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July 8, 2013

1. 7:06 pm, meeting called to order. Welcome and Introductions. Members present: Ed Burns, Beth O’Connor, Katy Balcer, Jessica Keyser, Jenny Hegearty, Kelly Farrah.

2. Library Board Liaison Report. None: not present.

3. Library Staff Report.

a) A program called “Monthly Ultimate Staff Warrior” has been going on at FPL for a few months. Award based on peer nominations and a selection process. $10 gift card awarded as prize, it was asked: may FFL funds be used? Would be a total of $120 /year. Was decided “yes.”
b) Jeff and Jordan from FPL staff have planned a benefit concert for the FPL to fundraise. Will be 8-3-13, 4 bands to play at the Loving Touch. Admission $5 at door. The Friends may have a table there to recruit.

c) Collections Wish List Notebooks: Still in progress, per staff. Goal to complete by 8/3 to have in place for benefit concert.

d) BSLIA (Best Small Library in America) Award: A multi-generational volunteer program is a goal for the application for the BSLIA Award. This started with / may start with FFL Bookstore volunteers, teens through senior citizens. President of FFL will talk with Bookstore Chair re: this goal.

e) Amazon Wish List in progress for collection growth and development. FFL Bookstore sales (via Amazon) plan is also in progress.

4. Officer & Committee Reports
● President: no report.

● Vice President: FFL presented checks (from the profits of the Books and Roses and MetroTimes Blowout events) to the FPL on June 24 at the Ferndale City Council meeting. Potential plan to ask city to make Books and Roses weekend in April an official recognized day/event. The thank-you picnic for Books and Roses benefactors has had trouble finding a workable date. Discussed alternate venues other than Geary Park Pavilion.

● Secretary: notes from the June FPL meeting accepted into record.

● Treasurer: no report due to absence, but President shared budget. Also, got 2 checks to FPL (Books and Roses and MetroTimes Blowout profits). Regarding using PayPal, maximum transfer allowed is $500 per month, so will move $ out gradually until all $ is out of PayPal into FPL’s bank acct. Goal is to have FPL checking acct. balance no more than $500, and the rest in savings to earn more interest. President to talk to Treasurer about a tax obligation.

● Membership: no report due to absence.

● Book Store: no report due to absence. Discussion regarding Book Store: store is once again open to donations. Book sale July 8 and 9 (bag sale). Ed advertised it on “Booksale Finder.”

● Special Events:
DIY Festival: use Friends canopy for Saturday book sale (9/14).
Possible event in the Library the Sunday of DIY weekend (9/15).
Digital printmaking event a possibility – a joint project with Oakland University.
COSTUME EXCHANGE at Hilton Road Festival Oct 12: Need to talk to Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps can use canopy to hang costumes.
MURDER MYSTERY PARTY: Beth O. and Jenny H. to schedule meeting to get planning. Tues July 16 at 7 pm is a possibility.

● Public Relations: no report due to PR chair transitioning to Secretary as of this meeting.

5. Action Items

● FFL Strategic Plan: live issue: Volunteer Requests & Need for Volunteer Coordinator.

● Possible sale (water) during Dream Cruise – decided against doing this.

6. Other issues

• Recognition wall: Library Board still owns this issues, somewhat on pause due to personal issues. A few concepts are live right now, artistic plans and searching for a vendor and cost bids. Levels of donation possible, and services/ levels to be recognized still need to be determined.

7. Adjourned at 8:00 PM.
Next Regular Meeting: Monday, August 12, 2013, 7:00pm

June 10, 2013

1. Welcome and Introductions. Members present: Laurinda, Cassie S., Ed Burns, Beth O., Jean, Monique H., Katy B., Jessica K., Anne Y., Jenny H., Kelly F.
2. Recap of Last Meeting (5/13/13). Wish list, $500 from blowout to spend on music collection, DIY and Dream Cruise coming up, The FPL would like to sell books on amazon- need an account and a square.
3. Library Board Liaison Report. notes: FPL is looking for grant writing support. Re: presentation to City Council to present check for Books and Roses profits. Appt. must be made to appear on agenda June 24th at City Council from friends to the board rep Pat Dengate. Jenny may present. Let Eli and Noria know.
4. Library Staff Report. notes: FPL would like to apply for the Best Small Library in America. Application due in November.
5. Officer & Committee Reports
● President

● Vice President. notes: talking about an appreciation event at Geary Park.

