Dexter District Library 10th Anniversary Celebration

Ten Years on Alpine Street
It seems hard to believe, but the Dexter District Library building on Alpine Street turns 10 years old in 2019. We will be celebrating this milestone on Sunday, May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm with an open house for the community. We will have refreshments and music from a small group of Dexter Chamber Orchestra members. The Library staff is working on a number of displays to highlight the changes and accomplishments we have experienced in the last decade. The best news is, the Library remains a hub of community activity, greeting approximately 175,000 visitors each year. We opened the new facility on March 9, 2009 after three years of planning, land acquisition and construction.

Everyone is welcome to attend this fun event, registration is not required.

 

Donating to Dexter District Library’s Summer Reading Program

Greetings,

The Dexter District Library’s annual Summer Reading Program is just around the corner and once again we are asking for your support.  This year, the Library is planning an exciting summer of reading, programs and prizes for the entire community.  We hope you will be able to help make this year’s event a great success and be part of keeping our community reading and learning throughout the summer. 

Last summer over 1,300 children and teens and over 150 adults participated in this popular seven-week series of events.  This year’s theme, A Universe of Stories, will focus on inspiring the Dexter community to dream big, believe in themselves and create their own story.

There are two ways in which we could use your help:

  • Donations of gift certificates or giveaways – last year we filled over 800 goodie bags with prizes and gift certificates for children, teens and adults who met their reading goals and completed the program.
  • Monetary gifts to support programs and professional entertainment – scheduled events at the Library generally run from $200 to $500 depending on the performer with additional costs for items such as refreshments.

Throughout the summer, residents of the Dexter Community and visitors from neighboring communities visit the Library.  During the course of the 2018 Summer Reading Program, the Library welcomed nearly 55,000 visitors to the Library.  The Library prepares a ‘Thank You’ board, recognizing donors to the summer reading program and displays this continuously in our lobby and on our LCD screen advertising events throughout the summer.  Additionally, all sponsors are thanked through a special section in our fall newsletter, which is delivered to nearly 10,000 households in our service area. 

We appreciate your time and consideration.  Donations made out to the Dexter District Library are tax deductible.  Your contribution makes a big difference in helping to motivate our community to keep reading.  If you have any questions regarding the Dexter District Library or the Summer Reading Program, please feel free to call us at 426-4477 or email me at pmccann@dexter.lib.mi.us.

Sincerely,

Paul McCann                            Lisa Ryan                                              Cathy Jurich
Library Director                        Head of Adult Services                          Head of Youth Service

2019 Summer Events for Kids, Tweens and Teens

Monday, June 17 at 11:00 am
2019 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

Register for this year’s Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories”, there are book clubs for adults, teens and kids of all ages.  The slogan “A Universe of Stories”  was chosen to inspire everyone in the Dexter Community to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story.  Doug Scheer Presents “Take Me To Your Readers” comedy and magic show.  Comedy and magic, kids love it but sometimes they don’t realize that magic is everywhere — especially in the library. This 45 minute program full of hilarious laughs and audience participation is for all ages.  Following the performance, head down to Farmers Market for some light refreshments and a fun game of kick ball in the park.  Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, June 19 at 1:00 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to get involved with the Library by attending our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings.  Help plan programs, organize community service projects, and volunteer at Library events.  This is a great opportunity to build up your resume and obtain volunteer hours.  Registration is required beginning Saturday, May 11, pizza lunch provided
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Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am
June 20 to August 1
Drop-In Summer Story Times

Summer Story Times are drop-in and held on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am in the lower level meeting room.  This program is geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend one or both sessions.  Daycare centers may attend Summer Story Times but are asked to arrive early.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Summer Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child.  These events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 20 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Super Stories Book Club
Book appreciation group for kindergarten through 2nd grade.  We’ll share stories, have snacks and do activities.  This month’s theme is “Space”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, May 9.
 

