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Oceans of Possibilities: Summer Reading 2022

Summer Reading 2022

June 4 – July 31

 

 

Oceans of Possibilities

We’ve got some great programs planned for this summer, and you’re invited to join us for any and all of them! Attending programs counts towards your reading goals, just as much as reading or listening to books.

Register here to log your reading and activities this summer!

Every 5 hours you log earns you an entry in our weekly prize drawings; read and/or participate at least 30 hours this summer to be eligible for the grand prize drawings and the Teen Finale Party!

 

Prizes

Registration

This year, get a free book just for signing up! Stop by the Summer Reading Program all-ages kickoff 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 4 at FCL Farmington to pick up your prize book, or stop by either Library branch any time after that.

Weekly Prizes

Weekly prizes include gift cards to local shops, ice cream, and book stores. Every 5 hours you log counts as an entry into the weekly drawings. You can only win one weekly prize. Winning a weekly prize will not affect your chances of winning a grand prize.

Grand Prizes

This year, we have three $100 Barnes and Noble gift card grand prizes. Every 30 hours you log counts as an entry into the grand prize drawing. You can only win one grand prize.

After logging your first 30 hours, you will earn another free book and an invitation to the Teen Finale Party on the evening of Friday, August 5. You can pick out your prize book by visiting either Library branch! You will receive an email the first week of August with details and your invitation to the Teen Finale Party. We can’t wait for you to join us!

 

Stay in Touch!

Did you know the Farmington Community Library Teen Scene has dedicated social media accounts? Keep up to date on upcoming programs; see pictures from earlier events; get book, movie, and video game recommendations; ask questions; and more!

Follow @FCLTeenScene on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our brand-new TikTok account!

 
 

Teen Creative Writing Contest

Teen Creative Writing Competition 2022

Ages 11-19

 

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

 

Teens in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area are eligible to win prizes in different writing categories and age divisions. We hope that including the Teen Creative Writing Competition as part of Summer Reading will give teens more time to write, though submissions that were started during the school year will be accepted.

 

For more information, please check our Teen Creative Writing Competition page.

 

June 4 – July 31, 2022

 
 

Programs

Featured Fun

Teen Reader's Advisory   MiLibraryQuest logo with a shipwreck, divers, and text “MiLibraryQuest Treasures of the Deep”

Your (Virtual) Teen Librarian

 

Sometimes it’s hard to find your next great read. Let Miss Jennie and Miss Rebecca help you with your search!

 

Fill out the form here, and we’ll either put a selection of books on hold for you to pick up, or send you a list of suggested reading – whichever you’d prefer!

 

Michigan Library Quest

 

18 Across: Submarine Nautilus Captain

 

Pirates, shipwrecks, and monsters have inhabited our oceans for millennia. MiLibraryQuest: Treasures of the Deep challenges you to complete a crossword puzzle by finding clues on the websites of Michigan libraries! Answers to the puzzle will include famous pirates, real shipwrecks, and mythological monsters. The Quest begins on June 15 at mi.gov/MiLibraryQuest. Solve the puzzle by July 31 and enter to win a prize from your library!

 
 

For more programs on your own schedule, visit our On-Your-Own Programs archive!

 
 

This Summer’s Programs

 

All-Ages Summer Reading Kickoff

All Ages

 

Start Summer Reading off right by stopping in to register for Summer Reading, pick up logs for younger siblings (or adults!), and pick up a stack of books to read! Pick out your first prize book, have a blast with an inflatable game, and help us out with a community art project!

 

No registration needed – drop on by!

 

Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. – noon
Farmington: Meeting Room

All-Ages Kickoff
 
 
Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup – Happy Pride Month!

Grades 6-12

 

Allies welcome! Bring a friend! Please bring a mask and an open mind and heart! Snacks will be provided!

 

Alphabet Soup is an LGBTQ+ group for tweens and teens! We’re focused on creating a safe and creative space for young people at the library! Each month we’ll highlight some LGBTQ+ books and materials, talk about current events, have lots of fun, and maybe even make some new friends in the process! This is a safe space for YOU! – All are welcome!

 

Registration is requested so we have enough snacks!

 

Monday, June 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Farmington: Meeting Room

 
 

Last Day of School Treat: Kona Ice

All Ages

 

Celebrate the last day of school with a delicious treat! Stop by the Liberty St. Branch after school to register for Summer Reading and receive a free Kona Ice. Look for the Kona Ice Truck in front of the Library branch!

 

No registration needed – drop on by!

 

Wednesday, June 15, noon – 2 p.m.
Farmington: Outdoors

Kona Ice
 
 
Teen Kickoff: Camp Half-Blood

Camp Half-Blood Kickoff Party

Completed Grades 6-12

 

Did someone say teens-only mythological after-hours party? The Library will be transformed into Camp Half-Blood for Riordan-verse and camp activities, trivia, and more! Camp lunch (pizza) will be served first.

 

Please note: this is an after-hours lock-in; please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. Parents/guardians, please plan on picking up teens at the door at 8:30 p.m.

 

Registration is required as space is limited.

 

Friday, June 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Farmington: Meeting Room

 
 

Teen Volunteers: Protect our Waterways!

Grades 6-12

 

Looking for some summer volunteer hours? Care about the environment? We’re teaming up with Heritage Park to help keep the streams and creeks running clear!

 

Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Long sleeves, bug spray, and sunscreen are recommended. Please also bring a water bottle so you can stay hydrated! Bring a favorite adult if you’d like!

 

Registration is required.

 

Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – noon
Heritage Park

Teen Volunteers: Protect our Waterways!
 
 
Brave the Deep! Encountering Mythical Creatures!

Brave the Deep! Encountering Mythical Creatures!

Grades 6-12

 

Come join us as we explore different types of underwater mythical creatures!

 

Design a critter out of a water bottle, create a mythical mermaid or dragon scrub, paint scales on rocks, and more!

 

Registration is required so we have enough supplies!

 

Tuesday, June 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Farmington: Meeting Room

 
 

Teen Volunteers: Collection Management Assistance

Grades 9-12

 

Teens going into grades 9-12 are invited to an informational session on upcoming volunteer opportunities at the Library. Participants will also be trained on the basics of collection management – why the Library buys specific items, and when and why books, movies, and CDs are weeded from the collection.

 

At the end of the session, trained teen volunteers will be able to sign up for shifts in July helping with collection management tasks.

 

Registration is required as space is limited.

 

Thursday, June 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Farmington Hills: Auditorium

Teen Volunteers: Collection Management Assistance
 
 
Books & Bites

Book & Bites

Grades 6-12

 

Do you love books? Do you love snacks? Do you love books AND snacks? Join Miss Rebecca and bring your favorite snack along while we talk about a different book every month! Meet together with other readers to discuss some fun books! Check out the book, read it on your own, and then join the book discussion to share what you thought.

 

If the weather is nice, we will be meeting out front of the Liberty Street branch on the grass! If the weather is bad, we will be meeting in person, inside at the Liberty Street Branch downstairs in the meeting room! Please bring a mask, something to sit on, and also a snack!

 

June’s book: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

 

Registration is required so we have enough snacks!

 

Thursday, June 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Farmington: Meeting Room

 
 

Survival Tips

Grades 6-12

 

Oh no! You’ve washed up on a deserted island! Do you know how to find food and water? Start a fire? Signal passing planes or ships for help?

 

We’re not saying we would last very long on a deserted island without a lot of sunscreen (and a lot of books!), but you’re invited to join us for an evening of fun tips that could come in handy if you’re shipwrecked – or the next time you need to get in touch with a friend!

 

Registration is requested, but castaways are welcome!

 

Wednesday, June 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Farmington Hills: Auditorium

Survival Tips
 
 
Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup

Grades 6-12

 

Allies welcome! Bring a friend! Please bring a mask and an open mind and heart! Snacks will be provided!

