Imagine Your Story…as an Essential Worker

Celebrate the heroic efforts of essential workers everywhere who keep us safe and healthy all the time, and especially now during the crisis we are facing.  Enjoy our collection of children’s non-fiction and picture books and learn about the variety of vital occupations in our community.  Books can be placed on hold for curbside pickup using your Dexter District Library card.

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Drop-In Virtual Story Times

Drop-In Virtual Story Times for all ages will be offered 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.

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.

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2020 Summer Reading Family Events

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  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

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 Wednesday, July 15 Join artist Corinne Roberts for a virtual drawing lesson focusing on dragons, unicorns and other mythical creatures. No prior drawing experience is required, just have your pencil and paper ready to follow along. Corinne’s work can be seen at towards grades 5 through 12, the program will be presented via Zoom and registration is required on our website at A Zoom link and password will be sent to you prior to the event.  Contact:

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 DDL facebook page at

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.

On Monday, July 27 at 1:00 pm, all tweens in grades 5 through 7 are invited join us for a virtual book club to talk about Restart by Gordon Korman, along with some favorite books you’ve read this summer. A limited number of books will be available for curbside pickup. Call the Youth Reference Desk at 734-426-4477 between noon and 6:00 pm for more information or email  Registration is required for instructions and Zoom link. You may register on our website at A link to our Zoom meeting room and a password will be sent to you prior to July 27.

Art Journaling comes to DDL on Wednesday, July 29 at 1:00 pm.  Start your own visual journal during this fun, virtual class taught by artist Corinne Roberts.  Explore a variety of techniques to spark your imagination using just pencils, pens and paper.  No special art skill required, just be prepared to get creative.  Recommended for grades 5 through 12, but adults are welcome to attend.Registration is available on our website and is required for Zoom connection details. A link to our Zoom meeting room and a password will be sent to you prior to July 29.  Contact: or call 734-426-4477.

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

Our Summer Reading Challenge Wrap Up Program is Saturday, August 15 at 11:00 am for all ages.  Come and join

Professor Snoopenheimer, professional snooper outer of mysterious stuff as he snoops out mythological fantasy beings. He snoops for “Goof Fairy Floyd” a very goofy juggler, “Eddie Elf” who plays music on his elf harp and also “Mr Biggenosen” a troll much brighter than other trolls and who knowsens a lot because he reads. The show is way fun with a message of helping to make the world a better place. Come and meet …”Fairies, Trolls and Elves! Oh My!”  This presentation will be via Zoom for all ages, registration is required

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.

Browse New Children’s Books

Enjoy our collection of recently purchased children’s books.  Holds may be placed by clicking on any title you would like to borrow.  These lists will be updated throughout the summer. 

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Kids Zone

Enjoy this collection of librarian-tested websites for kids of all ages.  If you’re home and looking for things to do to keep busy, scroll down for a vast variety of resources to help.  New websites will be added weekly so keep coming back, there is something fun, educational and entertaining for everyone

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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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Online Story Times

Read-alongs with Authors and Illustrators


Harry Potter at Home

British Library Makes “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” Exhibit Available Online For Free

Directory of Boredom Busters

Toon Books – Great comics for beginning readers
Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor – great digital resources and programming for teens

I Love Libraries – This site has a whole list of resources recommended by librarians for kids of all ages

A2 Symphony Orchestra is now posting Music @ Home Videos on their YouTube Channel

Virtual Museum Tours

Michigan Department of Natural Resources:  Resources for Parents and Students – Virtual field trips, videos, online tours, experiment and project ideas, and outdoor activities

YMCA Home Fitness Videos

Family Fun Ideas:

Scholastic Learn at Home is a great educational resource for teachers and parents working with students at home

Puffin Books YouTube Channel

Michigan History for Kids ( username: MHK      password: 1234 )

Parade Magazine article on avoiding cabin fever

NASA STEM @ Home for Students

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.

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.

Harper Collins Free At Home Resources for Kids
Time for Kids – a free digital library to help families while schools are closed
Staying Afloat: Resources for Parents and Kids During the DCS Closure by the Dexter Community Schools
Resources, Wellness and At-Home Activities by SRSLY Dexter
DSO Replay — On-demand video streaming archive of past concerts, available to everyone.
The Detroit Institute of Arts – view more than 60,000 artworks available on the museum’s website
Michigan Science Center – Each weekday at 2:30 p.m., the Michigan Science Center is streaming dynamic live interactive science experiments at ECHO Distance Learning Studio

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
STEM at Home
Lansing’s Impression 5 Science Center Facebook Activities

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – Follow on Facebook for ideas about how to bring GRCM home to you. Check out play@home webpage for more learning resources and daily activities. Find even more @home activities

Bill Nye the Science Guy Home Demos
Exploring Origami
How to Make Soap
OLogy:  A Science Website for Kids from the American Museum of Natural History
Play@Home at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Science Journal for Kids and Teens

