winter youth programs

Winter Events for Kids

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!
In-person Story Times and Youth Programs:
With consideration for the ongoing pandemic, and for the safety of everyone involved, please take special note of the following:

  • Registration is required for all Story Times and Youth programs.
  • Space is limited – each individual, including adults and infants should register so we have an accurate count of how many people are in the room.
  • Face coverings are REQUIRED for all patrons who are medically able to wear face coverings during Story Times and Youth programs held indoors. Presenting Librarians will be masked.
  • Face covering requirements are subject to change without notice.

 

Youth Winter Break Reading Challenge
December 1 – December 31
Registration on Beanstack required and begins December 1
Ages 0-12

 Keep kids engaged with reading and writing in fun ways during their winter break. Kids of all ages can complete a variety of reading challenges on Beanstack during the month of December. Complete at least 10 activity badges to be eligible for a prize. There is no particular order and the challenges are “stackable”, meaning it’s possible to complete more than one activity at a time. If your child completes at least 10 Activity Badges, they are eligible to receive a prize. Stop by the Youth Reference desk of the Dexter District Library during the month of January to collect your small, surprise reward.

 

Winter Story Times at the Library
January 31 – March 3
Registration begins on Tuesday, December 28
Toddlers and Preschoolers

Registration for Winter Story Times begins Tuesday, December 28.  Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 31 and run until Thursday, March 3. Registration is required, parents or caregivers of children may register in the library or by calling 734-426-4477. Space is limited due to social distancing. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. Face coverings are required.

Children 18 months to 5 years of age may sign up for a story time session. Each session runs for 7 weeks. Story Times are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Children under 18 months may attend, however books and activities are geared for toddlers and preschoolers. Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Winter Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays and other activities that encourage a love of reading.

 

Winter Virtual Story Times *LIVE ONLY
Wednesdays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live
January 12 – March 2
Toddlers and Preschoolers

Visit the library from your living room! Ms. Krista will be singing familiar songs, telling stories, and demonstrating fun action rhymes every week on Wednesday at 10:30 am.

*In order to meet current read-aloud permission requirements from book publishers, virtual story time will be held live, but videos will no longer be posted for later viewing on our Facebook page.

 

The A2 Magic Workshop
Monday, January 17
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades 1 – 12

Registration begins Monday, December 20

*Switched to Virtual*

Your friends won’t believe their eyes when you show them the simply amazing, yet amazing simple, magic tricks that you’ll learn from Jeff Wawrzaszek (www.a2magic.com) in his A2 Magic Workshop event. Learn some “slight-of-hand” tricks with common items like ropes, rubber bands, crayons and money.  Registration is required. Space is limited. Face covering are required.

 

Winter Craft Bags
Take & Make Crafts
Monday, January 17 – Sunday, January 23
For kids of all ages

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the library and pick up a bag with a variety of seasonal or themed crafts to make at home.
No registration required. While supplies last. Limit 5 per family.

 

All Star Readers Book Club
Grades 3 – 4
Thursday, January 20
4:30 – 5:30 pm

*Switched to Virtual*

Book:  Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

Registration begins Thursday, December 16

All Star Readers Book Club will meet in person this winter. We’ll play an icebreaker game, have a book discussion, and do an activity related to the book we discuss. Books will be available to pick up at the library after you register. Registration is required.

 

Maker Challenge Program:  Building Challenges
For grades K – 4
Monday, January 24
4:30 – 5:15 pm

*POSTPONED*

Registration begins Monday, January 3

Get Creative at the library! Participate in a variety of building challenges. Registration is required.

 

Super Stories Book Club
For Young Fives and Kindergartners
Thursday, February 3
4:30 – 5:00 pm

Theme:  Friendship

Registration begins Thursday, January 6

This is a story and craft program held in person at the library for kids transitioning out of story time and into book club. Adults may attend this program with their children. Each month Ms. Krista will read books related to a theme and then the kids will make a theme related craft. Registration is required.

