Coming Soon: Ferndale Reads 2016
The Ferndale Library begins its annual one-book/one-community reading event in March. As we did in 2014, we are again participating in the Michigan Humanities Council’s program: The Great Michigan Read. That means free copies of our selected book, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, will be available, along with a schedule of various programs and engaging events centered around the themes/plot of the book. Go Comedy will adapt the story into a fun filled romp, while the Book Party book club will host a discussion in May. Stay tuned: there will be many more exciting programs announced as it gets closer.
Library To Start Lending WiFi Hotspot Devices
Participating in T-Mobile Pilot Program
This February, the Ferndale Library will bring one of its most popular and valuable services, internet access, into library patrons’ homes. Ferndale Area District Library recently joined T-Mobile’s WiFi HotSpot Pilot Program, lending devices for internet access to Ferndale Library patrons (age 18+) for one week at a time. The devices, which are smaller than an average smartphone, provide unlimited 4G LTE wireless internet access for up to ten mobile devices at once.
Ferndale Library patrons (with accounts in good standing) can now use their library cards to attain free, high-speed internet access for any device that connects to WiFi. Going on a roadtrip? Make FADL your first stop and have guaranteed WiFi wherever you are. Camping? Forget roughing it! Bring the internet with you. Wherever and whenever you want to stay connected, this new lending program can help!
We will begin our Pilot Program on February 1st. The library was allowed to participate in this pilot program at no cost. In May, FADL will evaluate the success of the program and decide if they wish to invest money to purchase the devices and monthly plans, making the Hotspot program permanent
We’re starting an international storytime series
on January 23 at 2pm with “Contes en Français!”
These special storytimes are open to families and children of all ages and best suited for kids under 7 (with their families.) Follow the KIDS CORNER on Facebook for udpates and info.
Monday, February 8th @ 6:30pm
February’s Family Storytime will celebrate Valentine’s Day! Join us for songs, stories, and a craft. All ages welcome, no registration required.
Make-Your-Own Sock Snowmen
Tuesday, February 23rd @ 6:00pm
Young ones and their parents can join us to make their very own adorable sock snowmen! All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring a special pair of socks if you’d like!
***Please register by stopping by the Youth Desk or calling 248-546-2504.
TAG FOR TEENS:
The library’s Teen Advisory Group is growing and going strong! If you know any teens or tweens who are interested in developing library programs and serving their community, let them know about it! The purpose of FADL’s T.A.G. is to engage teens in the community, starting a dialogue with them so that the library can better serve them.
Teen Book Chatter meets on February 17th at 4 PM.
Bring your favorite book that ties in with this month’s theme (FANTASY), chat about the book, make new friends, and discover other cool titles. This program is brought to you by our Teen Advisory Group.
●Childhood Fair, Feb 27 @ 2pm: For families with children under 5, this fair will feature local preschools, specialty music organizations and Oakland County Great Start, among others, offering information and answers to questions about how to set up your child for success. Stay tuned for more details.
Upcoming Adult Programming
The Alexander Technique
Thurs. January 28th 7pm
The Alexander Technique works by helping you identify and prevent the harmful postural habits that can cause, or aggravate, stress, pain or lack of effectiveness. Registration Required: 248-885-0305
Wed. February 24th 7pm
Join us for an introductory workshop about Zentangle, an easy to learn process of drawing beautiful images through meditative, repetitive patterns. No artistic skill or talent is required. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today @248-546-2504.
Your Ferndale Library Card grants you access to WAY more than just books!
You can use it to request books from other libraries in The Library Network. (That’s 75 libraries across Oakland County, including like Royal Oak, Hazel Park, Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Berkley, and many more).
You can use your card to access museums, State Parks, historic sites, forest campgrounds and hundreds of local recreational sites and cultural institutions for free (or a discounted rate) through the Michigan Activity Pass (online). You can use your library card to print up passes for entry into places like the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, Michigan Science Center and more!
You can use your card to download available eBooks onto your device (Kindles, Nooks, smartphones), or even onto your home computer, if you’re not mobile. You can access downloadable eBooks via the OVERDRIVE link on our website.
A few quick reminders:
●Library cards need to be renewed (re-confirming address/phone/email) once a year. All fines and fees on your account must be paid before your card is renewed
●Remember we have an exterior drop box (east side of building, facing City Hall), receiving returns 24-7.
●You and only you may use the library card that’s been issued. However, if you would like to grant permission to a relative (or close friend) to pick up your holds, that can be arranged at the Circulation Desk.
●Be wary of overdue fines; if they exceed $5.00 you’re card’s access is blocked.