Thanksgiving Story Time

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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.

 

Fall 2014 Story Times

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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.

Thank You to Our Wonderful Summer Reading Program Sponsors!

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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.

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Summer 2014 Book Clubs

 

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Wednesday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m.
Super Stories:  Children going into kindergarten and first grade in the Fall are welcome to register for our Super Stories Book Club. In June we will be reading stories about clouds and weather and doing some weather related activities.  We will do a craft and snacks will be provided.  Registration begins June 1. 

Wednesday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Crafty Readers:  Our book discussion group for children going into grades two and three in the Fall will be reading Max and Zoe: The Science Fair by Shelley Sateren and talking about the scientific process.  We will do an experiment and have something fun to bring home.  Snacks will be provided.  Registration begins June 1.

Wednesday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m.
Book Snackers:  Kids who will be going into grades four and five in the Fall are invited to register to read The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex and discuss it with the group.  After what is sure to be a lively discussion about alien exploits, we will be creating an out of this world craft.  Snacks will be provided.  Registration begins June 1.

Wednesday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Super Stories:  Soon to be kindergarten and first graders may register for our July Super Stories.  We will have stories and activities about robots.  Join us for the fun, we'll do a craft and snacks will be provided.  Registration begins June 18.

Wednesday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m.
Crafty Readers:  In July those kids who will be in grades two and three in the Fall may register to join us to discuss Robots Don’t Clean Toilets by J. Press.  We will talk about the wacky inventions in the book and create our own robot figures.  Snacks will be provided.  Registration begins June 25.

Wednesday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m.
Book Snackers:  Lunchbox and the Aliens by Bryan W. Fields is our book choice for this meeting of the fourth and fifth grade discussion group.  Register to join us for a book discussion, craft, snacks and fun!  Registration begins July 2.

 

Fall 2014 Book Clubs for Kids will start up again in September.

 

Donating to the Summer Reading Program

 

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The Dexter District Library is preparing for its annual Summer Reading Program and once again we are asking for your help! This year, the Library is planning another exciting summer of reading, programs and prizes for the community. In addition to our children’s program, we continue to expand our offerings for teenagers and adults. We hope you will be able to help make this year’s program the biggest success ever and keep our community reading throughout the summer.

Last summer over 1,300 children and teens participated in this wonderful library event by setting personal reading goals and taking part in library activities. This year, we are hoping to attract even more children to the joys of reading, help prepare them for their next grade level and provide a center for summer fun and activities. This year’s themes, “Fizz, Boom, Read” for children and “Spark a Reaction” for teens, focus on exploring science through reading.

Our adult reading program will give parents, adults and seniors incentives to keep reading during the summer. The theme “Literary Elements” will encourage adult readers to broaden their horizons as they progress through various reading goals.

There are several ways in which we could use your help:

  • Donations of gift certificates or giveaways - last year we filled over 800 goodie bags with prizes and gift certificates for children, teens and adults who completed the program.
  • Prizes for weekly reading progress – on a weekly basis, individuals who come into the Library to update their reading records receive small items such as penny whistles, small Nerf balls, etc.
  • Monetary gifts for programs and professional entertainment – scheduled events at the Library generally run from $200 to $500 depending on the performer and additional provisions such as refreshments.

Donations made out to the Dexter District Library are tax deductible and you or your organization will be mentioned as a prize donor throughout the summer. Your contribution makes a big difference in helping to motivate our community to keep reading. If you have any questions regarding the Dexter District Library or the Summer Reading Program, please feel free to call us at 426-4477 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sincerely,

Paul McCann
Library Director                            

Lisa Ryan
Head of Adult Services                                            

Cathy Jurich
Head of Youth Services

 

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Guidelines for Presenters and Performers

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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

2014 Summer Reading Program Press Release

 

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Explore Science Through Reading this Summer at Dexter District Library!

This year the Dexter District Library has, once again, planned a wide variety of educational, entertaining and fun programs to help you fill your summer days. Summer is one of the busiest times around the Library and everyone is invited to join our summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. Read for fun all summer and enter our Grand Prize Drawing for some amazing prizes. Summer is a great time to read for pleasure or pick up that book you have been meaning to read and the Library’s programs and events are there to help you enjoy the upcoming relaxing days.

This year’s children’s program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” will run from June 13 until August 1. Children may register for the Reading Club anytime during the summer. Registration involves filling out a reading record and setting a reading goal. The reading goal can be a certain number of books read over the summer or an amount of time spent reading each week. Children who cannot read yet may participate with a parent or caregiver by signing up for the Read-To-Me program. Reading records will be kept at the Library so children can keep track of their progress. Each week a small prize is given to every child who comes into the Library to record the books they have read. Children who meet their reading goal by August 10 will receive a book bag full of surprises and enter the Grand Prize Drawing which will be held on August 11.

