2020 Winter Events for Kids, Tweens and Teens

Monday, January 13
Winter Story Times Begin

Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 13 and run until Thursday, March 5. Registration is required, parents or caregivers of children may register in person at the Library or by calling 734-426-4477. Space is limited so registration will be on a first come first served basis. 

Children 18 months to 3 years of age may sign up for one Toddler Story Time. Toddler Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Children under 18 months may attend, however books and activities are geared for toddlers. Children 3 to 5 years of age may sign up for one Preschool Story Time. Preschool Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 11:30 am.   Combined Toddler/Preschool Story Times are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 am, registration is required.

Drop-In Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from January 16 to March 5.  Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings.  Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Daycare Centers are welcome to all Drop-In Story Times.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Winter Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child.

Thursday, January 23 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace

This is a drop-In program for grades K through 8.  Make, build, craft and explore.  Participate in a variety of open-ended activities.  We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Registration is not required.

Thursday, January 23 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club
Kids in grades 5 and 6 are invited to read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize.  Enjoy a snack, and occasionally a craft or game related to the book.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book: Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks.  Registration begins Thursday, December 19.

Friday, January 24 at 10:00 am
Morning Movie for Preschoolers

Babe (1995)
Rated G – 91 minutes
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. Toddler and preschool appropriate snacks will be served.  Registration is not required.

Friday, January 24 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Magic: The Gathering (MTG)
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for monthly MTG tournament-style games and pizza.  Prizes awarded to top players.  Registration is required beginning Friday, December 6. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Saturday, January 25 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Drop-In Preschool Makerspace

Children ages five and under, along with their caregivers, are invited to make, create and play at the Library.  Children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended activities designed to encourage early learning.  Registration is not required.  Caregivers must stay with their children.

Saturday, February 1 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friends Used Book Sale

Tuesday, February 4 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
First Tuesday Lego Club

Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Everyone is welcome – Legos will be provided by the Library.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, February 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Super Stories

This is a book appreciation group for grades K through 2.  We’ll share stories, have snacks and do activities.  This month’s theme is “The Zoo”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, January 9.

Saturday, February 8 at 12:00 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to get involved with the Library by attending our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings.  Help plan programs, organize community service projects, and volunteer at Library events.  This is a great opportunity to build up your resume and obtain volunteer hours.  Registration is required beginning Saturday, January 11, pizza lunch provided.

Thursday, February 13 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers

This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 4.  Each month, we will read and discuss a book, have snacks and do activities.  This month we’re reading Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, January 16.

Thursday, February 13 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club
Kids in grades 5 and 6 are invited to read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize.  Enjoy a snack, and occasionally a craft or game related to the book.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty.  Registration begins Thursday, January 23.

Friday, February 14 at 1:00 pm (schools early release)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids

The Lion King (2019)
After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.  Starring Donald Glover, Beyonce and Seth Rogen.  Rated PG – 118 minutes.

Friday, February 14 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (schools early release)
DIY Heart-Shaped Hand Warmers & Chocolate

Teens and tweens in grades 5 through 12 can keep toasty all winter long with their own heart-shaped hand warmers.  All materials will be provided including delicious chocolate snacks.  Registration begins Monday, January 13.

Saturday, February 15 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Frozen Drop-In Crafts for All Ages

Join us for crafts inspired by the movies Frozen and Frozen 2.  Registration is not required.

Monday, February 17
Library will be closed for staff development

Thursday, February 20 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace

This is a drop-In program for grades K through 8.  Make, build, craft and explore.  Participate in a variety of open-ended activities.  We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Registration is not required.

