winter youth programs

Winter Events for Children

This Winter the Dexter District Library offers a variety of youth programs including Story Times, book clubs, STEM events, and craft programs. Some programs may required registration. Please read the program description carefully when registering for an event.

 

DECEMBER

Winter Break Reading Challenge
Friday, December 1 – Friday, January 5
Youth and Teens

Registration on Beanstack required and begins Friday, December 1

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 1. Complete at least 10 virtual activity badges by January 5 to be eligible for a prize. Prize pickup will be during the month of January. Registration is required.

 

Lego Club
Tuesday, December 5
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Grades K – 8

Drop-In Program

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.

 

Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Friday, December 8
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Children of all ages
Drop-In Program

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the Library and watch Elf (2003) on the big screen while enjoying a free bag of popcorn. Registration is not required. 

After accidentally falling into Santa Claus’ gift sack, a human baby is raised at the North Pole, growing up to believe he is an elf. Due to his large size, the “elf” causes chaos in Santa’s workshop, forcing Kris Kringle to send him on a mission to find his human roots.

Rated PG – 97 minutes

 

Drop-In Holiday Card Making for Kids
Saturday, December 9
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Grades K – 4

Drop-In Program

Create beautiful and festive homemade cards for your friends and family. Registration is not required.

 

Super Stories Book Club
Tuesday, December 12
4:30 – 5:15 pm
For Young Fives and Kindergartners

Registration begins Tuesday, November 14

This is a story and craft program for kids transitioning out of story time and into book club. Adults should attend this program with their children. Each month Miss Ruth will read books related to a theme and then the kids will do a theme related craft or activity. The December theme is Food. Registration is required.

 

Chess Club
Wednesday, December 13
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Children and Teens

Registration begins Wednesday, November 15

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. Chess sets will be provided by the Library to use during Chess Club. Registration is required.

 

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

Registration begins Thursday, November 9

Club Create is an independent book club for first and second graders. Each month Ms. Krista will read longer picture books centered on a theme and the group will participate in activities and crafts related to the theme. The December theme is Gingerbread. Registration is required.

 

Drop-in Gingerbread Crafts
Saturday, December 16
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Celebrate the season by making a variety of gingerbread crafts to decorate your home. Registration is not required.

 

Drop-In Winter Wonderland Story Time
Monday, December 18
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Ages 5 and under

Drop-In Program

Join us for this special story time celebrating the wonderful winter season. Geared for children ages five and under but everyone is welcome. A simple craft will follow the story time. Registration is not required

 

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

Registration begins Thursday, November 16

All Star Readers is an independent book club for third and fourth graders.  Each month we will 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. Our December book is Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. Registration is required.

 

Makerspace
Thursday, December 28
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grades K – 8

Drop-In Program

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.

 

Drop-in New Year’s Hat & Noisemaker Crafts
Saturday, December 30
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Children of all ages and their families are invited to create hats and noisemakers to ring in the New Year. Registration is not required

 

WINTER STORY TIMES

Drop-In Story Times at the Library
Combined Story Time on Monday & Thursday mornings at 11:00 am
Toddler Story Time on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am
Preschool Story Time on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 am
January 15 – February 29
Lower Level Large Meeting Room

 No registration required

Combined Story Time for ages 5 & under will be held on Monday and Thursday mornings at 11:00 am.

Toddler Story Time for children 18 months to 3 years of age will be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am.

Preschool Story Time for children 3 to 5 years of age will be held on Tuesday mornings at 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 program lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Our story times include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays and other activities that encourage a love of reading.

 

Registered Story Time
Toddler Small Group Story Time on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am
Preschool Small Group Story Time on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 am
January 17 – February 28
First Floor Youth Program Room

Registration required and begins on Monday, December 27

Registration is required for Toddler Small Group Story Time and Preschool Small Group Story Time as space is limited. Parents or caregivers of children may register on our website through our calendar of events or by calling 734-426-4477. Children may only be registered for one 7-week session. Registration will be on a first come first served basis.

Toddler Small Group Story Time for children 18 months to 3 years of age will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am.

Preschool Small Group Story Time for children 3 to 5 years of age will be held on Wednesday mornings at 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 program lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Our story times include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays and other activities that encourage a love of reading.

 

JANUARY

Blocks, Bricks & Beyond
Tuesday, January 2
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Come show us how creative you can be with, building blocks, Legos, K’nex, and more! We provide the building materials – you provide the imagination. Let’s build! Registration is not required.

