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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.Read more…

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We are celebrating snowmen all month long! What better way to get through our dark, winter months than to embrace the cold and make it fun? Keep an eye out on our social media sites, every Monday in January for a clue to find our community snowperson, “Snowy Paige Turner”, who will be hidden around Downtown Farmington.

Week 1 Riddle: Hello FCL Friends! I am happy to meet you, please come find me in Downtown Farmington to say hello! Sometimes I like to leave the library, crossing Farmington Road in search of sprinkles and molds so I can create chocolate gold. Where am I?
Answer: Kitchen Creations
Week 2 Riddle: Kitchen Creations was such a great treat. Next week, I’ll roll down to another street. Relax friends and please don’t fuss. I’m sure at my next stop, I won’t be “board”. Fun is a must. Where am I?

Look for our library snowman, “Shondra”, giving behind-the-scenes video tours and library tips each week on Facebook. We want to see your snow-people too! Take pictures of your snow creations and tag us!

In addition, come to these fun snowman-themed events (see details below):

Story Times

Weekly winter story times begin Monday, January 4, 2021.

Evening Story Time

Mondays, January 4 – April 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Ages 0-6

Cozy stories, songs, and movement for the whole family. Watch this program through Facebook Live. Catch up on previously recorded Evening Story Times on Facebook Watch.

Resources for January 11 Evening Story Time: Tools Coloring Page, Toolbox Coloring Page

Baby Time

Tuesdays, January 5 – April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

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, January 6 – April 28 at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m.

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 for EITHER the 9:30 or 10:30 timeslot to receive the link and meeting password. You don’t have to attend every session.

Preschool Story Time

Thursdays, January 7 – April 29 at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m.

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 for EITHER the 9:30 or 10:30 timeslot to receive the link and meeting password. You don’t have to attend every session.

Outdoor Story Time

Saturdays, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10 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 December story time will be under the pavilion at Riley Park in Downtown Farmington (3113 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48335). The January story time will be at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Rd. Farmington Hill 48336), by the Nature Center. Future locations TBD. Please remember to wear your masks.

Melanie on the Move! (Family Story Time) on YouTube Live

Saturdays, December 5, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, at 10:30 a.m.

Ages 1-5

Join Miss Melanie on YouTube live and find out what special new location will be the focus of each month’s story time! Have fun moving, singing songs and listening to a favorite story. No registration or sign-up is needed for this program designed for children 2-6. If you miss it live, watch the recorded version later on our YouTube channel playlist.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Outdoor Story Time

Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m.

All ages

FCL Loves Snowmen! As part of our month-long celebration of snowmen, come to a socially-distanced, outdoor story time! We’ll read stories, sing songs, and build snowmen! Don’t worry, we have a back-up plan if there is not enough snow. Location TBD. Bundle up and please remember your masks.

Play & Learn with Me on Zoom

Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 at 6:30 p.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. *Registration opens January 4, 2021.* 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.

Programs and Events

Grab N’ Go Art Projects

Ages 3-10

Need a little creative inspiration? Pick up a Grab N’ Go Art Project through curbside pickup at either location. Get them while supplies last! Every two weeks, we will release supplies for a new project. When you arrive, call or text and let staff know you would like the latest Grab N’ Go Art Project. A new project will be available on Dec. 21, Jan. 4, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, Mar. 1, Mar. 15, Mar. 29. Apr. 12, Apr. 26.

PAWS for Reading Online

Wednesdays, January 6 & 20, February 3 & 17, March 3 & 17, April 7 & 21, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Grades 1-5

Practice your reading to a certified therapy dog. Pearl, Cinder, Charlie, Jilly, Frodo and Winston 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!

Poster Making Session for MLK Day on Zoom

Thursday, January 7, 6:30 p.m.

All ages

Get ready for our MLK Day march by making posters. Join Miss Lisa as she talks about the history of marching for civil rights, suggests great slogans for your poster, and demonstrates decorating techniques. Watch the replay of Miss Lisa’s talk and read-alouds on YouTube. Register to receive the Zoom link and pick up your supplies from either library location beginning Dec. 28th during curbside hours.

Build an Indoor Snowman on Facebook Live

Friday, January 8, 4:00 p.m.

All ages

Do you want to build a snowman? Watch the replay on Facebook Watch, to build a cute snowman together out of household materials. You’ll want to keep this snowman around all year long! Gather these supplies ahead of time: old socks, rice, plastic baggies, rubber bands, fabric scraps, markers or puffy paint.

Outdoor Winter Fest

Monday, February 15 (Liberty St.) & Thursday, February 18 (12 Mile), 2:00 p.m.

All ages

Let’s celebrate winter together (yet physically distant) with outdoor activities. Get out of the house and embrace the wonders of winter! Bundle up, and please remember your masks. Location details for each day TBD.

Letters from the Library

Introducing “Letters from the Library”! Have you ever wished for a pen pal? Kids can sign up to be paired with a library staff member, and will receive a letter in the mail within 2 weeks. Write back to your pen pal and get to know each other through ongoing correspondence. This is a great way to practice writing, develop a new relationship, learn how to address envelopes, and expand your world without leaving the house. The mail delivery might just become your most anticipated event of the day!

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!

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!

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.


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