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The Dexter Public Library was founded by The Dexter Woman's Study Club in 1927, first as a shelf of books in a local store and later in the small building on Central Street that now houses the sheriff's office.
In 1938, the Village of Dexter took over support of the Library, but the Woman's Club continued to operate it until 1957, when the village assumed management through an appointed "provisional board." In that same year, the Friends of the Dexter Public Library was organized.
In 1963, at a meeting of the Friends, Dexter Village president Bruce Waggoner proposed the purchase of a house at 3173 Baker Road as a Library building. The Dexter Provisional Library Board could not buy or sell real property nor borrow money, so it was suggested that because the Library had always served all the residents of the Dexter School District, a Library district covering the same area as the school district be established under the Dexter Library Establishment Act of 1955. The five municipalities that formed the district included the Village of Dexter, Scio, Webster, and Dexter Townships, and the Dexter Community Schools Board of Education. Each municipality appointed members to the new Library Board and each pledged financial support. Later, when the Dexter Library Establishment Act of 1989 was enacted, the Dexter Library made the necessary changes to comply with its requirements.
By the early 1990's, it became apparent that if the Library was to grow with the community and provide the kind of library service its patrons expected, it would need more support than the municipalities were able to provide. So in 1994, the voters of the school district were asked to approve 1/2 mil support for the Library's operations, and they did so by a wide margin.
As a result, the Library was able to engage its first professional director, extend its open hours from 26 to 38 per week, add staff, and begin a long-overdue updating and expansion of its collections. The need for more room to accommodate these changes led to the purchase and renovation of the former Methodist Church Education Building at 8040 Fourth Street, and in July, 1996, the Dexter District Library moved into its new home. At the same time, the Library's open hours were once again extended, this time to 58 per week.
In 2009, the library opened for business at it's new location of 3255 Alpine Street.
Facilities: The Dexter District Library will provide a convenient and inviting facility with a diversity of spaces for various materials, programs, services and staff that serves the entire community.
Materials: The Dexter District Library will continually review and evaluate the book and multi-media collections to ensure that the quality and diversity of materials meets the needs of the community.
Staff: The Dexter District Library will have a friendly, informed and professional staff to serve an ever-increasing number of customers.
Marketing: The Dexter District Library will continually inform and educate our community about the public library, its governance, functions, value and service programs.
Programming: The Dexter District Library will provide Library patrons with programs and outreach activities that entertain and enrich their lives.
Anyone who lives in the Library District is entitled and encouraged to receive a borrowing card. The Library District mirrors the service area of the Dexter Community Schools. This includes the Village of Dexter and portions of Dexter, Freedom, Hamburg, Lima, Lodi, Northfield, Scio and Webster townships.
Anyone who lives outside of the Library District is eligible to obtain a library card for an annual fee.
Any child under the age of 16 in the Library District may register for his/her own card when the parent or guardian signs the registration form and assumes financial responsibility. Children 16 years old or older may register without a parent or guardian's signature, providing the child can provide the appropriate proof of identification and residency.
Special Borrowers Cards are defined as:
Registering in the Library:
To receive a library card, applicants must complete a registration form and present proof of current residence. Any of the following forms of identification will be accepted as proof of residency:
Please report all U.S. postal address, e-mail address, name, and phone number changes to the Library. This will help us contact you about your materials and holds.
Using Your Card:
The Dexter District Library serves everyone by being a center for popular materials in a variety of print, audiovisual and electronic formats.
For more details, click any of the links on the right column.
Board members are appointed by the local municipalities that founded the Library district. These include Dexter, Scio and Webster Townships, Dexter Community Schools and the Village of Dexter. Community members interested in serving on the Library Board should contact the municipality in which they live. Residents of Freedom, Hamburg, Lima, Lodi and Northfield Townships should apply to the Dexter Community Schools. Board members are appointed to four year terms.
Jim LaVoie, President
Shelly Vrsek, Vice President
Pat Cousins, Treasurer
Barbara Davenport, Secretary
The Board meets the first Monday of every month in the Library's Lower Level meeting rooms. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.
Meeting dates for 2013 and January 2014 are:
January 6 ***Rescheduled to January 13***
February 3 ***Rescheduled to February 10***
January 5, 2015
* September meeting date one week later than usual due to Labor Day.
All meetings are open to the public.
Pat Cousins, Barbara Davenport, Donna Palmer, Paul McCann
Pat Cousins, Jim LaVoie, Rosemary Quigley, Paul McCann, Orv Oberle
Mike Deangelo, Cassy Korinek, Shelly Vrsek, Paul McCann
You may view electronic versions of past Board meeting minutes on menu on the side of the screen.
The Library is closed on the following holidays:
Please contact the library for specific holiday closings.
The Library will be closed only when weather conditions deteriorate to the point where emergency situations prevail, when vital equipment in the building fails (e.g., furnace malfunction, no water in the building, no electricity, etc.) or when there is a general emergency within the Dexter Village and/or it's surrounding Townships.