Test your courage at the Ferndale Reads Fear Factor, inspired by the Ferndale Reads 2015 selection Bird Box. You could win a free copy of the book, if you are brave enough! *cue evil laughter*
Thanks to donations from FFL members and fundraising volunteers, the FFL was able to give $1,400 to the children’s learning area for safe, wipe down-able, young childrens’ toys. These toys were specifically selected because they intrigue developing minds and encourage exploration.
Please join us at 1:00pm this Saturday, January 17 in the youth section of the Ferndale Area District Library for the grand opening.
Jeff Milo of the Ferndale Public Library wrote this wonderful press release praising the work the Friends of the Ferndale Public Library has done. Thank you Jeff!
Link to PDF: NationalFriendsofLibrariesWeekPR
Each ticket is $20. Tickets are available for purchase at the Ferndale Public Library circulation desk during normal library hours, and from select Friends of the Ferndale Library board members.
Next Tuesday, July 29 from 4 – 9 pm, the WAB will donate 15% of your bill to support the Ferndale Library.
All you have to do is mention “Friends of the Ferndale Library to your server. It’s no extra cost to you, and it helps the FFL a lot.
Your membership dues and donations allowed the FFL to donate $8,000 to the Ferndale Public Library this year.
Got books to donate? The library will take them this Saturday June 7, from 10am – 1pm! Drive up and drop off in the East parking lot.
Anything that is dirty, water-stained, musty, moldy, or radioactive.
It is with deep regret that the Friends of the Ferndale Library cancels the Pride Prom which was to kick-off Ferndale Pride on May 30. A special thank you to all those that bought advanced tickets. Your show of support for the Ferndale Library and for Ferndale Pride means the world to us. Your payment was refunded shortly after this statement was released. Another special thank you from the FFL to local businesses who donated generously to help keep the Ferndale Library a media and community center: Blumz, The Woodward Avenue Brewery, Pinwheel Bakery, Jimmy Johns, and Treat Dreams.
If you are interested in helping the library consider an inexpensive $20 membership to the Friends of the Ferndale Library. The FFL is a non-profit which supports, fundraises for, and raises awareness for the Ferndale Public Library. Money we raise is gifted to the library to buy media, host events, and for day-to-day operations. For a one year, non-renewing membership, please visit http://ferndalefriends.org/join-us/
The decision to cancel was made due to lack of advanced ticket sales. The advanced ticket sales goal was not met, and rather than risk the event being something that guests would not enjoy, the money intended for the prom will be used to help the library with its recently announced budget deficit.
Look forward to fun events this summer at the Ferndale Public Library which will continue to enrich our vibrant community.
This Friday and Saturday, May 2 & 3, from 9pm-Midnight, we need volunteers to act as bartenders, sell t-shirts, work the door and help setup and clean up. If you can volunteer, please click on the VolunteerSPot.com link below to register. You’\ will have a great time while listening to some great music and supporting a great library!
Please click here to sign up!
If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Farrah at 248-227-3270.
FERNDALE, Mich. (Feb. 5, 2013)–The Ferndale Public Library’s monthly rock-centric concert series, First Stop Friday, will feature all emerging female musicians at its Mar. 7 show. The Heaven & Hell Cotillion, a gothic do-wop quartet with old country influences and Juniper Baby, a space folk trio out of Ypsilanti will each play a set.
As always, First Stop Friday shows are free, begin at 7pm and are open to all ages.
For more information about The Heaven & Hell Cotillion: https://www.facebook.com/theheavenandhellcotillion
For more information about Juniper Baby: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Juniper-Baby/133462460032939
Or check out the event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/642581409133401/
Make the library the first stop of your music-filled weekend! Every first Friday of the month, catch two great local bands for free!
The Ferndale Public Library is pleased will host a variety of programs about The Affordable Care Act throughout November and December. The library has partnered with different organizations who will help you understand and even navigate the Insurance Marketplace.
On Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm, FernCare Free Clinic and MICHUHCAN Chairperson Marge Mitchell will present comment/question session on the Affordable Care Act – Michigan. This presentation is designed for people who are curious, as well as people who are interested in enrolling in either the Insurance Exchange or the enhanced Medicaid program.
Throughout November, the library will host Certified Application Counselors from Advantage Health Centers. The Certified Application Counselors will assist community members with the Insurance Marketplace application process. They will be in the library’s community room on Nov. 13, 2013 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and on Nov. 22, 2013 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. This is a walk-in program. No registration will be taken.
Then on Dec. 4, 2013 the Department of Insurance and Financial Services will present The New Health Care Law: What it Means for You. This program will expand on the Affordable Care Act, shedding light on what this means for people today and how it will affect health coverage in the future. More information will also be provided about the Health Insurance Marketplace. Please register for this program with the reference desk, in person or over the phone at 248-546-2504 ex. 3.
June Axelrad, a volunteer who runs the Ferndale Public Library’s Friends’ Bookstore will be honored as a Distinguished Volunteer at the upcoming Annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Dinner, Wed., Nov. 13, 2013. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Detroit Chapter will host the dinner which recognizes advocates, leaders, and mentors whose passion for their respective causes inspires philanthropic action and community involvement in southeast Michigan.
June Axelrad is best described as “enthusiastic.” June sorts through all of the book donations received, keeps the bookstore organized, and make the schedule for all the other volunteers. “She is always there when she is needed, and is every bit as reliable and dependable as an employee.” says Ferndale Library Director, Jessica Keyser, of June. “She’s part of our library family.”
The money raised in the bookstore pays for library programs and materials. The entire Ferndale community benefits from the work of June Axelrad.
Join us in thanking June for her contributions to our community at the AFP Greater Detroit Chapter NPD Dinner on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. To purchase your tickets for NPD and learn more about the AFP Greater Detroit Chapter, visit www.afpdet.org. Every November, NPD is observed by 200+ AFP chapters across the country to recognize the contributions of philanthropy and volunteerism of those people active in local nonprofits. The event is presented by Crain’s Detroit Business.
It’s the moment Ferndale readers have been waiting for. Ferndale Public Library has chosen the book for its 5th annual community-wide reading event, Ferndale Reads. The book, Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg is also this year’s selection for The Great Michigan Read. Ferndale Reads will start in March 2014, with a kick-off event. This year, the events will be spread throughout March, April and May, concluding with a speaking engagement with the author at The Rust Belt Market, which marks the end of his state-wide tour.
For more information, contact:
Project Coordinator, Ferndale Public Library
The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Saturday, October 26, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ferndale Public Library
222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
All Ages for Free
Are you ready for a trip down the yellow brick road? Ferndale Public Library is gearing up for their annual Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 26, and they’re inviting kids of all ages to join in the fun! This year’s celebration takes inspiration from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. “We want to celebrate children’s literature by bringing some of the classics to life. We’ve got big surprises in store for our trick-or-treaters,” said Jillean McCommons, Head of Youth Services. The event is free and costumes are encouraged. Families may drop in anytime between 7-8 pm.
The library will be collecting candy donations for this event beginning Monday, September 30. If you would like to donate, please bring your bags of individually wrapped candy to the Children’s Desk.
Ferndale Public Library promotes lifelong learning and personal development for diverse audiences of all ages by providing collections and services that educate, inform, enrich, and entertain. The Library supports civic engagement and serves as a public commons where a diverse Ferndale community connects and shares ideas. It is dedicated to the principles of intellectual freedom and community service. Contact the Library: 248-546-2504 Visit:http://ferndalepubliclibrary.
