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Sign up beginning June 5 for the Children’s Summer Reading Program for Pre-readers through finishing Grade 5. Log your reading online, enter secret event codes for outdoor or online events, and earn badges for completing missions. The more points you earn, the more grand prize raffle tickets you get. Everyone who completes 6 hours of reading will earn a free book!


Need some help? We’ve created some instructional videos to help use our online Summer Reading tool:
How to Sign Up
How to Use the Summer Reading website

Want to keep track of reading minutes on paper? Download a paper log for Pre-readers or kids finishing grades K-5, or pick one up at either library location.


Story Times

Catch up on pre-recorded Melanie on the Move Story Times on our YouTube channel.

Play and Learn with Me on Zoom

Fridays, June 4, 11, 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Ages 1-3 with caregiver

Play is a time for children to learn and explore and familiarize themselves with the world! The richest play can occur when an adult takes an active role and plays alongside a child, instead of only providing toys or supervising. For this three-week program, materials will be provided that will help direct some play while at home. We will start with a group time where children and adults will sing songs and do movement activities together with Miss Melanie. Adults will then be able to hear answers to questions and learn important information from a different professional each week. For consistency, participation is required at all three programs. Registration is required and the Zoom information will be emailed June 3rd. Arrangements to pick up a bag of materials will be shared with registered families. One registration is needed per family, even if there are multiple children in the family.

Evening Story Time on Facebook and Instagram Live

Mondays, June 7 – July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Ages 0-6

Cozy stories, songs, and movement for the whole family. Watch this program on Facebook Live or Instagram Live. Catch up on previously recorded Evening Story Times on Facebook Watch.

Splash Pad Story Time

Mondays, June 14 – July 26 at 10:30 a.m.

All Ages

Enjoy the fresh air and a story! Meet us at the North Shelter near the Splash Pad at Heritage Park (24915 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48336) for stories, rhymes, and movement. Please wear masks and social distance while we’re together.

Baby Time on Zoom

Tuesdays, June 1 – July 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Ages 0-18 months

Parents of babies, join us for songs, lap bounces, a story, and time to socialize with other parents. This weekly program will be on Zoom so please register online to receive the link and meeting password. You don’t have to attend every session.

C.A.R.E.S. Story Time

Tuesdays, June 15 – July 27 at 10:30 a.m.

All Ages

Join us rain or shine under the gazebo at C.A.R.E.S. of Farmington Hills (27835 Shiawassee St, Farmington Hills, MI 48336) for an interactive story time. Please wear masks and social distance while we’re together.

Summer Story Time on Zoom

Wednesdays, June 2 – July 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Ages 2-5

Join us for a story time filled with fun stories, songs, and finger plays. This weekly program will be on Zoom so please register online to receive the link and meeting password. Note: Please register for each week separately.

Pavilion Story Time

Thursdays, June 17 – July 29 at 11:00 a.m.

All Ages

Join us for a fresh air story time at the Sundquist Pavilion in downtown Farmington (3113 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48335), then stay to play outdoors. Please wear masks and social distance while we’re together.

Juneteenth Story Hour

Saturday, June 19, 2:00 p.m. on Zoom

Ages 2-8

Join Miss Kristel for virtual stories and movement as a part of the 3rd Annual Farmington Area Juneteenth commemoration and celebration hosted byFirst African Methodist Evangelical Church of Farmington Hills. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. Please register for the event here. You must register to receive the Zoom link and password.

Events

Truck-A-Palooza

Monday, June 14, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

All Ages

Check out the heavy machinery, look for hidden trucks among the vehicles, take part in a book dig and enjoy a snack from the scoop of a truck. Take a picture next to the truck’s tire; will you be bigger than the tire? This program will be held in the parking lot at the Liberty St. location. Please wear masks and social distance while we’re together. This program is sponsored by the Cities of Farmington/Farmington Hills.

Fun with Song Maker on Zoom

Tuesday, June 14, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades 4-5

Can you produce music that matches an emoji? Learn how to create a melody using Chrome’s Song Maker. Then we’ll add percussion to each other’s melodies. This program will take place on Zoom; please register for the meeting link and password.

Thursdays are Thrilling: Walking Up the Food Chain on Zoom

Thursday, June 17, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-5

The Leslie Science and Nature Center will create a food chain with the help of meeting live animals up close! We’ll work our way up from the 1st consumer until we reach the top predator of the food chain we built! We’ll also discuss how each animal survives in the wild. This program will take place on Zoom; please register for the meeting link and password.

Giraffe Fun!

Friday, June 18, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-3

Learn neat giraffe facts AND have fun creating your own colorful giraffe spots! Wear washable clothes for this outdoor program. Meet in the back parking lot of the 12 Mile Location, where we will wear masks and be careful with our distancing.

Origami Bookmarks on Zoom

Tuesday, June 22, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades 4-5

Using the art of origami paper folding, we’ll create adorable animal-themed bookmarks to hold your spot in your favorite books. Pick up a packet of supplies at the circulation desk at the 12 Mile location beginning June 5. Attendees are responsible for providing their own scissors and either a glue stick or tape. This program will take place on Zoom; please register for the meeting link and password. Please register attendees in your family separately.

