The Ferndale Area District Library will be closed until January for updates. The majority of the work will be in the children’s area. This area specifically will be getting new furniture.

The Ferndale Area District Library will be closed until January for updates. The majority of the work will be in the children’s area. This area specifically will be getting new furniture.

Photo provided by Jeff Milo


Ferndale library to be closed until January for renovations

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published December 22, 2021

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FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library will be closed for a couple of weeks while the building undergoes renovations.

The library will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan 2 while sections of the building receive updates and cosmetic changes. It will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3.

“We’ll be adding additional shelving. So that means space for more books for kids,” Marketing Coordinator Jeff Milo said. “We’re going to be putting in some new carpeting because, as you can expect, that area of the library gets a lot of foot traffic from enthusiastic young patrons. So we need some new carpeting in there. We’re gonna give it a fresh coat of paint in the kids corner, and we are going to be putting in some new furniture, which is something we’ve heard our parents (and) visitors request in the past. It’s just a cozier spot to sit with your little one and read a book together.”

The kids corner, which takes up a quarter of the library, will receive the majority of the renovations. In late January, the library will be installing a new laptop bar along the windows of its front atrium by the west entrance.

“We’ve always had tables in there to begin with where lots of folks would already be bringing their laptops, but this is gonna be a new, cool countertop space,” Milo said. “We’re gonna have new high chairs out there. … You’ll be able to set up your laptop and just kind of gaze out at downtown Ferndale and all that natural light; it should be a really serene spot to work.”

The library already was going to be closed for much of the next couple of weeks due to Christmas and New Year’s Day. Because of that, Milo said they won’t be doing anything operational such as curbside pickup, because they didn’t think that was something they could mobilize.

People who have library cards can use the online resources provided by the Ferndale Area District Library, but the library is encouraging members to pick up all of their held items by Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Friends of the Ferndale Library President Gabby Bray said that a significant share of the user base for the library comprises residents under the age of 18, and she’s excited to see the benefits of the improvements.

“I think especially the technology upgrades and the space upgrades are definitely reflective of the needs (people have) today,” she said. “I’m excited to see the results, and I think it reflects the important services that the library can provide and how we are continuing to offer those types of offerings.”

For more information, people can contact the library at (248) 546-2504.

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