Ferndale Library: Station Eleven

Ferndale Library: Station Eleven

By: Jeff Milo, Circulation Specialist

HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOUR FREE COPY of Station Eleven from the Ferndale Library yet? Written by Emily St. John Mandel, this disarmingly tender and thought-provoking dystopian suspense novel was recently announced as the selection for the library’s annual community book club series, Ferndale Reads. This is the seventh installment of Ferndale Reads, spanning the springtime with a set of fun and engaging events and programs tying in with a single book’s fictional world and thematic elements.

Ferndale native Darlene Hellenberg is the Head Reference Librarian, and she has spearheaded these community-wide book clubs each year. “I love this book!” Hellenberg said of Station Eleven. “When the Michigan Humanities Council selected it for their program, The Great Michigan Read, I knew we had to participate in their program and make it our Ferndale Reads selection.”

Free copies of Station Eleven were facilitated by Ferndale Reads 2016’s sponsor, the Friends of the Ferndale Library. This non-profit, volunteerrun organization is dedicated to engaging the community and raising funds to support the library. Hellenberg has arranged several programs scheduled throughout the forthcoming month, including a visit from the veteran food instructor Renee Chodowksi (aka The Great Foodini,) with a presentation on Food of the Apocalypse (on May 9 at the Ferndale Library). A full schedule of events, including the finale featuring author Emily St. John Mandel’s visit and book-signing at the Tangent Gallery (May 19) are available at the library’s circulation desk.

The acclaimed Station Eleven begins in the wake of a pandemic that devastates civilization, following unique characters like a Hollywood star, a zealous prophet and a nomadic group of Shakespearean actors, as they seek salvation across scattered outposts in the Great Lakes region. Rather than giving away too much about the book, library staff is encouraging patrons to consider joining a couple or three unique book clubs, each of which will be discussing Station Eleven.

The Thursday Afternoon Book Club will discuss Station Eleven on April 21 at the Ferndale Library (starting at 12:30 PM). This club is perfect for recreational readers with freer weekly schedules, perhaps for the newly retired or folks who work night shifts and miss other regular earlyevening book club meetings.

COMING UP: Poetry Reading sponsored by Springfed Arts on April 5 at 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Hosted by Susan Sheiener (of Springfed Arts) and featuring poets Kevein Meisel, Joy Gaines Friedler, Lucinda Sabino and songwriter Lauren Crane. The Boston Tea Room will be serving a selection of teas. Free. No registration required.

Saturday Crafternoon (Monthly) April 16 at 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Space for your projects will be provided in the library’s community room. Coloring pages and colored pencils will also be available. Supplies for other crafting projects will not be provided. Presuming it’s not too messy, you’re encouraged to bring your own supplies (or equipment). Crafternoons will be hosted every third Saturday of each month, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Ferndale Library.

ONGOING: The Artist in You is a community-wide celebration of student art, featuring works by young talents (grades 10-12) in the Ferndale School District and Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts (CASA.) Students’ 2D art will be on exhibit at the Ferndale Area District Library until May 17, sponsored by the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce.

We want to be your friend! Become a Friends member today for $20 or become Senior/student Friends member for $10. Info at: http://ferndalefriends.org/join-us/.

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