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Monday, June 19 at 11:00 am
Summer Reading Program Kick-Off “Build a Better World”
Guy Louis’ Family Fun Concert
Looking for a fun way to start out the summer? Guy Louis' Family Fun Concert is a rocking and rolling good time featuring upbeat, kid-friendly music that both kids and parents will be dancing along to. Register for one of four summer reading programs offered at the Library and join Guy Louis on a family fun musical adventure. Everyone will be thrilled with the many instruments, songs, and more. You may even get to dance on stage.

Following the performance, head down to Farmers Market for some light refreshments and Whiffle Ball in the Park with Library and Friends volunteers. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, June 19 at 11:00 am
Teen SRP Kick-Off
Get your reading log and sign up for teen events in the Teen Zone. Enter a drawing for a chance to win a $10 A&W gift card. Enjoy free refreshments at Farmers Market and watch Dexter’s old time Union Baseball Team in the park.

Tuesday, June 20 at 11:00 am
Graphic Novels for Grades 4 through 6
Join this fun group as we explore a variety of graphic novels. We’ll also have a snack and do a craft based on the theme of a book. Stop by the Youth Reference Desk to select a lending copy of a graphic novel when you register.   Registration begins June 1.

Wednesday, June 21 at 11:00 am
Make & Take Craft for Grades 3 through 6
Decorate a wood box for storing your tiny treasures using a variety of paint, jewels and other craft materials. Registration begins June 1.

Thursday, June 22 at 1:00 pm
Super Stories Book Club for Grades K through 2
This book appreciation group for all kids in kindergarten through second grade meets once a month to hear stories and do activities based on stories and characters from children’s literature. Join us for the fun, snacks will be served. Registration begins June 1.

Thursday, June 22 at 1:00 pm
Sand Art & Sundaes
Kids in Grades 4 through 12, make your own sand art creation and enjoy an ice cream sundae with your choice of tasty toppings. Registration begins June 1.

Friday, June 23 at 11:00 am
Made in Michigan
This unique, live farm animal presentation explores the vital link between Michigan agriculture and building a better world. Recycling, composting and organic farming are covered in this fascinating hands-on, interactive program for kids of all ages. Live chickens, goats, geese, ducks and more are featured and all the animals have been born and bred in Michigan.

Friday, June 23 at 6:30 pm
SRSLY Cinema @ the Library
Trolls (2016)
Rated PG - 92 minutes

June 26 to August 3
Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am

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.

Monday, June 26 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Makerspace Monday
Drop-In program for grades K through 12. Several creativity stations will be set up for kids to enjoy using a variety of building products such as Lincoln Logs, Legos, Construx, Hexibits and much more. Work alone or as a team.

Tuesday, June 27 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
PG – 104 minutes

Tuesday, June 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Shrek Party
Kids in Grades 5 through 12 are invited to enjoy an evening of Shrek fun. While Shrek plays on the big screen, we’ll be making crafts, playing games and eating snacks based on the movie theme. Even the chocolate fountain will be green. Registration begins June 1.

Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 pm
All Star Readers for Grades 3 through 5
This month our book club will be reading Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur by Luke Sharpe. Join us for an activity, discussion, craft and snack based on the theme of the book. Registration begins June 1.

Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 pm
Read & Feed Teen Book Club
This month we’ll be discussing The Awakening (Quantum Prophecy #1) by Michael Carroll. Read the book and be prepared to play trivia for chances to win a prize. Pizza dinner will be provided. The first six teens to register are invited to stop by the youth reference desk for a new copy of the book. Teens in Grades 6 through 12 can register beginning June 1.

Friday, June 30 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 one of the Minions as our special guest. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, July 3 at 11:00 am
Make & Take Craft for Grades 3 through 6
Have fun making crafts in anticipation of your Fourth of July celebration. Red, white and blue materials will be available to make paracord bracelets, pony bead key chains, and beaded bookmarks. Registration begins June 19.

Tuesday, July 4
Library is closed

Wednesday, July 5 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 then drop-in on the lower level for games and crafts for kids of all ages.

Thursday, July 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
DIY Crafts & Anime for Teens
Teens in Grades 6 through 12. A variety of craft materials will be available for DIY projects while anime episodes play on the big screen. Pizza lunch will be served, registration begins June 19.

Friday, July 7 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.

