Adult Battle of the Books

Picture1Adult Battle of the Books
Sat., Feb 2
Oak Park Public Library
14200 Oak Park Blvd.
Registration Required
(248) 546-2504 ex. 696 or email:
More info:


Four Local Libraries Host Battle of the Books for Adults with Vintage Kids Books, Feb 2

 Four local libraries have united in organizing an Adult Battle of the Books, culminating with a trivia tournament on Saturday, February 2, at the Oak Park Public Library. The Berkley Library, Ferndale Area District Library, and Huntington Woods Public Library are encouraging their respective patrons to form teams with friends and read some vintage children’s literature, and reacquaint themselves with classic characters like Matilda, Ramonda, Bunnicula and more!

Sarah Jones, the Director of the Oak Park Public Library, said that “you’re not absorbed in books the same way that you were as a kid. I’ve done an Adult Battle of the Books before, but it was four full-length narrative books and that’s hard to finish them all or fit them into your schedule. But how much fun would it be to read vintage children’s books that we remember from growing up in the 90’s? It’s quicker, it’s nostalgic, it’s fun… And even as a grown woman, I can still relate to Ramona. And you can’t help but smile and be in a good mood when you think about Charlotte’s Web!”

The Adult Battle of the Books Tournament will be limited to 20 teams, with up to six people per team. Anyone who wants to participate but doesn’t have a team to join can be signed up as a single player and be added to a team on the day of the event. Those interested in registering should call 248-546-2504, ex. 696 or email the assistant director of the Ferndale Library: The books include: Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary, and Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume.

“All reaaing is good reading,” Jones said, “whether it’s kids reading comic books or adults reading kids books; the act of reading is always good for you. But we also want this to be a cool, fun winter-activity. We’re not going to read War & Peace or anything like that. The point is for it to be fun. There’s a lot of new stuff going on at all of our libraries, but our core services are still really important. Books are still really important, so it’s good to find new ways to bring attention to those old core services. A book club is great, but sometimes you need to shake it up! And I’m really glad to have my counterparts for this at Ferndale, Berkley and Huntington Woods!”

The Oak Park Library is usually closed on Saturdays, but participants will be able to access the library for the scheduled event: February 2nd, 1pm-2pm.

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The Xmas Lists: Songs

xmas songs

Jeff’s favorites…

1.) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – by anyone, but I prefer Mel Torme

2.) Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love

3.) Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

4.) Father Christmas – The Kinks

5.) What’s This? – Danny Elfman

6.) A Change at Christmas – Flaming Lips

7.) Christmas at Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic

8.) Happy X-Mas – John Lennon/Yoko Ono

9.) Sleigh Ride – any version, but I prefer Ella Fitzgerald, or Al Caiola 

10.) Christmas in Hollis – Run D.M.C.

11.) Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie/Bing Crosby

12.) Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight) – The Ramones

13.) Lighting Love – It’s Christmas, Behave Yourself

14.) It Feels Like Christmas – Ghost of Christmas Present / Paul Williams

15.) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – any version, but I prefer Bad Religion

16.) Alone On Christmas Day – Phoenix

17.) Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty

18.) Skating – Vince Guaraldi

19.) The Christmas Waltz – She & Him

20.) That’s What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder

21.) Snow Flakes (Greensleeves) – The Ventures

22.) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) – Nat King Cole

23.) Auld Lang Syne – Andrew Bird

24.) I Wish It Was Christmas Today – Julian Casablancas (/Horatio Sanz)

25.) Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis – Tom Waits

Honorable Mention:

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The Xmas Lists: Movies


Jeff’s favorites…

1.) A Christmas Story

2.) Christmas Vacation

3.) Scrooged

4.) Die Hard

5.) Elf

6.) Rare Exports

7.) Gremlins

8.) Batman Returns

9.) The Bishop’s Wife

10.) Home Alone

11.) A Nightmare Before Christmas

12.) Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
13.) Trading Places
14.) The Night Before
15.) Muppet Christmas Carol
16.) Office Christmas Party
17.) Night of the Comet
18.) The Ref
19.) Krampus
20.) It’s A Wonderful Life


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shereads_books: Anime Club

Youth Services Librarian Ms. Jasmine updates her own literary blog, and we’d recommend following it. Her most recent post details her helm of the Anime Club.


