Local libraries offer picnic, water fun and more

The Farmington Community Library offers free events and activities each week. To learn more or register, click on “Events” at farmlib.org 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.

Coder Dojo: July 11, 6 p.m., Main Library

Games, businesses, watches, phones, cars, and refrigerators– they can all have code making them go. Bob Allen, long active in the software industry, will begin a new programming and coding class for teens starting Monday January 11th. Real programming languages: Java, JavaScript, and Ruby, tools used by professional developers, and learning in groups or pairs will be the focus. Parents may join the class as well. Class is for teens and adults. Participants may bring their laptops.

Block Party: July 11, 1 p.m., Main Library

Drop in to use our Legos, Lincoln Logs, cardboard, foam and wooden blocks to make all kinds of creations! Design a ball run on our new Magnetic Wall!

Quilting Bee: July 11, 6 p.m., Main Library

Sew, show, and discuss your project, while keeping up to date on quilting-related topics with the Farmington Hills Library Quilters, led by volunteers Lori Rhode, Sue Horner and Ernestine Baines. For more information, call 248-848-4315.

Streaming Along-Ages 3 – Entering Kindergarten in the fall: July 12, 10:30 a.m., Farmington branch

cience, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art/Architecture, Music/Math, each week one of these topics will be explored. A book will be shared plus hands-on-activities.

Full Stream Ahead- Ages Finishing Kindergarten – 4th grade: July 12, 2 p.m., Farmington branch

Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art/Architecture, Music/Math each week one of these topics will be explored. A book will be shared plus hands-on-activities.

Life-Size Jenga: July 13, 2 p.m., Main Library

See who can outlast opponents in the giant block game and win a prize. We will play several rounds. Ages 11 and up.

Family Picnic Movie Night: July 13, 6:30 p.m., Farmington branch

Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and enjoy a showing of “Racing Stripes” (PG, 102 min.).

Thursdays Are Thrilling: Picnic and Water Fun at Shiawassee Park: July 14, 1 p.m., Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park

Bring a picnic, blanket and enjoy lunch and fun with your favorite librarians.

Fine Art Studio (Ages 6 and up): July 15, 2 p.m., Main Library

Listen to Lynn Rae Perkins’ Frank and Lucky Get Schooled about a boy and his pup who learn about each other. Rate the book and then paint your own pictures.

Minecraft ages 7-11: July 15, 6:30 p.m., Main Library

Gather your friends and play for a fun two hours in Creative Mode on the library’s own Minecraft server. Don’t have a Minecraft account of your own? That’s ok–the library has a few log-ins for use at this event. Light refreshments will be served. This is an after-hours program that will be held in the Computer Lab on the main level of the library. A parent or guardian must remain in the computer commons area with all attendees. Registration is required, as space is limited. Call 248-848-9668 for more information.

Outdoor Play-Parent/Child Care Provider Workshop: July 16, 10 a.m., Main Library

Ashley Hart, Early Learning Community Instructor, from Oakland Family Services will present this new Outdoor Play workshop. Participants will learn the benefits of outdoor time, how to choose materials to extend learning outside, and practical strategies when developing outdoor play plans. Registration required. Register online at http://www.greatstarttoquality.org or call Nicole at 248-858-7766 ext. 323 or Fay at 734-626-7486.

Upa Yoga: July 17, 2 p.m., Main Library

Through a synthesis of 5-minute yoga practices, the sessions will present easy-to-practice yet potent tools to enhance health, joy, peace, love, success and inner exploration, helping one cope with the hectic pace of modern lifestyles and realize their full potential in all spheres of life.