As of November, the Ferndale Public Library is 80 years old; not the current building but the library itself.
According to a history written by Jean Sprang, the original library had served as city offices in the former Central School. Etta Vivian and her assistant served 1,500 library members that year, and they had 2,217 books on hand. The budget was $5,000, mostly for Vivian’s salary ($1,500 per year) and for books ($2,000).
Eventually the library building became home to the Ferndale Board of Education.
The original building at 130 Nine Mile Road is still around, but is now privately owned. What’s the best way to see it? Visit the current library at 222 East Nine Mile Road; it’s just across the parking lot toward Woodward.