Young Adult Novels For Politically Engaged Readers

These stories are important precisely because they’re challenged; the more unheard perspectives are released by publishers, shared by gatekeepers and connected with readers, the less they’ll seem like dangerous anomalies to the people doing the challenging.

Young Adult Services Librarian Susan Paley shared this article with me. It’s discussing a batch of vital books that were recently published in Young Adult Fiction, particularly for the important conversations they can start, the bravery of the characters portrayed in each story, and the thought-provoking issues indirectly-or-directly raised by the respective narratives.

It’s important for our teen readers to access books that offer a diverse cast of characters that encounter substantive societal challenges – this opens minds, it broadens minds, and it reinforces compassion and understanding.

Updates on Teen Lit

9 Great Young Adult Novels For Politically Engaged Readers

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Start searching for ANY of these titles NOW, through our online catalog. Get your library card out and you can reserve/hold anything you find

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This Month @ The Ferndale Library


Local Author Tom Stanton Discusses Detroit’s 1930s History of Crime & Sports on Apr 22

An intriguing tale from local history about murder, baseball, and the secret society that shocked Depression-era Detroit will be discussed at the Ferndale Library on Sat., Apr. 22.

Local author Tom Stanton is an Associate Professor of Journalism at University of Detroit Mercy, and a past recipient of the Michigan Library Association’s Author of the Year Award.

At 2 pm, this Saturday, The Book Club of Detroit will host a lecture from Stanton at the Ferndale Library, discussing his new book Terror in the City of Champions.

Stanton will talk about the riveting, intersecting tales of the frightening rise and fall of the Black Legion, a secret terrorist organization that flourished in Detroit’s underground during the late 1920s and 30s. He will show how the scourge of the Black Legion’s nefarious crimes was counteracted by the uplifting heroics of athletes on the Detroit Tigers.

The discussion starts at 2pm, with copies of Terror in the City of Champions on hand for purchase. Stanton will begin signing copies at 3pm. No registration is required. Presented by the Book Club of Detroit and hosted in the Ferndale Library’s Community Room.
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Reception for ‘Artist In You’ is April 25

Join us for a reception honoring the art students from Ferndale High School, CASA and University High and their amazing artistic talents. There are 30 submissions currently exhibiting here at Ferndale Area District Library.

Three of the entries will be awarded cash prizes; the first place winner’s art work will be enlarged and installed on a building in Ferndale.

Artist Rebekah Parton, with her mom, Linda Parton – courtesy of C&G Newspapers

All three winners receive an Achievement Award, but each and every one of these students is a winner.  Please save the date for April 25th, at 6pm.

The Artist In You is a collaboration of the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce and Ferndale Public Schools, with support from the Ferndale Area District Library.

The Artist In You provides students with a unique opportunity to exhibit, market, and gain exposure for their creative work at a formative age.
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We recently hosted a similar program for Teens. It had a great reception – so we decided to expand this valuable and insightful program for adults, scheduled for next Wednesday.
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Get To Know Your Muslim Neighbor, April 29

The Detroit Chapter of the nationwide nonprofit Muslim American Society hosts “Get To Know Your Muslim Neighbor” at the Ferndale Area District Library on Sat., Apr. 29.

MAS’s Detroit Chapter started this advocacy campaign specifically meant to be hosted in the open/safe/free environments of public libraries, so that patrons can become better acquainted not only with Metro-area Muslim residents, but with the culture and customs of this often misunderstood religion.

This free, family-friendly event provides an opportunity to eliminate any misconceptions folks may have about everyday adherents to Islam, inviting any questions that linger after all the recent headlines. At “Get To Know Your Muslim Neighbor,” there will be activities for the entire family, like an exhibit with posters talking about Muslim history, calligraphy drawing, henna art, and a chance for women to try on a hijab.


Kids Can Express Their Artistic Side with Make & Take Journals

The Ferndale Area District Library’s starting a new activity series where kids can learn about artistic expression with Make & Take Journals, starting Sat., May 13. Youth Services Librarian Elissa Zimmer is coordinating this new monthly program that creates a welcoming and encouraging environment for kids and teens (ages 12+), where they can simply catch the DIY spirit of creativity, and learn to let loose their imagination in the form of crafts, like 3D-decorated journals, mod podge, foam cutouts, and more!

