Ferndale Reads: Recommendation from Mayor Coulter

This new series features book recommendations from famous Ferndalians, community members, business owners, various movers/shakers, and, really, any ardent book lovers in town… Not sure what you to read next?? Maybe one of your neighbors could help!

13690717_10154395456648408_2281568257590089848_nOur fourth installment features a selection from our city’s Mayor, Dave Coulter! Dave Coulter has been Mayor of Ferndale since January 2011. Prior to  that, he represented Ferndale, Hazel Park, and Royal Oak as Oakland County Commissioner for four terms (2002-2010), where he also  served as Democratic Leader.

As mayor, Coulter has worked to strengthen ties to the business community through the creation of the Mayor’s Business Council. He also created the Blue Ribbon Commission of Ferndale Parks to upgrade the City’s parks through grants and private funds!
But here on our library’s blog, Mayor Coulter is letting you know what HE thinks is a vital read…  a book which you can find and place a hold on today, through our library’s online catalog. 
downloadMayor Coulter Recommends…
A Friend of Mr. Lincholn by Stephen Harrigan
Mayor Coulter:
“I’m a huge student and fan of Abraham Lincoln and I thought I’d read just about everything worth reading on him, so I was thrilled recently to discover a new book that paints a fascinating picture of his early years as a young lawyer in Springfield.”
“The book, “A Friend of Mr. Lincoln: A Novel,” by Stephen Harrigan is a fictional but historically accurate portrait of the president as a young man, torn between his confidence in his own destiny and the great depths of self-doubt and depression he often battled. Before there was Lincoln the mythical figure, there was an ambitious and insecure young man trying to find his way; this book brings that young man to life in a most unexpected and enjoyable way.”
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FYI, Ferndalians – The 99th Annual Ferndale Memorial Day Parade starts at 10:00 am on Livernois at W. Maplehurst going east to Woodward Avenue, southbound to Nine Mile Rd west to Livernois ending at the Memorial Mall. A memorial ceremony will take place immediately… More info
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@TheLibrary – Staff Recommendations: “the Classics” with a modern twist

We want to help you find your next favorite book… !!
As you can expect, every member of our library staff is an avid reader! That means any one of us can supply you with a substantial amount of reliable recommendations for what to read next…

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Gabriel is an amazingly talented violinist as well, and self-ascribed “Friend to All Squirrels”

This batch of picks is from our Library Page, Gabriel Bray.

Gabriel has given us several lists of recommendations in the past – each proving more diverse, sophisticated, enlightening (and sometimes unconventional) than the last…

 

 

Here’s a collection of “Classics” picked by Gabriel

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The library contains books of all shapes and sizes, but standing out among them are a select few designated as “the classics.” While there is no absolute standard for what constitutes a true classic, and while the list will continue to grow as long as we a species continue to churn out thought-provoking and original literary works, there are some titles that just about everyone can agree have “made it.” Perhaps you read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school or brought Pride and Prejudice along on your last holiday. Still, such a label carries with it a deal of weight, proving daunting to many a hesitant reader. For those who may prefer a softer approach, the good news is that the Ferndale Library serves you on a multimedia platform, allowing for new and exciting ways to experience classic works across all genres. Here are but a few examples.

 

indexDante’s Divine Comedy – Seymour Chwast

Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy is a three-part Italian epic from the 13th Century, depicting the author’s journey through the stages of the afterlife. Its vivid and often horrific descriptions of the nine circles of hell have become so ingrained into our collective imagination that we may not realize how great a cultural impact Dante has had. Seymour Chwast brings Dante’s imagery to graphic life in his adaptation of the Divine Comedy, while reimagining and modernizing some elements in his art. While clearly a very truncated version of a hefty poem, Chwast’s book functions as a suitable introduction for those not familiar with the original and provides a unique and entertaining artistic take on it for those who are.