 

Percy Jackson Party
Wednesday, January 3
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grades 3 – 8

Drop-In Program

Calling all Percy Jackson fans! Celebrate the book series and new television show with crafts and activities, plus enter for a chance to win a copy of the newest Percy Jackson book, Chalice of the Gods! Anyone who loves the Percy Jackson series is welcome to drop in and join the fun! Registration is not required

 

Winter Fun Magic Show
Thursday, January 4
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

The Winter Fun Magic Show is a mystifying and fun celebration of everything exciting about the Winter Season.

During the show, audience members are invited on stage to be part of the snowy fun, as they participate in magical effects like the “snowflake miracle”, “hot chocolate fiasco” and the awesome “snowman illusion.”

Lots of playful comedy and cool props keep this show a lighthearted celebration that can be enjoyed by all! Registration is not required

 

Drop-in Winter Crafts
Friday, January 5
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Drop-in and make a variety of snowy crafts to decorate your home for the winter season. Registration is not required

 

Super Stories
Tuesday, January 9
4:30 – 5:15 pm
For Young Fives and Kindergartners

Registration begins Tuesday, December 12

This is a story and craft program for kids transitioning out of story time and into book club. Adults should attend this program with their children. Each month Miss Ruth will read books related to a theme and then the kids will do a theme related craft or activity. The January theme is Winter. Registration is required.

 

Chess Club
Wednesday, January 10
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Children and Teens

Registration begins Wednesday, December 13

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. Chess sets will be provided by the Library to use during Chess Club. Registration is required.

 

Club Create Book Club
Thursday, January 11
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Grades 1 – 2

Registration begins Thursday, December 14

Club Create is an independent book club for first and second graders. Each month Ms. Krista will read longer picture books centered on a theme and the group will participate in activities and crafts related to the theme. The January theme is Winter. Registration is required.

 

KinderConcert!
Saturday, January 13
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Ages 5 and under

Drop-In Program

Children ages five and younger and their caregivers will find that music comes alive during this 30-minute concert.  Don’t worry about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert – they will be encouraged to dance and move while listening to the music, hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment and learning about a special orchestral instrument.  Members of the A2SO lead children on a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Registration is not required

 

Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Monday, January 15
Time 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Kids of all ages are invited to stop by the Library and watch The Little Mermaid (2023) on the big screen while enjoying a free bag of popcorn. Registration is not required. 

The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.

Rated PG – 135 minutes

 

All Star Readers Book Club
Thursday, January 18
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Grades 3 – 4

Registration begins Thursday, December 21

All Star Readers is an independent book club for third and fourth graders.  Each month we will 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. Our January book is Hilo. Book 1, The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick. Registration is required.

 

Preschool Makerspace
Saturday, January 20
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 5 and under

Drop-In Program

Make, try, create and play at the Library. Young children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended creative activities designed to encourage early learning. Children need an active adult partner to help them. Registration is not required. 

 

Makerspace
Thursday, January 25
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Grades K – 8

Drop-In Program

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.

 

Mini Golf at the Library
Friday, January 26
Time 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Too cold to play outside? Come to the Library and take a swing at our 9-hole mini-golf course provided by Hopper’s Houses. It’s a hole lotta fun! We’ll provide the putters and golf balls, you provide the talent! Everyone welcome. Registration is not required

 

Mini Golf at the Library
Saturday January 27
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Too cold to play outside? Come to the Library and take a swing at our 9-hole mini-golf course provided by Hopper’s Houses.  It’s a hole lotta fun! We’ll provide the putters and golf balls, you provide the talent! Everyone welcome. Registration is not required

 

FEBRUARY

Drop-in Valentine Cards
Saturday, February 3
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Get creative at the library. Drop-in and make handmade valentine cards for your family and friends. Registration is not required

 

Lego Club
Tuesday, February 6
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Grades K – 8

Drop-In Program

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.

 

Chess Club
Wednesday, February 7
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Children and Teens

Registration begins Wednesday, January 10

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. Chess sets will be provided by the Library to use during Chess Club. Registration is required.

 

Club Create
Thursday, February 8
4:30 – 5:15 pm
Grades 1 – 2

Registration begins Thursday, January 11

Club Create is an independent book club for first and second graders. Each month Ms. Krista will read longer picture books centered on a theme and the group will participate in activities and crafts related to the theme. The February theme is Dan Santat. Registration is required.

