Adulting 101: House-keeping it Real, March 8

Beautify Your Home & Garden with Ferndale Library’s Adulting 101 Program, March 8
An Ongoing Series of How-To’s and Easy-to-Learn Tips on Leveling Up in Adulthood

Registration is required: the first Adulting 101 filled up especially fast.


The Ferndale Library’s next “Adulting 101” class on March 8 encourages you to forget about “keeping up with the Joneses” when it comes to your home and garden, and just keep it real! Real simple! We all want our home, whether it’s a house or an apartment, to be exceptional, charming, and maybe even induce a little envy for when you have company over. But in the real world, where we’re all just trying to be the best adults we can be, no one has as much time as, say, a Martha Stewart, to apply that kind of intense time and effort.


That’s where librarians Darlene Hellenberg and Michelle Williamson come in… In January, they kicked off a six-part bimonthly series of Adulting 101 programs, inspired by Millennial slang for when our busy selves can attain a confidence-boosting sense of self-improvement and an overall tidied-up style, whether it be in housekeeping, time management, or even hosting dinner parties.


On Thur,. Mar 8, Hellenberg and Williamson welcome Cat Listening and Cassie Downey to present “Housekeepin’ It Real,” providing attendees a cache of achievable enhancements to their everyday house and yard work, from weeding and greening lawns to supreme cleaning tips.


Take “Adulting” to the next level and spruce up your home and yard–it doesn’t have to be as intensive as you might think! Plus, it’s promised to be much fun as it is informative, with appetizers, mocktails, and door prizes!!



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Local Artists Combine Works Championing Feminism & Endurance at Ferndale Library

The Persistence of The Imagination Exhibits Feb 11 – Marc 31: Reception Hosted on Feb 22

Reception Feb 22nd

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Harkening the end of winter and ushering in Women’s History Month, “The Persistence of the Imagination” is a celebration of feminine courage and endurance, hosted at the Ferndale Library, Feb 11 – March 31. This exhibition brings together intuitive paintings and assemblage art by Metro Detroit area artists Alana Carlson, Rosemarie Hughes, Terri Light, Linden, and Denise Rieck. The Reception for “The Persistence of the Imagination” will be hosted at the Ferndale Library on Thurs., Feb 22, from 6pm-8pm.

These works herald feminine spirit and the endurance of beauty amidst the dark.The exhibition explores connections with nature and animals, family and home. The range of emotions plays out in the works, including humor, sorrow, joy and contemplation. Encaustic artist Rosemarie Hughes says, “We all have our stories, our truths and our secrets.”

The reception on Thursday, February 22, will feature live music by singer/songwriter Carmel Liburdi, a dance arrangement by Stella Isis Rothe, and spoken word performance by Sparrow Karras. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to interact with the artists.

“Wake up and dream,” said assemblage artist Terri Light. “We want to give the viewer pause about what is happening around them in society and what is occurring in their own subconscious.” And painter Denise Rieck added, that “…in quiet moments of reflection, we are faced with change and choices. It is in these moments where the real work begins and ends.”
The diverse mediums of the art include realistic oil and acrylic paintings, encaustic wax works, and assemblage pieces created from random objects. These seasoned artists have a deep history in Detroit and have previously exhibited throughout metro Detroit, including the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, the Scarab Club, Northville Art House, and the Janice Charach Gallery.

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Local Libraries Link Up for Cross-City Book Club Events in March/April

The Reading Collective Plans Programs Around My Friend Dahmer


Four local libraries have combined forces with The Reading Collective a five-week-long series of special events in March and April, exploring the provocative award-winning graphic novel My Friend Dahmer. Librarians from Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods and Oak Park plan to host unique programs discussing (or inspired by) the subject matter of author Derf Backderf’s illustrated memoir. Readers will get a chance to visit their neighboring libraries for insightful programs and socialize with their fellow patrons.


The Reading Collective’s selected book, My Friend Dahmer,  presents a compelling perspective on infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Derf Backderf is an award winning, international bestselling author and cartoonist who happened to be classmates with Dahmer in junior high and high school during the 1980’s. My Friend Dahmer was listed by Time Magazine’s Top 5 Nonfiction Books list of 2012, and was recently adapted into a major motion picture. Derf worked as a staff cartoonist for several newspapers in the 1990’s and won the Robert F Kennedy Journalism Award for cartooning in 2006. His first graphic novel, Punk Rock & Trailer Parks came out in 2010.


DerfBackderf_BWstraightCopies of My Friend Dahmer will be available for patrons to check out from their home library. Free copies of the book will be also available at all participating libraries on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting in February. Throughout March, there will be group discussions hosted at Berkley and Oak Park libraries, including one inside a bar just down the street from the Ferndale Library. There will also be a film screening tied to the themes of Derf’s book at the Ferndale Library, a presentation on a local true crime event hosted at Berkley’s Library, and improv comedy sketches inspired by the book at GO Comedy! in Ferndale. On April 12, the author visits The Ringwald Theatre to talk about the book with participants of Reading Collective.


