A Library by any other name…
The agreement, unanimously approved in October by the Library Board of Trustees, the Ferndale School Board and the Ferndale City Council, was crafted with the intention of creating a more stable future after a rough year that saw library budget cuts, resulting in reductions in operating hours and staff.
For patrons regularly utilizing the library’s services, in-house and online, not much will change in the current day-to-day operations, nor will its current policies, standard procedures and board bylaws.
Forming the Ferndale Area District Library will have no immediate effect on current millage rates, but makes possible increased funding at some point in the future. In the near-term, lost hours and staff will not be able to be restored.
“The library and Ferndale Public Schools have a very close, collaborative relationship,” Library Director Jessica Keyser said. “Forming a District Library with the schools will lay the foundation if other communities nearby want to join the district, but starting with the school district is ideal for Ferndale and now is the time to do that.”
The schools will not be contributing to library finances, and the library will not be involved in the operation of the schools’ media centers. However, the possibility of more funding for the library could lead to more outreach efforts and services to Ferndale Public Schools students and staff, helping to support school success.
For more information, contact: Jessica Keyser, Director, Ferndale Library, 248-547-6000. Or, consider attending next month’s board meeting on Jan 15.