Ferndale Library Rocks: A Benefit Concert on August 28

Ferndale Library Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary of Eco-friendly Expansion Benefit Concert, AUG 28 

Join the party! 

It’s been five years since the gorgeously renovated Ferndale Library opened its doors, and they’re continuing to live up to their rock n roll reputation by throwing a huge anniversary bash. The benefit concert, to be held Fri. Aug. 28 at The Loving Touch will feature a powerhouse line-up of local acts including nationally renowned singer/songwriter, Chris Bathgate. The all ages show will begin at 8 pm, and there is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

This is the third year in a row the Ferndale Library has seen the local music community step up to show their support by way of performing a sensational, fund-raising rock concert at the Loving Touch. This year features the biggest and most impressive lineup yet, with nationally renowned singer/songwriter Chris Bathgate (pictured below) being the first performer to throw his hat (er, guitar) into the ring.

“I really do think libraries matter,” Bathgate reiterated, explaining his decision to tour his way to Ferndale for this fundraising event. “When I’ve been driving out to teach at NELP (the New England Literature Program), I stopped at a library in every town where I slept. It’s the best way to spend an afternoon before a show when I’m on tour. I’d love to help anyway I can.”

It’s been five years since the Ferndale Area District Library was renovated and expanded thanks to an increased millage voted (with enthusiastic support) by its citizens/patrons. Seemed like a great time to commemorate it with a party!

2015 Library Benefit Concert Poster copy

Public Libraries are still struggling to recover after the great recession and Ferndale is no exception. Funding is one thing, but the importance of libraries is in need of louder advocacy. Libraries are at risk because, in the age of Google, many have forgotten or overlook their most essential service: providing access to everyone, be it to expanded knowledge or just online. Libraries’ presence at the heart of our towns sends the proud signal that everyone – whoever they are, whatever their educational background, whatever their age or their needs – is welcome.

If libraries weren’t essential, then why would the world’s smartest and richest people (like Andrew Carnegie and Bill Gates) pour their time and money into them? The message is clear; just as Bathgate said, “libraries matter!

“No one will be shushed,” joked Jeff Milo, a circulation specialist at the Ferndale Library. “On this night, we’re blessed to have the support of an amazing lineup of local talent, including 800beloved, Ancient Language, Woven Tangles, Kriss Gaynes, Mister (a rapper from Passalacqua), DJ Eddie Logix and Molly Jean, who, herself, is a librarian as well as a singer and guitarist.”

“But,” Milo says, “there’s amazing concerts throughout the Detroit area every weekend. We’re hoping the community, but particularly the regular concert-going audience, considers stopping by this party to contribute and show their love for public libraries.”

“Let’s party. Let’s rock. Let’s celebrate. But let’s do it in the name of Libraries!”


Libraries Rock: A Benefit Concert for Ferndale Area District Library
Aug 28 @ 8pm
Music begins at 8:30 pm
featuring: Chris Bathgate, 800beloved, Ancient Language, MISTER, Woven Tangles, Kriss Gaynes, DJ Eddie Logix and Molly Jean
$5 (Suggested Donations, benefiting the Ferndale Library)
22634 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI
thelovingtouchferndale.com / ferndalepubliclibrary.org





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