Lynda.com


Now Available – Lynda.com!

The Library is pleased to offer the community access to Lynda.com, an online learning tool providing access to over more than 5,000 video instructional courses.  Please note: Lynda.com 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.

Enhance your technology and coding skills, leadership and management style, marketing and finance knowledge and more.  This LinkedIn service aggregates courses presented by industry experts who are passionate about teaching.

Professional development is important, which is why Lynda.com provides a broad and deep library of on-demand videos.  Development topics that include PHP, C++, Java and cloud computing, B2B marketing, graphic design skills and how to create and publish newsletters are among the wide variety of topics.

When looking at a specific course, you can view the job roles and companies of other viewers, which is helpful when determining whether that course is relevant to you.

Videos range from one hour to multi-part courses that can be explored over a series of sessions.  The lessons are frequently updated to cover the latest in emerging technologies and up-to-date versions of software programs with new items regularly added.

 

Promotional Tickets Offer

The Red Wings are on the road until 2/1/2019, check back soon for more ticket offers!

The Dexter District Library and the Library Network have negotiated a special offer for Library card holders for discounted seats to select Detroit Red Wings home games and private tours of the new Little Caesars Area.

Click here for ticket offers, here for special tour offers, or see the flier below for complete details. Prices vary by game and date. Tickets are provided through Ticketmaster and service charges apply. Please note, the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Arena have moved to mobile ticketing only. View their introduction to mobile ticketing at https://www.nhl.com/redwings/tickets/mobile-tickets#instructions

 

The Dexter District Library and the Library Network have negotiated a special offer for Library card holders for discounted seats to select live theater and entertainment events.  Current events include discounts for A Christmas Story: The Musical, Cirque du Soliel, Sesame Street Live and the Harlem Globetrotters.

Click here for ticket offers.

This page will be updated as additional events become available.

 

2019 Winter Events for Kids and Teens

Thursday, January 10 at 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 “Food”.  Registration begins Thursday, December 13.

Monday, January 14 to Thursday, March 7
Winter Story Times
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.

Thursday, January 17 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 we’re reading Overboard by Terry Lynn Johnson.  Registration begins Thursday, December 20.

Thursday, January 17 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. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, December 20.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book:  The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.


Saturday, January 19 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.

Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 am
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to get involved with the Library by attending our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings.  Help plan programs, organize community service projects, and volunteer at Library events.  This is a great opportunity to build up your resume and obtain volunteer hours.  Registration is required, pizza lunch provided.

Monday, January 21 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids

Christopher Robin (2018)
A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.  Rated PG – 104 minutes.

Thursday, January 24 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (schools early release)
Makerspace
This is a fun, 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, January 25 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (schools early release)
Drop-In Winter Crafts

Kids of all ages can stop by the Library for an afternoon of seasonal crafts.

Friday, January 25 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.

Saturday, February 2 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale

Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 am
Ukulele Club

Teens in grades 4 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.

Tuesday, February 5 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.

Friday, February 8 at 10:00 am
Morning Movie for Preschoolers

Lady and the Tramp (1955)
The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt. Rated G – 76 minutes.  Preschool snacks will be served during the movie, registration is not required.

Thursday, February 14 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 “Flight”.  Registration begins Thursday, January 10.

Saturday, February 16 at 11:00 am
The Fantastically Funny Family Entertainment Show

Join us as we host comedian, ventriloquist and puppeteer Richard Paul for his family fun, outrageously funny puppet show.  Adults and kids of all ages will be laughing out loud at the jokes, life-size puppets, magic and audience participation.  For more than two decades Richard has entertained audiences with his awesome puppetry and his extraordinary ventriloquist skills.  Everyone is welcome, registration is not required.

Saturday, February 16 at 11:00 am
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to get involved with the Library by attending our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings.  Help plan programs, organize community service projects, and volunteer at Library events.  This is a great opportunity to build up your resume and obtain volunteer hours.  Registration is required, pizza lunch provided.

Monday, February 18 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (schools closed)
Drop-In Games and Snacks
Teens and kids in grades K through 8 can stop by and munch on snacks while playing a variety of games.  We’ll have board games, foosball and competition-style games for a chance to win a small prize.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, February 21 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 we’re reading The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling.  Registration begins Thursday, January 17.

Thursday, February 21 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. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, January 17.  Stop by the youth reference desk for a copy of this month’s book:  Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs.

Friday, February 22 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.

Saturday, February 23 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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, February 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace
This is a fun, 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, March 2 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale

Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 am
Ukulele Club

Teens in grades 4 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.

Tuesday, March 5 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, March 9 at 11:00 am
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to get involved with the Library by attending our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings.  Help plan programs, organize community service projects, and volunteer at Library events.  This is a great opportunity to build up your resume and obtain volunteer hours.  Registration is required, pizza lunch provided.

Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 pm
Italian Cooking with Mary Spencer

Adults, teens and kids 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 popular Italian dishes.  This class is demonstration style but participants will get to enjoy samplings of the dishes presented by Mary and her assistant.  Participants may enter a raffle for a chance to win an Italian cookbook.  Registration is required, beginning February 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.

 

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:

http://michiganactivitypass.info

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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