Message from the Board of Trustees

Message to our community regarding FCL's phased reopening

The Farmington Community Library buildings are closed until further notice. No items are due at this time. Our virtual library services are available 24/7!

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Virtual Library Services

Dear Library Patrons,

On behalf of everyone at the Farmington Community Library, we wish you the best of health and safety during this unprecedented time. We miss seeing you in person, but we are available to help as always. Our library buildings remain closed until further notice. We thank everyone for not returning any items or dropping off donations. We will continue to extend all due dates and waive fines.

Please check this page often for the latest updates. As always, our mission is to facilitate independent learning and encourage the love of reading for all ages, and we are working hard to bring the best resources to you during these unprecedented times.

We are continually working to expand our digital offerings and we hope you are enjoying our virtual library services. Please stay well, stay inspired, and stay connected. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Digital Downloads

OverDrive/Libby: e-Books and e-Audiobooks

Cloud Library: e-Books and e-Audiobooks

Hoopla: e-Books, e-Audiobooks, music, movies, and comics

RB Digital: over 100 popular magazines in digital format

All FCL Digital Downloads

For Children and Students

BookFlix: early literacy resource that pairs animated stories with educational books

Early Literacy Calendar: daily activities to help your child get ready to read

PebbleGo: informational articles, activities, and literacy for Preschool – Grade 3

TumbleBookLibrary: talking pictures books for grades K-6

TumbleMath: math picture books for grades K-6 with lesson plans and quizzes

Tutor.com : online homework help with live tutors, along with test prep and practice quizzes

Novelist Plus K-8: reading recommendations, reviews, lists, and more for grades K-8

Virtual Storytime: read, talk, sing, and play along with us

For Teens and Adults

Ancestry (Library Edition): genealogy research documents, indexing, and searching tools for family history research

ESL Conversation Group: Facebook group for English-as-a-Second-Language learners

Gale Courses: free 6-week online courses in a variety of subjects

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center: resources and tutorials on a variety of arts and crafts

Home Improvement Reference Center: resources and tutorials on a variety of home maintenance and improvement

Learning Express Library: online learning platform for academic skills, practice tests, licensing/certification exams, job skills, and more

Mango Languages: online language learning for more than 50 languages for English speakers and 17 ESL learners

Novelist Plus: reading recommendations, reviews, lists, and more

Resume Builder: easy-to-use online resume tool with multiple downloading formats

All FCL Databases

Virtual Opportunities for Education and Fun

Art and Museums

British Museum – Museum of the World: an interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history.

Detroit Institute of Arts: experience the DIA’s collection of world-class art digitally, wherever you are.

Google Arts and Culture: visit Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Palace of Versailles, the National Gallery of Art, and hundreds more – all online!

Guggenheim Collection Online: a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of approximately 8,000 artworks.

Louvre Online Tours: visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre… Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view!

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the Smithsonian museum.

Books and Authors

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Mo Willems invites you into his studio every day for his lunch doodle. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

Read Together, Be Together: “Read Together, Be Together” is a nationwide movement that celebrates the importance, and power, of the shared reading experience between an adult and a child. Stay connected with live story times and digital events.

Storyline Online: imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children.

Story Time From Space: while in space, astronauts videotape themselves reading books to the children of Earth.

Education

Breakout EDU: a collection of digital games that students can play at home. Students can click on any game and start playing!

Coursera: free courses in a wide variety of subjects from colleges around the world.

Free Code Camp: 5,000+ tutorials on how to code like a pro!

Khan Academy: self-paced, interactive content for students in every grade and in most major subject areas. Teachers and parents can also use our teacher tools to monitor progress and assign specific work.

Miss Hucklebee’s Online Academy: an easy to use educational tool to prepare your preschoolers for kindergarten and beyond.

NASA STEM Activities: science, technology, engineering and math activities are fun for kids, adults, and the whole family.

National Geographic Kids: make learning fun with National Geographic! Explore animal and country profiles, encyclopedia entries, maps, and more!

Scholastic Learn at Home: explore learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.

Field Trips and Tours

American Battlefields Virtual Tours: experience the Civil War like never before and tour the battlefields in panoramic view.

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Virtual Tour: take a 3D Virtual Tour of this Historic Site.

Monticello Virtual Tours: tour Thomas Jefferson’s plantation and explore its furnishings in this 360-degree panoramic presentation of Jefferson’s autobiographical architectural masterpiece.

Mount Vernon Virtual Tours and Online Learning: explore Mount Vernon’s vast digital offerings including primary and secondary sources, virtual tours, as well as videos, games, quizzes, and activities.

NASA Space Center Houston App: the free Space Center Houston interactive mobile tour features audio tour, GPS maps, selfie filters, augmented reality experiences, virtual reality lite and more!

Mindfulness and Self-Help

Calm Blog: enjoy this curation of content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.

Edge Fitness Live Workouts: free live workouts streamed via Instagram and Facebook. Class offerings include Cardio Dance, HIIT, plus many more!

Mindfulness and Movement for Kids – Katie Scherr: enhancing school readiness with mindful movement and stillness. Yoga-inspired and science-informed.

Yoga With Adriene – Yoga for Uncertain Times: a free, 30+ video playlist from the Yoga With Adriene YouTube channel.

Music and Performances

Bolshoi Theatre – Russian Ballet: watch popular opera and ballet performances from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Classroom Edition: with special hosts and thoughtfully chosen music, these concerts bring kids inside the orchestra. Each performance includes a downloadable Teacher Resource Guide.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Replay Archive: register for access to all Detroit Symphony Orchestra live webcasts and on-demand archive, DSO Replay.

Jim Gill: read along and sing along with Jim Gill.

Metropolitan Opera – Nightly Met Opera Streams: experience encore presentations from the Met’s Live in HD series. Each performance available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day.

Seattle Symphony Live Broadcasts: enjoy performances from the Seattle Symphony that provide strength, comfort and joy.

Zoos and Animals

Detroit Zoo Virtual Vitamin Z: get some #VirtualVitaminZ by checking out live streams, educational content and more.

Houston Zoo Webcams: tune in to the Houston Zoo Webcams and enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home!

Kansas City Penguin Cam: watch the live stream from the Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo! Penguin cam is always on, and it is “penguins 24/7/365.”

Monterey Bay Aquarium Exploration: experience the wonder of the ocean from anywhere. Choose a live cam and be mesmerized by moon jellies or see how many sevengill sharks you can spot.

San Diego Zoo – Live Cams: watch animals at the San Diego Zoo. Elephants, Koalas, Tigers, Apes, and more!

Smithsonian National Zoo Webcams: watch animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Also includes a downloadable packet of educational activities to do with students K-5.

All Virtual Opportunities

Community Resources

COVID-19 Updates from the City of Farmington Hills

Message from the City of Farmington Regarding COVID-19

Oakland County Public Toolkit

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Michigan Bridges

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

National Institutes of Health

Beaumont Health: COVID-19 Updates

Protect Your Finances from the Impact of the Coronavirus

Michigan Mental Health Warmline: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has a statewide mental health hotline for Michigan residents. The hotline, or as the state calls it “warmline” will connect individuals with certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises, and are trained to support and empower the callers. The warmline will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753).

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