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Things to know about our indoor events:
~ 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.
~ Programs at Farmington Hills (12 Mile) will require masks for everyone ages 2 and up. Programs at Farmington (Liberty St.) will strongly encourage masks for everyone ages 2 and up.
~ Events are subject to change depending on the current outlook of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Story Times

Storytimes will run from January 3 – April 29. Registration is required: please sign up on our event calendar. Please sign your child up for a single slot, which can include siblings, grandparents, or anyone else in your household. Register once and you will be signed up for the entire month. NOTE: You can only choose one weekly storytime, at one location, to sign up for based on the age of your child. Registration for January storytimes will open December 13.

Evening Storytime

Ages 1-6

Farmington Hills Children’s Program Room: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Cozy stories, songs, and quiet movement for the whole family. Feel free to bring your little ones in their pajamas so they can head straight to bed after storytime! Catch up on previously recorded Evening Story Times on Facebook Watch.

Baby Storytime

Babies to Walkers

Farmington Hills Auditorium: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Farmington 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

Farmington Hills Auditorium: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Farmington 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

Farmington Hills Auditorium: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Farmington 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

Farmington Hills Auditorium: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

Farmington 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.

Virtual Storytime on Zoom

Ages 0-5

Zoom: Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Please register for each week of virtual storytime separately. You will receive the Zoom link via email the day before.

Outdoor Storytime

All Ages

Saturdays, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9 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 January storytime will be at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336). Meet at the north side of the Nature Center parking lot. No registration required for this event.

Musical Storytime on YouTube Live

All Ages

Wednesdays, January 12, February 9, March 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Tune in to our YouTube channel for a livestream of a Musical Storytime! Join in from home with your librarians as we sing and dance our way through some stories together! If you miss the livestream, you can always watch later.

Outdoor Snowman Storytime

All Ages

Sunday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m.

FCL Loves Snowmen! As part of our month-long celebration of snowmen, come to an outdoor story time for all ages at the Governor Warner Mansion (33805 Grand River Ave., Farmington 48335)! We’ll read stories, sing songs, and build snowmen! No registration required.

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

Events

Fascinating Illustrations: Exploring Collage

Grades K-5

Farmington Hills Auditorium

Saturday, January 22, 2:00 p.m.

Taking inspiration from famous illustrators, you’ll craft your own beautiful collage to take home. Registration is required for this in person program, and masks are required.

PAWS for Reading on Zoom

Grades 1-5

Zoom

Wednesdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 2 & 16, Mar. 16*, Apr. 6 & 20, May 11 & 25, 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. *Note: No Paws on March 2

Thursday Afternoon Club

Grades 3-5

Farmington Hills Auditorium

Thursdays, February 3 – April 28, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Take part in a different activity each week. We’ll move our bodies one week, build STEM projects the next, try a new art form, and learn to make healthy snacks. For grades 3-5 only. Registration is required; register for one month of Thursdays at a time. Masks are required for all participants.

Saturday STREAM

Grades K-5

Farmington Meeting Room

Saturdays, February 5, March 5, April 2, 11:00 a.m.

Kids in grades K-5 can come to the library and experiment with Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts. We will have a selection of toys available for open-ended play and discovery. Thank you to Bosch USA for generous grants that make this program possible. Registration is required (only one registration per family is needed) and masks are recommended. Please register for each month separately.

Play & Learn with Me on Zoom

Ages 1-3

Zoom

Thursdays, February 10, 17, 24, 6:30 p.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. For this three-week program, some materials will be provided that will help direct some play while at home. At 6:30pm, we will start with a group time where children and adults will sing songs and do movement activities together with Miss Melanie. At 7pm, adults will 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 February 9. One registration is needed per family, even if there are multiple children in the family.

Star Wars Skate Party

All Ages

Riley Park Ice Rink

Saturday, February 12, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join us at Riley Park Ice Rink in Downtown Farmington for skating and activities. Maybe a character or two will show up for a photo op! This program is co-sponsored by the City of Farmington and the Friends of the Library. No registration required.

Junior Friends of the Library Club

Grades K-5

Farmington Meeting Room

Saturdays, February 12, May 7, 11:00 a.m.

Come to our Farmington location and meet-up with your like-minded library lovers. It’s a special way to get involved with your library! Please register for this in-person program.

Tissue Paper Art

Grades K-5

Farmington Hills Auditorium

Saturday, March 19, 2:00 p.m.

