Learning Never Gets Old



Events & Education

  • Regular Events
  • Computer Training

Tools For Living Kits

  • Arthritis Resources & Tools
  • Knee & Hip Resources
  • Low Vision Resources
  • Meditation Resources & Tools
  • Memory Improvement Resources & Tools

Low-Vision Services

  • Magnifiers
  • Large Print Collection
  • Digital Book Collection
  • Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled

BiFolkal Kits

Bi-Folkal Kits are multi-sensory kits used to foster discussion in a group setting by stimulating senses and memories.
Call 734-482-4110 x1316 to schedule a free group workshop with the kits.


  • Books-On-Wheels
  • Senior Deposit Collections


Download the Fall 2015 brochure

Events & Education


upcoming learning never gets old series events

(Geared toward adults ages 55 and up)

Click here for a list of upcoming programs »


Join the Senior Advisory Board

YDL's Senior Advisory Board wants to hear from you!  Your insight and ideas help the library plan programs, services, and displays for the aging population in our service district and help make YDL a great place for seniors.  For more information, contact:
Sheila at 734-482-4110 x 1385 or skonen@ypsilibrary.org 


Tools for Living Kits

Tools for Living Kits are a collection of books, DVDs, CDs, tools, and activities focused on improving the quality of life of older adults. These kits cover a variety of topics of interest to aging adults. They may be checked out free of charge.

Arthritis Resources and Tools

Learn about arthritis and ways to manage daily activities with the resources in this kit. Various aids such as the Iso Ball which provides gentle isometric exercise for the hand and a Key Turner that gives added leverage for turning keys in a lock allow users to try some tools that make life easier.

Diabetes Resources

Diabetes is a complicated disease that requires management. This kit contains books, a DVD, and a sample of Diabetes Forecast magazine to help support living with diabetes.

Knee & Hip Resources

Joint health is important to living an active lifestyle. Learn about preventing injury by strengthening knees and hips as well as information about knee and hip replacement and rehabilitation through the books and DVDs in this kit.

Low Vision Resources and Tools

Living with low vision presents challenges that may be improved with support. This kit contains books and assistive devices to help people with low vision including guides for writing legibly, a talking calculator with easy to read buttons, and a bar magnifier for reading a book or newspaper.

Meditation Resources and Tools

Meditation is helpful in reducing stress and promoting physical healing. Learn about the healing practice of meditation with the books, DVDs, CDs, and aromatherapy diffuser in this kit.

Memory Improvement Resources and Tools

Expand your understanding of how the brain works and sharpen your memory with activities and tips. This kit includes books, a DVD, and games to improve memory and brain power. Games can be used alone or with a group.



Low Vision Resources


Large Print & Digital Collections 

YDL offers over 9,000 books in Large Print type. Nonfiction and fiction titles are available, including new releases.

Digital Book Collection

YDL patrons may access the eBook and eAudiobook collection which includes popular books from bestselling authors that can be downloaded to a computer or other portable device and “checked out” just like regular library materials. These books can be resized to a larger type size using an e-reader.

Visit the Download Destination Quick Start page for more information >>

Optilec Viewers

YDL-Whittaker Road and YDL-Michigan Avenue have Optilec viewers which magnify reading materials for library patrons. These viewers are located on the first floor near the Popular Reading Room and the large print materials. 


YDL offers magnifiers for checkout. A variety of styles and magnification levels are available. View the collection»

Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled

This free service is administered by the Ann Arbor District Library. Residents of Washtenaw County with low vision or with a temporary or permanent disability that prevents them from holding a standard print book can qualify to receive large print reading materials and audiobooks in the mail or by digital download. 

More information about the WLBPD >>



BiFolkal Kits

BiFolkal Kits are multi-sensory kits used in a group setting to stimulate your senses and memories. Each kit includes pieces to help foster discussion such as booklets, skits, music CDs, DVDs, and items to touch that coincide with the theme of the kit. Bifolkal Kits are a fun way to reminisce and honor the accomplishments of earlier generations. YDL has seven kits to share and present within our community.

Kit Themes:

Remembering African-Americans: Celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of great African-Americans.

Remembering Fun & Games: Board games, cards, dice, string, and backyard shenanigans! Bring back memories of playing games and having fun!

Remembering the Fashion: Every generation has their own fashion sense, and of course everything old is new again at some point. Hair, swimwear and shoes are also topics of discussion for both men and women.

Remembering the Homefront: During World War II US citizens at home got behind the war effort, whether they were rationing food or recycling rubber, they were indeed a Great Generation.

Remembering Music: Music is the universal language. Just a few notes of a song or a certain lyric can take us back to a remarkable time in our lives.

Remembering Pets: Remember a favorite furry companion that will always have a place in your heart. Even those who never had pets will have a story to share about an animal they knew of.

Remembering School Days: Remember what school was like back when you had to walk five miles through the snow just to get there. This kit is also a great way for today’s children to see what school and learning used to be like.

Call Mary Garboden at 734-482-4110 x1316 if you have further questions or to schedule a Bifolkal Kit presentation/visit.



YDL's outreach team offers a variety of services to organizations and individuals in the Ypsilanti area. 


Books-on-Wheels is a customized home delivery service provided by the Ypsilanti District Library. If you are unable to get to the library due to physical limitations, you may qualify for this service. Click here for more information.

We are not just about books…movies, audiobooks, and magazines can be requested. One long-time patron said, "It is such a privilege to have a library that delivers books and other items to my home."

If you or someone you know would like to apply for this convenient and timely service, please contact Monique Lopez-Geiman at 734-482-4110 x1359.

Senior Deposit Collections

The Ypsilanti District Library offers services to senior citizen centers, and residences within our service district, serving individuals who find it difficult to visit the library. The deposit collection provides an opportunity for our seniors to read and enjoy books at their own locations. YDL staff members select a variety of large print books to meet the needs of individuals at these sites. The materials chosen include popular fiction, romance, mystery, and western, as well as a broad range of nonfiction topics.

Currently these locations host YDL deposit collections: Gilbert Residence and Nursing Center, Senior Citizens Recreation Center, Ypsilanti Township Senior Center, Superior Woods, The Village at St. Joseph Mercy, Cross Street Village, Fairfax Manor, and Huron Valley PACE. Books are rotated periodically to keep the collections new and exciting.

There is no charge for this service. Contact Mary Garboden at 734-482-4110 x1316 for more information.

Just In

October/November 2017 New & On Order DVD/Blu-ray
A listing of DVD's and Blu-ray added to the collection in October/November 2017
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