Download Destination – Black Lives Matter

A list of all titles currently planned for the Black Lives Matter: Community Read program can be found below.

 

Library Curbside Service Begins June 15

We are happy to report, the Library will be resuming our curbside pickup of materials on Monday, June 15.  Pickup will be available between 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19.  Materials on hold from before the shutdown will be available for pickup through June 23.  New requests will be processed on an ongoing basis.

Using the Library’s catalog to request items will be the most efficient way to get exactly what you want. When placing a hold for an item Dexter does not own, but shows as available at another library, you may get the message that the hold cannot be placed.  This just means any copies reside at libraries which have not restored full interlibrary loan.  Please make a note of the title and try again after a week.

For more information, visit https://dexter.lib.mi.us/coronavirus/

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

This summer, the Dexter District Library’s Summer Reading Program will look much different.  We want to make it easier for everyone to participate in a way that helps maintain the safety and health of our community. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge, “Imagine Your Story,” will kick off on Monday, June 15 and continue through August 15.

“Imagine Your Story” will be DDL’s first online-only Summer Reading Challenge in the history of the Library, ensuring that everyone can safely engage with the Library as the community recovers from the public health emergency.  The program is for adults, teens and children of all ages.  Registration is easy and you can pre-register now by visiting https://dexter.beanstack.org/reader365.  You will earn reading and activity badges, win prizes and be entered in our final prize drawing if you complete the program by August 15.  There will also be special virtual events and fun learning activities to try at home as well as access to all of our virtual resources.

From June 15 to August 15 all of our summer reading events will be going virtual.  We’re planning an entire summer of exciting at-home events, including story times, book clubs and craft demonstrations.  Imagine your own story and explore everything we have to offer during the Dexter District Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge. For the latest information, be sure to visit our facebook and twitter pages.

Drop-In Virtual Story Times are beginning at Dexter District Library.  This program is for toddlers and preschoolers but all ages are welcome.   Sessions are on Tuesdays at 10:30 am on our DDL facebook page from June 23 to August 11.  Everyone is welcome to join Ms Krista for a fun morning of picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child.  Registration is not required.

On Friday, June 26 at 11:00 am, you’re invited to the Matt Sandbanks Shadow Factory. Let Shadow Puppeteer Matt Sandbank from Austin, Texas take you and your family to wild, whimsical worlds with his shadow puppets.  Adults, teens and kids of all ages will be surprised and delighted by his witty storytelling and amazing imagery.  This performance will be presented via Zoom and registration is required at https://dexter.lib.mi.us/events/matt-sandbanks-shadow-factory/

Super Stories Book club will begin on Thursday, July 2 at 11:00 am. Kids may participate by visiting our DDL facebook page where Ms Krista will present the program live. Join us for stories and activities related to our summer reading theme “Imagine Your Story”. This event is geared for kids in grade K though 2 but everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is not required.  Super Stories will be held each Thursday at 11:00 am through August 13. Different themes, books and activities will be presented at each session.

Dumpster Doug’s Ecology Show will be showing on our facebook page on Friday, July 3 at 11:00 am. Get ready to laugh with comedian, science wizard Doug Scheer as he teaches adults and kids of all ages about the earth, pollution, and what they can do to help save the environment. These lessons are mixed with zany outrageousness, crazy, make-believe “homework assignments”, and tons of audience participation.  We’ve got a recycling show that everyone will talk about for a long time.  Registration is not required.

Joel’s WonderReader Comedy/Magic Show visits on Friday, July 10 at 11:00 am.  Join us for Mad Hatter Joel Tacey’s WonderReader Comedy/Magic Show, featuring dazzling magic, goofy stunts and lot of fun and laughter. Registration is not required, everyone is welcome. The link to this event will be published on our facebook page, registration is not required.