The program will officially start on Friday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. with the 20th Annual Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party. Join us at the Library with the “Scheer Genius Wacky Science Show!” More than just whiz, bang, poof and pop, Dr. Science puts science in the hands of volunteers from the audience. There’s plenty of laughter with a focus on science using everyday objects. Dr. Science makes the Scientific Method fun and easy to understand. This 45 minute program for all ages will be followed by refreshments at the Farmers Market.

From 11:45 – 12:45 p.m. Carousel Acres Petting Farm will also be at the Farmers Market. On hand will be a miniature horse, donkey, goats, sheep, an alpaca, a calf, bunnies and ducks for children to meet, feed and pet. An animal caretaker from Carousel Acres will be on available to answer questions and share interesting facts about these wonderful animals. Hand sanitizer will be provided with appropriate disinfecting solutions available as the Library will also be serving refreshments.

The Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-Off will also be on Friday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. Sign up for our “Spark a Reaction” teen program and enjoy some free refreshments at the Farmer’s Market while you’re here. Each week, teens in grades six and up are asked to read three hours or more to receive a Weekly Prize Drawing entry ticket. Participate all seven weeks to qualify for the Grand Prize Drawing and receive a free book bag full of school supplies, snacks and other surprises. Attend any Teen SRP events for additional Weekly Prize Drawing tickets.

Kids aren’t the only ones having fun at the Library this summer. Adults can sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program, “Literary Elements”, beginning Friday June 13. Anyone 18 and over can register at the second floor Adult Reference Desk. For seven weeks this summer, the participants will chart their reading progress across a ‘literary’ periodic table of elements. Programs and events will be offered each week during the summer and readers who complete their reading goals will be eligible for prizes at the end of the seven weeks. This program is open to all adults ages 18 and up, but families are welcome to attend all of the special programs that are featured as part of the Adult Summer Reading Program line up. Come join us for unique programs, fun movies and great reading. This summer let us help you “Explore Science Through Reading” at Dexter District Library!

Join us for Drop-In Story Times June 16 through July 31. Throughout the summer, the Library will hold Story Times on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Story Time is geared for children ages 6 and younger but all ages are welcome! This is a good opportunity to introduce your child to Library story times in an effort to prepare them for our regular fall, winter and spring sessions that have limited space and require registration. Story Times at the Library include picture and pop-up books, flannel-board stories, songs, dancing, finger plays, crafts and other activities that bring the fun of reading to your child. No registration is necessary for Summer Story Times, which will be held in the lower level meeting room.

In addition to the Summer Reading Program and Drop-In Story Times, the Dexter District Library will offer many programs, performers, events and activities throughout the summer for children, teens and adults of all ages. Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day, one of our most popular events, will be held on Friday, July 11 from 10:00 to Noon in the Library parking lot. All of our programs are free and open to everyone. A complete list of upcoming events can be picked up at the Library or by visiting our website at www.dexter.lib.mi.us.

The Dexter District Library's Summer Reading Program is made possible by the generous support of numerous local businesses and community service groups that contribute funds and in-kind donations for programs, prizes and supplies.  Their support truly helps the Library maintain a well rounded slate of summer events!  A complete list of donors is available at the Library.

Dexter District Library is located at 3255 Alpine Street in Dexter. For more information, please call the library at 426-4477 or visit our website at www.dexter.lib.mi.us.

 

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Summer 2014 Story Times

 

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Summer Story Times begin the week of June 16 and run until July 31.

Summer Story Times are drop-in and held on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.  This program is geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend one or both sessions.  Daycare centers may attend Summer Story Times but are asked to arrive early.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Summer Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, fingerplays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child. All sessions are held in the Lower Level Meeting Room. These events are free and open to the public. Fall Story Time Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 2.  For further information, please call the Library at 426-4477.

 

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2014 Summer Reading Program Events

 

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Friday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m.
Summer Reading Program Kick-Off
"Fizz, Boom, Read!" for Ages 12 and Under
"Spark a Reaction" for Ages 13 through 18
The Scheer Genius Wacky Science Show!
More than just whiz, bang, poof and pop, Dr. Science puts science in the hands of volunteers from the audience.
This 45 minute program is for all ages.
11:45-12:45 p.m.
Carousel Acres Petting Farm
On hand will be a miniature horse, donkey, goats, sheep, an alpaca, a calf, bunnies and ducks for children to meet, feed and pet.  An animal caretaker will be available to answer questions and share interesting facts about these wonderful animals.Refreshments will also be provided at Farmers Market
Register for The Summer Reading Program starting at 9:00 a.m.

Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
June 16 to July 31
Drop-In Summer Story Times
Geared for ages 6 and younger but all ages are welcome!

Tuesday, June 17 at 10:00 to Noon
Mario Kart Wii Challenge
Compete for snacks and prizes!
Drop-In for Ages 6 to 12

Wednesday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m
“Super Stories”
Book club for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade, we will be reading a variety of books based on a theme. We will also do a craft and have a light snack. Registration is required.

