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  • Tabletop Board Game Days

    Ages 13 and up
    Feel free to use our game collection - including Catan, Pandemic and others - or BYOB(G) (bring your own board game). Registration suggested.
    Main Library Conference Room A
    Saturday, October 17, 2-5 p.m.
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  • Movie Showing - The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    The Avengers - Age of Ultron (PG-13, 141 min.)
    Refreshments will be served. Registration required.
    Main Library Auditorium
    Wednesday, October 21, 6 p.m.
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  • Teens Code Too!

    Ages 10-16
    Librarian and coding expert Paul Zink will explain the basics of how apps, websites and video games are created. You must arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. Registration required.
    Farmington Branch Computer Area
    Friday, October 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
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  • Hallo-Tween Party

    Ages 10-16
    After hours, the Library is nicely spooky - and all ours! Come in costume for games, crafts, food and treats! Please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. Registration is appreciated.
    Farmington Branch Meeting Room
    Friday, October 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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  • 2015-16 Teen Creative Writing Competition

    Ages 12-19
    Farmington/Farmington Hills teens are invited to submit original poetry and short stories beginning Monday, September 21 at 9 a.m. Click here for more information.
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2015-2016 Teen Creative Writing Competition

Calling all authors and poets!


The 2015-2016 Teen Creative Writing Competition is now open! Teens ages 12-19 are invited to showcase their original poetry and short stories (and maybe win prizes!) by submitting their work to the Library between September 21 and February 16. More information is available on the Teen Creative Writing Competition tab.


We look forward to receiving and recognizing your creative works!


Prizes are generously supplied by Ray Okonski.

2015-2016 Teen Creative Writing Competition
National Novel Writing Month @ Farmington Community Library


Speaking of writing, have you heard about the Library's National Novel Writing Month shenanigans? This October, we'll have programs introducing this great writing event and helping newbies and veterans prep for joining in on the fun beginning November 1.


What is NaNo?

Tuesday, October 6, 7-9 pm
12 Mile Main Branch
Quiet Study Room


What is this crazy thing called NaNoWriMo? Join us for an evening with veteran NaNo warriors who will help explain how this program works and provide tips, tricks, and methods for dealing with the stress - and the fun!


We'll also have calendars and other resources available as handouts to help get you prepped for the upcoming month. No registration needed; come on in!


NaNo Brainstorming!

Saturday, October 17, 2-4 pm
Downtown Farmington Branch
Meeting Room

Okay - you've decided to take the challenge and join in on writing your very own novel this November! Now what? How do you get started?


Join us for an afternoon of laughter, creativity, and just plain fun! We'll work together to brainstorm characters, settings, plots - all the building blocks to have you ready to start writing at midnight on November 1. No registration needed; come join in!


Registration Day!

Saturday, October 31, 2-4 pm
Downtown Farmington Branch
Adult Information Desk


Sign up for NaNoWriMo through the Farmington Community Library and/or through the official site if you want! Join our mailing lists and grab helpful templates, flyers, and goody bags.


Plus, since it's Halloween, we'd love to see you in costume as your main character (or just for fun!). No registration needed; come on in!


Star Wars Reads Day 2015

 Join us in celebrating all things Sith, Jedi, and reading in our 3rd annual Star Wars Reads Day!


Gear up for the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December by celebrating Star Wars with a dress up photobooth, movie showing, crafts, games, and prizes for all ages!


Show off your costuming skills in one of our costume contests! There are two categories: Kids (12 and younger) and Adult (13 and up). 


You can also show off your Star Wars knowledge by trying to beat our resident Star Wars Experts in our trivia challenge - or best your competitors in our X-Wing miniatures tournament.  See details below:


X-Wing Tournament

Saturday, October 6, 1-4 pm
12 Mile Main Branch
Conference Room B

Hosted by Flatland Games - an afternoon of strategy and fun in this special tournament.


Star Wars Trivia Contest!

Saturday, October 6, 1:30-2 pm
12 Mile Main Branch
Conference Room A

Is the Force strong with you - or with our panel of Star Wars Trivia Masters? We challenge you to a battle of wits - and trivia! - with prizes on the line.


DIY Galaxy Bookmark

Saturday, October 6, 2:30-3:30 pm
12 Mile Main Branch
Conference Room A

Not for kids - we'll have some specialized craft supplies available to make out-of-this-world bookmarks - literally!

Star Wars Reads Day
Tabletop Board Game Day

Tabletop Board Game Day

Join us for afternoons filled with Dungeons and Dragons, tabletop gaming and general merriment. Feel free to use our game collection including Catan, Pandemic, and others, or BYOB(G) (bring your own board game).


Registration is requested, but drop-ins are more than welcome!


Saturday, October 17, 2:00-5:00 pm at the 12 Mile Main Branch in Conference Room A


Movie Night @ the Library: Marvel's The Avengers - Age of Ultron

It's a superhero night at the Library! Grab your friends and come on in for a save-the-world good show!


Refreshments will be served; please register so we will have enough!


Wednesday, October 21, 6:00-8:00 pm at the 12 Mile Main Branch

Movie Night: Age of Ultron
Teens Code Too

Teens Code Too!

Do you have a great idea for an app, but no idea how to create one? Do the acronyms HTML and CSS scare you? Are you just plain curious about the inner workings of websites and games?


This is for you! We have an after-hours session just for teens, where librarian (and coding expert) Paul Zink will explain the basics of coding and answer questions about different techniques. Even better? You'll have the chance to practice some coding and programming skills hands-on while working on your own simple game.​


Please note: this is an after-hours lock-in; please arrive no later than 6:30. Seating is limited, so registration is required. We'll have pizza and pop to kick things off before the program begins.


Friday, October 23, 6:30-8:00 pm at the downtown Farmington Branch


Hallo-Tween Party

Halloween fun for tweens! After hours, the library is nicely spooky – and all ours! Come in costume for games, crafts, food, and of course treats! 


Please note: this is an after-hours lock-in; please arrive no later than 6:30. Registration is appreciated, but drop-ins are welcome!


Friday, October 30, 6:30-8:30 pm at the downtown Farmington Branch

Hallo-Tween Party


Looking for volunteer hours?


Teens in high school (grades 9-12) can apply for volunteer shifts at the Farmington Community Library. Please check the Volunteering tab on this page for a list of shifts at the downtown Farmington Branch and information on volunteering at the Main Branch on 12 Mile.

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

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.


This year's Battle was on Monday, April 13, at 7 pm at the William Costick Activities Center.


Photos are available on Facebook.


This year's winners are:

Questioning Round

1st Place: The Lord and Ladies of Readalot

2nd Place: Magical Marauders

3rd Place: Six Factions and Swords (tie)

Costume Contest

1st Place: Star Words: the Read-i Knights

2nd Place: Read or Alive

3rd Place: Swords


Full Lists of Results:

Alphabetical Listing

Listing by Rank


Battle of the Books Fact Sheet

Book List for 2015 Battle

Teen Creative Writing Competition Sponsored by Ray Okonski  

Calling all teen authors and poets! Showcase your work
with Farmington Community Library's annual Teen Creative Writing Competition!

Seventh through 12th-graders in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area
are eligible to win prizes in different writing categories and age divisions.

September 21, 2015 - February 14, 2016

Click Here For The Teen Creative Writing Application




Age Divisions

Ages 12-14
Ages 15-19

All residents and/or students of Farmington/Farmington Hills in 7th -12th grade
in public, private or parochial schools are eligible.



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.


  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.


Submission Requirements

*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 the online link below



Judges will consider these qualifications when reviewing submissions:

Grammatical correctness and spelling
Word choice


All submissions are due by February 14, 2016 at 6:00 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 with a ceremony at the Farmington Hills Main Branch on 12 Mile Road.

Winners will be notified mid-April.


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.


Click here for last year's winners.

Teen Advisory Board

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TAB Jan. 14, 2015 - Representatives from the Farmington Hills fire and police departments visited to say thank you for Operation Goody Bag - a program teen volunteers organized to show appreciation for the hard work of area public safety officers over the holidays.

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:

Jennie Willard:


Teen Volunteer Opportunities

@ Farmington Community Library's
Downtown Farmington Branch

We know many of you need to earn volunteer hours before you graduate.
Below you'll find a list of our upcoming volunteer opportunities for teens
at the downtown Farmington Branch Library (23500 Liberty Street).

Contact Miss Jennie at (248) 553-6264 or to sign up for a volunteer shift. All volunteers need to fill out a volunteer application before requesting a shift.
You will be assigned one shift to begin; additional shifts will depend on need and proven ability.

For volunteer opportunities at the Farmington Hills Branch Library (32737 W. 12 Mile),
please contact the Children's Department in person or by phone at (248) 848-4315.




Time and Hours

Volunteers Needed


Wednesday, September 16, 2015 Teen Advisory Board @ Main Branch on 12 Mile Rd 3:30-4:30 pm, 1 hour Everyone! Open
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Full STREAM Ahead 10:45 am - 12:15 pm, 1.5 hours 1 Open
Saturday, October 10, 2015 Full STREAM Ahead 10:45 am - 12:15 pm, 1.5 hours 1 Gautham
Monday, October 12, 2015 Children's Program Special Guest (Costume!) 7:00-8:00 pm, 1 hour 1 Simon
Saturday, November 14, 2015 Full STREAM Ahead 10:45 am - 12:15 pm, 1.5 hours 1 Open
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Teen Advisory Board @ downtown Farmington Branch 3:30-4:30 pm, 1 hour Everyone! Open

Teen Librarians

Merry Beth Tacy

Young Adult Librarian – Main Library

32737 W. Twelve Mile Road Farmington Hills, MI 48334



Jennie Willard

Young Adult Librarian – Farmington Branch

23500 Liberty Street Farmington, MI 48335