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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.

November 15, 2014 – Vintage Strings of Michigan

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.

December 6, 2014 – Silver Strings Dulcimer Society

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.

January 10, 2015 – Piper Kim Johnson

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!

February 14, 2015 – Broadway Love Songs

Join pianist Martin Mandelbaum and Friends for a Valentine's Day concert featuring Broadway Love Songs.

March 21, 2015 – Woodward Corridor Musicians

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.

Butterfly Garden: Call for Volunteers & Plant Donations

The Royal Oak Public Library Butterfly Garden needs volunteers to help maintain the garden throughout the summer and fall. The volunteer schedule is planned for select Saturdays. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Ann DeKane at 248-246-3714.

Garden Maintenance

Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon:

  • October 25

Plant Donations

The beautiful Royal Oak Public Library Butterfly Garden is a work in progress that is in continual need of plants, flowers, and bushes. If you would like to donate plants, you can drop them off in the garden.

If you have additional questions, or would like one of our volunteer gardeners to come to your home and split plants to bring to the garden, please contact Mary Ann DeKane at 248-246-3714.

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  • Coreopsis
  • Perennial Salvia
  • Echinacea
  • Mallow
  • Hollyhock
  • Rudbeckia
  • Perennial Helianthus
  • Shasta or Oxeye Daisy
  • Tall Perennial Phlox
  • Perennial Zinnia
  • Perennial Penstemon
  • Astilbe
  • Perennial Asters
  • Angelica Atropurpurea
  • Hyssop
  • Wild Columbine
  • Heliopsis
  • Lobelia
  • Wild Lupine
  • Bee Balm
  • Primrose
  • Verbena Hastata

Royal Oak T-Shirts, Hats, and Lapel Pins for Sale

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

Recovering From The Flood

If your home was damaged by Monday’s floodwaters, resources are available. Home computer not available due to damage? Visit the Library to use the public terminals or to get print copies of the materials.

The City of Royal Oak has posted a list of tips and suggestions on how to stay safe and best clean your home after the flood.

The Red Cross has prepared a helpful guide, Repairing Your Flooded Home, about cleaning up and fixing any damage.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, which responds to disasters, has prepared a site with information about flooding. When on the site, you can get information about before, during and after a flood. Click on After for a fact sheet outlining the steps you should take in the days immediately following the disaster. The site also offers information on flood insurance and making claims.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a helpful fact sheet called Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems.

To find a fire and water restoration contractor, visit the Better Business Bureau and set up your search for Royal Oak, MI at the main screen. While at the site, check for any reviews or complaints about the vendor.


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 Slliotte, 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!

About the Library

The mission of the Royal Oak Public Library is to be an informational, intellectual, cultural and recreational resource for all people; to inspire the spirit, educate the mind, and be a center of community pride.

Royal Oak Public Library provides:

  • Downloadable eBooks
  • Early literacy opportunities which help prepare young children for school
  • Public Internet access and Wi-Fi
  • Programs and materials for job seekers
  • Rentable meeting rooms
  • Local history and genealogy resources
  • Lifelong learning resources and opportunities
  • Reading, viewing, and listening entertainment
  • Information needed to make informed decisions regarding health and lifestyle
  • Community resources and services
  • Assistance in how to find and evaluate information
  • Monthly e-newsletters featuring upcoming programs and services
  • Copying and faxing services

Some of these services are delivered in traditional formats such as library programs, print books and DVDs, while others are accessible 24/7 from home as databases, tutorials, and downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.

Library Operating Activities

  2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
Visitors  481,986 618,270 653,482 651,552 640,957
Programs  435 556 539 510 515
Program Attendance  13,180 17,438 16,750 16,172 15,679
Reference Questions 33,760  39,908 41,700 42,741  43,790
Computer Uses 97,482  77,910 65,858 64,075 74,560
Lending Transactions 360,333  405,067 424,169 461,182 451,097
Card Holders 25,771 28,166 30,700 31,762 32,262
Collection Size 153,499  163,176 172,773 177,803 186,885
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