2018 Adult Summer Reading

Why is music important? Music can be found everywhere in our world. It can act as a way of expression; helps people find themselves; helps us get through hard times and shares in life’s celebrations.  Music gives us a way to express ourselves and show how we feel inside ourselves that we do not usually let people see. Music can bring people together. It is important in our world, as well as in our lives. Like music, libraries are also important and for many of the same reasons.  Libraries bring people together and provide the tools needed to express ourselves.  Libraries help people get through the hard times and can help people celebrate the good times. In short, music & libraries Rock!

This year’s Adult Summer Reading Program is Libraries Rock!  Come see how the Dexter District Library “rocks” as we explore music through the decades.

Registration is required and begins Monday, June 18th.

2018 Summer Events for Kids and Teens

Monday, June 18 at 11:00 am
Summer Reading Program Kick-Off
Register for this year’s Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” and celebrate with this year’s musical guest “Gemily – Gemini + Emily”.

The Trio of Gemily, San and Laz Slomovits of Gemini, plus San’s daughter Emily, has been a long time in the making. San and Emily Slomovits have been playing music together since Emily was a young child. San and brother Laz, as the duo Gemini, have been a highly popular folk act throughout Michigan and the United States since 1973, and Emily began joining them on stage when she was just eight years old. Emily is an accomplished violinist and has also developed a lovely and unique singing style. Together, their music features a range of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and classical music, Broadway show tunes, and more.

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.

Tuesday, June 19 at 2:00 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to attend this special meeting to learn about volunteer opportunities available at the Library this summer.  Registration begins Saturday, May 19.  Pizza lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, June 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Parkour/Freerunning Workshop
Phoenix Freerunning Academy professionals will teach tweens and teens in grades 5 through 12 all aspects of movement, specializing in parkour and freerunning.  Learn how to jump, roll, balance, vault and more during this fun, action-filled workshop.  Phoenix Freerunning Academy is the only gym in Michigan designed specifically for parkour.  To learn more, explore their website at https://phoenixfreerunning.com.  Registration begins Monday, May 21.

Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am
June 21 to August 2
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 21 at 1:00 pm
Super Stories
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 “Music Rocks”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, May 10.

Friday, June 22 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Rock Dog (2017)
When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a wide-eyed Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of completely unexpected events. Rated PG – 90 minutes

Monday, June 25 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Sand Art & Sundaes
Make your own sand art creation and enjoy an ice cream sundae with a variety of tasty toppings.  For teens and tweens in grades 4 through 12, registration begins Monday, May 21.

Tuesday, June 26 at 11:00 am
Creature Conservancy
The Creature Conservancy provides a rare opportunity to interact with a variety of unique species from around the world. During this educational program, kids in grades 2 through 6 are invited to hear a macaw scream, watch a sloth slowly move across the room, touch a python or observe an armadillo up close.  This is a unique hands-on learning experience.  Registration begins Monday, May 21.

Wednesday, June 27 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Makerspace
This is a drop-In program for grades K through 8.  Explore a variety of creativity stations and participate in our special “Libraries Rock” summer craft challenge for a chance to win a prize.  This month invent your own musical instrument.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, June 28 at 1:00 pm
All Star Readers
This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 5.  This month we’re reading Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs.  Registration begins Thursday, May 17.

Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 pm
Read & Feed Book Club
For teens and tweens going into grades 6 through 12, this month we’re reading Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne.  Read the book and be prepared to play trivia for chances to win a prize.  Pizza dinner provided, registration begins Friday, May 18.  The first six teens to register can stop by the youth reference desk for new copy of the book to keep.

Friday, June 29 from 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 special guest Pete the Cat.

Meet the Dreadbots – Dexter High School’s FIRST Robotics Team on the lower level between 10:00 and Noon.Robotics teams create purpose-built robots each year, designed to play in highly competitive games. The robots operate autonomously as well as under the control of its student operators, who use game controllers to actuate about a dozen electric motors and pneumatic cylinders that power the robots during intense matches. Dreadbots team members have diverse and varied roles including programming, cheerleading, mechanical design, statistics, strategy, business planning, graphics and more. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, July 3 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 4
The Library is closed.

Thursday, July 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
DIY Crafts & Movie for Teens
A variety of craft materials will be available for DIY projects while Love, Simon (Rated PG-13) plays on the big screen.  Pizza dinner provided.  Teens and tweens in grades 7 through 12 may register beginning Monday, June 11.

Friday, July 6 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 9 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
DIY Fairy Houses
Use paint and other decorations to turn a small wooden house into a magical dwelling for a fairy.  Kids in grades 3 through 8 may register beginning Monday, June 11.

