Join the book brigade, the human chain moving books to new Ypsilanti-area library

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Volkskraft will fill the shelves of the Ypsilanti District Library’s newest branch.

Just weeks before the official opening, YDL officials are calling for volunteers to join the “Book Brigade” — a human chain that will transport books and DVDs between the old one-room library and the new Superior branch up the street at 1900 Harris Road in Superior Township .

The event will take place on Saturday, October 8th at 2pm and 4pm and the library encourages attendees to register online in advance.

They intend to station volunteers along Harris Road who will pass library materials hand-to-hand at the new branch, which has been under construction for more than a year.

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Attendees are asked to meet at the old facility, a space the size of a two-car garage at the fire station at 8795 MacArthur Blvd. Limited parking is available near the Harris/MacArthur intersection.

The Ypsilanti Community Schools will also be offering a shuttle service from the Willow Run campus at 235 Spencer Lane to and from the event, running between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. every 10 to 15 minutes

Due to construction, officials are advising attendees to arrive via MacArthur Boulevard rather than Geddes Road.

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If it rains, the event will be canceled, library officials said.

Volunteers will stand during the event, and officials say to let staff know if they need a chair upon arrival.

The new 7,800-square-foot Superior store is slated for a grand opening week beginning with a formal tape average at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14.

Plans for the library date back more than a decade when Superior Township joined the Library District serving Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and now parts of Superior.

Voters approved a millage to fund the project in 2018, but library officials have had to raise funds to meet the project’s rising costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The new branch will serve the highest-density, lowest-income block of flats in Washtenaw County, library officials said, including several large apartment complexes with high percentages of children.

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