12
Apr
2017

Growing Ideas Writing Series

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
29 of 35 places available

Growing Ideas: Generating & Developing Fiction and Non-Fiction, a series offered by author and University of Michigan- Dearborn professor Alicia Schaeffer, will be held Wednesday nights, March 29, April 5, and April 12 at 7:00 pm. The free series will help you generate ideas and master tools to help them come alive.

The first session encourages participants to feed the imagination and pull from one’s experience to spark fiction and non-fiction material. As the sessions advance, participants will be able to develop their ideas into more formal pieces, and share and revise.

“I often think of this course as a process similar to gardening,” Schaeffer said. “We begin by choosing seeds (generating ideas), then plant and nourish them (experimenting with ideas through prompts, sharing short works, and receiving feedback from peers and instructor), and then progress further by responding to what has grown (revision, inspiring new work).”Schaeffer is a professor of Composition, Rhetoric, and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road Magazine, Word Riot, Georama Travel Blog, Women About Town, Beyond Service, and The Harlem Times.

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.

13
Apr
2017

Baby Size!

10:15 am -10:45 am

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.

13
Apr
2017

Teen Peeps Dioramas

6:30 pm -7:30 pm
10 of 20 places available

Create a Peeps Diorama with a shoe box, marshmallow Peeps, tiny props and your imagination! What will your Peepscape story be? All materials provided. Registration is required. Limit 20. Register below or call the Youth Services Desk at (248) 246-3725.

15
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.

17
Apr
2017

Family Story Times

10:15 am -10:45 am

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.

17
Apr
2017

Kids' Book Club: Ages 8-11

4:30 pm -5:30 pm

ROPL has a book club just for kids ages 8-11 in grades 3-6! Join us for a lively book discussion, activities and a light snack centered on the featured book. Participants will get a copy of the book to keep when they sign up in person at the Youth Services Desk. Limit 15 per session.

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
When the twelve-year-old narrator’s grandmother gives him a lawnmower, the youngster decides he might as well earn a few bucks. He meets Arnold, an investor with a cash-flow problem, who promises to buy stocks for him as payment for a freshly trimmed yard. With all the energy of a bull market, this brief farce has summer escapism written all over it.

Book pickup at Youth Services Desk begins Monday, March 20.
Meeting on Monday, April 17, 4:30 - 5:30 PM

18
Apr
2017

Preschool Story Times for Ages 3-5

10:15 am -10:45 am

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.

18
Apr
2017

Magic Carpet Theatre

7:00 pm -8:00 pm
42 of 80 places available

What makes a memorable story? Join the cast of the Magic Carpet Theatre to explore four literary gems: Love You Forever, Horton Hears a Who, The Ogre with the Three Golden Hairs, and Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. The audience is part of the action and creativity! Registration is requested. Register below or call the Youth Services Desk at (248) 246-3725.

19
Apr
2017

Family Story Times

10:15 am -10:45 am

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.

19
Apr
2017

Researching Your Family Tree? Sharpen Your Skills

7:00 pm -8:30 pm
11 of 20 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.