Halloween Events for the Entire Family at Dexter District Library

Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 am
Drop-In Halloween Story Time and Craft

Join us for 30 minutes of stories and music celebrating Halloween.  Geared for children ages six and under but everyone is welcome.  A simple craft will be provided following the program.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 am
Ventriloquist/Comedian Richard Paul Presents: The Ha Ha Halloween Show

This non-scary, ghoulishly funny, spectacular autumn show includes life size puppets, magic, music, awesome special effects and hilarious audience participation. For adults, teens and kids of all ages, registration is not required.

Thursday, October 31 at 10:30 am
Drop-In Family Story Time
Stop by the Library for 30 minutes of stories and songs about not-so-scary monsters and other make believe Halloween characters.  Costumes are optional, refreshments will be served afterwards.  Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, October 31 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
DDL @ Monument Park for Dexter’s Trick or Treat
Stop by our table in Monument Park and pick up some Library treats.

2019 Fall Events for Kids, Tweens and Teens

September
Fall Story Times Begin

Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are full.

Drop-In Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from September 19 to November 7.  There will also be a special evening Drop-In Story Times on Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 pm.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Daycare Centers are welcome to all Drop-In Story Times.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

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

Friday, October 18  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Magic: The Gathering (MTG)
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for monthly MTG tournament-style games and pizza.  Prizes awarded to top players.  Registration is required beginning Friday, September 20. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter. 

Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 am
Drop-In Halloween Story Time and Craft

Join us for 30 minutes of stories and music celebrating Halloween.  Geared for children ages six and under but everyone is welcome.  A simple craft will be provided following the program.  Registration is not required.

Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm
Drop-In Evening Story Time

Drop-In Evening Story Time will be held in the lower level meeting room on September 24 and October 22 at 6:30 pm. Geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.  Drop-In Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child. These events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 24 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace

This is a drop-In program for grades K through 8.  Make, build, craft and explore.  Participate in a variety of open-ended activities.  We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Registration is not required.

Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 am
Ventriloquist/Comedian Richard Paul Presents: The Ha Ha Halloween Show

This non-scary, ghoulishly funny, spectacular autumn show includes life size puppets, magic, music, awesome special effects and hilarious audience participation.  For adults, teens and kids of all ages, registration is not required.

Thursday, October 31
DDL @ Monument Park for Dexter’s Trick or Treat

Stop by our table in Monument Park and pick up some Library treats.

Friday, November 1 at 11:00 am (schools closed)
Wild Swan Theater Presents:  Once Upon a Time

An engaging collection of favorite children’s classics including “Three Billy Goat’s Gruff,” “Reynard the Fox” and “The Three Little Pigs” sure to delight everyone. In true Wild Swan style, three performers and a musician create all the magic inherent in these timeless stories making this theater experience unforgettable.  All ages, registration is not required.

Friday, November 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Paint on Canvas

Adults and teens in grades 6 and up, stop by the Library and learn to paint.  Follow step-by-step instructions to paint a fall scene, adding your own touches to make it unique.  No painting experience needed, but be prepared to get creative. Light refreshments will be served. Registration begins Monday, October 7.

Saturday, November 2 at 11:00 am
Ukulele Club

All skill levels are welcome, including beginners in grades 4 through 12.Try out one of our ukuleles or bring your own and learn chords and song structure from Hudson Education Center for the Arts staff.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, November 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to get involved with the Library by attending our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings.  Help plan programs, organize community service projects, and volunteer at Library events.  This is a great opportunity to build up your resume and obtain volunteer hours.  Registration is required beginning Saturday, October 5, pizza lunch provided.

Tuesday, November 5 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
First Tuesday Lego Club

Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Everyone is welcome – Legos will be provided by the Library.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, November 7 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
DIY Holiday Cards & Crafts

Tweens and teens in grades 5 through 12, get a jump on your holiday card making during this fun, hands-on program.  Light snacks provided, registration begins Monday, October 7.

Thursday, November 7 at 4:30 pm
Super Stories Book Club
This is a book appreciation group for grades K through 2.  We’ll share stories, have snacks and do activities.  This month’s theme is “Night”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, October 10.

Friday, November 8 at 1:00 pm (schools early release)
Create a Journal
Kids in Grades 1 through 5 are invited to learn about different journaling techniques and then decorate their own journal to take home.  Registration begins Monday, October 14.

Thursday, November 14 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers

This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 4.  Each month, we will read and discuss a book, have snacks and do activities.  This month we’re reading Lights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mericle Harper. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, October 17.

Friday, November 15 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Preschool Makerspace

Children ages five and under, along with their caregivers, are invited to make, create and play at the Library.  Children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended activities designed to encourage early learning.  Registration is not required.  Caregivers must stay with their children.

Thursday, November 21 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace

This is a drop-In program for grades K through 8.  Make, build, craft and explore.  Participate in a variety of open-ended activities.  We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Registration is not required.

Friday, November 22 at 11:00 am
Drop-In Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft
Join us for 30 minutes of stories and music celebrating Thanksgiving, food and families.  Geared for children ages six and under but everyone is welcome.  A simple craft will be provided following the program.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, November 27 at 1:00 pm (schools early release)
Family Movie & Popcorn

Aladdin (2019)
Rated PG – 120 minutes

Thursday, November 28
Library is closed for Thanksgiving

 

2019 Fall Story Times

Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are full.

Drop-In Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from September 19 to November 7.  There will also be a special evening Drop-In Story Times on Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 pm.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Daycare Centers are welcome to all Drop-In Story Times.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

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

Ukulele Club

The Library’s Ukulele Club is held on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 11:00 am.   Everyone in grades 4 through 12 is welcome to attend, and parents are invited to participate if they wish.  All levels of play are welcome, including beginners.  Try out one of our ukuleles, learn basic chords and song structure from Hudson Education Center for the Arts staff, or bring your own ukulele to play and share your knowledge.  This is a drop-in program located on the lower level.

Kids Catalog

The Library now has a kid friendly catalog available.  It features a responsive design that will fit on almost any screen size and works well with touch controls.  Click the graphic below to access the new kids catalog.

 

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.

Supervision and Behavior of Children in the Library


An Amplification of the Library’s Rules of Behavior

The Dexter District Library is strongly committed to the provision of services to children and desires children of all ages have positive library experiences. However, the Library is a busy public facility and Library staff cannot assume responsibility for the supervision, safety or entertainment of children who use it.

A parent or other adult accompanying a child in the Library is expected to prevent the child from running, making excessive noise, crying, pulling books from shelves, pounding on computer equipment or otherwise behaving disruptively. If the parent or caregiver cannot control the behavior of the child, both will lose Library privileges pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Patron Behavior Policy.

Children five years of age or younger must be under the direct supervision of a parent or other adult (age 18 years or older) at all times. When a child of this age attends Library programs, the parent or other adult must remain in the Library and be readily available to provide supervision or remove the child if necessary.

Children ages six through eleven may use all areas of the Library alone, but a parent or other adult must be on the Library premises.

Children aged twelve and over are welcome to use the Library without an adult on the premises.

All children, whether accompanied by an adult or parent or using the Library alone, must observe the rules that govern Library use, including but not limited to the Library’s Rules of Behavior Policy and Internet Use Policy.

The Library is not meant to be a substitute baby-sitter. Children visiting the Library alone are welcome to remain as long as desired, provided the child is busy reading, writing, doing school work or using other library resources. Children who become boisterous, undisciplined, uncontrollable or otherwise in violation of any Library policy may lose Library privileges.

Children who are not picked up within 15 minutes after the Library closes will be referred to the Sheriff’s station to wait for a ride.