 

Morning Movie for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Friday, February 9
Time 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Ages 5 and under

Drop-In Program

Children ages five and under, along with their caregivers, are invited to watch Paw Patrol: The Movie (2021) on the big screen.

When their biggest rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and the heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head on. While one pup must face his past in Adventure City, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty. Together, the PAW Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City.

Bring a pillow, blanket and cuddly friend. Toddler and Preschool-appropriate snacks will be served. Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Rated G – 88 minutes

 

Super Stories
Tuesday, February 13
4:30 – 5:15 pm
For Young Fives and Kindergartners

Registration begins Tuesday, January 9

This is a story and craft program for kids transitioning out of story time and into book club. Adults should attend this program with their children. Each month Miss Ruth will read books related to a theme and then the kids will do a theme related craft or activity. The February theme is Friendship. Registration is required.

 

All Star Readers Book Club
Thursday, February 15
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Grades 3 – 4

Registration begins Thursday, January 18

All Star Readers is an independent book club for third and fourth graders.  Each month we will 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. Our February book is Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz. Registration is required.

 

Yarn Painting
Friday, February 16
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Grades K – 4

Registration begins Friday, January 19

Find your inner artist with this simple and fun art method. Children in grades K-4 are invited to learn how to “paint” a vibrant, textured piece of art using just yarn and glue. Templates will be available, or participants can create their own unique designs. Registration is required.

 

Comic Book Drawing Workshop with Kam Komics
Monday, February 19
Time 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grades K – 8

Registration begins Monday, January 22

Comic book artist and rapper Kamron Reynolds will introduce you to the world of comics by teaching you to create your own characters, stories, backgrounds, lettering, and more. Registration is required.

 

Makerspace
Thursday, February 22
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Grades K – 8

Drop-In Program

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.

 

Dancer’s Edge Presents: Music and Movement for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Friday, February 23
Time 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Age 2- 5

Drop-In Program

Children ages 2 and up, 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. Registration is not required.

 

DIY Pool Noodle Wreath Craft
Thursday, February 29
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Grades K – 4

Registration begins Thursday, February 1

Use your imagination to create a wreath with your own personal style. The base of the wreath is a pool noodle, but you will never know it when you are done decorating it. Registration is required.

 

MARCH

Lego Club
Tuesday, March 5
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Grades K – 8

Drop-In Program

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.

 

Chess Club
Wednesday, March 6
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Children and Teens

Registration begins Wednesday, February 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. Chess sets will be provided by the Library to use during Chess Club. Registration is required.

 

Preschool Makerspace
Friday, March 8
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 5 and under

Drop-In Program

Make, try, create and play at the Library. Young children will explore a variety of stations with open-ended creative activities designed to encourage early learning. Children need an active adult partner to help them. Registration is not required

 

Super Stories
Tuesday, March 12
4:30 – 5:15 pm
For Young Fives and Kindergartners

Registration begins Tuesday, February 13

This is a story and craft program for kids transitioning out of story time and into book club. Adults should attend this program with their children. Each month Miss Ruth will read books related to a theme and then the kids will do a theme related craft or activity. The March theme is Reptiles & Amphibians. Registration is required.

 

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

Registration begins Thursday, February 8

Club Create is an independent book club for first and second graders. Each month Ms. Krista will read longer picture books centered on a theme and the group will participate in activities and crafts related to the theme. The March theme is Games & Puzzles. Registration is required.

 

Ballet Story Time and Preview Performance
Friday, March 15
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Join us for a special Ballet Story Time and then watch Chelsea Ballet, who will share a preview of their spring ballet, Cinderella. We’ll begin with a short story time, followed by dancers performing parts of their show while in costume. Registration is not required.

 

DIY Activity Bags for Spring Break
Tuesday, March 19
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Drop-in and put together your own craft and activity bag to take with you on your travels or use at home during spring break. Registration is not required

 

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

Registration begins Thursday, February 15

All Star Readers is an independent book club for third and fourth graders.  Each month we will 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. Our March book is Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, The Graphic Novel by Chris Grabenstein. Registration is required.

 

Drop-in Paint a Mini Canvas Craft
Saturday, March 23
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children of all ages

Drop-In Program

Create your own miniature masterpiece with a little paint and a lot of imagination. Registration is not required

 

Makerspace
Thursday, March 28
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Grades K – 8

Drop-In Program

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.