From Cathy Jurich
Fall is always a great time at the Library with a variety of educational and fun programs for adults, teens and kids of all ages. This October the Dexter District Library has a wide assortment of events for everyone.
The Library is presenting a Healthy Speaker Series with a variety of speakers and topics related to living a healthy, active life. The series is presented in conjunction with the Dexter Wellness Coalition and the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation. On Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30pm, join Dr. Scott Becker as he presents This is Your Brain Online. Dr. Becker, an Academic Research Specialist from Michigan State University, will discuss how a growing body of research from a variety of disciplines indicates the wide-spread use of screen time has negative health effects. The use of digital technology including computers, the internet, video games, and smart phones has been shown to impact the human brain and change our moods, concentration, memory and ability to sleep and learn. Registration is required, call 734-426-4477.
First Tuesday Lego Club will meet on October 2 from 4 to 5pm. 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.
Stop by for Drop-In Family Story Times every Thursday in October at 10:30am. Family Story Times are geared for ages six and under but everyone is welcome to attend. Daycare centers may join us and are asked to arrive early. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Drop-In Story Times 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.
Thursday, October 4 the American Red Cross Blood Drive will be at the Library from 1 to 7pm. The Red Cross is working around the clock to provide help for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Florence. The Red Cross is urging blood donors in unaffected areas to give now to keep the blood supply strong after the storms forced more than 170 blood drives to cancel. To schedule an appointment, visit: http://redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: dexterlibrary) or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You may also call Library Director Paul McCann at the Library at 734-426-4477, or contact him at email@example.com, to register.
Back-To-School Crafts returns to the Library on Saturday, October 6 from 11am to 12pm. Kids and teens in grades 3 through 8 will discover creative ways to decorate their lockers and embellish their school supplies. Registration is required, call the Youth Reference Desk at 734-436-4477.
Personalized Medicine comes to the Library on Tuesday, October 9 at 7pm. Join Betty Chaffee, Pharm.D., for a discussion on the role individual genetics play in the way medications work. Learn how your genes can help you live the best life possible. Chaffee will discuss testing methods, how results are interpreted and used and why this process can be crucial in the treatment of common health problems. This program is presented in conjunction with the Dexter Wellness Coalition, registration is recommended.
Friday, October 12 at 10am, the Library will host a Morning Movie for Preschoolers. Children ages five and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to stop by and enjoy Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie on the big screen. Bring a pillow and stuffed friend, preschool snacks will be served, registration is not required.
Mindfulness Meditation returns on Saturday, October 13 from 9:30 to 10:30am. Join us for guided mindfulness meditation in a safe, positive, friendly group setting. These drop-in sessions are open to all and have no religious affiliation. Sessions will include short presentations by the instructor, technique coaching, silent meditation and time for discussion and questions. Sessions will be led by different instructors who include Diane Morse, Doreen Murasky and Jeanette Brooks. No experience is necessary.
Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to join our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) on Saturday, October 13 at 11am. This group meets monthly to brainstorm new programs, book selections and how to make the Library a great place. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours. Pizza will be served, and registration is required.
Boost your energy with Healthy Smoothies. On Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm, join Yoga in the Park leader and Mill Creek Assistant Principal, Brett Pedersen, to learn about the best blending equipment, how to extract the most nutrients and discover great ingredients used to make healthy, delicious smoothies. Tips on shopping, tasting samples and recipes to take home will be provided. This program is presented in partnership with the Dexter Wellness Coalition, registration is recommended.
Saturday, October 20 at 11am brings Wild Swan Theater to the Library for a special presentation of Frog and Toad. Based on Arnold Lobel’s wonderful stories by the same name, Frog and Toad will captivate children of all ages. Kids will recognize some of the dramatized episodes, such as Toad’s efforts to hurry along his garden by speaking poetry to his seeds, or the difficulties Frog and Toad face trying not to eat ALL the delicious cookies Toad has baked. Registration is not required, everyone is welcome.
Winter Outdoor Fun for all ages comes to the Library on October 23 at 6:30 pm. Join representatives from the Eddy Discovery Center, Huron-Clinton Metroparks and REI for this wide-ranging program. Katie McGlashen, from the Eddy Discover Center will discuss winter wildlife viewing and track identification. The Outdoor School staff from REI will present a variety of outdoor equipment and clothing layering techniques to help you maximize the winter months. Kim Fix from the Huron-Clinton Metroparks will discuss the wide variety of opportunities the parks offer to stay active during the winter months. This program is presented in partnership with the Dexter Wellness Coalition, registration is recommended.
Makerspace returns on October 25 at 4pm. This is a drop-In program for grades K through 8. Make, build, craft and explore. Participate in a variety of open-ended activities. Materials are supplied – just bring imagination. Registration is not required.
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join in for Magic: The Gathering on Friday, October 26 from 6 to 8:30pm. Magic is a card-based game of strategy, played by two or more players. We will play MTG games and serve pizza. Prizes will be awarded to the top players; prior knowledge of game rules is required. This event is co-sponsored with SRSLY Dexter. Call 734-426-4477 to register.
Drop-In Halloween Story Time will take place on Saturday, October 27 at 11am. Join in for 30 minutes of stories and music celebrating Halloween. Geared for children ages six and under but everyone is welcome. A simple craft will be provided following the program. Registration is not required.
Don’t forget to visit us in Monument Park on Wednesday, October 31 from 1 to 4pm when the Library participates in the Chamber of Commerce event Downtown Dexter Trick or Treat. Stop by our table and pick up some Library treats.
Dexter District Library is located at 3255 Alpine Street in Dexter. All programs are free and open to everyone. For additional information, visit the website at www.dexter.lib.mi.us.