Library Cards, Story Hours, Michigan Reads AND MORE


This week, though, we’d like to talk about the month of September and some cool upcoming programming and reading events we’ve got scheduled.


FSF Sep 2013 copyFor instance – two local music outfits – These Lights Above Us –and- Zombie Jesus & the Chocolate Sunshine Band – will be performing in our Community Room tonight – starting off our fall season of First Stop Friday live music showcases. As always we’ve got two great local bands for you to enjoy for the low low price of $0.


Library Cards

September is also National Library Card sign-up month! We’re adding our enthusiastic voice to the American Library Association’s nationwide initiative to make sure that students of all ages (and adult patrons who maybe aren’t reading as much, if just recreationally, as they could be) come to the library to receive that priceless key to the gates of enrichment (as well as entertainment).

You have to be a Ferndale Resident to obtain a Ferndale Library card. However, as we are part of The Library Network’s interlibrary loaning cooperative, we share services with other community libraries, so your Hazel Park card or your Royal Oak card will work here, just the same. (Subsequently, once you get your Ferndale Card, you then gain access to more than 60 libraries across Southeast Michigan – again, the perks of The Library Network cooperative!)


Once you get your card, you can catch up on all the notable books that came out over the summer. (Here’s a helpful list from National Public Radio (NPR)’s book-site: Summer Books 2013 – NPR

Maybe Sci-Fi is more your thing? We’ve still got some books you can take-off towards, once you get that necessary Card: This Fall’s Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books (by way of –

Michigan Reads

Parents….Looking for books to read-to (or with) your little ones at home?
You might be interested in this list –from The Atlantic Wire: A Fall 2013 Picture Book Preview (

ASLO In September: we’re joining the celebration of a statewide program called Michigan Reads! a literacy-propping program recognizing the role libraries serve in providing children and their families with quality books and the important foundation libraries provide in literacy development and children’s future reading and success in school.


We’re focusing on a children’s book about a free-spirited sheep, Woolbur, who defiantly dying his wool blue and runs with dogs.


The idea: “One Book, One Community” – The Library of Michigan aims to underline the powerful influence of sharing reading with children, from birth, through infancy, toddlers into preschoolers, thus edifying the literacy skills of children and preparing them for grade school and beyond.

interestingsBook Party

September 19th, finally, is the next schedule meet-up of our “Book Parties” Reading Group. The Ferndale Book Party group meets every other month at 7:30 pm at the Emory to discuss a rotation of provocative titles. This month is The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – come on in and see what all the buzz is about!

And tune in next week, here on the Patch, for a Top 5 list of recommendations from a staffer at your Public Library.

Thanks for reading.

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