This month Make & Take attendees will be making 3D decorated journals or books using mod podge, foam cutouts, tissue paper, and more! Zimmer will provide some books and journals, but if kids and teens have a blank journal or a favorite book, they are free to bring it in. Registration required, so please sign up with a librarian or online using this link:

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Summer Reading Coming Soon!!!
This summer, kids are invited to sign up for our annual Summer Reading series of programs and activities with a Flight of Fancy Kickoff Party at Garbutt Park, on Saturday, June 24. Families are encouraged to attend so that kids can sign up and then get a chance to design and create their own kites to fly. Kids can then take flight when they jump high in a variety of bounce houses and bounce obstacle courses.  The party runs from 2-4pm.

Special TEEN only programs will also be offered this summer!
Stay tuned for more information, including our summer events schedule!

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Attention Harry Potter fans… Coming up later in May…

We will be having a party and watching  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  
For kids age 12-17: we’ll eat snacks, play trivia, and have the chance to win prizes!
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Weekly Storytimes

Tree Buds (0-18 months) Tuesdays | 2 pm
Tree Sprouts (18 months & up) Wednesdays | 10:30 am
Uprooted Music & Movement(18-36m) Thursdays | 10:30am

Monthly Programs & Book Clubs

Lower Elementary Book Club
Suggested Grades: 1-3
Meets every 1st Wednesday @ 6:30 pm

Upper Elementary Book Club
Suggested Grades: 3-5
Meets every 2nd Wednesday @ 6:30 pm

Middle School Book Club
Suggested Grades: 5-8
Meets every 3rd Tuesday @ 6:30 pm

Follow the FADL Kids Corner on Facebook for more updates

Stay tuned…for an announcement about our Summer Concert Series 

Summer Concert Series
June 13, July 11 and August 8. The second Tuesdays at 6:30pm.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Ferndale Library


Finally…

Community Conversation with Rep. Robert Wittenberg
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet your Representative and have a direct conversation that focuses on the state of Michigan politics and other pressing issues moving through the legislature.

To register and start downloading titles, Ferndale cardholders can download the HOOPLA digital app from your Apple App or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, you may visit hoopladigital.com. And if you have any questions, stop in and chat with any Ferndale Library staff member, or call 248-546-2504.
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New Research on Library Usage/Funding

Picture1Interesting findings from a recent Pew Research Study: Library Usage goes down during recessions, because apparently that statistic tends to syncs up with the rate (whether healthy or strained,) of public investment. Funding effects library usage, it seems….

The Ferndale Area District Library recently received the endearing support of its community when, last August, two-thirds of voters approved a renewal of our millage for 10 years. Our library, just like so many, had to make tough cuts several years ago as a response to the dips in revenue from the ’08 recession. It seems, from these recent studies, that technology isn’t the primary culprit for dips in library usage–it’s that when times are tough, so to speak, the library also sadly sees its attendance numbers diminish.

We found that as investments, such as revenue, staffing, and programs, increased, so did critical use measures, such as visitation and circulation… –PEW

People continue to use their local public libraries—for access to books and information and for gathering as a community–seeing themselves as lifetime learners.

Technology, of course, plays a considerable factor–an age of apps and streaming services would no doubt cause a certain portion of potential library patrons to overlook the resources at their library, and that’s forgivable. But the problem, our continuing struggle, is, in a sense, marketing. The Public Library needs to let all of its community members know just how awesome it is…to put it one way.

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So, while I have you here… Let me just reiterate that this library can get you access to any eBook or MP3 Audiobook you may want, through our OVERDRIVE service. Then…, you can stream movies and stream new albums (as well as read digital graphic novels) through HOOPLA. After that, we have career building services like Cypress Resume, and product-testing information from Consumer Reports.  Or? Maybe you’re doing research and need to track down a sturdy database? Or find some eclectic titles that our library co-op doesn’t currently circulate? The Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) could help you with both of those…

All of this, just with your library card.

