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“Adventure Begins at your Library” All Summer at Dexter District Library

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The Dexter District Library’s Summer Reading Program will begin on Friday, June 14 and run through Friday, August 2. During the summer, children of all ages are encouraged to set and achieve goals and read for fun while school is out. Summer is the time for adventure, so when you’re planning what to explore and discover this season remember, “Adventure Begins at your Library”. Whatever kind of interest or inspiration or imagination you have, the Library has something for you. Books, games, movies, music and more. The Summer Reading Program has activities and events planned for kids of all ages – all summer long. 

The Library’s summer events kick off on Friday, June 14 when local musical group GEMILY visits the Library. This free family concert will take place outside on the Library terrace adjoining Mill Creek Park North at 11:00 am, weather permitting. GEMILY is the twin brothers San and Laz (their duo originally called Gemini) plus San’s daughter Emily. They write and play acoustic music for children and families, celebrating the fun, warmth, and humor of family life. Their concerts are filled with rousing sing-alongs — both original and traditional — children’s books set to music, folk tales, and songs from around the world. Following the performance, head over to the Farmers Market for some light refreshments. Everyone is welcome. 

Drop-In Summer Story Times will run from June 24 to August 1. Summer Story Times are drop-in and held on Mondays and repeated on Thursdays at 11:00 am in our lower-level Meeting Room. This program is geared for ages 5 and under but everyone is welcome to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Summer Story Times for children include picture, pop- up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, and other activities that encourage a love of reading. These events are free and open to the public. 

This year, Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day is scheduled for Friday, July 12 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. An annual event at Dexter District Library, 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 popular Blue Pup special guest. 

The Summer Reading Program will wrap up on Friday, August 2 at 11:00 am with a performance by Theatrica Gladatoria. Join us as we embark through swashbuckling scenes of excitement and adventure. From times long ago in places far, far away to the here and now, take a trip with us as we tell stories through action. 

The Final Prize Drawing for the Summer Reading Program will be held on Monday, August 12. Kids, tweens, and teens who have met their reading goals will be entered into a final drawing with a chance to win a variety of great prizes.  Everyone who finishes the program can pick up a goody bag full of school supplies, coupons, snacks and other surprises from Monday, July 29 until school begins.   

Summer Reading Programs are for all ages. Children not yet reading on their own can join the Read-To-Me Club and independent readers, up to 5th grade, may register for the Reading Club. Kids in 5th through 12th grade may participate in the Teen Reading program while adults may join the Adult Reading Program. All youth participants will receive weekly prizes or incentives to keep reading throughout the summer. Registration for all of the Summer Reading Programs begins on Friday, June 14 at 9:00 am and continues throughout the summer.