Door Prizes, Carnival, Juggling, Jenga, Josh Malerman – Fri, Sept 9

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
Sun: Closed

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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August Update

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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

COMING UP

Concert Aug 23

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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.

Interim Director

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

http://ferndalepubliclibrary.org

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Ferndale Voters Say Yes To Library Millage To Restore/Expand Services/Hours

THANK YOU, FERNDALE

Aug, 3, 2016

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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!”

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Detroit Photography Exhibit Surprises with New Perspectives

Detroit Photography

July 18 – August 27
Reception: Thursday, August 4 from 6-8 pm.Ferndale Area District Library Art & Exhibition Committee presents an exhibition of photographs by two Detroit artists depicting their unique perspectives of the city.

More than 20 original photographs by J.Gordon Rodwan and Breanna Garvin display the stunning architecture, landscape and visual character of the city. Beauty can be found if one is looking for it. These photographs employ interesting angles and vantage points to shift the viewer’s perceptions of popular city spaces.

August 4th’s Reception will include an Artist’s Talk by J. Gordon Rodwan and his son, John Rodwan, discussing the photographs, poetry, and essays from their book Detroit Is. There will be refreshments and live music by Hueco Tanks.

Read more about the exhibition here.
Find out about Art and Exhibitions at the library here.

Help Make Art Happen at the Library

Volunteer to assist Ferndale Area District Library Art & Exhibitions
Volunteering can be as easy as lending a couple of hours at an art event, to joining our Committee.

Fill out this form to sign up.

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Library Millage – August 2

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Because Libraries Transform Communities

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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!

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Here’s video from this week’s live performance by The Moxie Strings, part of our Summer Concert Series. 

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Libraries Transform: Empowering Communities

 

fe658423da06ca6685acb7d7fe31c9bcFrom the American Library Association

Libraries everywhere empower people by providing them with access to information and helping them to fulfill needs related to health, government services and community engagement.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Resources that patrons can use to access information and pursue interests are preserved at libraries. Librarians use their information seeking expertise to help address a wide variety of needs.
  • Educational opportunities of all kinds are available to people of all ages at the library. For example, more than half of library patrons who used library computers to seek financial aid received funding.
  • Libraries are the Community on-ramp to the world of information. Internet access is now one of the most sought after public library services.
  • Libraries provide important services. 97% of public libraries help people apply for government services online.
  • Libraries facilitate patrons’interactions with other members of the community. 60% of library computer users in a year reported using library resources to maintain person connections. Among these users, 74% reported using library computers to connect with friends or family, 66% communicated with family or friends in the local community, and 35% reported connection with family outside of the United States.
  • Libraries provide an exceptional variety of resources to patrons. U.S. public libraries circulate nearly as many materials every day (7.9 million) as FedEx ships packages worldwide (8 million).
  • Libraries facilitate health activities. In a year, 37% of library computer users, an estimated 28 million people, researched health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, medical procedures or diet and nutrition, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options.

More info: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/pp/e

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