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As we resume indoor events, please know:
~ All indoor events will require registration to keep groups small. Register on our event calendar.
~ Walk-ins to events will not be accepted. Again, registration is required.
~ Events will take place in the largest meeting space available to allow for social distancing.
~ We encourage masks for everyone over the age of 2.
~ Events are subject to change depending on the current outlook of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Story Times

Storytimes will run from September 7 – November 24. Registration is required: please sign up on our event calendar. Register once to sign up for an entire month.

Evening Storytime

Ages 1-6

12 Mile Rd. Children’s Program Room: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Cozy stories, songs, and movement for the whole family. After storytime, we will offer a hands-on activity and a few puzzles and toys for play. The toys will be sanitized after each session and stored until the following week. Catch up on previously recorded Evening Story Times on Facebook Watch.

Baby Storytime

Babies to Walkers

12 Mile Rd. Children’s Program Room: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Liberty St. Meeting Room: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Parents of babies to walkers, join us for songs, lap bounces, a story, and time to socialize with other parents. Siblings are welcome.

Little Me Storytime

Walkers to 24 months

12 Mile Rd. Auditorium: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Liberty St. Meeting Room: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for fun stories, songs, rhymes, movement and activities geared for kids who are just walking up to 24 months, with an adult. Siblings are welcome. After storytime, we will offer a hands-on activity and a few puzzles and toys for play. The toys will be sanitized after each session and stored until the following week.

Terrific Twos Storytime

Age 2

12 Mile Rd. Auditorium: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Liberty St. Meeting Room: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for fun stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and activities geared for two year-olds with an adult. Siblings are welcome. After storytime, we will offer a hands-on activity and a few puzzles and toys for play. The toys will be sanitized after each session and stored until the following week.

Preschool Storytime

Ages 3-5

12 Mile Rd. Auditorium: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

Liberty St. Meeting Room: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for fun stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and activities geared for kids 3-5, with an adult. Siblings are welcome. After storytime, we will offer a hands-on activity and a few puzzles and toys for play. The toys will be sanitized after each session and stored until the following week.

Outdoor Storytime

All Ages

Saturdays, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Come join us for fresh air storytime on the second Saturday of the month. Locations will change, so check back for details. The October storytime will be at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336). Meet on the north side of the Nature Center parking lot.

Halloween Outdoor Storytime

All Ages

Saturday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Celebrate Halloween with some not-so-scary stories! Storytime will be outdoors, next to Sunflour Bakehaus (33250 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336).

Story Book Walk Week

All Ages

November 15-19

November 15-19 is “Story Book Walk” Week! Stay tuned for a pop-up Story Book Walk event in the community.

Melanie on the Move

Catch up on pre-recorded Melanie on the Move storytimes on our YouTube channel.

Events

PAWS for Reading on Zoom

Grades 1-5

Wednesdays, Sept. 15, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Practice your reading to a certified therapy dog. The dogs love listening to kids read stories and will cheer you on! Please sign up for ONE ten minute time slot per week. The Zoom meeting link information will be emailed to you prior to the program.

Paper Airplanes

Grades K-5

12 Mile Rd. Children’s Program Room

Saturday, September 18, 2:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what makes a good paper airplane? We’ll make a few different styles, test them, modify them, and race our friends. Registration is required. Please register each child separately.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration: Outdoor Block Party

Ages Birth-PreK

12 Mile Rd. South Parking Lot

Saturday, September 25, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a fun block-themed storytime followed by time to play with our giant set of blocks! We will celebrate how many books you have read, or get you ready to participate in the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program. Participants–remember to bring your completed record sheets—we will have prizes ready for our readers! Meet in the back (south) parking lot of the 12 Mile Location. No registration is required for this outdoor event.

Sukkot Celebration

All Ages

12 Mile Rd. Auditorium

Saturday, September 25, 2:00 p.m.

Sukkot is a Jewish holiday, similar to Thanksgiving, for giving thanks for things like food and shelter. This festival celebrates the farmers’ yearly harvest, which takes place in the fall. We’ll read stories, sing songs, and make art. You may even go home with a (safely packaged) treat! Registration required for every person attending. Please include all adults and children attending in your group size when registering.

Parent Workshop: Toilet Training Basics on Zoom

Adults

October 7, 6:30 p.m.

Teaching your child to use the toilet takes time, understanding and patience. Choosing the right time to start, recognizing the signs of readiness and the procedures to follow can be confusing. This presentation, sponsored by Early On Oakland, will provide an overview of toilet training and offer some helpful tips to use when toilet training your child. Registration is required to receive the link and meeting password. Emails will be sent to registered patrons on October 6th (or on October 7th to people who register that day!).

Play & Learn with Me on Zoom

Ages 1-3

Fridays, October 15, 22, 29 10:30 a.m.

Play is a time for children to learn and explore and familiarize themselves with the world! The richest play can occur when an adult takes an active role and plays alongside a child, instead of only providing toys or supervising. For this three-week program, materials will be provided that will help direct some play while at home. We will start with a group time where children and adults will sing songs and do movement activities together with Miss Melanie. Adults will then be able to hear answers to questions and learn important information from a different professional each week. For consistency, participation is required at all three programs. Registration is required and the Zoom information will be emailed October 14th. Arrangements to pick up a bag of materials will be shared with registered families. One registration is needed per family, even if there are multiple children in the family.

Ojo de Dios Art

Grades K-5

12 Mile Rd. Auditorium

Saturday, October 16, 2:00 p.m.

Make a colorful Ojo de Dios or “God’s Eye” out of sticks and yarn. Registration is required.

STEAM with Leaves

Grades K-5

12 Mile Rd. Auditorium

Saturday, October 23, 2:00 p.m.

Come learn about why the leaves change colors in the fall! This event will include a hands-on science experiment, leaf identification, and nature crafts. Registration is required.

Let’s Draw! Comics and Storytelling

Grades 5-8

12 Mile Rd. Auditorium

Wednesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.

Learn about global cartoon styles and how to create character faces from local graphic artist Sean Bieri. By the end, you’ll create your own comic! Registration is required.

Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge

Grades K-5

12 Mile Rd. Auditorium

Saturday, November 20, 2:00 p.m.

Come build a Rube Goldberg machine! What’s that? It’s an unnecessarily complicated contraption that takes several steps to complete a goal. Join us for an hour-long STEAM challenge! Registration is required.

Virtual Storytime with Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long on Zoom

Grades PreK-3

Thursday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.

Meet Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long, author and illustrator of the stunning picture book, Someone Builds a Dream. Lisa and Loren will read the book and answer questions from the audience. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link ahead of time. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of the book. Sponsored by Penguin Books.

Resources

Rebecca’s Recs

Each week, Miss Rebecca, “The Dragon Librarian,” shares book recommendations for kids. Check out her videos on our YouTube channel for some reading inspiration!

Children’s Newsletters

There are two newsletters full of tailored content for your family! Discover events, digital resources, and parent tips based on the age of your child. Click here to sign up for the Ages 0-5 or Grades K-5 newsletters, delivered to your e-mail on the first of each month.

Book Bundle Request Form

Want to pick out your child’s favorite dinosaur books, while strapped for time? Let FCL Children’s staff be your personal shoppers. Fill out a Book Bundle request form and we’ll put together a curated stack of items, tailored to your child’s interests, for you to grab from the hold shelf or Curbside Pickup. Check out normally and enjoy! Please allow for up to 5 business days to process your request. Click here to get started.



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