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Imagine Your Story: Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading 2020

June 12 – August 2

 

Imagine Your Story

 

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. Until further notice, all teen programs will be held virtually, on the Library’s Zoom account.

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!

This year we have a community challenge! Last year, we collectively read 467,727 minutes, which was almost 100,000 more than the year before. This year’s goal is 525,600 – the number of minutes in a full year!

We’re also having fun with the “Imagine Your Story” theme! Every program you attend* will give you a chance to help guide the Group Adventure Story going on all summer long!
*Practice Tests and related programs won’t have a Group Adventure Story element.

 

Prizes

Registration

This year, we have a sweet prize for the first 2,000 people who register for Summer Reading. What is it? Sign up and find out!

Weekly Prizes

Weekly prizes include e-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 receive a voucher for a free book at the end of the summer and an invitation to the Virtual Teen Finale Party on the evening of Friday, August 7. We will send out details about picking up your free book sometime in mid-July. You will receive an email the first week of August with details and your information to the Virtual 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, and Instagram!

 
 

Teen Creative Writing Contest

Teen Creative Writing Competition 2020

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 12 – August 2, 2020

 
 

Programs

Featured On-Your-Own Programs

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Vidcode

 

Miss our Super Pros coding club? Vidcode is offering a fun alternative!

 

Learn JavaScript with fun interactive projects and drop-in working sessions on Tuesday afternoons!

 

For more information, and to sign up, go to www.vidcode.com.

 

Digital Escape Room: Winchesters Escape Room Mansion

 

In honor of one of our favorite high school graduates, we present a Supernatural-themed escape room! Team up with Dean and Sam to investigate – and escape – a mansion full of weird escape rooms…

 

This Winchester Digital Escape Room was created by the Salt Lake County Library.

 

Podcasting

Podcasting

Completed Grades 6-12

 

Get involved with the FCL Teen Scene podcast! Throughout the summer, we will script and record our own podcast. To participate in recording, you will need a quiet room and a decent microphone – a computer’s built-in microphone is fine, as long as it doesn’t buzz. Email Shira at shira.pilarski@farmlib.org to get started.

 

 
 

Upcoming Programs

Until further notice, all teen programs will be held virtually, on the Library’s Zoom account. Please remember that information shared over the Internet is not always protected. You may want to choose to turn off your video so you/your child is not seen. ​As a courtesy to others please turn off the audio.

 

Teens-Only Summer Reading Kickoff:
Fairy Tales with a Twist

Ages 12-18

 

Blow the dust off of those old fairy tales with this twisted tales celebration! Join us in the Enchanted Realm, where a peace treaty between villains, kings, and witches is in jeopardy. Can you figure out who is trying to sabotage peace before they succeed? Plus – we’ll have a few other riddles and games related to fairy tales both classic and twisted!

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Friday, June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Teen Kickoff
 
 
Healthy U: College Admissions Tests

Healthy U: The Insider’s Guide to College Admissions Tests

Teens and Parents of Teens

 

SAT®, ACT®, PAST/NMSQT®, AP® Exam, IB, SAT Subject Tests… That’s a lot of acronyms!

 

Find out what what each one means and which ones should matter to you—even if you are eyeing a “test optional” school.

 

In this free webinar, Revolution Prep spells out standardized testing’s many acronyms to help families plan and prep more easily.​​

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration closes on June 13.

 

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 
 

Create: Look to the Past…

Ages 12-18

 

…to create your future! Knowing what came before “Once upon a time” helps to determine everything that happens before “The end” of a story.

 

We’ll look at tools to help us examine our own backstories, and talk about how they can help us brainstorm our characters’ pasts.

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Wednesday, June 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m

Create: Look to the Past
 
 
T-Shirt Transformations

T-shirt Transformations

Ages 10-18

 

You know that old t-shirt that’s been sitting in the bottom of your dresser – the one that just doesn’t fit quite right, but you love the design? Give it a chance to shine again with one of our transformation techniques!

 

Grab one or more old freshly washed t-shirts, and learn how to make them into something completely new!

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Tuesday, June 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m

 
 

Create: Where Are We?

Ages 12-18

 

What kind of the world does your character inhabit? Is it modern day? Historical? Fantastical? Totally out of this world?

 

We’ll help you work on your world-building, and use that to help shape the plot of your story – and the characters who star in it!

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Wednesday, June 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m

Create: Where Are We?
 
 
Create: Dungeons & Dragons Character Creation

Create: Dungeons & Dragons Character Creation

Ages 12-18

 

Whether you’re an 11th level paladin or a complete newbie, create your own D&D character! We will help you craft a complex character with as many realistic details as you’d like.

