The Royal Oak Public Library’s hours will be changing beginning the first week of June. The new library hours will be: Monday and Wednesday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon – 9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM:00 – 6:00 PM. This is a reduction of four hours - from the current 60 hours a week to 56. Additionally, in June library overdue fines will increase from 15 cents to 25 cents per day. Overdue fines can be avoided by renewing materials online, dropping them off 24/7 at the outside drop boxes, or renewing by phone during library hours at (248) 246-3700. The threshold for a library card being blocked because of outstanding fines will be changed from the current $10 to $5. The Royal Oak Public Library Board of Trustees voted to make these changes now to avoid the potential for more drastic cost saving measures in the future.
New venue this year! Arts Du Jour, the Charity Preview Party for Ford Arts, Beats and Eats will be held at the Royal Oak Public Library and the Barbara Hallman Memorial Plaza (the green space south of the Library) on Thursday, August 22 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. The Library benefits from general admission tickets purchased at the library for this event. Tickets are on sale at the Library’s circulation desk for $65 (credit cards are accepted). Ticket holders are entitled to a sampling of food from over 50 restaurants, musical entertainment at two stages, and three cocktail vouchers. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The Library receives 100% of the ticket price as a charitable contribution for tickets purchased at the Library. The Library will be closed at 4:30 pm. Contact Mary Karshner, Library Director, at 248-246-3710, if you have questions. Hope to see you at Arts Du Jour!
Six masterpieces from the DIA’s collection are coming to Royal Oak this summer. Beginning June 29th, high-quality reproductions of paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection will find a temporary outdoor home in locations around downtown. Each high-quality reproduction will be in the original size on Lumacore Vinyl mounted in weather proof ornate wood. Programs, both announced in advance and spontaneous, will be held by the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts in conjunction with the DIA. Previous programs in other communities have included docent-led walking and biking tours, musical shows, and talks at local libraries. This year, Inside|Out will feature a high-tech treasure hunt in which players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, placed near the reproductions using GPS-enabled devices.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2013 Youth Summer Reading Program. Pick up your free book that you earned by being part of Dig Into Reading. The books are available in the Youth Activity Room through August 3.
Royal Oak Public Library's teens are collecting items to be sent to overseas military service people through the Desert Angel Miracle Box Program. Bring items (or monetary donations to help with the postage) to the library between June 8 and July 18. Join us for a "packing party" at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 18.
Please take this short survey. The Royal Oak Public Library is in the process of creating a strategic plan for the next five years. We are seeking input from the community regarding the services residents use and what services they would like to see added. Library users and non-users, residents and non-residents, are encouraged to complete this short eight question survey on the Royal Oak Patch, which has partnered with ROPL in distributing the survey and compiling the results. Your input is valuable and we appreciate it!
Can’t make it to the local Secretary of State office? Try Express SOS Connect! Visit Express SOS Connect (created and maintained by the State of Michigan) to do much of your SOS business. What can you do? Here’s an incomplete list (for a complete list, visit the website):
- Renew Driver's License
- Replace Driver's License
- Renew State ID Card
- Replace State ID Card
- Renew Vehicle Plate/Tab
- Renew Watercraft
If you still need an office, here are the Oakland County offices (for non-Oakland County offices, visit the branch locator on the SOS website):
SE Oakland County Plus
13401 W 10 Mile Rd
Oak Park, MI 48237
East Oakland County Plus
1111 E Long Lake Rd
Troy, MI 48085
South Oakland County Plus
5263 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI 48033
You can always call the Secretary of State using the following number: 888-767-6424
Take a break and enjoy live music at the Royal Oak Public Library! Join us in the Friends Auditorium on select Saturdays at 3:00 pm throughout the year for these free performances. This series is sponsored by Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.
The Vintage Strings is an eclectic group of eleven southeast Michigan musicians bound together mainly by their passion for playing music together and their desire to share their musical joy with others. They play old-time, Celtic (Irish, Scottish), and other types of tunes with an interesting blend of hammered dulcimers, fiddles, vocals, reed pump organ, guitars, banjo, penny whistle, harmonicas, and bass.
Welcome back the Silver Strings Dulcimer Society as they begin their 31st year of playing “Old Time Music,” featuring the hammered dulcimer in addition to the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, penny whistle, autoharp, harmonica, and bass fiddle. Enjoy listening to a variety of traditional
music, including Celtic music, waltzes, polkas, and holiday standards to celebrate the season.
Piper Kim Johnson shares her love for her heritage and hobby, as she demonstrates and entertains with a variety of bagpipes and a sampling of pipe tunes. She’ll discuss the history of bagpipes and other Scottish history and folklore. All ages are welcome to join in a simple Highland
dance – audience participation is encouraged!
Join pianist Martin Mandelbaum and Friends for a Valentine's Day concert featuring Broadway Love Songs.
The Woodward Corridor Musicians will be back with chamber music to welcome spring.
Join us as we liven up the library with Rich Eddy’s Rockin’ Oldies Band.
Join pianist Martin Mandelbaum and Friends for a revue of classic Broadway Songs.
Show your Royal Oak pride with hats, T-shirts, and lapel pins with the new city logo. Great gift idea! Available exclusively in the Friends Shop inside Royal Oak Public Library.
- T-shirts (variety of sizes) - $10
- Baseball style hats - $15
- Lapel pins - $15.
The Friends Shop is open:
- Monday: 10 AM - 8 PM
- Wednesday : 10 AM - 3 PM
- Thursday: Noon - 8 PM
- Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM