2018 Washtenaw Reads

The Dexter District Library will be participating in the 2018 Washtenaw Reads program.

This year’s selection is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two-half  sisters, born into different villages in 18th century Ghana, and their descendants through eight generations:  from the Gold Coast to the plantations of  Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.

The book has won many awards, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the NBCC’s John Leonard Award, New York Times Notable Book, and was named one of the best books of 2016 by NPR, Time, Oprah.com, Harper’s Bazaar, BuzzFeed, and more.

Washtenaw Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of a common book.

Free copies of Homegoing will be available at our second adult services area, and in libraries and bookstores throughout Washtenaw County.

One of the highlights of the Washtenaw Reads each year is a visit from the author.  Yaa Gyasi will appear in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Rackham Auditorium in a program entitled, “Homegoing:  A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi — The 2018 Institute for Humanities Jill S. Harris Lecture.”   This free event includes a book signing and copies of the book will be for sale.

Additionally, the Dexter District Library will be hosting the following special events that are related to the Washtenaw Reads program:

Mon., Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m.  World Slavery:  The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music

Sat., Jan. 27, 2:00 p.m.  Beautifully Wrapped—the Global Art of Headwrapping

Thu., Feb. 8, 7:00 p.m.  Journey to Freedom:  The Underground Railroad in Washtenaw County

Wed., Feb. 21, 6:00 p.m.  Exotic Flavors & Cuisine of Ethiopia


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.