Friday, June 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Magic: The Gathering (MTG)
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for monthly MTG games and pizza.  Prizes awarded to top players.  Registration is required, beginning May 17.  Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 am to Noon
Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day
An annual event at Dexter District Library, we will host a large variety of trucks and emergency vehicles for children and adults of all ages to experience, rain or shine.  The parking lot will be closed during this event to allow freedom to browse, tour and talk to the owners and operators of the wonderful machines that make our lives easier and safer.  Bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the vehicles and our three special guests.  Everyone is welcome.

Monday, June 24 at 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Sand Art & Sundaes
Tweens and teens in grades 5 through 12 are invited make their own sand art creation and enjoy an ice cream sundae with your choice of tasty toppings.  Registration begins Monday, May 20.

Tuesday, June 25 at 11:00 am or 11:45 pm
Starlab Planetarium

Kids and tweens in grades 3 to 8 are invited to explore the wonders of the night skies from the comfort and security of Dexter District Library.  This portable, inflatable, mylar starlab brings a star-filled planetarium to life.  Registration is required and limited to kids going into grades 3 through 8.  Kids may register for just one program beginning June 1.

Thursday, June 27 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
All Star Readers Book Club
This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 4.  This month we’re reading Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan.  Registration begins Thursday, May 16.

Thursday, June 27 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Tween Book Club
This is a book discussion group for grades 5 to 6.  Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We will discuss the book, enjoy a snack, and this month we will do a craft.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of the book: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs.  Registration begins Thursday, May 16.
 

June 28 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Secretary of State Mobile Office
The Secretary of State Mobile Office will be in Dexter to serve area customers on Friday, June 28.  The office will be open 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Customers may renew their driver’s license or register to vote, quickly and easily, right on the spot.  Other services offered by the Mobile Office include instant titles, address changes, signing up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and much more. Residents can also ask questions about services.

Friday, June 28 at 11:00 am
Drummunity!
Dexter resident, Lori Fithian, has been facilitating drum circles and leading workshops for many years.  Her program has been a favorite at the Library.   A Drummunity circle is a word Lori invented for the community-building that happens when people come together around a circle of drums.  You won’t believe your ears when you hear the group playing together – on everything from hand drums, pickle buckets, salad bowls to muffin tins.  Musical experience is not necessary.  This is a high energy, interactive, fun and empowering event for all ages.

Monday, July 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Retro Crafts & Movie
Teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12 are invited to make retro crafts with perler beads, Shrinky Dinks and more while watching the 1980’s classic The Princess Bride.  Snacks provided.  Registration begins Saturday, June 1.

Tuesday, July 2 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
First Tuesday Lego Club

Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Everyone is welcome – Legos will be provided by the Library.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, July 3 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ice Cream Social at Farmers Market for Dexter Library Card Holders

Show your Dexter District Library card and receive a free ice cream cone or cup.  There will be a variety of crafts on the lower level for all ages.

Thursday, July 4
Library is Closed

Friday, July 5 at 11:00 am
The Storytellers Present:  Musical Folktales

Musical Folktales is an upbeat concert of interactive stories, beautiful music, humor, interesting musical instruments and hands-on activities. The Storytellers are Audrey and Bob Allison, who use voice and vocal effects to captivate young audiences. Their music spans the globe from Australia to Brazil to the Caribbean Islands with some familiar American tunes as well.  Adults and kids of all ages are welcome, registration is not required.

Saturday, July 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends Used Book Sale

Monday, July 8 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Paint on Canvas
Teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12, stop by the Library and learn to paint.  Follow step-by-step instructions to make a Starry Night painting and then add your own touches to make it unique.  No painting experience needed, but be prepared to get creative.  Registration begins Monday, June 17.

Tuesday, July 9 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
DIY Fairy & Dragon Lanterns
Kids in grades 1 through 4 are invited to turn a mason jar into a magical dwelling for a fairy or a dragon.  Registration begins Monday, June 10.

Wednesday, July 10
11:00 am – Grades 2 to 4
1:00 pm – Grades 5 and up
Air Zoo Presents:  Fly Me to the Moon
Discover the social and physiological challenges posed by extended stays in space, and see the systems used to sustain life aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Young astronauts work as a team to complete a challenge that simulates the conditions experienced during a spacewalk and learn about current scientific experiments taking place in space.Registration is required beginning Monday, June 17.

