Wild Swan Theater Presents: American Short & Tall Tales

On Friday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m. celebrate our country’s rich folklore through humor, stories, and music. This humorous production for children of all ages is from America's early days, which reflect the wit and wisdom of the diverse pioneers who settled this country. The first "tall tale" is from the banks of the Mississippi River, When Bad Man Mike Fink Met Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. There is an alligator, a bee hive for a bonnet and plenty of teeth rattling in this funny tale full of shenanigans and trickery.

Moving from the Mississippi River to the southwest in the second tall tale, audiences meet an old woman named Tia Miseria or Aunt Misery, who has an unusual problem: She can't keep boys from climbing her beloved pear tree. One day her kindness to a disguised stranger brings special powers to her, and suddenly those boys face the funny consequences.

The third tall tale called Why Lapin's Ears Are Long, is a delightful Creole story from Louisiana. Compere Lapin or Brother Rabbit, longs to be big like a bear or an alligator so he goes to a snapping turtle for help. A wild goose chase, plenty of tricks and "gris gris" spells that may transform Lapin into...what? Lapin, and the audience, are in for a big surprise at the end of this tall tale.

Refreshments will be served following the performance.


Fall 2014 Book Clubs for Kids



Wednesday, September 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Super Stories for Grades K through 1
This year, the Super Stories group will be looking at the work of many great children’s book illustrators. First up is Adam Rex, who has illustrated the book Chu’s First Day of School and many others. Join us for stories, activities and a small snack. Registration begins Wednesday, August 27.

Wednesday, September 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Crafty Readers for Grades 2 and 3
To kick off the school year, the Crafty Readers will be celebrating our love of books. We will share some stories, have a snack, and work on a great Reading Poster to take home. Registration begins Wednesday, August 27.

Wednesday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Book Snackers for Grades 4 and 5
This year Book Snackers is going to be EPIC! In the fall we will be reading stories about Epic Lives. The selection for September is Love that Dog, a book in verse by Sharon Creech. Registration begins on Wednesday August 24 and the first ten children registered can pick up a copy of the book from the Youth Reference Desk.

Wednesday, October 8 at 4:30 p.m.
Super Stories for Grades K through 1
Oliver Jeffers is the second children’s book illustrator we will be investigating this year. We will be looking at his book How to Catch a Star and others. Join us for stories, activities and a small snack. Registration begins Wednesday, September 10.

Wednesday, October 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Crafty Readers for Grades 2 and 3
Flat Stanley turned 50 this year! To celebrate, we will be reading two of his stories this fall. Flat Stanley in Space is our selection for this month. Registration begins Wednesday, September 17. The first ten children registered can pick up a copy of the book from the Youth Reference Desk. After we discuss the book and have a snack, we will work on a stellar craft.  

Wednesday, October 22 at 4:30 p.m.
Book Snackers for Grades 4 and 5
This month’s story of an epic life is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This bestselling novel is sure to spark a great discussion about being different and fitting in. Registration begins on Wednesday, September 24 and the first ten children registered can pick up a copy of the book from the Youth Reference Desk.

Wednesday, November 5 at 4:30 p.m.
Super Stories for Grades K through 1
In November, we will be looking at the books of Lois Ehlert. Her latest, The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life, talks about some of the inspirations for her artwork. We will look closely at her style and complete our own collages. Registration begins Wednesday, October 8.

Wednesday, November 12 at 4:30 p.m.
Crafty Readers for Grades 2 and 3
To continue our celebration of Flat Stanley, we will be reading Invisible Stanley this month. Our discussion of the book will include an experiment with invisible ink. Registration begins Wednesday, October 15. The first ten children registered can pick up a copy of the book from the Youth Reference Desk.    

Wednesday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m.
Book Snackers for Grades 4 and 5
Our November story of an epic life is Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper. This thought provoking story about a girl who is finally able to find her voice will lead to a lively discussion. Registration begins on Wednesday, October 22.  The first ten children registered can pick up a copy of the book from the Youth Reference Desk.

Wednesday, December 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Party for Children’s Book Clubs
Kids who have attended the Fall 2014 Book Clubs in Grades K through 5 may register for our Holiday Party. Join friends you’ve made in our discussion groups for food and fun. Register when you attend the November programs, or contact the Youth Reference Desk after November 24.


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Thanksgiving Story Time

Monday, November 24 at 1:00 p.m.
We’ll be reading books about families, food and Thanksgiving,
singing some turkey songs and then create a simple craft. 
Geared for ages 6 and under, registration is not required.

Halloween Story Time


Saturday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Listen to some not-so-scary stories, sing some Halloween songs and create a simple craft.
Geared for ages 6 and under, registration is not required, costumes are optional.


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Fall 2014 Story Times


Fall Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will begin on Monday, September 15 and run until Thursday, November 6. Parents or caregivers of children may register in person at the Library or by calling 426-4477. Registration begins Tuesday, September 2.  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, Wednesdays or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Children 3 to 5 years of age may sign up for one Preschool Story Time. Preschool Story Times are held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. Combined Toddler/Preschool Story Times will be offered on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Parents or caregivers are required to attend the sessions. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Fall 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.

