2020 Spring Story Times

Registration for 2020 Spring Story Times begins Monday, March 9 at 9:00 am.  Spring Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, March 23 and run until Wednesday, May 13. 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 March 26 to May 14.  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.

Spring 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.

2020 Winter Events for Kids, Tweens and Teens

Monday, January 13
Winter Story Times Begin

Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 13 and run until Thursday, March 5. 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 5.  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, February 21 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, December 6. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Tuesday, February 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
DIY Mardi Gras Mask Craft
Kids in grades K through 4 are invited to drop by and celebrate Mardi Gras by creating their own party mask using feathers, sequins and colorful jewels.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, February 29 at 11:00 am
Magic Carpet Theatre

Children of all ages are invited to experience their favorite stories via live theater performances and audience participation. Enjoy “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Sneeches” and other children’s books while role-playing, creating sound effects and making rhythms along with the Magic Carpet performers.  The focus of the Magic Carpet Theatre performance is to encourage children to use their imaginations so they will become better readers. The presentation is fast-paced with lots of humor and audience involvement.  Performance begins at promptly at 11:00 am, refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, March 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.

Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friends Used Book Sale

Monday, March 9
Spring Story Time Registration Begins

Thursday, March 12 at 10:00 am
Dancer’s Edge Presents:  Music and Movement for Toddlers and 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, playful interaction and movement, 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.

Thursday, March 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 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 “Inventions”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, February 6.

Friday, March 13 at 1:00 pm (schools early release)
Leprechaun Trap Program
Kids in grades K through 4 are invited to listen to books about leprechauns and then design and build their own leprechaun trap.  Registration begins Monday, February 10.

Saturday, March 14 at 12:00 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, February 8, pizza lunch provided.

Thursday, March 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 The 100-Year-Old-Secret  by Tracy Barrett. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, February 13.

Thursday, March 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: The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody by M. Landis.  Registration begins Thursday, February 13.

Friday, March 20 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Drop-In 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.

Friday, March 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 beginning Friday, December 6. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Monday, March 23
Spring Story Times Begin

Thursday, March 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.

Monday, March 30 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids

Frozen II
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom.  Rated PG – 103 minutes.

 

Hotspots and Laptop/Hotspot Kits

Mobile hotspots from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon now available for checkout.
Click here to view the hotspots and place a hold.

We also have laptop / hotspot combo kits available.
Click here to view the laptop/hotspot kits and place a hold.

We’ve been collecting data on how each type of device performs in Dexter.
Click here to view the results of the optional survey we include with each device

Goal

Our goal of providing a hotspot collection is to allow Dexter District Library patrons with valid Dexter District Library cards the opportunity to test a particular carrier before purchasing their own device and for temporary uses such as vacations, education, employment, special projects, etc. They are not intended to provide patrons with permanent Internet access.

Due to our government contracts with AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile – we are able to offer hotspots with no data caps and no throttling.  Be aware that such contracts may not be available to you as an individual; or, if they are available, they may be prohibitively expensive.  Our Verizon hotspots have unlimited monthly data, but will enforce a speed cap of 500 Kbps after 30GB of monthly usage.

Policy

In order to make our hotspots more widely available to our patrons, the following rules will be enforced regarding holds:

  1. Holds will be limited to ONE per Item Queue per household per 30 days (Household – a family or occupants residing at the same address.)
  2. Holds not picked up within 7 days will be released as per standard procedure.
  3. Thank you for your cooperation and please, if you are unable to pick up your hotspot — let us know so that we can check it out to the next person on our waiting list and replace your hold.

 

Checking out a Dexter District Library Hotspot / Laptop Kit

If there are hotspots/laptops available, take an item tag from the hanging display near the second floor computer lab.

Give the tag to the Adult Librarian and they will retrieve the item and then accompany you to the circulation desk to checkout.  A valid Dexter District Library card required.

Two week checkout, no renewals, $1 per day overdue fine

If the hotspot is 10 days overdue the data plan will be canceled and the hotspot will cease to function. You will be billed the complete cost of the kit (see more information.)

Return the hotspot to our Checkout Desk. Please DO NOT return to another library or put the hotspot in the outdoor book drop.  All items will be cleaned/inspected by Library staff before recirculating.  Laptops will be purged of all user data so be sure to save your work to a flash drive or email it to yourself before returning the laptop.

 

Using a Dexter District Library Hotspot / Laptop Kit

Turn the hotspot on (see instructions inside the case for details).

On your device (computer, tablet, phone etc) go to your Wi-Fi settings and connect to the DexLib(Carrier)(Number) network. It will look something like DexLibSPR01 or DexLibVER02.  When prompted enter the password: libhotspot (all lowercase).  If you are using one of our laptop kits, it will automatically connect with the associated hotspot once both are powered on.

Notes

You DO NOT need to unlock the hotspot. You just need to turn it on using the directions provided in the case.

Signal strength will show up as bars on the the hotspot screen.

It is possible, depending on where you live, that the hotspot you check out will have no signal and therefore not function.  This is one of the goals of our project, to help you to identify this situation without committing to any contracts.

More Information

Each hotspot can support up to 10 devices connecting to them at once and have 30-40 foot range.

If the device is overdue by 10 days, the data plan will be canceled and the patron will be billed.  Laptops will be remotely deactivated.

If the hotspot/laptop kit is lost or damaged, the Library will deactivate the data plan on the device and will charge the patron the cost for replacement. The hotspot (depending on the carrier) costs between $92 and $199 to replace.  The laptop costs $959.85.