Thursday, July 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Makerspace
This is a drop-in program for grades K through 8.  Several creativity stations will be set up for kids to enjoy using a variety of building products such as Lincoln Logs, Legos, Construx, Hexabits and more.  Each month will feature different challenges, crafts and building materials.  Registration is not required.

Friday, July 12 at 11:00 am
Baffling Bill Presents:  Blast Off with Books
Blast off with Baffling Bill into a Universe of Magic and Wonder. See a portable black hole transport objects back in time, watch Gus the Bunny launch a magic wand into space and Assistant Kym levitating into space on a Magic Carpet.  This 40 minute show encourages summer reading through magic, audience participation and laughter.  All ages, everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, July 16
11:00 am – Grades 1 to 5
1:00 pm – Grades 5 to 12
Leslie Science and Nature Center Presents:  Bat Biology
Meet live bats from around the world presented by staff from the Leslie Science and Nature Center.  As the only flying mammal, bats have amazed and inspired people for a long time.  Learn about the diversity of bats, how they survive and their many roles on our planet.  Registration is required beginning Monday, June 17.  Kids may only register for one program.

Wednesday, July 17 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Dexter District Library Rocks!
Kids, teens and tweens of all ages are invited to stop by Farmers Market to paint a rock or two, and hide them around town for others to find.  Drop by any time between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm.
 

Thursday, July 18 at 1:00 pm
Super Stories
Book appreciation group for grades K through 2.  We’ll share stories, have snacks and do activities.  This month’s theme is “Dinosaurs”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, June 20.
 

Friday, July 19 at 11:00 am
Acting Up Theatre Presents:  Space for Rent
Major Tom “Buzz” Aldrin had to give up a career in the Air Force because he found out that he was, of all things, afraid of heights. As a boy he had once dreamed of flying in a spacecraft to explore the final frontier. Now he settles for a career in real estate. He hasn’t done very well with this either and now he is desperate to at least rent a space in town. Along comes Neil, who loves space, science fiction and everything that has to do with worlds outside of our own. He rents the space for one day.  Where Major Tom only sees a vacant storefront, Neil recreates scenes from Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and he even revisits the first moon landing and moonwalk. Both Tom and Neil learn a lot about saying yes to your imagination.   All ages, all audience participation, everyone is welcome.

Friday, July 19 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Magic: The Gathering (MTG)
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for monthly MTG games and pizza.  Prizes awarded to top players.  Registration is required, beginning June 21.  Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, July 20 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Preschool PAW Patrol Party
Children ages six and under, along with their caregivers, are invited to a special PAW Patrol party. The Library will become Adventure Bay for the day and children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended creative activities related to the rescue dog characters. Registration is not required. Caregivers must stay with their children.

Monday, July 22 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
DIY Galaxy Crafts

Grades 5 through 12 are invited to make a variety of galaxy-themed crafts during this fun workshop with artist Linda Polo.  Registration begins Monday, July 1.

Tuesday, July 23 at 11:00 am
Flying Aces Professional Frisbee Team
The Flying Aces Frisbee Team entertains with information, humor, athletic skills, amazing feats, tricks and just plain silliness.  The show ends with an audience participation contest.  This event is for ages 6 and up, registration is not required.

Wednesday, July 24 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
DIY Frisbee Decorating
Kids in grades K through 4 are invited to decorate a small Frisbee using Sharpie markers and foam stickers.  Registration begins Monday, June 24. 

Thursday, July 25 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
All Star Readers Book Club
This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 4.  This month we’re reading Bob by Wendy Mass.  Registration begins Thursday, June 27. 

Thursday, July 25 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Tween Book Club
This is a book discussion group for grades 5 to 6.Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We will also discuss the book and enjoy a snack.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book:  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.   Registration begins Thursday, June 27. 

Friday, July 26 at 11:00 am
Michigan Science Center Presents:  Amazing Astronomy
The Universe is full of past, current and future scientific discoveries. Join us as we explore the known and unknown world of physics in space and help us simulate concepts that are often too big, too dark, or too far away to see.  Recommended for ages 6 and up, registration is not required.