On Thursday, July 16 at 11:00 am Acting Up Theater presents Imagine You’re King.  Welcome to Samelot where the King has decided that he wants to take some time off to concentrate on his YouTube channel.  But there still needs to be someone to take over the Kingdom so the King sets up a way to find a brave knight who is worthy of such an honor.  Enter the hapless Knight named Sir Laughs-A-Lot who hasn’t been able to do much with his life except laugh and act silly but now he must “Imagine He’s King”. This funny, virtual play is for all ages and will be presented on the Zoom platform, registration is required.  Look for the code one week prior to the show.

All Star Readers Book Club for grades 3 and 4 will begin on Wednesday, July 22 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.  Registration is required, you may register by signing up on our website. The book we will be discussing is Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro which is available on ebook through Hoopla.  Join us for a fun, lively afternoon with Ms Krista leading our discussion, everyone is welcome.A link to our Zoom meeting room and a password will be sent to you prior to July 22.

On Friday, July 24 at 11:00 am “Imagine Your Story – A Virtual Magic of Reading Show” starring Baffling Bill comes to our facebook page.  Celebrate summer reading with this incredible show starring Baffling Bill and Company, filmed live from his Illusionarium Theater. Witness astounding feats of magic including the Enchanted Doll House Illusion, Floating Lady, Gus the Bunny, and more.  Don’t miss this one time family event that encourages summer reading for everyone.  Registration is not required.

Jenifer Strauss Presents: Magic Wands and Leprechauns on Friday, July 31 at 11:00 am.  Imagine your story and enter the world of the “Little People”, solve mysteries and find gold with Story Artist Jenifer Strauss.  Join us for stories filled with magic, music and mischief.  This presentation will be via Zoom for all ages, registration is required. Register by visiting https://dexter.lib.mi.us/events/imagine-your-story-magic-wands-and-leprechauns/

The Summer Reading Challenge will wind down on August 15.  Any participant who has completed their reading and activity badges will win prizes and be entered into our final prize drawing.  Everyone is encouraged to register and read for fun throughout the summer.

Please Note: The  Summer Reading Challenge WILL NOT be offering an in-person option this year. All participation must be done online through Beanstack.

You can also log reading and complete activities using the Beanstack Tracker app for Android or iOS. If you have any questions, we’re here to answer them.

Apply For A Library Card

To help our community while the Library is closed, we are now offering online library card registration.

Please fill out the form below to apply for a limited, 90-day Dexter District Library borrower’s card.

We will provide your card information via e-mail and send your physical card to your home address via standard postal mail.

A valid card is required to access the Library’s electronic content.  This content is always available and can be accessed from home during this time of restricted travel.

Once everyone is free to travel, we will require you visit to the Library building to complete the registration process and extend the expiration date of your card beyond the initial 90 days.

Our borrower’s cards are only available to residents of the Dexter School District.  If you reside outside our service area, please check with your home library about getting a card.


2020 US Federal Income Taxes Information

2019 Tax Filing

Tax filing season has been extended in response to the COVID-19.  Tax season  is scheduled to end on July 15, 2020.

Find Tax 2019 Tax Forms Online

https://www.irs.gov/forms-instructions

E-File

File your taxes electronically with E-File

FreeFile (if your income is $69K or less)

Where’s My Refund?

This is a helpful site from the IRS to find out the status of your tax refund! Where’s My Refund?

2020 Census

Make Michigan Count!

It’s time for the United States census  and we encourage everyone to participate in this important event.

This year, for the first time ever, households can complete the census online. Also, if you prefer, the census can be completed by phone, or by returning the paper form received at your home through the mail. In addition to English, you can answer or get help in 12 other languages.

So what is the census?

The U.S. census is a headcount of every person living in the United States. It happens every 10 years.

What is it used for?

The census helps make decisions on how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are distributed for public services like schools, housing, hospitals, healthcare, and many more important services we rely on each day.

Do I have to participate? 

Everyone of any age living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories is required by law to be counted in the census. Service members, people in correctional facilities and those who are currently homeless are also counted.