The Ferndale Public Library’s monthly rock-centric concert series, First Stop Friday, is going strong. After three years of bringing the noise to the library, the future looks brighter, and louder than ever. This month showcases experimental ambient electronic band Sea Turtle Restoration Project and new minimalist ambient project Sun Opener who will perform at the library on Fri. Nov. 1 at 7 pm. The show is free and open to all ages. Visit the Facebook event for more details:https://www.facebook.com/
“The Spirit Hunter and The Skeptic”
October 29th – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
At the Ferndale Public Library
Contact: Darlene Hellenberg
248-546-2504 ex. 3 or 248-547-6008
Do you believe in ghosts or are you a steadfast skeptic? Those fascinated with the Hereafter and those focused on the Here and Now can have a lively discussion about paranormal phenomena at the Ferndale Public Library this Halloween season. Are the spirits of the undead whispering behind you at the dinner table or is there a scientific explanation for the chill you always feel when you walk into your upstairs bathroom?
Investigative journalist Sandy Lyons and environmental analyst Robert Elmouchi present “The Spirit Hunter and The Skeptic,” a point/counter-point dual-speaker presentation featuring tales of ghosts and hauntings posed with alternate scientific explanations of the paranormal.
Lyons wrote Michigan’s Most Haunted: A Ghostly Guide to the Great Lakes State, after growing up fascinated with our state’s historic ghost stories and seeing the need for reports of more recent occurrences at popular/accessible locales such as hotels and restaurants. The Troy-based author, mother and figure-skating coach, also wrote Coloardo’s Most Haunted.
Elmouchi, working for the Department of Environmental Quality, has conducted hundreds of investigations analyzing environmental quality standards. Noticing increasing popularity of paranormal TV shows (like GhostHunters), he considered the public’s growing desire for an authentic scientific investigation of alleged paranormal activity. He founded the Paranormal Investigators Group in 2010 to shed light upon unexplained phenomena using the scientific method.
True believers, skeptics, and everyone in between is invited to The Ferndale Public Library to witness this spirited debate. The point/counter-point presentation will be hosted in the Library’s Community Room.
August 12, 2013
1. 7:05 pm, meeting called to order. Welcome and Introductions. Members present: Katy Balcer, Laurinda Ross, Jane Axelrad, Monique Herzig, Beth O’Donnell, Ed Burns, Kelly Farrah.
2. Library Board Liaison Report. Mentioned at the Board meeting that the FFL is looking for a Volunteer coordinator.
3. Library Staff Report. No report
a) BLSIA (Best Small Library in America) Award – FFL input: applying in 2014.
b) Ed Burns thanks those who attended the August 3rd Library benefit concert at Loving Touch. Some wish list items were purchased. Event made over $800 profit.
4. Officer & Committee Reports
- President: Called back to the Aug 3 Benefit Concert (see above).
- Vice President: No report; absent.
- Secretary: Notes from the July FPL meeting voted affirmatively to be accepted into record.
- Treasurer: Fiscal year begins July 1. $904 in Bookstore sales (includes July 8 and 9 Book sale) since July 1 (six weeks). There is a $20 expense for annual State of MI filing.
Joining the Friends of the Michigan Libraries was brought up again; Ed will look for this paperwork/documentation.
Treasurer is working at a cumulative / complete view of FFL finances to compare year by year.
Book Store Chair asked for $20 petty cash to buy supplies such as Kleenex, hand sanitizer, etc. Agreed that this cash can be taken from the bookstore funds and receipt included.
Reports that getting money out of Paypal is still not completed. ($500/month remains the max.) Motion proposed by President to let a max of $500 to sit in checking and keep rest in savings. Motion carried.
Consideration to give annual or semiannual donation to the Library soon so that that less is sitting in the FFL coffers.
- Membership: no report; absent.
- Book Store: Board travelled to get a tour of bookstore and the amount of incoming books. Volunteer needs outlined, especially needed on the weekends and Mon/Tuesday (After the garage sale drop-offs). Need for volunteer(s) is dire. High school students discussed, Beth O’Donnell to liaise/inquire at FHS. Laurinda Ross mentioned Michigan Works job training, and need for volunteer work for people looking for work. She emailed with her contact there. June is still willing to do training, but needs people that will stick around and are stable and reliable.
Monthly book organization orientation would be an efficient way to train several volunteers at one time.
