Consumer Reports

Evaluations of new products and comparisons between products, that are released by the magazine, Consumer Reports. This resource is accessible from home with your Dexter District Library card.  If you have a Library Card that begins with 29082, you will need to get a new card from the Library before you can use this resource from home.  Come to the Library and we will supply you with a new card free of charge.

Consumer Reports is provided through financial support from the Friends of the Dexter District Library.

Dexter Community Information

Video courtesy of Rob Ewing and Ewing Pros, Realtors

Community groups listed below without a Web site do have a phone number for reference.

If you have a community group to suggest for this list, please contact Paul McCann, Director, via e-mail at

Suggestions will be reviewed and added to the list based on appropriateness.

Wi-Fi Printing – Android


1. Open the Google Play Store, search for and install the SmartALEC app.  Don’t open it yet.
2. Turn on SmartALEC printer in the Android settings.  Note:  If you don’t have a menu option for “Printing”, try looking under “More Connection Settings”


1. Open the SmartALEC app.

2.  Sign in with your Library Card number & Pin or Visitor’s pass & pin.  DO NOT USE “Guest Sign In”







3. Read/Scroll past the Terms of service and press Accept









4. Press the Home (circle) button on the bottom of your phone’s screen to minimize SmartALEC


1. Open the document/picture you want to print.

2. Select Options (…), then Print.  If you don’t see print listed in the options, look for it under “Share”

3. Select the “SmartAlec Printer” if it is not already selected

4. Push the small printer icon to send the print job to the release station:






5. Collect your print job from the print release station

Wi-Fi Printing – Mac


  1. Click the “Apple” icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Click System Preferences
  3. Click Security and Privacy
  4. Click the padlock icon in the lower left to unlock the options
  5. Enter your password when prompted
  6. Click “Unlock”
  7. Make note of what the default setting was under “Allow Apps Downloaded From:” and then change that setting to “Anywhere”, and then click “Allow from Anywhere”
  8. Leave this menu open so that you can change it back to that default setting when you are finished


  1. Download the application from here:
  2. Open your downloads folder, click on install Mac-print-control.mpkg
  3. Install Apple Mac Print Control and Accept all the default options


  1. Find and open PrintControlApp (Open Finder->Applications)
  2. Login with a library card or guest pass


  1. Open document that needs to be printed
  2. Choose Print (Command+P)
  3. Select Wireless Printer
  4. A confirmation box will appear briefly






5. Go to the Print Release Station upstairs to collect your print job

Wi-Fi Printing


1. Go to this web site and log in with your library card number / password:

2.  Press “Choose File”, browse to the file you wish to print, and then click upload.  You may upload multiple files but they must be done one at a time.  You don’t need to be inside the Library building for this step, so the print jobs can be sent from home if you wish.

3.  Once you have all the files uploaded, sign into the Print Release Station on the 2nd Floor of the Library, and you will see the files you had uploaded previously.  Click them to select, then click “Continue”

4.  You will be shown a summary of the charges.  Make your selection for Black & White or Color printing.  Additional funds may be added to the library card number at the circulation desk.

Reading Groups

Library Director’s (Paul McCann) Group

Meetings are typically held on the third Monday of each month, September through June, at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted.  Registration is required.  Contact Paul McCann at 734-426-4477 (ext 111) for further information.

Lisa Ryan’s Groups

Somewhere in Time Book Club

This history focused book discussion club meets the second Monday of every month from 7:00- 8:30 in the DDL lower level meeting room and will focus on different times and places in history.  This is a nonfiction reading group, but some quality historical fiction may also be included from time to time.

Registration is required.  Contact Lisa Ryan 734-426-4477 at (ext 119) for further information.

Better Off Read Book Club

This general reading book discussion club meets the third Thursday of every month from 1:00-2:30 in the DDL lower level meeting room. This is a general reading group and it will focus on a selection of books from many different genres.

Registration is required.  Contact Lisa Ryan 734-426-4477 at (ext 119) for further information.

Fax Service

The Dexter District Library offers public faxing service for patrons:

  1. Pre-pay for faxes at the first floor circulation desk
  2. The fax machine is located at the second floor reference desk
  3. The library will provide outgoing fax service only (no incoming faxes will be received)
  4. The cost for this service will be 20 cents per page
  5. Generic cover sheets will be provided at no charge or patrons may provide their own

Computer and Internet Access


Computers for Public Use:
The Dexter District Library has 11 public use computer terminals for adults, 4 public use computer terminals for teens, and 4 public use computer terminals for children.  All of these computers have Windows 10 and are loaded with the Microsoft Office 2019 suite; and the adult computers also have Photoshop Elements 18.  Full color printing is available for $0.20 a page.  Black & white printing is $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.