Dexter District Library Becomes a FamilySearch Affiliate Library

Dexter District Library is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, which means you will have access to more genealogy resources to help you make more family discoveries. FamilySearch is a world leader in family history.

While inside the Dexter District Library building, whether using our computers or your own device(s) via our public Wi-Fi, you will be granted access to photos and documents that are otherwise inaccessible.  You may have encountered such items previously if you’ve already been using FamilySearch – but for your reference, this is what a restricted item looks like:

Click here to start using FamilySearch.

Spring Events for Teens & Tweens

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!
In-person Teen & Tween Programs:
With consideration for the ongoing pandemic, and for the safety of everyone involved, please take special note of the following:

  • Registration is required for all in-person and virtual Teen and Tween programs. See individual event pages for more information and to register to attend.
  • Space is limited – each individual should register so we have an accurate count of how many people are in the room.
  • The Library has updated its programming attendance requirements.  Face coverings optional but encouraged in group settings.  Face covering requirements are subject to change without notice.

Tween Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, May 24

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Grades 5 & 6

Book: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Registration required, begins April 26

Read the book and then join us for icebreakers, discussion, and a related craft or activity. Get a copy of the book at the youth reference desk after you register.

 

 

Relaxing Crafts for Teens & Tweens

In Person

Saturday, June 11

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required, begins May 9

Take a break and unwind before finals and end-of-the-school-year activities. Join us to make stress balls and calming glitter jars – items that are fun to make but can also help you feel less stressed when you use them.

 

Past events:

MiLibraryQuest logo with an image of a detective holding an open book, and the text MiLibraryQuest Mystery EditionMiLibraryQuest
February 1 – March 15

Grades 5 – 12

Michigan teens we need your help! The world famous thief Lupin has struck again! This time he pilfered the laptop of a best selling Michigan author containing the only copy of their latest novel. Please help us find where Lupin has stashed the laptop by decoding his taunting notes to Inspector Skirmish before the draft is due on March 15th.

To get started, head to our Teen Services page or go to the MiLibraryQuest web site.

 

Crafting Your College Essay

In Person

Wednesday, March 2

7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Teens and adults welcome

Registration Required, starts February 2

Elizabeth Levy, founder of Essay Help for Colleges, will present tips on applying to college using the Common Application along with information on what makes a great personal essay. The program is geared toward high school sophomores and juniors getting ready to apply to college, but it is open to all teens and parents. Time will be available at the end of the presentation for participants’ questions.

Teen Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, March 8

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Grades 7 – 12

Book: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Registration required, begins February 8

Join us for discussion, a craft, and some trivia on this month’s selection. Get a free copy of the book at the Youth Reference Desk after you register.

Take & Make: Zine Kits

Pickup March 4-10 or while supplies last

Grades 5-12

No registration – kits available while supplies last

Make your own zine – a DIY, small-batch magazine on any topic you care about. Get you supply kit from the library, then make some zines and share with your friends.

 

Magic: the Gathering

In Person

Friday, March 18

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Grades 6 – 12

Registration required, begins February 19

Join us monthly for MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 6 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

 

Teen Advisory Group

In Person

Saturday, March 19

11 a.m. to noon

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required, begins February 19

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a volunteer opportunity for teens in grades 7 through 12 to get involved at the Library. TAG meets on select Saturdays each month during the school year.

Tween Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, March 22

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Grades 5 & 6

Book: Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland

Registration required, begins February 22

Read the book and then join us for icebreakers, discussion, and a related craft or activity. Get a copy of the book at the youth reference desk after you register.

Nailed It! Virtual Cake Decorating

Virtual

Wednesday, March 30

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Grades 5 through 12

Registration required, begins February 21

Registered participants can pick up a decorating kit March 23-29 or while supplies last.

