By: Jeff Milo, Circulation Specialist
“A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.” – Lilian Jackson Braun
THE FERNDALE AREA DISTRICT LIBRARY is a participant of The Library Network, a state-funded cooperative that serves 75 libraries in southeast Michigan. This collaboration means your card will be honored at other participating libraries in the region, like Royal Oak, Hazel Park, Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Berkley, and many more. If you want a book that isn’t in Ferndale’s collection but circulates elsewhere, you could visit another TLN library in person to check it out or you can request items belonging to other TLN libraries be sent to Ferndale for you, for free, using your card.
When you receive your card, you also get a small blue sticker reading: “MiLibrary Card.” Somewhat similar to TLN, this allows you access to libraries all around Michigan (a list is provided at our circulation desk). However, this convenience is only achieved when you are on site at these libraries, (eg., libraries in either Macomb, Wayne or Washtenaw county) to check out and it’s limited to print materials (books, essentially).
But wait, there’s 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 down load 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.
But what else? Is your wi-fi down? Do you need a computer to type something up? Do you have an important email you need printed off? Use your library card to login to our public access computers. Are your items due today but you’re stuck late at work? Call up the automated renewal line (888-672-8983) or call the circulation desk, and we can use your card’s barcode number to extend the due dates.
Would you like your child or teen to get their own card? Come to the library with your state ID or driver’s license and fill out an application (must be five years or older.) Maybe you live in Royal Oak or Hazel Park? Your child’s RO or HP card would still be usable at the Ferndale Library.
Even if you do not live in a city with a participating TLN library, your child may still attend a school in the Ferndale School District; proof of enrollment (through a school ID or a schedule) could still provide a library card for your child, valid exclusively at the Ferndale Library through that arrangement. Children may check out movies only with permission from a parent or legal guardian. Adults: if you do not live in Ferndale but are employed in Ferndale, you may also be able to attain a card (with proof via a recent paystub or a letter from your boss/employer.)
• Childhood Fair, Feb 27 at 2:00 P.M.: For families with children under 5, this fair features 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.
• Ferndale Reads, 2016 features Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: FADL begins its annual onebook/ one-community reading event in March. As in 2014, we are again participating in the Michigan Humanities Council’s program, The Great Michigan Read. Free copies of Station Eleven will be available along with a schedule of several various programs and engaging events centered around the themes/plot of the book. Go Comedy will adapt the story into a fun filled romp, Book Party will host a discussion of the book in May, and there will be many more exciting programs announced as it gets closer.
For all this and more, please visit ferndalepubliclibrary.org
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