22
May
2017

Everyone’s Reading 2017

7:00 pm -8:30 pm

The library will raffle free tickets for Royal Oak cardholders to attend one of two local appearances by author David Maraniss, whose Once In A Great City: a Detroit Story, is this year's community-wide read sponsored by the Metro Net Library Consortium.

Maraniss will appear Monday, May 22 at 7:00 pm at The Community House, 380 S. Bates, Birmingham, and Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Rd., Southfield. Maraniss also will appear Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 am at the Detroit Institute of Art, 5200 Woodward Ave., with free tickets for that event available through the DIA ticket office.

Once In A Great City traces the evolution of Detroit from a manufacturing and cultural powerhouse to a city fighting to come back. Maraniss tells the city’s story through portraits of the visionary leaders in its heyday: automobile executive Henry Ford II; labor leader Walter Reuther; Motown founder Barry Gordy Jr.; and civil rights leader the Rev. C.L. Franklin. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist also shares vignettes that foreshadow Detroit’s darker future: The Detroit mafia’s influence on football players; Commissioner George Edward’s raid on the famed Gotham Hotel; a failed Olympic bid; and continuing deep-seated racial tensions.

Now in its sixteenth year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Copies of the author’s various books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information on how Royal Oak patrons can obtain tickets for the 7:00 pm area appearances, visit ropl.org, or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

 

23
May
2017

Everyone’s Reading 2017

7:00 pm -8:30 pm

The library will raffle free tickets for Royal Oak cardholders to attend one of two local appearances by author David Maraniss, whose Once In A Great City: a Detroit Story, is this year's community-wide read sponsored by the Metro Net Library Consortium.

Maraniss will appear Monday, May 22 at 7:00 pm at The Community House, 380 S. Bates, Birmingham, and Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Rd., Southfield. Maraniss also will appear Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 am at the Detroit Institute of Art, 5200 Woodward Ave., with free tickets for that event available through the DIA ticket office.

Once In A Great City traces the evolution of Detroit from a manufacturing and cultural powerhouse to a city fighting to come back. Maraniss tells the city’s story through portraits of the visionary leaders in its heyday: automobile executive Henry Ford II; labor leader Walter Reuther; Motown founder Barry Gordy Jr.; and civil rights leader the Rev. C.L. Franklin. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist also shares vignettes that foreshadow Detroit’s darker future: The Detroit mafia’s influence on football players; Commissioner George Edward’s raid on the famed Gotham Hotel; a failed Olympic bid; and continuing deep-seated racial tensions.

Now in its sixteenth year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Copies of the author’s various books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information on how Royal Oak patrons can obtain tickets for the 7:00 pm area appearances, visit ropl.org, or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

 

24
May
2017

Launch a Business Series

1:00 pm -3:00 pm
37 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.

27
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.

03
Jun
2017

ROPL Butterfly Garden: Call for Plant Donations

10:00 am -1:00 pm

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 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Following is a list of plants that are needed:

• Spicebush

• Coreopsis

• Zinnia

• Perennial Salvia

• Butterfly weed

• Liatris

• Verbena Bonariensis

• New England Aster

• Shasta Daisy

• Verbena

• Black-eyed Susan

• Coral Bells

• Hosta

• Yarrow

• Spiderwort

• Delphinium

• Dianthus

• Fennel

• Parsley

• Lavender

• Oregano

• Lupine

• Penstemon

07
Jun
2017

RJ Spangler and Friends

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
100 of 100 places available

RJ Spangler and friends will heat up the night with sizzling jazz music selections. T-bone Paxton returns with his fabulous vocals and trombone. No registration is required.

Concert will be held in the Friends Auditorium in case of inclement weather.

All concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

14
Jun
2017

Metro Jazz Voices

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
100 of 100 places available

Metro Jazz Voices bring four-part harmony and music from the Great American Songbook. No registration is required.

Concert will be held in the Friends Auditorium in case of inclement weather.

All concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

21
Jun
2017

Royal Oak Concert Band

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
100 of 100 places available

The Royal Oak Concert Band will entertain us with light classics, patriotic selections and more. The concert will also feature a set by The Woodward Avenue Jazz Orchestra, who will perform an array of jazz favorites from the Big Band Era to the present. No registration is required.

Concert will be held in the Friends Auditorium in case of inclement weather.

All concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

28
Jun
2017

Matthew Ball

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
100 of 100 places available

The Royal Oak Concert Band will entertain us with light classics, patriotic selections and more. The concert will also feature a set by The Woodward Avenue Jazz Orchestra, who will perform an array of jazz favorites from the Big Band Era to the present. No registration is required.

Concert will be held in the Friends Auditorium in case of inclement weather.

All concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

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