“Build a Better World” All Summer at Dexter District Library

This year’s Summer Reading Program will begin on Monday, June 19 at 11:00 am when the Library welcomes singer, song writer and musician Guy Louis for a free performance. Using a mandolin, ukulele, acoustic and electric guitars, Guy has been performing for three decades for the young and the young at heart. His Family Fun Concert is a rocking and rolling good time featuring upbeat, kid-friendly music that both kids and parents will be dancing along to. Register for one of four summer reading programs offered at the Library and join Guy Louis on a family fun musical adventure. You may even get to dance on stage. Following the performance, head down to Farmers Market for some light refreshments and a game of Whiffle Ball in the Park with Library and Friends volunteers. Everyone is welcome.

Once again, the Library will be presenting Summer Reading Programs for all ages. This year’s theme, “Build a Better World” will focus on encouraging the Dexter community to make a difference in their community, their own lives and in the lives of others through reading. Kids ages 12 and under may register for the Reading Club or the Read-To-Me Club if they are not yet reading on their own. Teens and Tweens may participate in the Teen Read program while adults may join their own reading group. All participants will receive weekly prizes or incentives to keep reading throughout the summer. Registration for all of the Summer Reading Programs begins on Monday, June 19 at 9:00 am or you may register anytime throughout the summer.

Stop by the Library on Friday, June 23 at 11:00 when we will be hosting “Made in Michigan”, a unique, live farm animal presentation that explores the vital link between Michigan agriculture and building a better world. Learn about recycling, composting and organic farming in this interactive program for all ages. There will be live chickens, goats, geese and ducks – all born and bred in Michigan – on hand for viewing. Everyone is invited.

Drop-In Summer Story Times are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am from June 26 through August 3. No registration is necessary for Summer Story Times. This program is geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend one or both sessions. Story Times include books, music, movement, flannel board stories and more to encourage the love of reading in young children. Daycare centers may attend Summer Story Times but are asked to arrive early.

Big Truck and Emergency Vehicle Day returns on Friday, June 30 from 10:00 am to Noon. 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 our special Minion guest.

On Wednesday, July 5 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Library will host our yearly Ice Cream Social at Farmers Market for Dexter District Library cardholders. Show your Dexter District Library card and receive a free ice cream cone or cup from the Coffee House Creamery ice cream wagon.

Let’s Build a Better World – with music. Grab your family and friends and get in the groove with Lori Fithian for a “Drummunity” circle on Friday, July 7 at 11:00 am. Lori will bring the drums and you get to play them. Lori lives right here in Dexter, and has been leading drum circles and workshops since 1998. Her program has been a favorite at the Library. You won’t believe your ears when you participate in this high energy, 100% hands-on event for all ages.

Friday, July 14 at 11:00 am, Acting Up Theatre Company presents Oh Brother Builders. Billy Builder has done nothing his whole life but prepare, design and build things for his company. Buddy on the other hand is more of a bumbler than a builder. He spends most of his time folding blueprints into paper airplanes and catching Pokemon on the work sites. The Brothers are given a rush job by the pickiest man in town, Mr. Finicky. The pressure of the impossible deadline and the fact that Billy is serious and Buddy just messes around nearly destroys their brotherly relationship. Everyone is invited to this fun performance with plenty of audience participation.

The Youth Department at Dexter District Library has once again planned a wide variety of fun, educational and creative programs to help kids of all ages fill their summer days including recently released movies, book clubs for all ages, live pond animal workshops, Makerspace Mondays, Lego Club, Tie-Dye Workshops, art classes, the Dexter Dreadbots, Drummunity, Quidditch at the Park, the Flying Aces Frisbee Team and much more. Visit our website for details at www.dexer.lib.mi.us as registration may be required to attend some of these events.

The Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up takes place on Friday, August 4 at 11:00 am when Kevin Devine presents Let’s Build a Song and Build a Better World. Ann Arbor native Kevin Devine is an award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist specializing in rollicking family performances. Over the past 20 years, he has performed thousands of concerts all over the country. Everyone is invited to this all music, all participation event for all ages. Refreshments will be served at Farmers Market following the program.

All kids and teens who have met their reading goal may stop by the Library and receive a book bag full of prizes, snacks, coupons and school supplies beginning July 31 and get entered into the Grand Prize Drawing, held on Monday, August 14. There will be a Grand Prize Drawing for adults who have completed the Adult Summer Reading Program as well.

For more information stop by the Library and pick up all the Summer Reading Program fliers and calendars or visit our website at www.dexter.lib.mi.us

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