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This Sunday!!


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.


It’s Library Week.  Join us to celebrate!

The Friends of the Ferndale Library will be having a membership meeting on Monday, April 9th at 6:30PM at the library. We will be discussing upcoming events (like A Day of Books and Roses happening on April 22nd!), the bookstore, board nominations, and future meeting times. Come with your ideas and feedback!

Immediately following at 7:30PM, we will be celebrating the library staff and bookstore staff with a reception.  Ice cream sundaes and sweets will be served.

Hope to see you there!

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.

The Ferndale Science Fiction Book Club will meet again on February 14 at the Ferndale library (222 E. Nine Mile) at 7pm.

Once again, we’ve picked both a short story and a book by the same author (and once again there’s a rather good movie adaptation, this time of the short story).

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.  And then watch the movie and see how the director adapted it into dramatic form.

The author this month is Philip K. Dick, one of the most prominent American science-fiction authors of the 20th century, certainly one of the most filmed.  In recent years he has also achieved increasing prominence in scholarly circles for the unique structure and themes in his works.

The book we will be reading is Ubik.  We have the book in the Ferndale Public Library and you can find the catalog link here:


It also appears that some dedicated readers have loosed themselves from the constraints of copyright law and made a copy available online:


The short story for the month is Minority Report

And once again somebody has found ways to make it available in other forms:


Finally, there is the film.  http://catalog.tln.lib.mi.us/uhtbin/cgisirsi/?ps=AWvNd59NfB/FERN_69/163590053/9




Ferndale Children’s Librarian Jillean McCommons writes

We need volunteers for our Halloween Spooktacular, Friday, October 28 from 6:30-8pm. We can use five to ten people. We’ll need folks to help direct people in and out, help with crafts and pass out goodies. We also need help with set-up so if they could come at 5:30 that would be great!
Please have anyone interested email me at jilleanmc[at]gmail[dot]com

Please help out.  Kids events at the library are always a lot of fun!

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:  http://spaulding.org/events/4/2011-dave-thomas-celebrity-coookoff/.  There’s a fact sheet here, too:  http://spaulding.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/DTCC-Fact-Sheet-2011.pdf

The Friends of the Ferndale Library demonstrated on Saturday, August 13,  that a love for books, music, arts and culture is not inconsistent with a love of teamwork and sports-related injuries.  Not that we won.  In fact we lost the first three games and tied the last one (we were actually behind after three innings but the Ferndale Community Foundation allowed us to redeem ourselves in a two-run fourth inning that put us ahead).  But we had fun and received all sorts of minor scratches and scrapes that we could use to impress our friends and neighbors with our physical intrepidity.  And we raised over a hundred dollars for the Friends of the Library.

Thanks to our players–Kelly and Jeff Farrah, Tim and William McElgunn, Matt Nowaczok, Jim O’Donnell, Kyle Pollett, Joanne Scharich, Kat Diehl, and Melissa Wilson–to our cheering section consisting–sons and daughters of the Deegan-Krause, Farrah, McElgunn, O’Donnell, and Wilson families–and thanks to Joann Wilcock for organizing the whole thing.  We look forward to playing again next year.

For those with interest, there are a few online traces of this event:

Yes, the oddly textured from grade school is back.  And far from the triumphs and humiliations of the playground, it now offers a chance to benefit some of the best causes in Ferndale.  We are looking to put together a winning team from among the Friends of the Library.   This means not only Friends members but also their family, friends, kickball-skilled acquaintances, and hopefully a few ringers who played in this year’s “World Kickball Championship.”

The procedure is simple:  We gather at Martin Road Park at 10am on Saturday August 13 and play a few games for a few hours.  Cost is $20 per person, but you get a t-shirt and all the rest of the money goes to the charitable groups we care about (Ferncare, Friends of the Library, the Ferndale Community Foundation, Ferndale Youth Assistance).

If you would like to play (and I hope you do), let me know as soon as possible, and let me know your t-shirt size so we can order the right amounts in advance.  It would be best, therefore, to know by Sunday the 7th.

If you want more information, let us know at ferndalefriends.org@gmail.com or take a look here: kickball flyer 2011.  Feel free also to forward it to anybody who would be interested.  We look forward to playing games with you!

The Ferndale Public Library is looking for Friends Volunteers Children’s Summer Reading. The library needs one volunteer for  July 23,  July 30 and August 6 and three for the carnival on August 13th. If you are interested please call and talk to Jillean McComons at (248) 546-2504 or email her at jilleanmc[at]gmail{dot}com

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

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:

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

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 ferndalefriends.org[at]gmail.com 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 ferndalefriends.org[at]gmail.com or simply leave a comment here.

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We’ve had our sneak peek and our community preview.  Now the fun really begins.  The new Ferndale Public Library opens its doors to the public tomorrow, Monday, August 2 at 9am.

Two local businesses have generously agreed to be there  to provide a little something to those who show up early: coffee from Chazzano Coffee Roasters, 1737 E. Nine Mile, 248-691-4256, and doughnut holes from The Fritter Shop, 741 E. Nine Mile, 248-545-7295. Thanks to these local businesses for being with us “from day 1.”  Their gifts are truly a case of “while supplies last” and we don’t know how long they will, so show up right at 9am if you can!

Thanks again to the folks at Chazzano and the Fritter Shop.

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.

The Ferndale library opens its doors to the community today with a grand party.  Be there!

Oh, and if you have a bit of time, would you mind helping out?   We could still use a few volunteers for the event:

  • Food area preparation: 1-2 hour slots, 12pm to 4pm;
  • Cleanup: 1-2 hour slots, 12pm to 8pm
  • Kids Area, Arts and Scraps: 1 hour slots, 12pm to 5pm;
  • Bookstore: 1 hour slots, 12pm to 5pm;
  • Keeping watch on the media area: 2 hour slots, 12pm to 8pm;
  • Post party cleanup: the more the merrier.
Let us know at ferndalefriends.org@gmail.com or at volunteerspot.com: http://bit.ly/aWhkPQ

First a bit of bad news: The library won’t be quite ready to start checking out books this Saturday and won’t begin operating until all of the necessary new computer equipment has arrived and can be installed. (The full explanation is here).

But now the good news:  They library will STILL hold its big community-wide party on JULY 10th.  Everybody’s going to be there, and there will be food, music, dancing, crafts for kids and everything you’d expect from a big party to celebrate a beautiful new library.  Join us between 12pm and 8pm and help us welcome the rest of the community.

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