Ferndale finishes up library renovation project

Construction workers are wrapping up
the renovation of the Ferndale Public Library on the eastern edge of
downtown.

The library has closed its temporary location and has started
moving books and other materials to the newly
refurbished building
on 9 Mile Road, just east of Woodward Avenue.
An opening is set for June 28.

“Our hope is it will serve as a
focal point for attracting attention to the east of Woodward area,” says
Doug Raber, director of the Ferndale Public Library.

The library
is going for silver LEED
certification, thanks to a plethora of environmentally friendly
features. Among the big-ticket features are a geothermal heating system,
a gray water recycling system, and a partial green roof. The most
environmentally friendly factor is the reuse of a circa-1954 structure.

The

renovation adds another 10,000 square feet, rounding out the structure
to 21,000 square feet. That means more meeting room space fronting 9
Mile, a new area for teens, and a new children’s room facing Troy
Street.

“It’s almost a library within a library,” Raber says.

The

addition, paid for by a one-mill millage increase last year, will give
the library space to bump up its staff from four to 10. It will also
provide the funds to double the library’s purchasing budget for books
and other media, such as audio books and CDs.

Source: Doug
Raber, director of the Ferndale Public Library

Writer: Jon
Zemke