Family Fun in Riley Park: Randy Kaplan

Wednesday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.

All Ages

Free family fun entertainment! Bring a blanket, come early and have a picnic at Riley Park in Downtown Farmington. Or grab dinner at one of the local restaurants, then enjoy the show! Randy’s songs will be enjoyed by children and adults. He blends pop, funk, jazz, hip hop and storytelling for one enjoyable evening. Get the cloud juice ready! Family Fun in Riley Park is made possible through the generosity of the Farmington Friends of the Library, the DDA and additional sponsors.

Thursdays are Thrilling: Petting Farm

Thursday, June 24, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-5

How many different tails will you be able to spot at our petting farm event? Please join us in the parking lot at the Liberty Street location and spot those tails. Please wear masks and social distance while we’re together.

Dinosaur Excavations

Friday, June 25, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-3

Let’s be paleontologists! Sift through oobleck to discover what lies beneath or help dinosaur babies escape their eggs. Test your knowledge of dinosaur names with a memory game. This program will take place at the south parking lot of the 12 Mile location, near the grass. This will be messy fun, so wear old clothing.

What’s Better: Book or Movie? on Zoom

Tuesday, June 29, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades 4-5

We will read the book and watch the movie Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. Use Hoopla to check out the book and the movie, read & watch on your own ahead of time, and then we will meet on Zoom to discuss our thoughts. Which did you like better? Get comfy at home with a snack to discuss your thoughts! This program will take place on Zoom; please register for the meeting link and password.

Thursdays are Thrilling: Messy Art

Thursday, July 1, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-5

Meet us in the south parking lot at the 12 Mile location to create art outside! We’ll paint a community mural, explore painting with different materials, and more! Wear old clothes and masks and be ready to social distance.

Family Fun in Riley Park: Joe Reilly

Wednesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m.

All Ages

Free family fun entertainment! Bring a blanket, come early and have a picnic at Riley Park in Downtown Farmington. Or grab dinner at one of the local restaurants, then enjoy the show! Do you love music and nature? So does Joe Reilly! Joe loves nature so much that he writes songs and sings about it, and he hopes that you and your family will sing and dance along too! Can you hop like a frog, flap your wings like a turkey vulture, or make a face like a dinosaur? Family Fun in Riley Park is made possible through the generosity of the Farmington Friends of the Library, the DDA and additional sponsors.

Thursdays are Thrilling: Life-Sized Board Games

Thursday, July 8, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-5

Come join us at the Liberty Street location, in the parking lot across State St., for some life-sized board games. Try out Chutes & Ladders, “Farm-opoly”, and giant Jenga. Sign up for a 40 minute timeslot between 2-4 p.m. so that we can manage keeping people distanced. Please sign up children individually, even if you are coming together in a group. Come early or stay after your designated time, to play other self-paced yard games. We will be playing outside, but please remember your masks!

Make a Fairy House on Zoom

Friday, July 9, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-3

Use your building and creative skills to make a fairy house using things found outside in nature and around the house. This program will take place on Zoom; please register for the meeting link and password.

Fun with Song Maker on Zoom

Tuesday, July 13, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades 4-5

Can you produce music that matches an emoji? Learn how to create a melody using Chrome’s Song Maker. Then we’ll add percussion to each other’s melodies. This program will take place on Zoom; please register for the meeting link and password. Please note: This is a repeat of the June 15 program.

Thursdays are Thrilling: Rad Reactions on Zoom

Thursday, July 15, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-5

With the Michigan Science Center, let’s explore the science of chemical and physical reactions using simple materials you can find at home. Together we’ll make lava lamps, create colorful explosions, and investigate what happens when water and oil are forced to mix. This program will be on Zoom; please register to receive the meeting link and password.

Story Book Walk

Friday, July 16, 2:00 p.m.

All Ages

Join Miss Maria at Heritage Park to reveal the new summer Story Book Walk. You’ll go through the story and get a little project to take home. Please wear masks and social distance while we’re together.

LOC Building Bridges to Riches on Zoom

Tuesday, July 20, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades 4-5

Build a bridge to riches! Pick up your project pack to build a bridge from tooth picks and practice budgeting along the way! Participants will be provided with toothpicks to build a free-standing bridge using the least number of toothpicks possible, each toothpick will symbolize a dollar amount. Specific instructions and materials will be included in the project pack. Additional supplies such as Elmer’s glue to assemble the bridge; not included. All registered participants who complete a bridge and budget can post a photo of their finalized project to be entered to win the LOC Build a Bridge to Saving Prize Raffle, photo sharing instructions will be provided in the project pack. Registration is required as project pack supplies are limited. Packets will be available for pick up starting July 16, at 10 a.m. at the Liberty Street location. On Tuesday, July 20th at 2 p.m. join us for a Zoom meet up to check in and see how you are doing. Thank you to LOC Credit Union for partnering with us for this program.

