Oakland County Library Events Get Creative – Despite budget challenges, library events are getting more creative to ramp up the low-cost educational fun and learning… for all ages!
I’m more than impressed with the libraries in Oakland County. I’m not trying to turn this into a “this local library is better than that local library” summary and I’m not trying to guilt anyone (or myself) into feeling obligated to support local efforts. Just think of this as a PSA reminder that we don’t always have to drag the kids to a cool place like Dave and Buster’s to drop a lot of money to keep kids occupied.
Here are just a few examples of some creative Oakland County Library Events I’ve noticed through the years during my time at Oakland County Moms.
Oakland County Library Events (random)
- DIY Snow Globes for Teens, Teen Nights Out at the Library, and Teen Study Night with Therapy Dogs (I needed this when I was in HS) at the Baldwin (Birmingham) Public Library
- Arcade Tournament for Teens Nights and Kids & Family Trivia Nights at the Clarkston Independence Township Library
- Rom Com Lock-In for Grades 6-12 at the Commerce Twp Community Library
- Teen Trolls Skate Night hosted by the Farmington Public Library
- Family Fun Nights and Creative Kids Market at the Hazel Park Public Library
- The Great Teen Baking Challenge and Jigsaw Puzzle Tourments at the Orion Twp Public Library
- DIY Valentine’s Mason Jars at the Milford Public Library
- Adult Jigsaw Puzzle Competitions at the Pontiac Public Library
- Nerf Battles and Teen Makerspace Club Nights at the Rochester Public Library
- Mario Kart Tournaments and Teen Volunteer Nights at the Southfield Public Library
- Escape Room Adventures and Mock Trials for Teens at the Troy Public Library
- Mobile Escape Rooms and Toddler Dance Days at the Walled Lake City Library
- Scooter Olympics, Crochet Club, Teen Cupcake Wars, Indoor Snowball Fight at White Lake Library
These Oakland County library events are just some of the unique ones. Find your local library event calendar below…
Numerous Oakland County libraries offer regular board game nights, video game competitions, chess clubs and Dungeons and Dragons game days for free in addition to the regular story-times and other common kid-friendly events. These events vary from library to library and so does the registration process. I have found that several of the programs are open to non-residents. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at your local library, you can try others and make phone calls. I’ve gotten to know quite a few local libraries this way.
It’s great that many of these Oakland County library events and programs are free (or at extremely low cost) but, even more important to me, is these programs promote being socially interactive with other kids during the activities. You can’t beat the social interaction of some of these library programs. There is far more interaction between kids at “board game nights” and other library programs than there is by handing kids $50 and taking them to Chuck E. Cheese.
what are your favorite Oakland County Library events?