Library To Re-Open on Fridays
Ferndale citizens went to the polls on August 2nd and voted in support of replacing the Ferndale Area District Library’s millage for 10 years more, to restore services and boost budgets for materials that had been reduced or cut in 2014.
This means that the Library’s Board of Trustees’ initial plan to restore and increase hours of operation can begin to go into effect.
On Sept 9, we will RE-OPEN on Fridays (10am-6pm).
We’ll be celebrating all day on that First Friday with a special outdoor carnival at 4pm.
Meanwhile, we are working our way towards being open on Sundays somewhere down the line, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, along with the increased funding, the Ferndale Library will also be upgrading the public computer workstations in both the adult lab and Kids Corner, ordering more on-demand digital resources (like eBooks, Audiobooks and online learning tools) and organizing more literacy programs for K-12th grade readers.
Late Summer/Autumn Hours
Mon – Thurs: 10am-8pm
Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 12pm – 5pm
Friday Carnival on Sept 9
We’re encouraging everyone to stop in and see us on Sept 9 for a‘First Friday’ Carnival: an assortment of casual festivities like live music, activities, refreshments and an exclusive reading by local author Josh Malerman of one of his new scary stories.
10 am & 4 pm – Free Door Prizes for anyone who comes in(while supplies last)
4:00 pm – 6 pm – Courtyard Carnival
Ice Cream from Treat Dreams! Plus: Live music, Bean Bag Toss games, Giant Jenga, Popcorn, Sidewalk Chalk, a Juggler and Birdbox author Josh Malerman (pictured), reading a brand new short story
We’re also be offering amnesty on overdue fines for any item returned Sept 9-Sept 17. However, this amnesty will not be applied to fines already accrued for previously/recently returned items. But, if you’ve been dreading a return to the library because of a massively-overdue book or movie, this will be the week to come in…particularly on the 9th!
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We want to thank not just everyone who supports this library but anyone who utilizes this library’s range of services; we’re happy to see you and serve you every day
Concert Aug 23
There’s a concert coming up on August 23.
Our annual 3-part Summer Concert Series brings top tier local artists and talented touring songwriters (from all around Michigan) into the library for special weeknight performances that music lovers of all ages can enjoy, whether they get up close to the performers in our Community Room or if they are catching the strains of beautiful music streaming into the library’s main floor (or around the stacks) to soundtrack your studying or latest read.
Trois Bouffons will perform a free concert at 6:30 pm on August 23, to close out this year’s series. This eclectic quartet are able to program a multifaceted musical experience. Based in SE Michigan, Trois Bouffons formed in 2007 to preserve the legacy and overall charms of French Canadian traditional music. With this library performance, they’ll blend in elements of Delta blues, New Orleans Jazz, Appalachian folk and traditional fiddle music. Fans of vintage styles will surely love this show.
The Board has appointed Darlene Hellenberg as interim Director, taking over as former Director Jessica Keyser takes a new position at the Grosse Pointe Public Library.
Darlene has served as the Head of Reference for one year and has been with the Library since 2003. She got her Master’s in Library Science from Wayne State in 2012 . She has administered the annual Ferndale Reads citywide bookclub for six years, along with regularly coordinating a diverse blend of monthly programming, from the educational to the entertaining, the literary to the enlightening. She is as wise and reliable as she is friendly and forthright. The Board anticipates a smooth transition. The process to select a permanent replacement will begin in late August.
Youth Book Club Update
Youth Book Clubs will be taking a break throughout the rest of August and resume in September. There will be a new book club announced soon, though, which is exciting news. Follow facebook.com/ferndalekids for updates. Starting in September: Early Elementary Book Clubs (K-2nd grade) will meet on the First Wednesdays, Upper Elementary Book Clubs (2nd-5th grade) will meet on the Second Wednesdays, and Middle Grades Book Club (5th-8th grade) will be on the Third Tuesdays.
You can find updates about ongoing Adult Reading programs at our website: ferndalepubliclibrary.org/readers-corner
THANK YOU, FERNDALE
Aug, 3, 2016
Ferndale citizens went to the polls yesterday and voted in support of replacing the Ferndale Area District Library’s millage for 10 years more, starting in 2017, to restore services and boost budgets for materials that had been reduced or cut in 2014. The Ferndale Library Board of Trustees and outgoing Director Jessica Keyser developed a plan earlier in the Spring to restore and increase hours of operation, with a goal of being open to the public seven days-per-week.
The great recession of 2008 was particularly hard on institutions like libraries, because their revenue is tied to a community’s property tax values. Since 2009, net revenue available for library operations is down 35%, leading to significant reductions (like closing on Fridays). Now that the millage (3.5 mils / 10 years) has passed, the Board’s plans can proceed, including purchasing more books, movies and music, and creating a dedicated collection of e-books that will be exclusive to Ferndale residents, dramatically increasing selection and reducing or eliminating waiting lists for our most popular electronic materials.
“The library board is extremely grateful to Ferndale voters for approving the restoration of what was lost during the recession. This millage allows us to continue to provide a high level of quality to our community and keep up with the increased demand for services and materials that the library has experienced since the building renovation.”
With the increased funding, the Ferndale Library will upgrade the public computer workstations in both the adult lab and Kids Corner, order more on-demand digital resources (like eBooks, Audiobooks and online learning tools) and organize more literacy programs for K-12th grade readers.
This millage rate proposed was based on feedback from the community, from a survey last December, where patrons expressed a desire for more hours, more computer access and more programming. The original rate cost an average Ferndale homeowner $113/year, while the new rate is $210/year (an increase of $8 per month for most households).
Library Director Jessica Keyser says,“We are truly grateful to the community for their overwhelming support of the Library. This election season has been a wonderful opportunity to engage with different groups and individuals, and hear how the Library has been a powerful force in their lives. With restored and enhanced funding, the impact of the Ferndale Area District Library will be even greater!”
We want to increase our hours and enhance our services! A replacement millage on the ballot for the August 2nd primary would restore services and boost materials budgets, both of which have been reduced or cut since 2014.
We have a plan to restore and increase our hours of operation and be open to the public seven days per week; purchase more books, movies and music, and create a dedicated collection of e-books that will be exclusive to Ferndale residents, dramatically increasing selection and reducing or eliminating waiting lists for our most popular electronic materials.
With this millage, we will upgrade our public computer workstations in both the adult lab and Kids Corner, order more on-demand digital resources (like eBooks, Audiobooks and online learning tools) and organize more literacy programs for K-12th grade readers.
What you’ll see on the ballot: The Ferndale Area District Library’s Board of Trustees is proposing 3.5 mills for 10 years, starting in 2017. This will actually REPLACE the current millage that was approved in 2007 at 2.0 mills. The great recession of 2008 was particularly hard on institutions like libraries, because our revenue is tied to property taxes. Since 2009, net revenue available for library operations is down 35%.
This millage rate proposed on August 2 is based on community feedback, from a survey last December, where patrons expressed a desire for more hours, more computer access and more programming. The current rate costs the average homeowner $113/year, while the new rate would cost $210/year (an increase of $8 per month for most households). Essentially, this is 4 cents out of every tax dollar going to support the library.
We’re grateful for the community’s support and eager to further enhance our services.
Don’t forget to vote on August 2nd.
Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to verify your registration status, locate your polling location, or to view a sample ballot.
We have wrapped up our Libraries Transform campaign.
But we’ll continue celebrating spirit of this advocacy campaign all year long, as well as encouraging everyone to share with us their own personal stories or perspectives on how libraries have helped change their lives, change their communities, or just enriched your life in any way, big or small. We’re not just a building with books anymore….we’re an information-packed community center!