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We’d like to thank the sponsors of the 2013 Day of Books and Roses.

Red Rose Sponsors
Elie Wine Co.
The Emory

Yellow Rose Sponsors
AutoPro Service Center
Café Con Leche
Danny’s Irish Pub
Dr. Robert Flory
Ferndale Public Schools
French Gourmet
Gallery 822
Grand Truck Self Storage
Inn Season
LaBelle Electric Services
Magic Bag
McChesney Electric
Romano Law
Royal Services
Schramm’s Meadery
Wetmore’s Tire and Auto Repair

White Rose Sponsors
Peace Action of Michigan
Stephen Walker
Treat Dreams

This Sunday!!


Library Board Vice President sends this invitation.  If you are interested, please respond to

Hi Friends,

As you may have seen on the FFL Facebook page, the FPL board has established an art and exhibitions committee, for which I am chairperson.

I need to recruit one or two members of the FFL to serve on this committee.  Would you please ask the Friends if any of them would be willing to work with us on this committee.



Patrick Dengate
436 W. Maplehurst St.
Ferndale, MI 48220-1206

Fourth in our monthly series of local experts talking about interesting stuff
Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 7pm-8pm, Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale,MI

Convicting the Innocent

In the last few years research has identified at least 900 official exonerations of people who were convicted of felonies, although they had nothing to do with the crimes. In some cases no crime was every committed. Researchers believe that many more miscarriages of justice occur. A good deal of work has uncovered reasons why this happens. It is often the result of mistaken eyewitness identification, but a dozen other factors are involved. About 50 innocence projects now work to exonerated falsely convicted people and many states and police departments are taking steps to make criminal investigations more accurate.

Professor Marv Zalman, teaches classes on constitutional law (criminal procedure), criminal justice policy and wrongful conviction. Most of his research and writing in recent years has been focused on the topic of wrongful convictions.  He has authored a textbook, Criminal Procedure: Constitution and Society, Sixth Edition (Prentice Hall, 2011) in addition to numerous research articles, chapters, and encyclopedia articles on wrongful conviction.

A Benefit for the Ferndale Public Library and Queer for Books

Blumz… By JR Designs
503 East 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI
Hosted by Blumz by JR Designs and Queer for Books
Featuring Author: Kathe Koja

June 3rd, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Please join the Ferndale Public Library’s new GLBT book club, Queer for Books, for cocktails, appetizers, live music, and Victorian punk fun to begin your Pride Weekend!

Under the Poppy, June’s featured book, is the critically-acclaimed story of two men in love and war, at a notorious Victorian brothel theatre. Under the Poppy has also been adapted for an immersive stage presentation. Buy your copy of the book at this event, meet author Kathe Koja, and receive a specially autographed copy of the stage show script at the next Queer for Books meeting on June 25th.

Tickets are $30, available in advance at the Ferndale Public Library and Blumz, and $40 at the door. All proceeds are tax deductible, and will benefit the Queer for Books Collection at the Ferndale Library. And your ticket stub is your ticket to the event’s afterparty at Menjo’s!

Victorian punk costumes encouraged- tophats, fishnets, bustles . . .
Come get Queer for Books Under the Poppy!

Live music by (the) fundamentalists
Sponsored by Menjo’s and BLUMZ BY JR DESIGNS

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

Forget Band Logo


Day of Books and Roses

Ferndale Public Library, 642 E. Nine Mile
Sunday, April 18, 2pm to 7pm
For browsing and purchase by Bookbeat in Oak Park and Leopold’s Books in Detroit and other booksellers.  Readings and book sales by local authors.
Beautiful flowers for purchase
Howling Diablos jazz trio
Savory and sweet Crepes by the Cannella Patisserie & Cręperie, Birmingham
Samples of French and Spanish wines by Elie Wine in Royal Oak
Coffee by Cafe Con Leche in Detroit
Join us and buy $1 tickets for wine samples (2 tickets), coffee (1 ticket), crepes (4 tickets) and roses (1 ticket)
To introduce the Day of Sant Jordi, the day that the people of Barcelona and all of Catalonia celebrate books and love.
To support the Friends of the Ferndale Library to whom the Society of Sant Jordi is donating all proceeds.
For information call: 248-546-2504
Download the factsheet here: booksandroses
And don’t forget our Friends’ Revival from 2pm to 3pm on April 25:

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Many thanks to all who participated in the Big Read events, nearly twenty in all.  Hundreds of people became involved, sampled the library’s collections and services and made connections with one another.  The great news is that this is just the beginning.  The Friends of the Library are working with the library staff to leap from the Big Read to a whole new series of cultural events–not only books but art, music, and performances–that will begin with the opening of the new library building when it opens on July 10 this summer and last until 2011.  Keep reading this page or our Facebook page ( library) for details.

It’s going to be a Big Year.


We need youThanks to those of you who have already volunteered to help and who have joined us as Fans on Facebook.  We’re planning a BIG “Friends Revival” meeting later in spring to prepare for the grand opening, but before then we will also host a meeting for those interested in volunteering for Big Read events (see:

Please join us for that meeting, help out at Big Read events and enjoy yourself in the process:

When: Saturday, 20 February, 2pm-3pm
Where: Ferndale Public Library 642 E. Nine Mile.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment here or call Darlene Hellenberg at the library, 248-546-2504.

p.s. We are still in the process of scheduling the “Revival” but it’s likely to be on the afternoon of Sunday, April 25 at the library.  Mark your calendar for that too!

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The “new” Friends of the Ferndale Library had an impromptu debut today at the magnificent Ferndale Schools Extravaganza.  Thanks to the organizers of the event and especially to the dozens of people who stopped by the Library/Friends table to ask questions, pick up free copies of the Maltese Falcon and watch the computer animation of what the library will look like when it opens this summer.

In putting together the materials for the debut we not only created a Facebook fans page and linked it to this page, but we also prepared some initial thoughts about what a renewed Friends group should look like in a community like Ferndale and what it should do.  We’ve started think about near term tasks and long term plans.

The big picture is a combination of service, fun and community:

  • We’ve got some work to do to supplement the library’s efforts, organizing programming, assisting as volunteers and raising money for special services and final touches on the new building.
  • We’ve got plans–and invite lots more–for parties, programs, and events that will make the library the premier destination in Ferndale.  The Friends can help the library in its efforts to inform and entertain the community.
  • We want to bring people together, to talk to one another and build relationships that will strengthen Ferndale.

There are a number of specific things that the new Friends can do in the next few months, even before the new library opens:

  • Promote and staff events related to The Big Read in February and March.  See:
  • Help the library develop a wonderful even to celebrate the Catalonian “Sant Jordi Day” of Books and Roses (more to come)
  • March in the Ferndale’s Memorial Day Parade
  • Organize the best Grand Opening party the city has seen in a long time.

This is just a start—the easy and obvious stuff—and there are so many other things that we could do.  Here is where we need your help:  fill out our online membership form (no obligation) or leave a comment on this page or on our Facebook wall and answer some questions:

  • What do you want from your new library?
  • What should the Friends be doing?

We’ll keep asking your help and relying on your opinions.  Please let us know what you’re thinking.

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The Big Read is going to be a big deal in Ferndale and we’re looking for a few people to help with a few tasks. Photographers, greeters, movers of furniture, all are welcome. The full list of events is here:

The list of things that we need help with is below. If you are interested in helping with any of these please email: or

    Kick-Off Party @ the Library – Feb. 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)
    • Set Up / Clean Up

    WSU Panel Discussion @ Affirmations – March 3, 7:30 – 9:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)
    • Help Greet People? Just be around in case people have Big Read questions

    Go Comedy – March 4, 11, 18, and 25 8:00 – 10:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • If I’m not there, say a few words at the beginning or end about upcoming events, thanks for coming, and tell them about donation box
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)
    • Greet People? Just be around in case people have Big Read questions

    Film Noir Movie Series – March 12, 19, and 26 7:00 – 9:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Set Up / Clean Up
    • Make announcements about up coming events (if I am not there)
    • Greet

    Key-Note Speaker – Loren D. Estleman March 25th 7:30 – 9:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Refreshment table set up / clean up
    • Help greet people
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)

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