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.

Polish Cooking with Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place

Adults, teens and kids in grades 5 and up are invited to enjoy an afternoon with Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place.  Join us on Saturday, September 28 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm as Mary creates a variety of popular Polish dishes, including the always popular pierogi.  This class is demonstration style but participants will get to enjoy samplings of the dishes presented by Mary and her assistant.  Participants may enter a raffle for a chance to win a Polish cookbook.  Registration is required, beginning September 3 in the Teen Zone or by calling 734-426-4477.

2019 Fall Events for Kids, Tweens and Teens

September
Fall Story Times Begin

Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 16 and run until Thursday, November 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 September 19 to November 7.  There will also be two special evening Drop-In Story Times on Tuesday, September 24 and Tuesday, October 22, both at 6:30 pm.  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.

Fall 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.

Thursday, September 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 I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis. Registration is required, beginning Monday, August 19.

Thursday, September 19 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club

This is a book discussion group for grades 5 to 6.  Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We will discuss the book, enjoy a snack, and do a craft.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book The Donut Fix by Jessie Janowitz. Registration is required.

Friday, September 20 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fall Crafts for Preschoolers

Kids ages 6 and under are invited to stop by the Library and create a variety of seasonal crafts.  Registration is not required.

Friday, September 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. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 am
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.

Tuesday, September 24 at 4:00 pm
DIY Buttons & Magnets

Teens and kids in grades 4 through 12 are invited to stop by the Library and make a variety of buttons for your backpack and magnets for your locker.  Light snacks provided.  Registration begins August 27.

Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 pm
Drop-In Evening Story Time

Drop-In Evening Story Time will be held in the lower level meeting room on September 24 and October 22 at 6:30 pm. Geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.  Drop-In 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. These events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 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.

Saturday, September 28 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Polish Cooking with Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place
Adults, teens and kids in grades 5 and up are invited to enjoy an afternoon with Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place.  Mary will create a variety of popular Polish dishes, including the always popular pierogi.  This class is demonstration style but participants will get to enjoy samplings of the dishes presented by Mary and her assistant.  Participants may enter a raffle for a chance to win a Polish cookbook.  Registration is required, beginning September 3 in the Teen Zone or by calling 734-426-4477.

Tuesday, October 1 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, October 5 at 11:00 am
Ukulele Club

All skill levels are welcome, including beginners in grades 4 through 12.Try out one of our ukuleles or bring your own and learn chords and song structure from Hudson Education Center for the Arts staff.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, October 5 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, September 14, pizza lunch provided.

Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends Used Book Sale

Wednesday, October 9 at 2:00 pm (schools early release)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the Library and watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) on the big screen while enjoying a free bag of popcorn.  Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day.   Registration is not required.  Rated G – 86 minutes.

Wednesday, October 9 at 2:00 pm (schools early release)
DIY Book Safe

Teens and kids in grades 5 through 12 will learn how to transform an old book into a cool safe for their tiny treasures.  Registration begins Monday, September 9.

Thursday, October 10 at 4:30 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 “Fall”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, September 12.

Thursday, October 10
American Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, October 17 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 Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, September 19.

Thursday, October 17 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club

This is a book discussion group for grades 5 to 6.  Read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize. We will discuss the book, enjoy a snack, and do a craft.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of the book Stormbreaker (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz.  Registration begins Thursday, September 19.

Friday, October 18  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, September 20. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter. 

Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 am
Drop-In Halloween Story Time and Craft

Join us for 30 minutes of stories and music celebrating Halloween.  Geared for children ages six and under but everyone is welcome.  A simple craft will be provided following the program.  Registration is not required.

Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm
Drop-In Evening Story Time

Drop-In Evening Story Time will be held in the lower level meeting room on September 24 and October 22 at 6:30 pm. Geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.  Drop-In 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. These events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 24 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.

Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 am
Ventriloquist/Comedian Richard Paul Presents: The Ha Ha Halloween Show

This non-scary, ghoulishly funny, spectacular autumn show includes life size puppets, magic, music, awesome special effects and hilarious audience participation.  For adults, teens and kids of all ages, registration is not required.

Friday, November 1 at 11:00 am (schools closed)
Wild Swan Theater Presents:  Once Upon a Time

An engaging collection of favorite children’s classics including “Three Billy Goat’s Gruff,” “Reynard the Fox” and “The Three Little Pigs” sure to delight everyone. In true Wild Swan style, three performers and a musician create all the magic inherent in these timeless stories making this theater experience unforgettable.  All ages, registration is not required.

Friday, November 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Paint on Canvas

Adults and teens in grades 6 and up, stop by the Library and learn to paint.  Follow step-by-step instructions to paint a fall scene, adding your own touches to make it unique.  No painting experience needed, but be prepared to get creative. Light refreshments will be served. Registration begins Monday, October 7.

Saturday, November 2 at 11:00 am
Ukulele Club

All skill levels are welcome, including beginners in grades 4 through 12.Try out one of our ukuleles or bring your own and learn chords and song structure from Hudson Education Center for the Arts staff.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, November 2 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, October 5, pizza lunch provided.

