The Ferndale Library’s Summer Concert Series booked some of the biggest artists since that popular music program started in 2010. It’s a big crowd pleaser with patrons of all ages because it brings in top-tier talents from around Michigan, each specializing in a range of genres. The library’s upcoming Fall Bake Sale will help raise funds for to ensure that Summer 2018’s lineup is even more impressive. Before patrons check out their books, they can also buy delicious baked goods lovingly whipped up by local volunteer chefs. This pop-up bakery will feature addictive little treats to ornately adorned desserts, available all day (10am-8pm) on Mon, Nov 20.


But volunteer bakers are needed. Anyone can drop off their donated treats on Sun, Nov 19 from 12pm to 5pm and in the library atrium on the morning of the bake sale, starting at 9am and continuing throughout the day.  

To Ferndale’s local bakers, or for anyone with a sweet tooth, this is a great way to support your library, as well as your community. The baking talents of the neighborhood take center stage. Also, each sugary package or decadent dish could serve as an ideal gift for the holidays, or maybe just a well deserved splurge for you after a long day.

FADL’s Head of Circulation Kelly Bennett will be coordinating the Bake Sale; volunteers can email via or call at 248-546-2504 ex. 697.
“We’re looking for a wide variety of treats,” Bennett said. “Vegan, gluten-free and diabetic options are great – we’d also appreciate it if the baked goods are split up into small packages for easy sale.”

Simply bring your goodies to the front desk on Sunday, or stop in the atrium beginning at 9 am on Monday. For those looking to buy the yummy baked goods Ferndale has to offer, the sale will run 10 am to 8 pm on Mon., Nov 20. Cash and check will be accepted as payment. And yes, there will be jam!

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Go Behind The Curtains With ‘Anatomy Of A Scene’ at Ferndale Library

Univ of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Hosts Interactive Theatre Program Nov 8

What happens before, during, and after a Director shouts: “ACTION!”?  What goes into the construction of a scene for plays or films? How do the actors, crew, and director make a scripted performance seem so natural and so real? On Wed., Nov 8, The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company presents an interactive experience about the making of a scene at the Ferndale Area District Library.


The Theatre Company will be illuminating the process of scene construction by utilizing parts of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day, the first production featured in their 47th season. Attendees can learn how a scene is crafted to help move a story forward, whether a script for theatre or a screenplay for film. When you’re in the audience, dialogue and action flows by with intended fluidity, but how is the information you need to comprehend the story and characters presented in a way that can keep you captivated?


The Theatre Company invites you to the Ferndale Library to uncover how everything in a scene is a conscious choice of the writer or director, and how each choice can bring out substance and meaning.


U-D Mercy’s Theatre Company produces a diverse range of live performances at The Marlene Boll Theatre in downtown Detroit. Original and commissioned works featuring non-traditional pieces are performed each season, as well as classics and standards in the world of theatre and music. Their Performing Arts Dept helps students learn how to be actors, directors, costume designers, makeup artists, playwrights, stage managers, along with dozens of other professions, so you can be sure to receive a very full picture of the craft into it all, at “Anatomy Of A Scene.”

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Did You Know…? Here’s why you’re Gonna Want a Library Card

I can probably get you set up with your new Ferndale Library Card in less than three minutes. You can even scroll through your social media right in front of me while you’re waiting for me to set it up, I won’t be offended… I mean, it’d be better if you didn’t, cuz I’ll have a few quick questions for you. But either way: I just want you to get yourself a card.

Once you get that card….
cardYou can access:

•the latest films on DVD
•the latest albums on CD
•the latest fiction books
But you can ALSO use that card to: 
•download MP3 audiobooks
•access eBooks
•stream movies and music via Hoopla
And then some other stuff you might have overlooked, like:
•obtaining free passes to a metro park or a local museum
•requesting material owned by any other Oakland County Library in our shared cooperative

Did I mention this only takes three minutes…? Okay…, maybe four! But still! There’s no paperwork involved. There’s no waiting. It’s exceedingly easier and faster than, say, a trip to the DMV.

And a library card is just one of those things that you might not realize you need…, until you do. 

What you need:
•Current Picture ID (Drivers License, State ID card)
•If your ID hasn’t been updated yet to reflect your new/current Ferndale residence, just bring in your latest utility bill (or pull up an e-receipt of paperless billing on your smartphone). 

•If you’ve had a library card in the past, let us know, and we can see if that account is with one of the libraries we partner with… I mean, who knows…, you might have checked out a book in 2012 that you never returned. But even if you do, we can work with you… Because if this post hasn’t emphasized it enough, already, it’s that we want you to get your Ferndale Library card!  Like, now. Like, yesterday. SO…., see you tomorrow, then?

Call us for any questions: 248-546-2504
And if you don’t live in Ferndale, we have lots of info about how you can get access

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Open Seven Days/Week

“The library’s closed today…”

…is something no one in Ferndale will have to say from now on!

Because during the week, on any given day, we will now be open! That’s right, starting October 1st, the Ferndale Area District Library began opening its doors on Sundays from 12noon – 5pm.