All we can do is our very best to spread the word about our services, materials, digital access, and resources.  But I’ll wrap up this blog post with a quote from a recent article on Atlantic Monthly‘s website:

So what can a public library do to reverse the downward trend? Maybe that’s the wrong way to phrase the question. Because if the public wants to reverse the trend and make the local library more useful, it should do one thing that evidence supports: Fund it better.

 

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Local Author Tom Stanton Discusses Detroit’s 1930s History of Crime and Sports on Apr 22

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Presented by Book Club of Detroit and hosted in the Ferndale Library’s Community Room
More info

An intriguing tale from local history about murder, baseball, and the secret society that shocked Depression-era Detroit will be discussed at the Ferndale Library on Sat., Apr. 22.

Local author Tom Stanton is an Associate Professor of Journalism at University of Detroit Mercy, and a past recipient of the Michigan Library Association’s Author of the Year Award.

At 2 pm on Apr 22, The Book Club of Detroit will host a lecture from Stanton at the Ferndale Library, discussing his new book Terror in the City of Champions. 

Stanton will talk about the riveting, intersecting tales of the frightening rise and fall of the Black Legion, a secret terrorist organization that flourished in Detroit’s underground during the late 1920s and 30s. He will show how the scourge of the Black Legion’s nefarious crimes was counteracted by the uplifting heroics of athletes on the Detroit Tigers.

The discussion starts at 2pm, with copies of Terror in the City of Champions on hand for purchase. Stanton will begin signing copies at 3pm. No registration is required.

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Yoga For Beginners, April 10

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The Ferndale Library is hosting a special class on Mon., Apr. 10, specifically designed for anyone with no prior experience with this ancient practice of mental, spiritual and physical discipline.

An instructor from the Isha Foundation will teach a free 90 minute class for attendees in the library’s community room.

In this session, attendees will learn simple, but powerful yoga postures to balance and stabilize your whole body’s system. Yoga can relieve chronic ailments, back pain, stress, anxiety and tension, and it can strengthen the spine. Plus, it only takes only 5-10 minutes to practice daily.

This is a one-time session for new Yoga participants, after which ongoing online support will be available to anyone interested.
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Food For Fines starts April 3

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For those Ferndale Library cardholders out there feeling some shame and anxiety about unpaid overdue fees, this April is the time to come back and make amends, provided you bring a can of soup, or maybe some pasta! The Ferndale Area District Library will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items for Gleaners Community Food Bank, starting Mon., Apr. 3, running through Sat., Apr 15. The “Food For Fines” program swaps in one item for $1 off of any unpaid charge for late materials.

Starting April 3, the Ferndale Library is encouraging any members of the community, even those who have pristine library accounts, to join in Gleaners’ campaign to combat hunger to visit the library with their food donations.

Read about us in the Oakland Press

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Springfed’s Ferndale District Library Reading

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7pm.  Hosted by Susan Sheiner and featuring poets Thomas Lynch and Cindy Hunter Morgan.
Sponsored by Springfed Arts with support from Susan Sheiner.
Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220


Thomas Lynch
is the author of five collections of poems and four books of essays.  A book of stories, Apparition & Late Fictions was published in 2010.  A “Classic Contemporary” edition of Skating with Heather Grace, his first book of poems, has just been reissued by Carnegie-Mellon University Press.   In 2011, Paraclete Press published The Sin Eater: A Breviary — a collection of his sin-eater poems accompanied by black and white photographs by Michael Lynch and cover art by Sean Lynch.  Salmon Press, The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland. Thomas Lynch’s essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic and Granta, The New York Times and Times of London, The New Yorker, Poetry and The Paris Review and elsewhere.  He lives in Milford, Michigan where he has been the funeral director since 1974, and in Moveen, Co. Clare, Ireland where he keeps an ancestral cottage.

Cindy Hunter Morgan is the author of two chapbooks. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Award. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center’s 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae. A new book of poems, Harborless, informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks was recently published by Wayne State University Press. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals, including Salamander, Sugar House Review, and West Branch. She teaches at Michigan State University.

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