Spring Teen and Tween Events

Pick up a copy of the Spring Teen & Tween brochure and the monthly youth department calendars at the Library, or download PDFs below.

See each event page for more details and to register. Registration is required for most Teen and Tween events – check each event page for more information.

Pencil Eraser Pointillism

Saturday, March 2

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required; begins Friday, February 2

Get creative and try Pointillism, which is an art technique of making a large image out of tiny dots. We’ll look at some examples and then use paint, pencil erasers, and canvas to make our own unique artworks.

Chess Club

Wednesday, March 6

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Kids and Teens

Registration required – Begins Wednesday, February 7

If you enjoy playing chess, join us for our monthly chess games. Compete in tournament-style play or a casual game and improve your skills. All kids and teens with at least a basic knowledge of chess gameplay are welcome to attend. Chess sets will be provided by the Library to use during Chess Club.

 

TAG: Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, March 9

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required – Begins Saturday, February 17

Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to enjoy a pizza lunch then brainstorm with other teens about new programs, book selections, and how to make the Library an even better place. TAG members will also do small service projects during meetings. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours!

 

Custom Keychain Craft

Friday, March 15

1:30 – 2:30 pm (no school)

Registration required; begins Friday, February 16

Make a keychain that’s as unique as you! Design a simple word or image to cut out in vinyl, then apply it to an acrylic shape of your choice. Customize your keychain further with beads, charms, and more. Great to decorate your backpack or bag, or to make as a gift.

 

Tween Book Club

Tuesday, March 19

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades 5 – 7

Registration required – Begins Tuesday, February 20

Read this month’s book and then join us for snacks, icebreakers, discussion, and a related activity. For our March book club, read a mystery book of your choice to discuss at Book Club. Provide your own book – feel free to bring one from home or check out from the library.

 

Magic: The Gathering

Friday, March 22

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required – Begins Friday, February 23

Join us monthly for pizza and MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 5 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. Co-sponsored with 5 Healthy Towns and SRSLY Dexter.

 

Sticker Swap

Monday, March 25

2:00pm – 3:00pm

All Ages

Drop-In Program; No registration required

Children of all ages love stickers. Each child will receive a notebook to decorate with stickers. We have lots of stickers to choose from and you can even bring stickers from home to trade with others, if you would like. Registration is not required.

 

Puzzle Race

Tuesday, March 26

1:30 – 2:45 pm (no school – Spring Break)

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required – Begins Tuesday, February 27

Race against the clock and other builders as you work on a team of up to 4 people to complete a 300-piece puzzle. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

 

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Thursday, March 28

2:30 – 3:30 pm (no school – Spring Break)

Grades K – 8

Drop-in program; No registration required

Make, build, craft and explore. Participate in a variety of open-ended activities. We supply the materials and you supply the imagination.

 

Retro Remix Crafts

Friday, March 29

2:00 – 3:00 pm (no school – Spring Break)

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required – begins Friday, March 1

Join us for a blast from the past with retro-inspired crafts. Put your own spin on Perler beads, Shrinky Dinks, friendship bracelets, and more.

 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, April 8

Time 2:00pm – 4:00pm

All Ages

Drop-In Program; Registration is not required

A near-total solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024! In Dexter, the eclipse will begin at 1:57pm with the maximum occurring at 3:13pm. These rare events only occur when the Earth, Moon, and Sun align just right. Weather permitting, gather on the terrace of the Library, adjacent to Mill Creek Park North, to view the progression of the eclipse. Please remember it is never safe to directly view the Sun without special equipment. A limited supply of eclipse glasses will be available. A live stream of the eclipse will also be available in our lower level meeting room. Registration is not required.

 

Chess Club

Wednesday, April 10

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Kids and Teens

Registration required – Begins Wednesday, March 6

If you enjoy playing chess, join us for our monthly chess games. Compete in tournament-style play or a casual game and improve your skills. All kids and teens with at least a basic knowledge of chess gameplay are welcome to attend. Chess sets will be provided by the Library to use during Chess Club.

 

Tween Book Club

Tuesday, April 16

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades 5 – 7

Registration required – Begins Tuesday, March 19

Read this month’s book and then join us for snacks, icebreakers, discussion, and a related activity. Get a copy of the book at the youth reference desk after you register. April’s book is House Arrest by K. A. Holt.

 

DIY Book Hedgehogs

Friday, April 19

2:30 – 3:45 pm (school half-day)

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required – begins Friday, March 15

Turn an old book into a work of art that you can proudly display in your room. Come and learn how to fold the pages of a paperback book to make an adorable hedgehog with googly eyes and any accessories you can dream up. This is a beginner paper-folding project and no prior experience is necessary.

 

TAG: Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, April 20

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required – Begins Saturday, March 9

Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to enjoy a pizza lunch then brainstorm with other teens about new programs, book selections, and how to make the Library an even better place. TAG members will also do small service projects during meetings. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours!

 

makerspaceMakerspace

Thursday, April 25

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades K – 8

Drop-in program; No registration required

Make, build, craft and explore. Participate in a variety of open-ended activities. We supply the materials and you supply the imagination.

