January Events for Kids of All Ages at Dexter District Library

The Library is celebrating the arrival of 2018 with a variety of fun events for kids and teens of all ages in January. Everyone is welcome to attend these programs.

On Tuesday, January 2, the First Tuesday Lego Club meets in the afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. 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. Legos and Lego instruction books are provided by the Library.

Dexter Community Schools are enjoying a winter break during the first week of January and the Library has planned a number of programs.

On Wednesday, January 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 am, children ages 8 and under are invited to participate in a fun, creative morning making owl crafts. Stop by the Library and create your own owl magnet or door hanger craft to take home and decorate your room. Registration is not required. From 1:00 to 3:00 pm, teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to watch a popular, newly released film on the big screen while using a variety of craft materials for DIY projects. Pizza lunch will be provided, registration is required. Call 734-426-4477 to register.

Thursday, January 4 at 11:00 am brings Leslie Nature & Science Center to the Library for their “Hunters of the Sky” live animal program. Join us for an entertaining and educational event for ages four and up. Expert handlers are bringing wild birds of prey to the Library that will captivate your imagination. Learn all there is to know about hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and other wild species while meeting these birds face-to-face. Registration is not required.

On Friday, January 5 at 1:00 pm, kids in grades 3 through 6 can stop by for our Hands-on Science Flight program. Design and create a variety of objects and test their ability to fly. Registration is required.

Winter Crafts for Preschoolers will arrive on Friday, January 12. Children ages 5 and under, along with their caregiver, are invited to stop by the Library from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and create a variety of winter crafts. Registration is not required.

Monday, January 15, Dexter Community Schools will be closed and Magic Carpet Theatre will be visiting the Library at 1:00 pm. Children of all ages can experience their favorite stories via live theater performances and audience participation. Enjoy “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Sneeches” and other children’s books while role-playing, creating sound effects and making rhythms along with the Magic Carpet performers. The presentation is fast-paced with lots of humor and audience involvement. Performance begins at promptly at 1:00 pm and refreshment will be served afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

A new session of Winter Story Times for toddlers and preschoolers will start on Monday, January 15 and run until Thursday, March 8. Registration is required, parents or caregivers of children may register in person at the Library or by calling 734-426-4477. Space is limited so registration will be on a first come first served basis. Children 18 months to 3 years of age may sign up for one Toddler Story Time. Toddler Story Times are held on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Children under 18 months may attend, however books and activities are geared for toddlers. Children 3 to 5 years of age may sign up for one Preschool Story Time. Preschool Story Times are held on Mondays or Tuesdays at 11:30 am. Combined Toddler/Preschool Story Times will be offered on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Drop-In Story Times for all ages will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the lower level meeting room from January 18 to March 8. Infants are welcome at story times with their siblings. Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

On Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 am, music comes alive at KinderConcert, a 30 minute concert designed especially for children ages five and under. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert – they’ll dance and move while listening to the music. Members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra join movement specialist Gari Stein, pianist Kathryn Goodson and Jacqueline Hanso on viola for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Registration is not required.

Need a place to study for exams? We’ll open up the lower level meeting room on Monday, January 22, Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm for high school groups and individuals in grades 9 through 12. Our “Cocoa & Cram” event invites you to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa with topping as you study. Everyone is welcome.
Dexter Community School kids will be released early and the Library has planned the return of Makerspace for grades K through 8 on January 25 at 1:00 pm and Movie & Popcorn for Kids on January 26 at 2:00 pm. Registration is not required.

January ends with our Winter Castle Craft program for teens and kids of all ages. Drop by the lower level meeting room to design and decorate your own winter castle, using cardboard and a variety of craft materials. Work alone or on a team, registration is not required.

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.

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