2018 Washtenaw Reads

The Dexter District Library will be participating in the 2018 Washtenaw Reads program.

This year’s selection is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two-half  sisters, born into different villages in 18th century Ghana, and their descendants through eight generations:  from the Gold Coast to the plantations of  Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.

The book has won many awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the NBCC’s John Leonard Award, New York Times Notable Book, and was named one of the best books of 2016 by NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, BuzzFeed, and more.

Washtenaw Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of a common book.

Free copies of Homegoing will be available at our second adult services area, and in libraries and bookstores throughout Washtenaw County.

One of the highlights of the Washtenaw Reads each year is a visit from the author.  Yaa Gyasi will appear in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Rackham Auditorium in a program entitled, “Homegoing:  A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi — The 2018 Institute for Humanities Jill S. Harris Lecture.”   This free event includes a book signing and copies of the book will be for sale.

Additionally, the Dexter District Library will be hosting the following special events that are related to the Washtenaw Reads program:

Mon., Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m.  World Slavery:  The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music

Sat., Jan. 27, 2:00 p.m.  Beautifully Wrapped—the Global Art of Headwrapping

Thu., Feb. 8, 7:00 p.m.  Journey to Freedom:  The Underground Railroad in Washtenaw County

Wed., Feb. 21, 6:00 p.m.  Exotic Flavors & Cuisine of Ethiopia


Wi-Fi Printing

The Dexter District Library now offers wi-fi printing compatible with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop!  For black and white, the price is $0.10 per page.  For full color, the price is $0.20 per page.  For directions on how to install the app, please click here.

Group Study Rooms

The Library has three group study rooms available on the second floor.  Groups may call ahead to reserve a room.  Reservations can be taken for the current week and the following week.  Every Monday, the next week opens up to reservations.

To reserve a group study room, please call 734-426-4477 and ask for the Adult Reference Desk.  For the study room policy, see attached:

Reading Groups

Library Director’s (Paul McCann) Group

Meetings are typically held on the third Monday of each month, September through June, at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted.  Registration is required.  Contact Paul McCann at 734-426-4477 (ext 111) for further information.

Lisa Ryan’s Groups

Somewhere in Time Book Club

This history focused book discussion club meets the second Monday of every month from 7:00- 8:30 in the DDL lower level meeting room and will focus on different times and places in history.  This is a nonfiction reading group, but some quality historical fiction may also be included from time to time.

Registration is required.  Contact Lisa Ryan 734-426-4477 at (ext 119) for further information.

Better Off Read Book Club

This general reading book discussion club meets the third Thursday of every month from 1:00-2:30 in the DDL lower level meeting room. This is a general reading group and it will focus on a selection of books from many different genres.

Registration is required.  Contact Lisa Ryan 734-426-4477 at (ext 119) for further information.

Fax Service

The Dexter District Library offers public faxing service for patrons:

  1. Pre-pay for faxes at the first floor circulation desk
  2. The fax machine is located at the second floor reference desk
  3. The library will provide outgoing fax service only (no incoming faxes will be received)
  4. The cost for this service will be 20 cents per page
  5. Generic cover sheets will be provided at no charge or patrons may provide their own

Computer and Internet Access


Computers for Public Use:
The Dexter District Library has 11 public use computer terminals for Adults, 4 public use computer terminals for teens, and 4 public use computer terminals for children.  These computers have Windows 10 and are loaded with the Microsoft Office 2016 suite.  Full color printing is available for $0.20 a page.  Black & White printing now available at $0.10 a page.

General Rules for Internet Use:

  1. Hardware and Software settings may not be changed.
  2. Users will respect all copyright laws.
  3. Users saving files from the Internet to their own disks do so at their own risk. The Library assumes no responsibility for viruses transmitted from the Internet to disks through the use of Library computers.
  4. Any users caught hacking into computer systems or disrupting the functions of other computer systems will have their Internet use privileges revoked.
  5. Users will not use the Library terminals to violate any Federal, state or local laws or to engage in unethical behavior.
  6. Users can be held financially liable for damage to the Library’s equipment and software.


Michigan Activity Pass

The “Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network” program is a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and cultural organizations. The program is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials, and to provide reduced cost or complimentary access to arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan, from Monroe to Mackinaw City to Marquette, and all points in between.  All passes are issued online through the MAP site: