This Month @ The Ferndale Library

Local Author Tom Stanton Discusses Detroit’s 1930s History of Crime & Sports on Apr 22

An intriguing tale from local history about murder, baseball, and the secret society that shocked Depression-era Detroit will be discussed at the Ferndale Library on Sat., Apr. 22.

Local author Tom Stanton is an Associate Professor of Journalism at University of Detroit Mercy, and a past recipient of the Michigan Library Association’s Author of the Year Award.

At 2 pm, this Saturday, The Book Club of Detroit will host a lecture from Stanton at the Ferndale Library, discussing his new book Terror in the City of Champions.

Stanton will talk about the riveting, intersecting tales of the frightening rise and fall of the Black Legion, a secret terrorist organization that flourished in Detroit’s underground during the late 1920s and 30s. He will show how the scourge of the Black Legion’s nefarious crimes was counteracted by the uplifting heroics of athletes on the Detroit Tigers.

The discussion starts at 2pm, with copies of Terror in the City of Champions on hand for purchase. Stanton will begin signing copies at 3pm. No registration is required. Presented by the Book Club of Detroit and hosted in the Ferndale Library’s Community Room.
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Reception for ‘Artist In You’ is April 25

Join us for a reception honoring the art students from Ferndale High School, CASA and University High and their amazing artistic talents. There are 30 submissions currently exhibiting here at Ferndale Area District Library.

Three of the entries will be awarded cash prizes; the first place winner’s art work will be enlarged and installed on a building in Ferndale.

Artist Rebekah Parton, with her mom, Linda Parton – courtesy of C&G Newspapers

All three winners receive an Achievement Award, but each and every one of these students is a winner.  Please save the date for April 25th, at 6pm.

The Artist In You is a collaboration of the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce and Ferndale Public Schools, with support from the Ferndale Area District Library.

The Artist In You provides students with a unique opportunity to exhibit, market, and gain exposure for their creative work at a formative age.
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We recently hosted a similar program for Teens. It had a great reception – so we decided to expand this valuable and insightful program for adults, scheduled for next Wednesday.
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Get To Know Your Muslim Neighbor, April 29

The Detroit Chapter of the nationwide nonprofit Muslim American Society hosts “Get To Know Your Muslim Neighbor” at the Ferndale Area District Library on Sat., Apr. 29.

MAS’s Detroit Chapter started this advocacy campaign specifically meant to be hosted in the open/safe/free environments of public libraries, so that patrons can become better acquainted not only with Metro-area Muslim residents, but with the culture and customs of this often misunderstood religion.

This free, family-friendly event provides an opportunity to eliminate any misconceptions folks may have about everyday adherents to Islam, inviting any questions that linger after all the recent headlines. At “Get To Know Your Muslim Neighbor,” there will be activities for the entire family, like an exhibit with posters talking about Muslim history, calligraphy drawing, henna art, and a chance for women to try on a hijab.

Kids Can Express Their Artistic Side with Make & Take Journals

The Ferndale Area District Library’s starting a new activity series where kids can learn about artistic expression with Make & Take Journals, starting Sat., May 13. Youth Services Librarian Elissa Zimmer is coordinating this new monthly program that creates a welcoming and encouraging environment for kids and teens (ages 12+), where they can simply catch the DIY spirit of creativity, and learn to let loose their imagination in the form of crafts, like 3D-decorated journals, mod podge, foam cutouts, and more!

This month Make & Take attendees will be making 3D decorated journals or books using mod podge, foam cutouts, tissue paper, and more! Zimmer will provide some books and journals, but if kids and teens have a blank journal or a favorite book, they are free to bring it in. Registration required, so please sign up with a librarian or online using this link:

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Summer Reading Coming Soon!!!
This summer, kids are invited to sign up for our annual Summer Reading series of programs and activities with a Flight of Fancy Kickoff Party at Garbutt Park, on Saturday, June 24. Families are encouraged to attend so that kids can sign up and then get a chance to design and create their own kites to fly. Kids can then take flight when they jump high in a variety of bounce houses and bounce obstacle courses.  The party runs from 2-4pm.

Special TEEN only programs will also be offered this summer!
Stay tuned for more information, including our summer events schedule!

Attention Harry Potter fans… Coming up later in May…

We will be having a party and watching  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  
For kids age 12-17: we’ll eat snacks, play trivia, and have the chance to win prizes!
Weekly Storytimes

Tree Buds (0-18 months) Tuesdays | 2 pm
Tree Sprouts (18 months & up) Wednesdays | 10:30 am
Uprooted Music & Movement(18-36m) Thursdays | 10:30am

Monthly Programs & Book Clubs

Lower Elementary Book Club
Suggested Grades: 1-3
Meets every 1st Wednesday @ 6:30 pm

Upper Elementary Book Club
Suggested Grades: 3-5
Meets every 2nd Wednesday @ 6:30 pm

Middle School Book Club
Suggested Grades: 5-8
Meets every 3rd Tuesday @ 6:30 pm

Follow the FADL Kids Corner on Facebook for more updates

Stay tuned…for an announcement about our Summer Concert Series 

Summer Concert Series
June 13, July 11 and August 8. The second Tuesdays at 6:30pm.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Ferndale Library


Community Conversation with Rep. Robert Wittenberg
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet your Representative and have a direct conversation that focuses on the state of Michigan politics and other pressing issues moving through the legislature.

To register and start downloading titles, Ferndale cardholders can download the HOOPLA digital app from your Apple App or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, you may visit And if you have any questions, stop in and chat with any Ferndale Library staff member, or call 248-546-2504.
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