 

Alphabet Soup is an LGBTQ+ group for tweens and teens! We’re focused on creating a safe and creative space for young people at the library! Each month we’ll highlight some LGBTQ+ books and materials, talk about current events, have lots of fun, and maybe even make some new friends in the process! This is a safe space for YOU! – All are welcome!

 

Registration is requested so we have enough snacks!

 

Thursday, July 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Farmington: Meeting Room

 
 

Healthy U: Don’t Bury Your Treasure!

Grades 8-12

 

Finding buried treasure might be fun, but burying your own treasure isn’t very secure – or very profitable! Increasing your doubloons can be as simple as using a good savings account at your bank, but there are other options out there too.

 

Kathy Jamieson, of the MSU Extension office, will guide us through the vast world of investments and stock markets, including the terminology and processes involved, and with some hands-on exercises that will make this topic more than just interesting!

 

Registration is required as space is limited.

 

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Farmington Hills: Auditorium

Healthy U: Don’t Bury Your Treasure!
 
 
Pirate Treasure Hunt

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Grades 6-12

 

Ahoy, matey! Are you willing to sign on with the Lucky Library, FCL’s own pirate ship, for an evening of sailing the seven seas and searching for buried treasure?

 

Please note: this is an after-hours lock-in; please arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. Parents/guardians, please plan on picking up teens at the door at 8:30 p.m.

 

Registration is required as space is limited!

 

Friday, July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Farmington Hills: Auditorium

 
 

Shark Week Celebration

Grades 6-12

 

Celebrate Shark Week with an evening of appreciation for some of nature’s most mesmerizing and misunderstood creatures! We’ll enjoy shark-themed snacks, crafts, games, and activities exploring the world of these big, scary-looking, and also endangered creatures.

 

Registration is required as space is limited.

 

Tuesday, July 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Farmington: Meeting Room

Shark Week Celebration
 
 
Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board

Grades 6-12

 

Calling all teens (grades 6-12) who are willing to help plan programs for their peers, step up social media interaction, and make the teen areas of the two branches the best they can be. This is a great opportunity for volunteer hours as well as learning skills that will be useful in the future. Oh, and we’re also pretty sure it will be fun…

 

What would you like to learn, do, or have fun with this fall?

 

Registration is requested but drop-ins are welcome.

 

Wednesday, July 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Farmington Hills: Auditorium

 
 

Book & Bites

Grades 6-12

 

Do you love books? Do you love snacks? Do you love books AND snacks? Join Miss Rebecca and bring your favorite snack along while we talk about a different book every month! Meet together with other readers to discuss some fun books! Check out the book, read it on your own, and then join the book discussion to share what you thought.

 

If the weather is nice, we will be meeting out front of the Liberty Street branch on the grass! If the weather is bad, we will be meeting in person, inside at the Liberty Street Branch downstairs in the meeting room! Please bring a mask, something to sit on, and also a snack!

 

July’s book: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

 

Registration is required so we have enough snacks!

 

Thursday, July 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Farmington: Meeting Room

Books & Bites
 
 
Create Book Art!

Create Book Art!

Grades 6-12

 

Do you ever look at a book and think it would look much better with painted edges? Ever wanted to make a blackout poem? Did you know you can make bookmarks and all kinds of other fun crafts with used/discarded books? Join us at the library and bring your creative side while we make several different bookish crafts!

 

Please feel free to bring your own book if you want to have the edges painted!

 

Registration is required so we have enough supplies.

 

Wednesday, July 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Farmington Hills: Auditorium

 
 

Teen Finale Party!

 

Teens who log at least 30 hours of books read and/or programs attended are eligible to join Miss Jennie and Miss Rebecca for a swell after-hours teens-only finale party!

 

Times and further party details will be available on your invitation.

 

Friday, August 5, evening

Teen Finale Party
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