Grammys Perdictions: Amber Selects Who SHOULD Win

Ferndale Library Circulation Specialist Amber Davis has a comprehensive and diverse taste in music. She’s been listening to a lot of albums over the last year; more than anyone on staff!

So when it came time to think about the upcoming Grammys ceremony, this Sunday night, we asked her to look at some of the Artists who are nominated for the big categories and get her take on who she thinks should be the winner. Whether they’re the popular front-runner or not, Davis is sharing her personal favorites, with convincing arguments to make their case.

(Click the links for each album title to find them in our online catalog).

Amber’s Grammy Picks, 2018

indexAlbum of the Year – Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino

This album is quite different from what we usually hear from Childish Gambino. While it’s not a rap album, it also really doesn’t fit into any other specific genre of music. On Awaken My Love, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) gives us a composite 70s funk, psychedelic soul vibes. There’s also a mix of rock and even gospel. It’s retro, and yet, the more you listen, it’s actually a bit futuristic, as if he’s doing all of this awesomeness from some distant planet in space!  I can only imagine how great this album would sound on vinyl, and I applaud Glover for stepping outside of the box on this one.


Best New Artist – Alessia Cara

I know SZA is also up as a nominee in this category, which made this a hard decision, but Alessia Cara is just stealing my heart right now. While she didn’t release a new smash album, her song “Scars to Your Beautiful” and her collaboration with Logic and Khalid on “1-800-273-8255” really made a statement about who she is as an artist. She genuinely wants to uplift other young women, and everyone who has ever felt, different, flawed, or “other.” Aside from all that, she’s just talented – her inspirational lyrics, her gorgeous voice that has the ability to be both R&B and Pop is so relatable and reaches a very broad audience. Looking forward to what she does throughout her LONG music career.


index (2)Best Alternative Album – “American Dream” –LCD Soundsystem

LCD was gone for a long time. Like totally off the radar! But I’m so glad they’ve returned with an album like “American Dream” as their comeback. They really took us back to this 80’s post-punk era, which is one of my absolute favorite genres. The electro-dance fusion on some of the tracks also makes this album something you can cut loose to as well. I’d dance to it at any club or party. Love it!


index (3)Best Rap Album – DAMN” – Kendrick Lamar

Probably one of the tougher decisions for this category, especially with Rapsody’s “Laila’s Wisom” in the running because I love and respect her, the album she’s nominated for is amazing. However, I need to see Kendrick Lamar take this one home. This album won me over on so many levels. The beats bang so hard on this album, in combination with Kendrick’s flow which is always on point. Again, I’m all retro vibes and “DAMN” definitely had a little old school 90’s rap nod to it, especially on tracks like “FEEL” and “DUCKWORTH.” Sometimes I was even reminded of the musical beats you’d hear from an old school Outkast album. This is just pure, raw rap at its finest, and I know Kendrick worked hard on this one. He deserves to take this one home.


Best R&B Album – “Freudian” –Daniel Caesar

I’ve actually surprised myself with this pick since I’ve always been a huge fan of Musiq Soulchild and Ledisi, but “Freudian” just made me feel good and vibe with it in a way the other albums in this category did not. Out of all the other artists in this category, I feel like this album embodies what R&B is. This music on this album is soulful, smooth with a pure groove I could jam to all night long. On top of that, Daniel’s voice is so unique and modern. He transitions into those falsettos so effortlessly, like silk.  For me, this is an authentic R&B album worthy of respect.


index (4)Best Country Song – “Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall

With all the “interesting” things some artists are trying to do with country music, “Tin Man” is a refreshing, timeless country song that’s so easy on the ears. I first heard this song on a YouTube video with Lambert performing live. It was just her and her guitar on stage, and I loved it! The lyrics are emotional and relatable, and as usual, Miranda Lambert’s voice on this track is stunning. Nothing is overdone here, just simple, authentic country. Even with the lyrics being on the sad side, the music has so many pleasant nuances –airy, melodic, nostalgic, you can’t help but be mesmerized by it.


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Tekedra’s Favorite Scares: Selections in the Horror Genre

Tekedra Lofton is, by far, the greatest fan of the Horror genre on staff at the Ferndale Library. She even has her own organizational system for the dozens of horror films that she owns at home.

With lower temps and incoming snow sure to keep us indoors for another month, why not find a fun and freaky horror film from her personally curated display: “Winter Chills!”
#winterchills #horrorfilms #horrornovels

And dig that #shining themed tshirt!!


Tekedra is also a published author! The Ferndale Library circulates two of her books!


Tekedra’s Recommended Horror Novels

Okay, so, anyone who’s known me for more than ten minutes knows that I love the world of horror.

That being said, here are some of my favorite horror books and movies – available right now at the Ferndale Public Library!

Just a disclaimer – There are only four books on this list. That being said; I am a HUGE Stephen King fan and there are two of his books on this list. It was all I could do not to just list Stephen King novels in order of my love for them ♥

  1. index (8)Needful Things — This one ranks pretty high as one of my favorites because it shows that horror doesn’t have to be just strictly scares. Sometimes, there are horrific situations that have a sort of sick comedic factor to them. Set in a small town (Castle Rock, Maine) where nothing ever happens, a mysterious stranger blows in and opens a store of curiosities. The residents soon find the nicknacks to be more than what they seem and, well, all Hell breaks loose. As the people of the town become drastically affected by their new purchases, a sort of twisted comedy or errors ensues and…well, I won’t give it away, but it gets pretty nuts and it’s well worth the read.

  2. index (1)Brom’s Stoker’s Dracula — When I was a young and impressionable girl with dreams of being either a Princess or a Thundercat, I had hopes of one day falling in love with someone special. The dream was always that I would have some grand adventure with them where they would risk life and limb just to be with me. *swoon*

    And then I read Brom Stoker’s Dracula and fell into that sweet, sweet pit of preteen fantasy where some smooth talking vampire would sweep me off my feet and commit unspeakable acts of murder in the name of his bloodlust just for me. It was the most romantic thing I’d ever read between the ages of 10-12.

  3. {FBFC2DA6-675D-4B5D-B269-BA1D1186F1E6}Img200The Hellbound Heart — This was probably one of the first really disturbing books I’d ever read. If you’ve seen the Hellraiser movies, then you know the basic story – Guy finds puzzlebox, guy opens puzzlebox, guy finds it’s a portal to Hell, Demons come get him, etc, etc.
    Clive Barker has a way about his writing that is both simple and profoundly poetic. The story is intensely graphic and Barker tells the story with as much blunt frankness as a baseball bat…but it’s an intricately carved baseball bat with gold trimmings, so you kind of appreciate the knock on the head. Follow the link to find a downloadable EBook version.

  4. indexFinally, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King — Yes, another Stephen King novel. I love this novel because of its simplicity. A vampire in a small town…slowly taking over the small town. I would love to go into specifics about what I love about this novel, but that would mean spoilers and…well, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.

    I will say this much, the story was written in the 70s, yet still holds its own today. This is a a real, monster vampire kind of story. There will be no romance or twinkling in the sunlight. There will be no angsty diatribes about how much it sucks being a vampire. The vampire is not sympathetic. He does not have a good side. He’s a monster…and he’s making monsters…and it’s up to only the main character to stop him. How’s that for an endorsement?

So, those are my four favorite horror books.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


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Martin Luther King Day @ Your Library

If you are reading this and you happen to have the day off from work, then we hope you’ll consider utilizing any portion of your day to visit the library. The Ferndale Area District Library is open for regular business hours, until 8pm tonight. Schools, banks, law firms, and most libraries are closed in observance of this American federal holiday honoring the activist/minister and prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

But on such a day as this, it would be rewarding and opportune for anyone and everyone to seek out an institution such as a public library; to spend time in a place where they can readily, easily, and freely access a breadth of information and resources detailing the life of MLK. We should never presume that we ever know the whole story, even when it comes to the most profound and widely known icons of history. At your public library, on Martin Luther King Jr Day, one can gain an enhanced understanding and appreciation for his efforts throughout the late 1950’s and 1960’s, as well as a more knowledgeable grasp upon the extraordinary circumstances and the political and social climate of his era; to then be able to reflect upon how it can inform your assessment, your interest, your perception, and hopefully your compassion, in our current times.