Family Fun in Riley Park: Karaoke kOps

Wednesday, July 21, 7:00 p.m.

All Ages

Free family fun entertainment! Bring a blanket, come early and have a picnic at Riley Park in Downtown Farmington. Or grab dinner at one of the local restaurants, then enjoy the show! Farmington’s own Mr. Steve Koponen will lead the crowd in a good old karaoke night! Come ready to sing and dance along. Family Fun in Riley Park is made possible through the generosity of the Farmington Friends of the Library, the DDA and additional sponsors.

Thursdays are Thrilling: Animal Yoga

Thursday, July 22, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-5

Melissa Andrade of Silver Tree Yoga is going to lead us in fun animal-inspired yoga! Bring a towel or yoga mat and meet us at the south parking lot. Wear loose-fitting clothes and your masks to stretch and move.

Animal Tails

Friday, July 23, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-3

Learn cool facts about animal tails and then make your own using craft supplies! Meet outside in the south parking lot at the 12 Mile location of the library. Remember to social distance and wear a mask.

Who Was History Bee

Tuesday, July 26, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades 4-5

Compete in the first Who Was History Bee! Starting on June 5th, sign up to read 4 books in the Who Was series by July 27. Titles include: Who Was Marie Curie?; Who Was Albert Einstein?; Who Is Jane Goodall?; Who Was George Washington Carver? Keep track of all you’ve learned with the downloadable Fact File cards to help you remember. On July 27 at 2 p.m., come to the pavilion at Riley Park in downtown Farmington (33113 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48335), ready to compete to be the first History Bee champ. Prizes will be awarded to all contestants, with special prizes for the champ and runner up. Thank you to Community Choice Credit Union for the book donations. In the meantime, try monthly trivia based on the books and test your skills!
February Who Was… Trivia
March Who Was… Trivia
April Who Was… Trivia
May Who Was… Trivia

Thursdays are Thrilling: I’m Just Here for the Snacks Farmers Market Edition on Facebook Live

Thursday, July 29, 2:00 p.m.

Finishing Grades K-5

Watch and cook along with us on Facebook Live as we make snacks with seasonal ingredients.

Summer Reading Final Party

Monday, August 2, all day

All Ages

Outdoor Dance Party: 10:30 a.m.

Celebrate what you accomplished during Summer Reading with a dance party at Riley Park in downtown Farmington! Cool off with an ice cream sandwich and water when we’re done dancing. Please wear masks and social distance while we’re together.

Book Hunt: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Finders Keepers! Come to Shiawassee Park or Heritage Park between 2-4 p.m. and search for a book to keep. Books for children of all ages will be hidden in specific areas of the parks, and the Children’s Librarians will be on site in blue FCL shirts to show you where. In Shiawassee Park, look in the area near the pavilion/tennis courts. In Heritage Park, look along the “Spicer Trail” near the Spicer House. Families should park in the Nature Center parking lot (make a left at the stop sign when you enter the park).
Event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Cameron Zvara Live Magic Show on Zoom: 6:30 p.m.

You are invited to Cameron Zvara’s Online Comedy Magic Show on Zoom! Celebrate the finale of summer reading with us! This is a special online show that can only be seen LIVE, so register beginning June 7. Please register your whole family once, as multiple people can watch on one device. 24 hours before the show, you will receive the Zoom link and password.

Family Fun in Riley Park: Amazing Clark

Wednesday, August 4, 7:00 p.m.

All Ages

Free family fun entertainment! Bring a blanket, come early and have a picnic at Riley Park in Downtown Farmington. Or grab dinner at one of the local restaurants, then enjoy the show! Family Fun in Riley Park is made possible through the generosity of the Farmington Friends of the Library, the DDA and additional sponsors.

Family Fun in Riley Park: Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits

Wednesday, August 18, 7:00 p.m.

All Ages

Free family fun entertainment! Bring a blanket, come early and have a picnic at Riley Park in Downtown Farmington. Or grab dinner at one of the local restaurants, then enjoy the show! Family Fun in Riley Park is made possible through the generosity of the Farmington Friends of the Library, the DDA and additional sponsors.


Resources

Rebecca’s Recs

Each week, Miss Rebecca, “The Dragon Librarian”, shares book recommendations for kids. Check out the videos on our YouTube channel for some reading inspiration!

Children’s Newsletters

There are two newsletters full of tailored content for your family! Discover events, digital resources, and parent tips based on the age of your child. Click here to sign up for the Ages 0-5 or Grades K-5 newsletters, delivered to your e-mail on the first of each month.

Book Bundle Request Form

Want to pick out your child’s favorite dinosaur books, but strapped for time? Let FCL Children’s staff be your personal shoppers. Fill out a Book Bundle request form and we’ll put together a curated stack of items, tailored to your child’s interests, for you to grab from the hold shelf or Curbside Pickup. Check out normally and enjoy! Please allow for up to 5 business days to process your request. Click here to get started.



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