Browse New Children’s Books – Updated

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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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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Click here for Learning and Fun

Online Story Times

Coding Glossary for Kids

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

Apply For A Library Card

We are now offering online library card registration.

Please fill out the form below to apply for a temporary 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 the Library building has reopened to the public, 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 registration period.  We will continue to extend the initial registration as long asthe building remains closed to the public.

Our borrower’s cards are only available to residents of the Dexter School District, including students.  If you reside outside our service area, please check with your home library about getting a card.

Parents:  When registering a child for a Library card, please use a parental e-mail address.  Dexter Community School addresses may prevent receipt of notifications from the Library’s catalog.

    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.

    Michigan Activity Pass

    Michigan Activity Pass has resumed 7/15/2020.

    The “Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network” program is a partnership between Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and cultural organizations. The program is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials, and to provide reduced cost or complimentary access to arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan, from Monroe to Mackinaw City to Marquette, and all points in between.  All passes are issued online through the MAP site:

    Introduction to Story Times


    Many parents and caregivers are not aware of the planning and preparation it takes to present a 30 minute story time here at the Library. The planning process begins with choosing a theme for each week, particularly one that would be of interest to a toddler or preschool child. Examples of themes often used are Farm, Pond or Jungle Animals, Bedtime, Bath Time, Pets, Monsters, Dinosaurs and Transportation as well as concept themes such as Colors, Counting, Opposites and Shapes. Age appropriate books that are entertaining to small children are then selected, action rhymes are prepared to encourage enjoyment of the rhythm of language, a variety of visual aids are selected to keep a child’s interest during the sessions and songs for dancing or singing are added because very young children are not expected to sit still and listen for 30 minute intervals.

    Dexter District Library also has a wide variety of programming materials for story times. There are over 300 interactive, pop-up and lift-the-flap books in our Professional Collection and our story time cupboards hold a huge collection of hand puppets, finger puppets, story telling kits, literacy bags, flannel board pieces, rhythm sticks and other materials that encourage the love of reading. The Friends of the Dexter District Library have also purchased several popular children’s books in big book format to add to the Professional Collection and an easel to hold the books, making it easier to read and show during story times. This collection has become very useful when children need to sit and listen to a book for a longer period of time.

    Attendance at story times is often a child’s first introduction to the many services offered by the Dexter District Library. When the program is geared to their interests with the knowledge of what is developmentally appropriate for their age group, the Library has the opportunity to create life-long readers and Library users in the Dexter Community. It is with this knowledge in mind, that story times are carefully planned and implemented to introduce the entertaining side of literature to young children.

    Tips for Story Time Success

    For many children this will be their first group experience. The following tips will help to make it a happy one:

    • Participate:  Please join in the activities and save interactions with other parents until after the program. Children love to see their grown-ups listening and participating in story times.
    • Minimize distractions: Plan to arrive early. Snacks or toys should be put away and cell phones should be silenced before story times begin.
    • Be prepared for bad days: It’s okay, sometimes children just have bad days and we understand.  If your child becomes very restless or uncooperative, please step outside the story time room for a few moments to regroup. If you need to leave the session for the day, please come back the following week.
    • Relax: There is no expectation that your child will sit still and participate in every activity. Music and movement is incorporated into our all of our story times to keep it interesting and fun.
    • Bring it back home:  Plan to check out books each week for you and your child to read at home together.
    • Ask for help:  Our Library staff is available to assist you in selecting which story time is right for your child, to guide you in choosing appropriate books and materials, and to provide information about other library services.
    • Visits from groups:  Our weekly story times are designed for individual children and their parent or caregiver. Arrangements for a daycare, school or other group field trips should be made in advance.
    • Keep it healthy:  If you suspect that your child is coming down with something, has a fever or is still coughing or sneezing after a bad cold, please skip a session until they are feeling 100% again.