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- Battle of the Books
- Creative Writing Competition
- Teen Advisory Board
What's new? What's going on? Get up-to-date Teen Scene info here!
Unmask! - Summer Reading 2015
This year, we have an exciting summer reading topic: heroes! Heroes can be real or fictional, in a book or in a movie (or both!) They can leap tall buildings in a single bound, or simply say something nice when we are having a bad day. You can be a hero at your library this summer - help us plan the most heroic summer reading program ever!
Creative Writing Competition
We've extended the deadline for our Creative Writing Competition through Friday, February 6, 2015 at 6 p.m. You can find all the details here, but here's the scoop: poetry and short fiction (1-7 pages) are welcome, in two age groups. And yes, there are prizes!
Battle of the Books
Love good books? Love competitions? Get in on the Battle of the Books this Spring!
Registration begins February 13; you can find all the details here on the Battle of the Books tab. Grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to compete!
We have a great mix of books this year - realistic, humorous, fantastical, scary, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for notices - Merry Beth and Jennie will be visiting schools in early February to answer questions about this program!
Sweets and Treats After-Hours Lock-in
Valentine's Day you can take or leave, but who doesn't love sweets? On Friday, February 13, from 6-8 pm, we'll have cupcakes and cookies to decorate (and eat!), and maybe a few games as well.
Please note: this is an after-hours lock-in at the downtown Farmington branch. Please plan to arrive no later than 6:15, and register in advance so that we will have plenty of supplies.
Parents: we are not serving dinner tonight, just lots and lots of sugar. Sorry!
Looking for a good book, movie, or video game? Browse our recommended reads, compiled by members of the Teen Advisory Board! Click on one of the images below for a quick look at the related review, or access them all through the Book Review blog!
Please note: these are honest reviews from Farmington Community Library teens, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of staff.
Battle of the Books, 2015
Battle of the Books is a program designed to encourage reading and to give recognition to those who like to read. It is organized by the Young Adult Department of the Farmington Community Library and sponsored by the Farmington Friends of the Library. Team members read from a selected list of books and then participate in a battle where they compete with other teams by answering questions based on the books. Although there will be one team that eventually wins first place, we believe that everyone who takes part is a winner.
Click on the links below for more information:
Battle of the Books 2015 registration will begin February 13, 2015. We'll post the updated battle books list then!
Sponsored by Suzanne Sloat and Ray Okonski
Seventh through 12th-graders in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area are eligible to win prizes in different writing categories and age divisions.
The deadline for this contest has been extended through Friday, February 6 at 6 p.m.
Ages 12-14 and 15-19
All residents and/or students of Farmington/Farmington Hills in 7th -12th grade, public, private or parochial schools are eligible.
Fiction: 1-7 pages, typed. A literary work whose content is produced by the imagination and a total invention.
- For both age groups, create a work of fiction of your choice.
Poetry: 3-100 lines, typed. A piece of literature written in rhythm and/or rhyme.
- For both age groups, create a work of poetry of your choice.
Judges will consider these qualifications when reviewing submissions:
originality; grammatical correctness and spelling; organization; word choice, imagery
- *12 point font *Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial font
- *No graphics or specialty fonts
- *Work must be original to the entrant
- *No previously published works accepted
- *1 work per category accepted
- *Please do not include name on submission, only the title should be on work to preserve anonymity in judging
- *You must submit your work through e-mail
All submissions due: January 5, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded in each category for each age division
First Place: $100 Second Place: $75 Third Place: $50
Winners will be honored April 20, 2015
For more information contact:
Merry Beth Tacy (Main Library) at (248) 553-6870
or Jennie Willard (Farmington Branch) at (248) 553-6264
Prizes are generously supplied by Ray Okonski and Suzanne Sloat.
Click here for last year's winners.
Teen Advisory Board
The Teen Advisory Board is a great opportunity for teens to volunteer their time to the Library. Board members express views on books, movies, and music. Members are also instrumental in planning programming for teens at the Farmington Community Library as well as performing other volunteer tasks. Membership on the Farmington Community Library’s Teen Board can also be used toward student volunteering requirements.
In past years we worked on writing and filming a short video on all the Library has to offer. The video featured members of our current Teen Advisory Board.
Our meetings are held every other month from September thru May.
If you would like to become a member contact Merry Beth or Jennie (see e-mails below). Or stop in the Library for an application form.
Merry Beth Tacy: Merry.Tacy@farmlib.org
Jennie Willard: Jennifer.Willard@farmlib.org
Young Adult Librarian – Main Library
32737 W. Twelve Mile Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Young Adult Librarian – Farmington Branch
23500 Liberty Street Farmington, MI 48335