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Gateway’s to Graphic Novels: Tinesha’s Picks

Circulation Specialist Tinesha Allen is our on staff graphic novels specialist!  While we’re each unique fans of certain genres or authors, graphic novels are Tinesha’s domain; an inherently artistic and vivid form of storytelling, often featuring diverse casts of characters and settings.

Still…, despite some breathtaking and daring creative advancements in the art-form of graphic novels, we know that they’re still not fully embraced by the greater population of readers. Worse, the community of literary criticism can still tend to reduce their categorization to something resembling comic books.  Tinesha is here to tell you that you might be surprised at just how much emotional import and enjoyment you’d find by reading a story that spans across pages that are illustrated with action, expressive faces, and picturesque landscapes.



Here are Tinesha’s Top 3 Titles for your Gateway into Graphic Novels



Amazing art, amazing imagery; the background work and research done to adhere to Islamic history accurately and appropriately is greatly appreciated. The story is really encapsulating; impossible to put down. Reading it is like an emotional roller-coaster.  Habibi can be educational for anyone unfamiliar with Islam or the Arabic language; it’s a must read for anyone looking to expand their thinking and challenge any cultural phobias or biases they might have.



Saga’s considerable popularity may have already put it on your radar. But the first thing you’ll notice about it is its high-impact/always-on-the-run story, that still gives you a balance of backgrounds into every character’s life. Of course there are main protagonists, that being Marco, Lana and Hazel, but you also get insight into the different Kingdoms, figureheads, bounty hunters and the ex-fiancées that are running after this forbidden couple, looking to silence them and any message of peace that their daughter might represent for the future, (since war is a very lucrative business!)


Saga is action packed but not without its soft moments; it works to humanize every character, making some of their inevitable demises that much harder to take. I always anxiously await the next book in the series.

index (1)Monstress

What catches the reader’s eye is the cover art! It’s well-drawn, spooky, and intriguing; each volume is just as intricately illustrated as its cover. The series has some cultural relevance to our current events as it deals with war, refugees, human trafficking, racism, gender equality, feminism, classicism… But it treats these issues with a volatile magical element that will keep readers of fantasy interested. If you’re a big fan of monsters, magic and mayhem, then this is the series for you.


Tinesha also suggests checking out Nimona, (pictured above^) Lumberjanesand our expansive Manga collection!

Further reading:

Graphic novels can be serious literature

Finding the Roots of Graphic Novels in the Ancient World


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How Do I Know What To Believe?

Librarians and journalists are natural allies. A public library is where one can hone their skills of being an astute and discerning consumer of the vast and multifaceted bits of news we each encounter in a given day’s social-media scroll. Journalists, meanwhile, have to be as exceptional as ever in a political and social climate haunted by “fake news” and adversarial punditry.

It’s been almost two years, now, since “fake news” entered the lexicon. Since then, there have been countless cases of generated “news” posts that slip into social media filled with bias and errors, designed to push an agenda, to outrage, or to mislead.  Meanwhile, journalists, (print, broadcast, and online,) are being shown such a concerning amount of contempt in an era where information is traveling at nearly light speeds across our feeds. Your public library, then, can be an information oasis during these times, an information-packed neutral zone (of an objectivity comparable to every journalist), where you can learn how to combat fake news and sharpen your media literacy.

For starters, we can point you toward the Media Literacy Project, where you can learn the importance of understanding how media messages shape our culture and society. When you are encountering news on the Internet, critical thinking skills, and a healthy bit of skepticism, will be crucial to perceive whether the source is applying a frame of bias to the article. While it seems like everything moves faster, including everyone of us, it is important to read an entire article before you share it. Ask yourself, upon finishing it: what parts of a given media story are possibly not being told within the text?

