2021 Virtual Winter Story Times

Winter Story Times for ages five and under will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 am on our DDL facebook page from January 5 to March 2.  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.

2021 Winter Youth Events

January 1 through 24
Winter Photo Contest for Teens
Local teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to submit a photo for a chance to win a gift card.  Photos will be judged in three categories:  Winter, Dexter and Family/Friends.  Entrants are limited to one picture in each category.  Complete contest details will be emailed to registered participants.  Photographs will be displayed on the DDL Teen Services webpage and in the Library’s Teen Zone.  Winners will be announced on January 28.

Monday, January 4 through Sunday, January 17
DIY Paint with Tissue Paper
Tweens and teens in grades 6 through 12, get creative with this fun painting project.  Everything you need will be included in your bag for pickup, including supplies, instructions and YouTube links for inspiration.  Instructions for picking up your craft bag will be emailed to registered participants. Email a picture of your final product to the Teen Librarian at dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us from January 20 through February 6.  Pictures will be posted on the Library’s Teen Services web page for viewing.  Registration is Monday, January 4 through Sunday, January 17.  Craft bag pickup is January 20 through 31.

Tuesdays, January 5 to March 2 at 10:30 am
Virtual Winter Story Times
Winter Story Times for ages five and under will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 am on our DDL facebook page from January 5 to March 2.  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. 

Bi-weekly Thursdays at 11:00 am, January 14 to February 25
Preschool Super Stories
Kids ages five and younger are invited to join Ms Krista this winter on our DDL facebook page every other Thursday at 11:00 am.  We will read a longer picture book and share an activity related to the book.  Everyone is welcome.  Dates:  January 14, January 28, February 11 and February 25

Bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm, January 20 to March 3
Club Create
Kids in grades K through 2 are invited to join us on facebook, every other Wednesday at 4:30 pm beginning January 20.  Ms. Krista will share fun challenges, activities and craft ideas that you can try at home.  She will also highlight a few new chapter books and readers.  Everyone is welcome.  Dates:  January 20, February 3, February 17 and March 3

Thursday, January 21 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers
All Star Readers Book Club for grades 3 and 4 will meet again on Thursday, January 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Registration is required and begins on Thursday, December 17. The book we will be discussing is Flora & Ulysses by Kate DeCamillo. Books will be available for pick up when you register.  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 January 21.

Saturday, January 30 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Cricut® for Beginners
Join us for a repeat of this popular virtual program as we talk about the basic functions of a Cricut® machine and discuss which tools and materials are worth investing in.  A demonstration will be provided and samples of projects will be shared.  Time will be available at the end of the presentation for participants’ questions.  Recommended for grades 6 through adult, registration is required.  Zoom details will be emailed prior to the program. 

Thursday, February 4 to Wednesday, February 10
February Craft Kits
February Craft Kits for grades K through 5 will be available from February 4 to February 10.  Call from the Library parking lot and we’ll deliver them to our outside table or pick them up inside.  Registration is required on our website beginning January 18.

Thursday, February 18
All Star Readers
All Star Readers Book Club for grades 3 and 4 will meet again on Thursday, February 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Registration is required and begins on Thursday, January 21. The book we will be discussing will be announced.  Books will be available for pick up when you register.  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 February 18.

Saturday, February 20 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
DIY Weaving Craft
Children in grades 4 through 8 will work along with Youth Librarians on Zoom to learn basic weaving techniques.  Make a small wall hanging and learn how to make and attach pompons.  Registration is required, can be found at https://dexter.lib.mi.us/events/diy-weaving-craft/ and runs from February 1 through February 17.  Supplies will be available for pickup prior to class.  Registered participants will receive an email with pickup details.  A Zoom link will be emailed one day prior to the program.  Contact Diane Alson at dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us for more informa

Children’s Virtual Art Gallery

Thank you to all of our Children’s Virtual Art Gallery contributors.  Your masterpieces have turned this page into a wonderful tribute to the young talent in our community.  Please take the time to browse the site and enjoy the amazing art and sculptures.  This page will be displayed all throughout December.

PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next

PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 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.  PebbleGo content includes: animals, science, biographies, social studies, and health.

PebbleGo Next provides 3rd-5th grade students with hundreds of curriculum-connected articles designed for their specific needs in biographies, sciences, social studies, state studies, and American Indian history.

Click here to access PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next.

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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  • Learning
  • Self Care
  • Activities
  • Book Characters

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Helpful Titles During the Covid-19 Crisis

Our librarians at Dexter District Library have been working hard to create a collection of books and other materials to meet the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to our community.  From hygiene to homeschooling; prevention to social distancing; facts to fiction, we have collected a wide range of adult, teen and children’s materials to help you at this difficult time.  Holds may be placed by clicking on any title you would like to borrow, ebooks can be checked out directly through hoopla.  We will notify you when your holds are available for curbside service.  This webpage will be updated regularly.

