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December and January Events for Kids and Teens

Tuesday, December 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.

Thursday, December 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Holiday Card Making

Kids in grades K through 4, stop by and create beautiful and festive homemade cards for your friends and family while enjoying snacks.  Registration is not required.

Friday, December 6 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, November 15. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends Used Book Sale

Saturday, December 7 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ukulele Club
All skill levels welcome, including beginners.  Try out one of our ukuleles or bring your own and learn basic chords and song structure from Hudson Education Center for the Arts staff.  This is a drop-in program for grades 4 through 12.

Saturday, December 7 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, November 2, pizza lunch provided.

Sunday, December 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Rooftop Landing Reindeer on the Terrace
Stop by the Library terrace on Sunday, December 8 and get up close and personal with live reindeer outside the Library from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. On the lower level, we’ll have a variety of holiday crafts for kids.  Registration is not required.  Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, December 11 at 1:00 pm (schools early release)
Star Wars Crafts

Teens in grades 5 through 12 are invited to celebrate the ninth film in the Star Wars saga by decorating your own t-shirt with your favorite characters.  We’ll also be making buttons and magnets.  Registration is required, beginning Monday, November 11.

Thursday, December 12 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 “Pets”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, November 7.

Tuesday, December 17 at 11:00 am
Drop-In Holiday Story Time

Join us for 30 minutes of stories, rhymes and music celebrating winter and the holidays. Geared for children ages six and under but everyone is welcome.
Refreshments will be provided following the program.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, December 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 Stick Dog by Tom Watson. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, November 14.

Thursday, December 19 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: Float by Laura Martin. Registration begins Thursday, November 14.

Monday, December 23 at 11:00 am (schools closed)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids

Toy Story 4 (2019)  When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.  Rated G – 100 minutes.

Tuesday, December 24
Wednesday, December 25

Library Closed

Friday, December 27
Registration Begins for Winter Story Times
Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 13 and run until Thursday, March 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 January 16 to March 7.  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.

Winter 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, December 27 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (schools closed)
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.

Monday, December 30 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (schools closed)
New Year’s Hats & Noisemakers Drop-In Craft

Children of all ages are invited to drop-in and make New Year’s hats and noisemakers to ting in the New Year.  Registration is not required.

Tuesday, December 31
Wednesday, January 1
Library Closed

Thursday, January 2 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (schools closed)
Winter Wonderland Cupcake Wars
Teens in grades 5 through 12 are invited to battle other participants by designing the ultimate winter scene using cupcakes.  Working within our guidelines, a time limit, and with the supplies we provide, each participant will design a scene to submit for judging.  Prizes awarded in three categories.  Registration begins Monday, December 2.

Friday, January 3 at 11:00 am (schools closed)
The Storytellers Present:  Most Tropical – Music from the Caribbean

We’re spending the coldest month of the year thinking warm thoughts at the Library with  tropical-themed events for all ages planned throughout the month. Musical Folktales is an upbeat concert of interactive stories, beautiful music, humor, interesting musical instruments and hands-on activities. The Storytellers are Audrey and Bob Allison, who use voice and vocal effects to captivate young audiences. Their music spans the globe from Australia to Brazil to the Caribbean Islands.  Join us as they return to the Library to celebrate tropical music.  Adults and kids of all ages are welcome, registration is not required.

Saturday, January 4 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ukulele Club
All skill levels welcome, including beginners.  Try out one of our ukuleles or bring your own and learn basic chords and song structure from Hudson Education Center for the Arts staff.  This is a drop-in program for grades 4 through 12.

Saturday, January 4 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, December 7, pizza lunch provided.

Tuesday, January 7 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, January 11 at 12:00 pm
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.

Monday, January 13
Winter Story Times Begin

Thursday, January 16 at 10:30 am
Drop-In Story Time at the Beach

Monday, January 20 at 11:00 am (schools closed)
Animals of the Rain Forest
Kids ages 4 and up are invited to get up close and personal with a variety of live rain forest animals.  Registration is not required.

Friday, January 24 at 10:00 am
Morning Movie for Preschoolers

Babe (1995)
Rated G – 91 minutes
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. Toddler and preschool appropriate snacks will be served.

 

2019 Fall Events for Kids, Tweens and Teens

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

 

Ukulele Club

The Library’s Ukulele Club is held on the first Saturday of each month from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.   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 or bring your own and learn basic chords and song structure from Hudson Education Center for the Arts staff.  This is a drop-in program located on the lower level.

Contact:  Diane Alson dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us

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.

Movie & Popcorn for Kids

Join us for Movie & Popcorn for Kids offered at various times throughout the year.  Enjoy a free bag of popcorn while watching a family-friendly movie on the big screen.  There’s plenty of floor space so bring a pillow, blanket or a cuddly friend.  Daycare groups are welcome, please arrive 10 minutes before the movie to get your group set up.

Wednesday, November 27 at 1:00 pm (schools early release)
Family Movie & Popcorn
Aladdin (2019)
Rated PG – 128 minutes

Monday, December 23 at 11:00 am (schools closed)
Toy Story 4 (2019)
Rated PG – 100 minutes

Friday, January 24 at 10:00 am
Morning Movie for Preschoolers
Babe (1995)
Rated G – 91 minutes
Toddler and preschool appropriate snacks will be served.