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The Library is now in Phase 4 of our Reopening Plan. Library buildings are open for 30-minute visits to browse the collections, use computers by appointment, and speak with library staff. Curbside service will remain available until 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Read more…

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Attention Farmington Public Schools elementary students participating in One School, One Book: ​Your library has some bonus activities for you to go along with the book! Start your dragon journey here.

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. The February story time will be at Shiawassee Park, under the pavilion near the tennis courts. 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. Story time will be at the Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave., Farmington, MI 48335. 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 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, Apr. 26.

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

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. At Liberty St., meet on the Liberty Street side of the library. At 12 Mile, meet in the grassy area by the end of the south parking lot.

I’m Just Here for the Snacks on Facebook Live

Tuesday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.

All ages

Enjoy making snacks. Enjoy eating snacks. Join your librarians on Facebook Live, where they will be making fun and simple snacks. We will post a supply list so you can make them too! Maybe Ms. Beth will have another fun gadget again…? If you want to make snacks along with us during the Facebook Live stream, gather up the following ingredients. If you don’t have everything – no worries! Our snacks are highly customizable, and you can make as many or as few of our ideas as you want. Toothpicks or skewers; Fruit: apple, green grapes, bananas, strawberries, any other fruit of your choice; Cut up veggies of your choice; Cherry or grape tomatoes; Cheese (sliced and/or “chunks”); Meat (like salami or other meat that is cooked); Sliced turkey (sandwich meat); Teddy Grahams and/or mini chocolate chip cookies; M&Ms or mini M&Ms; Goldfish crackers; Pretzels; Gummy worms; Basil (optional); Balsamic vinegar (optional); Chocolate sauce (optional); Cake such as angel food cake or pound cake (optional); Avocado; Lime; Salt; Tortilla chips; Sharp knife, fork, big bowl, small bowl

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! Join your Children’s Librarians on Facebook Live to watch us demo some snacks you can make at home. This edition will be all about no-bake desserts! We will post a list of ingredients ahead of time if you want to follow along at home.

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!

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

Parent Workshop on Zoom: How to Help Your Struggling Reader

Wednesdays, March 3 & 10 (Parts 1 & 2), 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Parents of 2nd-4th graders (adults only)

Does your 2nd-4th grade child avoid reading or easily tire from reading? Is your child struggling with reading, spelling or comprehension? When children are still struggling to read after first grade, there are things parents can do at home to help. Kristin Dwyer, a Reading and Dyslexia Intervention Specialist, will guide you through reasons why children struggle to read and will share strategies to implement at home to help children grow the pathways in the brain necessary for fluent reading to happen. She will also address parent questions. This two-part workshop will be held on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the link and meeting password. “Homework” will be given the first night and will be among the things discussed during the second gathering.

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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