2019 Winter Story Times

Winter Story Time Registration begins on Friday, December 28, 2018.

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.

October Events for Everyone at Dexter District Library

Fall is always a great time at the Library with a variety of educational and fun programs for adults, teens and kids of all ages. This October we have a wide assortment of events for everyone.

This fall, the Library is presenting a Healthy Speaker Series with a variety of speakers and topics related to living a healthy, active life.  The series is presented in conjunction with the Dexter Wellness Coalition and the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation.  On Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 pm, join Dr. Scott Becker as he presents This is Your Brain Online.  Dr. Becker, an Academic Research Specialist from Michigan State University, will discuss how a growing body of research from a variety of disciplines indicates the wide-spread use of screen time has negative health effects.  The use of digital technology including computers, the internet, video games, and smart phones has been shown to impact the human brain and change our moods, concentration, memory and ability to sleep and learn. Registration is recommended, call 734-426-4477.

First Tuesday Lego Club will meet on October 2 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.  Everyone is welcome, Legos will be provided by the Library.  Registration is not required.

Stop by for Drop-In Family Story Times every Thursday in October at 10:30 am. Family Story Times are geared for ages six and under but everyone is welcome to attend. Daycare centers may join us and are asked to arrive early. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Drop-In Story Times 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.

On Thursday, October 4 the American Red Cross Blood Drive will be at the Library from 1:00 to 7:00 pm.  The Red Cross is working around the clock to provide help for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Florence. The Red Cross is urging blood donors in unaffected areas to give now to keep the blood supply strong after the storms forced more than 170 blood drives to cancel.  To schedule an appointment, visit: http://redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: dexterlibrary) or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  You may also call Library Director Paul McCann at the Library at 734-426-4477, or contact him at pmccann@dexter.lib.mi.us, to register.

Back-To-School Crafts returns to the Library on Saturday, October 6 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Kids and teens in grades 3 through 8 will discover creative ways to decorate their lockers and embellish their school supplies.  Registration is required, call the Youth Reference Desk at 734-436-4477.

Personalized Medicine comes to the Library on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 pm. Join Betty Chaffee, Pharm.D., for a discussion on the role individual genetics play in the way medications work.  Learn how your genes can help you live the best life possible.   Chaffee will discuss testing methods, how results are interpreted and used and why this process can be crucial in the treatment of common health problems. This program is presented in conjunction with the Dexter Wellness Coalition, registration is recommended.

On Friday, October 12 at 10:00 am, the Library will host a Morning Movie for Preschoolers.  Children ages five and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to stop by and enjoy Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie on the big screen.  Bring a pillow and stuffed friend, preschool snacks will be served, registration is not required.

Mindfulness Meditation returns on Saturday, October 13 from 9:30 to 10:30 am.  Join us for guided mindfulness meditation in a safe, positive, friendly group setting.  These drop-in sessions are open to all and have no religious affiliation.  Sessions will include short presentations by the instructor, technique coaching, silent meditation and time for discussion and questions.  Sessions will be led by different instructors who include Diane Morse, Doreen Murasky and Jeanette Brooks.  No experience is necessary.

Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to join our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) on Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 am. This group meets monthly to brainstorm new programs, book selections and how to make the Library a great place. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours. Pizza will be served and registration is required.

Boost your energy with Healthy Smoothies.  On Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 pm, join Yoga in the Park leader and Mill Creek Assistant Principal, Brett Pedersen, to learn about the best blending equipment, how to extract the most nutrients and discover great ingredients used to make healthy, delicious smoothies.  Tips on shopping, tasting samples and recipes to take home will be provided.  This program is presented in partnership with the Dexter Wellness Coalition, registration is recommended.

Saturday, October 20 at 11:00 am brings Wild Swan Theater to the Library for a special presentation of Frog and Toad.  Based on Arnold Lobel’s wonderful stories by the same name, Frog and Toad will captivate children of all ages.  Kids will recognize some of the dramatized episodes, such as Toad’s efforts to hurry along his garden by speaking poetry to his seeds, or the difficulties Frog and Toad face trying not to eat ALL the delicious cookies Toad has baked.   Registration is not required, everyone is welcome.

Winter Outdoor Fun for all ages comes to the Library on October 23 at 6:30 pm.  Join representatives from the Eddy Discovery Center, Huron-Clinton Metroparks and REI for this wide-ranging program.  Katie McGlashen, from the Eddy Discover Center will discuss winter wildlife viewing and track identification.  The Outdoor School staff from REI will present a variety of outdoor equipment and clothing layering techniques to help you maximize the winter months.  Kim Fix from the Huron-Clinton Metroparks will discuss the wide variety of opportunities the parks offer to stay active during the winter months. This program is presented in partnership with the Dexter Wellness Coalition, registration is recommended.

Makerspace returns on October 25 at 4:00 pm.  This is a 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.

On Friday, October 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, the Library will host a Flu Shot Clinic. The Dexter Pharmacy will visit the Library to provide flu shots, no appointments are necessary. Be sure to bring your insurance information. The Pharmacy will process insurance on site and follow up with any billing. The Clinic will take place in the Library’s Lower Level Meeting Rooms.

Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for Magic: The Gathering on Friday, October 26 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.  Magic is a card-based game of strategy, played by two or more players.  We will play MTG games and serve pizza.  Prizes will be awarded to the top players, prior knowledge of game rules is required.  This event is co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.  Call 734-426-4477 to register.

Drop-In Halloween Story Time will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 am. Join us for 30 minutes of stories and music celebrating Halloween. Geared for children ages six and under but everyone is welcome. A simple craft will be provided following the program. Registration is not required.

