Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day 2018

Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day returns on Friday, June 29 from 10:00 am to Noon.  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 special guest, Pete the Cat.  Everyone is welcome, registration is not required.

January Events for Kids and Teens

The Library is celebrating the arrival of 2018 with a variety of fun events for kids and teens of all ages in January.  Everyone is welcome to attend these programs.

On Tuesday, January 2, the First Tuesday Lego Club meets in the afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. 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.  Legos and Lego instruction books are provided by the Library.

Dexter Community Schools are enjoying a winter break during the first week of January and the Library has planned a number of programs. 

On Wednesday, January 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 am, children ages 8 and under are invited to participate in a fun, creative morning making owl crafts.  Stop by the Library and create your own owl magnet or door hanger craft to take home and decorate your room.  Registration is not required.  From 1:00 to 3:00 pm, teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to watch a popular, newly released film on the big screen while using a variety of craft materials for DIY projects.  Pizza lunch will be provided, registration is required.  Call 734-426-4477 to register.

Thursday, January 4 at 11:00 am brings Leslie Nature & Science Center to the Library for their “Hunters of the Sky” live animal program.  Join us for an entertaining and educational event for ages four and up. Expert handlers are bringing wild birds of prey to the Library that will captivate your imagination. Learn all there is to know about hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and other wild species while meeting these birds face-to-face.  Registration is not required.

On Friday, January 5 at 1:00 pm, kids in grades 3 through 6 can stop by for our Hands-on Science Flight program.  Design and create a variety of objects and test their ability to fly.  Registration is required.

Winter Crafts for Preschoolers will arrive on Friday, January 12.  Children ages 5 and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to stop by the Library from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and create a variety of winter crafts.  Registration is not required.

Monday, January 15, Dexter Community Schools will be closed and Magic Carpet Theatre will be visiting the Library at 1:00 pm.  Children of all ages can experience their favorite stories via live theater performances and audience participation. Enjoy “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Sneeches” and other children’s books while role-playing, creating sound effects and making rhythms along with the Magic Carpet performers.  The presentation is fast-paced with lots of humor and audience involvement.  Performance begins at promptly at 1:00 pm and refreshment will be served afterwards.  Everyone is welcome.

A new session of Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 15 and run until Thursday, March 8. 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 or 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 January 18 to March 8.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

On Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 am, 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.  Members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra join movement specialist Gari Stein, pianist Kathryn Goodson and Jacqueline Hanso on viola for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Registration is not required.

Need a place to study for exams?  We’ll open up the lower level meeting room on Monday, January 22, Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm for high school groups and individuals in grades 9 through 12.  Our “Cocoa & Cram” event invites you to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with topping as you study.  Everyone is welcome.

Dexter Community School kids will be released early and the Library has planned the return of Makerspace for grades K through 8 on January 25 at 1:00 pm and Movie & Popcorn for Kids on January 26 at 2:00 pm.  Registration is not required.

January ends with our Winter Castle Craft program for teens and kids of all ages.  Drop by the lower level meeting room to design and decorate your own winter castle, using cardboard and a variety of craft materials.  Work alone or on a team, registration is not required.

All programs and events at Dexter District Library are free and open for everyone.

2018 Winter Programs for Kids and Teens

Tuesday, January 2 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm (schools closed)
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, January 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 am (schools closed)
Owl Crafts

Kids ages 8 and under are invited to participate in a fun, creative morning.  Stop by the Library and create your own owl magnet or door hanger craft to take home and decorate your room.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, January 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm (schools closed)
Teen Crafts & Movie

Teens and Tweens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to watch Wonder Woman (2017, PG-13) on the big screen while using a variety of craft materials for DIY projects.  Pizza lunch will be provided, registration begins Monday, December 11.

Thursday, January 4 at 11:00 am (schools closed)
Leslie Nature & Science Center Presents:  Hunters of the Sky

Join us for an entertaining and educational event for ages four and up. Expert handlers are bringing a wild birds of prey to the Library that will captivate your imagination. Learn all there is to know about hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and other wild species while meeting these birds face-to-face. Having suffered permanent injuries, most of the raptors used in this event have come through the River Raisin Raptor Center educational program. Their visit helps support the birds’ care and raise awareness and appreciation for their wild relatives. Registration is not required.

Friday, January 5 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Hands-On Science:  Flight

Kids in Grades 3 through 6 are invited to design and create a variety of objects and test their ability to fly.  Registration begins Monday, December 4.