Timeline

  • Mid-March 2020: An invitation to respond to the census online will be sent to every residence sometime between 12-20 March 2020.
  • End of March 2020: A reminder letter and a reminder postcard will both be sent out at the end of March to the beginning of April.
  • Beginning of April 2020: If you still haven’t responded, a reminder letter AND a paper questionnaire will be sent between April 8-16.
  • End of April 2020: A final reminder is sent between April 20-27 before a census employee comes out to visit in person.

Taking the Census

Responding by Mail

Homes will begin receiving their invitation to respond to the 2020 census between March 12–20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a census ID for completing the census online.

During this time, homes in areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form).

All homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone.

Responding by Phone

You have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone.

Hours of Operation: Phone lines are open every day from 7am to 2am Eastern Time.

The 2020 census can be completed by phone in the following languages:

 

Responding Online

Responding to the American Community Survey online is:

  • Safe, secure and confidential—your information and privacy are protected.
  • Economical—it’s the least expensive way to respond to the survey—saving taxpayers money.
  • Greener—it helps conserve paper.
  • User-friendly—offering you help screens and the ability to review your answers.

WARNING:

Here are some things the real 2020 U.S. census will NEVER ask you for, including:

  • Social Security Number
  • Bank or credit card account numbers
  • Money or donations
  • Political party affiliation
  • Citizenship status

If someone claiming to be from the U.S. Census Bureau asks you for any of this information, it is a scam! Do NOT cooperate. You can report these issues immediately by calling 800-923-8282.

 

Unemployment, Financial, and Business Resources

For COVID-19 Pandemic specific unemployment documents recently released by the State of Michigan, please click here.

Computer Skills

Lynda.com – Technology training videos for both beginners and experts – requires a Dexter District Library card beginning with 29221
https://www.lynda.com/portal/sip?org=dexter.lib.mi.us

LearningExpressLibrary – A wealth of information on computer skills, job skills, and practice tests.
http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customerspecific/mel/auth.php?database=lex

Goodwill Community Foundation
Innovative online learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve technology, literacy and math skills necessary for success.

Microsoft Office 365 Training Center — Learn important skills using Microsoft Office products through online tutorials and examples
https://support.office.com/office-training-center?redirectSourcePath=%252fen-us%252farticle%252fOffice-Training-Center-b8f02f81-ec85-4493-a39b-4c48e6bc4bfb

Computer Tutorials – a web guide with links to listings of computer tutorials including Microsoft applications, Internet searching, email, typing and using a mouse. Compiled by Newark Public Library.
http://nplwebguides.pbworks.com/w/page/5673363/Computer%20Tutorials

Visual Tutorials – assistance learning Microsoft programs and other computer technology using pictures.
http://inpics.net/

DigitalLearn – Tutorials on computers basics, Windows 10, email, job skills, and more.
https://DigitalLearn.org

Job Seekers

Michigan Talent Bank – search for job openings or post your resume
http://www.mitalent.org/

Michigan Works Agency Locator Map
http://michiganworks.org/agencies/map/

Career Zone Write Your Resume – from New York a one-stop way to create a resume and export it in pdf, or MS Word.
https://www.careerzone.ny.gov/views/careerzone/index.jsf

Cover Letter Generator
http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/cover_letter/

My Skills, My Future from the U.S. Department of Labor
http://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/

O*Net Resource Center – Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics.
http://www.onetcenter.org/

USA Jobs – Official Jobsite of the U.S. Government
http://www.usajobs.gov/

Financial Literacy

MyMoney.gov – U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.
http://www.mymoney.gov/

Greenpath – debt counseling and consolidation information
http://www.greenpath.com/home.htm

Money Smart a Financial Education Program – an easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/mscbi/mscbi.html

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Doing business in Dexter
https://www.dextermi.gov/businesses/doing_business_in_the_city.php

Michigan Small Business Relief Program
https://annarborusa.org/news/michigan-small-business-relief-program

Small Business Administration – The United State Small Business Administration provides programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed in small business.
http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/counseling-training

Small Business Administration Michigan District Office
http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3121

Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs – help from the Harvard Business School
http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/3348.html

