Upcoming events

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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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.

Event Date 04-27-2017 6:30 pm
Event End Date 04-27-2017 8:00 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


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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