More Than A Library – 2013 Year In Review

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Back in October, Ferndalian Holly Schultz provided all our patrons with free parking for a day – part of her campaign of Random Acts of Kindness

When we looked back on all that we (and you) have done here in our library, from musical recitals, to storytelling, to special history lectures on Ferndale, from community-wide book clubs to refreshing spins on youth storytime, to the particularly endearing support we received for events like our Benefit Concert and the Day of Books And Roses…
What a year…

Where to start? How about back in January…

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Artist/musician/writer Mike Ross was the first to be featured via a solo-show, curated by our Arts & Exhibitions Committee.

“Who Are We To Argue With Chance?” explored the potential upsetting elements sutured surreptitiously into otherwise calming patterns and systems.

And then…

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We kicked off the year with a fun new take on Storytime, giving it a bit of a costume-party vibe, with a Pajama-party theme.

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Garry Andrews-Taylor, President of the Ferndale Historical Society presented two lectures on Early Ferndale life, which were both well-received by sizeable, enthusiastic crowds.

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We flash mobbed The Rust Belt Market to read the first few paragraphs of Slaughterhouse-Five and give away free books.

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This was part of our Ferndale Reads annual community-wide reading program. We encouraged the community to “Get Caught Reading” out-and-about town to win prizes in the run-up to a special presentation with Vonnegut-specialist and professor of history Greg Sumner.

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In April, our Art & Exhibition Committee continued their inventive and engaging shows hanging art in our library with a theme of “For The Love of Reading”
This was inspired by our annual participation with The Society of San Jordi (with help from our Friends of the Ferndale Library) for the “Day of Books And Roses”

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First Stop Fridays – our monthly local music spotlight meant for music appreciators to kick off their weekends with early evening performances in the library – kept on going strong with another fine year’s worth of featured songwriters.

We started advocating for more readers to experiment with “e-book” by checking out “digital versions” of their favorite author’s latest releases via the media-content supply site OverDrive WATCH:  

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We were one of a dozen featured venues helping to host the 16th annual Metro Times Blowout!  Nine bands in 3 days!

The Detroit Institute of Arts and The Ferndale Public Library Art and Exhibitions Committee host a lecture on Shirin Neshat. 

Pictured: Youth Services Assistant Jordan Wright – one of our Dig Into Reading programs included a visit from the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum!

Dig Into Reading kept your young reader’s literate legs in motion as school ended, to stave off Summer Learning Loss! We hosted a range of fun, engaging programs for young readers
Kindergarten through eighth grade readers signed sign up to read seven books and attend a library program to win a prize. Teens in grades nine through 12 were challenged to read 1,000 pages over the summer and attend meetings for a new Teen Advisory Group forming at the library.

We were featured on an episode of “Bright Side,” particularly for our exceptional community engagement.
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Our Art & Exhibition Committee helped host an Artists Roundtable -for local creators to network and learn about different perspectives on craft and style through casual workshops.
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We threw an awesome Benefit Concert with the help of The Loving Touch!We hope you got to see and hear all the bands!

And then there was our annual Summer Concert Series!

We started inviting the community into our Kids Corner for special photo-booths! We encouraged patrons to Get Caught reading a Banned Book! As well as getting caught wearing a horribly ugly holiday sweater!

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We threw our best, and,  if we do say so ourselves, most visually stunning: Halloween Spooktacular this year – with a Wizard of Oz Theme!
Trick or Treating in the Library!

We hosted READ LOCAL – a Local Author Fair in mid-October

In November, we hosted a Bake Sale, we screened “Classics on Blu-Ray” as part of a movie series, and we invited aspiring writers in for an intense wrap-up session for “National Novel Writing Month”

“It’s so hard to choose a favorite memory,” said Ferndale Library Director Jessica Keyser, who our Board hired back in November of 2012. “The Ferndale Reads Flash Mob to the Metro Times Blowout rocking in our Community Room, to the DIY Superhero storytime!”

DIY Superhero Storytime!
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“Oh,” Keyser added, “And the Power Of Myth show with our Storytelling presentation.”

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The Art & Exhibition Committee, we should note, outdid themselves when they hosted an exhibition of local artists submitting works inspired by mythology–tying into a special evening of local storytellers!

But then there’s these stats…..

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Library Cards issued 1,637
Total Circulation: more than 176,000 items.
New items added to collection:  6,257

What a year! Thanks, Ferndale.

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OH! And LOOK what we just added in the Kids Corner!

Let’s make 2014 a great year!

Whoa…almost forgot – we added THIS book in 2013

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Two Twenty Two : a Community Art Project 

Ferndale Public Library has added a book to their collection that encourages our patrons fill its blank pages. Two Twenty Two: a Community Art Project is a cataloged sketch book, filled with blank paper awaiting the creative works of whoever wishes to contribute. Patrons can borrow the book and take it with them to peruse the other local artists’ work or take a couple of weeks to conjure their own additions.

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