Spring News (Summer Reading? Books & Roses! and more)

Spring sprang alarmingly early this month, at least by Michigan standards. Have you put away your snow shovel yet?

Well, with Spring well under way, now, we lovers of literature here at your local library have, just like Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poetry declares, …had our fancies lightly turning to thoughts of love…And like poet Robert Herrick, we’re gathering our rosebuds, while we may…

Books And Roses

We’re observing World Book Day on April 22nd with The Day of Books and Roses as well as planning our summer reading programs (the latter, for adults, will be tipping towards the genre of romance). The Society of Sant Jordi (co-sponsoring with the Friends of the Ferndale Library) is hosting a celebration for the Day of Books and Roses, originating from Catalonia, Spain, where we’ll be reenacting similar festivities observing that city’s patron saint.

At FPL’s celebration (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), attendees can enjoy samples of local food, coffee and wine, and shop for books by local authors (including the chance to meet some of them and hear exclusive readings).

Summer Reading

Spring couldn’t wait to get started this year; that means it’ll be summer before you know it. This would be a good time then to let you know we’ve started planning our activities for Summer Reading. We have program themes for all three age groups of readers: for Children: Dream Big – Read! For Teen/Young Adults: Own The Night and for Adults: Between the Covers. And don’t’ let that last theme-title suggest to you any kind of blushing, Chaucer-esque Canterbury Tales’ romp. One thing we’ll aim to do is offer bibliography guides to patrons connecting modern-day bestselling titles to the classics that likely inspired them. Along with a movie series (likely propping the original foreign film versions that were eventually reproduced/retold through American studios), we’ll also have weekly drawings for prizes provided by local retail shops.

Parents – take note: – registration is required for your young reader to participate in the Dream Big reading program. (Sign up begins Monday June 18 with a kick-off party scheduled for June 22). In fact, registration will be required now for many Kids Corner programs and activities. Kindergarten & 1st Grade Book Club, as well as our Preschool Storytime will both require advance registration, but Ferndale residents have priority; we’ll open registration ahead of time for you. Preschool Storytime registration begins April 9th for residents and April 16 for everybody else; it runs April 25 – May 30.

As Spring blooms, so does our artistic muse. Another exciting bit of news is that we set up a Library Arts and Exhibitions Committee last month. If you’ve liked our main Library page on Facebook, then hopefully you’ve spotted occasional status-blips by our newest page – FPLArt! – where we’ve been sharing links to insightful Arts histories/surveys/anthologies and documentaries from our collection and also news of interest to the creative community. (facebook.com/FPLArt)

This new committee aims to foster art appreciation at the library by acquiring art for a forthcoming permanent collection as well as art on long- or short-term loan.

The committee is only just getting off the ground, so, be advised that it’s still too early for local artists to send proposals or portfolios. But, stay tuned, we will keep you posted. Other goals include setting up rotating arts exhibitions along with artist lectures and attaining art reference materials (books) for the lending collection.

The Daily Tribune and Ferndale Patch both recently featured stories on our Arts Committee – Read All About It! -> “Work of art found in storage room of Ferndale library”

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