Upcoming Fall Events at Dexter District Library

Tuesdays at 10:30 am, September 15 to November 17
Virtual Fall Story Times
Fall Story Times for ages five and under will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 am on our DDL facebook page from September 15 to November 17.  Everyone is welcome to join Ms Krista for a fun morning of picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child.  Registration is not required.

Bi-weekly Thursdays at 11:00 am, September 24 to November 19
Preschool Super Stories

Kids ages five and younger are invited to join Ms Krista this fall on our DDL facebook page every other Thursday at 11:00 am.  We will read a longer picture book and share an activity related to the book.  Everyone is welcome.  Future dates:  October 8, October 22, November 5 and November 19.

Bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm, September 30 to November 11
Club Create

Kids in grades K through 2 are invited to join us on facebook, every other Wednesday at 4:30 pm beginning September 30.  Ms Krista will share fun challenges, activities and craft ideas that you can try at home.  She will also highlight a few new chapter books and readers.  Everyone is welcome.  Future dates:  October 14, October 28 and November 11.

Monday, October 12 to Saturday, October 31
Grab & Go Preschool Craft Bags
Beginning October 12, we will be giving out Halloween and Fall craft bags for toddlers and preschoolers ages 5 and younger.  Call the Library from the parking lot and we’ll bring the bags out for you.  There’s a limit of three bags per family until supplies run out, all bags have the same crafts.

October 16 through 24
Halloween Craft Competition

Teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12 are invited to make a stuffed monster using the materials provided by the Library.  Add your own optional embellishments to make it unique then email a picture of your final product to dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us for a chance to win a gift card.  Please note:  you will need your own needle and thread for this project.  Registration is required and runs from October 1 through 15.  Pick up materials from October 16 to October 24.  Last day to submit a picture is October 29.  Full contest details and materials pick-up information will be sent to registered participants.

Wednesday, October 28 at 2:00 pm
The Spooktacular Halloween Comedy Show

Watch Silly Scientist Joel juggle eyeballs, get mixed up with multiplying bottles and be shocked by an animated Frankenstein drawing in this head spinning display of Halloween hootenanny.  You’ll even be illuminated by Joel’s far-out flashlight where he encourages Halloween safety.  A Zoom Magical Halloween adventure awaits in this exciting-not-scary show for all ages.  Registration is required at https://dexter.lib.mi.us/events/the-spooktacular-halloween-comedy-show/

November 1 to November 30
Children’s Virtual Art Gallery
The Dexter District Library is happy to present our first ever Children’s Virtual Art Exhibit.  Young artists ages 12 and under are invited to create their masterpieces using art supplies available at home. The artwork can be any variety of subjects, from fall themes and landscapes, favorite books and characters, current events or pure abstraction. The exhibit will be featured on our website during the months of November and December. Submit your electronic masterpieces – along with your name, age and address – to cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us.  Any child who submits a work of art by November 30 will receive a $5 gift card to A & W.

Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 pm
A Night of Family Baking with Zee the Cook

Get the entire family together in the kitchen for a tasty fun night hosted by Chef Zee Shami from Zee the Cook Culinary Studio in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.  Zee will be making Oreo Cake Pops live via Zoom.  The entire family is encouraged to try their hand at preparing the cake pops along with Ms. Shami during the program – questions and comments will be welcome.  The list of ingredients for Zee’s Oreo Cake Pops will be available on the Library website when you register at https://dexter.lib.mi.us/events/a-night-of-family-baking-with-zee-the-cook/.  A Zoom Meeting link will be sent to you prior to the program. 

November 5 to November 11
Puzzles and Games Craft Kits
Puzzle and Game craft kits for grades K through 5 will be available for curbside pick-up from November 5 to November 11.  Call from the Library parking lot and we’ll deliver them to our outside table.  Registration is required on our website beginning Monday, October 19.

