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Friends of the Ferndale Library (FFL) will hold a Reception to welcome Jessica Keyser, the new Director of the Ferndale Public Library.

The Reception will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 1:00pm-3:00pm, at the Ferndale Public Library, (222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale).

Light refreshments will be served. All are invited to attend.


The Ferndale Public Library is beginning another round of strategic planning and they want /us/ to help.  There are two different ways to get involved (and everybody’s free to do both):

  1. Fill out a survey.  It does not take long and asks good questions that allow us to compare the performance of the library to past years.  You can fill out out in the library or here:
  2. Come to one of the planning sessions:
  • Session 1: 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, May 19.  Focus on reviewing results of the library patron survey (see, assessing the library’s strengths and weaknesses, discussing the community’s priorities for the library and brainstorming key elements of the library’s mission and vision.
  • Session 2: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 31, focuses on brainstorming goals for the library over the next 3-5 years, based on the results of the first community session. Those in attendance will also discuss and prioritize the results of the community brainstorm.

All meetings will occur in the library’s community room at 222 E Nine Mile Rd in Ferndale.  Please consider attending!


Ferndale Public Library to hold special strategic planning sessions

Contact: Jim O’Donnell
FPL Board President

May 11, 2012 – Ferndale:

The Ferndale Public Library is hosting two community sessions to shape the future of the library. Library board president Jim O’Donnell invited the community to attend, “We encourage everyone in the community to come and share their views, hopes and vision for the library.”  Residents, citizens, business owners, community group leaders, elected officials and friends of the library from Ferndale and neighboring communities should plan to attend.

The first session, scheduled from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, May 19, will focus on reviewing results of the library patron survey (see for more information), assessing the library’s strengths and weaknesses, discussing the community’s priorities for the library and brainstorming key elements of the library’s mission and vision.

The second session, scheduled from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 31, focuses on brainstorming goals for the library over the next 3-5 years, based on the results of the first community session. Those in attendance will also discuss and prioritize the results of the community brainstorm.

Following both meetings, the library board will hold a open board retreat to finalize the goals. From there, staff will produce a working strategic plan. The library board and community will be able to follow the execution of the strategic plan through documents shared at the library and on the FPL’s website.

All meetings will occur in the library’s community room at 222 E Nine Mile Rd in Ferndale.

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

Just passing on a note from our fabulous children’s librarian Jillean McCommons

I would like to get the word out about our new Facebook page for kids. It’s a great place to find out about upcoming programs, performers, new books and other helpful information. If you could pass it along to friends that would be great. Please, like us!

Thanks so much,

We just got word that our new library director, Kate Pohjola will be serving as a celebrity chef in the Dave Thomas Celebrity Cookoff benefitting Spaulding for Children, a private non-profit foster care and adoption agency.  Join her and watch her cook  There is more online here:  There’s a fact sheet here, too:

In the last year we’ve opened a new library, survived a flood, reopened an even newer library, built a Friend’s store from scratch (twice), helped with a dozen library events, and supported library efforts at all levels.

One year after last year’s successful “reboot,” join us to celebrate the Friends’ successes, see friends, plan for the future, and vote in new officers at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 in the Library’s Community Room, 222 E. Nine Mile.

A nominating committee is preparing a list of candidates for the board positions.  We will be looking to our members for a new president and treasurer.  If you are interested in these positions or any other opportunities to get involved with the Friends’ board, please contact nominations committee chair Bridget Deegan-Krause at bridgetmail {at] gmail [dot} com.

open mic

The Ferndale Reads program encourages everyone from our community to read and celebrate one book.

This year, the library has selected a favorite among the staff: John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things.

The story follows young David through a garden wall and into a magical world filled with creatures of all sorts, good and bad.  There, David must try to rescue his mother and find his way home again.

The line-up of events includes The Crooked Man’s Open Mic Night, a film series, book discussions, The Play of Lost Things at Go Comedy!, and an appearance by John Connolly himself.

Find the full schedule here at:

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.

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