Friday, July 7 at 11:00 am
Graphic Novels the Kids
Kids in Grades 4 through 6 are invited to read and discuss a variety of graphic novels. We’ll also have a snack and do a craft based on the theme of a book. Stop by the Youth Reference Desk to select a lending copy of a graphic novel when you register. Registration begins June 19.

Monday, July 10 at 10:00 am
Kids Draw Comics
Kids in Grades 4 to 6 will have fun learning how to draw comics with artist Keith McGuire. No experience is necessary, bring your own drawings to share. Registration begins June 19.

Monday, July 10 at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Manga Drawing for Teens
Artist Keith McGuire will offer tips and tricks for drawing a variety of manga-style characters to teens in Grades 6 through 12. No previous experience is necessary, bring your own drawings for critique. Registration begins June 19.

Tuesday, July 11 at 11:00 am
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in Grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to brainstorm with other teens about new programs, book selections and how to make the Library a great place. TAG volunteers are invited to help out at many children’s programs throughout the year. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours. Pizza will be served, registration is required beginning June 19.

Tuesday, July 11 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
First Tuesday Lego Club
Kids ages four and up 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.

Wednesday, July 12 at 11:00 am
Meet the Dreadbots – Dexter High School’s FIRST Robotics Team
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. Dreadbot team members have diverse and varied roles including programming, cheerleading, mechanical design, statistics, strategy, business planning, graphics and more. Many students learn new useful skills and become proficient on tools ranging from plasma cutters to 3D printers. Dexter students are strongly encouraged to consider joining the team. Kids ages 6 and up are invited to a 60 minute presentation of robotics demonstrations and hands-on participation. Registration is not required.

Thursday, July 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
DIY Crafts & Movie for Teens
Teens in Grades 6 through 12. A variety of craft materials will be available for DIY projects, while Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Rated PG-13) plays on the big screen. Pizza lunch will be provided, registration begins June 19.

Friday, July 14 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Secretary of State Mobile Office at Dexter District Library
The Secretary of State Mobile Office will be in Dexter to serve area customers on Friday, July 14 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Services offered by the Mobile Office include driver's license renewal, instant titles, address changes, signing up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, obtaining license plates and tabs and much more.  Residents can also ask questions about services.  The Secretary of State Mobile Office will be located in the Library's parking lot, near the main entrance.

Friday, July 14 at 11:00 am
Acting Up Theatre Company Presents: Oh Brother Builders
Billy Builder has done nothing his whole life but prepare, design and build things for his company. Buddy on the other hand is more of a bumbler than a builder. He spends most of his time folding blueprints into paper airplanes and catching Pokemon on the worksites. The Brothers are given a rush job by the pickiest man in town, Mr. Finicky. The pressure of the impossible deadline and the fact that Billy is serious and Buddy just messes around nearly destroys their brotherly relationship. Kids of all ages are invited to join us for an interactive show about building a better world through planning, perseverance and play.

Friday, July 14 at 1:00 pm
Acting Up Theatre Company Improv Workshop
This program takes teens into an Acting 1 class in the Library. Teens in Grades 6 through 12 are invited to enjoy an action-packed hour of fun while learning improve techniques. No experience is necessary. Registration begins June 19.

Monday, July 17 at 11:00 am
Make & Take Craft for Grades 3 through 6
Make an aquarium in a jar, along with your own ocean slime. Registration begins, July 3.

Tuesday, July 18 at 11:00 am
Naturalist Endeavors Presents: Portable Pond Ecology
Kids in grades 1 through 3 will learn about the different kinds of ponds, the types of animals that live in the ponds and what makes each pond unique.  Naturalist Randy Baker brings a variety of small pond creatures from multiple ponds.  Students will have a chance to be scientists, get their hands wet, make observations, capture and sort the small creatures and learn the importance of our wetland habitats.  Registration is required beginning July 3.

1:00 p.m.

Portable Pond Ecology for Grades 4 through 7
Registration begins July 3

Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 pm
Cupcake Wars for Grades 6 through 12
Use books as inspiration to decorate your cupcakes using only four ingredients. But wait – there just might be a twist. Prizes will be awarded, registration begins July 3.

Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 am OR 11:30 am
Paint on Canvas for Grades 5 through 7
Artist Diane Days will walk you through painting a scene on canvas step-by-step. No painting experience needed but be prepared to get creative. Wear old clothes or an apron as paint will stain clothing. Registration begins July 3, please register for one workshop only.

