Upcoming Events at Dexter District Library in April

This April brings a wonderful variety of entertaining and educational programs to the Library for adults, teens and children of all ages.

The month begins with Drop-In Family Story Time at 10:30 am on Friday, April 1. Family Story Times are held every Friday in April and are geared for ages six and under. 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.

On Saturday, April 2, the Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale will be held on the lower level of the Library. A wide assortment of hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The week of April 4th begins Spring Break for Dexter Community Schools. Monday, April 4 is Game On! @ the Library. Kids, Tweens and Teens in fourth grade and older are invited to stop by the Library anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 pm and play 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. There will be a craft table set up with a variety of craft materials for creative participants. Snacks will be available; registration is not required.

On Tuesday, April 5 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm “Spring Craft for Teens & Tweens” comes to the Library. Kids in grades five and up are invited to paint and decorate a flower pot to take home for a great Mother’s Day gift. Registration is required, call 734-426-4477 to register. First Tuesday Lego Club meets in the afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Kids ages four and up are invited to spend an afternoon making their own Lego creations while visiting with old friends and making new ones. Everyone is welcome to drop in. Legos are provided by the Library.

On Wednesday, April 6, kids in first through fourth grades are invited to spend a morning doing Minecraft crafting with a variety of art materials. Participants can make swords, torches and more. Registration is required.

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, April 7. Appointments are available from 1:00 to 6:45 pm. Online registration is offered 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 734-426-4477 and ask for Paul McCann.

“Landscaping for the Birds” comes to the Library on April 13 at 7:30 pm. Master Gardener, horticulturist and birder Dan Sparks-Jackson will discuss plant selection for gardens designed to benefit local bird populations. Using an ecological rationale, Sparks-Jackson will talk about plants with berries as one aspect of the food web and the importance of native foliage, which turns into critical bird baby food. He will also provide information on birdseed choices, bird feeder placement, cover foliage and ways to provide fresh water for birds. Contact the Adult Reference Desk to register.

Our Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meets Saturday, April 16 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Teens in seventh through twelfth grades meet 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, registration is required.

The Library has begun a strategic planning process and organizational review, which will be used to help guide the Library’s Board of Trustees and staff in planning for the future. The planning process will rely heavily on local involvement through focus group sessions and interviews with key community leaders. Focus group sessions facilitated by Hartzell-Mika Consulting are scheduled at the Library on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 pm and on Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome, a sign-up sheet is located at the Library for anyone interested in participating in any of the sessions. Please call 734-426-4477 or visit the first floor Administration Office to sign up.

Join us on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 pm for a fascinating new gardening program. The Sensuous Garden of the Night awakens all the senses as the sunsets. Flower fragrances, colors which fade and others that seem to come alive at dusk, water features and colors for hardscapes combine to create magical effects in twilight. Advanced Master Gardener Carol Brobeck will take participants on a mystical walk through imagined, sensuous gardens and prepare you to be completely relaxed and eager to create a Sensuous Garden of the Night of your own. Please contact the Adult Reference Desk to register.

“Berry Bearing Plants” visits the Library on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 pm. Dan Sparks-Jackson will be back to present a photographic survey of perennials, shrubs, and trees that have berries and berry-esque fruiting structures. He will discuss the benefits of some berry bearers and the hazards (invasiveness) of others. He will also talk about the seasonal, visual interest of these plants and the benefits to the food web that berry bearing plants provide. New to this presentation is information on our latest local invasive pest, the Viburnum Leaf Beetle.

All programs and events at Dexter District Library are free and open for everyone. Visit our website at www.dexter.lib.mi.us for further details.April

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