Finding the Right Preschool

Are you or someone you know hoping to enroll a child into preschool for the upcoming school year? Typically, the Library holds an annual Preschool Fair where families can meet with representatives from area schools. Since we cannot hold an in-person fair this year due to the pandemic, you can find the information we would normally hand out at the event on the library’s website. Learn about local schools so you can find the program best suited to your family’s needs!

Mask Up with Friends!

The Friends of the Dewitt District Library support the library in so many ways. Each year the library counts on the support of the Friends–from volunteering to financial support, the Friends of the Library have always been there to lend a hand. During the COVID-19 crisis, the Friends of the Library is still there ready to support the needs of the library and the community. When the library was no longer able to house the ongoing book sale in the entryway and the major fundraising event of the year had to be postponed, the Friends got creative and came up with an idea to benefit everyone–Friends of the Library masks! These unique masks show off a love of books and support the Friends of the Library as a great fundraising opportunity. If you also always have your nose in a book like we do, you can purchase one of these great masks! To place an order, you can fill out the online form or call the library. Masks are $15 and delivered via curbside service at the library.

Dial-A-Story

Have you tried out our new Dial-A-Story service yet? You can call the number listed below anytime, 24/7 to hear a wonderful story read aloud to you. We will be updating our selections monthly, adding new content like riddles, jokes, poetry and more. Have something in mind that you would enjoy hearing read aloud? You can call the library or send us a message and we would be happy to consider your request.

New Year, New Teen Programs!

Teen Lit Kits

Perfect for teens in 6th-12th grade. Each month we will be offering a different themed bag of goodies for teens to check out and take home to enjoy. You keep the items and return the book when you are finished reading. Sign up begins on the 1st of the month and closes on the 7th or once all the spots are filled. Each bag will be available for pickup on the 14th of the month.

Sign up here for a kit

Teen/Adult Take & Make Kits

Reserve a monthly craft kit from the library! In February we will be giving you all of the materials you need to make a Macreme Key Chain!

We are also offering Monthly Stress Less Kits! Beat the Winter Blues with a kits specifically curated to relieve stress!

Sign up for Take & Make Kits here

MiLibraryQuest: Mystery Edition

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is to prevent the crime and enter to win a reward.
The Quest begins on January 1 and ends on February 14, 2021.
The Mi Library Quest challenge is made up of public libraries across Michigan and is supported in part by the Library of Michigan.
#MiLibraryQuest #MiWinterQuest #LibrariesOfMichigan

Learn more about the quest here

Winter Reading Challenge

Our Winter Reading Challenge is underway! Beginning yesterday and running through March 12th our community of readers can register to read more diverse titles this winter. We have challenges set up for kids, teens, and adults! You can sign up by heading over to our website or click the Sign up button here.

We encourage readers to read diversely, selecting titles that we have broken down into categories. Readers are encouraged to read a book from a variety of these categories, choosing a different book each time. Participants who complete the challenge will receive a Winter Reading Challenge prize!

To participate, log your reading on the Beanstack site, download the Beanstack app to keep track on your mobile device, or for adults, click here to print a paper log.

Tech Updates at the Library!

Text Messages from the Library


This just in–the library can now send you text messages! Receive up to date information when your holds are ready to be picked up, when checked out items are overdue, and important announcements from the library. Life can be hectic but you can have all of your library information in one quick text message.

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Text messages are sent at 10am when holds are ready to be picked up. You will continue to receive text messages until the hold is picked up, cancelled or expires. Call the library to sign up! It takes less that five minutes and you are instantly connected!


DDL is Fine Free

That’s right! In case you hadn’t heard, DDL no longer charges fines for overdue library materials. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way and it’s not always possible to return materials on time. Now you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to deal with pesky fines if you are a couple days late. 

You may wonder why now is the time to make this change. Libraries have long utilized overdue fines to promote responsible borrowing habits. However, research has shown this doesn’t work as well as we thought. In actuality, fines act as a deterrent to library use, and many patrons never return to the library. Overdue fines also unfairly impact individuals with limited financial resources and those who do not have the means to regularly visit the library, such as young people. Ultimately, we hope this decision will serve our overall goal of providing a welcoming space where everyone can access library resources.

That said, keep in mind we and your fellow library users still expect you to return library materials in a timely manner. Visit our website for more information about our policy and additional fine free resources.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

41BzWOZ+NrL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_While many people, myself included, may be enticed to pick up this book because of the author, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Hanks’ writing and thoroughly enjoyed this book.  A series of short stories all united by one object, a type writer, he weaves each entry together into a cohesive narrative. I loved how each story begins with a black and white print of the type writer mentioned in the story. I found myself looking at each print in detail and noticing the intricacies and differences and becoming more intrigued by how each would factor into its story.  Sometimes the type writer would be mentioned in passing to elicit a feeling of nostalgia, sometimes it was the centerpiece of a story functioning as a gateway to a new path for a particular character. I loved how much detail Hanks incorporated into such a brief look at a character’s life. While most of the stories are standalone, there are a few that repeat characters. I really enjoyed the first story in the series, Three Exhausting Weeks, which examined the blossoming of a romantic relationship between two friends who are very different and how their new relationship affects their larger group of friends.  It was full of truth and humor.  I also enjoyed Welcome to Mars which has an entirely different tone.  Focusing on the relationship between father and son, Hanks created characters that had depth and flaws.  I really enjoyed Hanks’ writing.  It was clear and sharp and his stories were heartfelt, meaningful, and relatable.

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