Tuesday, July 10
11:00 am – Grades 2 – 4
1:00 pm – Grades 5 and Up
Leslie Science and Nature Center Presents Where Does That Snake Live?
After meeting different snakes up close, kids will learn to use the scientific method as they attempt to discover the snakes’ natural habitats.  Practice your observation skills to pick up the subtle cues that will help you to understand the natural world. Then you’ll perform an experiment to test your hypotheses using live snakes.  Registration is required beginning June 11.

Wednesday, July 11 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 from Joe & Rosie Creamery.  Get creative in the Library’s lower level meeting room with a variety of crafts for all ages.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, July 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
DIY Collage Crafts
Learn some interesting collage techniques from an expert and make a couple of unique crafts to take home. For teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12. Registration begins Monday, June 11.

Friday, July 13 at 11:00 am
A2 Magic with Jeff Wawrzaszek Presents:
Read Like a Rock Star Greatest Hits Magic Show
Reading goes platinum as Jeff combines fresh material with his top ten, solid gold, family-favorite magic routines.  Lots of fun and audience participation for all ages.

Friday, July 13 at 1:00 pm
Do Magic Like a Rock Star Teen Magic Workshop
Achieve Rock Star status when you show off the amazing magic tricks you will learn in this fun-filled workshop taught by A2 Magic.  Includes mind reading, card tricks and some great party stunts.  For grades 5 through 12.  Registration is required beginning Monday, June 11.

Tuesday, July 17 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Makerspace
This is a drop-In program for grades K through 8.  Explore a variety of creativity and building stations and participate in our special Libraries Rock summer craft challenge for a chance to win a prize.  This month: “Make a Robot”.

Wednesday, July 18 at 11:00 am
Kids Draw Manga
Artist Keith McGuire will offer tips and tricks for drawing a variety of manga-style characters.  No previous experience is needed.  Bring your drawings for a critique following the workshop.  Registration for kids in grades 3 through 6 begins Monday, June 18.

Wednesday, July 18 at 1:00 pm
Teen Manga Drawing Workshop
Artist Keith McGuire will offer tips and tricks for drawing a variety of manga-style characters for teens in grades 6 through 12.  No previous experience needed.  Bring your own drawings for a critique following the workshop.  Registration begins Monday, June 18.

Thursday, July 19 at 1:00 pm
Super Stories
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 “Splash!  Sand & Sea Stories”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, June 21.

Thursday, July 19 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
DIY Cricut® Crafts
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to get creative using the Library’s Cricut® machine to make decals and iron-on transfers.  Bring a t-shirt, tote bag, water bottle or anything else you’d like to embellish.  Registration begins Monday, June 18.

Friday, July 20 at 11:00 am
PaleoJoe
PaleoJoe returns to Dexter District Library for an exciting presentation. Dressing the part of a “Digger” he introduces animals, plants and creatures that have been extinct for millions of years. His high-energy program brings life to these creatures of long ago. Joseph Kchodl, creator of the popular Dinosaur Detective Club series of chapter books, really does dig up dinosaurs. He thrills the audience with tales of the prehistoric and brings dinosaurs to life with a T Rex tooth, a Velociraptor skull, dinosaur puppets and a variety of amazing fossils. PaleoJoe is a 45 minute program for ages 4 and up.  Registration is not required.

Tuesday, July 24 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Paddington 2 (2017)
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.  Rated PG – 103 minutes

Wednesday, July 25 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Dexter Library Rocks!
Stop by Farmers Market to paint a rock or two and hide them around town for others to find.  This is a drop-in program for all ages, everyone is welcome.

Thursday, July 26 at 1:00 pm
All Star Readers
This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 5.  This month we’re reading Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.  Registration begins Thursday, June 28.

Thursday, July 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Teen Wearable Art Contest
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to enter our Wearable Art Contest using crafts and unconventional materials.  Make something fabulous to wear for a chance to win an Amazon gift card.  First, second and third place winners will each receive a gift card.  Registration begins Monday, June 18.

Friday, July 27 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Secretary of State Mobile Office @ the Library
The Secretary of State Mobile Office will be in Dexter to serve area customers on Friday, July 27.  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, July 27 at 11:00 am
Alex Thomas and Friends Puppet Show
Kids of all ages, get ready for jokes, stories, silliness and even prizes with this audience participation puppet show. Stay after the show for refreshments and a Meet and Greet with these zany Muppet-style puppets.  Registration is not required, everyone is welcome.

