November 2010

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As many of you no doubt are already aware, the Ferndale Public Library is currently closed due to flooding damage. I can tell you that the Friends’ bookstore took on heavy damage and that we have lost a number of books and some paperwork. Restoration crew has also cut away lots of drywall. The library’s collection is sound.

Obviously we are disappointed for many reasons. This will be the first holiday season of the bookstore’s existence, and we are still hoping to be a bargain shop stop for you this year in gifting your favorite reader.

Your best resource for updates is and will continue to be the Library website.

The cause of the flooding is under investigation, the insurance company has been notified, repair and restoration are ongoing, air quality will be tested before the library is re-opened, and the library will remain closed until further notice.

A special Library Board meeting is scheduled for tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 30, at 6:00 p.m. This meeting, open to the public, will be held at City Hall.

Off The Grid Crafts welcomes
Detroit Zymology Guild

Crafters – Canners – Gardeners

*Join us for a demonstration of lacto-fermentation – a preindustrial form of food preservation used to make sauerkraut and other fermented dishes.

*Knitting and Crochet- James and Nan will help you cast-on and answer your questions

Thursday November 18
Ferndale Public Library

Everyone welcome

off the grid crafts


Tomorrow will be the first Friday of the month and will continue the Ferndale Public Library’s promotion of local music with the First Stop Friday concert series, and here is a belated appeal for volunteers.

Kelly has requested assistance with setup and cleanup and we may be selling pop for the event as well.

The lineup for tomorrow includes Spitting Nickels and The Mantons. Volunteers would be needed for setup around 5:30. The event begins at 6:30 and lasts two hours. It isn’t necessary to stay for the entire event if you would prefer to simply assist with the setup and breakdown.

Please leave a comment or email us at[at] if you’re interested in this, future First Stop Fridays, or any other volunteer opportunities.


Sarah Parmelee, Ferndale Library Board Trustee and the board secretary, has submitted her resignation to the board, effective October 28, 2010. Ms. Parmelee and her family are relocating to Huntington Woods. The board’s bylaws require trustees to be Ferndale residents.

“I have very much enjoyed serving the community of Ferndale as a Library Board Member these past 5 years. I am especially proud to have been a part of the revitalization of the Library, central to which was the Library renovation and expansion project. Although I will no longer be able to be a part of the Board due to my upcoming move from Ferndale, I look forward to seeing the Ferndale Public Library continue to grow as a community educational resource, said Ms. Parmelee.”

“Sarah has been on the board since the library became an independent entity in 2005. She and her husband have volunteered on boards and committees and have given much time and energy to our community. This is not just a loss for the library board, but for Ferndale,” said Ann Warner, President of the Board. “We are sorry to see Sarah go and wish her and her family well.”

The Library Board will appoint an interim successor to serve until the next general election. Persons interested in being appointed to fill the seat should send a resume or letter outlining their qualifications and stating why they wish to serve on the board. Letters should be addressed to the Ferndale Library Board and may be sent via email to or may be mailed to or dropped off at the library at 222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, Michigan 48220. The deadline for applying is Friday,November 12, 2010. Applicants will be interviewed at a Special Meeting of the board to which they will be invited via an e-mail or letter from the board. The successful applicant will be required to run in the November 2011 election if they wish to fill out the remainder of Ms. Parmelee’s term, which expires in November 2015.

Press Release

The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club continues in November the library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

In honor of the 2010 elections we’ll be talking apocalypse and reading Margaret Atwood’s new “The Year of the Flood” which is available at the Ferndale Library (and almost every other library in the system) and even by downloadable audiobook.

Come for the conversation even if you haven’t read the book (and we’ll try not to spoil it for you)!