Monday, July 29 at 1:00 pm
DIY Bath Bombs
Teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12 are invited to meet Faith Boyce from Petite Fleur Skin Care of Dexter who will teach you how to make your own bath bombs using natural ingredients in this fun make-n-take.  Registration begins Monday, July 1. 

Thursday, August 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Cupcake Wars
Do you have what it takes to create a cupcake masterpiece inspired by your favorite book or literary character?  Bring your talent and imagination to our final Teen & Tween Summer Reading Program event and we’ll supply the rest.Prizes awarded in three categories.  Registration begins Monday, July 1.

Friday, August 2 at 11:00 am
Bev Meyer “The Music Lady”

It’s the Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up.  Join us for a fun-filled hour of live music, singing, dancing and audience participation with Bev Meyer, The Music Lady. Children of all ages are welcome. Following the program, Marc “The Balloon Meister” will be at Farmers Market making balloon animals for everyone. Refreshments will be served.

Pick up your book bag full of surprises beginning July 30.  The Final Prize Drawing will be held on Monday, August 12.

Tuesday, August 6 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
First Tuesday Lego Club

Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Everyone is welcome – Legos will be provided by the Library.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, August 7 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Kids Book Club Slime Party

Kids in grades K-4 who have attended one or more of our summer book clubs are invited to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with fun slime activities and snacks.Registration begins Monday, July 8.

Friday, August 9 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 10 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Friends Used Book Sale for Dexter Daze

Monday, August 12
Final Prize Drawing

Monday, August 19 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
The Lego Movie 2:  The Second Part (2019)
It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.  Rated PG – 107 minutes.

Monday, August 26
Registration for Fall Story Times begins Monday, August 26.  Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 16 and run until Thursday, November 7. Registration is required, parents or caregivers of children may register in person at the Library or by calling 734-426-4477. Space is limited so registration will be on a first come first served basis. 

Children 18 months to 3 years of age may sign up for one Toddler Story Time. Toddler Story Times are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Children under 18 months may attend, however books and activities are geared for toddlers. Children 3 to 5 years of age may sign up for one Preschool Story Time. Preschool Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 11:30 am.  Combined Toddler/Preschool Story Times will be offered on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Drop-In Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from September 20 to November 9.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Fall Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child.

2019 Spring Events for Kids and Teens

March 25 through May 16
Spring Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, March 25 and run until Thursday, May 16. Registration is required, parents or caregivers of children may register in person at the Library or by calling 734-426-4477. Space is limited so registration will be on a first come first served basis.

Children 18 months to 3 years of age may sign up for one Toddler Story Time. Toddler Story Times are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Children under 18 months may attend, however books and activities are geared for toddlers. Children 3 to 5 years of age may sign up for one Preschool Story Time. Preschool Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 11:30 am.  Combined Toddler/Preschool Story Times will be offered on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Drop-In Family Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from March 28 to May 16.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Spring Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child.

Thursdays from March 28 to May 16 at 10:30 am
Drop-In Family Story Times
Family Story Times are held on Thursday mornings in the lower level meeting room. Geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend. Daycare centers are asked to arrive early. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.  Drop-In Family Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child. All sessions are held in the Lower Level Meeting Room. These events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 18 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers Book Club

This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 4.  This month we’re reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.  Registration begins Thursday, March 21.

Thursday, April 18 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club

Join our Tween Book Club for 5th and 6th graders.  Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We’ll also discuss the book and enjoy a snack. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, March 21.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book:  Countdown by Deborah Wiles.

Sunday, April 21
Library is Closed

Thursday, April 25 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace

This is a fun, drop-in program for grades K through 8.  Make, build, craft and explore.  Participate in a variety of open-ended activities.  We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Registration is not required.

Friday, April 26 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Magic: The Gathering (MTG)
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for monthly MTG games and pizza.  Prizes awarded to top players.  Registration is required.  Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Preschool Makerspace
Children ages five and under, along with their caregivers, are invited to make, create and play at the Library.  Children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended activities designed to encourage early learning.  Registration is not required.  Caregivers must stay with their children.

Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale

Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 am
Ukulele Club

Teens in grades 4 through 12 are invited to try out one of our ukuleles, learn basic cords and song structure from a professional, or bring your own ukulele to play and share your knowledge.  All levels welcome, including beginners.

Saturday, May 4 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to get involved with the Library by attending our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings.  Help plan programs, organize community service projects, and volunteer at Library events.  This is a great opportunity to build up your resume and obtain volunteer hours.  Registration is required, pizza lunch provided.

Sunday, May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Dexter District Library 10th Anniversary Celebration
Stop by and celebrate our ten year anniversary in the Alpine Street Library.  Music and refreshments for the entire family, registration is not required.

Tuesday, May 7 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
First Tuesday Lego Club

Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Everyone is welcome – Legos will be provided by the Library.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, May 9 at 4:30 pm
Super Stories Book Club
This is a book appreciation group for kids who are going into grades K through 2.  We’ll share stories, have snacks and do activities.  This month’s theme is “Insects”.  Registration begins Thursday, April 11. 

Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 am
KinderConcert!
Music comes alive at KinderConcert, a 30 minute concert designed especially for children ages five and under. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert – they’ll dance and move while listening to the music.  Then they’ll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment.  Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 pm
Tea Tasting with TeaHaus of Ann Arbor
Have you ever been to a tea tasting? TeaHaus of Ann Arbor will present an informal, fun approach to learning about and enjoying tea. Learn about the history of tea, varieties of tea, its components and health benefits, how to prepare loose leaf tea, and more.  Light refreshments will be served.  This program is for kids in grades 5 and up, teens and adults.  Registration is required beginning April 8.

Thursday, May 16 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers Book Club
This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 4.  This month we’re reading Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett.  Registration begins Thursday, April 18.

Thursday, May 16 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club

Join our Tween Book Club for 5th and 6th graders.  Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We’ll also discuss the book and enjoy a snack. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, April 18.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book:  Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein.

Friday, May 17 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Magic: The Gathering (MTG)Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for monthly MTG games and pizza.  Prizes awarded to top players.  Registration is required.  Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, May 18 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Make & Take Spring Crafts
Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the Library and create a variety of seasonal crafts.  We’ll be making flower bouquets out of old magazines and sun catchers from recycled water bottles.  Registration is not required.

Friday, May 24 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids – cancelled due to Dexter Community Schools scheduling a school day.

The Lego Movie 2:  The Second Part will be rescheduled for August 19.

Sunday, May 26
Monday, May 27
Library is Closed

Thursday, May 30 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace

This is a fun, drop-In program for grades K through 8.  Make, build, craft and explore.  Participate in a variety of open-ended activities.  We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Registration is not required.

Saturday, June 1 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale

Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 am
Ukulele Club

Teens in grades 4 through 12 are invited to try out one of our ukuleles, learn basic cords and song structure from a professional, or bring your own ukulele to play and share your knowledge.  All levels welcome, including beginners.

Tuesday, June 4 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
First Tuesday Lego Club

Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Everyone is welcome – Legos will be provided by the Library.  Registration is not required

 

Spring Story Times

Spring Story Time Registration begins on Monday, March 11 at 9:00 am.

Spring Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, March 25 and run until Thursday, May 16. Registration is required, parents or caregivers of children may register in person at the Library or by calling 734-426-4477. Space is limited so registration will be on a first come first served basis. 

Children 18 months to 3 years of age may sign up for one Toddler Story Time. Toddler Story Times are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Children under 18 months may attend, however books and activities are geared for toddlers. Children 3 to 5 years of age may sign up for one Preschool Story Time. Preschool Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 11:30 am.  Combined Toddler/Preschool Story Times will be offered on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Drop-In Family Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from March 28 to May 16.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Spring Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child.

New Library Catalog Information

As of May 29th, the Library now has a new shared online catalog and checkout system.  In addition to the features you love about our previous catalog, the new system will offer easier searching, more relevant results, a kids catalog, innovative account features, effortless integration with eBooks and eAudio, and a new mobile catalog.

All of your holds were automatically transferred to the new system. After May 29th, library PINs will be restricted to six or less numbers. Any patrons who currently have a PIN that contains letters or are larger than six numbers will be assigned the last four digits of their phone numbers. When logging into your account in the new catalog, you will also have the option to create an EZ username and password.

