2018 Teen Summer Reading Program

June 18 – August 3

Teen SRP Kick-Off
Monday, June 18
11:00 am
Get your reading record today for a chance to win a $10 A&W gift card, and register for teen events.  Enjoy free refreshments at Farmers Market, and play Kick Ball at the park with Library staff and volunteers.

For details on all teen summer events, click on the brochure link below.

Contact:  Diane Alson  dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us

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 have crafted a training plan for staff and will be working diligently during the month of May.  We ask for your patience as we navigate this transition and will do our best to maintain our standard of service during this time.

Additional updates:

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.

 

Thank You to Our Generous Summer Reading Program Sponsors

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
Bel-Mark Lanes
Body Wisdom Massage Therapy
Chelsea Milling Company
Chelsea State Bank
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chuck E. Cheese’s
Common Grill
Cribley Drilling Company, Inc.
Dancer’s Edge
Dexter A & W Drive-In
Dexter American Legion Post 557
Dexter Creamery
Dexter Family Dentistry
Dexter Pharmacy
Dexter Rotary Club
Fillmore Bar & Grill
Friends of the Dexter District Library
Great Clips
Joe and Rosie Creamery
Main Street Optometry, Inc
David Pearson
Planet Rock
Purple Rose Theatre Company
Quality 16
Taco Bell Corporate
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

Michigan Secretary of State Mobile Office

The Secretary of State Mobile Office will be in Dexter to serve area customers on Friday, July 27, 2018.  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.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a volunteer opportunity for teens to get involved at the Library.  Join us to help plan Library programs, choose book titles for the teen book club, and volunteer at children’s programs.  TAG meets on select Saturdays each month during the school year.  Check the events calendar for upcoming dates and times.   New members are always welcome, and a pizza lunch is provided.

If you have any questions, contact the Young Adult Librarian dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us

Meets in the Youth Programming Room on the Library’s main floor.

Computer and Internet Access

teenzone

Computers for Public Use:

The Dexter District Library has 4 public use computer terminals for teens ages 13 through 17 located in the Teen Zone.  These computers have Windows 7 and are loaded with the Microsoft Office 2016 suite.  Full color printing is available for $0.20 a page.  Black & White printing is available at $0.10 a page.


General Rules for Internet Use:

  1. Hardware and Software settings may not be changed.
  2. Users will respect all copyright laws.
  3. Users saving files from the Internet to their own disks do so at their own risk. The Library assumes no responsibility for viruses transmitted from the Internet to disks through the use of Library computers.
  4. Any users caught hacking into computer systems or disrupting the functions of other computer systems will have their Internet use privileges revoked.
  5. Users will not use the Library terminals to violate any Federal, state or local laws or to engage in unethical behavior.
  6. Users can be held financially liable for damage to the Library’s equipment and software.

 

Wi-Fi Printing

The Dexter District Library now offers wi-fi printing compatible with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop!  For black and white, the price is $0.10 per page.  For full color, the price is $0.20 per page.  For directions on how to install the app, please click here.

Group Study Rooms

The Library has three group study rooms available on the second floor.  Groups may call ahead to reserve a room.  Reservations can be taken for the current week and the following week.  Every Monday, the next week opens up to reservations.

To reserve a group study room, please call 734-426-4477 and ask for the Adult Reference Desk.  For the study room policy, see attached:

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