Our Vision Ferndales library brings people and information together in a vibrant environment. Our Mission The Ferndale Public Library is welcoming and responsive to those who live and work in our community, providing quality resources and innovative programs in a comfortable setting. Our Goals Create more pleasing and comfortable. interior and exterior environments. Improve customer service. Increase access to services, facilities and collections. Improve and update the collection. Increase public awareness. Diversify funding. History: The Ferndale Public Library formally opened in November 1930. Displacing City offices in the former Central School at 130 Nine Mile Rd., just east of Woodward, the new library that first day had some 2,000 volumes, plus 200 loaned by the State Library. (The building later housed the Ferndale Board of Education and is now privately owned.) Etta Vivian was the librarian, she had one assistant. Some 1,500 library cards were issued that first year of operation. The librarys history from these earliest days onward reflects the history of Ferndale in unique ways. Deemed a city marvelous in publicity releases of the time, Ferndales phenomenal growth in the late 1920s had earned it nationwide media attention as the fastest-growing city in the U.S. Henry Fords offer of $5 a day to workers on his Highland Park assembly line attracted workers nationwide, making Ferndale one of Americas first bedroom communities. Census figures in 1930 showed that, in one decade, the citys population had increased 687.8% to 20,796. Such rapid development was due to the citys key location on Woodward, Detroits continued northward growth, and the regions installation of a solid infrastructure, including state-of-the-art water/sewerage systems, paving, and even gas mains and electrical systems which allowed Woodward to be the best-lighted highway in the U.S. Thus, Ferndale by 1930 was ready to support a library, hallmark of an American citys success. The citys initial budget for the library: $5,000, which included Etta Vivians salary of $1,500 per year, and $2,000 (40 percent) for books. Within a year, the library had 2,217 books, within a decade, 10,581.4 In 1937, a Friends of the Library group was formed, the first of its kind in Michigan. (This group, except for periods during World War II and the 1990s, has operated continuously to support library programs and services.) One of the finest in this section was how the library was characterized in a City of Ferndale commemorative booklet in 1944.