 

Magic: The Gathering

Friday, April 26

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required – Begins Friday, March 22

Join us monthly for pizza and MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 5 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. Co-sponsored with 5 Healthy Towns and SRSLY Dexter.

 

Make Your Own Candy Sushi

Saturday, April 27

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required, begins Monday, April 1

You might have had sushi with fish and rice, but how about a dessert version? Explore your culinary creativity and build your own sweet sushi with crispy rice treats and candy.

 

Chess Club

Wednesday, May 1

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Kids and Teens

Registration required – Begins Wednesday, April 10

If you enjoy playing chess, join us for our monthly chess games. Compete in tournament-style play or a casual game and improve your skills. All kids and teens with at least a basic knowledge of chess gameplay are welcome to attend. Chess sets will be provided by the Library to use during Chess Club.

 

Magic: The Gathering

Friday, May 17

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required – Begins Friday, April 26

Join us monthly for pizza and MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Prizes awarded to top players. Everyone in grades 5 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend. Please bring a Commander deck to each session. Co-sponsored with 5 Healthy Towns and SRSLY Dexter.

 

TAG: Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, May 18

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grades 7 – 12

Registration required – Begins Saturday, April 20

Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to enjoy a pizza lunch then brainstorm with other teens about new programs, book selections, and how to make the Library an even better place. TAG members will also do small service projects during meetings. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours!

 

Tween Book Club

Tuesday, May 21

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades 5 – 7

Registration required – Begins Tuesday, April 16

Read this month’s book and then join us for snacks, icebreakers, discussion, and a related activity. Get a copy of the book at the youth reference desk after you register. May’s book is Lightfall: The Girl and the Galdurian by Tim Probert.

 

makerspaceMakerspace

Thursday, May 23

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades K – 8

Drop-in program; No registration required

Make, build, craft and explore. Participate in a variety of open-ended activities. We supply the materials and you supply the imagination.

 

Chess Club

Wednesday, June 5

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Kids and Teens

Registration required – Begins Wednesday, May 1

If you enjoy playing chess, join us for our monthly chess games. Compete in tournament-style play or a casual game and improve your skills. All kids and teens with at least a basic knowledge of chess gameplay are welcome to attend. Chess sets will be provided by the Library to use during Chess Club.

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.  If you need a Library card immediately, please visit the Library to register.  The Library is open to the public for registration and browsing materials.  Processing time for online registrations may vary and physical card delivery is dependent on postal mail.

A valid card number is required to access the Library’s electronic content.  This content is always available and can be accessed from home.

We require all new applicants to visit the Library building to complete the registration process and extend the expiration date of new cards beyond the temporary registration period.  

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 student e-mail addresses prevent receipt of all external e-mails, including those from the Library.


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    Magic: The Gathering

    Join us monthly during the school year for pizza dinner and MTG tournament-style play on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Prizes awarded to top players.  Everyone in grades 5 through 12 with knowledge of game play and rules is invited to attend.  Bring a Commander deck to each session. See below for tournament dates or check our Events Calendar. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter and 5 Healthy Towns.

    Upcoming dates:

    Friday, December 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Registration begins Friday, November 17

    Friday, January 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Registration begins Friday, December 15

    Friday, February 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Registration opens Friday, January 19

    Friday, March 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Registration opens Friday, February 23

    Friday, April 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Registration opens Friday, March 22

    Friday, May 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Registration opens Friday, April 26

     

    Contact:  Mollie Hall mhall@dexter.lib.mi.us

    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 give input, plan programs and volunteer at youth and teen events. We also have pizza lunch each month!  TAG meets on select Saturdays each month during the school year, and on various dates during the summer. New members are always welcome.

    Upcoming dates:

    Saturday, December 9 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

    Registration opens Saturday, November 18

    Saturday, January 20 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

    Registration opens Saturday, December 9

    Saturday, February 17 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

    Registration opens Saturday, January 20

    Saturday, March 9 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

    Registration opens Saturday, February 17

    More dates coming soon!

    Contact:  Mollie Hall, mhall@dexter.lib.mi.us

    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.

     

    Wi-Fi Printing

    The Dexter District Library now offers wi-fi printing compatible with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop!  For black and white, the price is $0.10 per page.  For full color, the price is $0.20 per page.

     

    Wireless Printing

    8/31/2021 – ATTENTION:  Support for iOS/Android has been added to the web based version of Smart Alec.  Please carefully read the new steps below.

    Please follow the directions below:  

     

    A. Click here for directions on how to upload your documents/photos to our print release station.

    These directions should now work for all devices, but legacy directions are listed below.

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    B. (NOTE:  Please try step A first) Click here for legacy directions for Android Devices

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    C. (NOTE:  Please try step A first) Click here for legacy directions for iPhone, iPad, iPod

     

     

     

    Group Study Rooms

    The Library has three group study rooms available on the second floor.  Groups may call ahead to reserve a room.  Reservations can be taken for the current week and the following week.  Every Monday, the next week opens up to reservations.

    To reserve a group study room, please call 734-426-4477 and ask for the Adult Reference Desk.  For the study room policy, see attached:

    Michigan Activity Pass

    The Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network program is a partnership between 638 public libraries, 11 library cooperatives, and 400+ destinations. 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://MIActivityPass.org