2021 Spring Youth Events

Bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm, March 3 to May 12
Club Create
Kids in grades K through 2 are invited to join us on our DDL Facebook page, every other Wednesday at 4:30 pm beginning March 3. 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. Dates: March 3, March 17, April 14, April 28, May 12.

Bi-weekly Thursdays at 11:00 am, March 11 to May 20
Preschool Super Stories
Kids ages five and younger are invited to join Ms. Krista on our DDL Facebook page every other Thursday at 11:00 am. Ms. Krista will read a longer picture book and share an activity related to the book. Everyone is welcome. Dates: March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20

Tuesdays, March 23 to May 18 at 10:30 am
Virtual Spring Story Times
Spring Story Times for ages five and under will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 am on our DDL Facebook page from March 23 to May 18. 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.

Monday, April 26 to Saturday, May 8
Star Wars Day Celebration
Prepare to celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4 with your own bag of crafts, stickers and more. Email a picture of one of your completed crafts to the teen librarian dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us by May 8 for a chance to win a Pop! Star Wars BB-8 Bobble. Winner will be chosen at random from all entries. Registration is required. Teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12 may register on our website beginning April 1. Full details will be provided to registered participants

Friday, April 30 to Saturday, May 8
DIY Tea Cup Painting
Pick up your own ceramic tea cup and saucer to paint to hold an indoor plant. This could make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift, or keep it for yourself to hold your trinkets. Mother’s Day card-making supplies will also be included. Registration is required. Teens in grades 5 through 12 may register on our website beginning April 5. Full details will be provided to registered participants.
Materials Needed: Acrylic craft paint, paint brush

Saturday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 26
Registration for Teen Self Care Kits
Need help getting through the school year? De-stress with one of our self-care kits which includes goodies, a mini Zen garden craft, calming exercises and more. Registration is required. Teens in grades 6 through 12 may register on our website beginning May 1. Full details will be emailed to registered participants. Pick-up begins Friday, May 28.

Monday, May 3 to Saturday, May 8
Mother’s Day Craft Kit
Mother’s Day Craft Kits are for kids of all ages. They will be available from May 3 to May 8. Call from the Library parking lot and we’ll deliver them to our outside table or you can pick them up inside. Registration is required on our website beginning Monday, April 19.

Saturday, May 15 to Friday, May 21
Alex Thomas – Virtual Caricature Drawing Workshop
Learn to draw fun caricatures of some of your favorite characters led by a puppet instructor! Whether you are just beginning or more advanced, this workshop will teach you the tips, tricks, and techniques of caricature drawing! Registration is required. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link prior to May 15.

Thursday, May 20 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers
All Star Readers Book Club for grades 3 and 4 will meet again on Thursday, May 20 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Registration is required and begins on Thursday, April 15. The book we will be discussing is Klawde by Johnny Marciano. Books will be available for pick up when you register. Join us for a fun, lively afternoon with Ms. Krista leading our discussion, everyone is welcome. A link to our Zoom meeting room and a password will be sent to you prior to May 20.

Friday, May 28 to Saturday, June 5
Teen Self-Care Kits
Need help getting through the school year? De-stress with one of our self-care kits which includes goodies, a mini Zen garden craft, calming exercises and more. Registration is required. Teens in grades 6 through 12 may register on our website beginning May 1. Full details will be emailed to registered participants.

Monday, May 31
Library is Closed

2021 Winter Teen Photo Contest


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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.

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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  • Non-Fiction
  • Graphic Novels

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Activities for Teens

We’ve pulled together some fun, teen activities for you to try, watch, listen to, or play while you have extra time.  Scroll down to view the complete selection of librarian-tested sites and check back often for new additions.

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Apply For A Library Card

We are now offering online library card registration.

Please fill out the form below to apply for a temporary Dexter District Library borrower’s card.

We will provide your card information via e-mail and send your physical card to your home address via standard postal mail.

A valid card is required to access the Library’s electronic content.  This content is always available and can be accessed from home during this time of restricted travel.

Once the Library building has reopened to the public, we will require you visit to the Library building to complete the registration process and extend the expiration date of your card beyond the initial registration period.  We will continue to extend the initial registration as long asthe building remains closed to the public.

Our borrower’s cards are only available to residents of the Dexter School District, including students.  If you reside outside our service area, please check with your home library about getting a card.

Parents:  When registering a child for a Library card, please use a parental e-mail address.  Dexter Community School addresses may prevent receipt of notifications from the Library’s catalog.


    Online Smithsonian Exhibit

    During these challenging times the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service is making select travelling poster exhibits free for viewing. With many museums and schools closed, enjoy this online exhibits to incorporate into your home education curriculum or for personal enrichment.

    I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story
    This poster exhibition celebrates Asian Pacific American history and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history. WideAmericanEarthposters.

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    Magic: The Gathering

    MTG is not meeting at this time.

    Join us monthly for MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.  Prizes awarded to top players and pizza available to registered participants.  Everyone in grades 6 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend.  Please check the Library’s Calendar for specific dates.   Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

    Contact:  Diane Alson dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us
    Location:  Dexter District Library, Lower Level

    Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

    The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a volunteer opportunity for teens in grades 7 through 12 to get involved at the Library.  Join us to help plan programs and volunteer at youth and teen events.  TAG meets on select Saturdays each month during the school year.  Check the events calendar for upcoming dates and times.   New members are always welcome, and a pizza lunch is provided.

    Contact:  Diane Alson dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us
    Location:  Youth Programming Room, main floor

    Computer and Internet Access

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    Computers for Public Use:

    The Dexter District Library has 4 public use computer terminals for teens ages 13 through 17 located in the Teen Zone.  These computers have Windows 7 and are loaded with the Microsoft Office 2016 suite.  Full color printing is available for $0.20 a page.  Black & White printing is available at $0.10 a page.


    General Rules for Internet Use:

    1. Hardware and Software settings may not be changed.
    2. Users will respect all copyright laws.
    3. Users saving files from the Internet to their own disks do so at their own risk. The Library assumes no responsibility for viruses transmitted from the Internet to disks through the use of Library computers.
    4. Any users caught hacking into computer systems or disrupting the functions of other computer systems will have their Internet use privileges revoked.
    5. Users will not use the Library terminals to violate any Federal, state or local laws or to engage in unethical behavior.
    6. Users can be held financially liable for damage to the Library’s equipment and software.