Public libraries often coordinate Community Read events similar to The Reading Collective, but it will be an exceptional opportunity for residents of each of the four communities to venture out and experience cultural programming in a new setting, where they can encounter and engage with fellow readers the next city over. It’s also a chance for recreational readers to expand not only into the genre of non-fiction, but to appreciate the substantial merits and dramatic imagery of the artform of graphic novel storytelling.


Reading Collective Schedule of Events, March / April 2018

Each program will be a new and creative opportunity for commencing more insightful dialogues about the book.  

Every Wed. in March (starting March 7th): GO Comedy! shows – 8pm
March 7th: Oak Park book club, 6-8

March 13th: Dinner and a Movie at Ferndale – Eating Roul (and taco bar!) 6:30pm

March 15th: Berkley Reading Society 6:30-8

March 21st: CSI at Oak Park 6:30-7:15
                    Book Party @ The Emory 7:30

March 28th: Witch of Delray at Huntington Woods 7:00pm
April 4th: Michigan True Crime: the Oakland County Child Killer case – 6:30pm @Berkley

April 12th: Derf Backderf @ The Ringwald Theatre 7pm, doors at 6:45pm


More about Derf Backderf

Comics creator Derf Backderf was born and raised in a small Ohio town outside Akron.  After a brief stint at art school, he dropped out and worked on the back of a garbage truck, an experience that was the basis for his ongoing comix project, Trashed.


Backderf’s first graphic novel, Punk Rock & Trailer Parks (SLG Publishing, 2009), a bawdy comic account of the punk rock scene in Akron, Ohio, was cited by Booklist as “one of the stand-out graphic novels of the year.”  It became a bestseller in France after its 2014 release and was awarded the Prix Bulles Zik literary prize.


Derf’s most famous graphic novel is My Friend Dahmer (Abrams Comicarts, 2012), the haunting account of his teenage friendship at Revere High School with the future serial killer. It has been hailed as one of the finest graphic novels in recent memory by Slate, The Plain Dealer, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Kirkus Reviews and many more. Time magazine listed it as one of the five best non-fiction books of the year.


My Friend Dahmer  received an Alex Award from the American Library Association, one of only ten books honored, and was named one of the 100 Greatest Graphic Novels by the same organization.  It was awarded an Angoulême Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France, as well as the Priz du Polar and Prix Litararie, the top scholastic book award, both in France.  A film adaptation of MY FRIEND DAHMER will debut in 2017.



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Ferndale Library’s Early Learning Fair Showcases Local Youth Organizations on Feb 17

Parents to be and families with small children should mark their calendars for the Early Learning Fair at the Ferndale Library on Sat., Feb 17. Youth Librarians will host an open-house style information fair that features several local family/youth organizations presenting an all-encompassing view of the various opportunities, services and activities available for new parents in Ferndale. This event incorporates organizations like the Ferndale Early Childhood Center, Drayton Avenue Co-op Preschool, Oakland Family Services, Nature’s Playhouse, and many more.

Early Learning Fair 2018

Librarian Ashley Lehman, FADL’s Head of Youth Services, said that this program will have lots of information for parents and activities for children, but it’s open to anyone else in the community who works with children under the age of five, including preschool educators. Each organization setting up at the library for the fair will have activities for families where they can learn about preschool curriculum, fostering development and structure, the importance of playtime, literacy, and so much more!


The drop-in event goes from 2pm – 4pm, and no registration is required.


Other local organizations featured at the Library’s Early Learning Fair include Ferndale Parks and Recreation, Japhet School, Great Start Collaborative – Oakland, Detroit Waldorf, Honey: Space For Moms, Scuola Creativa, and Oakland Meditation Center! Each organization will have a booth set up, with activities for families to do while visiting and learning about their specific services and programs.

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Tinesha’s Top Anime Picks

Circulation Specialist Tinesha Allen wants you to check out our Anime film section!

“Anime” is the Japanese term for animation. This genre/artform refers to animated films and original series for television that are produced in Japan, and the stories are often full of vibrant characters, heroic adventures, fantastical creatures, and complex emotional narratives.


Tinesha wrote about her Top 3 Anime Films, below. You can follow the links to place a hold on anything that strikes your fancy via our online catalog.

