October 2013

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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

June Axelrad will be honored as a Distinguished Volunteer Nov 13 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the National Philanthropy Dinner at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.

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:

Darlene Hellenberg
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
Phone: 248-546-2504
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.org

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Sea Turtle Restoration Project
Friday, November 1, 7pm
Sea Turtle Restoration Project
Sun Opener
Ferndale Public Library
222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
All Ages

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/events/592639507443933/

“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.