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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:


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.


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The Ypsilanti District Library has launched a new African-American Oral History Archive.  The audio is being taken from old cassette tapes.
 


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The Ypsilanti Song Fest returned with another eclectic line-up of singer/songwriters.  This year's headliner was veteran folk artist Marshall Crenshaw.  

Ahead of his Song Fest set  Bona Sera Cafe, Crenshaw stopped by the WEMU studios for a live interview and performance.

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The Ypsilanti District Library wants to know what sort of technology services patrons expect from the library, but if you want to offer your thoughts on the subject, you've only got today to do it.

The library system is wrapping up an online survey, which Communication and Development Director Gillian Ream Gainsley says it's part of the library's strategic planning process.

Library Lunch Program Combats Summer Hunger

Jun 30, 2014
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The Ypsilanti District Library is doing its part to make sure that kids who qualify for free lunch during the school year don't go hungry over the summer.

A free summer lunch program started last Monday, and Librarian Shannon Bovis says more and more kids participated as the week went on.

"We have a capacity of 40," Bovis says. "We haven't given out 40 meals in one day yet, but hopefully we will soon."

About 30 kids piled into a reading room at the Whittaker Road branch this past Friday to enjoy a healthy lunch and a story read to them by Bovis.