Beginning Monday, August 10, MeLCat (interlibrary loan) will be activated for Farmington Community Library patrons to begin borrowing materials from other libraries. Read more details...

Curbside pickup is now available. The Library's curbside and phone reference service hours are Monday and Tuesdays 1-6pm and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9-2pm. In order to facilitate a seamless experience and reduced wait times, please place your items on hold ahead of time, wait for the notice that your item is ready before coming to the building, and text or call the posted phone numbers when you arrive. For more information, please read the details of our phased reopening.

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Summer Reading

Birth Through 5th Grade

The Children’s Summer Reading Program has gone virtual! Register online or download the ReadSquared app to start logging (Android & Apple versions available). Program ends August 2, 2020.

Read 360 minutes (6 hours) this summer to earn a free book!

Complete fun learning challenges to earn digital badges and explore outside.

Collecting Prize Books

Every child who completes 6 hours of reading by August 3 earns a free book! Your Children’s Librarians will be distributing the prize books at Riley Park in downtown Farmington, near or under the Sundquist Pavilion, maintaining social distance. Hand sanitizer will be available, and distance markers will be on the ground. Masks are requested. Just show up during one of the following times to choose your title to take home.

Wed. 8/5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Thu. 8/6 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Fri. 8/7 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Mon. 8/10 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tue. 8/11 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Story Times

Tot Time

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. through July 27

Ages 0-3

A story, song/movement and finger play along with an at home activity. Watch this program through Facebook Live.

Baby Time

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. through July 28

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.

Evening Story Time

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through July 28

Ages 0-6

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

Rhythm & Rhyme Story Time

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. through July 29

Ages 18 months – 3 years

An interactive, musical experience incorporating song, dance, and stories! Watch this program through Facebook Live.

Messy Friday Fun

Fridays at 10:30 a.m. through August 7

Ages 3 and up

Want to create some fun hands-on messy projects with ingredients you have at home? This is the program for you! A book title or two will be shared as well. Watch this program through Facebook Live.

Access Messy Recipes here:
July 10 Cloud Dough/Dinosaur Dough Recipe
July 17 Snow Dough Recipe
July 24 “Favorite” Playdough and Sand Playdough Recipes
July 31 Bubbles and Bubble Foam Recipes
August 7 Oobleck Recipe

Elementary Age Programs

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


Templates to create your own:

Our School Mad Lib


Virtual Kids’ Art Studio

Mondays at 2:00 p.m. through August 3

Ages 8-12

Join Miss Mary Lou for summer-reading themed art lessons LIVE on FCL’s Facebook Page. Material list available on the Virtual Kids’ Art Studio page, including files you can download and supplies you can find around your home.

STREAM Along Wednesday

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. through July 29

Ages 4 and up

A little creating, a little exploring, a few simple items, a little instruction and a whole lot of fun!! Watch on Facebook Live.

Access STREAM Resources here:
June 17 Material List
June 24 Material List
July 1 Material List
July 8 Number Games
July 15 Material List
July 15 LEGO Game
July 15 Book West Meadow Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher available through TumbleBooks
July 22 Material List
July 29 Material List

Thursdays are Thrilling

Zooming in on Live Michigan Snakes!

Thursday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Ages 5 and up

If you love snakes you’re going to love this up-close encounter on the screen. If you loathe snakes this zoom presentation is guaranteed to make you feel better about them! Nature Discovery’s Jim & Carol McGrath will show up to ten species of Michigan-native snakes while discussing their identification, behavior and ecology. They will also answer questions from remote audience members and even feed a few snakes! Watch the recording on the Library’s Facebook page.

 

AMAZING CLARK on ZOOM

Thursday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Ages 5 and up

“Readers are Leaders” is an exciting 40-45 minute show. It includes a fun-filled reading adventure, taking the audience on a journey. Reading builds our brains, and helps us to better communicate what we know. Lots of fun visual effects along with funny humor make this show perfect for the entire family! Join the Zoom event live (Meeting ID: 895 1792 9393; Password: 431519), or watch the video on our Facebook page through July 12.

 

Fairy Tale Cooking

Thursday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Ages 5 and up

The Children’s librarians will show how to make snacks that go along with some of our favorite fairy tales. Gather up some ingredients to try the snacks at home. Watch the recording of this program on Facebook.

 

Super Science Day

Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Ages 5 and up

Watch online as the Ann Arbor Hands-on Science Museum leads us in spin art, rocket engineering, and DIY bubbles! To participate at home, gather up these supplies.

