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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:
Magazines
Text books
Computer guides
Health books
Encyclopedias
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.

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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
248-547-6008
darlene@ferndalepubliclibrary.org

 

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
And
Sun Opener
Ferndale Public Library
222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
248-546-2504
Free
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
darlene@ferndalepubliclibrary.org

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

 

The 2013 Book Club Reading List for July through November has been posted to the Book Club page. Click here to view.


Third 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

Wrongful Conviction in the American Justice System

Professor Marv Zalman came to Wayne State University in 1980 as chair of the then new Criminal Justice Department. He previously taught at the Criminal Justice Department at Michigan State University and in the law faculty at Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria. His work in constitutional criminal procedure focuses on the limits of state power and individual liberty. His textbook/case book, Criminal Procedure: Constitution and Society, 4th edition (Prentice Hall 2005) integrates legal, social scientific, and criminal justice policy approaches. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals: Criminal Law Bulletin, Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Crime & Justice and Justice System Journal. 


Third in our monthly series of local experts talking about interesting stuff
Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 7pm-8pm, Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale,MI

The Virtues and Vices of Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories are quite prominent in current American life.  Often the use of “conspiracy theory” is derogatory in nature, allowing a rejection of the proffered theory out of hand.  However, I believe conspiracy theories can be useful tools for thinking about the nature of reasoning and explanation.  This presentation will look at some of the recent academic and popular literature on conspiracy theories in order to explore reasoning, explanation, and other topics of philosophical interest.

Mark Huston is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Schoolcraft College located in Livonia, MI.  His philosophical interests are in the areas of mind, epistemology, aesthetics, and film.  He has published in the journals Ratio, The Journal of Philosophical Research and Film and Philosophy.  He has also published book reviews in the magazine Philosophy Now.  Additionally he has essays in the book Tennis and Philosophy: What the Racket is All About and in Golf and Philosophy: Lessons From the Links.

Ferndale’s renovated library has recently been the subject of a significant amount of public attention, particularly from organizations that have praised its energy efficiency.  

Two of the best recent articles are here:

Beautiful photographs of the library are among the highlights of a feature spread in DTE Energy’s “Energy Smarts of Michigan” Winter 2011 edition which can be found online here: http://www.dteenergy.com/residentialCustomers/productsPrograms/electric/energySmartsMagazine.html

A short version containing just the Ferndale article can be found here: Ferndale Public Library 2011

At the same time, GreeningDetroit.com has published a nice piece on the recent tour of the library hosted for the local chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC): http://www.greeningdetroit.com/2011/12/05/ferndale-public-library-re-defines-public-place/

 

 

 

Our Neighborhood Professor series continues into its second month with a discussion by Wayne State University professor of law and political science Brad R. Roth at 7pm on Wednesday, December 7th.

Professor Roth will be speaking on Pearl Harbor and its Lasting Effects. This presentation will focus on the daunting questions about the role of law in bridling the exercise of power, both at home and abroad, in the service of national security. Legal precedents from that conflict continue to haunt U.S. constitutional jurisprudence. 

You can find more about Prof. Roth in a recent profile by Ferndale115.com here: http://ferndale115.com/nuevo/2011/11/18/professor-roth-to-talk-about-pearl-harbor-and-effects-on-american-law-on-dec-7-at-library/.  If you have any questions, please contact us at ferndalefriends.org@gmail.com

Spooktacular, 6:30 to 8pm, Friday, October 28.

A note from our fabulous children’s librarian, Jillean McCommons, asking for volunteers for Friday.  Please contact her at jilleanmc[at]gmail[dot]com, call 248-546-2504 or visit the Children’s Desk at the library

Hello,

I’m sending out another friendly (pun intended) call for volunteers for our Halloween Spooktacular happening this Friday, October 28 from 6:30-8.

We also need people to help with decorating from 5:30-6:30 and lots of hands to hand out candy from 6:30 on.  Costumes are welcome.

Thanks in advance for sending this out and for your continued support!

Jillean

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