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Unmask! : Summer Reading 2015

Summer Reading 2015

June 6 - August 2


T minus 4 days to the end of Summer Reading!

Register online here or at your favorite branch's Information Desk. Complete at least one reading log (30 hours each) to earn chances at prizes like gift cards to the Farmington Civic Theater, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, Twelve Oaks Mall, Target, Dairy Queen, and more! Plus, all participants who complete the program will receive a paperback book and a special superhero prize – an invitation to our end of summer party!

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Teen Finale Party

For teens who have completed one reading log and earned an invitation!


Read some great books this summer? Written some great reviews? If you've completed one 30-hour log, you're invited to join us for a "Super!" teen finale party at Zap Zone! Finish your logs by August 2 and stop in to your favorite library branch to pick up your first prizes: a voucher for a free book at the book fair, going on now, and an invitation to our Teen Finale Party.


More details about the Teen Finale Party are on the invitation, but here's a short look:

Who? -- Teens in grades 7-12 who have completed at least one reading log. You have to have an invitation to join us.

Where? -- Farmington Area Zap Zone Family Fun Center

When? -- Thursday, August 6, in the evening. Times and further details are on your invitation.

What? -- A teens-only party celebrating the end of summer reading and all of you who read like superheroes! Games, food, prizes, and fun!

Why? -- Why not? You guys read an awesome amount this summer; let's celebrate and have fun!


Remember: the book fair at both branches runs now through Sunday, August 2, so make sure to complete at least one log and come in to redeem your voucher for a free book!


Plus, every 30 hours you read is another entry into our grand prize drawing, so keep reading and logging up through 5 pm on Sunday, August 2!


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Show your Library card to a staff member at either branch’s Information Desk and receive a small prize. Yes, it’s that simple!

One prize per day. June 6 - August 2


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Fill out a form answering this question, and then hand it in at either Information Desk by Aug 2. Your entry will be displayed in the Library, and you’ll receive a small prize.

One prize per day. June 6 - August 2


Tabletop Board Game DaysBoardGame

Ages 16-20+

Dungeons and Dragons provided, otherwise BYOBG (bring your own board game).

Registration encouraged.

Saturdays: June 13, July 11, August 8, 2:00-5:00 pm
12 Mile Main Branch, Conference Room A


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.

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

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.

Winners will be honored Monday, May 18, 2015.


2015 Winners


Fiction, 12-14 years

1st place

Margot's Tuesday by Melina Schaefer


2nd place

The Survey by Lila Watch


3rd place

Coming Home by Jubilee Wang


Honorable Mention

A Soldier's Sister by Grace Ho


Fiction, 15-19 years

1st place

Small Kindness by Robert Van Aartsen


2nd place

Camellia by Jalen White


3rd place

Art by Lorraine Furtado


Honorable Mention

He Would Have Given by Lisette Wittbrodt

Poetry, 12-14 years

1st place

Books by Abby Thomson


2nd place

New Penny Sky by Melina Schaefer


3rd place

Our World by Grace Ho


Honorable Mention

Show (The Difference Between "To" and "A") by Emily Eahrow


Poetry, 15-19 years

1st place

I Am Ariadne by Elizabeth Ho


2nd place

The Pressure of the Fleeting Moment by Sophia Jozwiak


3rd place

Lady Liberty is Not for Me by Megan Haase


Honorable Mention

Only Once -- After Jaroslav Seifert by Madeline Loniewski




Age Divisions

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 considered these qualifications when reviewing submissions:

originality; grammatical correctness and spelling; organization; word choice, imagery


Prizes are generously supplied by Ray Okonski and Suzanne Sloat.

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


Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Full STREAM Ahead: Science 1:45-3:45 pm, 2 hours 10 Elana B. Kailey A. Open Open Open Open Open Open Open Open
Friday, June 19, 2015 Craft Supplies Prep for Superheroes Give Back 3-4 pm, 1 hour 2 Willow E. Kailey A.
Monday, June 22, 2015 Craft Supplies Prep for Superheroes Give Back 2:30-3:30 pm, 1 hour 2 Elana B. Lauren B.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Full STREAM Ahead: Math 1:45-3:45 pm, 2 hours 4 Sydney C. Sravan B. Gayatri K. Natalie H.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Craft Supplies Prep for Superheroes Give Back 2:30-3:30 pm, 1 hour 2 Closed Closed
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Full STREAM Ahead: Building/Architecture 1:45-3:45 pm, 2 hours 2 Natalie H. Smriti P. Sravan B.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Full STREAM Ahead: Science/Technology 1:45-3:45, 2 hours 2 Willow E. Kailey A.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 Superheroes Give Back Craft Lead 1:45-4:15 pm, 2.5 hours 3 Willow E. Natalie H. Smriti P.
Friday, July 10, 2015 Superheroes Give Back Craft Lead 1:45-4:15 pm, 2.5 hours 3 Willow E. Natalie H. Smriti P.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Full STREAM Ahead: Music 1:45-3:45, 2 hours 4 Sravan B. Willow E. Gayatri K. Jack B.

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