 

index (1)The Canterbury Tales – Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer is another great Medieval writer, and one of the first and finest wordsmiths in the English language, especially known for The Canterbury Tales. Some readers might greet that assertion with skepticism upon being introduced to Chaucer’s version of English, which is quite different from the language we know today. Editors have attempted to address this problem in diverse ways, with numerous translations of The Canterbury Tales appearing in both prose and poetry. The library offers another option: the audiobook version. A collection of several of Chaucer’s tales, ranging from the romantic to the raunchy, are presented in the original Middle English. A brief introduction to Middle English is offered on the first disc, and each tale is read by a different narrator, adding up to a quite enjoyable companion for your morning commute.

 

index (2)Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less – Alexander Aciman

In today’s world, the importance of social media as a tool for communication is not in question. What is questioned is whether our society’s collective addiction to Facebook and Twitter could be adversely affecting our attention spans when it comes to, say, tackling an intimidatingly large work of literature. Enter Twitterature, which sums up a remarkable number of works in a series of imaginary Tweets. Homer and Virgil, Shakespeare and Marlowe, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Proust and Joyce – the list of those represented here is an extensive one. The selections range from the predictable – Frankenstein and Jane Eyre – to the decidedly more outside-the-box – Alan Moore’s Watchmen and the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This book is a fun little diversion for everyone – while the jokes are funnier if you know the story already, it is to be hoped that one or two will inspire the reader to explore a work with which they were previously unfamiliar (and if they do, you know where to look for it).

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Summer Concert Series Kicks off June 13 with Japanese Drum Ensemble

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Our much-loved Summer Concert Series is back! We’ve brought you six years of wonderful, weird and inspiring music and this year we plan on upping the ante. Thanks to the Friends of the Ferndale Library, our Summer Concert Series is better than ever.

Raion Taiko will feature a quartet of professional Japanese drum artists, with a range of percussive instruments, including an Odaiko, a drum carved from a single tree spanning three ft in diameter. The harmonious Taiko drum arrangements developed out of a tradition sprung from Japanese folklore, dating back more than a thousand years.

 

This event is free and all ages are welcome. Please note that the performance will be 45 minutes long, please arrive on time so you don’t miss any of this exhilarating spectacle!

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Ferndale Reads: PJ from Go Comedy! Recommends…

This new series features book recommendations from famous Ferndalians, community members, business owners, various movers/shakers, and, really, any ardent book lovers in town… Not sure what you to read next?? Maybe one of your neighbors could help!

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Our third installment features a selection from PJ Jacokes.  Pj is the Producer of Go Comedy. He has been an actor and improviser in the Detroit area since 1997. Before opening Go Comedy! in 2008, Pj was the Head Instructor at The Second City, Detroit. Locally, he is likely most familiar from Hungry Howies’ long-running “Ad Guys” commercials.

 PJ’s book recommendation can be found through Ferndale Library’s online catalog…

Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality by Dr. Ronald Mallett

 
PJ  Jacokes:
“Since I was a little kid I have always been fascinated by time travel. Not only in science fiction, but in the idea that in my lifetime it could be a possibility.
Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality is the true story of one man’s quest to make it real. When he was 10-years old Theoretical Physicist Dr. Ronald Mallett’s father suddenly passed away. From that day forward, Dr. Mallett made it his life’s mission to make science fiction a reality, with the hopes that eventually he could go back and talk to his Dad one last time.
Having recently lost my Mom, the book resonates even more than it did the first time I read it. It’s really a beautiful story of love and drive and persistence in the face of the impossible.
Visit Go Comedy! this Thursday for “The Skit Parade” at 8pm  and then at 9pm for “Teacher’s Lounge” 
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Ferndale Library’s Popular Summer Concert Series Returns June 13

One Free, Exclusive Performance Each Month Featuring Diverse Music Artists of Michigan

Nothing sweeter than some fine live music in a serene setting during the soft-glowing sunset of a summer’s eve! The Ferndale Library’s Summer Concert Series kicks off Tue, Jun 13 with an exciting performance from the vibrant Great Lakes Taiko Center’s authentic Japanese drumming ensemble, Raion Taiko.

