Winter Events for Teens and Tweens

Registration is required for most Teen and Tween events – check each event page for more information. Find a PDF of our winter Teen and Tween brochure at the bottom of this Spotlight, or pick up a copy in the Teen Zone.


Community Conversation with SRSLY Dexter

Thursday, December 1

7:00 – 8:00 pm

Parents and Adults

Registration recommended and now open

Do you know a middle school or high school student in Dexter? Then you’re perfect for this important event! Any adult in Dexter can join us at the library on 12/1 for a community conversation about how to support teens, tweens, and parents. How can youth be better supported by our community? What are the concerns of the teens and tweens in your life? How do you see mental health and substance use playing a role in Dexter youth lives? These questions and more will be explored together with an end goal of helping SRSLY Dexter learn more about needed supports–so that they can hopefully provide them!

 

Winter Break Reading Challenge
December 5 – January 6
Youth and Teens
Registration on Beanstack required

Youth and Teens can complete a variety of reading challenges on Beanstack during their winter break. Sign up on the Beanstack web site or app starting on December 5. Complete at least 10 virtual activity badges by January 6 to be eligible for a prize. Prize pickup will be during the month of January.

 

TAG: Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, December 10

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grades 7-12

Registration required – Begins Saturday, November 12

Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to 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!

 

Magic: The Gathering

Friday, December 16

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Grades 6-12

Registration required – Begins Saturday, November 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.

 

Tween Book Club

Tuesday, December 20

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades 5 & 6

Registration required – Begins Tuesday, November 15

Book: Ghost by Jason Reynolds

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

 

Bad Art

Tuesday, December 27

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Grades 5-12

Registration required – Begins Tuesday, November 29

Come to the library to create the worst art you can make. That’s right – don’t worry about making something good, just enjoy the creative process! Many materials will be on hand for you to make your “disasterpiece.” At the end, we’ll vote on a “worst of the worst” to win a trophy commemorating their achievement.

 

makerspaceMakerspace

Thursday, December 29

11:00 am – 12:00 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.

 

Teen Anime Fandom Hangout

Wednesday, January 4

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Grades 7-12

Registration required – Begins Wednesday, December 7

Teens: Can’t get enough anime and manga? Meet up to watch anime, do crafts, share your manga drawings, and talk about your favorite series with other teens.

 

Drop-in Games

Thursday, January 5

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Grades K-8

Kids and teens in grades K-8 can stop by to play a variety of games. Take part in competition-style games for a chance to win a small prize.

 

Chess Club

Wednesday, January 11

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Kids and Teens

Registration required – Begins Wednesday, December 7

If you enjoy playing chess, join us for our monthly chess games this fall. 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.

 

TAG: Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, January 14

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grades 7-12

Registration required – Begins Saturday, December 10

Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to 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!

 

Virtual Cooking Class: Pizza

Monday, January 16

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Grades 5-12

Registration required – Begins Monday, December 19

Over Zoom, Chef Jyl Nolan of A Curious Kitchen will show you how to prepare your own pizza at home. Customize how you like, and make a dish the whole family can enjoy! Receive the recipe about a week prior to the program, gather your ingredients, and cook along with us.

 

Tween Book Club

Tuesday, January 17

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades 5 & 6

Registration required – Begins Tuesday, December 20

Book: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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

 

Magic: The Gathering

Friday, January 20

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Grades 6-12

Registration required – Begins Saturday, December 17

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.

 

makerspaceMakerspace

Thursday, January 26

3:00 – 4:00 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.

 

Comic Book Collage Canvas

Friday, January 27

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Grades 5-12

Registration required – Begins Tuesday, December 27

Teens and tweens can get creative in this art program. Join us to make a collage out of pages from recycled graphic novels.

 

MiLibraryQuest Winter Challenge

Starts February 1

Grades 5-12

Calling all teens! This year’s Michigan Library Quest is Dungeons and Dragons themed! Grab your sword and shield and get ready for a virtual adventure! Everyone in grades 5 through 12 is welcome to take part. For more information, visit mi.gov/MiLibraryQuest

 

Faux Stained Glass

Saturday, February 4

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Grades 5-12

Registration required – Begins Monday, January 9

Teens and tweens: join us to make your own faux stained glass decoration. Real stained glass is very complicated, but we’ll use common items like paint, glue, and a picture frame to make a unique piece of art that looks as good as the real thing!

 

Chess Club

Wednesday, February 8

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Kids and Teens

Registration required – Begins Wednesday, January 11

If you enjoy playing chess, join us for our monthly chess games this fall. 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.

 

TAG: Teen Advisory Group

Saturday, February 11

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grades 7-12

Registration required – Begins Saturday, January 14

Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to 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!

 

Magic: The Gathering

Friday, February 17

6:00 – 8:30 pm

Grades 6-12

Registration required – Begins Saturday, January 21

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 Tech Take-Apart

Monday, February 20

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Grades 7-12

Registration required – Begins Monday, January 16

Teens: Do you like learning how things work? Ever wanted to take something apart? This is your chance! Join us to use tools to deconstruct small electronics and see what makes them tick. Then we’ll use the disassembled pieces to create art.

 

Tween Book Club

Tuesday, February 21

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Grades 5 & 6

Registration required – Begins Tuesday, January 17

Book: Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

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

 

makerspaceMakerspace

Thursday, February 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.

 

Watercolor Arts and Crafts

Saturday, March 4

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Grades 5 – 12

Registration required – Begins Monday, February 6

Watercolors are great for painting, but you can do lots of other crafts with them too. Join us to try out a selection of crafts and techniques using watercolors.

 

The Library has updated its programming attendance requirements.  Face coverings optional but highly encouraged in group indoor settings.  Face covering requirements are subject to change without notice.  Registration may be required for in-person programming.  If registration is required, registrants will need to register all members of their party.  To provide for adequate social distancing, the Library may need to limit the number of in-person attendees at each indoor program.  The Library will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions and the Library Board will review these requirements on a monthly basis.

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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  • Graphic Novels

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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.  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.


    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. New members are always welcome.

    Check our Events Calendar for meeting dates.

    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://michiganactivitypass.info