A Variety of Fun Events in December at Dexter District Library

Dexter District Library has a wide variety of fun events planned for adults, teens and children of all ages during the month of December. All programs are free and open to everyone.

On Tuesday, December 1, the First Tuesday Lego Club will meet from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Kids ages four and up are invited to stop by the Library and spend an hour making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones. Everyone is welcome – Legos will be provided by the Library.

The next Friends of the Library Book Sale is coming up on Saturday, December 5 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Friends have a great stock of slightly used and almost new books and other materials at great prices. This is the perfect time to find a stocking stuffer or inexpensive present for someone on your gift list. Prices generally range from 50¢ to $1.00 with a few select specialty items at $2.00. Stop in and get a jump on your holiday shopping.

Twentieth Century Retailing in Downtown Detroit comes to the Library on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm. Join Michael Hauser, author and Marketing Manager of the Michigan Opera Theatre and The Detroit Opera House, for this presentation on the glory days of downtown shopping in Detroit. As Detroit developed northward from the riverfront, Woodward Avenue became a mecca for retail, restaurants and services. By 1890, a new type of one-stop shopping had developed: the department store. Detroit’s venerable Newcomb Endicott and Company was closely followed by other trailblazers such as J. L. Hudson Company, Crowley Milner and Company and the Ernst Kern Company. At its peak in the 1950s, the Woodward Avenue area boasted over four million square feet of retail, making it one of America’s preferred shopping destinations. All are welcome.

Game On @ the Library will be offered on Thursday, December 10 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Kids and Teens in grades 4 through 12 are invited to stop by the Library and drop-in for a game of their choice. Meet up with friends or make new ones. Ping Pong, Foosball and various board games will be provided but feel free to bring your favorite game to share. Snacks will be available.

Holiday Gift Making for teens in grades 5 through 12 will be held on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to make a few last-minute gifts or cards for family and friends. Registration is required.

The next Red Cross Blood Drive comes to the Library on Tuesday, December 15 from 1:00 to 6:45 pm. Online registration is available and can be found at www.redcrossblood.org with the sponsor code dexterlibrary. If you prefer to register via phone, please feel free to call the Library at 426-4477 and ask for Paul McCann.

On Wednesday, December 16 at 4:30 pm, kids in grades one through four are invited to join us for “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” Bring a clean, old sock and we will help you turn it into your own personal Olaf, Frosty, or other Snow Friend. Registration begins December 2.

“Healthy, Happy Holidays” also comes to the Library on Wednesday, December 16, at 7:00 pm. Join Lisa Howard, cookbook author, culinary speaker, recipe developer and cooking instructor chair of the Food Writers, Editors and Publishers section of the International Association of Culinary Professionals for this fun holiday program. This season, deck the holiday halls with plates of great food. Find out how to upgrade your holiday favorites to make them taste even better…and be better for you, too. (Quick tip: yes, you can use butter.) Learn to save money and shopping time and share ideas for easy-to-make edible gifts for friends and family. Registration is required. Call the Adult Reference Desk at 426-4477 to sign up.

Teens in grades 7 through 12 meet monthly to brainstorm with other teens about new programs, book selections and how to make the Library a great place. This month we’ll meet on Saturday, December 19 at 11:00 am. Joining our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is also a fun way to earn volunteer hours. Pizza will be served and registration is required.

Monday, December 21 Coffee House Creamery will be at the Library to present two Holiday Cupcake Workshops. Come join Natalie and Sophie Park for a fun hour of cupcake decorating. We will be using all forms of candy and other edible items in creative ways to make a variety of holiday and winter-themed cupcakes. The level of difficulty will be geared to each grade level. Two sessions will be offered. Each session is limited to 30 participants. The 11:00 am session will be for kids in grades 2 through 4 and the 1:00 pm session will be for tweens and teens in grades 5 through 12. Registration begins December 1, call 426-4477 to register.

On Monday, December 22 at 11:00 am drop by the Library for our annual Holiday Story Time and Craft. We’re going to read some holiday and winter stories, sing snow and winter songs and create a simple craft. This program is geared for ages six and under but everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Following the Story Time, the Library will host a live reindeer outside the Library from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Carousel Acres will be on hand so be sure to bring a camera to get a great holiday photo with a reindeer.

The Library will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 for the holidays and will reopen at 9:00 am Saturday, December 26.
Movie & Popcorn for Kids will be showing a popular, recently released movie for children of all ages on the big screen Wednesday, December 23 at 11:00 am. Call the Library at 426-4477 for more information.

On Monday, December 28 at 11:00 am join us for “Trivia of a Wimpy Kid”. This fall brought the release of the tenth book in the Wimpy Kid series. Do you think you know all about the books? Kids in grades 2 through 5 can register to join us for a morning of trivia games, snacks and prizes. Registration begins December 14.

The Library will be closed on Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1 for the New Year and will reopen at 9:00 am Saturday, January 2.

All of the programs offered at Dexter District Library are free and open to everyone. Call the Library at 734-426-4477 for further information or visit our website at www.dexter.lib.mi.us. December

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