Click here for Digital Escape Rooms
Find the Library at Your Place Digital Adventure by Dexter District Library
Rebel Escape: May the 4th Escape Game by Leesburg Public Library
Space Explorer Training by Campbell County Public Library

Escape from Star Killer Base (Star Wars) by Richard Hill Public Library

Marvel Avengers: Escape from the Hydra Base by Richmond Hill Public Library

Pikachu’s Wild Rescue (Pokemon) by High River Library

Escape from Wonderland by Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System

Sher-Lock Digital Escape Room by The Salt Lake County Library

Escape the Fairy Tale: Part 1 by East Orange Public Library

Escape Like an Egyptian by Dover Public Library

Pete the Cat by Abington Free Library

Cinderella Escapes by Henika District Library

Golden Girls by Kern County Library, Ridgecrest Branch

Minotaur’s Labyrinth by The Salt Lake County Library

Six of Crows by Morristown & Morris Township Library

Escape the Sphinx by Clermont County Public Library

Spy Apprentice by Washington-Centerville Public Library

Dog Man by Concho Public Library

Escape from Antelope Island by The Salt Lake County Library–wqR-CMShFGNauJjnpg/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1EY7B4iyKUEgCfOui7yMEX0yOS3qT8pLCztLkJPuDlkD9fqF3pWsiAxP0

Sherlock the Musical

Breakout Edu – An educational website that has quite a few academic themed escape rooms

Mandalorian by Manchester Community College Library in Manchester, New Hampshire

Fairy Tale part 2 by East Orange Public Library

Sherlock: Missing Tiger by Cotsen Children’s Library

Trapped in the Toy Room by Cuyahoga Falls Library

North Carolina Escape Room by Davie County Public Library in Mocksville, North Carolina

Stuck in Mount Washington by Gilford Public Library in Gilford, New Hampshire

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters Escape Room by Nashville Public Library in Nashville, Tennessee

The Bunnie Escape

Harry Potter: Magic Final Exam by San Leandro Public Library

Escape Your Boring Break by Pekin Public Library in Pekin, Illinois

Hunger Games by Longview Public Library in Longview, Texas

Oh the Horror: Classic Tales by Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Ancient Egypt Tomb Escape by Campbell County Public Library

Library Heist

A Mystery at the Library by Horry County Memorial Library–w/viewform?fbclid=IwAR23kWCzNduv5tFT0m4wq3e8_qPnu4dcvO6zg3jIP_UFwQvIJ6eP9n1-sXI

Night at the Library

Minecraft by Regency Park Library

74th Hunger Games by Round Rock Public Library

Escaping the Hunger Games by Plymouth Public Library

Escape Gollum’s Cave (Lord of the Rings)

A Hobbit Adventure by Bedford Public Library System

Secret Agent Mission (Breakout EDU platform)

Indiana Jones by Manchester City Library

Library of Alexandria by San Leandro Public Library

Library Character Escape

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

Michigan Virtual Escape Room by Mott Library

Harry Potter: Escaping Detention by Plymouth Public Library

Harry Potter Escape Room by PCPL

Help Pete the Cat Get His Groove Back  by Coy Public Library

Dr. Seuss by TeacherJBrooks, via Teachers Pay Teachers

Taneytown Library Fairy Tale Escape Room

Escape to Narnia byThe County Library, Salt Lake

Hatchet Escape Room by Aiken County Public Library

Escape from Treasure Island by Andover Public Library

Roald Dahl Digital Escape by Willoughby City Library

Mother Goose Mystery by the Bingham Creek Branch of The County Library

Halloween Haunt

A Day at the Park (Breakout EDU platform)

Get Me Home If You Can (Breakout EDU platform)

Going Buggy Escape Room (Breakout EDU platform)

Looney Tunes by TeacherJBrooks, via Teachers Pay Teachers

The Smurfs by TeacherJBrooks, via Teachers Pay Teachers

JUMANJI Digital Escape Room by The County Library, Salt Lake

Fortnite (Reading Comprehension) Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54

Animal Adventure! iew/animaladventurebreakout/home

Camouflage Caper

Escape the Lion’s Den by York County School Division

Famous People: Americans by York County School Division

American Revolution: The British Are Coming by York County School Division

Rescue the Revolution!

