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  • Teen Scene

    Your Source For:
    - Awesome Programs
    - Teen Reviewed Books, Movies and Video Games
    - Volunteer Opportunities
    - Contests, Competitions and More!
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  • After-Hours Minecraft @ Your Library

    Ages 10 and up
    Participants must have their own Minecraft account and will each get 2 hours of gaming in Survival Mode on the Library's own Minecraft server. Registration required.
    Main Library Computer Area: Friday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m.
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  • Survive Like a Pirate

    Teens and adults
    Challenge yourself to survive like the heroes of your favorite pirate movies and dystopian novels! Stop by the Information Desk at the Farmington Branch to pick up your first clue.
    Farmington Branch: Saturday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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  • Movie Showing - Cinderella

    Cinderella (2015, PG, 114 min.)
    Refreshments will be served. Registration required.
    Main Library Auditorium
    Wednesday, September 30, 6 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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Teen Scene

  • News!
  • Book Reviews
  • Battle of the Books
  • Creative Writing Competition
  • Teen Advisory Board
  • Volunteering

What's new? What's going on? Get up-to-date Teen Scene info here!

Teen Finale Party

Teen Summer Reading Finale Party

Summer Reading is officially over, but boy what a great time we had! Teens who completed at least one reading log were invited to join Merry Beth and Jennie at Zap Zone for pizza, laser tag, go-carts, and more, and a great group showed up!


Thank you to Zap Zone for graciously donating the space, events, and food for the party! And thank you to everyone who participated in Summer Reading, and especially those of you who came to the Finale and made it a success!


Take a look! You can find photos here. What do you think, gang, same time same place next year?



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.

Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board

Speaking of volunteering, teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join our Teen Advisory Board!


Love books, movies, and video games?  Have great ideas for programs and activities?  Interested in fun volunteer opportunities?  Join the Teen Advisory Board at the Farmington Community Library, and enjoy all three!


Our TAB members, Farmington/Farmington Hills students in grades 7-12, meet every other month during the school year and assist our YA librarians in promoting teen programs (and planning too!), library materials, and the Library itself!


Hours served on the TAB can count toward volunteer requirements at area middle and high schools.  Please fill out an application from the Teen Advisory Board tab above and bring it with you to your first meeting.


Wednesday, September 16, 3:30-4:30 pm at the 12 Mile Main Branch


Afterhours Minecraft
Minecraft @ Your Library

Participants must have their own Minecraft account and will each get 2 hours of gaming in Survival Mode on the Library's own Minecraft server.


If you do not have a Minecraft account for the PC and would still like to participate, please contact Michael Shereda at (248) 848-4310.


Registration is required, as space is limited. Plus, pizza will be served! Please be aware that this is an after-hours program. Ages 10 and up are invited.


Friday, September 18, 6:30-8:30 pm at the 12 Mile Main Branch

Minecraft @ Your Library
Survive Like a Pirate

Survive Like a Pirate

Yar! You've seen the movies, you've read the books - now challenge yourself to survive like the heroes of your favorite pirate movies and dystopian novels!


Stop by the Information Desk at the downtown Farmington Branch to pick up your first clue - and then pick the right answers to find your way to the hidden treasure!


Pirate attire is welcome! No registration needed.


Saturday, September 19, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the downtown Farmington branch


2015-2016 Teen Creative Writing Competition

Calling all authors and poets!


The 2015-2016 Teen Creative Writing Competition begins on Monday, September 21! 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

Movie Night @ the Library: Cinderella

We're showing the latest version of Cinderella - directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and more!


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


Wednesday, September 30, 6:00-8:00 pm at the 12 Mile Main Branch


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




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.


Contest submissions will be accepted beginning Monday, September 21, 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.


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 Open
Monday, October 12, 2015 Children's Program Special Guest (Costume!) 7:00-8:00 pm, 1 hour 1 Open
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