Seed Library

Available beginning April 1, 2019 (while supplies last)

The Seed Library provides a way for local gardeners to share seeds and gardening tips.

Participants enrich our community through promotion of healthy lifestyles and

preservation of heirloom and heritage seeds.  Let’s get started together!

 

How the Seed Collection works

  • Select the varieties that interest you and request the seed envelopes from the Adult Information Desk (only one envelope for each variety).
  • If you’re new at gardening, try some easy-to-grow crops, like beans, peas, lettuce, and carrots.
  • Check out your seed envelopes at the circulation desk (you must have an active library card).
  • Take your seeds home and plant them, following the instructions on the envelope.
  • Watch your plants grow. Weed and provide supports if necessary.
  • Enjoy the delicious vegetables or beautiful flowers you have grown!
  • Save seeds from your plants and return them to the library to share with the community next year.

Step One: Select

Browse through our collection of Organic Open Pollinated and Heirloom seeds.

Open Pollinated are seeds that naturally pollinate and have adapted to our local growing conditions over time.  Heirloom seeds are varieties that have passed down through many generations in a family or community.

If you are a beginning gardener, select just a few packets, concentrating on seeds that are considered “easy to grow”. These include bean, pea, lettuce, and tomato.

Sign up as a participant in our Seed   Library program, then use your library card to “check out” the seed packets. You might also want to browse our gardening books to learn more about your seeds and soil.

 

Step Two: Sow

When you get them home, keep your seeds dry until ready to plant.  Follow planting instructions for each variety, noting when and how deep to plant.  A chart for planting in our area is included on the back of this brochure.

Some plants have to be started indoors and transplanted after the last frost date.  In our area this is May 15th.

Gardening is a great outdoor family   activity and a way to reduce the stress of a long work day. Caring for plants and watching them grow is a very fulfilling activity.

Share your photos with us to let us know how you are doing. We would like to send you a follow up survey to let us know how your seeds grew.

Indoor seed starting tips:
Use a quality seed-starting mix, not soil.  Plant seeds in old TP rolls and egg cartons.  Provide heat and direct light.  Keep the surface moist until seedlings start.

Step Three: Share

Help us keep our seed library going! If you would like to save seeds to share back to the library, make sure to save seeds from your strongest, tastiest and most vigorous plants.

For plants with seeds that grow in pods or on the outside of the plant, allow the se

eds to dry on the plant and collect them before they break open.  These include flowers, herbs, beans, and    carrots.

For plants with seeds that grow inside the flesh of the fruit, the seeds will need to be rinsed off and dried thoroughly. These include tomato, watermelon and squash.

Save some seeds for yourself, and return a portion back to us, and watch our community grow!

 

Resources:

Websites:

Seedsavers.org

Howtosaveseeds.com

Seedalliance.org

Books:
The complete guide to saving seeds : 322 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs, by Robert E. Gough

Starting from seed : the natural gardener’s guide to propagating plants , by Karan Davis Cutler

The triumph of seeds : how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, & pips, conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history, by Thor Hanson

Magazines:
Horticulture
Mother Earth News

 – Grit

 – Michigan Gardening

Apps:
Garden time planner by Burpee
Gardroid vegetable garden
GrowIt!

Detroit Zoo Limited Offer – Buy One, Get One Tickets

Courtesy of the TLN Tickets and More affiliation with Detroit Zoological Society, now through March 30, 2019 buy one regularly priced admission (adult, child or senior) and get one free comparable admission.

Free ticket(s) must be redeemed by March 31, 2019.

Ability to purchase expires March 30, 2019.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Where it says “Please enter the store name provided by your program administrator,” use the code: hemingway

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 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 Disney on Ice and Cinderella.

Click here for ticket offers.

The Michigan Opera Theater has entered the program for Spring 2019 and is offering discount for performances of Candide, Hansel and Gretel and The Grapes of Wrath.  Visit their website at https://michiganopera.org/ and use promo code LIBRARY25 to receive a 25% discount on tickets.

This page will be updated as additional events become available.

 

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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