The last anime programs for 2018 have come to an end. Looking back, our Anime programming seems to have been quite a whirlwind. I began leading the program in April, and I really had no idea what to expect. That was to have been my first time leading a program, such as this, and I was anxious to see how it would play out.


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Favorite Memories of 2018


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Electric Honey Perform This Friday at Ferndale Library


The Ferndale Library becomes a live music venue once again on Friday, Dec 7, at 8pm, when local indie rockers Electric Honey plug in and get loud for an afterhours concert. First Stop Friday effectively threads the library into the city’s local club scene for one night. It’s often the “first stop” for music lovers who typically have plans of convening at other venues later into the evening. Or, for music lovers who want to skip the bar scene and still be home at an early hour, this is an ideal concert experience. This free, all ages event is made possible by the Friends of the Ferndale Library.

Electric Honey are a quintet of longtime friends blending intricate art-pop, post-prog, new-wave and space-rock with baroque elements like violin, trumpet, ukulele and a mandolin. Their power chords riff with urgent punk aggression into a sweet, sinewy glide of a bow sawing over strings. (That’s right, it’s an electric-violin!). The vocals are emotive and contemplative, something like Elvis Costello-meets-Dave Grohl, while they bring together the angular riffs of something like the Pixies into something headier and spacier, like Radiohead.  In fact, Electric Honey‘s knack, overall, is going beyond just rock and pop and creating a layered and atmosphere sound. It’s atmospheric power-pop!

Fronted by Patrick Minjeur, whose unhinged musical style complements the intricate detail driven work done by guitarist Evan Gatny, Electric Honey makes for a perfectly balanced Jekyll and Hyde scenario. They have just released their second full length album Primetime Garbage digitally and on vinyl pressed at Third Man in Detroit. EH also features Chris Righi on violin, Matt Doppel on drums/trumpet, and John Labut on bass/ukulele.  


The library closes at 6pm on Dec 7, but doors reopen at 7:45pm, with music starting promptly at 8pm. First Stop Fridays are sponsored by The Friends of the Ferndale Library.

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Local Photographer Exhibits Photo Series Capturing Grand Canyon in Winter

Andrew Potter Art Reception on Sunday, Dec 9 at Ferndale Area District Library


Local photographer Andrew Potter will showcase just one of his many types of subjects with this season’s “Grand Canyon in Winter” exhibition at the Ferndale Library. The reception for this show will be on Sun., Dec. 9, from 2-4pm, featuring music by local artist Chad Stocker (of The High Strung).

Andrew Potter is a freelance photographer in the Detroit area and a regular contributor to Ambassador Magazine, C & G Newspapers and Between The Lines. Potter’s photos have also been published in the Washington Post, Crain’s Detroit, Ann, Dagens Industri, Luxe & Class Magazine, Detroiter, and Real Detroit Weekly.

Potter started his career in photography at Eastern Michigan University where he was the Photo Editor of the Eastern Echo. Potter also photographs weddings, events, and portraits. You may have heard him on his past overnight radio show 89.1 Jazz with Andrew Potter on WEMU Public Radio or seen him play guitar at the Detroit International Jazz Festival.


Potter lives in Ferndale with his wife, Shanna, and his Rottweiler, Bowie. He regularly updates his photography blog ( where he features his latest works in the realms of sports photography, local bands, culinary delights, or just capturing the beautiful architecture and locales around Detroit.

Potter’s Ferndale Library Exhibition will be specifically featuring images he captured during an exploration of the Grand Canyon during the winter months. Attendees of the Dec 9 reception will also experience the sound collages of ambient music composer and guitar improvisationist Chad Stocker. Stocker writes and performs experimental music under the moniker Honest To Goodness, but local music fans will recognize him as a member of rock quintet The High Strung.

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