In order to facilitate the transition, access to the MeLcat services is currently suspended.  Items borrowed through MeLcat may not be renewed and must be returned.  We hope to have this service restored at some point before Fall 2018, but have not received a firm date from the Michigan e-Library staff.

This will be a time of learning for our staff.  From placing holds and cataloging new items, to tracking down misplaced books and paying fines, this information will change where it resides in our system, will name things differently and our staff will need to learn it all in a short period of time.  We ask for your patience as we navigate this transition and will do our best to maintain our standard of service during this time.

Tips to Ensure Receipt of Library Email Notices

Additional updates:

6/29 – Some patrons have reported they are still not receiving notifications for items coming due.  The notification system is functioning.  Our cooperative has reported it is receiving a number of return messages noting the recipient’s e-mail does not recognize the sender.  if you have set up spam controls, please check your e-mail’s spam or junk folder and authorize receipt of e-mail from LibraryNotice@tln.lib.mi.us.   Please also log on to your library account (using your Library card number and PIN) and verify your correct e-mail address is on file.

For those of you who miss the BookMyne app, the new catalog handles mobile access in a different manner.  The new catalog, produced by the TLC company, has a different method of coding for web layout. The new catalog incorporates ‘responsive design’ principles, which change the shape and layout of the full catalog, based on the screen size any particular patron is using. As I understand, the main advantage is that, without a mediating app, any patron with any device will be interacting directly with the catalog and his or her account. Screen size, operating system, etc., do not play a part because the catalog is accessed through a browser like Chrome or Safari and coding for browsers eliminates the need to make sure the code of the app remains in concert with coding for the web catalog.  Your device should allow you to create a bookmark, favorite or shortcut that can appear as a tile on your home screen and provide direct access to the catalog.  Android instructions can be found here: https://www.wikihow.com/Set-a-Bookmark-Shortcut-in-Your-Home-Screen-on-Android and iOS instructions can be found here: https://www.icaew.com/en/adding-an-iphone-shortcut.  Currently, the ‘remember me’ function seems to be working with Android devices only and a fix is coming for iOS devices.  Once these methods are fully functional, the tile should work much the same way as the former app.

6/11 – The Library has made our cooperative aware that the e-mail notification system is not working properly and escalated this ticket to the highest priority.  We do appreciate how much people depend on this notification and are working hard to make sure this functions as expected.  When this is fixed, the new system will send the customary notice of items to be returned, three days (3) before they are due.  The system does not currently send a second message on the day items are due, so please heed the early reminders in order to avoid overdue items.

If you have opted in to text messaging to receive notifications, you will need to visit your account and set your carrier.  The new text messaging service uses an e-mail over text system to eliminate text message charges.  There is a large list of carriers.  The general recommendation is to pick the larger carrier at the top of the list.  If you do not receive text messages, please verify your carrier with your service provider.  We can request additional carriers be added to the list as necessary.

The new system has set a standard time frame for hold pickup.  The new period will be seven (7) days from the date requested items arrive here in Dexter.  This is a system-wide setting and is designed to help speed up filling all holds for everyone throughout our partner libraries.

In order to access the “My Account” features, you will need your bar code from your Library card and your PIN number.  In our new system, PIN numbers must be four to six numeric digits.  If your previous pin was a combination of letters and/or special characters, these have been converted to the last four digits of your phone number.  If you have any trouble accessing your account, staff can reset your PIN, but the new system does not allow us to see your current PIN.

If you have opted in to text messaging to receive notifications, you will need to visit your account and set your carrier.  The new text messaging service uses an e-mail over text system to eliminate text message charges.  There is a large list of carriers.  The general recommendation is to pick the larger carrier at the top of the list.  If you do not receive text messages, please verify your carrier with your service provider.  We can request additional carriers be added to the list as necessary.

 

Kids Catalog

The Library now has a kid friendly catalog available.  It features a responsive design that will fit on almost any screen size and works well with touch controls.  Click the graphic below to access the new kids catalog.

 

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.