Farmington Public Library Youth Services

Youth Services


Please check the Library Events Calendar for current programs

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution


The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in partnership with the Farmington Public Library will provide “Fossil Fiestas”.  Lineage, a National Science Foundation funded initiative to engage families in learning about evolution through media, hands-on activities and virtual reality. 

LINEAGE: A Cross-Platform Learning Experience Exploring the History of Life on Earth

Lineage is led by Twin Cities Public Television and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and targeted to families with children 8-12 years old. It will engage individuals and families in learning about deep time and evolution, and help audiences make connections between the past, present, and future of life on Earth.

The Lineage project includes a two-hour film, When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time that follows the evolutionary history of four charismatic animals: whales, elephants, birds and crocodiles. Building on the stories in the film are six-hands on activities about whale, bird and elephant evolution, recreating ancient ecosystems and trace fossils. The activities feature the NMNH collection and engage families in co-learning about evolution, climate change, and paleontology. There is also a Virtual Reality experience, Deep Time Detectives, which is a two-person experience that transports the players to a modern-day virtual field site and a recreated ecosystem from 49 million years ago.

This project includes both a rigorous research effort, to be led by the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), and a comprehensive evaluation effort led by Rockman et al (REA). ILI will investigate the following question: How does intergenerational co-play with physical compared to virtual artifacts influence STEM learning and engagement? The research will specifically explore how different conditions support opportunities to engage with evolutionary thinking, deep time, and the kinds of science practices that could support STEM engagement more broadly. A summative evaluation will explore: whether the deliverables increase participants’ understanding of specific topics and STEM in general; feel more comfortable with STEM; come to be more interested in STEM and other STEM learning opportunities; become more motivated to learn together as family units; and whether parents feel more empowered to support their children’s learning. The evaluation will also examine the effect of video on resulting outcomes, and seek to determine impacts on ISE professionals, e.g., improved skills in designing/ facilitating co-play experiences.


September, National Library Card Sign Up Month 

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are joining the American Library Association on an adventure to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs.

Woody has always felt confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.  Stop by and pick up a sticker and book mark from the Youth Services desk, while they last.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
10:30am to 11:15am

Line up at the Youth Services Desk for a name-tag
--10:30am Storytime Room: Toddler (age 0-3)
--10:30am Library Laboratory: Preschool (age 3-5)

Rotation with Activity
--10:50am Storytime Room: Preschool (age 3-5)
--10:50am Library Laboratory: Toddler (age 0-3)

Storytime Schedule
Library Events Calendar




The Farmington Public Library Youth Services scheduled no school days, early release and holiday time programs using the Farmington Municipal School Calendar from September to May.     


No School days schedule

10am      Minecraft until noon
10:30am Storytime followed by activities until noon
11am      Movie in Storytime room
1pm        Girls Who Code

Early Release Day (Monday) schedule

Storytime (all ages) @ 2:00pm
I Can Read Series Book Club, using Level 1 and Level 2 books (ages 5-8) @ 2:00pm
Visit the library events calendar for events.

Girls Who Code is an introductory hands-on program

Participants work on the touch screen then proceed to the laptops to create their own Scratch Project.  Everytime the participant attends, they can login in and continue on their boards.

Consider visiting the Girls Who Code website and sign up to continue projects at home.  Parent or guardian must provide an email address and login to SCRATCH

VIEW IMPACT PROJECT created at the Farmington Public Library 
Search for fplgwcproject and select Studios 

Minecraft is scheduled in the Library Laboratory during no school days at 10am to noon. 

Minecraft is monitored by the staff who assign the game projects, using various themes.

Valid library card is required.

Dewey know how to find to books? With library staff


1,000 Books before Kindergarten

1KB4K Reading Program for every child from infant to Kindergarten.
Does reading 1,000 books seem overwhelming? This is a self-guided program.

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
1 book a day for 3 years - 1,095 books

Downloadable PDFs

Program Instructions for IKB4K
Program Instructions (Spanish/Español)
Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten


Summer Reading Statistics

Registration for the Summer Reading Program coming in March 2019

Storytime YTD Stats

Prime Time YTD Stats

Summer Reading Pie Chart

Summer Reading YTD Stats

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