Thursday, November 12 at 2:00 pm
Cricut® for Beginners

Join us for a repeat of this popular virtual program as we talk about the basic functions of a Cricut® machine and discuss which tools and materials are worth investing in.  A demonstration will be provided and samples of projects will be shared.  Time will be available at the end of the presentation for participants’ questions.  Recommended for grades 6 through adult. Registration is required at https://dexter.lib.mi.us/events/cricut-for-beginners-2/

Thursday, November 12 at 4:30 pm
What We’re Reading
Kids in grades 3 through 6 are invited to join us on our facebook page where we will share what we have been reading and highlight new books in our collection that they may want to check out.  This month’s theme is: Graphic Novels.

Friday, November 13 at 2:00 pm
Pokemon Drawing Class

Join this fun, virtual art class as artist Keith McGuire teaches us how to draw a variety of Pokemon characters using basic shapes and easy-to-follow instructions.  Time will be available for participants to ask questions and share their work.  All you need is your own paper and pencil. Recommended for grades 4 through 8, registration is required at https://dexter.lib.mi.us/events/pokemon-drawing-class/

Saturday, November 21 at 11:00 am
Thanksgiving Story Time
Join Ms Krista on our facebook page for a fun morning of picture books, flannel-board stories, songs, finger plays and other activities celebrating Thanksgiving.  Geared for ages five and under but everyone is welcome.

Thursday, November 26
Library is Closed
Happy Thanksgiving

PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next

PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.  PebbleGo content includes: animals, science, biographies, social studies, and health.

PebbleGo Next provides 3rd-5th grade students with hundreds of curriculum-connected articles designed for their specific needs in biographies, sciences, social studies, state studies, and American Indian history.

Click here to access PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next.

Kids Zone

Enjoy this collection of librarian-tested websites for kids of all ages.  If you’re home and looking for things to do to keep busy, scroll down for a vast variety of resources to help.  New websites will be added weekly so keep coming back, there is something fun, educational and entertaining for everyone

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  • Learning
  • Self Care
  • Activities
  • Book Characters

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Helpful Titles During the Covid-19 Crisis

Our librarians at Dexter District Library have been working hard to create a collection of books and other materials to meet the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to our community.  From hygiene to homeschooling; prevention to social distancing; facts to fiction, we have collected a wide range of adult, teen and children’s materials to help you at this difficult time.  Holds may be placed by clicking on any title you would like to borrow, ebooks can be checked out directly through hoopla.  We will notify you when your holds are available for curbside service.  This webpage will be updated regularly.

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  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Picture Books
  • Adult
  • Youth
  • eBooks

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Summer Reading 2020 has concluded but our “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” challenge remains available year-round.

Registration is easy and you can pre-register now by visiting https://dexter.beanstack.org/reader365.  You will earn reading badges and many will even win prizes.

All participation must be done online through Beanstack.

You can also log your child’s reading using the Beanstack Tracker app for Android or iOS. If you have any questions, we’re here to answer them.

TumbleBooks

Click here to access TumbleBooks.  TumbleBooks are talking picture books that have been created from existing picture books from well-known publishers and authors.  Also included are Read-Alongs, Non Fiction Books, Picture Books in French and Spanish, also Puzzles and Games.  Help for TumbleBooks is available by clicking here.

There is also a TumbleBooks app available that you can download by clicking the Android or Apple icons below.  Note that using the TumbleBooks app requires you to sign in with your Dexter District Library card that begins with 29221, if you have an old 29082 card – please contact us and we will upgrade you for free.

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Returning Services


Parking Lot Laptops

Dexter District Library now offers same day, first come first served checkouts on laptops intended to be used in the general vicinity of the Library.  Checkouts are 2 hours long, rounded up to the nearest half-hour.  The laptops come with a car charger and are equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite of applications and can be used to print wirelessly to our printer.  See “Curbside Wireless Printing” for more details on that functionality.

You may check the availability of these laptops by clicking here, or by calling the Library at 734-426-4477.  When you are finished using one of these laptops, please call the Library to initiate a curbside pickup.


Curbside Wireless Printing

The Dexter District Library offers curbside pickup for Wireless Printing.  The service is available during curbside hours, except the final 15 minutes prior to closing.