91Ae2iidJyL._SL1500_Summer Wars
Summer Wars has a great family friendly story and multiple protagonists with their own side stories. It takes place during the summer vacation of the Jinnouchi family. Kenji Koiso has been tricked into pretending to be the boyfriend of his friend, Natsuki Shinohara as they spend time with at Natsuki’s great grandmother’s house. Tragedy strikes the family several times throughout the movie but the way they come together to beat a common enemy is heartwarming.



index (1)Tokyo Godfathers
Premise of Three Men and a Baby but way cuter. Three homeless people care for an abandoned dumpster baby.  They set of in search of who the baby’s parents could be, using clues that the parents left behind. All three of the characters begin to grow on you as they do their very best to take responsibility of this baby girl, an grand act of kindness and effort.




downloadSpirited Away
You cannot talk about Anime films without mentioning the genius behind Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The amount of detail put into the work of Studio Ghibli is astounding; the story line is complex with hundreds of characters, their own distinct personalities, purposes and back stories. Spirited Away, like many Miyazaki films, is an award winning movie.

Taking place beyond the realms of human understanding, one little girl, Chihiro, must save herself, her friends and her parents using only her own wit and bravery as well as a DRAGON! How cool is that?!

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Let Annie Spence Tell You Why Libraries Are Vital!

Neil Gaiman famously said that our future depends on libraries. 

And the late Ray Bradbury declared that without libraries…we have no past! No future!

These are urgent words from two respectably iconic authors. I think it isn’t a coincidence that they’re both fantasy writers…, because I have to fight a cynical side of myself that thinks its a fantasy that anyone would ever appreciate 21st century libraries for what they really are: community centers, information access hubs, adhoc galleries, impromptu music venues, and almost anything else that a community could ask for in terms of a steadily nurtured intake of cultural enrichment!

My point is, a Google search of: “quotes about libraries” can only get me so far in terms of my weekly advocacy of the awesomeness of libraries. Too often I find quotes from mega-celebrity authors, or long dead authors, and I always feel like those quotes I find have a kind of blanket generality.

DF451But then Annie Spence put out her new book, Fahrenheit 451 Spence is a SE Michigan area librarian who spent the last decade writing love letters (and breakup notes) to the prominent books in her life. For so many of us, we have a list of our own most formative (or favorite) books that had a profound effect on the way we think about the world. Spence’s narrative voice is so authentic, as though you’re eavesdropping on a sincerely spoken conversation from the next aisle over… For the titles she treasures, there is poignant sincerity in her declarations of appreciation….  For the books she berates, it’s deliciously sardonic!


I really needed to find someone else who could help me express why libraries still matter!

“Libraries are one of the last places in the U.S. that you can go without having to buy or believe in anything,” Spence said.

Libraries may be the last public place you can go where you’re sure to interact with people are are not similar to you. The Internet may be perceived as vast, but we can all fall into our own echo-chamber of amenable acquaintances, or into our own cultural/political bubbles over social media. #IRL means “In Real Life…” And libraries, said Spence, are where you can nurture any social skills that may have atrophied over your navigation of status updates.

AGBU5496“Seeing the people  in your community as opposed to only seeing the people that make the same amount of money as you or that have the same beliefs and assumptions and on an on… is important for a functioning, peaceful society. At the library, one person has come in to pick up a book for the thesis they’re writing, while the guy at the next table came in because there is no heat in his house, or the family at the next table is having a supervised visit with a social worker, and the lady at the computer is looking at her medical records and researching options. They’re ALL there together trying to better their lives. Where else can you go to get that?”

Meanwhile, Ferndale’s librarians and staff are indescribably grateful that the community voted with overwhelming enthusiasm to renew our millage in 2016. That allowed us to coordinate exciting new programs and events, expand are hours to 7-days-a-week, add more materials and online databases… And we’re only just getting started! We also have the nonprofit Friends Of The Ferndale Library, with volunteers from the community donating their time and efforts to benefit library programming and collection development.

We love and appreciate any fan of libraries…, because we know libraries aren’t as glamorous as sports arena, or a music venue, a multiplex movie theater. Demonstrating the real value of libraries can still be a tough sell, as Spence noted.

“A lot of people think libraries are nice to have around and I’m grateful for the goodwill,” she said. “But some folks think we’re nice to have around in the way that you thought your mom cooking dinner for you and doing your laundry was “nice”. As in: ‘Yeah she does it for me, but I could do it myself if I wanted….’ Or nice as in: ‘I didn’t even want to eat beef stroganoff…I would have been fine with Pizza Rolls! Gawd!!’  But then you get older and you move into your own apartment and you realize that the laundry and the dishes and all of that shit is a lot of work and that when you eat pizza rolls every night you get bloated!”
Some might forget (or not realize) how much is offered at a public library, beyond even the recreational treats of DVDs and the latest buzzed-up fiction releases. For a notable portion of any community’s population, the public library is an essential junction where they can find nuanced resources that ameliorate several aspects of their daily lives.

“I think,” said Spence, “that when people don’t know where else to turn and they come to their public library and get help they couldn’t have gotten anywhere else, whether it’s the legal forms for getting a divorce, or getting help making a resume, or assistance tracking down the phone numbers of family members to notify them about a death, that’s when they realize that the library is more than just warm fuzzy bookish feelings…”
“Libraries are vital!”


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