fall youth programs

Fall Events for Children

Fall Drop-In Story TimeDrop-In Fall Story Time at the Library
Monday & Thursday mornings at 11:00 am
September 19 – November 10
No registration required

Drop-In Fall Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 19 and run through Thursday, November 10. We will be meeting in the Large Meeting Room on the lower level of the Library.

Story Time will be held on Mondays and repeated on Thursdays at 11:00 am. Books and activities are geared for toddlers and preschoolers. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Our story times will include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays and other activities that encourage a love of reading.

*Drop-In Story Times may be cancelled if public health conditions change.

 

Toddler Story Time on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am
Preschool Story Time on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings at 11:00 am
September 20 – November 9
Registration required and begins on Thursday, September 1

Registration for the Fall session of Toddler Story Time and Preschool Story Time begins Thursday, September 1. Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Tuesday, September 20 and run until Wednesday, November 9. Registration is required for Toddler Story Time and Preschool Story Time. Parents or caregivers of children may register on our website through our calendar of events or by calling 734-426-4477. Children may only be registered for one 8-week session. Registration will be on a first come first served basis.

Toddler Story Time will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00 am and repeated on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Books and activities are geared for children 18 months to 3 years of age. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Preschool Story Time will be held on Tuesdays at 11:00 am and repeated on Wednesdays at 11:00 am. Books and activities are geared for children 3 to 5 years of age. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes.

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.

Fall 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.

 

Eye Spy Game in the Youth Department

Anytime you are in the library this fall, you can play our Eye Spy Game. Stop by the Youth Reference Desk to pick up a list of pictures to search for. All of the pictures are hidden in the Youth Department. When you find the hidden pictures you will receive a small prize at the desk. The locations of the pictures change weekly. The theme of the Eye Spy Game this season is Forest Animals.

 

 

Club Create Book Club
Grades 1 – 2
Thursday, September 8
4:30 – 5:15 pm

Theme:  Pirates
Registration begins Thursday, August 18

Club Create is an independent book club for first and second graders. Each month Ms. 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.

 

super storiesSuper Stories Book Club
For Young Fives and Kindergartners
Tuesday, September 13
4:30 – 5:00 pm

Theme:  Fairy Tales
Registration begins Tuesday, August 23

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 should attend this program with their children. Each month Miss Ruth will read books related to a theme and then the kids will do a theme related craft or activity. Registration is required.

 

all star readerAll Star Readers Book Club
Grades 3 – 4
Thursday, September 15
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Book:  Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett
Registration begins Thursday, August 18

All Star Readers is an independent book club for third and fourth graders.  Each month we will 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.

 

bob-a-looBob-a-loo – Preschool Movement Program
For ages five and under
Saturday, September 17
Session 1 – 9:30-10:15 am (check-in from 9:15-9:30 am)
Session 2 – 10:30-11:15 am (check-in from 10:15-10:30 am)

Registration begins Saturday, August 27

Children ages five and younger can gallop like a giraffe, balance on one foot like a flamingo or sprint across the African savannah like a cheetah. Jump in with Bob-a-loo, a preschool movement-based learning program where children build heart & body strength, & learn how good it feels to eat healthy. This is an outside event, held in-person, at the Library. There will be two sessions for this program. Registration is required on the Dexter District Library’s website. Please only register for one session.

 

kinderconcertKinderConcert!
For ages five and under
Saturday, September 24
12:00 – 12:45 pm

No registration required

Music comes alive at KinderConcert, a concert designed especially for children ages five and under. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert – they’ll dance and move while listening to the music.  Then they’ll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment.  Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Registration is not required.

 

makerspaceMakerspace
Grades K – 8
Tuesday, September 27
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Make, build, craft and explore. Participate in a variety of open-ended activities. We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Drop-In Program

 

lego challengeLego Challenge
For Grades K – 8
Tuesday, October 4
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Registration begins Tuesday, September 6

Join us for a building challenge at the Library. Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to use a selection of provided Lego bricks to construct an object to fit a theme chosen by the Librarian. Registration is required.

 

Spooky Crafts Program
For grades K – 4
Monday, October 10
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Registration begins Monday, September 12

Join us for crafts inspired by things that go bump in the night. Make glow in the dark eyeballs out of rocks and design your own haunted house decoration. Registration is required.

 

super storiesSuper Stories Book Club
For Young Fives and Kindergartners
Tuesday, October 11
4:30 – 5:00 pm

Theme:  Fall
Registration begins Tuesday, September 13

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 should attend this program with their children. Each month Miss Ruth will read books related to a theme and then the kids will do a theme related craft or activity. Registration is required.

 

Club CreateClub Create Book Club
Grades 1 – 2
Thursday, October 13
 4:30 – 5:15 pm

Theme:  Monsters
Registration begins Thursday, September 8

Club Create is an independent book club for first and second graders. Each month Ms. 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.

 

Fall Crafts for Preschoolers
Ages 5 and under
Friday, October 14
10:00 – 11:00 am
Drop-In Program

Celebrate the fall season by making a variety of seasonal crafts. Decorate a leaf crown, string beads in the shape of a pumpkin, and paint a fall tree. Registration is not required.