Don’t forget to visit us in Monument Park on Wednesday, October 31 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm when the Library participates in the Chamber of Commerce event Downtown Dexter Trick or Treat.  Stop by our table and pick up some Library treats.

Dexter District Library is located at 3255 Alpine Street in Dexter. All programs are free and open to everyone. For additional information, visit our website at www.dexter.lib.mi.us.

Instant Pot Cooking for Adults, Teens and Tweens

Adults, teens and tweens in grades 5 and up are invited to enjoy an afternoon with Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place in Northville.  Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm as Mary creates a variety of holiday dishes and desserts using her assortment of Instant Pots, the recent, popular cooking trend.  This class is demonstration style but participants will get to enjoy samplings of all the dishes presented by Mary and her assistant.  Registration begins November 1 in the Teen Zone or by calling 734-426-4477.

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.

 

Wild Swan Theater Presents Frog and Toad

Join us on Saturday, October 20 at 11:00 am when Wild Swan Theater presents Frog and Toad.  Wild Swan Theater continues its tradition of bringing the finest professional theater to families with Frog and Toad, an enchanting production especially created for little theater goers.  Based on Arnold Lobel’s wonderful stories by the same name, Frog and Toad will captivate children of all ages.  Kids will recognize some of the dramatized episodes, such as Toad’s efforts to hurry along his garden by speaking poetry to his seeds, or the difficulties Frog and Toad face trying not to eat ALL the delicious cookies Toad has baked.   Registration is not required, everyone is welcome.

2018 Fall Events for Kids and Teens

Monday, September 10 – Thursday, November 1
Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 10 and run until Thursday, November 1. 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 13 to November 1.  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.

Thursday, October 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
All Star Readers Book Club
This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 5.  This month we’re reading The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birny.  Registration begins Thursday, September 20.

Thursday, October 18 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. Stop by the youth reference desk for a copy of this month’s book:  The Shadows (Books of Elsewhere #1) by Jacqueline West.

Saturday, October 20 at 11:00 am
Wild Swan Theater Presents Frog and Toad
Wild Swan Theater continues its tradition of bringing the finest professional theater to families with Frog and Toad, an enchanting production especially created for little theater goers.  Based on Arnold Lobel’s wonderful stories by the same name, Frog and Toad will captivate children of all ages.  Kids will recognize some of the dramatized episodes, such as Toad’s efforts to hurry along his garden by speaking poetry to his seeds, or the difficulties Frog and Toad face trying not to eat ALL the delicious cookies Toad has baked.   Registration is not required, everyone is welcome.

Thursday, October 25 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace
This is a 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, October 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Flu Shot Clinic
The Dexter Pharmacy will visit the Library to provide flu shots.  No appointments are necessary. Be sure to bring your insurance information.  The Pharmacy will process insurance on site and follow up with any billing.  The Clinic will take place in the Library’s Lower Level Meeting Rooms.

Friday, October 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.  Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, October 27 at 11:00 am
Halloween Story Time and Craft
Join us for 30 minutes of stories and music celebrating Halloween.  Geared for children ages six and under but everyone is welcome.  A simple craft will be provided following the program.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, October 31 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Dexter District Library @ Halloween in Dexter
Stop by our table in Memorial Park and pick up some Library treats.

Saturday, November 3 at 10:00 am
Ukulele Club

Teens in grades 5 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, November 3 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale

Tuesday, November 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, November 8 at 1:00 pm (schools early release)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. Rated PG – 86 minutes

Thursday, November 8 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 “Science”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, October 11.

 Friday, November 9 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm (schools early release)
DIY Cricut® Crafts
All adults, teens and tweens in grades 5 and up are invited to learn how to make decals and iron-on transfers using the Library’s Cricut® machine.  Bring a t-shirt, tote bag, water bottle or anything else you’d like to embellish.  Registration is required, experience is not necessary.  Call 734-426-4477 to register.

Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 am
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to attend this special meeting to learn about volunteer opportunities available at the Library this summer.  Registration is required.  Pizza lunch will be provided.

Monday, November 12 at 11:00 am
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, November 15 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’s book:  Fly to the Rescue! by Megan E. Bryant.  Registration begins Thursday, October 18.

Thursday, November 15 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. Stop by the youth reference desk for a copy of this month’s book:  TBA

Saturday, November 17 at 11:00 am
Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft
Join us for 30 minutes of stories and music celebrating Thanksgiving, food and families.  Geared for children ages six and under but everyone is welcome.  A simple craft will be provided following the program.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, November 22
Library Closed

Thursday, November 29 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace
This is a 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, November 30 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.

2018 Fall Story Times

Registration for Fall Story Times begins Monday, August 27.  Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 10 and run until Thursday, November 1. 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 13 to November 1.  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.

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.

 

Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo

October 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21
Fridays and Saturdays 5-8 p.m.   Sundays 3-7 p.m.

Zoo Boo, presented by Beaumont Children’s, is the Detroit Zoo’s merry-not-scary Halloween celebration. This annual event has been reimagined to bring even more excitement to kids of all ages. Exhilarating live entertainment awaits your little ones including dazzling acrobatics and silk performances, daring fire acts, amazing magic shows, jugglers, live music, extreme pumpkin carving and smashing demonstrations, story tellers and Disney/Pixar’s Coco, a vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure. Enjoy fabulous Halloween displays along the “unlucky” 13-station trick-or-treat trail.

Tickets start at $10 per person. Children under 2 are admitted free! TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF INTENDED DATE. OFFER NOT VALID FOR DAY-OF-EVENT PURCHASE. Prices and operating schedule subject to change without notice. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions. Zoo Boo is a rain-or-shine event. No refunds or exchanges. Parking not included. Parking is $8 per car for DZS members and non-members.

Click here to buy tickets.