Tuesday, November 5 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, November 7 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
DIY Holiday Cards & Crafts

Tweens and teens in grades 5 through 12, get a jump on your holiday card making during this fun, hands-on program.  Light snacks provided, registration begins Monday, October

2019 Fall Story Times

Registration for Fall Story Times begins Monday, August 26.  Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, September 16 and run until Thursday, November 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 Family Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from September 19 to November 7.  There will also be two special evening Drop-In Story Times on Tuesday, September 24 and Tuesday, October 22, both at 6:30 pm.  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.

Fall 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.

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.

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.

Seed Library

The seed library doesn’t just have vegetable seeds. Check out these lovely flowers grown by Adult Service Librarian, Deborah B.    These are from Jazzy Mixture Zinnia seeds that Deborah checked out at the library.  Great job Deborah!  If you want to share pictures of your garden send them to lryan@dexter.lib.mi.us – There is still plenty of summer left, enjoy!

 

 

 

Tomato & Basil, what a wonderful combination of smells and flavors!

 

The lazy days of summer are here and the library garden is growing strong.  Hopefully your garden is doing well and you are enjoying the rewards of all of your hard work.

As you harvest from your garden don’t forget to save some seeds to donate back to the library or for your own use next year.  Scroll down for resources on how to harvest and save seeds.  You will also find a Seed Donation Form if you decided to donate seeds to the library’s seed collection.

If you want to share pictures of your garden send them to lryan@dexter.lib.mi.us  – Happy Harvesting!

 

 

 

 

How is your garden growing?  The library seedlings are planted and taking root. Hopefully soon we will see some colorful vegetables!

There are still seeds available at the library.  If you have a library card, stop in and pick up some seeds.

If you want to share pictures of your garden send them to lryan@dexter.lib.mi.us  – Happy Planting!

 

The Seed Library provides a way for local gardeners to share seeds and gardening tips.

Participants enrich our community through promotion of healthy lifestyles and

preservation of heirloom and heritage seeds.  Let’s get started together!

 

How the Seed Collection works

  • Select the varieties that interest you and request the seed envelopes from the Adult Reference Desk (only one envelope for each variety).
  • If you’re new at gardening, try some easy-to-grow crops, like beans, peas, lettuce, and carrots.
  • Check out your seed envelopes at the Adult Reference Desk (you must have an active library card).
  • Take your seeds home and plant them, following the instructions on the envelope.
  • Watch your plants grow. Weed and provide support if necessary.
  • Enjoy the delicious vegetables or beautiful flowers you have grown!
  • Save seeds from your plants and return them to the library to share with the community next year.

Step One: Select

Browse through our collection of Organic Open Pollinated and Heirloom seeds.

Open Pollinated are seeds that naturally pollinate and have adapted to our local growing conditions over time.  Heirloom seeds are varieties that have passed down through many generations in a family or community.

If you are a beginning gardener, select just a few packets, concentrating on seeds that are considered “easy to grow”. These include bean, pea, lettuce, and tomato.

Sign up as a participant in our Seed Library program, then use your library card to “check out” the seed packets. You might also want to browse our gardening books to learn more about your seeds and soil.

 

Step Two: Sow

When you get them home, keep your seeds dry until ready to plant.  Follow planting instructions for each variety, noting when and how deep to plant.  A chart for planting in our area is included on the back of this brochure.

Some plants have to be started indoors and transplanted after the last frost date.  In our area this is May 15th.

Gardening is a great outdoor family activity and a way to reduce the stress of a long work day. Caring for plants and watching them grow is a very fulfilling activity.

Share your photos with us to let us know how you are doing. We would like to send you a follow up survey to let us know how your seeds grew.

Indoor seed starting tips:
Use a quality seed-starting mix, not soil.  Plant seeds in old TP rolls and egg cartons.  Provide heat and direct light.  Keep the surface moist until seedlings start.

 

Step Three: Share

Help us keep our seed library going! If you would like to save seeds to share back to the library, make sure to save seeds from your strongest, tastiest and most vigorous plants.

For plants with seeds that grow in pods or on the outside of the plant, allow the seeds to dry on the plant and collect them before they break open.  These include flowers, herbs, beans, and    carrots.

For plants with seeds that grow inside the flesh of the fruit, the seeds will need to be rinsed off and dried thoroughly. These include tomato, watermelon and squash.

Save some seeds for yourself, and return a portion back to us, and watch our community grow!

 

Resources:

Websites:

Seedsavers.org

Howtosaveseeds.com

Seedalliance.org

Books:
The complete guide to saving seeds : 322 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs, by Robert E. Gough

Starting from seed : the natural gardener’s guide to propagating plants , by Karan Davis Cutler

The triumph of seeds : how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, & pips, conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history, by Thor Hanson

Magazines:
Horticulture
Mother Earth News

 – Grit

 – Michigan Gardening

Apps:
Garden time planner by Burpee
Gardroid vegetable garden
GrowIt!

Lynda.com


Now Available – 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.

 

Promotional Tickets Offer

The Dexter District Library and the Library Network have negotiated discounted tickets to select Detroit Lions home games.

Click here for details.


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.  Current events include discounts for Disney on Ice and Cinderella.

Click here for ticket offers.


Click here for discount ticket offers to the Michigan Renaissance Festival.  Use code TLN19 when prompted.


Check back in the fall for Detroit Red Wings offers.

 

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