More Than Just Books

We are upgrading to a new website, soon. So, this will potentially be the last post of this blog. We want to thank you for reading!!!

When the library is reopened and services recommence, you can rest assured that your reading needs will still be met, and that our staff will continue to find creative ways to keep our community connected. Library staff across the country, and even the world, have been saying for years that “…we’re more than just books.And that’s true, of course! 

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In fact, “we’re more than just books” is the underlying sentiment woven into every effort that we put in to promoting services and programs that are otherwise auxiliary to the shelves with printed, bound pages organized in alphabetic order or classified by subjects. The gravity of saying that we’re “more than books,” which was heretofore probably interpreted as a cosmetic PR slogan, can and will be demonstrated substantially, more substantially than ever, by libraries everywhere in the year ahead. 

The library can, should, and hopefully always has been more than books, and instead more about making an impression, broadening perspectives, enhancing lives, creating opportunities for connections, and nurturing a lifelong love for reading and learning. We hope that what you take home with you from the library that is more than a book, and instead, a memory… Or, a new perspective. We strive each year to cultivate the prospects for creating a cherished memory–of the time you spent here.

If not a memory, maybe it’s an insight, whether it’s gained from something that was fun and educational through a program we hosted, a storytime led by librarians, a lecture, or community conversation led by an artist, a specialist, an author, or a local politician. Or, maybe it was a new skill you learned from a hands-on crafting event or perhaps an online training course. 

In the time leading up to this world-changing moment in history, we had already focused on our ability to host compelling, fun, and educational events here inside the library, for a live audience. But that doesn’t go away–it’s just that we’ll get creative and go ‘virtual’ for a little while…We’ll be facilitating video versions of our programming in the months ahead, delivering to you the same quality of compelling topics, presenters, crafts, and storytimes that would have otherwise been featured at events hosted inside the library as in-person gatherings. 

The modern library is not fundamentally limited to being defined by a physical collection of books. The modern library is its staff, its patrons, and it is its community. Every staff member of your Ferndale Library appreciates how foundational it is for us to be delivering a dynamic spectrum of services to the people of our city, be it through digital content, online databases, the tried-and-true knowledge-base and research of our Reference Librarians, the early literacy development of our Youth Services, the congenial/helpful Circulation Specialists, and all of the inventive topics and content of our programming.

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Staff Selections Available via #hoopla

What do Katherine Hepburn, George Carlin, Millie Perkins, Christian Campbell and Domnhall Gleeson have in common?
 
They all share librarian Ed Burns’ May 12th birth date. Welcome to a new series where staff select recommendations available to you on hoopla digital! Check out some films from Ed’s #Birthday Buddies Collection with your Ferndale Library card.
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Staff Curated Hoopla Collections

This week, Youth Librarian Miss Elissa is sharing some of her picks for adult non-fiction. She’s got a diverse selection of audiobooks to choose from, right here: https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/9478

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Art

img_20190401_133448_075The Ferndale Library founded its own Art and Exhibitions Committee eight years ago, with the mission of promoting and fostering an appreciation of two and three-dimensional art for library patrons. We wanted to also give our local artists an opportunity to reach a new artist, through the exhibition of their works, along with artists talks, and an expanded collection of art books.

That being said, the recent and ongoing global pandemic has altered the operations of (not just literally everyone) but also Art Galleries. And, to an extent, the programs and events centered around the featured works of local artists did evoke a sense of the library becoming a sort of community art gallery. But, just like galleries across the world, all of our previously scheduled shows are postponed indefinitely. If you, however, were unaware that the library had in fact had an ongoing arts program, we’d encourage you to stay tuned for updates of upcoming works that will be on display in our vestibule.

In the meantime, here are a few images showing works of local artists on display over the last year or so.

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Reading Recommendations for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day by Vince Flynn (audiobook): Fearless counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is called upon to fight against the world’s most deadly terrorists in this harrowing political thriller by New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn.

A Man Named Pearl, directed by Scott Galloway and Brent Pierson (film): A MAN NAMED PEARL tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, the whose unlikely journey to national prominence began with a bigoted remark.

Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa (music): Hail the Spirit of Liberty with this classic marching band composer.

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (audiobook):  One of the most widely-read and influential science-fiction novels, The War of the Worlds touches on interplanetary travel, evolutionary theory, British imperialism, and the fears and prejudices of Victorian times.

Ms. Marvel v. 1 – No Normal, Marvel Comics (graphic novel): Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!

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Reading Recommendations for Mother’s Day

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We’ve got a list made by our librarians that’s perfect for all of our local Mom’s on their special day (coming up this Sunday, May 10).

1. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: The mom is this book is The President of the United States, from Texas, and her son falls in love with a Prince. What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales? Available as an ebook via Libby.

2. Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes & Stories by Fanger Singer, foreward by Alice Waters, This is a memoir by Alice Waters’ daughter Fanny Singer about growing up when your mom is Alice Waters chef of Chez Panisse in San Francisco. A cookbook and culinary memoir about growing up as the daughter of revered chef/restaurateur Alice Waters: a story of food, family, and the need for beauty in all aspects of life. Available as an ebook via Libby.

3. The Cactus by Sarah Haywood This book is about a woman who loses her mom and then finds out she is unexpectedly going to become a mother herself. Recommended for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Also, a Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine book club choice. Available as an ebook via hoopla.

4. Founding mothers: the women who raised our nation by Cokie Roberts (ebook on Libby and audiobook on hoopla): An intimate look at the passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families and country proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it….

5. The perfect mother by Aimee Molley (audiobook found in hoopla, ebook in Libby): An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (ebook in Libby): Contains sixteen interwoven stories about conflicts between Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters.

7. The matriarch: Barbara Bush and the making of an American dynasty by Susan Page (audiobook on Libby): A vivid, immersive biography of former First Lady and Bush clan matriarch Barbara Bush, one of the most storied women in American political history. Barbara Pierce Bush — political powerhouse, Bush family matriarch, former First Lady, and celebrated public servant.

 

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Teacher Appreciation Week

We want to thank teachers and educators everywhere for expanding our minds! Thank you for your patience, mentorship, and creativity.

Here are some digital reading recommendations in honor of teachers that you can download this week, using your Ferndale Library Card. Find ebook & e-audiobook databases like Libby & Hoopla, here: http://ferndalepubliclibrary.org/online-resources

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Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (ebook and audiobook through Libby): Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.
Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley (audiobook through Hoopla): How do other countries create ‘smarter’ kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before.

A Chance to Make History by Wendy Kopp. (audiobook available through Hoopla): What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All?

Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon. (ebook available through on Hoopla): One lost weekend for a writing professor in Pittsburgh, plummeting through middle age, stuck with an unfinishable manuscript, an estranged wife, a pregnant girlfriend, and a talented but disturbed student.

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickman. (ebook available through Hoopla): Looking back after a distinguished NASA career that fulfilled his boyhood ambition, Hickam shares the story of his youth, taking listeners into the life of the little mining town and the boys who came to embody both its tensions and its dreams.

Hannah’s War by Jan Eliasberg. (audiobook is available in Libby: A “mesmerizing” re-imagination of the final months of World War II (Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network), Hannah’s War is an unforgettable love story about an exceptional woman and the dangerous power of her greatest discovery.

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Digital Reading Recommendations

…in honor of National Hospital Week, celebrating hospitals, health systems, and the women and men who support the health and well-being of their communities

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1. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (ebook & eaudio available through Libby): A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.

2. An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System A Tale in 4 Lives (ebook & eaudio available through Libby): A magnificently reported and soulfully crafted exploration of the human immune system–the key to health and wellness, life and death.

3. 5 Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott (Young Adult ebook available through Libby): Two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives. Can you love someone you can never touch?

4. The Pandemic Century by Mark Honigsbaum (audiobook through Hoopla): Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease.

5. Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, MD (ebook through Libby, ebook, audio, and kids edition available through Hoopla): This inspiring autobiography takes you into the operating room to witness surgeries that made headlines around the world — and into the private mind of a compassionate, God-fearing physician who lives to help others.

6. The Economist, April 18, 2020 issue, p.16, Survivors as Saviors (RBdigital): How antibodies from recovered patients and biotech companies could help.

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National Library Week

While the library has remained closed since March 13, following state and federal guidelines, we still wanted to share some quotes from staff. Some shared their thoughts on why they decided to become librarians, while others are expressing what they love most about the job.

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The Librarian’s List: What To (e)Read Next!

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While the library remains closed until further notice, we are curating e-reading recommendations from our librarians! It might be a humble brag to say that there’s quite a lot of options available to you through our online resources, and you might not know where to start or whether your favorite kinds of books are even available… So we’re going to share a list of staff picks to highlight some of the best bets for you to digitally check-out this week.

All of these titles are currently available via hoopla.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s a bonus borrow til April 30th and is one of the best literary escapes in my opinion

 

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ComicsSAGA. Catch up on one of the most highly acclaimed graphic novel series of the last few years. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is rated R, not safe for children.

 

 

 

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EbookTartine Bread. Want to join your Instagram friends in their bread-making quests, this is the book you need. Check out the section on making a sourdough starter!

 


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Ebooks – Agatha Christie Novels. Travel back in time with her dynamic and intelligent sleuths.

 

 

 

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Ebook – The Woman in the Window. Wondering what it’s like for other people stuck inside? Get a little perspective on what it’s like to be locked inside and a little relief that your situation isn’t as dire.

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