Contact the Friends to volunteer (Ferndalefriends.firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Special Events:
DIY Festival: DIY Book Sale (Sat. Sept 14) brought up by President. Footprint of DIY fest has expanded. Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) will also be using space in front of the Library (9 mile). Booksale still planned to be on this side of the library (assumed there will be enough space). Set-up to begin at 10:30 am, sale 11-4. Board members will cover shifts for the sale. Cash drawer needed for event (small bills).
COSTUME EXCHANGE: Chamber of Commerce has a space (exact amount of space unknown, TBD) for us at the event. “Hilton Road Festival” to be Detroit Curling Club in Ferndale. Plan should be formed in Sept. to collect costumes.
MURDER MYSTERY PARTY: 2+ months out. Dates still being considered. Call for meeting next week (week of August 18).
Ed Burns mentioned a haunted house business in Hazel Park – perhaps inquire about use on a weeknight when the house is not being used, the space can be used for the murder mystery party.
- Public Relations: Need to fill position.
5. Action Items
- Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) 2013 Outstanding Michigan Friends of the Library Award: Jessica Keyser gave application to Kelly Farah. Applications due by January 15. If we join this org, we could consider applying for this award.
- PTA/PTSA FFL Liaison: Jessica Keyser suggested crossover to the school PTA. A Presidents list requested by FFL president to make contact and propose idea. FFL President will make contact. FAB (Fine Arts Boosters) link also suggested.
- Need to fill Public Relations position.
- Re-scheduled picnic for FFL Board, Volunteers and Library Staff to celebrating Elie Boudt & Nuria Garrote: Running out of time for the event. Proposed to work into thank-you breakfast.
- Volunteer breakfast discussed (happened early 2013) – proposal to do another one soon.
- Planning for Large Wish List item purchase: a large item adds visibility of what FFL gives to the FPL. Ed Burns mentioned 1 study room broken into 2 study rooms as a wishlist item. Signage thanking FFL could be posted.
- FFL Strategic Plan:
6. Other issues: donor wall: designs still being considered.
7. Adjourned at 8:06 PM.
Next Regular Meeting: Monday, September 9, 2013, 7:00pm
July 8, 2013
1. 7:06 pm, meeting called to order. Welcome and Introductions. Members present: Ed Burns, Beth O’Connor, Katy Balcer, Jessica Keyser, Jenny Hegearty, Kelly Farrah.
2. Library Board Liaison Report. None: not present.
3. Library Staff Report.
a) A program called “Monthly Ultimate Staff Warrior” has been going on at FPL for a few months. Award based on peer nominations and a selection process. $10 gift card awarded as prize, it was asked: may FFL funds be used? Would be a total of $120 /year. Was decided “yes.”
b) Jeff and Jordan from FPL staff have planned a benefit concert for the FPL to fundraise. Will be 8-3-13, 4 bands to play at the Loving Touch. Admission $5 at door. The Friends may have a table there to recruit.
c) Collections Wish List Notebooks: Still in progress, per staff. Goal to complete by 8/3 to have in place for benefit concert.
d) BSLIA (Best Small Library in America) Award: A multi-generational volunteer program is a goal for the application for the BSLIA Award. This started with / may start with FFL Bookstore volunteers, teens through senior citizens. President of FFL will talk with Bookstore Chair re: this goal.
e) Amazon Wish List in progress for collection growth and development. FFL Bookstore sales (via Amazon) plan is also in progress.
4. Officer & Committee Reports
● President: no report.
● Vice President: FFL presented checks (from the profits of the Books and Roses and MetroTimes Blowout events) to the FPL on June 24 at the Ferndale City Council meeting. Potential plan to ask city to make Books and Roses weekend in April an official recognized day/event. The thank-you picnic for Books and Roses benefactors has had trouble finding a workable date. Discussed alternate venues other than Geary Park Pavilion.
● Secretary: notes from the June FPL meeting accepted into record.