Thursday, January 11 at 4:30 pm
Super Stories for Grades K through 2
Join us for stories, snacks, a craft and other activities.  This month’s theme is “Snow & Ice”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, December 14.

Friday, January 12 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Winter Crafts for Preschoolers

Children ages 5 and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to stop by the Library and create a variety of winter crafts.  Registration is not required.

Monday, January 15 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Magic Carpet Theatre

Children of all ages are invited to experience their favorite stories via live theater performances and audience participation. Enjoy “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Sneeches” and other children’s books while role-playing, creating sound effects and making rhythms along with the Magic Carpet performers.  The focus of the Magic Carpet Theatre performance is to encourage children to use their imaginations so they will become better readers. The presentation is fast-paced with lots of humor and audience involvement.  Performance begins at promptly at 1:00 pm, everyone is welcome.

Monday, January 15
Registration for Winter Story Times begins on December 28.  Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 15 and run until Thursday, March 8. 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 January 18 to March 8.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Winter 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 at 10:30 am from January 18 to March 8
Drop-In Family Story Time
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, January 18 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers for Grades 3 through 5.
This month we’ll meet to discuss El Deafo by Cece Bell.  Registration begins Thursday, December 21.

Saturday, January 20 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 Katheryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instrument of the orchestra.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, January 20 at 12:00 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to brainstorm with other teens about new programs, book selections and how to make the Library a great place.  TAG members help out at many children’s programs throughout the year.  This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours.  Pizza will be served, registration begins Saturday, December 16.

Monday, January 22
Tuesday, January 23
Wednesday, January 24
From 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Cocoa & Cram
Need a place to study for exams?  We’ll open up the Lower Level Meeting Room for high school groups and individuals in grades 9 through 12.  Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with toppings as you study.

Thursday, January 25 at 1:00 pm (schools early release)
Makerspace
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.  Work alone or as a team.  Registration is not required.

Friday, January 26 at 2:00 pm (schools early release)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
Rated PG – 101 minutes

Friday, January 26 at 7:00 pm (schools early release)
Read & Feed Book Club
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to discuss the book, eat pizza and play trivia for chances to win prizes.  This month’s book is Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson.  Registration begins Friday, December 22.

Saturday, January 27 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Winter Castle Craft
Teens and kids of all ages can drop by the Lower Level Meeting Room to design and decorate their own winter castle, using cardboard and a variety of craft materials.  Registration is not required.

Friday, February 2 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Groundhog Day Craft
Kids ages five and under are invited to celebrate Groundhog Day at the Library.  We’re making groundhog dioramas and paper bag puppets.  Does your groundhog see his shadow? Registration is not required.

Tuesday, February 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.

Thursday, February 8 at 4:30 pm
Super Stories for Grades K through 2
Join us for stories, snacks, a craft and other activities.  This month’s theme is “Friendship”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, January 11.

Saturday, February 10 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Teens and kids of all ages, create Valentine’s Day cards for your friends and family using a variety of materials.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, February 15 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers for Grades 3 through 5.
This month we’ll meet to discuss Capture the Flag by Kate Messner.  Registration begins Thursday, January 18.

Friday, February 16 from 10:30 to 11:30 am
Preschool Makerspace

Children ages five and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to make, create and play at the Library.  Children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended creative activities designed to encourage early learning.  Registration is not required, caregivers must stay with their children.

Saturday, February 17 at 11:00 am
Joel’s Wacky Winter Comedy Show

Join us for a fun family show to celebrate the season.  Live the adventures of a magical snow day as you watch some silly snowballs, discover a mischievous sled, taste multiplying candy canes, warm up with an endless cup of hot chocolate and more. You’ll even be serenaded by Scott the Singing Snowman.  Audience laughs and participation for kids of all ages.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, February 17 at 12:00 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to brainstorm with other teens about new programs, book selections and how to make the Library a great place.  TAG members help out at many children’s programs throughout the year.  This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours.  Pizza will be served, registration begins Saturday, January 20.

Monday, February 19 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Karaoke Party for Kids

The Library’s Teen Advisory Group will be hosting an hour long Karaoke Party for kids in grades K through 4.  Join us for music, crafts, face painting and an ice cream sundae bar.  Registration begins Monday, January 22.

Thursday, February 22 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace
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.  Work alone or as a team.  Registration is not required.