Entrepreneurs and Innovators Web Portal from Michigan Economic Development Corporation – find small business start up resources.
http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Entrepreneurs-and-Innovators/

General Assistance and Social Services

Michigan Helping Hand – site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need.
http://michigan.gov/helpinghand

United Way 211 – free and confidential information and referral help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.
http://www.211.org/

Michigan Department of Human Services: Food assistance information.
http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5527—,00.html

Michigan Department of Community Health: How Can I Get Free or Low Cost Health Care for Me & My Family?
http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2943_52115—,00.html

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – veteran’s assistance programs
http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,1607,7-126-2362—,00.html

Michigan Unemployment Services and Benefits
http://www.michigan.gov/uia/

Webcasts for Unemployed Workers: The webcasts are designed to inform residents about Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency programs and services, and in some cases serve as guides or tutorials.
http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,1607,7-118-53900-219607–,00.html

Michigan Attorney General Brochure on Avoiding Foreclosure
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ag/Avoiding_Foreclosure_Brochure_215948_7.pdf

Forclosure Resources: Links from the Dearborn Heights Public Library on avoiding foreclosure.
http://www.dhcl.michlibrary.org/news-events/dearborn-heights-foreclosure-help-resources.html

Michigan State Housing Development Authority
http://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,1607,7-141–235359–,00.html

Unemployment Insurance videos to help file a claim

The Unemployment Insurance Agency has a series of how-to videos to help navigate the unemployment system and assist you with filing a claim.
View the full playlist of videos for employees here.
Keep in mind, it’s best to apply online during non-peak hours, between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The 24-hour website operates faster when fewer people are on the site. Visit Michigan.gov/UIA to get started.

UIA Director Steve Gray answers FAQs about unemployment benefits

Watch the full video here.

How to file a claim?

Watch the how to file a claim video here.

How to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?

Watch the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance video here.

How to set up a MiWAM account?

Watch the MiWAM account set up video here.

How to claim your weeks of unemployment benefits?

Watch how to claim your weeks of unemployment benefits video here.

Additional UIA resources

Online Smithsonian Exhibit

During these challenging times the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service is making select travelling poster exhibits free for viewing. With many museums and schools closed, enjoy this online exhibits to incorporate into your home education curriculum or for personal enrichment.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
This poster exhibition celebrates Asian Pacific American history and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. WideAmericanEarthposters.

Promotional Tickets Offer


The Dexter District Library and the Library Network are proud to announce discount tickets for select Detroit Tigers home games.  See attachment for full details.  To order tickets, click here.



The Dexter District Library and the Library Network are proud to announce discount tickets for the Detroit Pistons home games.  See attachment for full details.  Use promo code “READ” – works best with Google Chrome.

Click here for ticket offers.


The Dexter District Library and the Library Network have negotiated a special offer for Library card holders for discounted seats to select live theater and entertainment events.  Use promo code “dexter” when prompted.

Click here for ticket offers.



Use promo code LIBRARY20 for a 20% Ticket Master discount on select upcoming events at Meadow Brook Theatre.  See attachment for more details.

Click here for ticket details.



Click here to shop discounted University of Michigan sporting tickets – use promo code: Library.


Use promo code “LIBRARY10” to receive 10% off your next premium experiences purchase at these great venues:

The Filmore Detroit – www.thefillmoredetroit.com
St. Andrew’s Hall – www.saintandrewsdetroit.com
20 Monroe Live – www.20monroelive.com

Please contact KoryMiller@livenation.com or MariahBouwcamp@livenation.com to make a ticket request.  Offer valid until 12/31/2020.


Click here to shop Broadway in Detroit tickets at the Fisher Theatre.  Use promo code: 5FISHER.


Library patrons discount: Buy one, get one free.  That’s two tickets for $20.  Call the Detroit Repertory Theatre (313)868-1347 for ticket availability and let us know you are a Library Patron to get your discount.


