Now Available – Hotspots and Laptop/Hotspot Kits

Mobile hotspots from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon now available for checkout.
Click here to view the hotspots and place a hold.

We also have laptop / hotspot combo kits available.
Click here to view the laptop/hotspot kits and place a hold.

Goal

Our goal of providing a hotspot collection is to allow Dexter District Library patrons with valid Dexter District Library cards the opportunity to test a particular carrier before purchasing their own device and for temporary uses such as vacations, education, employment, special projects, etc. They are not intended to provide patrons with permanent Internet access.

Due to our government contracts with AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile – we are able to offer hotspots with no data caps and no throttling.  Be aware that such contracts may not be available to you as an individual; or, if they are available, they may be prohibitively expensive.  Our Verizon hotspots have unlimited monthly data, but will enforce a speed cap of 500 Kbps after 30GB of monthly usage.

Policy

In order to make our hotspots more widely available to our patrons, the following rules will be enforced regarding holds:

  1. Holds will be limited to ONE per Item Queue per household per 30 days (Household – a family or occupants residing at the same address.)
  2. Holds not picked up within 7 days will be released as per standard procedure.
  3. Thank you for your cooperation and please, if you are unable to pick up your hotspot — let us know so that we can check it out to the next person on our waiting list and replace your hold.

 

Checking out a Dexter District Library Hotspot / Laptop Kit

If there are hotspots/laptops available, take an item tag from the hanging display near the second floor computer lab.

Give the tag to the Adult Librarian and they will retrieve the item and then accompany you to the circulation desk to checkout.  A valid Dexter District Library card required.

Two week checkout, no renewals, $1 per day overdue fine

If the hotspot is 10 days overdue the data plan will be canceled and the hotspot will cease to function. You will be billed the complete cost of the kit (see more information.)

Return the hotspot to our Checkout Desk. Please DO NOT return to another library or put the hotspot in the outdoor book drop.  All items will be cleaned/inspected by Library staff before recirculating.  Laptops will be purged of all user data so be sure to save your work to a flash drive or email it to yourself before returning the laptop.

 

Using a Dexter District Library Hotspot / Laptop Kit

Turn the hotspot on (see instructions inside the case for details).

On your device (computer, tablet, phone etc) go to your Wi-Fi settings and connect to the DexLib(Carrier)(Number) network. It will look something like DexLibSPR01 or DexLibVER02.  When prompted enter the password: libhotspot (all lowercase).  If you are using one of our laptop kits, it will automatically connect with the associated hotspot once both are powered on.

Notes

You DO NOT need to unlock the hotspot. You just need to turn it on using the directions provided in the case.

Signal strength will show up as bars on the the hotspot screen.

It is possible, depending on where you live, that the hotspot you check out will have no signal and therefore not function.  This is one of the goals of our project, to help you to identify this situation without committing to any contracts.

More Information

Each hotspot can support up to 10 devices connecting to them at once and have 30-40 foot range.

If the device is overdue by 10 days, the data plan will be canceled and the patron will be billed.  Laptops will be remotely deactivated.

If the hotspot/laptop kit is lost or damaged, the Library will deactivate the data plan on the device and will charge the patron the cost for replacement. The hotspot (depending on the carrier) costs between $92 and $199 to replace.  The laptop costs $959.85.

The whole laptop kit costs between $1159 and $1267 to replace.

Hotspots only work in the continental United States.  They do not work internationally, including Canada.

Hotspots are meant to be placed on a table or shelf – Please do not tape or adhere the devices to any surface.

You may see signal strength variations on the hotspot depending on where you have placed it inside your home.  Move it around to locate the best signal strength.

2019 Summer Events for Kids, Tweens and Teens

Monday, June 17 at 11:00 am
2019 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

Register for this year’s Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories”, there are book clubs for adults, teens and kids of all ages.  The slogan “A Universe of Stories”  was chosen to inspire everyone in the Dexter Community to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story.  Doug Scheer Presents “Take Me To Your Readers” comedy and magic show.  Comedy and magic, kids love it but sometimes they don’t realize that magic is everywhere — especially in the library. This 45 minute program full of hilarious laughs and audience participation is for all ages.  Following the performance, head down to Farmers Market for some light refreshments and a fun game of kick ball in the park.  Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, June 19 at 1:00 pm
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 beginning Saturday, May 11, pizza lunch provided
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Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am
June 20 to August 1
Drop-In Summer Story Times

Summer Story Times are drop-in and held on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am in the lower level meeting room.  This program is geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend one or both sessions.  Daycare centers may attend Summer Story Times but are asked to arrive early.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Summer 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.  These events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 20 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Super Stories Book Club
Book appreciation group for kindergarten through 2nd grade.  We’ll share stories, have snacks and do activities.  This month’s theme is “Space”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, May 9.
 

Friday, June 21 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, beginning May 17.  Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 am to Noon
Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day
An annual event at Dexter District Library, we will host a large variety of trucks and emergency vehicles for children and adults of all ages to experience, rain or shine.  The parking lot will be closed during this event to allow freedom to browse, tour and talk to the owners and operators of the wonderful machines that make our lives easier and safer.  Bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the vehicles and our three special guests.  Everyone is welcome.