Friday, February 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Magic: The Gathering (MTG)
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for monthly MTG tournament-style games and pizza.  Prizes awarded to top players.  Registration is required beginning Friday, December 6. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Tuesday, February 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
DIY Mardi Gras Mask Craft
Kids in grades K through 4 are invited to drop by and celebrate Mardi Gras by creating their own party mask using feathers, sequins and colorful jewels.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, February 29 at 11:00 am
Magic Carpet Theatre

Children of all ages are invited to experience their favorite stories via live theater performances and audience participation. Enjoy “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Sneeches” and other children’s books while role-playing, creating sound effects and making rhythms along with the Magic Carpet performers.  The focus of the Magic Carpet Theatre performance is to encourage children to use their imaginations so they will become better readers. The presentation is fast-paced with lots of humor and audience involvement.  Performance begins at promptly at 11:00 am, refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, March 3 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
First Tuesday Lego Club

Kids in grades K through 8 are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Everyone is welcome – Legos will be provided by the Library.  Registration is not required.

Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friends Used Book Sale

Monday, March 9
Spring Story Time Registration Begins

Thursday, March 12 at 10:00 am
Dancer’s Edge Presents:  Music and Movement for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Children ages 6 and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to participate in a special dance class with Jennifer Smith of Dancers Edge.  Filled with music, playful interaction and movement, this class is designed for the youngest dancers.  Get ready to wiggle, jump and move to music, props and fun.  Refreshments and a simple craft will be offered following the program.  Registration is not required.

Thursday, March 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Super Stories

This is a book appreciation group for grades K through 2.  We’ll share stories, have snacks and do activities.  This month’s theme is “Inventions”.  Registration is required beginning Thursday, February 6.

Friday, March 13 at 1:00 pm (schools early release)
Leprechaun Trap Program
Kids in grades K through 4 are invited to listen to books about leprechauns and then design and build their own leprechaun trap.  Registration begins Monday, February 10.

Saturday, March 14 at 12:00 pm
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to get involved with the Library by attending our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meetings.  Help plan programs, organize community service projects, and volunteer at Library events.  This is a great opportunity to build up your resume and obtain volunteer hours.  Registration is required beginning Saturday, February 8, pizza lunch provided.

Thursday, March 19 at 4:30 pm
All Star Readers

This is a book discussion group for kids in grades 3 through 4.  Each month, we will read and discuss a book, have snacks and do activities.  This month we’re reading The 100-Year-Old-Secret  by Tracy Barrett. Registration is required, beginning Thursday, February 13.

Thursday, March 19 at 4:30 pm
Tween Book Club

Kids in grades 5 and 6 are invited to read the book and be prepared to answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize.  Enjoy a snack, and occasionally a craft or game related to the book.  Stop by the Youth Reference Desk for a copy of this month’s book: The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody by M. Landis.  Registration begins Thursday, February 13.

Friday, March 20 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Drop-In Preschool Makerspace

Children ages five and under, along with their caregivers, are invited to make, create and play at the Library.  Children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended activities designed to encourage early learning.  Registration is not required.  Caregivers must stay with their children.

Friday, March 20 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Magic: The Gathering (MTG)
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us for monthly MTG tournament-style games and pizza.  Prizes awarded to top players.  Registration is required beginning Friday, December 6. Co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter.

Monday, March 23
Spring Story Times Begin

Thursday, March 26 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Makerspace

This is a drop-In program for grades K through 8.  Make, build, craft and explore.  Participate in a variety of open-ended activities.  We supply the materials and you supply the imagination. Registration is not required.

Monday, March 30 at 1:00 pm (schools closed)
Movie & Popcorn for Kids

Frozen II
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom.  Rated PG – 103 minutes.

 

magic the gathering

Magic: The Gathering

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

teenzone

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.  For directions on how to install the app, please click here.

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 Michigan’s nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and cultural organizations. 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

First Tuesday Lego Club

On the first Tuesday of every month, our Lego Club meets between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. in the lower level meeting room.  Kids, tweens and teens in grades K through 8 are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations.  Everyone is welcome – Legos will be provided by the Library.

Upcoming Club Dates:  February 4, March 3, April 7 and May 5