Special DCFC Ticket Pricing will be available for selected 2020 Games:

Saturday, March 28th – DCFC vs Michigan Stars FC
http://bit.ly/DCFC328

Saturday, April 25th – DCFC vs 1904 FC
http://bit.ly/DCFC425

Saturday, May 30th – DCFC vs Cal United Strikers FC
http://bit.ly/DCFC530

Hotspots and Laptop/Hotspot Kits

Mobile hotspots from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon now available for checkout.
Click here to view the hotspots and place a hold.

We also have laptop / hotspot combo kits available.
Click here to view the laptop/hotspot kits and place a hold.

We’ve been collecting data on how each type of device performs in Dexter.
Click here to view the results of the optional survey we include with each device

Goal

Our goal of providing a hotspot collection is to allow Dexter District Library patrons with valid Dexter District Library cards the opportunity to test a particular carrier before purchasing their own device and for temporary uses such as vacations, education, employment, special projects, etc. They are not intended to provide patrons with permanent Internet access.

Due to our government contracts with AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile – we are able to offer hotspots with no data caps and no throttling.  Be aware that such contracts may not be available to you as an individual; or, if they are available, they may be prohibitively expensive.  Our Verizon hotspots have unlimited monthly data, but will enforce a speed cap of 500 Kbps after 30GB of monthly usage.

Policy

In order to make our hotspots more widely available to our patrons, the following rules will be enforced regarding holds:

  1. Holds will be limited to ONE per Item Queue per household per 30 days (Household – a family or occupants residing at the same address.)
  2. Holds not picked up within 7 days will be released as per standard procedure.
  3. Thank you for your cooperation and please, if you are unable to pick up your hotspot — let us know so that we can check it out to the next person on our waiting list and replace your hold.

 

Checking out a Dexter District Library Hotspot / Laptop Kit

If there are hotspots/laptops available, take an item tag from the hanging display near the second floor computer lab.

Give the tag to the Adult Librarian and they will retrieve the item and then accompany you to the circulation desk to checkout.  A valid Dexter District Library card required.

Two week checkout, no renewals, $1 per day overdue fine

If the hotspot is 10 days overdue the data plan will be canceled and the hotspot will cease to function. You will be billed the complete cost of the kit (see more information.)

Return the hotspot to our Checkout Desk. Please DO NOT return to another library or put the hotspot in the outdoor book drop.  All items will be cleaned/inspected by Library staff before recirculating.  Laptops will be purged of all user data so be sure to save your work to a flash drive or email it to yourself before returning the laptop.

 

Using a Dexter District Library Hotspot / Laptop Kit

Turn the hotspot on (see instructions inside the case for details).

On your device (computer, tablet, phone etc) go to your Wi-Fi settings and connect to the DexLib(Carrier)(Number) network. It will look something like DexLibSPR01 or DexLibVER02.  When prompted enter the password: libhotspot (all lowercase).  If you are using one of our laptop kits, it will automatically connect with the associated hotspot once both are powered on.

Notes

You DO NOT need to unlock the hotspot. You just need to turn it on using the directions provided in the case.

Signal strength will show up as bars on the the hotspot screen.

It is possible, depending on where you live, that the hotspot you check out will have no signal and therefore not function.  This is one of the goals of our project, to help you to identify this situation without committing to any contracts.

More Information

Each hotspot can support up to 10 devices connecting to them at once and have 30-40 foot range.

If the device is overdue by 10 days, the data plan will be canceled and the patron will be billed.  Laptops will be remotely deactivated.

If the hotspot/laptop kit is lost or damaged, the Library will deactivate the data plan on the device and will charge the patron the cost for replacement. The hotspot (depending on the carrier) costs between $92 and $199 to replace.  The laptop costs $959.85.

The whole laptop kit costs between $1159 and $1267 to replace.

Hotspots only work in the continental United States.  They do not work internationally, including Canada.

Hotspots are meant to be placed on a table or shelf – Please do not tape or adhere the devices to any surface.

You may see signal strength variations on the hotspot depending on where you have placed it inside your home.  Move it around to locate the best signal strength.