 

Club Create Book Club
Grades 1 – 2
Thursday, February 10
4:30 – 5:15 pm

Theme:  Friendship

Registration begins Thursday, January 13

This is an independent book club for first and second graders held in person at the library. Miss Krista will read longer picture books centered on a theme and the group will participate in activities and crafts related to the theme. Registration is required.

 

Virtual Cooking Program with A Curious Kitchen
Young Fives – Grade 4
Friday, February 11
4:30pm-5:30pm

Registration begins Friday, January 7

Join us for a 1-hour virtual cooking class from the comfort of your own home! During this hour-long class, students from Young Fives – 4th grade will learn how to create a delicious cozy dessert.  Chef Jyl Nolan from A Curious Kitchen (https://www.acuriouskitchen.com/) will help you as we prepare, mix, measure and create and beautiful dish together!  Parents will be needed to assist with some tasks in the kitchen.  Families will receive the recipe and list of ingredients one week prior to the class.  Registration is required on the Dexter District Library’s website. Registration deadline is Friday, February 4. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before February 11.

 

All Star Readers Book Club
Grades 3 – 4
Thursday, February 17
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Book:  Measuring Up by Lily Lamotte

Registration begins Thursday, January 20

All Star Readers Book Club will meet in person this winter. We’ll play an icebreaker game, have a book discussion, and do an activity related to the book we discuss. Books will be available to pick up at the library after you register. Registration is required.

 

Maker Challenge Program:  Building Challenges
For grades K – 4
Wednesday, February 23
4:30 – 5:15 pm

Registration begins Monday, January 13

Get Creative at the library! Participate in a variety of building challenges. Registration is required.

 

Space Craft Bags
Take & Make Crafts
Monday, February 21 – Sunday, February 27
For kids of all ages

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the library and pick up a bag with a variety of seasonal or themed crafts to make at home.
No registration required. While supplies last. Limit 5 per family.

willems

“W” Authors

  • Ruby’s Beauty Shop by Rosemary Wells – EASY WEL
  • Can You See What I See?: Toyland Express by Walter Wick – EASY WIC
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood – EASY WOO
  • Mac and Cheese by Sarah Weeks – READER2 E W 
  • Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West – READER4 E 
  • Here’s Hank: Bookmarks Are People Too! by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver – SERIES HERE’S HANK 
  • Stick Dog by Tom Watson – J WAT
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – J WIL
  • Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick – J 741.597 WIN
  • Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas: [A Safety Guide for Scaredies] by Mélanie Watt – HOLIDAY WAT
purple

Color Word Title

  • Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney – EASY FEE
  • The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone – EASY GAL and J 398.2 GAL
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin – EASY MAR
  • Pinkalicious and Planet Pink by Victoria Kann – READER2 E K
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – READER2 E S
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis – J LEW
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – J MON
  • Pink Dolphins by Claire Vanden Branden – J 599.538 VAN
  • Black Panthers by Kenny Abdo – J 599.75 ABD
  • Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows, and Purples: Children’s Cookbook by DK – J 641.563 EAT
biography

Biographies

  • Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars by Jennifer Berne – EASY BER
  • Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth by Anne F. Rockwell – EASY ROC
  • Dizzy by Jonah Winter – EASY WIN
  • The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino – EASY YAC
  • Jane Goodall: A Champion of Chimpanzees by Sarah Albee – READER2 E A
  • Banksy Graffitied Walls and Wasn’t Sorry by Fausto Gilberti – J 920 BAN
  • Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch by Tyline Heidi King – J 920 BET
  • Chadwick Boseman by Pete DiPrimio – J 920 BOS
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jessie Alkire – J 920 GIN
  • Greta Thunberg: Climate Crisis Activist by Matt Doeden – J 920 THU

