The building where the OLLI offices reside, the Turner Senior Resource Center, is now open from 9-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Turner Senior Wellness Program is now serving community members on these days. The OLLI program is not officially open in-person yet to the public.  OLLI staff will be in the building a few days per week, but will continue to work virtually some of the time, as all of our Fall programming will remain virtual. We continue to consult with MI Medicine as to when we can return programming to in-person, and are hopeful that this will begin happening in January.  We hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer. If you would like to pick something up from our offices, please contact to make sure a staff member will be onsite. Stay tuned for more information!
- OLLI Staff

OLLI will be virtual this Fall!

OLLI is planning to offer all programming virtually this Fall.  Our Fall catalog is being designed right now, and we are excited for all of the wonderful programming that is planned.  Registration for the Fall semester will open on August 5th at 9:00am! We do hope to be back in person as soon as safety permits, and will continue to provide timely updates on when programming will begin to transition back to in-person gatherings. 

- OLLI Staff and Leadership

Donate to OLLI!
To make a gift to OLLI's annual fund to support OLLI operating costs, to sponsor a lecture, or to make a gift to the Friends Endowment Fund, Click Here: 

Thank you, The OLLI Development Committee 

Finding Zoom Meeting IDs and Links: 
  • Zoom information is sent out in e-mail a few days before the event takes place.
  • Zoom information is also available in OLLI's online Course Catalog for events for which you have registered as well as for events that do not require registration. To view the information in the Course Catalog (i) sign in using your OLLI account and password, (ii) go to the Course Catalog, (iii) locate your event and click on it to see the event's details, (iv) you'll find the Zoom information under Location toward the bottom of the page (you may need to scroll down to find it, if the event's description is long).
  • If you are signed in you can also see Zoom information on the payment History web page. 
  • If you can't find the information you need to connect using Zoom or you have any other questions about using Zoom, send e-mail to OLLI at or call 734-998-9351
Important OLLI Web Resources –
Click on the links below to connect you!

OLLI Website 
OLLI Video Catalog 
OLLI Course Catalog 
OLLI Program Calendar
What's New at OLLI
OLLI Commons Calendar
Are You Looking for Volunteer Opportunities at OLLI?
*** OLLI Special Projects Committee is currently recruiting volunteers!***
Looking for a fun and stimulating volunteer opportunity and a way to contribute? Join the Special Projects Committee, the OLLI "New Program Incubator". This is the committee that developed the Climate Change series, the COVID series, Torn from the Headlines, OLLI @home and OLLI Reads. Join us if you like generating new program ideas and making them happen.  

Contact Jane Spinner at or Laurie Barnett at if interested or to get additional information.

OLLI is Always Looking for Volunteers for Committees
There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities at OLLI - We need you! Please contact OLLI Director on more ways to get involved:  Lisa Barton  734-998-9356.

Interested in sponsoring an OLLI Event?

If you're interested in sponsoring a lecture, lecture series, one or more study groups, or special event at OLLI, please let us know!  These sponsorships can be dedicated to someone special, or in honor of a special person or occasion. For more information, please contact Lisa Barton at, or at 734-998-9356.

 Registration Opens August 5th!
                                 Calendar Time Schedule Pencil Cartoon Graphic by Ardwork · Creative Fabrica
Registration for Fall semester begins August 5th at 9:00am and will run until September 7th at 4:00pm. The lottery system for a fair registration process will be in place and will occur on September 8th. Notifications about the results of the lottery will be sent out on September 10th by 5:00pm.
Community Read Book Discussion Sponsored by Ypsilanti Public Library and Matthaei-Nichols
June 28th at 4:00PM, online. FREE.

We're very excited to bring you a discussion of J. Drew Lanham's The Home Place.

National Geographic wrote that Lanham's book is a "lyrical story about the power of the wild [that] synthesizes J. Drew Lanham’s own family history, geography, nature, and race into a compelling argument for conservation and resilience.”

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is partnering with the Ypsilanti District Library in a community read program featuring books that portray the intersection of race and the environment. Two titles have been selected this year, one for adults (The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham) and one for children (Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson). Both are available for request at YDL.

On June 28 we will hold a virtual discussion of The Home Place. Our special guests will be Sheridan Alford, an environmental educator and co-organizer of the online movement Black Birders Week; and Karen Simpson, an Ann Arbor-based writer and author of Act of Grace.

To register for the event, Click Here. 

Do you have a question, comment, or reflection you'd like to share about the about the book? Please submit your questions, comments, or reflections in advance by clicking here.

Interested in a study guide for The Home Place?
Click Here.


SAGE – Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
Celebrate Pride Month with Sage!
Visit for details.

Looking for Summer Reading?
Check out these book recommendations from English professors at the University of Michigan! Click here to read the article.


The Commons is OLLI’s FREE meetup place!

To receive the Zoom link for a group or event please register beforehand.
Use the 
instructions here to register.

The Schmoozery:   Wednesday, June 30, from  1 – 2pm with Hank Greenspan
A facilitated conversation:   At our Age…In this Age
The Schmoozery will continue meeting through the summer and into next year.

First Friday Happy Hour, Coffee with Marta, Book Beat, and Lunch Bunch are on summer break in July and August. We are delighted that these programs will return in the fall, along with an exciting new offering, the Michigan OLLI Collaboration.

Interested in hosting a program or event in the Commons in 2022?
Please reach out to Ginny Bentz at

Check The Commons web page for registration information.

 See The Commons Calendar for event details


OLLI Book Beat—Summer Reading Suggestions

Sheila Konen, of the Ypsilanti District Library, recommended these books, among others, at her May 25th guest visit to Book Beat.

* Mary Jane, by Jessica Anya Blau, Genre: Coming-of-age stories

* One Night, Two Souls Went Walking, by Ellen Cooney, Genre: Literary fiction

* How to Order the Universe, by Maria Jose Ferrada, Genre: Coming-of-age stories

* The Kindest Lie, by Johnson, Nancy, Genre: African American fiction

* The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Genre: Psychological suspense

* The Arctic Fury, by Greer Macallister,
Genre: Historical fiction

* Aquarium, Shehori, Ya’ara, Genre: Literary fiction

* Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead, Genre: Historical fiction;

* Light Perpetual, by Francis Spufford, Genre: Literary fiction

* Hummingbird Salamander, by Jeff Vandermeer, Genre: Dystopian fiction

* The Elephant of Belfast, by S. Kirk Walsh, Genre: Historical fiction



If you would like more information about Michigan Medicine resources during this challenging time, please reach out to OLLI Director Lisa Barton at 734-998-9356 or She will be happy to connect you.

COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
Washtenaw Community Health Department:
Michigan Medicine:

COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs
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