Friday, February 23 at 7:00 pm
Read & Feed Book Club
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to discuss the book, eat pizza and play trivia for chances to win prizes.  This month’s book is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.  Registration begins Friday, January 26.

Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 am
DIY Candle Holder Craft
Teens and kids in grades 4 through 12, decorate a recycled CD with a variety of gems and jewels to create an amazing tea light candle holder.  Registration begins Monday, February 5.

Tuesday, March 6 at 4:00 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, March 8 at 4:30 pm
Super Stories for Grades K through 2
Join us for stories, snacks, a craft and other activities.  This month’s theme is “Books About Books”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, February 8.

Friday, March 9
Registration begins for Spring Story Times.  Spring Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, March 26 and run until Thursday, May 17. 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 January 18 to March 8.  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.

Thursday, March 15 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers for Grades 3 through 5.
This month we’ll meet to discuss Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.  Registration begins Thursday, February 15.

Saturday, March 17 at 12:00 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to brainstorm with other teens about new programs, book selections and how to make the Library a great place.  TAG members help out at many children’s programs throughout the year.  This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours.  Pizza will be served, registration begins Saturday, February 17.

Thursday, March 22 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace
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.  Work alone or as a team.  Registration is not required.

Friday, March 23 at 7:00 pm
Read & Feed Book Club
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to discuss the book, eat pizza and play trivia for chances to win prizes.  This month’s book is The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.  Registration begins Friday, February 23.

Tuesday, March 27 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Coco (2017)
Rated PG – 109 minutes

Wednesday, March 28 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm (schools closed)
Anime & Crafts for Teens
A variety of DIY craft projects will be available to make while anime episodes play on the big screen.  First few teens to arrive will help select what is played first.  A sampling of Japanese snacks will be available.  This program is for teens in grades 6 through 12, registration begins Monday, February 26.

Thursdays at 10:30 am from March 29 to May 17
Drop-In Family Story Time
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, March 29 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Dog Man Party

Kids in grades K through 2, join us for games, snacks and chances to win a copy of the latest Dog Man Book, Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey.  Registration begins Monday, March 5.

2018 Winter Story Times

Registration for Winter Story Times begins on December 28.  Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 15 and run until Thursday, March 8. 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 January 18 to March 8.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Winter 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.

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.

Supervision and Behavior of Children in the Library


An Amplification of the Library’s Rules of Behavior

The Dexter District Library is strongly committed to the provision of services to children and desires children of all ages have positive library experiences. However, the Library is a busy public facility and Library staff cannot assume responsibility for the supervision, safety or entertainment of children who use it.

A parent or other adult accompanying a child in the Library is expected to prevent the child from running, making excessive noise, crying, pulling books from shelves, pounding on computer equipment or otherwise behaving disruptively. If the parent or caregiver cannot control the behavior of the child, both will lose Library privileges pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Patron Behavior Policy.

Children five years of age or younger must be under the direct supervision of a parent or other adult (age 18 years or older) at all times. When a child of this age attends Library programs, the parent or other adult must remain in the Library and be readily available to provide supervision or remove the child if necessary.

Children ages six through eleven may use all areas of the Library alone, but a parent or other adult must be on the Library premises.

Children aged twelve and over are welcome to use the Library without an adult on the premises.

All children, whether accompanied by an adult or parent or using the Library alone, must observe the rules that govern Library use, including but not limited to the Library’s Rules of Behavior Policy and Internet Use Policy.

The Library is not meant to be a substitute baby-sitter. Children visiting the Library alone are welcome to remain as long as desired, provided the child is busy reading, writing, doing school work or using other library resources. Children who become boisterous, undisciplined, uncontrollable or otherwise in violation of any Library policy may lose Library privileges.

Children who are not picked up within 15 minutes after the Library closes will be referred to the Sheriff’s station to wait for a ride.

Movie & Popcorn for Kids

Join us for Movie & Popcorn for Kids offered at various times throughout the year.  Enjoy a free bag of popcorn while watching a family-friendly movie on the big screen.  There’s plenty of floor space so bring a pillow, blanket or a cuddly friend.  Daycare groups are welcome, please arrive 15 minutes before the movie to get your group set up.

Friday, January 26 at 2:00 pm (schools early release)
The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
Rated PG – 101 minutes

Tuesday, March 27 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Coco (2017)
Rated PG – 109 minutes

Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 am
Ferdinand (2017)
Rated PG – 108 minutes

Friday, June 22 at 11:00 am
Movie TBA

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:

http://michiganactivitypass.info