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Thank You to Our Wonderful Summer Reading Program Sponsors!

A & W Dexter
Bel-Mark Lanes
Body Wisdom
Busch's Fresh Food Market

Chelsea State Bank
Clonlara School
Coffee House Creamery
Colonial Lanes
Country Market
Dancer's Edge @ Studio "D"
Dexter American Legion Post 557
Dexter Family Dentistry
Dexter Lions Club
Dexter Pharmacy
Dexter Rotary Foundation
Friends of the Dexter District Library
Hackney Hardware
Healing Arts Center for Massage & Wellness
Jazzercise Dexter Fitness
Jungle Java Ann Arbor
Kmart Ann Arbor
Nicola's Books
Palmer Insurance
Purple Rose Theater
Quality Dining, Inc.
Sophia Cornish, DDS
Sports Bar Westside
Taco Bell Ann Arbor
Taco Bell Corporate
Waste Management, Inc.

Guidelines for Presenters and Performers


Thank you for your interest in programming at the Dexter District Library. The Library receives a wide variety of suggestions for programming and requests from outside groups and individuals to present programs at and sponsored by the Library.

Many of the programs the Library offers are organized and conducted by our professional staff members including story times, drop in craft days and book discussions among others. Our staff members have created these interesting and lively programs and have rehearsed their presentations to provide continuity. At this time, we do not accept volunteers or permit performers the opportunity to participate in these rehearsed programs.

Throughout the year, the Library offers programs presented by professional performers and presenters. The Library staff performs research before scheduling these events, checking with other libraries and venues to verify the content and quality of the programming and evaluates information submitted by the performers to gauge the appropriateness of the program for the Library’s clientele. The main goals of programming at the Library are to encourage community members to visit the Library for an entertaining or educational event and encourage use of the Library on an on-going basis.

If you are interested in being considered for a Library sponsored event, the Library has the following requirements:

  • A written description of the proposed program must be submitted to the Library for consideration. Proposals must include the name and credentials of the presenter, the subject of the program, the expected duration of the program, an explanation of any associated activities, samples of presentation materials, a description of the target age group (if appropriate) and any requirements the presenter needs fulfilled by the Library.
  • A statement as to whether the request for a Library sponsored event will be provided by the presenter on a volunteer or fee basis must be included.
  • Notations on program attendance numbers and any restrictions or limitations. Programs, presentations and performances must be of interest to the community at large or a specifically targeted age group to ensure good attendance.
  • References from other libraries or other performance venues, including complete contact information, must be provided.
  • Volunteers and performers must be willing to enter into a contract specifying the time, date and place of the performance.

The Library strives to ensure quality programming for the community and the community has come to expect a certain level of content when attending Library sponsored events. For Library sponsored presentations, the Library will advertise sponsored events through local media, in-house promotion and social media to make the community aware of the event. Presenters who do not abide by the terms of the contract will not be offered additional Library sponsorship. Individuals may choose to arrange events independent of Library sponsorship and schedule meeting room use. In such cases, the Library’s Meeting Room Use policy will take precedence.





Approved by the Board of Trustees of the Dexter District Library 2/7/2011

Detroit Zoo - Discounted Tickets


The Detroit Zoo is now offering discounts to local library patrons.  Through the 'Tickets & More' program, library cardholds can purchase admissions, ride tickets, food coupons and parking.  If you are looking for something to do...why not check out the Zoo!  

Complete details can be found at:


Summer Camps and Day Care Centers

Guidelines are attached.

Introduction to Story Times

Many parents and caregivers are not aware of the planning and preparation it takes to present a 30 minute Story Time here at the Library. The planning process begins with choosing a theme for each week, particularly one that would be of interest to a Toddler or Preschool child. Examples of themes often used are Farm, Pond or Jungle Animals, Bedtime, Bath Time, Pets, Monsters, Dinosaurs and Transportation as well as concept themes such as Colors, Counting, Opposites and Shapes. Age appropriate books that are entertaining to small children are then selected, action rhymes are prepared to encourage enjoyment of the rhythm of language, a variety of visual aids are selected to keep a child’s interest during the sessions and songs for dancing or singing are added because very young children are not expected to sit still and listen for 30 minute intervals.

Dexter District Library also has a wide variety of programming materials for Story Times. There are over 300 interactive, pop-up and lift-the-flap books in our Professional Collection and our Story Time cupboards hold a huge collection of hand puppets, finger puppets, story telling kits, literacy bags, flannel board pieces, rhythm sticks and other materials that encourage the love of reading. The Friends of the Dexter District Library have also purchased several popular children’s books in big book format to add to the Professional Collection and an easel to hold the books, making it easier to read and show during Story Times. This collection has become very useful when children need to sit and listen to a book for a longer period of time.

Attendance at Story Times is often a child’s first introduction to the many services offered by the Dexter District Library. When the program is geared to their interests with the knowledge of what is developmentally appropriate for their age group, the Library has the opportunity to create life-long readers and Library users in the Dexter Community. It is with this knowledge in mind, that Story Times are carefully planned and implemented to introduce the entertaining side of literature to young children.