Get creative –and a little messy – in your kitchen! During this virtual program, teens and tweens will have 45 minutes to try to recreate a decorated cake. At the end, we’ll take a look at everyone’s creations. This is meant to be fun, but our judges will also pick a winner to receive a $10 Joann gift card!

 

Creating Your College List

In Person

Wednesday, April 6

7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Teens and adults welcome

Registration required, begins March 2

Elizabeth Levy, founder of Essay Help for Colleges, returns with tips on selecting colleges and applying using the Common Application. The program is geared toward high school sophomores and juniors, but it is open to all teens and parents. Time will be available at the end of the presentation for questions.

 

Teen Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, April 12

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Grades 7 through 12

Book: Verify by Joelle Charbonneau

Registration required, begins March 8

Join us for discussion, a craft, and some trivia on this month’s selection. Get a free copy of the book at the Youth Reference Desk after you register. Can’t make it to the Library before Book Club? The e-book and audiobook are available for immediate download on hoopla!

 

Take & Make: Gardening Kits

Pick up April 8-14 or while supplies last All kits have been picked up as of 4/13.

Grades 5-12

No registration – kits available while supplies last

Are you looking for a new outdoor hobby? Do you want to help pollinators like bees and butterflies? Why not try gardening! Teens and tweens can pick up a kit with seed packets, dirt pods, pots, and plant markers to start their own garden.

Magic: the Gathering

In Person

Friday, April 22

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Grades 6 – 12

Registration required, begins March 19

Join us monthly for MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 6 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

 

Teen Advisory Group

In Person

Saturday, April 23

11 a.m. to noon

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required, begins March 19

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a volunteer opportunity for teens in grades 7 through 12 to get involved at the Library. This month, help make decorations for the Summer Reading Program!

 

 

Action Figure Terrariums

In Person

Saturday, April 23

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Grades 5-12

Registration required, begins March 21

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, this program is for you. We’ll make terrariums with faux succulents and mosses, so your decoration will last forever and doesn’t need watering! Bring a small action figure or miniature to decorate your terrarium, or the Library will have some on hand as well.

 

Tween Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, April 26

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Grades 5 & 6

Book: The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz

Registration required, begins March 22

Read the book and then join us for icebreakers, discussion, and a related craft or activity. Get a copy of the book at the youth reference desk after you register.

 

“May the Fourth” Trivia Contest

Entries accepted May 1 – 7

Grades 5 through 12

May the Fourth be with you! In honor of Star Wars Day on May 4, teens and tweens can stop into the library during the first week of May and enter a Star Wars-themed trivia contest. Starting on Sunday, May 1, pick up a trivia quiz in the Teen Zone. Complete it and return to the Youth Reference Desk by Saturday, May 7 for a chance to win a galactic prize!

 

 

 

Teen Book Club

In Person

Tuesday, May 10

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Grades 7-12

Book: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Registration required, starts April 12

Join us for discussion, a craft, and some trivia on this month’s selection. Get a free copy of the book at the Youth Reference Desk after you register.

Take & Make: Self-Care Kits

Pick up May 6 – 12, or while supplies last

Grades 5-12

No registration – kits available while supplies last

Everyone needs to take time for self-care. Doing things for your mind, body, and soul can promote well-being and help you feel happier and less stressed. Teens and tweens in grades 5-12 can pick up a kit with a journal, treats, and some ideas for activities to help you relax and de-stress.

 

Magic: the Gathering

In Person

Friday, May 20

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Grades 6 – 12

Registration required, begins April 23

Join us monthly for MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 6 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

 

Teen Advisory Group

In Person

Saturday, May 21

11 a.m. to noon

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required, begins April 23

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a volunteer opportunity for teens in grades 7 through 12 to get involved at the Library. TAG meets on select Saturdays each month during the school year.