One simple, but possibly not so easy way to protect yourself against fake news is to slow down. I know that’s tough in a post-Internet/smartphone era. But frankly, that’s what you should be doing when you visit your public library. While we are a 21st century community center space with multifaceted purposes for all ages, we are also, at the end of the day, an information resource center. Given enough time, be it here on site or via remote access to our digital databases online, you can learn more about examining all of the information you are being presented. Follow links and citations, look for odd URLs, and explore your own fact checking expeditions (your librarian can help!)

In January, we’ll be hosting a panel discussion, moderated by WDET-FM, and featuring local journalists, teachers, librarians, and social media specialists. STAY TUNED.

More information from the American Library Association. 

And here our three books we’d recommend getting started with…

index (5)The trouble with reality : a rumination on moral panic in our time






51O2GtvWl5L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Detecting bull : how to identify bias and junk journalism in the digital age






index (6)Deciding What’s True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism






index (7)Media maze : unconventional wisdom for guiding children through media


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FADL Increases Digital Access To More Materials and Resources Starting Friday

New Digital Resources Starting Friday, December 1st

NoveList Plus can be used by patrons to find new book recommendations. NoveList will generate lists of thematically-aligned follow-up titles that will be similar to the most recent book you enjoyed. This is not a downloadable app, but FADL card members will be able to access it online. Try it yourself or visit one of our librarians for your next great book recommendation!

With this mobile app, you can access full-color digital magazines anytime, anywhere, either on your phone, iPad, or desktop, including new and back-listed titles. There’s no holds, no check-out periods, no limits; it is accessible only to FADL card member.

Mango Languages:
This is an online language learning tool for FADL card members to learn more than 70 languages, including English for non-English speakers. It is a downloadable app for your iPhone or Android.


Looking for books, movies and more? 


Hoopla is an app you can download and register your Ferndale Library card to get streamable/downloadable access to E-Materials, including movies and music, but also TV shows, MP3-audiobooks, eBooks, and comics. There are no holds, you can just find what you’re looking for and start streaming! (Available to Ferndale card members only).

You can use OverDrive if your library is part of the Download Destination Group, but otherwise, any FADL card member can use it to access audi
obooks, Ebooks, music, and movies, with up to six checkouts at once. (Downloadable files are limited, so anticipate having to place holds for the most popular titles).



AtoZ World Travel:
This is a comprehensive travel resource that covers more than 200 cities worldwide, providing information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and recipes, culture, language, and more.

AtoZ Maps Online:
You can access modern and historical maps from around the world that you can download and print.

Consumer Reports Database:
You’ll get full access to product reviews, articles, and more, in addition to our print magazine subscription.

Cypress Resume:
This online resume builder provides templates and helps you develop job descriptions.

You can access these links with a mobile device, but they are not apps.
To access these digital resources remotely, or at home, you will need to be a Ferndale card member. Otherwise, anyone can access these resources here in the library’s public computer lab. 

Click here for more information

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Book Donations

75905324-f484-406e-b393-0aaa3b4f0ae9The Ferndale Area District Library welcomes donations of books, but we ask that they be in “like new” condition. That means no torn, yellowed, water-damaged, or marked pages; no broken bindings or stained covers.

Receiving books that are in the best condition assures that they can potentially be included in the library’s circulating collection, or put into the Friends of the Ferndale Library used book store for its ongoing fundraising sales. Otherwise, it just makes more work (and more trash) for us.

Due to limitations of storage space for donations, it is helpful to contact us first, by phone, before organizing/transporting your intended donation: 248-546-2504

We DO Accept: hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks. We accept textbooks, but we ask that they be no more than five years old.
WE DO NOT Accept: encyclopedias, magazines, vinyl records.

If you have books that don’t meet these standards, remember that you can recycle your old paperback books in your home recycling bins. Hardcover books can be taken to SOCCRA’ recycling center, located at 995 Coolidge, (between 14 Mile and Maple, across from Meijer): (248) 288-5150
If you have any questions, contact Reference Librarian Ed Burns at

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