● Secretary- minutes approved.

● Treasurer. see report.
- Amazon Account. notes: Have Ed review info.

● Membership. notes: membership renewal policy needs to be formalized. A letter needs to go out asking for renewals.

● Book Store
- Donation Handling Procedures and Volunteers. notes: we are declining donations for now.

● Special Events. notes: see info below about Fall FFL Events.

● Public Relations
6. Action Items
● Recent Event Proceeds

● Fall FFL Events. notes: We will do a book sale at DIY fest. Costume sale early October- clothing racks needed. Hilton Fall Fest 10/5/13- should we do something for this event? Jessica will check about a booth.

● Ideas for Purchase (Electronic Marquee, Other)

● FFL Strategic Plan
- Volunteer Requests & Need for Volunteer Coordinator

● Other. notes: volunteer coordinator needed. Julie Updyke? Adrianna on the board?
7. Adjourn at 8:49 PM.

Next Regular Meeting: Monday, July 8th 2013, 7:00pm

May 13, 2013 FFL Meeting


Members present: Ed, Monique H., Laurinda, Jessica K., Anne Y., Jenny H.


Laurinda will have a financial report to share soon.


At the 6/10 meeting we will vote on this: Kelly B. from the FPL staff wants $500 from Blowout to spend on the music collection.


Upcoming events- DIY and Dream Cruise

Ed is interested in getting an amazon account and a square.

March 11, 2013


members present: Kelly F., Jenny H., Cassie S., Jean, Laurinda R., Beth O., Ed B., Katy B., Anne Y.


1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Library Board Liaison – notes: Monique H. and Jessica K. at the city council meeting getting liquor license.  

3. Library Staff

4. Officer & Committee Reports

  • President Bookstore
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast – Follow-up. notes:  it went well w/ 12 people attending.


  • Vice President


  • Secretary- minutes approved.


  • Treasurer


  • Membership


  • Book Store


  • Special Events

-Day of Books & Roses April 21, 11-5. notes: comp membership for businesses that buy banners. Dragon has been sold.


  • Public Relations


6. Action Items

  • Join Friends of Michigan Libraries? notes: we are going to join, memberships are $30.


  • Donor Wall – Update. notes: ad hoc committee has been formed.


  • Metro Times Blow Out – Update. dates: May 2, 3, 4.


  • FFL Strategic Plan – Need to choose date to work on Plan


  • Other


7. Adjourn at 7:50.


Next Regular Meeting: Monday, April 8, 2013, 7:00pm

February 11, 2013


members present: Kelly F., Kelly Bennett, Katy B., Laurinda Ross, Ed Burns, Monique H., Beth O., Anne Y., Cassie S.


1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Library Board Liaison – Library has bands picked out for May 2, 3, 4 for the Metro Times Blowout. We will need 2 bartenders per night.

3. Library Staff

4. Officer & Committee Reports

  • President


  • Vice President- not present


  • Secretary- minutes approved


  • Treasurer- we paid $540.39 in sales tax


  • Membership- 2 new members


  • Book Store


  • Special Events. Day of Books and Roses- This group is meeting weekly. Trying to get the dragon. Get liquor license 6 weeks before the event.
  • Public Relations- Let’s reach out to other friends groups.


6. Action Items

  • Laurinda Ross approved as the new Treasurer.


  • Bookstore Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast- March 2 at 10am at One Eyed Betty’s.


  • Recognition “Plaque”- figure out the process.