 

 

 

Spring Youth Programs

Spring Events for Kids

Spring Events for Kids

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!
In-person Story Times and Youth Programs:
With consideration for the ongoing pandemic, and for the safety of everyone involved, please take special note of the following:

  • Registration is required for all Story Times and Youth programs.
  • Space is limited – each individual, including adults and infants should register so we have an accurate count of how many people are in the room.
  • Face coverings are OPTIONAL but encouraged for all patrons who are medically able to wear face coverings during Story Times and Youth programs held indoors.
  • Face covering requirements are subject to change without notice.

 

Spring Story Time at the Library
March 21 – May 12
Registration begins on Friday, March 4
Toddlers and Preschoolers

Registration for Spring Story Time begins Friday, March 4.  Spring Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, March 21 and run until Thursday, May 12. Registration is required, parents or caregivers of children may register in the library or by calling 734-426-4477. Space is limited due to social distancing. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. Face coverings are optional but encouarged.

Children 18 months to 5 years of age may sign up for one story time session. Each session runs for 8 weeks. Story Times are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Children under 18 months may attend, however books and activities are geared for toddlers and preschoolers. Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. 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 and other activities that encourage a love of reading.

 

Spring Virtual Story Time *LIVE ONLY
Wednesdays at 10:30 am on Facebook Live
March 23 – May 11
Toddlers and Preschoolers

Visit the library from your living room! Ms. Krista will be singing familiar songs, telling stories, and demonstrating fun action rhymes every week on Wednesday at 10:30 am.

*In order to meet current read-aloud permission requirements from book publishers, virtual story time will be held live only. Videos will no longer be posted for later viewing on our Facebook page.

 

Super Stories Book Club
For Young Fives and Kindergarteners
Thursday, March 3
4:30 – 5:00 pm

Theme:  Reptiles & Amphibians

Registration begins Thursday, February 3

This is a story and craft program held in person at the library for kids transitioning out of story time and into book club. Adults should attend this program with their children. Each month Ms. Krista will read books related to a theme and then the kids will make a theme related craft. Registration is required.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Story & Craft Program
Tuesday, March 8
Session 1 – 10:00 – 10:30 am
Session 2 – 11:00 – 11:30 am
For ages five and under

Registration begins Tuesday, February 8

Listen to St. Patrick’s Day stories and make St. Patrick’s Day crafts. Registration required. Face coverings required.

 

MythCrackers: Common Animal Myths
LIVE ANIMAL PROGRAM
Wednesday, March 9
Session 1 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Session 2 – 2:30 pm – 3:30pm
Grades 1 – 5

Registration begins Tuesday, February 1

Are owls really wise? Do turtles come out of their shells? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in this new live wildlife animal presentation. This program addresses common wildlife myths and together with the audience’s help we’ll find out if they are “correct” or “cracked.” Registration required. Face coverings are optional but encouraged.

 

Club Create Book Club
Grades 1 – 2
Thursday, March 10
4:30 – 5:15 pm

Theme:  Reptiles & Amphibians

Registration begins Thursday, February 10

This is an independent book club for first and second graders held in person at the library. Ms. Krista will read longer picture books centered on a theme and the group will participate in activities and crafts related to the theme. Registration is required.

 

Maker Challenge Program:  Leprechaun Traps
For grades K – 4
Tuesday, March 15
4:30 – 5:15 pm

Registration begins Tuesday, February 15

Get Creative at the library! Listen to a story about Leprechaun Traps and then design and build your own. Registration is required.

 

All Star Readers Book Club
Grades 3 – 4
Thursday, March 17
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Book:  Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte

Registration begins Thursday, February 17

All Star Readers Book Club will meet in person this winter. We’ll play an icebreaker game, have a book discussion, and do an activity related to the book we discuss. Books will be available to pick up at the library after you register. Registration is required.

 

Spring Break Craft Bags
Take & Make Crafts
Friday, March 25 – Sunday, April 3
For kids of all ages

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the library and pick up a bag with a variety of seasonal or themed crafts to make at home.
No registration required. While supplies last. Limit 5 per family.

