2019 Spring Events for Kids and Teens

Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale

Saturday, March 2 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.  Light refreshments provided.

Tuesday, March 5 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.

Saturday, March 9 at 11:00 am
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.

Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 pm
Italian Cooking with Mary Spencer
Adults, teens and kids in grades 5 and up are invited to enjoy an afternoon with Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place in Northville.  Mary will create a variety of popular Italian dishes.  This class is demonstration style but participants will get to enjoy samplings of the dishes presented by Mary and her assistant.  Participants may enter a drawing for a chance to win an Italian cookbook.  Registration is required, beginning February 1 in the Teen Zone or by calling 734-426-4477.

Monday, March 11 at 9:00 am
Spring Story Time Registration Begins

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.

Thursday, March 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 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 “Lucky Leprechauns”.  Registration begins Thursday, February 14.
 

Thursday, March 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 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, February 21.  Stop by the youth reference desk for a copy of this month’s book:  Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey.

Friday, March 22 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.

Monday, March 25
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. 

Tuesday, March 26 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm (schools closed)
Totoro Crafts & Movie

Teens in grades 5 through 12 can stop by and watch My Neighbor Totoro on the big screen while making Totoro plushies.  Pizza lunch provided, registration is required beginning Monday, February 25.

Wednesday, March 27 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (schools closed)
DIY Crochet Bracelets

Learn how to make a crochet bracelet and add beads or buttons to make it unique.  This DIY craft for grades 5 through 12 takes some practice but once you master the stitch, you’ll be hooked.  Registration begins Monday, February 25.

Thursday, March 28 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (schools closed)
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, March 29 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (schools closed)
Elephant & Piggie Party
Elephant & Piggie fans in grades K through 3 can stop by the Library, read Elephant & Piggie stories, play silly games, make crafts and have snacks.  Registration is not required.

Monday, April 1 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives.  Rated PG – 2 hours 10 minutes.

Tuesday, April 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.

Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale

Saturday, April 6 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.  Light refreshments provided.

Saturday, April 6 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.

Friday, April 12 at 10:00 am
Morning Movie for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Finding Nemo (2003)
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. Rated G – 100 minutes. Preschool snacks will be served during the movie, registration is not required.

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, 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.  Light refreshments provided.

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 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Dexter District Library 10th Anniversary Celebration
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.

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.

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.

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.  Light refreshments provided.

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

 

2019 Winter Events for Kids and Teens

Monday, January 14 to Thursday, March 7
Winter Story Times
Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 14 and run until Thursday, March 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 Family Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from January 17 to March 7.  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.

Thursday, February 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 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 Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling.  Registration begins Thursday, January 17.

Thursday, February 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Tween Book Club
Join our new 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, January 17.  Stop by the youth reference desk for a copy of this month’s book:  Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs.

Friday, February 22 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, February 23 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.

Thursday, February 28 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, March 2 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale

Saturday, March 2 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.  Light refreshments provided.

Tuesday, March 5 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.

Saturday, March 9 at 11:00 am
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.

Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 pm
Italian Cooking with Mary Spencer

Adults, teens and kids in grades 5 and up are invited to enjoy an afternoon with Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place in Northville.  Mary will create a variety of popular Italian dishes.  This class is demonstration style but participants will get to enjoy samplings of the dishes presented by Mary and her assistant.  Participants may enter a raffle for a chance to win an Italian cookbook.  Registration is required, beginning February 1 in the Teen Zone or by calling 734-426-4477.

 

 

 

2019 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.

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.