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Featured Program for Adults
Tuesday, July 1 at 7:00 PM
From Flash Gordon to The Walking Dead: The Influence of Early Pulps on Modern Sci-Fi
Contemporary science fiction often relies upon the concept that bigger is better. New films need to be more explosive than those of the previous summer; video games often reboot the previous year’s best sellers with “better” graphics and faster pacing; books and comics need to out-do the other works on the shelves of libraries and stores in order to break into the consciousness of the readers. From Pacific Rim to Divergent and from The Avengers to A Song of Ice and Fire, these works need to present themselves as the newest thing, unfettered by the past and more exciting than the previous flash in the pan. However, the most popular of our science fiction stories owe a debt to the old pulpy works from the early 20th Century. In this talk, we will examine the influence of the old serials, comic strips, and novels on the recent trends in science fiction.
Join Eastern Michigan University Professor Andre Peltier for this science fiction week presentation. Families are Welcome!
Big Truck Day with Special Guest: Detroit Tigers Mascot Paws!
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 Paws! Everyone is welcome.
The Dexter District Library Summer Reading programs are off to a great start! During our opening kick-off program on June 13, an estimated 1,000 people visited the Library between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm to participate in the kick-off events and sign up for the reading programs. During the first two weeks of Summer Reading, over 1,200 children and adults have registered. There are still plenty of great events for toddlers, children, teens and adults coming up. The programs will conclude on August 1 for the children and August 2 for adults. There is still plenty of time to register for the programs and all our Summer Reading programs provide incentive prizes for individuals who meet their reading goals over the course of the summer as well as opportunities for the random grand prize drawings held in August.
In order to present the many events, programs and prizes associated with the Library’s Summer Reading programs we depend on the generosity of local businesses and individuals for support. The Friends of the Dexter District Library are singled out for their contribution. This year, the Friends have donated $3,000 to support the Summer Reading Program. Through the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, the Friends of the Library raise money through their ongoing book sales. The Summer Reading Program is one of the primary recipients of the Friend’s generosity and we thank the Friends for this long standing commitment.
Generous donors to this year’s Summer Reading Program include:
A & W Dexter
Bel Mark Lanes
Chelsea State Bank
Coffee House Creamery
Dancer's Edge @ Studio "D"
Dexter American Legion Post 557
Dexter Lions Club
Dexter Rotary Foundation
Friends of the Dexter Library
Healing Arts Center for Massage and Wellness
Jazzercise Dexter Fitness
Purple Rose Theatre
Quality Dining, Inc.
Sophia Cornish, DDS
Sports Bar Westside
Taco Bell Corporate
Taco Bell Ann Arbor
What's Popular in Fiction (NYT Hardcover)
Weeks on List
TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONE, by Janet Evanovich. (Bantam.) The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a dealer who sells more than used cars, while she juggles Joe Morelli, the sexy cop, and the security expert Ranger.
THE SILKWORM, by Robert Galbraith. (Mulholland/Little, Brown.) The private detective Cormoran Strike steps in when the author of a roman à clef set in literary London is murdered.
MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King. (Scribner.) A driver plows into a crowd, killing eight. The killer then taunts a suicidal ex-cop, who must stop another, deadlier attack.
ALL FALL DOWN, by Jennifer Weiner. (Atria.) A woman becomes addicted to pain medication.
What's Popular in Nonfiction (NYT Hardcover)
Weeks on List
HARD CHOICES, by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Simon & Schuster.) Clinton’s memoir focuses on her years as secretary of state and her views about the American role in the world.
ONE NATION, by Ben Carson with Candy Carson. (Sentinel.) Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems in health and education based on capitalism, not government.
CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, by Thomas Piketty. (Belknap/Harvard University.) A French economist’s analysis of centuries of economic history predicts worsening inequality and proposes solutions.
UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II after his plane went down over the Pacific.
THINK LIKE A FREAK, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) How to solve problems creatively, from the authors of “Freakonomics.”