2019 Fall Events for Kids, Tweens and Teens

Tuesday, September 3 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.

Friday, September 6 at 10:00 am
Morning Movie for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Children ages five and under, along with their caregivers, are invited to watch Curious George (2006) on the big screen while enjoying a variety of preschool snacks.  Bring a blanket, pillow, cuddly friend and something to drink.  Everyone is welcome, registration is not required.

Thursday, September 12 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 “Back to School”.  Registration is required beginning Monday, August 19.

Saturday, September 14 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 Wednesday, August 28, pizza lunch provided.

Monday, September 16
Fall Story Times Begin

Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 16 and run until Thursday, November 7. 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 September 19 to November 9.  There will also be two special evening Drop-In Story Times on Tuesday, September 24 and Tuesday, October 22, both 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.

Thursday, September 19 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 I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis. Registration is required, beginning Monday, August 19.

Thursday, September 19 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club

This is a book discussion group for grades 5 to 6.  Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We will discuss the book, enjoy a snack, and do a craft.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book The Donut Fix by Jessie Janowitz. Registration is required.

Friday, September 20 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fall Crafts for Preschoolers

Kids ages 6 and under are invited to stop by the Library and create a variety of seasonal crafts.  Registration is not required.

Friday, September 20  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.

Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 am
KinderConcert

Music comes alive at KinderConcert, a 30 minute concert designed especially for children ages five and under. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert – they’ll dance and move while listening to the music.  Then they’ll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment.  Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.  Registration is not required.

Tuesday, September 24 at 4:00 pm
DIY Buttons & Magnets

Teens and kids in grades 4 through 12 are invited to stop by the Library and make a variety of buttons for your backpack and magnets for your locker.  Light snacks provided.  Registration begins August 27.

Tuesday, September 24 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, September 26 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, September 28 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
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.  Mary will create 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.

Tuesday, October 1 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, October 5 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, October 5 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, September 14, pizza lunch provided.

Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends Used Book Sale

Wednesday, October 9 at 2:00 pm (schools early release)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the Library and watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) on the big screen while enjoying a free bag of popcorn.  Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.   Registration is not required.  Rated G – 86 minutes.

Wednesday, October 9 at 2:00 pm (schools early release)
DIY Book Safe

Teens and kids in grades 5 through 12 will learn how to transform an old book into a cool safe for their tiny treasures.  Registration begins Monday, September 9.

Thursday, October 10 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 “Fall”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, September 12.

Thursday, October 10
American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, October 17 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 Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, September 19.

Thursday, October 17 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club

This is a book discussion group for grades 5 to 6.  Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We will discuss the book, enjoy a snack, and do a craft.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of the book Stormbreaker (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz.  Registration begins Thursday, September 19.

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.

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

2019 Fall Story Times

Registration for Fall Story Times begins Monday, August 26.  Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 16 and run until Thursday, November 7. 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 Family 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 9.  There will also be two special evening Drop-In Story Times on Tuesday, September 24 and Tuesday, October 22, both 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.

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

Summer Events for Day Care Centers and Dexter Summer Camps

Summer 2019

Greetings Camp Organizers and Day Care Centers

The Dexter District Library welcomes Summer Camps and Day Care Centers to register their children for the Summer Reading Program and attend selected events held at the Library. Participants will receive incentive prizes for demonstrating continued progress to meet their reading goals and will be eligible for all prize drawings at the conclusion of the program. In the past, the Library has received several comments and concerns from individual parents regarding large groups attending events geared for the general public. Due to the popularity of our programming, the Library has designated certain events as ones open to organized summer groups. This summer, the Library is happy to accommodate larger groups at the following events:

June 20 to August 1                                                       
Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am                            
Drop-In Story Times for Ages 6 and Under

Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 am to Noon                   
Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day
With Three Special Surprise Guests                        

Friday, July 5 at 11:00 am
The Storytellers Present:  Musical Folktales              
Music from All Over the World                                   

Friday, July 12 at 11:00 am
Baffling Bill Presents:  Blast Off with Books            
Comedy and Magic for All Ages 

Tuesday, July 19 at 11:00 am
Acting Up Theatre Presents:  Space for Rent
All Ages – All Audience Participation

Thursday, August 1 at 11:00 am
Bedtime Story Time for Ages 6 and Under
Wear Your Pajamas – Refreshments

Friday, August 2 at 11:00 am
Bev Meyer “The Music Lady” with
Marc “The Balloon Meister”

Monday, August 19 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
The Lego Movie 2:  The Second Part (2019)

Programs and events omitted from this list will not be available to organized groups in order for the Library to control presentation costs and provide the programming environment requested by many of our individual families. Please also refer to the Library’s “Field Trip Guidelines” for expectations regarding supervision and behavior of children. The Library is happy to serve as a resource to supplement your summer activities. Your help in abiding by these guidelines will enhance everyone’s experience at the Library this summer. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding this policy.

Best regards,

Paul McCann, Library Director
Dexter District Library

August Events for Kids, Tweens and Teens

Tuesday, August 13
Final Prize Drawing for all Summer Reading Programs participants who completed the program.  Goody bags will continue to be given out until Labor Day for kids and teens who have finished up the program.

Monday, August 19 at 11:00 am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
The Lego Movie 2:  The Second Part (2019)

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.  Rated PG – 107 minutes.

Monday, August 26
Registration for Fall Story Times begins Monday, August 26.  Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 16 and run until Thursday, November 7. 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 September 19 to November 9.  There will also be two special evening Drop-In Story Times on Tuesday, September 24 and Tuesday, October 22, both 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.

Monday, August 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Pokemon Movie & More
Kids in grades 3 through 6, enjoy snacks while watching Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Rated PG) on the big screen.  Bring your Pokemon cards to trade and play with others.  Registration is required, call 734-426-4477 to register.

Wednesday, August 28 at 1:00 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Join us for a special TAG meeting as we thank all of our amazing summer volunteers and welcome new members.  Everyone in grades 7 through 12 is invited to attend.  Come find out how you can volunteer at the Library throughout the year.  Pizza lunch provided, registration is required.

Thursday, August 29 at 10:00 am
Dancers Edge Presents: Music and Movement for Preschoolers    
Children ages 6 and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to participate in a special dance class with Jennifer Smith of Dancers Edge.  Filled with music, movement and playful interaction, this class is designed for the youngest dancers.  Get ready to wiggle, jump and move to music, props and fun.  Refreshments and a simple craft will be offered following the program.  Registration is not required.

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.