Join us and paint with tissue paper! We will create two pictures: one will be delivered to the local seniors and one is for you to take home! Registration is required for this in person program, and masks are required.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration: Play Date

Ages 0-5

Farmington Hills Parking Lot

Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a special 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration and launch of a new early literacy texting service, TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten. We’re having a play date, featuring fun giveaways and helping you learn easy ways to keep kids busy and learning with items they already have at home. We will also hand out prizes earned from reading books for 1000 BBK, so bring your sheets. No registration is required for this outdoor event.

Asian American Heritage Month Celebration

All Ages

Farmington Hills Auditorium

Saturday, May 7, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

February Break & Spring Break Events

Superhero Skate Party

All Ages

Riley Park Ice Rink

Monday, February 21, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join us at Riley Park Ice Rink in Downtown Farmington for skating and activities. Maybe a character or two will show up for a photo op! This program is co-sponsored by the City of Farmington and the Friends of the Library. No registration required.

Origami City Building

Grades 3-5

Farmington Meeting Room

Tuesday, February 22, 2:00 p.m.

Welcome to Origami City! This city is yours to design, build, and make your own. There are 104 folding papers already printed for you to build and populate your city. The precut origami paper models include vehicles, buildings, streets & sidewalks, parks, plants and animals. Create your own community. It’s all up to you. So come and build a city out of folded papers – Origami. Please register for this indoor program, and remember that masks are strongly recommended.

Cardboard Fort Fun

All Ages

Farmington Hills Children’s Area

Wednesday, February 23, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

During February break, drop by the Children’s Area and help assemble a giant cardboard fort! Add artistic flair with crayons and markers. Masks required while working on the fort for ages 2 and up. Masks strongly encouraged in the rest of the Children’s Area. No registration required.

STEM: Build 3D Structures

Grades 1-5

Farmington Hills Auditorium

Saturday, February 26, 2:00 p.m.

Grades 1-5 come and use our tech toys to build a 3-D structure. How tall can you make it? Can you make it move? The wackiest? Use your STEM skills and let’s build! Please register and wear a mask.

Boredom Busters

Grades K-5

Farmington Children’s Area

Monday, March 28 & Tuesday March 29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Come to the Children’s Department at the Farmington location of the library during Monday or Tuesday afternoon for a variety of self-paced activities. Note that activities on Tuesday will be a repeat of the day before. No registration is required.

Build with Keva Planks

Grades K-5

Farmington Hills Children’s Programming Room

Wednesday, March 30, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Keva planks are simple building blocks that are all the same exact shape and size. What can you create by stacking them in unique formations? Can you make a marble run? How about a roller coaster? Drop in and play! Masks are required for ages 2 and up. No registration is required.

Saturday STREAM

Grades K-5

Farmington Meeting Room

Saturday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.

Kids in grades K-5 can come to the library and experiment with Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts. We will have a selection of toys available for open-ended play and discovery. Thank you to Bosch USA for generous grants that make this program possible. Registration is required (only one registration per family is needed) and masks are recommended.

Parent Workshops

Parent Workshop: Children’s Mental Health for School Aged Children on Zoom

Adults

Zoom

Thursday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.

Promoting Resilience in our Kids: Connection, Confidence, Coping and more! Parents of school-aged children, are you worrying about your child’s level of frustration, anxiety and irritability? Are you overwhelmed by everyone’s needs and emotions in your family? Hoping to strengthen parent-child relationships? Dr. Jaclyn Issner, PhD, LP, a clinical psychologist, will help parents navigate challenges of parenting during these stressful times. Parents will learn, reflect, and walk away with strategies to promote resilience and emotion regulation. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and password. Emails will be sent to registered patrons on February 3rd by 5pm. The presentation will be recorded and will later be available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

Parent Workshop: Reading and Spelling Games for Children Ages 4-6 on Zoom

Adults

Zoom

Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.

Looking for ways to support your new reader at home? Join us for a reading and spelling games workshop! You will learn highly effective and engaging games to play with your child to boost their word level reading skills. You will also learn strategies and tools to support your child with spelling and writing skills. These simple and fun games will also boost your child’s confidence and love for reading. Kristy Zuehlke, a teacher, mom and Brain Friendly Reading and Dyslexia Specialist, will guide you through the games and help you understand why they are so important. She will also answer parent questions as time allows. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and password. Emails will be sent to registered patrons on March 10th by 5pm. The presentation will be recorded and will later be available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

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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