 

Bad Guys in the Library
Tuesday, March 29
Session 1 – 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Session 2 – 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Session 3 – 3:30 – 4:00 pm
For Grades K – 4

Registration begins Tuesday, March 1

The Bad Guys’ next mission is taking place in the Library. Do you want to be part of their team? Join us at one of three sessions to complete your training before the Bad Guys movie comes out in April. Registration is required.

 

Super Stories Book Club
For Young Fives and Kindergarteners
Thursday, April 7
4:30 – 5:00 pm

Theme:  Spring

Registration begins Thursday, March 3

This is a story and craft program held in person at the library for kids transitioning out of story time and into book club. Adults should attend this program with their children. Each month Ms. Krista will read books related to a theme and then the kids will make a theme related craft. Registration is required.

 

Club Create Book Club
Grades 1 – 2
Thursday, April 14
4:30 – 5:15 pm

Theme:  Spring

Registration begins Thursday, March 10

This is an independent book club for first and second graders held in person at the library. Ms. Krista will read longer picture books centered on a theme and the group will participate in activities and crafts related to the theme. Registration is required.

 

Superhero Craft Bags
Take & Make Crafts
Monday, April 18 – Sunday, April 24
For kids of all ages

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the library and pick up a bag with a variety of seasonal or themed crafts to make at home.
No registration required. While supplies last. Limit 5 per family.

 

Aliens in Dexter
Young Fives – Grade 4
Tuesday, April 19
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Registration begins Monday, March 28

Come listen to local author, Chris Monaghan, read his picture book Welcome to Dexter that gives an “out of this world” twist to a UFO sighting that happened in Dexter many years ago. Then participate in creative activities like designing and building your own spaceship! Registration is required.

 

All Star Readers Book Club
Grades 3 – 4
Thursday, April 21
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Book:  Knights vs Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan

Registration begins Thursday, March 17

All Star Readers Book Club will meet in person this winter. We’ll play an icebreaker game, have a book discussion, and do an activity related to the book we discuss. Books will be available to pick up at the library after you register. Registration is required.

 

Fabric Nature Portraits
Virtual Craft Program
Friday, April 22
10:00am-11:00am
For grades K-5

Registration begins Tuesday, March 15

Create your own Fabric Portraits by using reused fabric scraps, buttons, craft items, googly eyes, and more! This craft will be nature and animal themed to celebrate Earth Day! Registration is required. Space is limited. Please only sign up if you plan to attend. Registration deadline is Friday, April 15. Supplies will be available for registered participants to pick up beginning Monday, April 18. A Zoom link will be emailed before Friday, April 22.

 

Preschool Spring Story & Craft Program
Saturday, April 23
9:30 – 10:00 am
For ages five and under

Registration begins Monday, March 28

Listen to stories about the spring season and make a spring craft. Registration required. Face coverings are optional but encouraged.

 

Mother’s Day Craft Program
Grades K – 4
Tuesday, May 3
4:30 – 5:15 pm

Registration begins Tuesday, April 5

Make a special gift to give to your mother on Mother’s Day. Registration is required.

 

Super Stories Book Club
For Young Fives and Kindergarteners
Thursday, May 5
4:30 – 5:00 pm

Theme:  Music

Registration begins Thursday, April 7

This is a story and craft program held in person at the library for kids transitioning out of story time and into book club. Adults should attend this program with their children. Each month Ms. Krista will read books related to a theme and then the kids will make a theme related craft. Registration is required.

 

Club Create Book Club
Grades 1 – 2
Thursday, May 12
4:30 – 5:15 pm

Theme:  Music

Registration begins Thursday, April 14

This is an independent book club for first and second graders held in person at the library. Ms. Krista will read longer picture books centered on a theme and the group will participate in activities and crafts related to the theme. Registration is required.