 

As an added bonus, consider bringing your new character to our D&D campaign on Wednesday, July 8.

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Tuesday, July 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m

 
 

Dungeons & Dragons Campaign

Ages 12-18

 

You’ve created a D&D character; now put it to the test! Our resident D&D expert, Hannah Hering, will lead us in an online campaign.

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Wednesday, July 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m

Create: Where Are We?
 
 
Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board – Special Summer Meeting

 

Teens and tweens in grades 6-12 are invited to join our Teen Advisory Board, and help plan programs, create social media outreach, and make the Library’s teen areas the best they can be. Hours served on the TAB can count toward middle and high school volunteer requirements. 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…

 

At this meeting we’ll work on programs for the fall and winter and brainstorm projects for the TAB and social media.

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Monday, July 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m

 
 

Create: Bringing Your Character to Life

Ages 12-18

 

Whether you’re an experienced artist or can barely draw a stick figure, having an image of your character can really help with the creative process! Comics artist Kristie Good will lead a workshop on sketching out your character, including some of her own tips on design and the small things that can make your characters interesting.

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Tuesday, July 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m

Create: Bringing Your Character to Life
 
 
Local Legends Around the Campfire

Local Legends Around the Campfire

 

Find a dark corner in your house and listen to creepy Michigan ghost stories around a virtual campfire. We can’t share s’mores, but we can share stories, so practice your spooooky voice and tell us your own!

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Wednesday, July 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m

 
 

Practice SAT Exam

Ages 12-18

 

Take a full-length practice SAT test under timed conditions. A proctored practice exam will help build testing endurance and give a real-time snapshot of your testing performance. Upon registration your Revolution Prep liaison, will schedule a score report review at a time convenient for you. During the session, your liaison will break down your score to understand areas of strength and weakness and develop a custom preparation plan.

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration closes on July 10.

 

Saturday, July 18, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m

Practice SAT Exam
 
 
Improv

Improv

Ages 10-18

 

Expand your imagination with an evening of improv!

 

Improv helps you to be more aware of yourself and the world around you, giving you not only inspiration for storytelling, but also skills that can help you in real life situations, like improving communication, reducing anxiety, and building self-confidence. Not to mention – it’s a lot of fun!

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Tuesday, July 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m

 
 

Create: Share Your Story!

 

You’ve worked hard on your story; ready to share it? Submit your story, artwork, or work-in-progress to teen.scene@farmlib.org by Tuesday, July 21.

 

We’ll host everyone’s work for one week at www.farmlib.org/teen-scene/create starting on July 22.

 

Plus – have you thought about submitting your short story or poem to the Teen Creative Writing Competition?

 

Wednesday, July 22 – Wednesday, July 29

Create: Share Your Story!
 
 
Moving Media Mustache Moments

Moving Media Mustache Moments

Ages 12-18

 

Starting Monday, July 20, vote on @FCLTeenScene social media accounts for a movie, TV show, or other “Moving Media” source. Then tape mustaches to your TV or computer screen while you watch. When the mustaches line up, pause the “Moving Media” to snap a pic, and send it to teen.scene@farmlib.org to be featured on our site.

 

Round off the mustache fun with a Netflix Party on July 29! We’ll watch a movie together using the Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome. We can pause the movie to snap mustache pictures, and the chat will be open to roast (or toast) the movie.

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration ends one hour before the start of the program.

 

Wednesday, July 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m

 
 

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Ages 10-18

 

Harry Potter was born on July 31, 1980, which means today is his 40th birthday! Help us celebrate with an evening of fun, complete with Hogwarts classes, trivia, and prizes.

 

Friday, July 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!
 
 
Practice ACT Exam

Practice ACT Exam

Ages 12-18

 

Take a full-length practice ACT test under timed conditions. A proctored practice exam will help build testing endurance and give a real-time snapshot of your testing performance. Upon registration your Revolution Prep liaison, will schedule a score report review at a time convenient for you. During the session, your liaison will break down your score to understand areas of strength and weakness and develop a custom preparation plan.

 

Registration is required so that we can share the program link. Registration closes on July 25.

 

Sunday, August 2, 1:00-5:00 p.m

 
 

Teen Finale Party!

 

Teens who complete and log 30 hours of reading and participating this summer will receive an invitation to our teens-only Finale Party!

 

This year’s Teen Finale Party will be an interactive, creative, and most of all fun digital program!

 

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

 

Friday, August 7, evening

Teen Finale Party
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