We want to maximize your access to books, CDs, magazines, e-books, DVDs, the Internet and our librarian’s professional assistance. We want to be open and available when you need us, and, frankly, sometimes that’s on a Sunday! We also offer so much more than just access to the Internet, but have evolved into something that most resembles a community center. Crafts, concerts, conversations with representatives, family fun, book clubs, informational seminars, and more… We are excited to expand our services and our grateful for the support we receive from our patrons and the community.

A library, of all institutions, should be open as much as possible. Whether professional development, research project, enlightened reads about historical events, or escapist fiction from the latest thriller writer. We want to be your key to cultural recreation as well as discovering more about a topic that concerns you. Sure…, you could google it. But wouldn’t you feel that much better with the professional guidance of a librarian?

We’ll see you next Sunday.


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Music Preservation with the River Street Anthology Listening Party: Interview with Matt Jones

Ferndale Library’s monthly local music concerts return on Fri., Oct 6, with a special live recording session and listening party hosted by the River Street Anthology. This grassroots music documentation project was started by Michigan singer/songwriter Matt Jones back in 2014, out of the basement of his home in Ypsilanti, (on River Street). After ten years of recording and performing his own music around the scene, Jones decided to follow the footsteps of iconic ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax and begin archiving contributions from all of Michigan’s singer/songwriters, poets, musicians, and more.


“It’s a work of historic preservation- of music preservation,” said Jones. “I always say that first……the thing that has changed as I’ve continued to do this is that I never knew what to say after that…, because I honestly never knew what it was; it was always growing and changing so much.”

The state-spanning cultural survey has evolved into being a way to listen to the place we live. Said Jones, “It’s what you would hear if you put your ear to the ground. It isn’t just music anymore, it’s stories. Now that so many songs have been recorded, and I’ve seen so many faces, when I think of the RSA, I just think of stories.”

Jones has traveled thousands of miles and recorded hundreds of musicians from all over the state, with all of the intimate and exclusive performances captured and preserved in Lansing, by the State Archives of Michigan.


The RSA Listening Party is a special opportunity to witness live recordings of local artists, view exclusive videos of past performances from recent trips to Michigan cities, and listen to special recordings of live songs that are unavailable anywhere else. Above all, what you can experience with this special First Stop Friday concert is: stories! 

“We don’t think about the “human experience” when we go to shows,” said Jones, “At least I don’t… But listening to and collecting these experiences…both the experiences that the artists are recounting with their lyrics or songs, plus the experience of recording them- that’s where the story is…”

State Archivist Mark Harvey will be joining Jones to talk about the Michigan History Center and his partnership with Jones and the RSA. Video, photographs and recordings will be shown and played for the audience. 

“Lately I have been concentrating more on listening to what the artists have to say outside of playing/singing,” said Jonse. “I’ve been recognizing the power these artists have within themselves- like each one is a walking treasure trove….”

Jones said he’s not sure how much longer he’ll be doing this, but that it could easily be a few more years. That would mean a couple hundred more Michigan musicians. But he’s not putting any parameters on it yet. Said Jones, “I would really like to take the RSA and push it into new realms. Sarah (Campbell-Jones) and I have been throwing around the idea of creating and hosting programs involving home recording workshops, songwriting workshops, tying everything into the importance of preservation and the need for keeping everyone’s stories alive. I would love to get the RSA out of my house, and into a space of it’s own- a space to hold the events and workshops that we are tossing around. I would love to some sort of podcast, or even AM radio. A place where we could talk about the artists more, play selections from the RSA, interview, and record live on the air.”

Jones said that there is also talk of applying for a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) status. He said “things are going to start expanding, but not in an obnoxious way!” Because, as he puts it, he’s “not a salesman” and that he’d be forever leery of the people who start programs more for personal gain than anything else.

“Being a musician, you run into that sleazy behavior all the time, and we would have to find a way to build something without the cheese-factor attached.”

What makes each RSA Listening Party special is that Jones always arranges for a couple artists to be recorded live in front of the audience, including a performance by Tamara Finlay and a live reading by local music journalist Jeff Milo.


“The listening parties are amazing in that they are SO off the cuff. I let the artists I select do the talking for me. I can be very picky about where they happen, but I like them to take place in spots that feel like me, or like us, ya know…, like the RSA… …organic, scattered, anything goes. I select 10 or so audio clips/films from the project, roll out the projector, and start rambling. Large or small audience, I think the presentations make a significant impact on the audience. I try to instill in the audience how important every one of these artists are- not just the ones they’ve heard of, and more than anything, I try to instill the idea that these people and their stories are important and worthy of preserving.”

The RSA Listening is here to demonstrate the worth of preserving the stories of these artists….!

“Thing is though,” said Jones, “the “worthy” part goes for the audience too. The audiences are everything to the artists. At the end of each listening party, I will have one or two artists come to the front and record for the RSA in front of the crowd…sort of a “this is how we do it” demo. Charlie (Steen, videographer) is there, Misty (Lyn Bergeron, photographer) and Sarah (Campbell-Jones, illustrator) are there, and we swarm on that artist, like we would anywhere else. I just try to tell stories about people in a way that sticks in their memory. Hopefully we can do that in Ferndale, at the library!”

River Street Anthology Listening Party

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