Upcoming events

These 45-minute sessions are designed for preschoolers who enjoy more extended stories, movement, music and crafts. Adults stay with the children and younger siblings may attend but these sessions are developmentally appropriate for ages 3-5.

Registration System for All Story Times: Story times are “Ticketed Drop-In” which means there is no advance registration. On the day of the program, visit the Youth Services Information Desk and pick up a numbered ticket which will be available 15 minutes before the program begins. Most story times have 24 spots available.

Event Date 04-25-2017 10:15 am
Event End Date 04-25-2017 10:45 am

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.

Event Date 04-25-2017 6:30 pm
Event End Date 04-25-2017 7:30 pm
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Join staff from OUR Credit Union for fun, interactive money-themed stories and activities during Money Smart Week. Registration is requested. Limit 50. Register below or call the Youth Services Desk at (248) 246-3725.

Event Date 04-25-2017 7:00 pm
Event End Date 04-25-2017 8:00 pm
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These 30-minute story times for ages 5 and under with their adults incorporate many enjoyable pre-reading skills including stories, rhymes, songs, finger plays, movement, and a craft. The same program is repeated on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Registration System for All Story Times: Story times are “Ticketed Drop-In” which means there is no advance registration. On the day of the program, visit the Youth Services Information Desk and pick up a numbered ticket which will be available 15 minutes before the program begins. Most story times have 24 spots available.

Event Date 04-26-2017 10:15 am
Event End Date 04-26-2017 10:45 am

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.

Event Date 04-26-2017 7:00 pm
Event End Date 04-26-2017 8:30 pm
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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. Limit 100. Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

Event Date 04-26-2017 7:00 pm
Event End Date 04-26-2017 8:45 pm
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These story times are for the youngest children, infants to 15 months, and their caregivers. Enjoy 30 minutes of literacy building activities for babies including songs and rhymes and sharing board books. Older siblings may attend, but these sessions are designed for babies up through 15 months old. Join the fun!

Registration System for All Story Times: Story times are “Ticketed Drop-In” which means there is no advance registration. On the day of the program, visit the Youth Services Information Desk and pick up a numbered ticket which will be available 15 minutes before the program begins. Most story times have 24 spots available.

Event Date 04-27-2017 10:15 am
Event End Date 04-27-2017 10:45 am

Chill out playing video games on our Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii and Game Cube. Registration is requested. Limit 20. Register below or call the Youth Services Desk at (248) 246-3725.

Event Date 04-27-2017 4:30 pm
Event End Date 04-27-2017 5:30 pm
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Kick back playing video games on our Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wii, and GameCube. Snacks provided. Bring a friend! Registration is required. Limit 20. Register below or call the Youth Services Desk at (248) 246-3725.

Event Date 04-27-2017 6:30 pm
Event End Date 04-27-2017 7:30 pm
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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.

Event Date 04-29-2017 10:30 am
Event End Date 04-29-2017 11:30 am