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The Ferndale Public Library will reopen on Monday, February 21 at 9:00 a.m. If you’ve placed items on hold for pick up at other libraries and they haven’t arrived yet, send an email to with your card number, and they’ll re-route them. From February 21 through March 7, 2011 they’re offering a general amnesty for overdue materials. Please visit their website for more details about that.

January 12, 2011


For more information contact:
248-761-0658 Doug Raber, Library Director
248-797-0761 Ann Warner, President, Ferndale Library Board

Update from the Ferndale Library Board of Trustees
Re: Ferndale Library Flood Recovery Update

On Thanksgiving Day, the library’s rainwater treatment system, on the mezzanine level of the library, malfunctioned. A hose connection failed, and the system continued to pump several thousand gallons of water from the underground rainwater cistern before the system shut down, flooding a significant area of the Library. Fortunately, no books, media, and public access computers were damaged. The exact cause for the failure of the hose connection is still under investigation. The unit will be repaired at no charge by the manufacturer, who will also install a sensor and alarm that will prevent a similar catastrophe from occurring in the future.

Belfor, the disaster recovery company, has completed its work and removed its equipment. The damaged carpet, drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles, and millwork were removed, and the concrete floors have been dried. All the environmental tests are normal, indicating no adverse indoor air quality issues. The insurance adjuster approved the restoration estimate and to date the insurance claim has proceeded smoothly.

Frank Rewold and Son, the library’s construction management firm, started the repair work a few days ago by replacing insulation and drywall damaged by the water. Work will continue this week on the walls and ceilings as we await shipment of the replacement carpeting. Until more information can be provided by some of our suppliers, a reasonably accurate date for reopening cannot be determined at this time. We are hopeful it will be no later than sometime in February.

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

Congratulations to Friends member Darlene Johnson-Bignotti on her appointment to the Ferndale Library Board. From the Press Release:

The Ferndale Library Board has unanimously selected Darlene Johnson-Bignotti, a former library trustee, to replace Mary Ann Neal, who recently resigned after serving for 18 years. Ms. Johnson-Bignotti will serve until November 2011, when the seat will be on the ballot so the voters can determine who will serve out the rest of Ms. Neal’s term, which ends in November 2013.

Ms. Johnson-Bignotti issued the following statement: “I’m excited the Board has afforded me an opportunity to finish what I started. The library has grown by leaps and bounds since I became a volunteer ten years ago, much in part thanks to Mary Ann Neal’s selfless vision and tireless work ethic. No one can truly fill Mary Ann’s shoes, but between my professional and prior Trustee experience I can readily jump back in with both feet and hit the ground running. You could call me the “Green Trustee”- recycled, renewed, and still very useful.”

Johnson-Bignotti is on the Library Faculty at Oakland County Community College and is a long-time Ferndale resident.

The board interviewed three applicants at a special meeting held on October 4, 2010 and made its selection following the interviews. “We welcome Darlene back to the board, though she is returning to a very different board from the one she left a few years ago. I think she will enjoy working with the current board members and we all look forward to working with her,” said Ann Warner, President of the Board.

Ms. Johnson-Bignotti will be sworn in by the city clerk as soon as possible and will officially join the board at its October 28, 2010 monthly meeting.

Press Release – Darlene’s Appointment

Interviews for the Ferndale Library Board position will be held Monday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. Three applicants will be interviewed at the Library to serve the remainder of resigning Board member Mary Ann Neal’s Trustee position. The Board will appoint an interim successor to hold the position until the next general election. The meeting is open to the public.

Here’s a chance to support both your library and local music – First Stop Fridays at the Ferndale Public Library –
Reblogged from the 780s:

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It’s finally happening. First Stop Friday at the Ferndale Public Library. September 3rd will be our first one! Come out and show Pewter Cub and Forget and the Library some love. It’s free and it’s happening at 6:30 PM. Get a jump on your weekend!

Pewter Club Band Photo

Pewter Club

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Friends, we are looking for volunteers to help staff a book sale booth on the library property during the DIY street fair, Sept. 17-19. A few hours of your time would go a long way in making this a success. Please let us know if you are interested here, or you may email us at[at] or in person at the Friends’ Store in the Library. We will respond to your interest with more information and details as they become available. Likely duties will include set-up and breakdown of the booth, meet and greet customers along with promotion of the Library and Friends Membership information, and book sale transactions.

Thanks for your support!

Kevin Yezbick

President, Friends of the Ferndale Library

Friends! Have you already joined the Friends of the Ferndale Library but are looking to contribute more? This weekend is your chance! The Library would like to have a booth at the Green Cruise this weekend and needs volunteers to staff it in shifts or outright from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We’re looking for people who would like to talk about the Library and promote membership in the Friends. Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? If so, contact us at[at] or simply leave a comment here.

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For those of you who were standing near the back of the throngs that had gathered at the start of the Community Preview, you are aware that the traffic noise from Nine Mile and the general buzz of excitement combined to put up quite a challenge for the vocal chords of the speakers at the dedication.

Ann Warner has passed along the transcript of her speech to ensure that those whom she thanked receive their acknowledgement.

The speech can be viewed online in its entirety here.