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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[at] or simply leave a comment here.

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All donations and memberships to the Friends of the Library are now officially tax deductible.  In fact they have been so for some time–our status was “pending” but still valid–but our official certification came today.  So let the memberships roll in.  Especially since they score you a free ticket to our Sneak Peek and more tickets for only $1o each.

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Thanks to the 25 Friends who joined us for our first general membership meeting and to the dozen others who wished us well and wished they could join us.  We passed bylaws, made plans for the future.  Congratulations to the incoming slate of Friends officers:

  • President, Kevin Yezbick
  • Vice President, Kevin Deegan-Krause
  • Secretary, Joanne Scharich
  • Treasurer, Matt Nowaczok
  • Special Events, Beth O’Connor
  • Membership, Kelly Farrah
  • Publicity, Michael Pierce
  • Programming (James Hanks, Pending acceptance)
  • Bookstore (Don DeCenzo, Pending acceptance)

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24 hours + Facebook + 5 emails (+ lots of forwarding) + active community = FlashMob success

Thanks to many Ferndale, Oak Park and Pleasant Ridge residents who turned out for our impromptu picture session.  In addition to nearly the entire city council and our county commissioner, our very-short-notice appeal drew families, seniors, and all manner of present and future Friends, nearly a hundred in all.  Thanks, too, to Ann Warner, who is not only the President of the Library Board but also the artist behind the camera lens with the patience to wait while we all gathered, waved and shouted.

Friends of the Ferndale Library Gather to Celebrate T-Minus-One Month Until the Opening of the New Library. Photographer: Ann Warner

Photographer: Ann Warner

Photographer: Ann Warner

If you should encounter Ferndale Friends editor Steffie Loveless as she bikes around Ferndale, suggest to her that this picture would make an excellent front cover for our almost-namesake in the world of journalism.

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Day of Books and Roses

Ferndale Public Library, 642 E. Nine Mile
Sunday, April 18, 2pm to 7pm
For browsing and purchase by Bookbeat in Oak Park and Leopold’s Books in Detroit and other booksellers.  Readings and book sales by local authors.
Beautiful flowers for purchase
Howling Diablos jazz trio
Savory and sweet Crepes by the Cannella Patisserie & Cręperie, Birmingham
Samples of French and Spanish wines by Elie Wine in Royal Oak
Coffee by Cafe Con Leche in Detroit
Join us and buy $1 tickets for wine samples (2 tickets), coffee (1 ticket), crepes (4 tickets) and roses (1 ticket)
To introduce the Day of Sant Jordi, the day that the people of Barcelona and all of Catalonia celebrate books and love.
To support the Friends of the Ferndale Library to whom the Society of Sant Jordi is donating all proceeds.
For information call: 248-546-2504
Download the factsheet here: booksandroses
And don’t forget our Friends’ Revival from 2pm to 3pm on April 25:

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Ferndale FriendsThanks to those who turned out at our first 2010 volunteer meeting and volunteered their time to participate in the Big Read.  A schedule is available here:

We still need a few people to represent the Friends and hand out flyers at a few events in February/March so if you’re avaialable, let us know at .  The work is easy, quick, and fun, and may be at events you’d attend anyway!

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  • Join us tomorrow–Saturday, February 20th–at the Library–642 E. Nine Mile–for a brief (we promise) meeting to organize participation in Big Read events.  Since these are events you may be going to anyway, go as a Friends’ member, help us announce our presence to Ferndale and recruit new members.  We are looking for volunteers to help moderate book discussions, welcome visitors at Big Read lectures and presentations and help us organize the parties that are coming up.

And as a special bonus, if you come tomorrow, you’ll be the first on your block to know the until-now closely guarded secret date for the library’s Grand Opening!!!

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The Big Read is going to be a big deal in Ferndale and we’re looking for a few people to help with a few tasks. Photographers, greeters, movers of furniture, all are welcome. The full list of events is here:

The list of things that we need help with is below. If you are interested in helping with any of these please email: or

    Kick-Off Party @ the Library – Feb. 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)
    • Set Up / Clean Up

    WSU Panel Discussion @ Affirmations – March 3, 7:30 – 9:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)
    • Help Greet People? Just be around in case people have Big Read questions

    Go Comedy – March 4, 11, 18, and 25 8:00 – 10:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • If I’m not there, say a few words at the beginning or end about upcoming events, thanks for coming, and tell them about donation box
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)
    • Greet People? Just be around in case people have Big Read questions

    Film Noir Movie Series – March 12, 19, and 26 7:00 – 9:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Set Up / Clean Up
    • Make announcements about up coming events (if I am not there)
    • Greet

    Key-Note Speaker – Loren D. Estleman March 25th 7:30 – 9:00 PM

    • Count Attendees
    • Refreshment table set up / clean up
    • Help greet people
    • Take Pictures (ask for permission from people to have their photos printed on web, etc)

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