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  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Picture Books
  • Adult
  • Youth
  • eBooks

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Summer Reading 2020 has concluded but our “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” challenge remains available year-round.

Registration is easy and you can pre-register now by visiting https://dexter.beanstack.org/reader365.  You will earn reading badges and many will even win prizes.

All participation must be done online through Beanstack.

You can also log your child’s reading using the Beanstack Tracker app for Android or iOS. If you have any questions, we’re here to answer them.

TumbleBooks

Click here to access TumbleBooks.  TumbleBooks are talking picture books that have been created from existing picture books from well-known publishers and authors.  Also included are Read-Alongs, Non Fiction Books, Picture Books in French and Spanish, also Puzzles and Games.  Help for TumbleBooks is available by clicking here.

There is also a TumbleBooks app available that you can download by clicking the Android or Apple icons below.  Note that using the TumbleBooks app requires you to sign in with your Dexter District Library card that begins with 29221, if you have an old 29082 card – please contact us and we will upgrade you for free.

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Returning Services


Parking Lot Laptops

Dexter District Library now offers same day, first come first served checkouts on laptops intended to be used in the general vicinity of the Library.  Checkouts are 2 hours long, rounded up to the nearest half-hour.  The laptops come with a car charger and are equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite of applications and can be used to print wirelessly to our printer.  See “Curbside Wireless Printing” for more details on that functionality.

You may check the availability of these laptops by clicking here, or by calling the Library at 734-426-4477.  When you are finished using one of these laptops, please call the Library to initiate a curbside pickup.


Curbside Wireless Printing

The Dexter District Library offers curbside pickup for Wireless Printing.  The service is available during curbside hours, except the final 15 minutes prior to closing.

  1. Patrons will send materials to the Library’s wireless printing service in the same manner they have in the past with their laptops, smart phones, or tablets.
    a)New users are automatically shown directions upon logging onto our Public Wi-Fi or may view them here: https://dexter.lib.mi.us/uncategorized/wi-fi-printing-directions/
  2. All patrons are granted up to 15 free pages printed daily.
  3. Patrons must call from the Library (734-426-4477) from our parking lot and ask to speak with the Adult Reference Librarian.
  4. Patrons are to inform our staff that they have sent wireless print jobs to the printer.  Let the staff know if you need color printing or if black & white is sufficient.
  5. Patrons will need to supply us their cell phone number, library card number, and library card pin.
  6. Staff will call you back when the documents are prepared and you may meet them at the curbside pickup table near the front entrance.


Curbside Faxing

The Dexter District Library offers public curbside faxing service for patrons until 15 minutes prior to closing.

  1. The Library will provide outgoing fax service only (no incoming faxes will be received.)
  2. Until further notice, faxing will be free of charge to avoid money exchange.
  3. Patrons will need to provide the fax number clearly written on the fax.
  4. Patrons must call from the Library parking lot and inform staff that they require fax service.
  5. Patrons will need to supply a cellphone number so staff can contact them with any questions.
  6. Library staff will let the patron know when they are on the way down and that patrons can put the fax on the table at the main entrance.
  7. Staff will come out and pick up the fax.
  8. Staff will call the patron when the fax is complete.
  9. Patrons must wait for staff to send the fax and bring the fax and confirmation sheet back outside.
  10. Staff will place the fax and confirmation on the table at the main entrance for patron pickup.


Curbside Copying

The Dexter District Library offers public curbside copy service for patrons until 15 minutes prior to closing.

  1. Until further notice, copying will be free of charge with a 15 page per day limit.
  2. Patrons must call from the Library parking lot and inform staff that they require copy service.
  3. Patrons will need to supply a cellphone number so staff can contact them in the parking lot
  4. Library staff will let the patron know when they are on the way down and that patrons can put the materials to be copied on the table at the main entrance
  5. Staff will come out and pick up the materials to be copied
  6. Staff will call the patron to let them know that the copies are complete and that they are coming down
  7. Staff will place the copies and originals on the table at the main entrance for patron pickup.


Video Chat Browsing

Dexter District Library now offers browsing our collection via live video chat.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Call the Library (734-426-4477) and ask to speak to either the youth or adult reference librarian. Which librarian you will ask for depends on which area of the collection you want to browse – adult for adult collection items or youth for children’s/young adult items.
  2. Tell the Librarian that you’re interested in doing a live video chat to browse the collection, and give them your cell phone number.
  3. The Librarian will call you back via Facetime (for those of you with Apple phones) or Google Duo (for those of you with Android phones.) It will show up as an unknown caller, please respond.
  4. Guide the librarian to the area of the collection that you would like to browse, pick out your books, and then perform a curbside pickup once you’ve gotten the notice that they are ready.

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, easy readers 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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  • Non-Fiction
  • Picture Books
  • Readers