Ferndale Library’s Spooktacular Features “Superheroes Vs. Fairytales” Oct 29

The Ferndale Library staff are always an enthusiastic bunch when it comes to Halloween, opening after hours on the last Saturday of October to invite trick-or-treaters in for seasonal activities where you’ll find librarians incognito, matching a playful theme. This year, the Spooktacular embraces two of the prevailingly popular costume choices for most kids, Superheroes and Fairytales! Princesses and Hulks, Pixies and Batman, everyone can choose their own side and flourish the spirit of the season.

We are currently accepting donations of bags of individually-sealed candy for our anticipated arrival of Trick-or-Treaters! Mark your calendars for Oct 29th!


The Library’s SPOOKTACULAR is Sat., Oct. 29, starting at 6 pm with a drop-in trick-or-treating trail throughout the library. Candy stations and activity areas will begin closing down at 7:30 pm. There is no registration required and the event is open to all ages and members of all communities. Costumes, however, are highly encouraged.

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Along with our trick-or-treating trail, kids and families can enter our photobooth for keepsakes of their costumes; there will also be a costume contest. Fairytale lovers can visit a make-your-own-magic-wand or pocket hero craft stations.
Librarian Ashley Lehman is Head of Youth Services, and this is her fourth year running Ferndale Area District Library’s annual Halloween event. The Ferndale resident has worked at the library for five years and has dreamt up a new, fun and inventive “theme” for each year’s party. While we went with “Star Wars,” last year, Lehman wanted to expand the theme to “Superheroes” and “Fairytales” to assure a diverse blend of opportunities for children to choose. Of course, all trick-or-treaters can dress up however they choose.


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Interact With Us


We’re a public library…, there’s no way people are going to follow us on Snapchat…

At least, that’s what I figured.

But too often, presumptions hold that libraries aren’t hip…

How boring would it be to scroll down the Twitter account of a public library?

Do they even have videos on their Instagram?

What about their Facebook?

Your library, your Ferndale Area District Library, is keenly creating new ways to connect with its patrons, both during in-person patron visits to our programming and special displays, as well as online through downloadable circulation services like OVERDRIVE. If you’re curious of what we’ve been up to lately, or what’s coming down the line in terms of events such as live entertainment (rock concerts) and family activities (the annual Halloween SPOOKTACULAR), then just click the links above and see how snazzy, how hip, a public library can be…!

Oh, and I almost forgot: Pinterest and Tumblr, too! We’re everywhere. Find us!

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Nina & The Buffalo Riders and Mike Galbraith restart First Stop Friday, Oct 7


Ferndale Library Resumes ‘First Stop Friday’ Concert Series Oct 7
Free Afterhours Performances Sponsored by Friends of the Ferndale Library

It’s time to get loud in the Ferndale Library, again! On Fri. Oct. 7, The Ferndale Area District Library marks its first full month of being back open on Fridays since its recent millage passing by resuming its bi-monthly local music concert series, First Stop Friday. Sponsored by The Friends of the Ferndale Library, this free concert is hosted in the Library’s Community Room, and this month features Nina & The Buffalo Riders and singer/songwriter Mike Galbraith.

“First Stop Friday” was spearheaded by FADL’s Head of Circulation Services, Kelly Bennett, back in 2010, offering local music fans an ideal way to kick off their evening’s entertainment. In 2014, when the Library had to unfortunately cut back operation hours on Fridays, it became “Start HERE Saturdays.” Well…long story short, First Stop Friday concerts have returned!

The concerts can be as loud and as live as any performer needs them to be, so one shouldn’t presumably anticipate a typical soft-folk coffeeshop open mic night vibe just because you’re in a library. With support of the Friends of the Ferndale Library, Bennett has begun curating lineups of top tier local talent, the same rock, folk and hip-hop acts you’ll see at any major venue around the Greater Detroit area.

Local Music Showcase Returns to Ferndale Library
Featuring Nina & The Buffalo Riders and Mike Galbraith

Fri., Oct 7 at  7 pm
Ferndale Area District Library
222 E. Nine Mile Rd

Nina & The Buffalo Riders are surefire crowd–pleasers, blending 70s blues rock, indie-psychedelia and folk-rock; a tight, versatile instrumental ensemble supports the sensational singing voice and live presence of Nina Sofia, while intricate solos and propulsive rhythms can kick things into high gear or pare things back for a showstopping ballad.

Mike Galbraith’s influences blend modern country-tinged indie-rock acts like Wilco, along with rustled-and-tumbled blues-pop flavors of The Replacements. When Galbraith belts a bluesy note, the whole room feels it, with this gravelly timbre that plucks at the heartstrings, while his main collaborator James Anthony strums a sublime lead along the frets of an accompanying guitar.

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The Ferndale Library closes at 6pm on Friday. The doors reopen again at 7pm, with music beginning shortly after (around 7:15 pm). For more information, contact: 248-546-2504 or follow on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FerndalePublicLibrary/

More info on the Friends of the Ferndale Library at: https://www.facebook.com/ferndalelibrary/


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Coming Soon: SPOOKTACULAR 2016

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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!

Follow on Facebook for more updates, or call 248-546-2504.

Subscribe to our eNewsletter for more info

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August Update


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


Concert Aug 23


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


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