Her dedicated cataloging work made library resources searchable for our community.

The library was an important place in Mimi’s life, and she considered it in many ways a second home. As Head of Acquisitions, she made connections with staff at libraries throughout Michigan. Her professional demeanor and unflappable attitude made her known far and wide.

She will be deeply missed all across our community.

A memorial celebration of Mimi’s life will be held Sunday, November 17 at 2 pm at the Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd.

Click here to read Mimi’s obituary.

Below are some photos of Mimi at the library through the years:

The groundbreaking for the Whittaker Rd. library location


A Christmas party with YDL staff.


Watching a library program

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