The Library will be closed Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th due to the Easter Holiday and will reopen on Monday, April 6th.

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ROPL has received Federal Tax Forms 1040, 1040 A and 1040 EZ. The IRS is not sending public libraries instruction booklets or any specialty forms this year due to Congressional budget cuts. ROPL has a master copy of federal tax forms that patrons can photocopy. Please phone the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727 if you have questions regarding the availability of tax forms and instructions.

The Library has received the 2014 Michigan 1040 form (with booklet) and the MI 2014 Home Heating Credit Form (with booklet).

IRS – Call to Get Forms and Publications – 1-800-829-3676

 

Income Tax Preparation Help

Households with low- and moderate- incomes can receive tax prep help from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) at the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays, from February 3 and April 13. The program is geared toward seniors, but there are no age restrictions. Doors open at 9 am. No appointments are needed. The “first come, first served” rule applies. The center is located at 3500 Marais Avenue, north of 13 Mile Road, just south of Lexington Blvd., east of Crooks Road. A checklist of what you need to bring.

 

Michigan online information and forms:

 

IRS 2014 Forms and Instructions:

Show your Royal Oak pride with a T-shirt 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

The Friends Shop is open:

  • Monday: 10 AM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday : 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Thursday: Noon - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM

Stumped on what to read or listen to next? We’ve got the answer! ROPL subscribes to a service called Novelist Plus (kids and parents can get recommendations through Novelist K-8 Plus, which is provided by MeL and the State of Michigan).

What is Novelist Plus?

NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. You can these and other online resources through the library’s website Databases page.

For more about Novelist, check out the video below.

The Royal Oak Public Library Butterfly Garden needs volunteers to help maintain the garden throughout the growing season. The volunteer schedule is planned for select Saturdays.

Garden Maintenance
Saturdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon:

April 11, May 2 and 30; June 13 and 27; July 18; August 1 and 15; September 12 and 26; October 17; November 7

 

Spring Planting Day:
Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

Fall Planting Day:
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Ann DeKane at 248-246-3714.

Now that the holiday are over and you're looking for something to read, we've complied a list of links for you! Here are some of the best books of 2013. If we don't have them (and we have a lot) give the library a call and we can place the books on hold for you. 

Enjoy! Keep warm and snuggle up with a good book. 

And, for the younger set!

Each year the Royal Oak Public Library compiles a list of places that can provide assistance for the following: Temporary day and overnight shelter; groceries; meals; clothing; referrals; transportation; and housing.

Daytime Warming Center

Welcome Inn Day Center
6:30 AM until 8:00 PM, Mon. – Fri
Starr Presbyterian Church
1717 W. 13 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
(248) 850-3219
Meals, showers, social workers, nurses, clothes closet
12/15/14 – 3/13/15

Overnight South Oakland Warming Centers (SOWC)

Dec. 19-31, 2014: Emmanuel Bethel
4000 Normandy Rd, Royal Oak
(248) 549-5452

Jan. 1-11, 2015: Renaissance/Vineyard Church
1821 Pinecrest, Ferndale
(248) 545-4664

Jan. 12-25, 2015: St Mary’s Church
730 S Lafayette, Royal Oak
(248) 547-1818

Jan. 26-Feb.7, 2015: Genesis
309 N Main St., Royal Oak
(248) 542-2266

Feb. 8-15, 2015: Starr Presbyterian
1717 W 13 Mile Rd, Royal Oak
(248) 288-3230

Feb. 16-27, 2015: Berkley Community Church
2855 Wiltshire Blvd., Berkley
(248) 544-5052

Assistance

South Oakland Shelter
18505 W. 12 Mile Rd,
Lathrup Village
(248) 809-3773
Must call ahead to secure lodging. Lodging, food pantry, clothing closet, case management, health services, and laundry.

Common Ground Shelter for Runaway Youth
1222 S. Washington, Royal Oak
(248) 547-2260
Short-term shelter for runaway and homeless youths aged 10-17. Counselling and substance abuse education available. No court wards; voluntary program; parental consent required. Call first.

Salvation Army
3015 N. Main (near 13 Mile), Royal Oak
(248) 585-5600
By appointment only. Food pantry, utility assistance, clothing, furniture, rent/mortgage assistance, shelter, and holiday assistance. Assistance based on need. Photo ID, proof of income, and other documentation required.
Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Clothing

St. Mary's Rectory
730 S. Lafayette (corner of Lincoln), Royal Oak
Must be a Royal Oak resident and show photo ID.
No phone calls.
Mon, Tues & Thurs: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Salvation Army
3015 N. Main (near 13 Mile), Royal Oak
(248) 585-5600
(See hours under Assistance on other side.)

Food: Groceries and Meals

Open Hands: St. John's Episcopal Church Emergency Food Pantry
26998 Woodward, Royal Oak
(248) 546-1255
Must present photo ID showing Oakland County residence.
Mondays: 12:30pm – 2:45pm
Saturdays: 9:30am – 11:45am

Ten Mile Free Will Baptist
74 W. 10 Mile, Madison Heights
(248) 541-5152
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday by appointment

Salvation Army
3015 N. Main St. (near 13 Mile), Royal Oak
(248) 585-5600
Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Yad Ezra
2850 W. 11 Mile, Berkley
(248) 548-3663
Must show photo ID, proof of income, and Social Security card for each member of the household.
Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Right Road Community Development
1560 Wordsworth, Ferndale
(248) 548-8960
3rd Sat of the month: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Zion Lutheran Church Food Pantry
143 Albany, Ferndale
(248) 398-5510
Photo ID and registration required on 3rd Wednesday of the month. 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM.

St. Mary’s Rectory
730 S. Lafayette (corner of Lincoln), Royal Oak
Must be Royal Oak resident, show photo ID.
Mon, Tues & Thurs: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Renaissance Vineyard Church
1841 Pinecrest Dr., Ferndale
(248) 840-2408
By appointment only.

Focus: HOPE
1355 Oakman Blvd, Detroit
(313) 494-5500

South Oakland Community Lunch Program
Genesis: 309 N. Main, Royal Oak
(248) 542-2266
Every other Saturday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Royal Oak First United Methodist Church Sack Lunch Program
320 W. 7th, Royal Oak
(248) 541-4100
Sack lunches or snack packs.
Monday – Friday: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Referrals

Haven
(248) 334-1274 (staffed crisis line)
(877) 922-1274 (toll free)
(248) 334-1284 (business number)
Oakland County's 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault agency.
www.haven-oakland.org

Common Ground
(248) 456-0909 (24-hour crisis line)
(800) 231-1127 (toll free)
Referral service and crisis counselling.
www.commongroundsanctuary.org

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency South
Call for assistance. Must live in Oakland County. (248) 209-2600

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 Woodward Corridor Musicians will be back with chamber music to welcome spring.

April 25, 2015 – Rich Eddy’s Rockin’ Oldies Band

Join us as we liven up the library with Rich Eddy’s Rockin’ Oldies Band.

May 9, 2015 – Broadway Revue

Join pianist Martin Mandelbaum and Friends for a revue of classic Broadway Songs.

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):

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

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!

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!

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