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.

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.

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival 2018

Join us on either September 28, September 30 or October 3, 2018, when over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Museums, Libraries and Universities for one purpose…to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films in the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

Upon entry, festival attendees are handed a Voting Card and an Official Program. Attendees will view (10) short films and will vote for the ONE Film and Actor they feel should win.  Votes are tallied by each host venue then emailed to MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival’s NYC headquarters.

All films selected will be eligible for an Oscar nomination. MANHATTAN SHORT does a full week’s run in one Cinema in the county of Los Angeles. This theatre booking means every film selected as a Finalist in the 2018 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival will be eligible to enter the Oscars. MANHATTAN SHORT is now in compliance with the rules governing the Oscar Awards set forth by the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences. A.M.P.A.S.

MANHATTAN SHORT films have been to the Oscars before!  Many past Finalists from MANHATTAN SHORT have been nominated for an Oscar (SHOK and Bear Story from 2015, to name just two). Our audiences and cinemas love nothing more than seeing a film they voted for at MANHATTAN SHORT at the Oscars. Once a nominee is announced, our partnering cinemas and loyal audiences champion those films and filmmakers through social media all the way to the podium!

This program will be repeated on Sunday, September 30, 2:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.   This program will last approximately 2 hours with a 10 minute intermission. You will view 10 short films in total.  This program is for adults.  These films have not been rated.

Please register at the Adult Service desk or call the library at 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.


Photoshop Elements 2018 Now Available

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 is now available on all of our public lab PCs upstairs.

Features of Photoshop Elements 2018 include:
Hassle free organization

  • Go from hundreds of mystery folders to a visual view of your photos and videos — automatically.
  • Easily find your photos and videos with automatic sorting and visual tagging.
  • See your best photos auto-curated based on quality, faces, subjects, and more.

Intelligent Editing

  • Open closed eyes in photos like magic and make selections effortlessly.
  • Automatically bring together the best scenes in your videos with Smart Trim, and auto-extract photos from your raw footage with Candid Moments. 
  • Get step-by-step help with creative photo and video techniques and effects. 

Stunning Creations

  • Totally reimagined slideshows bring together curated photos and short clips with one click.
  • Make printed photo artwork, collages, and gifts.
  • Add style to your videos with titles, effects, transitions, and themes.


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:


Preserve Your Historical Photos With Our Slide/Negative Scanner

The Library now offers self-serve slide/film scanning using an OpticFilm 8100 machine.  This machine creates high quality digital images from 35-mm negatives and Kodachrome slides.  It is suggested you bring your own flash drive to store the scans.  Alternatively, you may purchase a flash drive from the circulation desk or email the images to yourself.

If you would like to reserve the machine, please call us at 734-426-4477.

New @ Dexter District Library – hoopla!

hoopla allows you to check out eBooks, audiobooks, and videos with your library card. Every item is instantly available, no waiting! You may check out up to 4 hoopla items per month; 4 more checkouts are granted the first of every month. Please note: hoopla requires a card that begins with “29221”; you may upgrade your Dexter District Library card for free if you have an older card that begins with 29082.

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