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Feel the Fern and Show Some Library Love

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The Friends of the Ferndale Library kicks off their 2016 Feel the Fern Membership Drive on April 10, in conjunction with National Library Week.  To reach their goal of 200 new members, the Friends will be asking the community to show some library love.

Ferndale residents are known for enthusiastically supporting their community. In February, over 500 people showed their love at the Friends of the Ferndale Library sponsored indoor mini golf event, CaddyStacks. Friends board member, Katherine Siebenaler, says,  “This membership drive is a great opportunity for community members to go one step further and either become a member for the first time or renew a membership that was forgotten in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”

An annual Friends membership is only $20 ($10 for seniors and students), and a great value considering the perks members receive in return.  The Friends use those membership dollars to support the library by funding the purchase of books, media, and supplies and by sponsoring popular library programs, including youth and adult reading challenges and other events.

In 2015 the Friends purchased the new interactive early learning materials in the Children’s Learning Center, $2000 in popular books and DVDs, and shelving for the library’s CD collection, as well as sponsoring the Summer Reading Celebration picnic.  Friends of Ferndale Library chair, Janelle Rogers, says, “We’re hopeful with a strong response to this membership drive, we’ll be able to do even more to assist the library in 2016.”

Find out all the ways the Friends of the Ferndale Library supported the library in 2015: Local.org Love: Are You a Friend of the Ferndale Library?

Sign up at one of the links below to be a Friends of the Ferndale Library member in 2016!

Friends member $20

Senior/student Friends member $10

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Caddy Stacks is coming to the Ferndale Area District Library on February 28 from 1-4pm as the main attraction for the Friends of the Ferndale Library Leap into Summer event! Take a break from the winter doldrums with nine holes of miniature golf throughout the library in addition to food and other fun summer games.  Cost is $5 per person. Kids 12 and under are free. Ferndale Area District Library is located at 222 E 9 Mile Rd (ph 248-546-2504).

Performances include The Luddites and Ben Moy. At 1pm The Luddites will transport the audience to summer festival fun followed by Ben Moy at 2pm, who will play ukulele around the campfire for a sing-a-long good time. Ben Moy (Director of Orchestras) is in his 10th year of teaching orchestra at Ferndale Public Schools and Assistant Director for the Ferndale High School Marching Band. The Luddites come equipped with guitars, accordion, plenty of vocal harmonies, and a sassy horn section, that blends rock and jazz, with hints of eastern European folk and Bourbon Street swing.

Proceeds from the event provide additional funding to the Library and support cultural, artistic, and educational programs, including specialized book groups, children’s programming, senior outreach, and collection development.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels:

Early “Birdie” rates of sponsorship before February 5, 2016

  • Bushwood Country Club: Event sponsorship level $250
    • Dancing Gopher level: $40 to sponsor a green
    • Judge Smails level: $40 to sponsor a hole

Not So Early Birdie rates of sponsorship after February 4, 


  • Bushwood Country Club event sponsorship level: $300
    • Dancing Gopher level: $50 to sponsor a green
    • Judge Smails level: $50 to sponsor a hole.

About Friends of Ferndale Library

Friends of the Ferndale Library is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage the community and raise funds to support the library.

Additional information about Friends of Ferndale Library can be found at  http://www.ferndalefriends.org

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Always wanted to volunteer?  Love Ferndale’s Pig and Whiskey Festival?  Join us for a few hours and pour drinks on behalf of the Friends of the Ferndale Library.  The only experience you need is to have fun.  Click below to select a time on VolunteerSpot.


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“We engage the community and raise funds to support the library.”

This is the FFL’s new mission statement as decided by the Friends Board during the 2015 strategic planning meeting.

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Test your courage at the Ferndale Reads Fear Factor, inspired by the Ferndale Reads 2015 selection Bird Box. You could win a free copy of the book, if you are brave enough! *cue evil laughter*

Ferndale Reads page

Ferndale Reads 2015 event schedule

Thanks to donations from FFL members and fundraising volunteers, the FFL was able to give $1,400 to the children’s learning area for safe, wipe down-able, young childrens’ toys. These toys were specifically selected because they intrigue developing minds and encourage exploration.

Please join us at 1:00pm this Saturday, January 17 in the youth section of the Ferndale Area District Library for the grand opening.

Playful Minds

Jeff Milo of the Ferndale Public Library wrote this wonderful press release praising the work the Friends of the Ferndale Public Library has done.  Thank you Jeff!

Link to PDF:  NationalFriendsofLibrariesWeekPR

For just $20, you can have a chance at owning a prototype, wood formed, Eames Chair from Herman Miller.

Mark Schurman, Herman Miller’s Chief Communications Officer has generously donated a prototype chair to the library to raffle off and use the proceeds toward the library’s general fund.