The Ferndale Library’s Summer Concert Series has always strived to expose library visitors to music that is new and exciting in a setting that is both lively and thoughtful. FADL’s biggest music event features three free, family-friendly concerts spread across the season, each beginning at 6:30pm on a trio of second Tuesdays: Jun 13, Jul 11, and Aug 8. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Ferndale Library, which allows the library to book big names and bring bold performances to the public.

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Other artists featured this year include Detroit-based singer/songwriter Dan John Miller of the renowned Americana/rock outfits Blanche and Goober & The Peas (performing Jul 11), and the transcendent Theatre Bizarre Orchestra’s blend of burlesque, rock & roll, jazz, and vaudeville culture (performing Aug 8).

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“One of the best days to be at the library is during one of our Summer Concerts,” said Kelly Bennett, who coordinates the series . “A great crowd always shows up, there’s music filling up the whole library, and the artists we seek out for this series are always a diverse blend of genres and traditional styles.”

This series of monthly performances is an ideal way for local music fans and families to spend a summer evening. Our roster of bands and musicians will actually be performing during regular library hours, which creates a cheerful effect of marvelous music resonating throughout the whole library (at mostly agreeable volume levels.) Every reader needs to rock out a bit, right?

Funds raised by bi-annual bake sales, bolstered by the support of the Friends of the Ferndale Library, helps produce a fun and exciting three-part series of monthly weeknight concerts featuring top tier talents from around the region.

MORE ABOUT THE BANDS

June 13 – 6:30 pm
Raion Taiko will feature a quartet of professional Japanese drum artists, with a range of percussive instruments, including an Odaiko, a drum carved from a single tree spanning three ft in diameter. The harmonious Taiko drum arrangements developed out of a tradition sprung from Japanese folklore, dating back more than a thousand years.

 

July 11 – 6:30 pm
Dan John Miller is a nationally-acclaimed songwriter and was something of an early mentor to Jack White. Local fans revel at his theatrical performances at DIY Street Fairs under the alias “Goober” of Goober & The Peas, and you may have seen him in films, such as 2005’s Johnny Cash biopic, Walk The Line.

 

August 8 – 6:30 pm
The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra is the house band for Detroit’s annual Theatre Bizarre Halloween Event. These masterful musicians invoke the spirit of dark carnivals, demented circuses, and ribald debauchery, which can only be defined as neo-vaudeville. Their music is captivating and mesmerizing, and their show blends the ethereal with the burlesque in one fell swoop.

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Ferndale Reads: June from FADL Book Store Recommends…

This new series features book recommendations from famous Ferndalians, community members, business owners, various movers/shakers, and, really, any ardent book lovers in town.

18447867_10211652652126332_880014445_nOur third installment features a selection from June Axelrad, the manager of our Friends of the Ferndale Library’s Used Book Store.

You’ve likely purchased a book from June over the last three years (at a great deal, I might add,) but now you can actually get a better picture of the types of novels she enjoys most, like this one….

 

 

 

June’s Pick: Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers. 

index“Heroes is a self-discovery and life affirming tale reminiscent of Wild, but with children. Josie is beset by demons both real and imagined. She faces legal troubles and feels threatened by her ex-husband.

Fearing that she may lose custody of her children, she flees to Alaska. The family travels in a rickety trailer and the story starts out as a glorious travel adventure. Beset by wildfires and financial troubles, Josie has to live by her wits, finding illegal shelter where she can and fleeing the encroaching fires.

Through it all, she and her children grow strong. I wasn’t sure I liked Josie at first, but I ended up loving her and this book. For those who are fans of Dave Eggers, it is a testament to his writing that his style varies from book to book. This and What is the What are two of my favorite books.”

 

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (May 23)

Kids 12-17 can join us for a special showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, have snacks, play trivia, and win prizes!

No registration required.

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