2020 Summer Reading Program Book Packs

Summer Reading Program Book Packs make it easy for families to explore themes and discover new books!   All you have to do is select a theme and let us know if you are requesting a Pre-K or Children's Book Pack.  Book packs for Pre-K are composed of 10 picture book titles selected by the library staff.   The Children's pack combine picture books with more text and easy readers including non-fiction titles.   Chapter Book Series are available for older juvenile readers.   For more information or to request a book pack contact the library.

Select from any of the themes below:

  1. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.  Stories about food, nutrition, cooking, baking and more.
  2. MANNERS FOR EVERDAY.   This grouping explores the importance of manners.
  3. SUPERHEROES.   Everyone loves a superhero.   Read about a variety of heroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman, and more.
  4. THEY HAVE WHEELS.   This pack is for children who love trucks and big machines.
  5. THE ENVIRONMENT.   Stories to encourage children to take care of our earth.
  6. WE CAN CREATE.   Features stories about being creative and non-fiction titles that provide instruction in a variety of arts and crafts projects.
  7. PLACES WE GO.   Stories for children focused on visiting new places such as the doctor, dentist, school.
  8. SCIENCE IN ACTION.    Fun titles  featuring cool science projects and ideas.
  9. ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS.   Learn about a variety of different animals.
  10. POPULAR CHARACTERS.   This pack features stories about popular characters including Scooby-Doo, Fancy Nancy, The Peanuts, Pokemon and more.
  11. SPORTS.   Topics covering a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, cheerleading and more!
  12. STORIES TO ENCOURAGE GOOD BEHAVIORS.   Titles will be selected from our Say Yes To Nice collection.
  13. SPECIAL ANIMALS.   Highlighted books tell the stories of amazing animal heroes and animals who have displayed amazing talents.
  14. PUZZLE ME.   Titles selected will challenge young minds to think outside the box, solve puzzles, and more.   A Look and Find book will be featured each month.
  15. READING JUST FOR FUN.   A  mixed “bag” of stories selected from our juvenile collection.
  16. DINOSAURS.  Read selected titles from our collection of books about dinosaurs.

Chapter Book Theme Packs for older children are available.   Available series include:  Origami Yoda Books by Tom Angleberger, Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, Wild Rescue Series by J. Burchett and S. Voglen, Band Geeks by Amy Cobb, Mermaid Tales by Debbie Dadey, Adventures in Extreme Reading by Jan Fields, Gross Gods by Blake Hoena, Time Jumpers by Wendy Maas, Electric Zombie by Johanna Gohmann,  Abby and the Book Bunch by Nancy Wallace, Soccer Sisters by Andrea Montalbano.   





The Board of Trustees and staff of the Dexter Free Library are committed to the health and safety of our patrons and community concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our hours are Monday 10 - 12, Tuesday 12-6, Wednesday 9-12 and 1-6, Thursday 11-6 and Saturday 9-12.    All persons entering the library will be required to wear a face covering.   Staff will also be wearing face coverings.  


MONDAY MORNING HOURS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS (Ages 65+)   Beginning June 22nd through August 31 Monday morning hours are limited to those ages 65 and older.   Seniors are invited to visit the library to browse the collection and select a good read or two to take home and enjoy.   

Community members are welcome to visit us in-person to check out library materials.  Due to the size of our library space and the need to provide adequate social distancing, access to the building may be limited. Patrons are encouraged to limit their library visit to no more than 30 minutes.

No group gatherings will be allowed in the library.     Curbside Pick-up will continue to be available.   We are working on outdoor seating to accommodate community members who would like to stay for a while and use the library's wifi with their own devices.


Our summer reading program is online this summer and has two components:  READsquared and Page Turner Adventures.

Parents and children create an account at our READsquared site  (https://dexlibny11.readsquared.com) Once you have created an account you can review reading lists,log reading,  participate in missions and even play games.   At the end of each month participants' names will be entered into our monthly prize drawing.     

Families are also invited to join us for PAGE TURNER ADVENTURES beginning June 15th and running for 10 weeks.  Access to our weekly adventures start when you ask to join our Facebook group:  Dexter Free Library Summer Reading Program featuring Page Turner Adventures.    New programs will be accessible each day by 10am.


We encourage community members to make their requests for library materials using the online catalog.  ILL service will be resuming the week of June 22nd.  The catalog may be used to request items of NCLS member libraries.   We will contact you to arrange pick-up when we have received the materials requested.


All returns must be made via the outdoor return.   

***IMPORTANT***Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours.  What does this mean? The library staff will remove items from the outdoor return and place them in a designated area in the library. We will mark the items with the current day's date and they will sit for 72 hours. At the end of 72 hours the items will be discharged from your library card.

For example, you place items in the return on Sunday. A staff member empties the return at 10am on Monday. On Thursday sometime after 10am the items you borrowed are discharged.

As always we appreciate your patience and understanding.

If you have any questions you may contact us via email at dexlib@ncls.org.  Email will be checked daily.Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. Take care, stay healthy, and stay informed.  Click here for the latest information and resources relating to Covid-19.  CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY 



If you are cleaning out and have old books you no longer need or want please recycle them. This can be done following the instructions below and placing them with your weekly recyclables:

Both hardcover and softcover books are recyclable, but require different methods.

Hardcover Books = The covers of these books must be removed as they are not recyclable. This can be done by cutting the paper out of the book for recycling. Once the cover is removed, it can be placed in the trash for disposal.

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