Adult

01
Apr
2017

ESL Saturday Morning Conversations

10:30 am -11:30 am

Practice conversational English in a relaxed setting with other ESL learners on Saturday mornings from 10:30am to 11:30am in the library's auditorium. A brief video or presentation will be shared at the beginning of the hour to introduce the week’s topic and offer conversation starting points. Registration is not required. For more information call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

05
Apr
2017

Growing Ideas Writing Series

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
27 of 35 places available

Growing Ideas: Generating & Developing Fiction and Non-Fiction, a series offered by author and University of Michigan- Dearborn professor Alicia Schaeffer, will be held Wednesday nights, March 29, April 5, and April 12 at 7:00 pm. The free series will help you generate ideas and master tools to help them come alive.

The first session encourages participants to feed the imagination and pull from one’s experience to spark fiction and non-fiction material. As the sessions advance, participants will be able to develop their ideas into more formal pieces, and share and revise.

“I often think of this course as a process similar to gardening,” Schaeffer said. “We begin by choosing seeds (generating ideas), then plant and nourish them (experimenting with ideas through prompts, sharing short works, and receiving feedback from peers and instructor), and then progress further by responding to what has grown (revision, inspiring new work).”Schaeffer is a professor of Composition, Rhetoric, and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road Magazine, Word Riot, Georama Travel Blog, Women About Town, Beyond Service, and The Harlem Times.

Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727 to sign up for this free program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

06
Apr
2017

Coloring and Crafts: Ages 18 & Over

6:30 pm -8:00 pm
46 of 50 places available

We have the space and a block of time you can use to color or work on any craft or creative project you would like. Coloring materials (sheets and pencils) will be provided, but we also invite you to work on any craft or creative projects you may have in progress in the library auditorium. Bring a couple of scrapbook pages, a pair of socks you started to knit, or grab a book on origami and give it a try. All crafters are welcome. We would love to see what you are working on! For ages 18 and over. Limit 50 per session. Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

08
Apr
2017

ESL Saturday Morning Conversations

10:30 am -11:30 am

Practice conversational English in a relaxed setting with other ESL learners on Saturday mornings from 10:30am to 11:30am in the library's auditorium. A brief video or presentation will be shared at the beginning of the hour to introduce the week’s topic and offer conversation starting points. Registration is not required. For more information call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

11
Apr
2017

Personal Finance Workshops

6:30 pm -7:30 pm
40 of 40 places available

Increase your financial literacy with the help of three free spring workshops, on select Tuesdays at 6:30 pm beginning April 11. The following workshops will be hosted by a program instructor from the Michigan State University Extension Service:

April 11: Rent Smart!
Considering renting but no sure where to start? Already a seasoned renter but want to learn how to become a better one? This two-hour session will address such topics as getting your money in order, understanding the rental process, and being a good tenant. The workshop will be held in the Friends Auditorium.

April 25: Student Loans, Part 1:
Accessing and Applying for Student Loans This two-hour session will address how to prepare financially for college, what the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and financial aid process look like, and how to choose a loan. The workshop will be held in Meeting Rooms C-D.

May 2: Student Loans, Part 2: Understanding
Repayment Options for Student Loans A webinar will provide a one-hour tutorial on the various options available for federal, PLUS, and private student loans. Eligibility criteria, loan consolidation best practices, and tips to avoid default will be provided. The workshop will be held in the Friends Auditorium.

Registration is requested. Limit 40. Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727 to sign up for this free series.

12
Apr
2017

Growing Ideas Writing Series

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
27 of 35 places available

Growing Ideas: Generating & Developing Fiction and Non-Fiction, a series offered by author and University of Michigan- Dearborn professor Alicia Schaeffer, will be held Wednesday nights, March 29, April 5, and April 12 at 7:00 pm. The free series will help you generate ideas and master tools to help them come alive.

The first session encourages participants to feed the imagination and pull from one’s experience to spark fiction and non-fiction material. As the sessions advance, participants will be able to develop their ideas into more formal pieces, and share and revise.

“I often think of this course as a process similar to gardening,” Schaeffer said. “We begin by choosing seeds (generating ideas), then plant and nourish them (experimenting with ideas through prompts, sharing short works, and receiving feedback from peers and instructor), and then progress further by responding to what has grown (revision, inspiring new work).”Schaeffer is a professor of Composition, Rhetoric, and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road Magazine, Word Riot, Georama Travel Blog, Women About Town, Beyond Service, and The Harlem Times.

Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727 to sign up for this free program.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

15
Apr
2017

ESL Saturday Morning Conversations

10:30 am -11:30 am

Practice conversational English in a relaxed setting with other ESL learners on Saturday mornings from 10:30am to 11:30am in the library's auditorium. A brief video or presentation will be shared at the beginning of the hour to introduce the week’s topic and offer conversation starting points. Registration is not required. For more information call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

19
Apr
2017

Researching Your Family Tree? Sharpen Your Skills

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
9 of 20 places available

Genealogist and librarian Sarah Hatter will return to offer a two-part genealogy series on Wednesdays, starting April 19 at 7:00-8:30 pm in the Friends Auditorium. Enhance your skills with the following sessions:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Ancestry Library Edition
Researching your family history can be made easier by using the popular database Ancestry Library Edition, which the public can access at the library. In this class, Hatter will show you how to search the most complete set of U.S. census records available online in one place, along with important family documents such as birth, marriage and death records.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017: Breaking Down Your Genealogy Brick Walls
What do you do when you hit a "brick wall" in your genealogy research? Hatter will share strategies to get beyond your trouble spots and breathe new life into your research. Bring your own "brick wall" problems to class and get advice on what to do next.

Program registration is requested. Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727 to sign up for this free series.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

22
Apr
2017

ESL Saturday Morning Conversations

10:30 am -11:30 am

Practice conversational English in a relaxed setting with other ESL learners on Saturday mornings from 10:30am to 11:30am in the library's auditorium. A brief video or presentation will be shared at the beginning of the hour to introduce the week’s topic and offer conversation starting points. Registration is not required. For more information call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

22
Apr
2017

Film Screening: Blush (2015)

2:00 pm -3:30 pm
97 of 100 places available

17-year-old Naama spends most of her free time drinking and partying in the hopes of escaping from her parents' constant bickering, worsened by the recent disappearance of her AWOL soldier sister. When a free-spirited new girl shows up at school, Naama falls deeply in love for the first time and the intensity of the experience at once confuses her and gives her life new meaning. In Hebrew and Arabic w/English subtitles. 85 minutes. Registration is requested. Limit 100. Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.