Watch the recorded program on the Library’s Facebook page.

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 or cloudLibrary), read it on your own, and then join the Zoom book discussion to share what you thought.

August Word Worms

Thursday, August 20, 11:00 a.m.

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Available as an e-Book in Hoopla or cloudLibrary, or an e-Audiobook in Libby/Overdrive. You may also place a hold on the print book and pick it up from Curbside pickup.

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 Curbside hours.

This book discussion will be held over Zoom, so please register to receive the link and meeting password. Register for each book discussion separately. Register here.

 
 

Rebecca’s Recs

Each week, Miss Rebecca, “The Dragon Librarian”, shares book recommendations for kids. Check out the videos for some reading inspiration!
June 29 Video Recommendations
July 6 Video Recommendations
July 14 Video Recommendations
July 20 Video Recommendations
July 27 Video Recommendations

Family Programs

Family Fun In Riley Park

The Farmington Community Library would like to thank our generous sponsors for making these programs possible: dRop Aquatics, Total Sports, the Farmington DDA, and The Friends of the Library.

 

Joe Reilly – Facebook Live

Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Do you love Music and Nature? So does Joe Reilly! Joe loves nature so much that he writes songs and sings about it, and he hopes that you and your family will sing and dance along too! Can you hop like a frog, flap your wings like a turkey vulture, or make a face like a dinosaur? The recorded concert is available to watch here.

 

Guy Lewis

Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Songs are drawn from all genres including Guy’s own songs, and each show is designed for the audience at hand. Hear classics like “Yellow Submarine”, “I’m a Believer”, “Your Momma Don’t Dance” and more that will bring all ages together. Guy will actively engage the young people the entire show, while playing music that will delight all. The video will be posted here and on our Facebook page on August 5.

 

Randy Kaplan

Wednesday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Randy’s songs will be enjoyed by children and adults. He blends pop, funk, jazz, hip hop and storytelling for one enjoyable evening. Get the cloud juice ready! This program will be streamed on Facebook Live.

Summer Reading Final Party

Dance Party

Monday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m.

All Ages

What better way to kick off our Summer Reading Final Party than with a dance party?! Get ready to move and groove with the Children’s Librarians on Facebook Live.
 

Nature Discovery Turtles of Michigan

Monday, August 3 at 12:00 p.m.

All Ages

The Grand Slam of Michigan turtles! Meet live specimens of all ten species of turtles that call Michigan home. From the common painted turtle to the rare, state-threatened spotted turtle, Nature Discovery’s Jim McGrath will point out field marks to help you identify each species while sharing interesting information about specific ranges, habitats and unique behaviors. Also learn the four biggest threats to wild turtle survival and what you can do to make their world more safe.​ This presentation will be available on the library YouTube channel.​ Search for turtle vocabulary words in this word search for more turtle fun!
 

Virtual Kids’ Art Studio – Mythical Creatures

Monday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Ages 8-12

Join Miss Mary Lou for summer-reading themed art lessons LIVE on FCL’s Facebook Page. Whether they fly, roar or protect the princess, mythical creatures capture the imagination. Let’s create a unique one of our very own, using sample parts provided.​ Find the material list on the Virtual Kids’ Art Studio page.
 

Hide & Seek Book Hunt

Monday, August 3 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

All Ages

Finders Keepers! Come to Shiawassee Park or Heritage Park between 3-5 p.m. and search for a book to keep. Books for children of all ages will be hidden in specific areas of the parks, and the Children’s Librarians will be on site in blue FLC shirts to show you where. In Shiawassee Park, look in the area near the pavilion/tennis courts. In Heritage Park, look along the “Spicer Trail” near the Spicer House. Families should park in the Nature Center parking lot (make a left at the stop sign when you enter the park). Event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
 

Cameron’s Online Comedy Magic Show

Monday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m.

You are invited to Cameron Zvara’s LIVE Online Comedy Magic Show! This is a special online show that can only be seen live, so sign up here.The show is FREE, however, registration is required! Only 100 spots are available. Please do not register each person viewing the show as multiple people can watch on one device.

Body Safety

Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Ages 3-5 with parents

Empower kids to “be the boss” of their own bodies and teach them how to protect themselves in different situations. An overview of common child safety concerns will be shared. This program is being presented by Care House of Oakland County, whose vision is to impact the safety of every child in Oakland County. This program will be held on Zoom so please register online to receive the link and meeting password.



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