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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Learning and Fun

Online Story Times

Read-alongs with Authors and Illustrators

Directory of Boredom Busters

A2 Symphony Orchestra is now posting Music @ Home Videos on their YouTube Channel

Virtual Museum Tours

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
Informational Pages on COVID-19
CDC – Caring for Children in a Disaster

MI Government document on how to talk to kids about the COVID-19 outbreak

Kid friendly comic explaining the COVID-19 outbreak

Staff Picks For When You’re Stuck at Home

The Dexter District Library building has temporarily closed for the COVID-19 pandemic, but our digital collections remain available 24/7 – and we’ve upped the monthly checkout limits on the hoopla and Kanopy platforms to 15 items per card. Our Staff has begun compiling recommendations on this page of what we like best on our digital platforms so please check back often for updated suggestions!

Are you new to the Library’s Digital Collections?  Head over to our downloads page to get links for all the apps you’ll need and self-guided help pages on the various services.  Or, request a callback from us and we’ll talk you through the process (available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.)

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Amy H. likes: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires – Recommended for ages 3-7 – Available on hoopla.
This picture book is about a girl and her dog. The girl is determined to make the most magnificent thing! She knows just how it will look and work. But she finds that making her magnificent thing is not easy and the girl tries and fails many times. Eventually, the girl gets upset and quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. This book helps to show the rewards of perseverance and creativity and that it is okay to make mistakes.

Amy H. likes: Imagination Vacation by Jami Gigot – Recommended for ages 3-5 – Available on hoopla.
Sam’s family is very busy and everyone has their own idea of what the perfect vacation would look like. But unfortunately they are not able to get away for a vacation right now. So Sam comes up with a different kind of getaway that the whole family can enjoy.

Ruth likes: Easter Crafts by Anita Yasuda – Recommended for ages 8-12 – Available on hoopla.
Bring Spring into your house by making some of these simple and accessible crafts. Have fun decorating your own Easter hat or create some lovely lilies to brighten your day.

Ruth likes: STEAM Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke – Recommended for ages 8-12 – Available on hoopla.
This is an excellent book, packed full with creative projects that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. A great guide to creating and learning together – everything from making your own slime to building a rubber band racer to constructing a Möbius strip mobile.

Mollie likes: Grace Hopper by Jan Fields – Recommended for grades 1 to 3 – Available on hoopla.
Grace Hopper was a young woman with an interest in math when few women were studying the subject. During World War II, Hopper joined the military and started working with computers. She helped to create and promote languages that allowed humans to give computers instructions more easily. This biography includes a section in the back with a timeline, glossary, and an extension activity to promote critical thinking. Other titles in the Women in Science and Technology series cover Mae Jemison, Katherine Johnson, and more great female scientists and engineers. All are available now on hoopla.

Ruth likes: Pirates vs. Ninjas by Virginia Loh-Hagan – Recommended for ages 10 to 13 – Available on hoopla.
Have you ever wondered who would win if a pirate and ninja fought each other? Check out their weapons, learn about their strengths, and decide who would be victorious in this epic battle.

Ashley likes: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – Currently available on Download Destination.
The Testaments is the sequel/companion to the sensational 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale (now a phenomenal television series on Hulu). I have been reading Margaret Atwood’s books for decades and was excited and curious to read this follow-up. The story is written as a series of testimonies from 3 women living during the rise and fall of Gilead (the nation that rose to power after the collapse of the United States). It gives the reader some perspective on how everything came to be and tests the reader’s limits of compassion. The idea of good and evil become a broad, grey, line and it will leave you wondering how you might react in the same circumstances. At first I wasn’t sure if the book needed to be written, as The Handmaid’s Tale was such an incredible book; but upon further reflection, I felt as though I got some closure that the first book did not offer.

Ashley likes: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – Place a hold on Download Destination.
Years before Gone Girl became a household name, novelist Gillian Flynn wrote her first novel, Sharp ObjectsThe story follows journalist, Camille, as she returns to her childhood home in rural Missouri to investigate a series of disappearances of teenage girls. Her own troubled past and childhood trauma are waiting to haunt her, and she soon finds herself wrapped up in small-town tragedy. The book is dark and often disturbing, so it’s not for the faint of heart. HBO did an excellent job turning this psychological thriller into a miniseries starring Amy Adams.

