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

Tuesday, September 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.

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, September 13 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 “Forest Animals”.  Registration is required, call 734-436-4477 to register.

Thursday, September 20 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 Mysterious Moonstone by Eric Luper.  Registration is required, call 734-426-4477 to register.

Friday, September 21 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fall Crafts for Preschoolers
Kids ages 6 and under are invited to stop by the Library and create a variety of seasonal crafts.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, September 27 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.

Saturday, September 29 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.

Tuesday, October 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, October 6 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Back-To-School Crafts

Kids in Grades 3 through 8 will discover creative ways to decorate their lockers and embellish their school supplies.  Registration is required beginning Monday, September 10.

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

Thursday, October 11 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 “Fall Harvest”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, September 13.

Friday, October 12 at 10:00 am
Morning Movie for Preschoolers
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
It’s a hilariously haunted Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Roo’s best new pal, Lumpy, is excited to trick-or-treat for the first time. That is, until Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon who’ll turn you into a jaggedy lantern if he catches you. But if they catch the Gobloon before it catches them, they get to make a wish. When Pooh eats all the Halloween candy, Lumpy and Roo decide to be “brave together, brave forever and catch the Gobloon”.  Rated G – 67 minutes. Preschool snacks and drinks will be served during the movie, registration is not required.

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.

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.

Wednesday, 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.

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.

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.

 

August Events for Kids

Anyone who has completed their reading records in the Teen Read, Read-To-Me and Reading Clubs may pick up a book bag full of snacks, school supplies and surprises from now until Labor Day.  If you enter the Grand Prize Drawing before August 13, you will be eligible to win one of our many prizes and gift cards.

Wednesday, August 8 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Book Clubs Wrap-Up Party
Kids in grades K through 5 who have attended one or more of our summer book clubs are invited to celebrate with games, challenges, crafts, lots of food and chances to win prizes.  Registration is required, call 734-426-4477 to register.

Friday, August 10 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Dexter Daze Friends Used Book Sale

Friday, August 17 at 11:00 am
Mother Goose Story Time and Craft
On Friday, August 17 at 11:00 am children ages 6 years and under are invited to a very special story time. “Mother Goose” Trudy Bulkley, accompanied by a very fine gander, will be coming to the Library to present her popular preschool story time. Trudy has been telling stories for over 25 years using poetry, rhyme, imagination and humor. Audience participation is a must. Refreshments and a simple craft will be available following the program.  Registration is not required, everyone is welcome.

Monday, August 20 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.  Rated PG – 109 minutes.

Monday, August 27
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.

 

 

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.

 

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.