Friday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m.
“Drummunity!” with Lori Fithian
Musical experience is not necessary.  Join us for this high energy, interactive, fun and empowering event for all ages.

Tuesday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
The Pirate Fairy
Rated G - 90 minutes

Wednesday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m.
“Crafty Readers”
This book group is for children who are in 2nd and 3rd grade. This hour long program includes a book discussion as well as activities, a craft and a snack. Registration is required and the first ten kids to sign up can pick up a borrowing copy of the book from the Youth Reference desk.

Friday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Dynamic West School Assemblies Presents:
“Wild About Books!”
Take an exciting look at animals from all around our world in this live animal presentation for ages 4 and up.

Tuesday, July 1 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
First Tuesday LEGO Club
Drop-In for Ages 4 and Up

Wednesday, July 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ice Cream Social at Farmers Market
for Dexter Library Card Holders
Drop-In Craft Extravaganza for all ages on the Lower Level

Wednesday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m.
“Book Snackers”
This book group is for children who are in 4th and 5th grade. 
This hour long program includes a book discussion as well as activities, a craft and a snack. Registration is required and the first ten kids to sign up can pick up a borrowing copy of the book from the Youth Reference Desk.

Friday, July 4
Library Closed

Tuesday, July 8 at 11:00 a.m.
Messy Science Workshop for Grades 4 to 7
Stop by Farmers Market and do some easy science experiments!
Registration begins June 13th

Friday, July 11 from 10:00 to Noon
Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day
One of our most popular events for all ages. We will host a large variety of trucks and emergency vehicles for children and adults of all ages to experience, rain or shine. The parking lot will be closed during this event to allow freedom to browse, tour and talk to the owners and operators of the wonderful machines that make our lives easier and safer. Bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the vehicles and a surprise guest. 

Tuesday, July 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Naturalist Endeavors Presents: Portable Pond Ecology
Kids in grades 2 to 4 will learn about the different kinds of ponds, the types of animals that live in the ponds and what makes each pond unique.  Naturalist Randy Baker brings a variety of small pond creatures from multiple ponds.  Students will have a chance to be scientists, get their hands wet, make observations, capture and sort the small creatures and learn the importance of our wetland habitats.  Registration is required and begins July 1st.
1:00 p.m.
Portable Pond Ecology for Grades 5 and Up
Registration begins July 1st

Wednesday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m.
“Super Stories”
Book club for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade, we will be reading a variety of books based on a theme. We will also do a craft and have a light snack. Registration is required.

Friday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m.
Acting Up Theater Presents:
"The Terrible Misgivings of Dr. Frankenmuth"
Dr. Frankenmuth had a terrible childhood, his mum and dad never took him to the library, he never got to check out any books, he never got to see any great programs and he missed out on all of the otherwise wonderful things that all of the other children got to experience at the library. So, like many Mad Scientists he has spent his entire life with a resentful axe to grind; but his was against the most innocent of things: Books and Libraries. See what he mixes up to get revenge.
Comedy Theater for All Ages
2:00 p.m.
Acting Up Improv Workshop
Grades 5 and Up
Registration

Tuesday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m.
Due to popular demand, a second showing at 1:30 p.m.
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
The Lego Movie
Rated PG - 100 minutes

Wednesday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m.
“Crafty Readers”
This book group is for children who are in 2nd and 3rd grade. This hour long program includes a book discussion as well as activities, a craft and a snack. Registration is required and the first ten kids to sign up can pick up a borrowing copy of the book from the Youth Reference desk.

Friday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Joel Tacey’s Lab Geek ScienceRific Comedy Show
Discover a secret lab and help Joel find his missing sidekick, Maze the Mouse as Joel brings to life 8 exciting books! Comedy, magic, music, and lots of audience participation highlight this exciting, wholesome program that will have kids and grown-ups laughing out loud and crazy about reading.  Magic, music and comedy for a
ll ages.
1:00 p.m.
Explore the X-Files
Grades 6 to 12 - Registration required.

Tuesday, July 29 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon
BINGO for Books!
Children who are going into grades kindergarten through fourth are invited to play BINGO and win a brand new
paperback of their choice.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m.
“Book Snackers”
This book group is for children who are in 4th and 5th grade. 
This hour long program includes a book discussion as well as activities, a craft and a snack. Registration is required and the first ten kids to sign up can pick up a borrowing copy of the book from the Youth Reference Desk.

Friday, August 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Final Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up
Bev Meyer “The Music Lady”
All Ages
11:45 – 12:45 p.m.
Marc the Balloon Meister -  Balloon Animals for Everyone!
Refreshments at Farmers Market

Tuesday, August 5 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
First Tuesday LEGO Club
Drop-In for Ages 4 and Up

Tuesday, August 19 at 11:00 a.m.
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Rio 2
Rated G, 101 minutes

 

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