Cathy likes: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (PreK to Grade 2) – Available on hoopla.
This is a great time to introduce your child to the Scaredy Squirrel picture book series.  Scaredy Squirrel is a fearful squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because it’s way too dangerous out there. He fears spiders, germs, and bees.  But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he’s well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel’s emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute.  This series introduces children’s fears in a humorous way and always with a positive, uplifting outcome.  Scaredy Squirrel can be found in ebook, audiobook and movie format on hoopla.

Ashley likes: The Martian by Andy Weir – Currently available to check out on Download Destination
Andy Weir takes “social distancing” to a whole new level in The Martian. Even a few years since reading, this remains one of my all time favorite books. The author somehow manages to make some pretty high-level science interesting and funny. I don’t have a background in the sciences but he does a great job putting everything into layman’s terms so it’s easy to follow. The astronaut, Mark, is brilliant and find clever ways to solve the problems he faces while he awaits rescue. The narration and writing style make this book a quick, fun read. There is a level of suspense that helps build a strong pull between the reader and the astronaut. I was on the edge of my seat and was really excited to see the film come to life on the silver screen.

Amy J likes: Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict – Available on hoopla
As a fan of historical fiction, I was thrilled to discover author Marie Benedict.  Her first novel (The Other Einstein) is the story of Mileva Marić, physicist and wife of Albert Einstein.  Benedict followed that with Carnegie’s Maid, the lively, entertaining story of Clara Kelley, a poor farmer’s daughter who makes her way from Ireland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and into the Carnegie family mansion.  Pages are filled with humor, tension and witty dialogue as a relationship develops between Clara and Andrew Carnegie, much to the dismay of the family matriarch.  You can find all of Marie Benedict’s books on hoopla at:

Ashley likes: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – Available on hoopla.
Did you love Gone Girl? Girl on the TrainThen I think you’ll love The Woman in the Window. This psychological thriller takes a page out of Alfred Hitchcock’s book and leaves the reader questioning everything and everyone. I typically find myself trying to guess “whodunit” but this book really pulled the wool over my eyes. I annoyed my husband by staying up late to read this one a few nights in a row; to say I was hooked was an understatement! I really hope AJ Flynn comes out with more books in the future and that the planned film-adaptation of this book lives up to its namesake.

Krista likes: The Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita – for grades 4-7 – Available on hoopla in both audiobook and ebook.
This light, action packed fantasy series takes place in the kingdom of Enchantasia, where Gilly, the daughter of a poor shoemaker, is caught stealing and sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School. All of the teachers at the school are former villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother. But have all of them truly reformed? Gilly and her friends battle against villains in each of these books, but the villain is not always who you think it might be, nor are the heroes.

Amy J likes: Zingerman’s Bakehouse by Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo – Available on hoopla.
An Ann Arbor classic with all of your favorites!  Not just Paesano bread and sour cream coffee cake, but also pizza, gluten-free brownies (called Townie brownies), and cheddar ale soup.  Each chapter starts with an interesting story about the history or future Zingerman’s, and most recipes have their own stories as well. It can be difficult to read a cookbook on a phone, so head to on your computer and you can open the book right in your browser.

Cathy likes:  Pete the Cat books by James Dean – for PreK to Grade 2 – Available on hoopla
From picture books to early readers, children love Pete the Cat and the books have always been a huge hit at story times. Perfect for reading (or singing) alone or out loud and together as a family, there is a large variety of hoopla downloadable titles available at Dexter District Library.

Ruth likes:  Frozen 2 Read-Along Storybook by various authors – Recommended for ages 4-8 – Available on hoopla
Join Elsa and Anna in this read along adaptation of Frozen II. It may be Spring according to the calendar, but the many Frozen books available through Hoopla are a treat any time of the year.
hoopla also has the soundtracks for Frozen and Frozen II.

Marissa likes:  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Available on hoopla (also in Audiobook.)
I enjoy Little Women because although the book was written in 1868, the lessons apply to what young people experience today. The March sisters all have different personalities, but support one another through good times and bad. They each deal with heartbreak, love, responsibility, and planning for their futures. This book is heartwarming, inspiring, and even funny at times. The characters will stay with you long after you read the last page. The reading level is grades 4 to 12.


