Staff Summer List

Everywhere you look -USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, any ol’ random blog – they’ll all be featuring “lists” – a veritable deluge of “Summer Reading Lists” tossed together by myriad columnists, critics and literary-know-it-alls…

Wouldn’t you rather have a local perspective? Think of it this way – if you take our pick and love it (or hate it?) you can thank us (or rebuke us?)

Here, then, are some recommendations for reading/viewing and listening this summer from about half o’ the savvy Staff at Ferndale’s Public Library.

These are some of our current just came out favorites…along with things we’re looking-forward to that you might also want to take note of, along with some old favorites, reliable-stand-by’s or classics-we’d-never-gotten-around-to

  • Jillean McCommons Head Librarian- Youth Services
    Mr. and Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire!by Polly HorvathJillean: “It’s always fun to read a mystery over the summer. It’s a great way for kids to use those critical thinking skills while school is out. This quirky book is a fun read even without the lesson. Bunnies detectives that go after kidnapping foxes? Priceless. Best for kids in grades 3 and up…”(Amazon description):“…meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies! When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them. So begins a once-in-a-lifetime adventure involving a cast of quirky and unforgettable characters. There’s Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who drive a smart car, wear fedoras, and hate marmots; the Marmot, who loves garlic bread and is a brilliant translator; and many others. “
  • Ed Burns -Head Librarian -Adult Services (Reference)

Ed: “For years, I’ve been meaning to read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Last month, I finally did.  Man, what a good book it is.  I thought I might have to plod through it, but I found it surprisingly readable.  The characters are all so richly drawn.  The heroine, Hester Prynne, is fascinating in that her plight made her kind of an early feminist.  The portrayal of the morals of America in the 17th century compared to today is thought-provoking.  And, the way the story plays out is quite gripping.  It’s definitely worthy of its classic status.  If you’ve never read it, give it a try.  And if you want to spice it up a bit, do a shot every time you come upon the word “ignominy.”’

  • Joseph Miller – Librarian -Youth Services
    Joseph: “I pick The Dark Knight Rises, which comes out in theatres on July 20th… Why? Because I’m a sucker for superhero movies and Batman is one of my favorite caped crusaders. Now… if only they’d make a Batman vs. Superman movie.
  • Kate Pohjola – Library Director
    “I know I’ll go see others, but I’m pretty excited about these ones. …”

    Movies: Brave – Spiderman (trailer above) – Bourne Legacy
    “I’m just discovering Jeremy Renner as an actor and catching up on the things he’s been in now that he’s becoming a huge big-time movie star. For standbys & old favorites, I can watch Serenity/Firefly over and over.  For a really old standby?  The Princess Bride.  I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it now, but I never tire of it.I’m looking forward to actually getting out on my bike and seeing Ferndale & the surrounding areas at a leisurely pace. My bike helmet should be inany day now.”
  • Susan Paley – Reference Librarian“I have a summer pick- The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares.  It is her first novel for adults and it is very good for the beach.  (and, yes, the parentheses are part of the way the title is written on the cover).”


  • Lindsey Harnish -Circulation Specialist
    “Jane’s Addiction “Nothing’s Shocking”vs. Flaming Lips “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” for quintessential for summer road trips with the windows rolled down. The drawling, sprawling narrative of Nick Cave’s And the Ass Saw the Angel goes well with back porches and an utter lack of summer breezes. Must be read aloud. Preferably with someone listening besides my neighbors, who already wonder about me. “Long Hot Summer” with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward will make the stifling heat seem sexy.Dark Shadows,” the new Burton film, even though the last few films have left me wanting.

    Transmetropolitan will go well with the short attention span and aggressive angst that summer will inspire in me.

    I want to watch Carnivale again this summer, even if I have to scour the Library Network for it and will go to bed wide eyed and sorrowful after each haunting episode.

    Looking forward to FIGMENT on Belle Isle this July. Looking forward to prodding my yard and cursing it for not yielding to my demands. Looking forward to my art show in July at Thistle Coffee House.

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