Thursday, July 20 at 1:00 pm
Super Stories Book Club for Grades K through 2
This book appreciation group for all kids in kindergarten through second grade meets once a month to hear stories and do activities based on stories and characters from children’s literature. Join us for the fun, snacks will be served. Registration begins June 22.

Friday, July 21 at 11:00 am
Flying Aces Professional Frisbee Team
The Flying Aces have entertained audiences of all ages for over 34 years. They are experts in Frisbee golf, Frisbee dog acts, Ultimate Frisbee, snakeboards, hacky sacks or any subject related to alternative sports. In fact, the Flying Aces Pro Frisbee Team is the only full-time pro Frisbee demo squad in the world. You can't get much more unique than that. Kids will love the spectacular athletic skills displayed by the performers. The show ends with an audience participation contest. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Friday, July 21 at 6:30 pm
SRSLY Cinema @ the Library
The Sandlot (1993)
Rated PG - 101 minutes

Monday, July 24 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Makerspace Monday
Drop-In program for grades K through 12. 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 much more. Work alone or as a team.

Tuesday, July 25 at 10:00 OR 11:00 am
Tie Dye Workshop for Grades 4 through 12
Meet at the Library for instructions and preparations, then we’ll head to Farmers Market to dye our shirts. Please bring one pre-washed cotton t-shirt. All other supplies will be provided. Wear old clothes or an apron as dye will stain clothing. Registration begins July 3, please register for one workshop only.

Wednesday, July 26 at 1:00 pm
All Star Readers for Grades 3 through 5
This month our book club will be reading The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors. Join us for an activity, discussion, craft and snack based on the theme of the book. Registration begins June 28.

Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm
Read & Feed Teen Book Club
This month our book club will be reading The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. Read the book and be prepared to play trivia for chances to win a prize. Pizza dinner will be provided. The first six teens to register are invited to stop by the youth reference desk for a new copy of the book. Teens in Grades 6 through 12 can register beginning June 29.

Friday, July 28 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
The Boss Baby (2017)
Rated PG - 97 minutes

Monday, July 31 at 11:00 am
Thursday, August 3 at 11:00 am
Bedtime Story Time for Ages 6 and Under
Stop by the Library and enjoy 30 minutes of reading and music about going to bed and not going to bed. Wear your pajamas and bring a pillow or a soft friend. Cookies, raisins and a simple craft will be offered following the program. Registration is not required.

Monday, July 31 at 11:00 am
Graphic Novels for Grades 4 through 6
Join this fun group as we explore a variety of graphic novels. We’ll also have a snack and do a craft based on the theme of a book. Stop by the youth reference desk to select a lending copy of a graphic novel when you register.   Registration begins July 3.

Tuesday, August 1 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
First Tuesday Lego Club
Kids ages four and up 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.

Wednesday, August 2 at 11:00 am
Book Clubs Party for Grades K through 6
Kids in Grades K through 6 who have attended one or more of our summer book clubs are invited to celebrate with games, face painting, food and prizes.  Registration begins July 3.

Thursday, August 3 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Teen SRP Wrap-Up Party
Teens and Tweens in Grades 5 through 12 enrolled in the Library's Teen Summer Reading Progfram are invited to celebrate with games, prizes, crafts and a lot of food.  Registraiton begins July 3.

Friday, August 4 at 11:00 am
Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Performance
Kevin Devine Presents: Let's Build a Song and Build a Better World
Ann Arbor native Kevin Devine is an award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist specializing in rollicking participatory family concerts. Over the past 20 years, he has performed thousands of concerts all over the country, dazzling audiences with his mad-cap shenanigans, musical hi-jinx and original songs. Everyone is invited to this all music, all participation performance for all ages.   Refreshments will be served at Farmers Market following the program.

Friday, August 11
Saturday, August 12
Dexter Daze Friends Used Book Sale

Monday August 14 at 9:00 am
Summer Reading Program Grand Prize Drawing

Friday, August 18 at 6:30 pm
SRSLY Cinema @ the Library
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
Rated PG - 87 minutes

Monday, August 28 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Frozen Sing-Along Edition (2014)
Rated PG
Experience Frozen, the hit musical comedy in the full-length sing-along edition. Follow the lyrics with a bouncing Frozen snowflake. Join Anna as she sets off on an epic journey, teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and a snowman named Olaf, to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

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