Adult

24
Apr
2017

Author Cindy La Ferle Returns with Winning Writing Strategies

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
27 of 40 places available

Local journalist and blogger, Cindy La Ferle, will offer Write Where You Are: Using Journaling to Jumpstart Your Memoirs on Monday, April 24 at 7:00 pm in the Friends Auditorium.

The one-night workshop will focus on self-exploration with simple journaling prompts. These exercises will inspire moments of reflection by helping you recall valuable life lessons and experiences that can be used later as material for your memoirs, blog posts, or personal essays.

There will be writing in class, so bring a notebook or laptop.

La Ferle’s columns, essays, and features have been nationally published in dozens of magazines and newspapers. She is the author of an award-winning story collection, Writing Home, and writes a regular column for Michigan Prime magazine in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press. Program registration is requested.

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.

25
Apr
2017

Personal Finance Workshops

6:30 pm -7:30 pm
36 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.

26
Apr
2017

Researching Your Family Tree? Sharpen Your Skills

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
18 of 30 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.

26
Apr
2017

Film Screening: Before the Flood (2016)

7:00 pm -8:45 pm
22 of 50 places available

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change – would you want to know? Join us on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 pm in the Youth Activity Room for a viewing of National Geographic’s, Before the Flood, presented by Royal Oak resident Mary Dunn with the support of the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Committee.

The film features Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace who travels to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. DiCaprio presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world and searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. 96 minutes. Registration is requested. Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

27
Apr
2017

7 Retirement Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

6:30 pm -8:00 pm
38 of 40 places available

On Thursday, April 27, 6:30-8:00 pm, join Michael Bullis of Raymond James Financial Services for a free workshop designed to keep people on track toward their retirement by discussing common mistakes that often can reduce the value of what they’ve saved years for. It will also provide some guidance about what you can do to avoid or correct these mistakes. Our goal is to help put you on the path to a successful retirement.

Please RSVP to either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (248) 549-3838 x373, or register below. You can also call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727. Nothing will be sold during this event.

Sponsored by OUR Credit Union.

29
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.

02
May
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.

03
May
2017

They Put America in the Air: The Wright Brothers, Bill Boeing, & Donald Douglas

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
100 of 100 places available

Join automotive writer Russell Doré on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm for a one-hour presentation with visuals covering the lives of the Wright Brothers, Bill Boeing and Donald Douglas.

Learn how these aviation pioneers provided the foundation for worldwide commercial aviation. They went from transporting just one person in an aircraft to hundreds in an aircraft. They went from flights of 20 feet to flights of thousands of miles. They went from sitting in the open air, barely off the ground, to sitting in pressurized cabins thousands of feet in the air.

If not for these pioneers, we would still be crossing countries and oceans by train or ship. Hear their stories of bravery, dedication and innovation. Find out some fascinating but little known facts about the progress of commercial aviation.

Russell Doré has presented previous library programs on Henry Ford, Walter Chrysler, Billy Durant, founder of General Motors, and the Dodge Brothers. He is a member of the MotorCities National Heritage Area, the Northville Historical Society and the Henry Ford Heritage Association. Program registration is requested. Limit 100. 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
May
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.

10
May
2017

Launch a Business Series

1:00 pm -3:00 pm
34 of 40 places available

It’s estimated that 93% of all adults over the age of 18 have considered a business of their own. Local author and entrepreneur Dan Nichols is challenging you to take that thought to the next level. If you’ve ever wanted to give your ideas legs, this might be the perfect opportunity to do so with the guidance of the Lemonade Stand Simple Business Planning System. Dan is confident that he can get you from where you are to where you want to be in a business of your very own.

You are encouraged to attend this short 3-week course and use Dan’s system and knowledge to get your idea off the ground and onto the streets. Whether you have considerable experience in business or NONE at all, Dan promises it will be well worth your time to tickle your dreams and prime your entrepreneurial pump!

Join us on the following Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Friends Auditorium. It is beneficial to attend all three classes.

May 10 – Getting ready for your new life as a business owner; setting up/details of start up: legal, accounting, funding, etc.
May 17 – Determining your unique value – your differentiator
May 24 – First steps – ways to ease into self employment

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