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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 (see below), May 8 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. The February & March story times will be at Shiawassee Park, under the pavilion near the tennis courts. Check back later for the May location. Please remember to wear your masks.

Outdoor Story Time: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration

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

All ages

Come join us for our BUBBLE-themed, socially-distanced, outdoor story time! There will be fun bubble stories, songs and movement activities! We will gather at the amphitheater in Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Rd.). Please remember your masks. We will celebrate how many books you have read or get you ready to participate in the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program. Bring your reading sheets and tallies. We will have prizes ready for our readers!

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.

Story Book Walk Reveal at Heritage Park

Saturday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m.

All ages

Join Miss Maria at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Rd.) to see the new spring story walk. You’ll go through the story and then get a little project to take home. Remember your masks and practice social distancing. Park in the Nature Center parking lot and meet on the north side of that parking lot, and get ready to walk!

Programs and Events

Grab N Go Art Kits

Ages 3-10

Need a little creative inspiration? Pick up a Grab N’ Go Art Kit through curbside pickup at either location, or come inside to get one. 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.

Who Was… Trivia

Grades 3-5

Love the Who Is/Who Was… Books? Try the Monthly Trivia based on the books & test your skills! Each month there will be a new themed trivia quiz that you can pick up at the Children’s Desk at either location, or online. And stay tuned for June, when the library presents an exciting event, The Who Is/Who Was… Challenge!
February Who Was… Trivia
March Who Was… Trivia
April Who Was… Trivia

PAWS for Reading Online

Wednesdays, January 6 & 20, February 3 & 17, March 3 & 17, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, 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!

Spring Break Boredom Busters

Monday, March 29, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Grades K-5

Come to the Liberty St. location of the library during the day for a variety of self-paced activities. Please adhere to our Phase 4 guidelines while you’re here, including wearing masks and limiting your visit to 30 minutes.

I’m Just Here for the Snacks on Facebook Live

Tuesday, March 30, 2:00 p.m.

All ages

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s the importance of snacks! Watch the replay of this livestream on Facebook Watch to see the Children’s Librarians demo some snacks you can make at home. This edition will be all about no-bake desserts! If you want to follow along at home, gather up these ingredients and supplies: 1 stick butter, 8 oz. cream cheese, brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, mini chocolate chips, graham crackers and/or vanilla wafers, 2 cups regular chocolate chips, Golden Grahams cereal (or equivalent), mini marshmallows, brownie mix, cola (i.e. Coke), instant pudding mix and milk OR premade pudding (flavor of your choice), whipped topping, Oreos or other crunchy cookies, gummy worms, electric mixer, large bowl, small bowls, mug, spoons for stirring and serving

Spring Break Paper Quilling 101 on Zoom

Wednesday, March 31, 2:00 p.m.

Grades 1-5

Join Miss Lisa as she demonstrates the basics of paper quilling–a form of 3D paper sculpting. We’ll use our new skills to make a paper quilled flower to welcome spring. If there’s time, she’ll share some of the artwork she’s created with the group to inspire you to create after class is over! Please register to receive the Zoom link before the event. If you have more than one child attending in your family, please register each individually. This helps us ensure we have enough materials for all attendees. After registration, come to the library to pick up a packet of the necessary materials (via curbside or walk-in)–you will also need white glue or a glue stick in addition to what the library provides.

Spring Break Celebrate Poetry!

Thursday, April 1, 2:00 p.m.

Grades K-5

Celebrate poetry with local author Patti Richards. Families will receive supplies to create a spring picture to use in the event. Ms. Richards will read her poem featured in Thanku: Poems of Gratitude, talk about poetry and writing, and then lead everyone in creating a collaborative poem. Register today to receive the Zoom link and instructions on how to pick up your supplies. Sign up one family per device please.

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!

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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