Welcoming Ashley and kicking off Summer Reading 2014

“I am excited to continue the superb service and programs that the youth department already provides the community,” said Ashley Lehman, our new Head of Youth Services. “I’m excited to get to know everyone in the community even more than before.”

Ashley Lehman, has been an assistant library in the Kids Corner since last Spring.  Last week, she was appointed our new Head of Youth Services, with the recent resignation of former head librarian Jillean McCommons who is moving onward and upward to a new position out of state.


Ashley Lehman, Head Librarian in Youth Services

“I am looking forward to extending Ferndale Library’s  presence into our local preschools along with our elementary, middle, and high schools,” said Lehman, looking ahead.

Lehman earned her Master in Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University, and her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. Lehman specialized in public libraries and services to youth while earning her Master’s degree. Lehman has worked with children for several years, with a focus on creating inspiring learning experiences that incorporate literature and the arts. Her story times for babies, toddlers and families at the Ferndale Public Library have been very popular. She has also played an integral role in the library’s expanded outreach to the Ferndale Public Schools.

Before coming to FPL, she interned at the Troy Public Library. She started in the spring of 2013 and has since contributed greatly to Youth Services, helping out with last year’s Summer Reading events along with spearheading a new Baby Story Hour.

After more than a year in the Kids Corner, we are happy to welcome Lehman as our new Head of Youth Services.

“One project I’m planning for later this year is to focus a lot of attention on the youth non fiction section, updating with the most relevant and recent material to meet the needs of area students and teachers for their needs, both recreational, and educational.”

“We are very grateful to Jillean for her many contributions to the Ferndale Public Library during her time here,” said Library Director Jessica Keyser. “(McCommons)  made great progress in bringing our collection of youth materials up-to-date and expanding programming for youth and families. She has been the face of the library for many kids and their caregivers for the last three years, and she has honored that role with the highest level of professionalism and service.”

Lehman has been working part time at the Ferndale Public Library since Apr. 2013. “Ashley is fun, creative and passionate about childhood literacy,” Keyser added.

(This blogger’s personal favorite program of Ashley’s was an Ugly Sweater Photobooth for the holidays!)

“(Lehman) has already made a positive impact on the library as a part-time employee,” said Keyser. “And, I am truly excited to see what she can do in a full-time, leadership role.”

Lehman and McCommons have been working together closely, along with Librarian Jordan Wright, to plan this year’s summer reading program, “Fizz, Boom Read.”  The Summer Reading Program will kick off with an ice cream social on Sat., Jun. 14 at 1 PM in the library’s courtyard with ice cream from Treat Dreams and a live performance by local favorite The Grateful Dads. No registration is necessary for the ice cream social, and the summer reading program is designed for all kids of ages.  Participation in summer reading programs has been proven to help reduce summer learning loss



Now, then!
We  should let you know that SUMMER READING is coming back around again!

Our kickoff party is June 14th at 1pm! (Full Schedule below).

This is our annual literacy-boosting series of programs and events for readers spanning infants to teens – a vital contribution to keeping their developing minds sharp throughout the summer months, simply by encouraging continued recreational reading!

This year’s theme is all about science!



Each week we’re celebrating with “Super Science Saturdays”

Readers can sign-up to win prizes for reading throughout the summer in our Kids Corner. When readers have marked 30 days on our special summer-reading-calendars, marking either a Reading- or Reading-Related activity, they’ll win a prize and then be entered into a drawing for even more fantastic prizes, including gift certificates from local businesses.

June 14 at 1 pm – Summer Reading Kick-off and Ice Cream Social featuring Grateful Dads and Treat Dreams (all ages)

June 21 at 2 pm – Boom, Boom, Wow with the Michigan Science Center (all ages)

June 28 at 2 pm – Beach Science (ages 3-6)

July 12 from 7-10 pm – Divergent Lock-in (teens, parental permission required, registration required)

July 19 at 2 pm – Magician Tom Plunkard (all ages)

July 26 at 2 pm – Rocket Science 101 with the Michigan Science Center (ages 6-12, registration required, Ferndale residents get first priority)


Weekly programs

Mondays, June 16 – July 21 at 6:30 pm – Family Storytime (all ages)

Wednesdays, June 18 – July 23 at 1 pm – Playgroup (ages 2-5)


Monthly programs

Every third Wednesday, June 28 and July 16 at 4 pm – Teen Open Mic (teens)


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