● Treasurer: no report due to absence, but President shared budget. Also, got 2 checks to FPL (Books and Roses and MetroTimes Blowout profits). Regarding using PayPal, maximum transfer allowed is $500 per month, so will move $ out gradually until all $ is out of PayPal into FPL’s bank acct. Goal is to have FPL checking acct. balance no more than $500, and the rest in savings to earn more interest. President to talk to Treasurer about a tax obligation.
● Membership: no report due to absence.
● Book Store: no report due to absence. Discussion regarding Book Store: store is once again open to donations. Book sale July 8 and 9 (bag sale). Ed advertised it on “Booksale Finder.”
● Special Events:
DIY Festival: use Friends canopy for Saturday book sale (9/14).
Possible event in the Library the Sunday of DIY weekend (9/15).
Digital printmaking event a possibility – a joint project with Oakland University.
COSTUME EXCHANGE at Hilton Road Festival Oct 12: Need to talk to Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps can use canopy to hang costumes.
MURDER MYSTERY PARTY: Beth O. and Jenny H. to schedule meeting to get planning. Tues July 16 at 7 pm is a possibility.
● Public Relations: no report due to PR chair transitioning to Secretary as of this meeting.
5. Action Items
● FFL Strategic Plan: live issue: Volunteer Requests & Need for Volunteer Coordinator.
● Possible sale (water) during Dream Cruise – decided against doing this.
6. Other issues
• Recognition wall: Library Board still owns this issues, somewhat on pause due to personal issues. A few concepts are live right now, artistic plans and searching for a vendor and cost bids. Levels of donation possible, and services/ levels to be recognized still need to be determined.
7. Adjourned at 8:00 PM.
Next Regular Meeting: Monday, August 12, 2013, 7:00pm
June 10, 2013
1. Welcome and Introductions. Members present: Laurinda, Cassie S., Ed Burns, Beth O., Jean, Monique H., Katy B., Jessica K., Anne Y., Jenny H., Kelly F.
2. Recap of Last Meeting (5/13/13). Wish list, $500 from blowout to spend on music collection, DIY and Dream Cruise coming up, The FPL would like to sell books on amazon- need an account and a square.
3. Library Board Liaison Report. notes: FPL is looking for grant writing support. Re: presentation to City Council to present check for Books and Roses profits. Appt. must be made to appear on agenda June 24th at City Council from friends to the board rep Pat Dengate. Jenny may present. Let Eli and Noria know.
4. Library Staff Report. notes: FPL would like to apply for the Best Small Library in America. Application due in November.
5. Officer & Committee Reports
● Vice President. notes: talking about an appreciation event at Geary Park.
● Secretary- minutes approved.
● Treasurer. see report.
- Amazon Account. notes: Have Ed review info.
● Membership. notes: membership renewal policy needs to be formalized. A letter needs to go out asking for renewals.
● Book Store
- Donation Handling Procedures and Volunteers. notes: we are declining donations for now.
● Special Events. notes: see info below about Fall FFL Events.
● Public Relations
6. Action Items
● Recent Event Proceeds
● Fall FFL Events. notes: We will do a book sale at DIY fest. Costume sale early October- clothing racks needed. Hilton Fall Fest 10/5/13- should we do something for this event? Jessica will check about a booth.
● Ideas for Purchase (Electronic Marquee, Other)
● FFL Strategic Plan
- Volunteer Requests & Need for Volunteer Coordinator
● Other. notes: volunteer coordinator needed. Julie Updyke? Adrianna on the board?
7. Adjourn at 8:49 PM.
Next Regular Meeting: Monday, July 8th 2013, 7:00pm
The 2013 Book Club Reading List for July through November has been posted to the Book Club page. Click here to view.
May 13, 2013 FFL Meeting
Members present: Ed, Monique H., Laurinda, Jessica K., Anne Y., Jenny H.
Laurinda will have a financial report to share soon.
At the 6/10 meeting we will vote on this: Kelly B. from the FPL staff wants $500 from Blowout to spend on the music collection.
Upcoming events- DIY and Dream Cruise
Ed is interested in getting an amazon account and a square.