Friday, July 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Stop-Motion Animation Workshop for Teens
Build your own custom stop-motion puppet and bring it to life using the art and magic of stop-motion animation.  Choose from a variety of templates or create your own.  Teens in grades 6 through 12 may register beginning Monday, June 25.

Monday, July 30 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Paint on Canvas
Follow step-by-step instructions to make an owl-themed painting then add your own touches to make it unique.  No painting experience needed, registration begins Monday, June 25 for tweens and teens in grades 5 through 12.

Tuesday, July 31 at 11:00 am
Zeemo’s Science Palooza
Kids and teens in grades 3 through 8 are invited to this fun, interactive program introducing them to basic concepts involving science and technology.  Have fun while learning about kinetic and potential energy, sound and light waves, electricity, magnetism and more using a variety of cool, hands-on demonstrations.  Registration is required beginning Monday, June 25.

Wednesday, August 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 am
Preschool Makerspace
Children ages five and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to make, create and play at the Library.  Children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended creative activities designed to encourage early learning.  Registration is not required; caregivers must stay with their children.

Wednesday, August 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Teen SRP Wrap-Up Party
Join the fun as we close out the Teen Summer Reading Program with lots of food, crafts, games and chances to win prizes.  Registration for tweens and teens in grades 5 through 12 begins Monday, June 25.

Friday, August 3 at 11:00 am
Final Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up
Bev Meyer Presents:  The Music Lady Jukebox
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.

If you’ve met your summer reading goal, you can pick up a book bag full of snacks, school supplies and surprises beginning July 30.  Don’t forget to enter the Grand Prize Drawing which will be held on Monday, August 13.

Tuesday, August 7 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 8 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Book Clubs Wrap-Up Party
Kids in grades K through 5 who have attended one or more of our summer book clubs are invited to celebrate with games, challenges, crafts, lots of food and chances to win prizes.  Registration begins Thursday, July 19.

Friday, August 10 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Dexter Daze Friends Used Book Sale

Friday, August 17 at 11:00 am
Mother Goose Story Time and Craft
On Friday, August 17 at 11:00 am children ages 6 years and under are invited to a very special story time. “Mother Goose” Trudy Bulkley, accompanied by a very fine gander, will be coming to the Library to present her popular preschool story time. Trudy has been telling stories for over 25 years using poetry, rhyme, imagination and humor. Audience participation is a must. Refreshments and a simple craft will be available following the program.  Registration is not required, everyone is welcome.

Monday, August 20 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.  Rated PG – 109 minutes.

Monday, August 27
Registration for Fall Story Times begins Monday, August 27.  Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 17 and run until Thursday, November 8. 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.

 

 

Outdoor Concert Series

Grab your lawn chair and join us, at the library’s new patio in the park, for the Adult Summer Reading Program’s Outdoor Concert Series.  The series begins Sunday, June 24th at 2:00 PM.  This first performance in the series will feature the Marimba music of Paul Demick. The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones. Come out and enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful classical arrangements and learn interesting facts about the composers and their compositions.  Find out more about Paul Demick at: http://www.marimbamusic.net

Join us for this fun filled musical event. You do not have to be a Summer Reading Program participant to attend.  Families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Note: Patrons should bring their own chair and dress according to the weather. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the library.

This is a 3-part outdoor concert series.  Part two will be on Sunday, July 15 and part three will be on Sunday, August 5. All concerts will start at 2:00 p.m

Thank You to Our Generous Summer Reading Program Sponsors

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Bel-Mark Lanes
Body Wisdom Massage Therapy
Bruegger’s Bagels
Chelsea Milling Company

Chelsea State Bank
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chuck E. Cheese’s
Common Grill
Cribley Drilling Company, Inc.
Dancer’s Edge
David Pearson
Dexter A & W Drive-In
Dexter American Legion Post 557
Dexter Creamery
Dexter Family Dentistry
Dexter Lions Club

Dexter Pharmacy
Dexter Rotary Club
Fillmore Bar & Grill
Friends of the Dexter District Library
Great Clips
Healing Arts Center for Massage & Wellness
Jazzercise
Joe and Rosie Creamery
Main Street Optometry, Inc
Planet Rock
Purple Rose Theatre Company
Quality 16
Real Seafood Company of Ann Arbor

Taco Bell Corporate
TCF Bank
The Sports Bar Westside
Thrive Chiropractic
Toledo Mud Hens
Toledo Walleye
Trader Joe’s
University Musical Society
Waste Management
Weber’s Inn
Westarbor Animal Hospital
Zap Zone of Ann Arbor
Zingerman’s Community Giving

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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:

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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.