Krista likes: I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies by Lauren Tarshis – Recommended for Grades 3-6 – Available on hoopla.
Eleven-year-old Melody Varga and her family visit Glacier National Park every summer, but this year is different from the start. Alone in the woods, Melody comes face to face with a grizzly bear that follows her back to her cabin and breaks through her window trying to get inside. She soon finds out there are other reports of odd grizzly behavior throughout the park.  For the first time, one of her favorite places no longer feels safe and she wants to know why the behavior of the bears has changed.

The entire audiobook I Survived series is available on Hoopla. Each book in the series brings a historical event to life in an entertaining, educational, and sometimes terrifying way.

Cathy likes: Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell – Available on hoopla.
Self-isolation isn’t that difficult when you finally have the time to cook your favorite old family recipes.  Those of us who are somewhat enjoying our new housebound status have discovered the fun in exploring old cookbooks and new recipes.  In this inspirational true story, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in the span of one year.

Ashley likes: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – Currently available on Download Destination.
Has being stuck at home made you long for travel? Do you long to go just about anywhere that isn’t your own mailbox or Meijer? Tired of eating peanut putter and jelly sandwiches and canned tuna? Then I would suggest Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book follows recently divorced Elizabeth around the world as she seeks something she can’t quite put her finger on. In Italy she eats her heart out: pasta, pizza, cheese, gelato. In India, she learns meditation and finds her faith. And, as you might have guessed from the title, in Bali she finds love. While you may not be able to jet-set right now, ignite your wanderlust and live vicariously through Elizabeth in this poignant read (or listen.)  The eBook format is also an option.

Lisa likes: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca – Available on hoopla.
It was not enough for Mary Grace Quackenbos Humiston to become an attorney and practice in New York City in the early 1900’s.  She also took on the establishment becoming a voice for immigrants, the poor, and young girls in a large dangerous city. At a time when women had few rights, and rarely worked in male dominated fields, Mary Grace Quackenbos Humiston, pursued cases that the police abandoned saving people from execution and solving cold cases.  Mrs. Sherlock Holmes will introduce readers to this amazing woman who became the first female U.S. District Attorney and a Special Investigator with the New York Police Department.

Lisa likes: The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede – Available on hoopla
On September 11, 2001, the closing of U.S. airspace resulted in the rerouting and forced landing of 38 commercial jets at Gander International Airport on Newfoundland Island, Canada. The small town of Gander was inundated with over 6,700 stranded strangers. Gander residents opened up their homes, businesses and came together as a community to aid the confused, stressed and frightened travelers.  Poignant in this time of stress and isolation, the people of Gander serve as a fine example of benevolence, sacrifice and service.

Marissa likes: American Street by Ibi Zoboi – Available on hoopla.
Recommended for grades 9-12.  Fabiola Toussaint is a Haitian immigrant who moves to the west side of Detroit to live with her aunt and three cousins. Her mother is detained by U.S. immigration authorities during their journey. As Fabiola struggles to adjust to American life, high school, homesickness, and a potential new romance, she finds herself in way over her head. Everything she has worked so hard for is put on the line when she is forced to make an unthinkable choice. Zoboi’s story is based on her own trials and tribulations as a young Haitian immigrant.  Also available in ebook format.

Ashley likes: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen – Place a hold on Download Destination
I first enjoyed The Keeper of Lost Causes as an audiobook as I drove across the United States in 2013. Falling into the niche genre “Scandinavian Crime Fiction”, it has the same dark, twisted qualities that drew me to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. The story is both a suspense and mystery, following two separate storylines that the reader will hope eventually intertwine. It is a nail-biter and can be enjoyed as an eBook . Author Jussi Adler-Olsen has several other books in the Department Q series to enjoy once you’ve finished this one.

Scott likes:  The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Available on hoopla.
A rare science fiction book that is light on action but heavy on character driven dialogue.  The narrator really brings this motley ship’s crew of aliens and humans to life.  Book 1 in a series that is all available on hoopla.

Diane likes: The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – All three audiobooks  are available on hoopla.
Teens – The new Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, is set to be released on May 19, 2020.  Now is the perfect time to get caught up on this wildly popular dystopian trilogy.


Ashley likes: Mid90s – Directed by Jonah Hill – Available on Kanopy.  Rated R
Mid90s is Jonah Hill’s directorial debut film. It fills the much-needed niche of teen boy coming of age stories. The dialogue is fresh and realistic, and the acting is superb, especially from a cast of newcomers. I loved that this movie gave watchers a glimpse into the wild and familiar discomfort kids experience as they transition from childhood to teenager. The protagonist is growing up in a turbulent home, in a turbulent time and place, and has ended up surrounding himself with a troubled group of teen boys. If you like the movie Kids  or Thirteen then I highly suggest you give this film a chance.