  • FFL Stationary & Book Labels


  • Metro Times Blow Out – CUOne Parking/Fundraising Opportunity


  • FFL Strategic Plan

-Engaging Membership (Renewals, Volunteers)


7. Adjourned at 7:56


Next Regular Meeting: Monday, March 11, 2013, 7:00pm

January 14, 2013

members present: Monique Herzig, Jenny Haggerty, Kelly Farrah, Katy Balcer, Cassie Sweetnich, Jessica Keyser, Julie Updyke, Anne Yambor, Beth O’Connor

1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Library Board Liaison – notes: Monique Herzig talked about installing a plaque for Elie and Noriah.
3. Library Staff- notes: Jessica Keyser talked about the Metro Times Blowout at the library May 2, 3, 4. This would be a fundraising opportunity for the FFL. We will get a temporary liquor license and sell beer/wine. Beth O’Connor is the chair and Jenny Haggerty is the co-chair.
4. Officer & Committee Reports

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary- minutes approved
  • Treasurer- notes: Tax obligation $614 due to state. See treasury notes.
  • Membership- notes: 63 memberships. 46 members up for renewal.
  • Book Store
  • Special Events- notes: books and roses April 21 from 11-6.
  • Public Relations- notes: the 500th “like” on Facebook gets a free membership.

6. Action Items – Review Calendar

  • Reception for New Director

We will have cake and punch.


  • Ferndale Public Schools Extravaganza- January 26

Volunteers needed at Library Table


  • Bookstore Volunteer Meeting & Appreciation

Pick a date – what’s the best day & time? How to show appreciation?

notes: daytime tea? weekend lunch?


  • FFL Strategic Plan


  • Engaging Membership (Renewals, Volunteers)

7. Adjourn- 8:30 pm.

Next Regular Meeting: Monday, February 11, 2013, 7:00pm

December 10, 2012

Members present: Kelly Farrah, Anne Yambor, Katy Balcer, Cassie Sweetnich, Darlene Hellenberg, Kevin Deegan-Krause, Jessica Keyser, June Derin, Julie Updike, Jenny Haggerty

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. New Library Director – Jessica Keyser. notes: her vision for the FFL includes fundraising, financial support etc. All City extravaganza on Jan. 28. We need 2-3 people to represent the library at a table. We will have a volunteer sign-up sheet at this event. We need volunteers for the bookstore and First Stop Fridays.

3. Officer & Committee Reports

President/Past President – Kevin Deegan-Krause
Vice President- Jenny Haggerty
Treasurer- notes: We have a $600 tax obligation. We made $230 profit at the hot chocolate/book sale. Kevin Deegan-Krause proposed 80% post tax to library. Raw grant of $8,000 for the year. Lump sum of $8,000 until June 30. In July (new fiscal year) we will reconsider 80%.
Book Store- notes: moratorium on book donations. June is contacting people to write articles about the store. We need volunteers in the store.
Special Events

4. Library Staff- notes: the library wish list includes new “lucky day” collection/rack. Signage, stickers, multiple copies of popular materials. $5,000?

5. Library Liaison

6. Action Items

Reception for New Director- notes: on a Saturday in January.
FFL Strategic Plan (Based on Library/Board Strategic Plan)

January Mini-retreat? notes: 3-4 hours with Dan Martin?

Engaging Membership (Renewals, Volunteers, “Book Bucks”)

7. Adjourn at 8:08 PM

Next Regular Meeting: Monday, January 14, 2013, 7:00pm

Meeting of the Membership

November 12, 2012


Welcome and Introductions

In attendance: Kevin Yezbick, Jean Sterritt, Anne Yambor, Katy Balcer, Ed Burns, Beth O’Connor, June Derin, Jenny Haggerty, Sherry Wells, Monique Herzig, Cassie Sweetnich, Kelly Farrah


2011-2012 Reports


Treasurer- notes: see financial report.

Membership- notes: 58 families.

Book Store- notes: we need volunteers!

Special Events- notes: Books and Roses in April. Other ideas: murder mystery in October? Costume exchange? mini golf course in library? DIY event- tables set up w/ people teaching how to do things.



