Civil War soldier and more at local libraries

The Farmington Community Library offers free events and activities each week. To learn more or register, click on “Events” at or call 248-553-0300. Find the Main Library at 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills, and the Farmington branch at 23500 Liberty St.

Top Shelf Reads: May 9, 7 p.m.

Join us at Cowley and Sons for a discussion of The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls.

Science, Stories & Socializing: May 10, 7 p.m., Farmington branch

Explore fictional worlds and real-world breakthroughs in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) fields. In partnership with the Farmington Hills Nature Center, this Science Fiction novel group will discuss a different book each meeting, and share current events in scientific breakthroughs. The book for May is Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. Copies are available at the Farmington Branch (Liberty St.) Information Desk.

Poetry Workshop with Jon Ballard: May 11, 10:30 a.m., Main Library

Participants in this monthly workshop will study poetry, as well as write their own verse, under the guidance of Jon Ballard, faculty member at Oakland Community College and published poet. Registration required.

Open Lab: May 12, 2 p.m., Main Library

Join us in the Main Library Computer Lab to receive assistance from one of our tech gurus. Whether it is help with your personal device, or with your favorite social media network, our experienced techs will be there to help you.

Learn to Meditate – Heartfulness, Meditation and Relaxation: May 12, 7 p.m., Main Library

Learn simple relaxation and meditation exercises to help restore balance in life, manage stress, better your health and lead to calm and inner peace

Lego Robotics Workshop: May 13, 4 p.m., Main Library

Come to the library after school to participate in a robot workshop with Lego EV3 Mindstorm. Class size is limited—registration is required. Ages 11 and up.

Musical Movement: May 14, 10:30 a.m., Main Library
Timothy Puzella
Timothy Puzella (contributed photo)

Walking one- and two-year olds (with an adult) build vocabulary, coordination, and confidence moving to new and familiar songs and rhymes. Therapists from Oakland County Early On lead the fun and will answer questions about child development. No registration is necessary.

The Life of a Civil War Soldier: May 14, 2 p.m., Main Library

Join us for an evening of education made fun as Historian and teacher Timothy Puzella presents the life of a Civil War soldier. The program includes costumes, equipment, food and – weather permitting – a firing demonstration outside.