Scott likes: Prospect – Starring Pedro Pascal – Available on Kanopy.  Rated R
Are you a fan of The Mandalorian and want to see more of Pedro Pascal?  This slow-burn sci-fi picture scored a solid 89% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes; and will leave you in suspense for the whole viewing.

Ashley likes: Midsommar – Available on Kanopy.  Rated R
This movie is a great mix of psychological-thriller and horror. From the get-go, I was on the edge of my seat, and couldn’t wait to see how it ended. Admittedly, it can be a bit violent and gory at times, but it doesn’t have any jump-scares. The scenery and costumes were gorgeous, which made for an interesting juxtaposition with the themes of the film. It is filled with cryptic foreshadowing and Scandinavian folklore imagery. The acting was very good, especially for a lot of new and upcoming actors.

Graphic Novels

Mollie likes: Diana, Princess of the Amazons by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by Victoria Ying, available on hoopla, recommended for grades 2-5.
DC Zoom is a new imprint from DC Comics geared toward middle-grade readers, featuring some of our favorite superheroes when they were kids. One great title from this line is “Diana, Princess of the Amazons.” Diana (the future Wonder Woman) is the only child on her island home, and wants a friend so badly that she sculpts one out of clay. When the statue comes to life and starts making trouble, the young warrior needs to use her strengths to try to save the day. This is a fun story with lots of action that will appeal to fans of The Princess in Black and other superheroes.  Fans of this peek into Wonder Woman’s early life may also enjoy other titles from DC Zoom, including Zatanna and the House of Secrets, Green Lantern: Legacy , and Batman: Overdrive .

Diane Likes: Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner- Available on hoopla.
There are hundreds of graphic novels and comics available for teens on hoopla.  Try the recent DC release Birds of Prey: Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner and meet the character that inspired the film in this classic story!

Paul likes: Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce (For Grades 4-6) – Available on hoopla
This is a goldmine for all Big Nate fans to see many cartoons that have never been published in books. Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate. As a popular middle-grade book character, Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, has a habit of annoying his family, friends, and teachers with his sarcasm.  Search for “Big Nate” in hoopla to find the 50 different e-book and downloadable titles by Lincoln Peirce.


Scott likes – Dinosaur Train – Available on Kanopy.
This great PBS kids show, and many more, can be found on Kanopy Kids.  Even if you have access to Dinosaur Train via another streaming service like Amazon Prime – some of these episodes can only be found here.  Also, if you were unaware, all of the videos available through Kanopy Kids DO NOT count against your monthly checkout limits and can be watched an unlimited number of times.

Deborah likes: The Dick Van Dyke Show – available on hoopla.
Tired of bad news and never-ending advertisements on TV?  Take a trip back in time through the Dick Van Dyke Show, where the action involves some faux pas of Dick or Laura Petrie, Buddy’s teasing Mel, or Sally’s continual search for an eligible bachelor.  I enjoy the genuine humor, familiar faces, and an “anthropological” look at men and women’s roles in the 60’s.


Deborah likes: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack – available on hoopla.
The energizing rhythms of this soundtrack propel me along whether I’m cleaning out a cabinet or taking a walk during this self-quarantining period.  Even if you haven’t seen the movie, the upbeat songs will carry you through even the most mundane of tasks.


TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that have been created from existing picture books from well-known publishers and authors and converted to the TumbleBook format. Also included are Read Alongs, Non Fiction Books, Picture Books in French and Spanish, and Puzzles & Games.  Also available from Tumblebooks are audiobooks, romancebooks, and more.  See below for details. – K-6 children’s ebook database – K-6 math ebook database – Grade 7-12 ebook database – All ages audio book database – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

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 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


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:
(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 select Detroit Tigers home games.  See attachment for full details.  To order tickets, click here.

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 –
St. Andrew’s Hall –
20 Monroe Live –

Please contact or 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.

Special DCFC Ticket Pricing will be available for selected 2020 Games:

Saturday, March 28th – DCFC vs Michigan Stars FC

Saturday, April 25th – DCFC vs 1904 FC

Saturday, May 30th – DCFC vs Cal United Strikers FC

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


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.


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.


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.