  1. Patrons will send materials to the Library’s wireless printing service in the same manner they have in the past with their laptops, smart phones, or tablets.
    a)New users are automatically shown directions upon logging onto our Public Wi-Fi or may view them here: https://dexter.lib.mi.us/uncategorized/wi-fi-printing-directions/
  2. All patrons are granted up to 15 free pages printed daily.
  3. Patrons must call from the Library (734-426-4477) from our parking lot and ask to speak with the Adult Reference Librarian.
  4. Patrons are to inform our staff that they have sent wireless print jobs to the printer.  Let the staff know if you need color printing or if black & white is sufficient.
  5. Patrons will need to supply us their cell phone number, library card number, and library card pin.
  6. Staff will call you back when the documents are prepared and you may meet them at the curbside pickup table near the front entrance.


Curbside Faxing

The Dexter District Library offers public curbside faxing service for patrons until 15 minutes prior to closing.

  1. The Library will provide outgoing fax service only (no incoming faxes will be received.)
  2. Until further notice, faxing will be free of charge to avoid money exchange.
  3. Patrons will need to provide the fax number clearly written on the fax.
  4. Patrons must call from the Library parking lot and inform staff that they require fax service.
  5. Patrons will need to supply a cellphone number so staff can contact them with any questions.
  6. Library staff will let the patron know when they are on the way down and that patrons can put the fax on the table at the main entrance.
  7. Staff will come out and pick up the fax.
  8. Staff will call the patron when the fax is complete.
  9. Patrons must wait for staff to send the fax and bring the fax and confirmation sheet back outside.
  10. Staff will place the fax and confirmation on the table at the main entrance for patron pickup.


Curbside Copying

The Dexter District Library offers public curbside copy service for patrons until 15 minutes prior to closing.

  1. Until further notice, copying will be free of charge with a 15 page per day limit.
  2. Patrons must call from the Library parking lot and inform staff that they require copy service.
  3. Patrons will need to supply a cellphone number so staff can contact them in the parking lot
  4. Library staff will let the patron know when they are on the way down and that patrons can put the materials to be copied on the table at the main entrance
  5. Staff will come out and pick up the materials to be copied
  6. Staff will call the patron to let them know that the copies are complete and that they are coming down
  7. Staff will place the copies and originals on the table at the main entrance for patron pickup.


Video Chat Browsing

Dexter District Library now offers browsing our collection via live video chat.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Call the Library (734-426-4477) and ask to speak to either the youth or adult reference librarian. Which librarian you will ask for depends on which area of the collection you want to browse – adult for adult collection items or youth for children’s/young adult items.
  2. Tell the Librarian that you’re interested in doing a live video chat to browse the collection, and give them your cell phone number.
  3. The Librarian will call you back via Facetime (for those of you with Apple phones) or Google Duo (for those of you with Android phones.) It will show up as an unknown caller, please respond.
  4. Guide the librarian to the area of the collection that you would like to browse, pick out your books, and then perform a curbside pickup once you’ve gotten the notice that they are ready.

Fall Virtual Story Times

Drop-In Fall Story Times for ages 5 and under will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 am on our DDL facebook page from September 15 to November 17.  Everyone is welcome to join Ms Krista for a fun morning of picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child.  Registration is not required.

Library Curbside Service – Expanded Hours Begin Monday 7/13/2020

We are happy to report, the Library will be expanding the hours our curbside pickup of materials on Monday, July 13.  Until further notice, pickup will be available between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays.

Using the Library’s catalog to request items will be the most efficient way to get exactly what you want. When placing a hold for an item Dexter does not own, but shows as available at another library, you may get the message that the hold cannot be placed.  This just means any copies reside at libraries which have not restored full interlibrary loan.  Please make a note of the title and try again after a week.

For more information, visit https://dexter.lib.mi.us/coronavirus/

Browse New Teen Books

Our newest teen books are pictured below.  Click on a title for more information and to place it on hold.  New books will be added frequently. 

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  • Series
  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Graphic Novels

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