Upcoming events

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


The Quintet Cantabile will return with chamber music to complete our fabulous 2016/17 ROPL Live Music Series.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.

Event Date 04-29-2017 3:00 pm
Event End Date 04-29-2017 4:30 pm
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The Royal Oak Handbell Ensemble will perform a variety of secular and sacred music pieces in the Friends Auditorium. The ensemble includes four and a half octaves of Schulmerich Handbells with occasional use of hand chimes, percussion and other instruments. The Ensemble was established in 1988 through the Recreation Department of the City of Royal Oak. Its twelve members live in the Royal Oak area. Registration is requested. Limit 100. Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727 to sign up for this free program.

Event Date 05-01-2017 7:00 pm
Event End Date 05-01-2017 8:30 pm
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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 05-02-2017 6:30 pm
Event End Date 05-02-2017 7:30 pm
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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.

Event Date 05-03-2017 7:00 pm
Event End Date 05-03-2017 8:00 pm
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A long time ago in a library far, far away… there was a Star Wars party. Celebrate all things Star Wars on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 PM with stories, crafts, games, trivia and more. Come in costume! All ages welcome. Limit 40.

Event Date 05-04-2017 7:00 pm
Event End Date 05-04-2017 8:30 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 05-06-2017 10:30 am
Event End Date 05-06-2017 11:30 am

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.

Event Date 05-10-2017 1:00 pm
Event End Date 05-10-2017 3:00 pm
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Garden Maintenance:
The Royal Oak Public Library Butterfly Garden needs volunteers to help maintain the garden throughout the spring, summer and fall. Crystal Castle, butterfly garden coordinator, welcomes volunteers, ages 4 and up (ages 4 through 11 must have caregiver present) who want to help take care of the garden. Along with the gardening, you may spot butterflies and learn more about the plants and why they are included in the butterfly garden.

If you are interested in volunteering, 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..

Event Date 05-10-2017 4:00 pm
Event End Date 05-10-2017 6:00 pm

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. Registration is requested. Limit 50 per session. Register below or call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

Event Date 05-11-2017 6:30 pm
Event End Date 05-11-2017 8:00 pm
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