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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Live Music @ Royal Oak Public Library

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.

Where to Go For a Helping Hand

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

Butterfly Garden: Call for Volunteers & Plant Donations

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.

Royal Oak T-Shirt for Sale

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

2014 Tax Information/Forms

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:

Policies

The Library Board is authorized by the Charter of the City of Royal Oak, Chapter Three, Section 48. The specific charge and powers of the Library are spelled out in Chapter 420 (Ordinance 215) of the Code of the City of Royal Oak, the Library Ordinance (As Amended) which was passed on January 28, 1929 and has been amended numerous times. The Library Board operates under the Royal Oak Public Library Bylaws.

Friends Board

The Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library Board is elected from the membership at the annual meeting each September. Terms are three (3) years long. The Friends Board meets monthly on the third Monday in the Library.

  • Margaret Blount, President (9/2015)
  • Ann Barbour, Vice President (9/2015)
  • Larry Baker, Treasurer/Book Sale (9/2016)
  • John Pelegrino, Corresponding Secretary/Social Media (9/2017)
  • Roxanne Plater, Friends Shop (9/2016)
  • Melissa Kaunelis, Membership & Publicity/Newsletter (9/2017)
  • Lyndsay Sloan, Recording Secretary & Publicity/Newsletter (9/2016)
  • Jenni Beljak, Member-at-Large (9/2015)
  • Kathleen Marcaccio, Member-at-Large (9/2015)
  • Vanessa Salliotte, Member-at-Large (9/2016)
  • Mary Beer, Member-at-Large (9/2017)
  • Beth Sowulewski, Member-at-Large (9/2017)

Friends of Royal Oak Public Library

The Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library promotes and publicizes the services of the Royal Oak Public Library, sponsors and assists with special programs, raises funds for materials and equipment and encourages gifts, memorials and endowments to the Library. Friends volunteer to help with Library programs such as the free book program, Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and the summer reading program. Others help on a weekly basis in the Library.

Friends Shop

Visit the Friends Used Book shop in the Library! You will find some fine bargains and help the Library too. The Friends have great deals on books, magazines, and videos; and, though small, a surprising variety and range of materials. Stop in on Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Thursdays 12:00 - 8:00 PM, and Saturdays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Call the library at 248-246-3700 to find out how to donate or if you would like to volunteer as a shop worker!

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