 

STEMfest Cayman ChemicalsSTEMfest with Cayman Chemicals
For Grades K-8
Saturday, October 15
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
No registration required

Come experience hands-on science fun with Cayman Chemical chemists. Visit a variety of demonstration stations to learn about science and do some science experiments yourself. You could separate DNA from strawberries, help make elephant toothpaste, or crush a can with pressure. This program is geared for kids in grades K-8. No registration is required.

 

all star readerAll Star Readers Book Club
Grades 3 – 4
Thursday, October 20
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Book:  I Want My Mummy by Nancy Krulik
Registration begins Thursday, September 15

All Star Readers is an independent book club for third and fourth graders.  Each month we will 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.

 

makerspaceMakerspace
Grades K – 8
Thursday, October 27
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Make, build, craft and explore. Participate in a variety of open-ended activities. We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Drop-In Program

 

 

Drop-In Halloween Story Time and Craft
Ages 5 and under
Saturday, October 29
11:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for a fun Halloween story time filled with spooky books, songs, and flannel board fun! Geared for children ages five and under but everyone is welcome. A simple craft will follow the story time. Registration is not required

 

lego challengeLego Challenge
For Grades K – 8
Tuesday, November 1
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Registration begins Tuesday, October 4

Join us for a building challenge at the Library. Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to use a selection of provided Lego bricks to construct an object to fit a theme chosen by the Librarian. Registration is required.

  

super storiesSuper Stories Book Club
For Young Fives and Kindergartners
Tuesday, November 8
4:30 – 5:00 pm

Theme:  Outer Space
Registration begins Tuesday, October 11

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 should attend this program with their children. Each month Miss Ruth will read books related to a theme and then the kids will do a theme related craft or activity. Registration is required.

 

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

Theme:  Nature
Registration begins Thursday, October 13

Club Create is an independent book club for first and second graders. Each month Ms. 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.

 

Preschool Makerspace
Ages 5 and under
Friday, November 11
10:30 – 11:30 am
Drop-In Program

Make, try, create and play at the Library. Young children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended creative activities designed to encourage early learning. Children need an active adult partner to help them.

 

all star readerAll Star Readers Book Club
Grades 3 – 4
Thursday, November 17
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Book:  A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Registration begins Thursday, October 20

All Star Readers is an independent book club for third and fourth graders.  Each month we will 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.

 

Drop-In Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft
Ages 5 and under
Saturday, November 19
11:00 – 11:30 am

Join us for this seasonal story time celebrating Thanksgiving, food, and families. Geared for children ages five and under but everyone is welcome. A simple craft will follow the story time. Registration is not required

 

makerspaceMakerspace
Grades K – 8
Saturday, November 26
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Make, build, craft and explore. Participate in a variety of open-ended activities. We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Drop-In Program

 

 

DIY Treasure Box Craft
For grades K – 4
Monday, November 28
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Registration begins Tuesday, November 1

Decorate a small box with paint and other embellishments. You can store your favorite small treasures inside. Registration is required

 

virtual cookingVirtual Cooking Program with A Curious Kitchen
For Young Fives through Grade 4
Friday, December 2
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Registration begins Friday, November 4

Join us for a 1-hour virtual cooking class to celebrate the winter holidays from the comfort of your own home! During this hour-long class, students from Young Fives – 4th grade will learn how to create a festive holiday dessert to enjoy with their family.  Chef Jyl Nolan from A Curious Kitchen will help you as we prepare, mix, measure and create a beautiful dessert together!  Please join us for this holiday class, and do something fun together as a family in the kitchen!  Parents will be needed to assist with some tasks in the kitchen.  Families will receive the recipe and list of ingredients 1-week prior to the class. Registration is required on the Dexter District Library’s website. Registration deadline is Friday, November 25. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before December 2.

 

lego challengeLego Challenge
For Grades K – 8
Tuesday, December 6
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Registration begins Tuesday, November 1

Join us for a building challenge at the Library. Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to use a selection of provided Lego bricks to construct an object to fit a theme chosen by the Librarian. Registration is required.

 

artworkPint-Sized Picassos
For ages five and under
Friday, December 9
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Registration begins Friday, November 11

Dress for mess. Listen to a story and make your own unique masterpiece. Registration is required.

 

super storiesSuper Stories Book Club
For Young Fives and Kindergartners
Tuesday, December 13
4:30 – 5:00 pm

Theme:  The 5 Senses
Registration begins Tuesday, November 8

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 should attend this program with their children. Each month Miss Ruth will read books related to a theme and then the kids will do a theme related craft or activity. Registration is required.

 

The Library has updated its programming attendance requirements.  Face coverings optional but highly encouraged in group indoor settings.  Face covering requirements are subject to change without notice.  Registration may be required for in-person programming.  If registration is required, registrants will need to register all members of their party.  To provide for adequate social distancing, the Library may need to limit the number of in-person attendees at each indoor program.  The Library will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions and the Library Board will review these requirements on a monthly basis.

 

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