Native Americans by York County School Division

Asteroid Collision by York County School Division

States of Matter: What’s the Matter? by York County School Division

Brain Teasers Escape Room by Mama Teaches

Cabin Fever Virtual Escape Room by St. Albert Public Library

Maker Escape Escape Room by St. Albert Public Library

Hunger Games: Infiltrating the Capitol by Arlington Public Library

Stranger Things: Welcome to the Snow Ball by Zion Benton Public Library

HistoryWritten: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Civil War: Breakout

Classic Literature Digital Escape Room by The County Library, Salt Lake

Doctor Who Escape Room by Tehachapi Branch Library

Attack of the Page Snatchers VIDEO (Breakout EDU platform) by Fayette County Public Library

Help Fez Escape the Library by Vermillion Public Library

Librarian’s Office Escape by Room Escape Maker

Hide & Seek Digital Scavenger Hunt by The County Library, Salt Lake

I Spy Digital Scavenger Hunt by The County Library, Salt Lake

The Wild Robot Digital Escape Room

Science Focus – Plate Tectonics Escape Room

A Special Series of Unfortunate Events Digital Escape Room

Food Truck Escape

Boy Called Bat Breakout

Save Sports

Math Measurement Breakout

Math Prison Escape

Around the World in 30 Days

Techmas Breakout

Crack the Code

Going to the Movies

Og’s Great Adventure

Breakout Broadcast

Catch the Bus

Soar’s Escape

Grizwald’s Grizzly Escape

Stranger Things Star Court Mall

Books Alive! Escape the Rhymes  by Bay County Library

Marvel: Defeat Thanos and Save the World by Mesa Public Library in Mesa, Arizona

Shrek Themed Escape Room by Laura Escamilla

Stranger Things

Zombie Mayhem by Taos Public Library

Schitt$ Creek Escape Room by Evansdale Public Library

Star Trek Escape Room by The County Library, Salt Lake

Virtual Harry Potter Trivia Games by Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library
Hogwarts First Year Entrance Exam

Gilderoy Lockhart Fan Club Quiz

The Marauder’s Map Quiz

Goblet of Fire Quiz

Mount Everest Escape

Zany Zoo Trip by The County Library, Salt Lake

Shakespeare Virtual Escape Room by Patten Free Library–GlA8j3mfUFD696rw/viewform

Indiana Jones: Dr. Jones and the Lost Grail by The County Library, Salt Lake

Treasure Island Digital Escape  by The County Library, Salt Lake

Magical Disney Lock-In by Richmond Hill Public Library

Pokemon: Pokemon Panic Escape Room by Richmond Hill Public Library

Escape the Midnight Express by

Bank Heist by

Alone Together by

Harry Potter: Locked in Hogwarts by Williamsburg Regional Library

Lord of the Rings: Middle Earth Escape Room by Ramara Public Library

Star Wars Digital Escape Room by the Dover Area Community Library

Star Wars Escape Room: Rebel Spy Escape by Pewaukee Public Library

STAR WARS: May the 4th Be With You by Rocky Mountain House Public Library, Alberta, Canada

Survive the Titanic! by Henika District Library

Marvel Avengers Virtual Escape Room by Howard College Big Spring Campus

TARDIS Escape Room (Dr. Who)

Alice in Wonderland Digital Escape Room by Gladwyne Library in Gladwyne, PA

Can You Make it through the Enchanted Forest? by Needham Public Library

Harry Potter Digital Escape Room: Neville Saves the Day

Star Wars: May the Fourth by The County Library, Salt Lake

Magic School Bus Escape Game by Abington Free Library

Ready Player One Digital Escape Room by Gloucester County Library

Throne of Glass: Journey Through Oakwald Forest by Rita and Truett Smith Public Library

Hunger Games: Journey to District 13 by The County Library, Salt Lake

Stranger Things: Escape From the Upside Down by Orland Park Public Library

Witcher Escape Room by San Antonio Public Library


Click here for Informational Pages on COVID-19

Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic from Common Sense Media

CDC – Caring for Children in a Disaster

Sesame Street – Caring for Each Other


World Health Organization – Parenting in the Time of COVID-19

COCVID-19 Lockdown and Sports – How To Reduce Anxiety – Anxiety and Depression Association of America

MI Government document on how to talk to kids about the COVID-19 outbreak

Kid friendly comic explaining the COVID-19 outbreak

Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Coronavirus Resource Page

Trusted Resources for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus from Senator Gary Peters

National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About Covid-19

UM Health Blog: How to Talk with Kids about COVID-19


Top Ten Teletherapy Tips for Kids and Teens – Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Headspace – A collection of meditation, sleep, and movement exercises designed to help you keep a strong and healthy mind in the midst of this global health crisis.

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Bridge Magazine – Michigan, Covid-19 Tracking Page

PebbleGo, PebbleGo Next and Capstone Interactive Books

PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for elementary age students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.  Dexter District Library has access to PebbleGo now through August 15, 2020.  Please use the links below to access it.

  • PebbleGo (English & Spanish) provides a variety of resources for the Kindergarten through 3rd Grade ages:
    • Visit and click “Sign In”
    • Username: engaged
    • Password: learning
  • PebbleGo Next continues to provide more in-depth content for 3rd to 5th Grade students and includes many of the most popular short form books that students use for elementary school reports
  • Capstone Interactive eBooks allows readers to listen to the content as well as read text.  This site allows students and parents to select books by Reading Level or Lexile Range.

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.