 

non-fiction

Non-fiction (factual) book

  • Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar! by Bob Barner – EASY BAR
  • Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall – EASY BLA
  • The Library Bus by Bahram Rahman – EASY RAH
  • Mackinac Bridge: The Five Mile Poem by Gloria Whelan – EASY WHE
  • Helpers in Your Neighborhood by Shira Evans – READER1 E N
  • Jump Shot by David Sabino – READER2 E S
  • Truth or Lie: Presidents! by Erica Perl – READER3 E P
  • Marshes and Swamps by Gail Gibbons – J 551.41 GIB
  • Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum – J 629.295 MOT
  • Minecraft Mobestiary by Alex Wiltshire – J 793.932 MIN
around the world

Books set in Another Country

  • Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey (Canada) – EASY BAI 
  • Madeline by Ludgwig Bemelmans (France) – EASY BEM
  • The Ocean Calls by Tina Chow (Korea) – EASY CHO
  • Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy by Tara Dairman (India) – EASY DAI 
  • Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco (Russia) – EASY POL
  • Akata Witch by Nnedia Okorafor (Nigeria) – J OKO
  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (Pakistan) – J SAE
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick (France) – J SEL
  • Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan (China) –  J WEN
  • When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (Kenya) – J 741.597  

 

animal books

Animal Books

  • Girl Versus Squirrel by Hayley Barrett – EASY BAR
  • The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle – EASY CAR
  • Hippos Are Huge! by Jonathan London – EASY LON
  • They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel – EASY WEN
  • Baby Hedgehogs by Megan Borgert-Spaniol – READER1 E B
  • The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall – J KEN
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate – NEWBERY 2013
  • Extremely Gross Animals: Stinky, Slimy, and Strange Animal Adaptations by Claire Eamer – J 590 EAM
  • How to Talk to a Tiger…and Other Animals by Jason Bittel – J 591.59 BIT
  • Laugh Out Loud Animals by Jeffrey Burton – J 818.602 BUR
caring and kindness

Books about Caring and Kindness

  • I am a Kindness Hero by Jennifer Adams – EASY ADA
  • Clark the Shark Dares to Share by Bruce Hale – EASY HAL
  • Ella and Penguin:  A Perfect Match by Megan Maynor – EASY MAY
  • The Kindness Book Todd Parr – EASY PAR
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson – EASY WOO
  • Biscuit’s Big Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli – READER1 E C
  • Anna, Banana and the Friendship Split by Anica Mrose Rissi – SERIES ANNA
  • The Friendship War by Andrew Clements – J FIC CLE
  • The Boys in the Back Row by Mike Jung – J FIC JUN
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly – NEWBERY 2018
graphic novel icon

Graphic Novels

  • Bird and Squirrel by James Burke – J 741.597 BUR
  • Island Book:  The Infinite Land by Evan Dahm – J 741.597 DAH
  • Grump Cat & Garfield by Mark Evanier – J 741.59 DAV
  • Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol adapted by Rod Espinosa – J 741.596 ESP
  • Max Meow – Cat Crusader by John Gallagher – J 741.597 GAL
  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Hall and Richards – J 741.596 HAL
  • The Big Book of Wonder Woman by Julie Merberg – J 741.5 MER
  • Hilda and the Mountain King by Luke Pearson – J 741.597 PEA
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang – J 741.597 WAN
  • The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay – J 741.597 YOL
one word title

One Word Titles

  • Smile!  by Leigh Hodgkinson – EASY HOD
  • Monsoon by Uma Krishnaswami – EASY KRI
  • Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg – EASY VAN
  • Meow! by Victoria Ying – EASY YIN
  • Poppy by Avi – J FIC AVI
  • Soar by Joan Bauer – J FIC BAU
  • Itch by Polly Parquhar – J FIC FAR
  • Bump by Matt Wallace – J FIC WAL
  • Plesiosaurus by Leigh Rockwood – J 567.937 ROC
  • Dance by Lorrie Mack – J 792.8 MAC