 

Pets Craft Bags
Take & Make Crafts
Monday, May 16 – Sunday, May 22
For kids of all ages

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the library and pick up a bag with a variety of seasonal or themed crafts to make at home.
No registration required. While supplies last. Limit 5 per family.

 

All Star Readers Book Club
Grades 3 – 4
Thursday, May 19
4:30 – 5:30 pm

Book:  Doodleville by Chad Sell

Registration begins Thursday, April 21

All Star Readers Book Club will meet in person this winter. We’ll play an icebreaker game, have a book discussion, and do an activity related to the book we discuss. Books will be available to pick up at the library after you register. Registration is required.

 

Super Stories Book Club
For Young Fives and Kindergarteners
Thursday, June 2
4:30 – 5:00 pm

Theme:  Oceans

Registration begins Thursday, May 5

This is a story and craft program held in person at the library for kids transitioning out of story time and into book club. Adults should attend this program with their children. Each month Ms. Krista will read books related to a theme and then the kids will make a theme related craft. Registration is required.

 

Here Comes Summer Craft Bags
Take & Make Crafts
Monday, June 6 – Sunday, June 12
For kids of all ages

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the library and pick up a bag with a variety of seasonal or themed crafts to make at home.
No registration required. While supplies last. Limit 5 per family.

 

Pint-Sized Picassos
Wednesday, June 8
11:00 am – 11:30 am
For ages five and under

Registration begins Monday, May 9

Dress for mess. Listen to stories and make your own unique masterpiece. Registration required.

 

Club Create Book Club
Grades 1 – 2
Thursday, June 9
4:30 – 5:15 pm

Theme:  Oceans

Registration begins Thursday, May 12

This is an independent book club for first and second graders held in person at the library. Ms. Krista will read longer picture books centered on a theme and the group will participate in activities and crafts related to the theme. Registration is required.

 

All Star Readers Book Club
Grades 3 – 4
Thursday, June 30
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Book:  Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr

Registration begins Thursday, May 19

All Star Readers Book Club will meet in person this winter. We’ll play an icebreaker game, have a book discussion, and do an activity related to the book we discuss. Books will be available to pick up at the library after you register. Registration is required.

OverDrive Reciprocal Lending Agreement

Did you know that Dexter District Library is now part of an agreement with four institutions sharing access to our Libby collections?

Partner Libraries are currently:

  • Great Lakes Digital Libraries
  • Lakeland Library Cooperative
  • Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
  • Suburban Library Cooperative

This means that including our 53,000 + titles, you have access to over 200,000 titles!

To access the Partner Library collections on your computer, simply click the “Partner libraries” button in the upper right corner of Download Destination.

On the Libby app, follow these steps to add our Partner Libraries to your account:

  1. Open the menu (found in the bottom center) inside Libby
  2. Select “Add Library
  3. Search for a Partner Library
  4. Select “Sign In With My Card
  5. Under Partner Libraries Select Dexter District Library
  6. Enter Your Library Card and Pin
  7. You are now shopping on that Partner Library’s Libby collection.
  8. Repeat the process to add the rest of the Partner Libraries
  9. You may toggle between Library collections using the menu in the bottom center inside Libby

Please note that hold priority is given to patrons borrowing from their home library collection.

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. 

  •  All
  • Learning
  • Self Care
  • Activities
  • Book Characters

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LEL

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda.com, is a video training database with:

  • 16,000+ online courses in 7 languages.
  • Expert Instructors with real-world experience.
  • 60 new courses added each week!
  • Courses cover: Leadership, Project Management, Excel, Sales, Job Hunting, Cloud Computing, Python, DevOps, Data Science, Digital Marketing, Photography, Videography, 3D and Animation, CAD, and much more.

Log in using your Dexter District Library card that begins with 29221 and your pin.  If you are a Dexter resident and have one of our older cards beginning with 29082, stop by the Library to upgrade for free.

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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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. 

  •  All
  • Series
  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Graphic Novels

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