Due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Oakland County and surrounding areas, FCL is proactively prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and patrons by temporarily closing in-person library service to help mitigate the spread of the virus in our community. The Farmington Community Library has moved back to Phase 2 of our Reopening Plan. Curbside pickup, phone and electronic reference, and outdoor drop boxes will be available while we temporarily close in-person library services. Our hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Library will be closed Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. Read more…

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Children's Book Character Election

VOTE 2020: Female Book Characters

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote, the Children’s Dept. is holding book character elections. Polls open November 1st and close November 8th. Please vote only once. Click here and help your kids vote, and then download an “I voted” digital sticker! Keep an eye on our social media sites for the results.

Story Times

Weekly fall story times begin Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Evening Story Time

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. through December 7

Ages 0-6

Cozy stories, songs, and movement for the whole family. Watch this program through Facebook Live.

C.A.R.E.S Story Time

Tuesdays, October 6 & 13 at 9:30 a.m.

Ages babies to pre-kindergarten

Join us rain or shine under the gazebo at C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills for an interactive story time, designed for babies though pre-kindergarten. C.A.R.E.S. is located at 27835 Shiawassee Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.

Baby Time

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. through December 8

Ages 0-18 months

Parents of babies, join us for songs, lap bounces, a story, and time to socialize with other parents. This weekly program will be on Zoom so please register online to receive the link and meeting password. You don’t have to attend every session.

Toddler Story Time

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. through December 9

Ages 18 mos.-3 yrs.

Join us for a story time filled with fun stories, songs, and finger plays. This weekly program will be on Zoom so please register online to receive the link and meeting password. You don’t have to attend every session.

Preschool Story Time

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through December 10 (excluding Thanksgiving Day)

Ages 3-5

Join us for fun stories, songs, rhymes, and movement geared for kids 3-5 with an adult. This weekly program will be on Zoom so please register online to receive the link and meeting password. You don’t have to attend every session.

Play & Learn with Me on Zoom

Fridays, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Ages 1-3

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 four-week program, a packet will be provided that will help direct some play while at home. A different expert will be available each week to answer questions. Part of our Zoom time together will be adult focused and be spent hearing answers to your questions. We will also have a short group time where children and adults will sing songs and do movement activities together with Miss Melanie. For consistency, participation is required at all four programs. Registration is required to receive the link and meeting password. Arrangements to pick up packets will be shared with registered families. Only one registration is needed per family, even if there are multiple children in the family.

Melanie on the Move! (Family Story Time)

Saturdays, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Ages 1-5

Where is Miss Melanie doing story time from this month? Join our Early Childhood Specialist as she reads books and sings songs from a special location. Look for a post on our Facebook page on the first Saturday of every month, or find the video later on our YouTube channel.

Outdoor Story Time: Dragons Love Tacos – A 1,000 Books before Kindergarten Celebration

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

Come join us for our outdoor story time at the Heritage Park amphitheater! Listen to Dragons Love Tacos and do some fun movement activities. We’ll celebrate how many books you have read, or get you ready to participate in the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program. Meet the dragon character and pose for a photo! Remember to social distance and wear your mask. Use the parking lot by the Nature Center.

Outdoor Story Time

Saturdays, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12 at 10:30 a.m.

All ages

Join us for socially-distanced, outdoor story time! We’ll read stories, sing songs, and move, move, move. The November and December story times will be under the pavilion at Riley Park in Downtown Farmington (3113 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48335).

Elementary Age Programs

PAWS for Reading Online

Wednesdays, November 4 & 18, December 2 & 16, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Grades 1-5

Practice your reading to a certified therapy dog. Pearl, Cinder, Charlie, and Jilly love listening to kids reading stories and they will cheer you on! Sign up for a 10 minute time slot and receive the Zoom meeting link information. The dogs can’t wait to meet you!

Word Worms Book Discussion

Ages 9-11

Meet together (virtually) with other readers to discuss some fun books! Check out the book (available electronically through Hoopla), read it on your own, and then join the Zoom book discussion to share what you thought. Register for each book discussion separately to receive the link and meeting password.

October Word Worms

Thursday, October 15, 4:00 p.m.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Available as an e-Book in Hoopla. Other electronic, print, and audio formats are available as well. Register here.

November Word Worms

Thursday, November 19, 4:00 p.m.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Available as an e-Book in Hoopla. Other electronic, print, and audio formats are available as well. Register here.

If you’ve never used Hoopla before and need help, just let us know! Email a librarian at Electronic.reference@farmlib.org or call the library during open hours.

 
 
 

Rebecca’s Recs

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


Make Your Own Mad Lib


Create your own silly story using the templates below! Do you want to hear the stories the Children’s Librarians wrote? Watch our videos!

Our School

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Our School Mad Lib


Summer Reading Report

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Summer Reading Report Mad Lib


Fairy Tale Escape Room

Play a digital escape game with a Fairy Tale theme! Solve puzzles and riddles in order to win. Click here to start your adventure!

Community Events

The Grand Raven Festival is coming to Downtown Farmington in October! Keep up to date on all of the festivities via the Downtown Farmington Facebook page.

Grand Raven Festival Kids Cookie Decorating with Kitchen Creations

Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

All Ages

Join us to decorate a yummy cookie as part of the Grand Raven Festival! Cookies and decorating supplies will be pre-packaged (one per child). Registration is required for limited half-hour time slots, and please register each child separately. Remember to social distance and wear masks. Cookie decorating will be rain or shine, in the parking lot between the Vines Flower Shop and Kitchen Creations. Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible: Friends of the Library, Kitchen Creations, Sunflour Bakehaus

Parent Resources

Children’s Newsletters

Introducing 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, beginning in October.

Book Bundle Request Form

Want to pick out your child’s favorite dinosaur books, but 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.

Body Safety Training for Parents on Zoom

Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m.

This training will equip parents with the tools needed to educate their children on ways to stay safe. Children that have the knowledge of body safety will be less likely to become victims of childhood sexual abuse. Some areas of reference will be Body Autonomy, Consent, Secrets vs. Surprises, Safety Networks, how to report suspicions of child abuse, and much more. Every child should know the rights that they have when it comes to their own body. This program will be presented by CARE House of Oakland County, whose vision is to impact the safety of every child in Oakland County. Please register online to receive the Zoom link and meeting password. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of the program.



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