2018 Winter Events and a Live Reindeer at the Library

The start of winter brings an enjoyable variety of monthly and holiday themed events for all ages to the Dexter District Library.  Everyone is invited to attend these free programs.

Saturday, December 1 our new Ukulele Club meets at 10:00 am.  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.  The group will meet again on Saturday, January 5 at 10:00 am.

Dexter Community Schools have an early release day on Tuesday, December 4, stop by at 1:00 pm for Movie & Popcorn and enjoy How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey.  Enjoy a free bag of popcorn and this seasonal family movie on the big screen.  Registration is not required.

At 4:00 pm, the First Tuesday Lego Club returns. Kids in grade K through 8 are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Legos are provided by the Library.

Get up close and personal with a live reindeer outside the Library on Friday, December 14 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.  On the lower level, we’ll have a variety of holiday crafts for kids.  Registration is not required, everyone is welcome.

Instant Pot Cooking for the Holidays comes to the Library on Saturday from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.  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.  Mary will create 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 is recommended, beginning November 1 in the Teen Zone or by calling 734-426-4477.

Holiday Cards and Crafts comes to the Library on Saturday, December 15 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Kids, tweens and teens are invited to join us for an hour of crafting as we make an assortment of cards and small gifts for family and friends.  Samples and patterns will be available for various skill levels or create your own designs.  Festive music and snacks will be provided.  Registration is not required.

On Tuesday, December 18, children ages six and under, along with their caregiver, can stop by at 11:00 am for our Drop-In Holiday Story Time and Craft.  Join us for 30 minutes of stories and music celebrating winter and the holidays.  Refreshments and a simple craft will be provided following story time and registration is not required.

Magic: The Gathering (MTG) returns on Friday, December 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.  Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for monthly MTG games and pizza.  Prizes awarded to top players.  This event is co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.  Registration is required. 

The Library will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday.  We will also be closed on Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1 for the New Year holiday.

On Thursday, December 27 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm, join us for Makerspace. This is a fun, drop-In program for grades K through 8.  Dexter Schools are closed, stop by and 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.

Registration for Winter Story Times begins Friday, December 28.  Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 14 and run until Thursday, March 7. Registration is required and 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 am. 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.

Dexter Community Schools are closed for winter break the first week of January.  On Wednesday, January 2, stop by at 11:00 am for Movie & Popcorn for Kids and enjoy The Incredibles 2.  Enjoy a free bag of popcorn and this newly released family movie on the big screen.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, January 3 at 11:00 am, Leslie Science Center Presents “Understanding Owls” a live animal presentation.  These owls will engage, delight, and educate you during a personal visit to the Library. Classification, conservation, and survival techniques are just a few of the topics we will explore by observing live birds. Kids in kindergarten and up will be amazed as they discover what life is like for these nighttime predators.  Registration is not required.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book.  On Friday, January 4, join us for a Harry Potter Party from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.  Crafts, snacks and games for ages 6 and up.  Registration is not required, everyone is welcome.

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

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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