For more information, visit the official raffle page at http://ferndalefriends.org/eames-chair-raffle

Each ticket is $20.  Tickets are available for purchase at the Ferndale Public Library circulation desk during normal library hours, and from select Friends of the Ferndale Library board members.

Only 250 tickets will be sold, period.

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The raffle drawing will take place on October 1 at 7:00pm.  You need not be present to win.  The winner will be contacted by phone.

Dining for a Cause

Next Tuesday, July 29 from 4 – 9 pm, the WAB will donate 15% of your bill to support the Ferndale Library.

All you have to do is mention “Friends of the Ferndale Library to your server.  It’s no extra cost to you, and it helps the FFL a lot.

Your membership dues and donations allowed the FFL to donate $8,000 to the Ferndale Public Library this year.

Got books to donate? The library will take them this Saturday June 7, from 10am – 1pm! Drive up and drop off in the East parking lot.

Please no:
Text books
Computer guides
Health books
Anything that is dirty, water-stained, musty, moldy, or radioactive.

Pride Prom_050714It is with deep regret that the Friends of the Ferndale Library cancels the Pride Prom which was to kick-off Ferndale Pride on May 30. A special thank you to all those that bought advanced tickets. Your show of support for the Ferndale Library and for Ferndale Pride means the world to us. Your payment was refunded shortly after this statement was released. Another special thank you from the FFL to local businesses who donated generously to help keep the Ferndale Library a media and community center: Blumz, The Woodward Avenue Brewery, Pinwheel Bakery, Jimmy Johns, and Treat Dreams.

If you are interested in helping the library consider an inexpensive $20 membership to the Friends of the Ferndale Library. The FFL is a non-profit which supports, fundraises for, and raises awareness for the Ferndale Public Library. Money we raise is gifted to the library to buy media, host events, and for day-to-day operations. For a one year, non-renewing membership, please visit http://ferndalefriends.org/join-us/

The decision to cancel was made due to lack of advanced ticket sales. The advanced ticket sales goal was not met, and rather than risk the event being something that guests would not enjoy, the money intended for the prom will be used to help the library with its recently announced budget deficit.

Look forward to fun events this summer at the Ferndale Public Library which will continue to enrich our vibrant community.

Blowout Schedule 2014 copy (1)This Friday and Saturday, May 2 & 3, from 9pm-Midnight, we need volunteers to act as bartenders, sell t-shirts, work the door and help setup and clean up. If you can volunteer, please click on the VolunteerSPot.com link below to register. You’\ will have a great time while listening to some great music and supporting a great library!

Please click here to sign up!

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Farrah at 248-227-3270.

FERNDALE, Mich. (Feb. 5, 2013)–The Ferndale Public Library’s monthly rock-centric concert series, First Stop Friday, will feature all emerging female musicians at its Mar. 7 show. The Heaven & Hell Cotillion, a gothic do-wop quartet with old country influences and Juniper Baby, a space folk trio out of Ypsilanti will each play a set.
As always, First Stop Friday shows are free, begin at 7pm and are open to all ages.


For more information about The Heaven & Hell Cotillion: https://www.facebook.com/theheavenandhellcotillion

For more information about Juniper Baby: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Juniper-Baby/133462460032939
Or check out the event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/642581409133401/

Make the library the first stop of your music-filled weekend! Every first Friday of the month, catch two great local bands for free!

The Ferndale Public Library is pleased will host a variety of programs about The Affordable Care Act throughout November and December. The library has partnered with different organizations who will help you understand and even navigate the Insurance Marketplace.

On Nov. 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm, FernCare Free Clinic and  MICHUHCAN Chairperson Marge Mitchell will present comment/question session on the  Affordable Care Act – Michigan. This presentation is designed for people who are curious, as well as people who are interested in enrolling in either the Insurance Exchange or the enhanced Medicaid program.

Throughout November, the library will host Certified Application Counselors from Advantage Health Centers. The Certified Application Counselors will assist community members with the Insurance Marketplace application process. They will be in the library’s community room on Nov. 13, 2013 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and on Nov. 22, 2013 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. This is a walk-in program. No registration will be taken.

Then on Dec. 4, 2013 the Department of Insurance and Financial Services will present The New Health Care Law: What it Means for You. This program will expand on the Affordable Care Act, shedding light on what this means for people today and how it will affect health coverage in the future. More information will also be provided about the Health Insurance Marketplace. Please register for this program with the reference desk, in person or over the phone at 248-546-2504 ex. 3.

June Axelrad

June Axelrad will be honored as a Distinguished Volunteer Nov 13 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the National Philanthropy Dinner at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.