FFL Board Officer & Committee Chair Elections

Positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership, Book Store, Special Events, Public Relations, Programming


Notes: we still need a Treasurer.


Action Items

Library Bake Sale – 11/17/12

First Stop Friday Concerts – Volunteers Needed (Set-up and Tear-down)

Holiday Ice Festival Hot Chocolate Opportunity – 12/7/12 (12-8-12)

Bulletin Board

Coin Vortex

Book Sale- notes: we will have several small sales throughout the year instead of one big sale.

Meet with New Library Director/Reception for New Director- notes: reception in the new year.


Brainstorm (& Get on Calendar and Begin Planning)

FFL Strategic Plan (Based on Library/Board Strategic Plan)

Engaging Membership (Renewals, Volunteers, “Book Bucks”)

Special Events



Next Regular Meeting of the FFL Board (Open to the Public): Monday, December 10, 2012, 7:00pm.

(Future Meetings will be held 2nd Monday of the Month at 7:00pm at the Ferndale Library)

Thanks to all who came to our board meeting and volunteer/staff appreciation.  Here are the minutes of our last two meetings:


Friends of the Ferndale Library general meeting, April 9, 2012

Ferndale Public Library multipurpose room, Ferndale, MI


Meeting called to order at 6:35 p.m. by Kevin Deegan-Krause.

12 people present; all introduced themselves.

Committee Reports:


Collection: Back needs classifications and organization; wanted to pick a day for that. We will work on display of African-American and GLBT collections in the bookstore.  Kevin Deegan-Krause will Doodle Poll members for dates for a work party for sorting books.

Staffing: No ongoing concerns, staff doing great.

Public Relations:

Day of Books & Roses is April 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Everyone who comes to the event is to get a rose and a used book. The event is also to include paella, bikini sandwiches, and wine tasting, along with author readings. Postcards out, posters printed. Press release has been written and a dragon media alert has been done (about the dragon in Pleasant Ridge April 20 at twilight). Will know Wednesday if they need volunteers. Tickets already made and were passed out to those present to advance sell if they want to.


Appreciation Reception for volunteers and staff immediately after this meeting.

Eurovision Song Contest: May 26 @ 7 p.m. Interest in hosting event? Could charge $5 admission, or do it at Kevin Deegan-Krause’s house (started as a Deegan-Krause family event). Would be a Friends fundraiser.


Ferndale Reads: Darlene. Author was great. Had some leftover books; didn’t make them as available in past; donated some leftovers to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Will do event again next year. May do fewer events next year. Go Comedy a winner; would do that again along with Book Club discussions. Mentioned having Ferndale Blast to go with Blues Fest in wintertime.

Neighborhood Professor: Darlene has taken over from Kevin Deegan-Krause for next few months. Attendance has fizzled; may not do it in summer months and do it again in fall. Also do more of a PR effort for it in fall. (This Wednesday, Nancy Shockley from OCC and the 70th anniversary of the Pacific war.)

Green series for the fall: Thoughts and ideas? Contacts with Veg Michigan.

Two book clubs, Neighborhood Professor, other irregular events sponsored by Friends. May take summer off to get our bearings.

Costume Swap in Sept-Oct. for used Halloween costumes … also DIY book sale.

42 members. Still want to do Book Bucks bookstore discount coupons w/Kevin Y.  Will use Books & Roses to recruit. Pay dues once a year; have paid membership list. Motion for calendar year membership through 2012 by Cassie, seconded by Kelly. Motion passed.

Additional membership recruitment: At B&R and Dragon events and throughout the year.

Elections and leadership:

Think about re-upping in June. Presidency will be vacant (Kevin Deegan-Krause is running for the Ferndale school board). If interested, keep it in mind.

Friends of Michigan Libraries Workshop April 20 about Making Your Friends Group a Better Group in Okemos. Friends will sponsor someone to go.

Mission-Based Books: Works with Friends groups. May want to work with them in future.

