Try Express SOS Connect!

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

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.

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

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

August 15; September 12 and 26; October 17; November 7

 

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

 

In addition to decorative flower pots, the following is a list of plants that are needed:

  • 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-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:

Escape the Ordinary – Adult Summer Reading 2015

Enjoy programs and prizes as we celebrate a summer of great reading. Plenty of titles in a variety of formats will be available to help you Escape the Ordinary -- whether it’s enjoying adventures in foreign lands; reading an intriguing figure’s memoir; or visiting an alternate world created by a novelist. And, of course, you’re always welcome to dip into the latest fun “beach reads,” thrillers, or hot romances.

Adult summer reading sign-up will start Saturday, June 6, at 10:00 am -- the same time as youth program registration.

Participants will be able to enter a prize raffle featuring some great goodies. For more information, call the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727, or librarian Rosemary Mirsky at 248-246-3715 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2015 Summer Reading Recommendations

Historical Mysteries

Discounted Passes to the Michigan Renaissance Festival

Step back into time with discounted passes to the Michigan Renaissance Festival (weekends from August 22nd to October 4th) courtesy of The Library Network and the Royal Oak Public Library!

Since 1979, the Michigan Renaissance Festival has been entertaining thousands of visitors every year. Now in its 37th year and better than ever, the festival features a 17 acre recreation of a renaissance village where attendees of all ages can enjoy authentic live music, a wide array of artists and performers, great food and drinks, and more than 300 artisan shops. Royal Oak Public library patrons will eligible for the following discounted rates:

  • Adult (age 13 and up) Regular: $21.95 W/ Discount: $16:95
  • Children (age 5-12) Regular: $12.95 W/Discount: $9:95

Use these codes during check out

  • The password is: MRF2015
  • The promo code: TLN15

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.

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