The whole laptop kit costs between $1159 and $1267 to replace.

Hotspots only work in the continental United States.  They do not work internationally, including Canada.

Hotspots are meant to be placed on a table or shelf – Please do not tape or adhere the devices to any surface.

You may see signal strength variations on the hotspot depending on where you have placed it inside your home.  Move it around to locate the best signal strength.

Kanopy and Creativebug

Kanopy & Creativebug – Now Available

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available free to Dexter District Library patrons. Library cardholders whose cards begin with 29221 can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting https://dexter.kanopy.com. If you have one of our older library cards that begins with 29082, please stop by the Library and we’ll upgrade it free.

Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for Android/Chromecast, iOS/AppleTV, Amazon Fire Tablets (not sticks), or Roku.  You may check out up to 10 titles (plays) per card, per month.  The loan period is 72 hours (3 days.)  Click here for help with Kanopy.

Get the App for:

kanopy for roku

Creative Bug

Dexter District Library cardholders can now access Creativebug by Jo-Ann, the award-winning destination for high-quality online arts and crafts video classes. With it, you can enjoy unlimited access to over 1,000 video classes taught by experts with new classes added daily. Here are a few key features:

  • Over 1,000 ad-free, concisely edited classes in HD video including:
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Sewing
    • Knitting
    • Crocheting
    • Quilting
    • Baking
  • New classes from top artists released every day
  • Downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes
  • Access to Creativebug community galleries and forum

HOW IT WORKS

Creativebug is currently available on laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile phones via the Creativebug app or web browser. The Creativebug app is available via the App Store and Google Play. With the app, you can download your class and take it on the go.

Create a Creativebug account here using your Dexter District Library card that begins with 29221:
https://www.creativebug.com/lib/dexterlib
(Do you still have a library card that begins with 29082?  Please stop by the Library and upgrade it free.)

Once you’ve created an account, you will use that to access the features such as My Library, My Watchlist, and My Gallery.

Promotional Tickets Offer


The Dexter District Library and the Library Network are proud to announce discount tickets for the Detroit Pistons home games.  See attachment for full details.  Use promo code “READ” – works best with Google Chrome.

Click here for ticket offers.


The Dexter District Library and the Library Network have negotiated a special offer for Library card holders for discounted seats to select live theater and entertainment events.  Use promo code “dexter” when prompted.

Click here for ticket offers.



Use promo code LIBRARY20 for a 20% Ticket Master discount on select upcoming events at Meadow Brook Theatre.  See attachment for more details.

Click here for ticket details.



Click here to shop discounted University of Michigan sporting tickets – use promo code: Library.


Use promo code “LIBRARY10” to receive 10% off your next premium experiences purchase at these great venues:

The Filmore Detroit – www.thefillmoredetroit.com
St. Andrew’s Hall – www.saintandrewsdetroit.com
20 Monroe Live – www.20monroelive.com

Please contact KoryMiller@livenation.com or MariahBouwcamp@livenation.com to make a ticket request.  Offer valid until 12/31/2020.


Click here to shop Broadway in Detroit tickets at the Fisher Theatre.  Use promo code: 5FISHER.


Library patrons discount: Buy one, get one free.  That’s two tickets for $20.  Call the Detroit Repertory Theatre (313)868-1347 for ticket availability and let us know you are a Library Patron to get your discount.

Lynda.com


Lynda.com

The Library is pleased to offer the community access to Lynda.com, an online learning tool providing access to over more than 5,000 video instructional courses.  Please note: Lynda.com requires a card that begins with “29221”; you may upgrade your Dexter District Library card for free if you have an older card that begins with 29082.

Enhance your technology and coding skills, leadership and management style, marketing and finance knowledge and more.  This LinkedIn service aggregates courses presented by industry experts who are passionate about teaching.

Professional development is important, which is why Lynda.com provides a broad and deep library of on-demand videos.  Development topics that include PHP, C++, Java and cloud computing, B2B marketing, graphic design skills and how to create and publish newsletters are among the wide variety of topics.

When looking at a specific course, you can view the job roles and companies of other viewers, which is helpful when determining whether that course is relevant to you.

Videos range from one hour to multi-part courses that can be explored over a series of sessions.  The lessons are frequently updated to cover the latest in emerging technologies and up-to-date versions of software programs with new items regularly added.

 

Michigan Activity Pass

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:

http://michiganactivitypass.info

Preserve Your Historical Photos With Our Slide/Negative Scanner

The Library now offers self-serve slide/film scanning using an OpticFilm 8100 machine.  This machine creates high quality digital images from 35-mm negatives and Kodachrome slides.  It is suggested you bring your own flash drive to store the scans.  Alternatively, you may purchase a flash drive from the circulation desk or email the images to yourself.

If you would like to reserve the machine, please call us at 734-426-4477.

Zoo – Discount Tickets

Now through March 30th, buy one regularly priced admission ticket to the Detroit Zoo and get the second of equal or lesser value free.  See attachment for details.

The Detroit Zoo is now offering discounts to local library patrons.  Through the ‘Tickets & More’ program, library cardholds can purchase admissions, ride tickets, food coupons and parking.  If you are looking for something to do…why not check out the Zoo!

Complete details can be found at:
https://tickets.detroitzoo.org/affiliate.asp?ID=2195985C-76C5-469F-B27C-CE7E3C30F65F 

See attachments below for current special offers.