The library is undergoing a strategic planning process; Friends will also be invited to participate in that process.


Kelly. Have raised almost $10,000 and have current balance of $9,000.

Ed Burns: Requested $350 in funds for adult summer reading programs and “Movieful Feast” movie program. Motion made by Kelly; motion amended by Kevin Deegan-Krause to give Ed $400. Amended motion approved. Kevin Deegan-Krause: In future, the Friends should commit 80 percent of Friends revenues to library each year for the library’s needs.

Meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Joanne Scharich, secretary

Friends of the Ferndale Library


Friends of the Ferndale Library board meeting, February 10, 2012

Discussed bookstore concerns and receipts. Will prepare a sheet for volunteers about bookstore procedures and job descriptions. Will also consult with Kevin Deegan-Krause about graphics.

Also will reserve items that are valuable to an “Amazon-eBay” shelf/sale.

Public Relations: Committee of three which will meet over the next three weeks.

Social media, newsletter to be included in PR efforts. Books and Roses and Ferndale Reads next big events. Also Celebrate the Library staff party in April.


Prom update: Went well; people had a great time. Made over $2,000.00 for teen programming. Mtion to donate $2,000 to teen programs from prom proceeds passed.

Books & Roses: Meeting Sunday at 1 p.m. at Eli’s to confirm April date for event. Then get liquor license and make other plans for event (bonds for liquor, etc.).

Staff Party: During National Library Week, a director and staff appreciation party April 9 (also mass membership meeting that night). Serve refreshments, have a few words from the director …. Membership meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m., party 7:30 p.m. (Need quorum of members for membership meeting.) Kevin will work with Beth to plan meeting.


Neighborhood Professor: First Wednesday of month, upward trend in turnout.

Science Fiction Book Club: 6-7 members at present.

Looking for ideas; contact Joanne for information.

One idea for future programming: Environmental programming; which we probably need to do for keeping our LEED certification. Do have Green Tuesdays and had Transition Ferndale meetings.


Emailed non-renewing members: Now at about 35 members. Would like to get it to about 50-60 members.
Proposed discounts for members; early admission or VIP status at Friends events.


Friends treasurer’s report presented by Kelly:
Current balance of $11,524.72 (before $2,000 donation).

New Business:

Darlene: Asked for one more volunteer for March 29 author visit, and to come to Ferndale Reads 2012 events as much as possible.

March 31: Pat Lynn’s retirement party from 1-3 in library.

Action items:

Cassie and June: bookstore procedures and management

Jenny: Ferndale Reads promotion.

Kevin: Staff reception.

Cassie: Recruitment of membership. (also online renewals)

The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club will take a meet again on November 9 at the Ferndale library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

Recognizing how busy we all are, we’ve picked both a short story and a book by the same author.

Read the novel, or read the short story. Or, for the fun of getting into the author’s mind, read both and see how they might connect.


The author this month is Ursula Le Guin, widely regarded as one of the best science-fiction authors of the 20th century and one of the few with wide regard beyond the genre of science fiction.

The short story is “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas,” one of her most famous and best, and perhaps the most relevant thing we could read given the recent emergence of “Occupation.”  It is available online in pdf format ( and text format (

The book is The Lathe of Heaven, which is available throughout the TLN library system:

But if you don’t have the time to read it, you can actually watch a faithful (if somewhat dated) version here:

If you cannot obtain a copy please contact Kevin Deegan-Krause at and he’ll deliver a copy to your door :-) .

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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.

Just a note that since the Kulick Center and the librar(ies) will be closed on Sunday, June 13, we will be holding our 2010 General Membership Meeting at A.J.’s Cafe, 240 W. Nine Mile in Ferndale at 3pm.  We promise to be done by 4pm.  While the first part of our agenda involves the less-than-thrilling approval of new bylaws, etc., the second half will involve the very exciting plans for the Sneak Peek for the new building and the grand opening, so please do join us.

And if you’re interested in how things are progressing, our fantastic library staff has started to let us know via YouTube in what they promise to be a regular series: