COVID-19 Resources for Parents and Kids

The Dexter District Library’s youth department has been creating a list of helpful websites for parents and children.  The websites range from informational pages about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to pages that are simply new ways to learn and have fun.

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Learning and Fun

Online Story Times
https://www.storylineonline.net/?fbclid=IwAR0CZL9oKZHo_P8Vh-AYIpWIzXssgc-5sUHV4BkWUWdfWBZI1s7Vb9zneNM

Read-alongs with Authors and Illustrators
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCowhHSUaWp3KJDcuI0nR0vw/videos

Directory of Boredom Busters
https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home?fbclid=IwAR2d0ZQBeGSqKGch3u1d08Mo-awihr2CUewzBgWTMztWzrQx8oigRcQNRS8

A2 Symphony Orchestra is now posting Music @ Home Videos on their YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnArborSymphony/videos

Virtual Museum Tours
https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/famous-museums-virtual-tours/?fbclid=IwAR0nlEQHP6qOszC-PDRVSU9_GbgrnVhaqj_uvJ7aB5H4DZgfKxRDDxIqWYU

YMCA Home Fitness Videos
https://ymca360.org/on-demand#/category/17

Family Fun Ideas:
https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com

Scholastic Learn at Home
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Code.org is a great educational resource for teachers and parents working with students at home.
https://code.org/athome

Puffin Books YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/puffinbooks1/videos

Michigan History for Kids ( username: MHK      password: 1234 )
http://michigankids.org

Parade Magazine article on avoiding cabin fever
https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/things-to-do-with-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine/?fbclid=IwAR0qfVBxevS_OPAGn1OW66IX98lTAYfxgX0Nc1DQJ_wkAl1mmvvOpLJSbRI

NASA STEM @ Home for Students
https://www.nasa.gov/stem-at-home-for-students-k-4.html?fbclid=IwAR0761JZtJvLg7uG0ghM4yu_Kaqmd6INfcINSXTDBunvHEZR-LLCSmCJHu8

National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary

The Henry Ford provides resources for interactive learning at all educational levels. From short activities to in-depth units, they will help you find something to engage your young learners at home.
https://www.thehenryford.org/learn-online

Harper Collins Free At Home Resources for Kids
Time for Kids – a free digital library to help families while schools are closed
timeforkids.com
Informational Pages on COVID-19
CDC – Caring for Children in a Disaster
https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/index.html

MI Government document on how to talk to kids about the COVID-19 outbreak
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/Talking_with_kids_about_COVID_FINAL_684625_7.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1quQOBe2JgGUpq384ULRtjcI4xxs_NRqEwmBkpGDd6ekE-sDfNN34qKlo

Kid friendly comic explaining the COVID-19 outbreak
http://elisegravel.com/en/blog/coronavirus-free-printable-comic-for-kids/?fbclid=IwAR3IK19_vXd2DMqCYlcQl1AHUTXhmh6k24HkXuyqO04RwEQBQCmEan7Zs4I

Request 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 Spring Programs for Kids, Tweens and Teens

Monday, April 13
Spring Story Times Begin

Spring Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Tuesday, April 13 and run until Wednesday, May 13. Registration is required, parents or caregivers of children may register in person at the Library or by calling 734-426-4477. Space is limited so registration will be on a first come first served basis. 

Children 18 months to 3 years of age may sign up for one Toddler Story Time. Toddler Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Children under 18 months may attend, however books and activities are geared for toddlers. Children 3 to 5 years of age may sign up for one Preschool Story Time. Preschool Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 11:30 am.   Combined Toddler/Preschool Story Times are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 am, registration is required.

Drop-In Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from April 16 to May 14.  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.

Spring 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

Thursday, April 16 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 Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Lynn Scheerger.  Registration begins Thursday, March 19.

Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club

Kids in grades 5 and 6 are invited to read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize.  Enjoy a snack, and occasionally a craft or game related to the book.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book: The Unteachables by Gordon Korman..  Registration begins Thursday, March 19.

Saturday, April 18 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Earth Day Upcycled Crafts

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the Library and get ready for Earth Day by making a variety of upcycled crafts.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, April 23 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, April 24 from 10:00 to 11:30 am
Morning Movie for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Bring a pillow, blanket and fuzzy friend, preschool-appropriate snacks will be served.
Horton Hears a Who (2008)

Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists. Rated G – 86 minutes

Friday, April 24 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.  Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Friday, May 1 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeon Master Tim Finch will teach you D&D basics, help you create a character, and design a campaign.  New and experienced players in grades 6 through 12 are welcome.  There is no charge to attend and all supplies will be provided.  To register email dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us or call 734-426-4477. 

Saturday, May 2 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Drop-In Mother’s Day Craft

Children of all ages are invited to stop by the Library to make a simple gift for their mother.

Saturday, May 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 pizza lunch provided.

Tuesday, May 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.

Saturday, May 9 at 12:00 pm
KinderConcert
Join Gari Stein, Kathryn Goodson and this event’s Ann Arbor Symphony special performer Donald Babcock, who will present the Terrific Trombone. Music comes alive at KinderConcert, a free 30-minute concert designed especially for children two to five years old.  Music and movement help children gain an appreciation of classical music.   Registration is not required.

Thursday, May 14 at 4:30 pm
Super Stories

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 “Spring”. Registration is required beginning Thursday,
April 9.

Friday, May 15 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.  Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Thursday, May 21 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 Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins. Registration begins Thursday, April 16.

Thursday, May 21 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club

Kids in grades 5 and 6 are invited to read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize.  Enjoy a snack, and occasionally a craft or game related to the book.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book: Restart by Gordon Korman.  Registration begins Thursday, April 16.

Friday, May 22 at 11:00 am (schools closed)
Family Movie & Popcorn

Doolittle (2020)
A physician who can talk to animals embarks on an adventure to find a legendary island with a young apprentice and a crew of strange pets.  Starring Robert Downey Jr.  Rated PG – 101 minutes.

Sunday, May 24
Monday, May 25
Library Closed

Thursday, May 28 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, May 30 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Drop-In 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.

Tuesday, June 2 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.

Tuesday, June 16 at 11:00 am
Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

Everyone is invited to register for this year’s Summer Reading Program “Imagine Your Story”, there are reading clubs for adults, teens and kids of all ages.  With the Library’s slogan “Imagine Your Story”, themes of fairytales, mythology and fantasy will have a magical starting point to encourage reading throughout the summer.

The Summer Reading Program kicks off with live music for all ages featuring singer/song writer Jim Gill.  Each of Jim Gill’s concerts is an active sing-along and clap-along. He bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, jumps, dances and even sneezes along. The concert is filled, of course, with songs and stories from Jim’s award-winning recordings and books for young children.  Join us a for a fun morning of music and laughter, register for the Summer Reading Program and then head down to Farmers Market for refreshments and a visit with a live unicorn.  Everyone is welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Spring Story Times

Spring Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, April 13 and run until Wednesday, May 13. Registration is required, parents or caregivers of children may register in person at the Library or by calling 734-426-4477. Space is limited so registration will be on a first come first served basis. 

Children 18 months to 3 years of age may sign up for one Toddler Story Time. Toddler Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Children under 18 months may attend, however books and activities are geared for toddlers. Children 3 to 5 years of age may sign up for one Preschool Story Time. Preschool Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 11:30 am.   Combined Toddler/Preschool Story Times are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 am, registration is required.

Drop-In Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from April 16 to May 14.  Day Care Centers are welcome to all Drop-In Story Times.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Spring 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.

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.