Polish Cooking with Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place

Adults, teens and kids in grades 5 and up are invited to enjoy an afternoon with Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place.  Join us on Saturday, September 28 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm as Mary creates a variety of popular Polish dishes, including the always popular pierogi.  This class is demonstration style but participants will get to enjoy samplings of the dishes presented by Mary and her assistant.  Participants may enter a raffle for a chance to win a Polish cookbook.  Registration is required, beginning September 3 in the Teen Zone or by calling 734-426-4477.

2019 Summer Reading Sponsors

Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Artistica
bd’s Mongolian Grill
Body Wisdom Massage Therapy
Boullion Sales
Bruegger’s Bagels
Burger King
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor
Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center
Chelsea Milling Company
Chelsea State Bank
Chuck E Cheese’s
Common Grill
Dancer’s Edge
David Pearson
Dexter A & W Drive-In
Dexter American Legion Post 557
Dexter Family Dentistry
Dexter Lions Club
Dexter Pharmacy
Dexter Rotary Club
Dexter Wellness Center
Dexter’s Pub on Main Street
Fillmore Bar and Grill
Friends of the DDL
Healing Arts Center for Massage & Wellness
Joe and Rosie Coffee and Tea
Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.
Michigan Theater Foundation
Palm Palace
Planet Rock
Purple Rose Theatre Company
Real Seafood Company
Robin Reed Barbering
Saline Community Fair
Sports Bar Westside
Taco Bell (Landers & Partners)
TCF Bank
Thrive Chiropractic
Toledo Mud Hens
University Musical Society
Waste Management
WCMU Public Media
Weber’s Restaurant
Zingerman’s Community Giving

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.

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.

Seed Library

The seed library doesn’t just have vegetable seeds. Check out these lovely flowers grown by Adult Service Librarian, Deborah B.    These are from Jazzy Mixture Zinnia seeds that Deborah checked out at the library.  Great job Deborah!  If you want to share pictures of your garden send them to lryan@dexter.lib.mi.us – There is still plenty of summer left, enjoy!

 

 

 

Tomato & Basil, what a wonderful combination of smells and flavors!

 

The lazy days of summer are here and the library garden is growing strong.  Hopefully your garden is doing well and you are enjoying the rewards of all of your hard work.

As you harvest from your garden don’t forget to save some seeds to donate back to the library or for your own use next year.  Scroll down for resources on how to harvest and save seeds.  You will also find a Seed Donation Form if you decided to donate seeds to the library’s seed collection.

If you want to share pictures of your garden send them to lryan@dexter.lib.mi.us  – Happy Harvesting!

 

 

 

 

How is your garden growing?  The library seedlings are planted and taking root. Hopefully soon we will see some colorful vegetables!

There are still seeds available at the library.  If you have a library card, stop in and pick up some seeds.

If you want to share pictures of your garden send them to lryan@dexter.lib.mi.us  – Happy Planting!

 

The Seed Library provides a way for local gardeners to share seeds and gardening tips.

Participants enrich our community through promotion of healthy lifestyles and

preservation of heirloom and heritage seeds.  Let’s get started together!

 

How the Seed Collection works

  • Select the varieties that interest you and request the seed envelopes from the Adult Reference Desk (only one envelope for each variety).
  • If you’re new at gardening, try some easy-to-grow crops, like beans, peas, lettuce, and carrots.
  • Check out your seed envelopes at the Adult Reference Desk (you must have an active library card).
  • Take your seeds home and plant them, following the instructions on the envelope.
  • Watch your plants grow. Weed and provide support if necessary.
  • Enjoy the delicious vegetables or beautiful flowers you have grown!
  • Save seeds from your plants and return them to the library to share with the community next year.

Step One: Select

Browse through our collection of Organic Open Pollinated and Heirloom seeds.

Open Pollinated are seeds that naturally pollinate and have adapted to our local growing conditions over time.  Heirloom seeds are varieties that have passed down through many generations in a family or community.

If you are a beginning gardener, select just a few packets, concentrating on seeds that are considered “easy to grow”. These include bean, pea, lettuce, and tomato.

Sign up as a participant in our Seed Library program, then use your library card to “check out” the seed packets. You might also want to browse our gardening books to learn more about your seeds and soil.

 

Step Two: Sow

When you get them home, keep your seeds dry until ready to plant.  Follow planting instructions for each variety, noting when and how deep to plant.  A chart for planting in our area is included on the back of this brochure.

Some plants have to be started indoors and transplanted after the last frost date.  In our area this is May 15th.

Gardening is a great outdoor family activity and a way to reduce the stress of a long work day. Caring for plants and watching them grow is a very fulfilling activity.

Share your photos with us to let us know how you are doing. We would like to send you a follow up survey to let us know how your seeds grew.

Indoor seed starting tips:
Use a quality seed-starting mix, not soil.  Plant seeds in old TP rolls and egg cartons.  Provide heat and direct light.  Keep the surface moist until seedlings start.

 

Step Three: Share

Help us keep our seed library going! If you would like to save seeds to share back to the library, make sure to save seeds from your strongest, tastiest and most vigorous plants.

For plants with seeds that grow in pods or on the outside of the plant, allow the seeds to dry on the plant and collect them before they break open.  These include flowers, herbs, beans, and    carrots.

For plants with seeds that grow inside the flesh of the fruit, the seeds will need to be rinsed off and dried thoroughly. These include tomato, watermelon and squash.

Save some seeds for yourself, and return a portion back to us, and watch our community grow!

 

Resources:

Websites:

Seedsavers.org

Howtosaveseeds.com

Seedalliance.org

Books:
The complete guide to saving seeds : 322 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs, by Robert E. Gough

Starting from seed : the natural gardener’s guide to propagating plants , by Karan Davis Cutler

The triumph of seeds : how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, & pips, conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history, by Thor Hanson

Magazines:
Horticulture
Mother Earth News

 – Grit

 – Michigan Gardening

Apps:
Garden time planner by Burpee
Gardroid vegetable garden
GrowIt!

Promotional Tickets Offer


Use your valid library card and enjoy great group rate insider prices.  View the tigertickets PDF attached below for full details, or click here to buy tickets.


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.  Current events include discounts for Disney on Ice and Cinderella.

Click here for ticket offers.


Click here for discount ticket offers to the Michigan Renaissance Festival.  Use code TLN19 when prompted.


Check back in the fall for Detroit Red Wings offers.

 

Wi-Fi Printing

The Dexter District Library now offers wi-fi printing compatible with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop!  For black and white, the price is $0.10 per page.  For full color, the price is $0.20 per page.  For directions on how to install the app, please click here.

Group Study Rooms

The Library has three group study rooms available on the second floor.  Groups may call ahead to reserve a room.  Reservations can be taken for the current week and the following week.  Every Monday, the next week opens up to reservations.

To reserve a group study room, please call 734-426-4477 and ask for the Adult Reference Desk.  For the study room policy, see attached:

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