June Axelrad, a volunteer who runs the Ferndale Public Library’s Friends’ Bookstore will be honored as a Distinguished Volunteer at the upcoming Annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Dinner, Wed., Nov. 13, 2013. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Detroit Chapter will host the dinner which recognizes advocates, leaders, and mentors whose passion for their respective causes inspires philanthropic action and community involvement in southeast Michigan.

June Axelrad is best described as “enthusiastic.” June sorts through all of the book donations received, keeps the bookstore organized, and make the schedule for all the other volunteers. “She is always there when she is needed, and is every bit as reliable and dependable as an employee.” says Ferndale Library Director, Jessica Keyser, of June. “She’s part of our library family.”

The money raised in the bookstore pays for library programs and materials. The entire Ferndale community benefits from the work of June Axelrad.

Join us in thanking June for her contributions to our community at the AFP Greater Detroit Chapter NPD Dinner on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. To purchase your tickets for NPD and learn more about the AFP Greater Detroit Chapter, visit www.afpdet.org. Every November, NPD is observed by 200+ AFP chapters across the country to recognize the contributions of philanthropy and volunteerism of those people active in local nonprofits. The event is presented by Crain’s Detroit Business.

It’s the moment Ferndale readers have been waiting for. Ferndale Public Library has chosen the book for its 5th annual community-wide reading event, Ferndale Reads. The book, Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg is also this year’s selection for The Great Michigan Read. Ferndale Reads will start in March 2014, with a kick-off event. This year, the events will be spread throughout March, April and May, concluding with a speaking engagement with the author at The Rust Belt Market, which marks the end of his state-wide tour.


For more information, contact:

Darlene Hellenberg
Project Coordinator, Ferndale Public Library


The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Saturday, October 26, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ferndale Public Library
222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: 248-546-2504
All Ages for Free

Are you ready for a trip down the yellow brick road? Ferndale Public Library is gearing up for their annual Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 26, and they’re inviting kids of all ages to join in the fun! This year’s celebration takes inspiration from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. “We want to celebrate children’s literature by bringing some of the classics to life. We’ve got big surprises in store for our trick-or-treaters,” said Jillean McCommons, Head of Youth Services. The event is free and costumes are encouraged. Families may drop in anytime between 7-8 pm.

The library will be collecting candy donations for this event beginning Monday, September 30. If you would like to donate, please bring your bags of individually wrapped candy to the Children’s Desk.

Ferndale Public Library promotes lifelong learning and personal development for diverse audiences of all ages by providing collections and services that educate, inform, enrich, and entertain.  The Library supports civic engagement and serves as a public commons where a diverse Ferndale community connects and shares ideas.  It is dedicated to the principles of intellectual freedom and community service. Contact the Library: 248-546-2504 Visit:http://ferndalepubliclibrary.org

Teens: http://www.facebook.com/fplteenspotcat pumpkin

Sea Turtle Restoration Project
Friday, November 1, 7pm
Sea Turtle Restoration Project
Sun Opener
Ferndale Public Library
222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
All Ages

The Ferndale Public Library’s monthly rock-centric concert series, First Stop Friday,  is going strong. After three years of bringing the noise to the library, the future looks brighter, and louder than ever. This month showcases experimental ambient electronic band Sea Turtle Restoration Project and new minimalist ambient project Sun Opener who will perform at the library on Fri. Nov. 1 at 7 pm. The show is free and open to all ages. Visit the Facebook event for more details:https://www.facebook.com/events/592639507443933/

“The Spirit Hunter and The Skeptic”
October 29th – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
At the Ferndale Public Library
Contact: Darlene Hellenberg
248-546-2504 ex. 3 or 248-547-6008

Do you believe in ghosts or are you a steadfast skeptic? Those fascinated with the Hereafter and those focused on the Here and Now can have a lively discussion about paranormal phenomena at the Ferndale Public Library this Halloween season. Are the spirits of the undead whispering behind you at the dinner table or is there a scientific explanation for the chill you always feel when you walk into your upstairs bathroom?
Investigative journalist Sandy Lyons and environmental analyst Robert Elmouchi present “The Spirit Hunter and The Skeptic,” a point/counter-point dual-speaker presentation featuring tales of ghosts and hauntings posed with alternate scientific explanations of the paranormal.

Lyons wrote Michigan’s Most Haunted: A Ghostly Guide to the Great Lakes State, after growing up fascinated with our state’s historic ghost stories and seeing the need for reports of more recent occurrences at popular/accessible locales such as hotels and restaurants. The Troy-based author, mother and figure-skating coach, also wrote Coloardo’s Most Haunted.

Elmouchi, working for the Department of Environmental Quality, has conducted hundreds of investigations analyzing environmental quality standards. Noticing increasing popularity of paranormal TV shows (like GhostHunters), he considered the public’s growing desire for an authentic scientific investigation of alleged paranormal activity. He founded the Paranormal Investigators Group in 2010 to shed light upon unexplained phenomena using the scientific method.