Monday, June 24 at 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Sand Art & Sundaes
Tweens and teens in grades 5 through 12 are invited make their own sand art creation and enjoy an ice cream sundae with your choice of tasty toppings.  Registration begins Monday, May 20.

Tuesday, June 25 at 11:00 am or 11:45 pm
Starlab Planetarium

Kids and tweens in grades 3 to 8 are invited to explore the wonders of the night skies from the comfort and security of Dexter District Library.  This portable, inflatable, mylar starlab brings a star-filled planetarium to life.  Registration is required and limited to kids going into grades 3 through 8.  Kids may register for just one program beginning June 1.

Thursday, June 27 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
All Star Readers Book Club
This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 4.  This month we’re reading Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan.  Registration begins Thursday, May 16.

Thursday, June 27 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Tween Book Club
This is a book discussion group for grades 5 to 6.  Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We will discuss the book, enjoy a snack, and this month we will do a craft.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of the book: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs.  Registration begins Thursday, May 16.
 

June 28 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Secretary of State Mobile Office
The Secretary of State Mobile Office will be in Dexter to serve area customers on Friday, June 28.  The office will be open 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Customers may renew their driver’s license or register to vote, quickly and easily, right on the spot.  Other services offered by the Mobile Office include instant titles, address changes, signing up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and much more. Residents can also ask questions about services.

Friday, June 28 at 11:00 am
Drummunity!
Dexter resident, Lori Fithian, has been facilitating drum circles and leading workshops for many years.  Her program has been a favorite at the Library.   A Drummunity circle is a word Lori invented for the community-building that happens when people come together around a circle of drums.  You won’t believe your ears when you hear the group playing together – on everything from hand drums, pickle buckets, salad bowls to muffin tins.  Musical experience is not necessary.  This is a high energy, interactive, fun and empowering event for all ages.

Monday, July 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Retro Crafts & Movie
Teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12 are invited to make retro crafts with perler beads, Shrinky Dinks and more while watching the 1980’s classic The Princess Bride.  Snacks provided.  Registration begins Saturday, June 1.

Tuesday, July 2 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.

Wednesday, July 3 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ice Cream Social at Farmers Market for Dexter Library Card Holders

Show your Dexter District Library card and receive a free ice cream cone or cup.  There will be a variety of crafts on the lower level for all ages.

Thursday, July 4
Library is Closed

Friday, July 5 at 11:00 am
The Storytellers Present:  Musical Folktales

Musical Folktales is an upbeat concert of interactive stories, beautiful music, humor, interesting musical instruments and hands-on activities. The Storytellers are Audrey and Bob Allison, who use voice and vocal effects to captivate young audiences. Their music spans the globe from Australia to Brazil to the Caribbean Islands with some familiar American tunes as well.  Adults and kids of all ages are welcome, registration is not required.

Saturday, July 6 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends Used Book Sale

Monday, July 8 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Paint on Canvas
Teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12, stop by the Library and learn to paint.  Follow step-by-step instructions to make a Starry Night painting and then add your own touches to make it unique.  No painting experience needed, but be prepared to get creative.  Registration begins Monday, June 17.

Tuesday, July 9 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
DIY Fairy & Dragon Lanterns
Kids in grades 1 through 4 are invited to turn a mason jar into a magical dwelling for a fairy or a dragon.  Registration begins Monday, June 10.

Wednesday, July 10
11:00 am – Grades 2 to 4
1:00 pm – Grades 5 and up
Air Zoo Presents:  Fly Me to the Moon
Discover the social and physiological challenges posed by extended stays in space, and see the systems used to sustain life aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Young astronauts work as a team to complete a challenge that simulates the conditions experienced during a spacewalk and learn about current scientific experiments taking place in space.Registration is required beginning Monday, June 17.

Thursday, July 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Makerspace
This is a drop-in program for grades K through 8.  Several creativity stations will be set up for kids to enjoy using a variety of building products such as Lincoln Logs, Legos, Construx, Hexabits and more.  Each month will feature different challenges, crafts and building materials.  Registration is not required.

Friday, July 12 at 11:00 am
Baffling Bill Presents:  Blast Off with Books
Blast off with Baffling Bill into a Universe of Magic and Wonder. See a portable black hole transport objects back in time, watch Gus the Bunny launch a magic wand into space and Assistant Kym levitating into space on a Magic Carpet.  This 40 minute show encourages summer reading through magic, audience participation and laughter.  All ages, everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, July 16
11:00 am – Grades 1 to 5
1:00 pm – Grades 5 to 12
Leslie Science and Nature Center Presents:  Bat Biology
Meet live bats from around the world presented by staff from the Leslie Science and Nature Center.  As the only flying mammal, bats have amazed and inspired people for a long time.  Learn about the diversity of bats, how they survive and their many roles on our planet.  Registration is required beginning Monday, June 17.  Kids may only register for one program.

Wednesday, July 17 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Dexter District Library Rocks!
Kids, teens and tweens of all ages are invited to stop by Farmers Market to paint a rock or two, and hide them around town for others to find.  Drop by any time between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm.
 

Thursday, July 18 at 1:00 pm
Super Stories
Book appreciation group for grades K through 2.  We’ll share stories, have snacks and do activities.  This month’s theme is “Dinosaurs”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, June 20.
 

Friday, July 19 at 11:00 am
Acting Up Theatre Presents:  Space for Rent
Major Tom “Buzz” Aldrin had to give up a career in the Air Force because he found out that he was, of all things, afraid of heights. As a boy he had once dreamed of flying in a spacecraft to explore the final frontier. Now he settles for a career in real estate. He hasn’t done very well with this either and now he is desperate to at least rent a space in town. Along comes Neil, who loves space, science fiction and everything that has to do with worlds outside of our own. He rents the space for one day.  Where Major Tom only sees a vacant storefront, Neil recreates scenes from Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and he even revisits the first moon landing and moonwalk. Both Tom and Neil learn a lot about saying yes to your imagination.   All ages, all audience participation, everyone is welcome.

Friday, July 19 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, beginning June 21.  Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, July 20 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Preschool PAW Patrol Party
Children ages six and under, along with their caregivers, are invited to a special PAW Patrol party. The Library will become Adventure Bay for the day and children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended creative activities related to the rescue dog characters. Registration is not required. Caregivers must stay with their children.

Monday, July 22 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
DIY Galaxy Crafts

Grades 5 through 12 are invited to make a variety of galaxy-themed crafts during this fun workshop with artist Linda Polo.  Registration begins Monday, July 1.

Tuesday, July 23 at 11:00 am
Flying Aces Professional Frisbee Team
The Flying Aces Frisbee Team entertains with information, humor, athletic skills, amazing feats, tricks and just plain silliness.  The show ends with an audience participation contest.  This event is for ages 6 and up, registration is not required.

Wednesday, July 24 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
DIY Frisbee Decorating
Kids in grades K through 4 are invited to decorate a small Frisbee using Sharpie markers and foam stickers.  Registration begins Monday, June 24. 

Thursday, July 25 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
All Star Readers Book Club
This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 4.  This month we’re reading Bob by Wendy Mass.  Registration begins Thursday, June 27. 

Thursday, July 25 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Tween Book Club
This is a book discussion group for grades 5 to 6.Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We will also discuss the book and enjoy a snack.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book:  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.   Registration begins Thursday, June 27. 

Friday, July 26 at 11:00 am
Michigan Science Center Presents:  Amazing Astronomy
The Universe is full of past, current and future scientific discoveries. Join us as we explore the known and unknown world of physics in space and help us simulate concepts that are often too big, too dark, or too far away to see.  Recommended for ages 6 and up, registration is not required.

Monday, July 29 at 1:00 pm
DIY Bath Bombs
Teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12 are invited to meet Faith Boyce from Petite Fleur Skin Care of Dexter who will teach you how to make your own bath bombs using natural ingredients in this fun make-n-take.  Registration begins Monday, July 1.

Thursday, August 1 at 11:00 am
Bedtime Story Time for Ages 6 and Under

Wear your pajamas, bring a cuddy friend and listen to stories about going to bed and not going to bed.  Light, preschool refreshments and an easy craft following the program.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, August 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Cupcake Wars
Do you have what it takes to create a cupcake masterpiece inspired by your favorite book or literary character?  Bring your talent and imagination to our final Teen & Tween Summer Reading Program event and we’ll supply the rest.Prizes awarded in three categories.  Registration begins Monday, July 1.

Friday, August 2 at 11:00 am
Bev Meyer “The Music Lady”

It’s the Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up.  Join us for a fun-filled hour of live music, singing, dancing and audience participation with Bev Meyer, The Music Lady. Children of all ages are welcome. Following the program, Marc “The Balloon Meister” will be at Farmers Market making balloon animals for everyone. Refreshments will be served.

Pick up your book bag full of surprises beginning July 30.  The Final Prize Drawing will be held on Monday, August 12.

Tuesday, August 6 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.

Wednesday, August 7 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Kids Book Club Slime Party

Kids in grades K-4 who have attended one or more of our summer book clubs are invited to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with fun slime activities and snacks.Registration begins Monday, July 8.

Friday, August 9 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 10 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Friends Used Book Sale for Dexter Daze

Monday, August 12
Final Prize Drawing for all Summer Reading Programs participants who completed the program.

Monday, August 19 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
The Lego Movie 2:  The Second Part (2019)
It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.  Rated PG – 107 minutes.

Monday, August 26
Registration for Fall Story Times begins Monday, August 26.  Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 16 and run until Thursday, November 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 Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from September 20 to November 9.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Fall 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, August 29 at 10:00 am
Dancers Edge Presents: Music and Movement for Preschoolers    
Children ages 6 and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to participate in a special dance class with Jennifer Smith of Dancers Edge.  Filled with music, movement and playful interaction, this class is designed for the youngest dancers.  Get ready to wiggle, jump and move to music, props and fun.  Refreshments and a simple craft will be offered following the program.  Registration is not required.

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 Reference 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 Adult Reference 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 support 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 seeds 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!

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 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.

 

Check back in the fall for Detroit Red Wings offers.

 

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.