True believers, skeptics, and everyone in between is invited to The Ferndale Public Library to witness this spirited debate. The point/counter-point presentation will be hosted in the Library’s Community Room.

August 12, 2013

1. 7:05 pm, meeting called to order. Welcome and Introductions. Members present: Katy Balcer, Laurinda Ross, Jane Axelrad, Monique Herzig, Beth O’Donnell, Ed Burns, Kelly Farrah.

2. Library Board Liaison Report. Mentioned at the Board meeting that the FFL is looking for a Volunteer coordinator.

3. Library Staff Report. No report

a) BLSIA (Best Small Library in America) Award – FFL input: applying in 2014.

b) Ed Burns thanks those who attended the August 3rd Library benefit concert at Loving Touch. Some wish list items were purchased. Event made over $800 profit.

4. Officer & Committee Reports

  • President: Called back to the Aug 3 Benefit Concert (see above).


  • Vice President: No report; absent.


  • Secretary: Notes from the July FPL meeting voted affirmatively to be accepted into record.


  • Treasurer: Fiscal year begins July 1. $904 in Bookstore sales (includes July 8 and 9 Book sale) since July 1 (six weeks). There is a $20 expense for annual State of MI filing.


Joining the Friends of the Michigan Libraries was brought up again; Ed will look for this paperwork/documentation.


Treasurer is working at a cumulative / complete view of FFL finances to compare year by year.

Book Store Chair asked for $20 petty cash to buy supplies such as Kleenex, hand sanitizer, etc. Agreed that this cash can be taken from the bookstore funds and receipt included.


Reports that getting money out of Paypal is still not completed. ($500/month remains the max.) Motion proposed by President to let a max of $500 to sit in checking and keep rest in savings. Motion carried.


Consideration to give annual or semiannual donation to the Library soon so that that less is sitting in the FFL coffers.



  • Membership: no report; absent.


  • Book Store:  Board travelled to get a tour of bookstore and the amount of incoming books. Volunteer needs outlined, especially needed on the weekends and Mon/Tuesday (After the garage sale drop-offs). Need for volunteer(s) is dire. High school students discussed, Beth O’Donnell to liaise/inquire at FHS.  Laurinda Ross mentioned Michigan Works job training, and need for volunteer work for people looking for work. She emailed with her contact there. June is still willing to do training, but needs people that will stick around and are stable and reliable.


Monthly book organization orientation would be an efficient way to train several volunteers at one time.


Contact the Friends to volunteer (Ferndalefriends.org@gmail.com).


  • Special Events:


DIY Festival: DIY Book Sale (Sat. Sept 14) brought up by President.  Footprint of DIY fest has expanded. Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) will also be using space in front of the Library (9 mile). Booksale still planned to be on this side of the library (assumed there will be enough space). Set-up to begin at 10:30 am, sale 11-4. Board members will cover shifts for the sale. Cash drawer needed for event (small bills).

COSTUME EXCHANGE: Chamber of Commerce has a space (exact amount of space unknown, TBD) for us at the event. “Hilton Road Festival” to be Detroit Curling Club in Ferndale. Plan should be formed in Sept. to collect costumes.

MURDER MYSTERY PARTY: 2+ months out. Dates still being considered. Call for meeting next week (week of August 18).

Ed Burns mentioned a haunted house business in Hazel Park – perhaps inquire about use on a weeknight when the house is not being used, the space can be used for the murder mystery party.


  • Public Relations: Need to fill position.

5. Action Items



  • Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) 2013 Outstanding Michigan Friends of the Library Award: Jessica Keyser gave application to Kelly Farah. Applications due by January 15. If we join this org, we could consider applying for this award.


  • PTA/PTSA FFL Liaison: Jessica Keyser suggested crossover to the school PTA. A Presidents list requested by FFL president to make contact and propose idea. FFL President will make contact. FAB (Fine Arts Boosters) link also suggested.


  • Need to fill Public Relations position.


  • Re-scheduled picnic for FFL Board, Volunteers and Library Staff to celebrating Elie Boudt & Nuria Garrote: Running out of time for the event. Proposed to work into thank-you breakfast.


  • Volunteer breakfast discussed (happened early 2013) – proposal to do another one soon.


  • Planning for Large Wish List item purchase: a large item adds visibility of what FFL gives to the FPL.   Ed Burns mentioned 1 study room broken into 2 study rooms as a wishlist item. Signage thanking FFL could be posted.


  • FFL Strategic Plan:


6. Other issues: donor wall: designs still being considered.

7. Adjourned at 8:06 PM.

Next Regular Meeting: Monday, September 9, 2013, 7:00pm


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