Effective Monday, January 6, 2014, you can arrange to receive hold pick-up notices by text message. This service is available throughout The Library Network’s e-Library service area which includes Royal Oak Public Library. To use this new service, visit My Account in the TLN online catalog. You will need to enter your library card number and PIN number. Click on "Text Message Notification" and then click on "Add phone," choose a phone label and the phone number. Just check mark the Hold Pickup Notice box, save and you're done. Once you opt in it may take 24 hours for the texting to start. Currently only hold notifications are available by text message, but TLN will examine expanding the text messaging service to other types of notices over the coming year. Library staff cannot enter your information to set up the text message notifications, but they can show you how to sign on for this service. Call 248-246-3700 if you have any questions.
The Royal Oak Public Library’s hours will be changing beginning the first week of June. The new library hours will be: Monday and Wednesday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon – 9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM:00 – 6:00 PM. This is a reduction of four hours - from the current 60 hours a week to 56. Additionally, in June library overdue fines will increase from 15 cents to 25 cents per day. Overdue fines can be avoided by renewing materials online, dropping them off 24/7 at the outside drop boxes, or renewing by phone during library hours at (248) 246-3700. The threshold for a library card being blocked because of outstanding fines will be changed from the current $10 to $5. The Royal Oak Public Library Board of Trustees voted to make these changes now to avoid the potential for more drastic cost saving measures in the future.
New venue this year! Arts Du Jour, the Charity Preview Party for Ford Arts, Beats and Eats will be held at the Royal Oak Public Library and the Barbara Hallman Memorial Plaza (the green space south of the Library) on Thursday, August 22 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. The Library benefits from general admission tickets purchased at the library for this event. Tickets are on sale at the Library’s circulation desk for $65 (credit cards are accepted). Ticket holders are entitled to a sampling of food from over 50 restaurants, musical entertainment at two stages, and three cocktail vouchers. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The Library receives 100% of the ticket price as a charitable contribution for tickets purchased at the Library. The Library will be closed at 4:30 pm. Contact Mary Karshner, Library Director, at 248-246-3710, if you have questions. Hope to see you at Arts Du Jour!
Six masterpieces from the DIA’s collection are coming to Royal Oak this summer. Beginning June 29th, high-quality reproductions of paintings from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection will find a temporary outdoor home in locations around downtown. Each high-quality reproduction will be in the original size on Lumacore Vinyl mounted in weather proof ornate wood. Programs, both announced in advance and spontaneous, will be held by the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts in conjunction with the DIA. Previous programs in other communities have included docent-led walking and biking tours, musical shows, and talks at local libraries. This year, Inside|Out will feature a high-tech treasure hunt in which players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, placed near the reproductions using GPS-enabled devices.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2013 Youth Summer Reading Program. Pick up your free book that you earned by being part of Dig Into Reading. The books are available in the Youth Activity Room through August 3.
The Royal Oak Public Library Butterfly Garden needs volunteers to help with maintaining the garden over the spring, summer and fall.
- Saturday, June 15 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
- Saturday, June 29 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
- Saturday, July 13 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
- Saturday, July 27 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
- Saturday, September 14 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
- Saturday, August 24 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
October Garden Cleanup
- Date to be announced
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Ann DeKane for more information at 248-246-3714.
Royal Oak Public Library's teens are collecting items to be sent to overseas military service people through the Desert Angel Miracle Box Program. Bring items (or monetary donations to help with the postage) to the library between June 8 and July 18. Join us for a "packing party" at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 18.
Please take this short survey. The Royal Oak Public Library is in the process of creating a strategic plan for the next five years. We are seeking input from the community regarding the services residents use and what services they would like to see added. Library users and non-users, residents and non-residents, are encouraged to complete this short eight question survey on the Royal Oak Patch, which has partnered with ROPL in distributing the survey and compiling the results. Your input is valuable and we appreciate it!
Can’t make it to the local Secretary of State office? Try Express SOS Connect! Visit Express SOS Connect (created and maintained by the State of Michigan) to do much of your SOS business. What can you do? Here’s an incomplete list (for a complete list, visit the website):
- Renew Driver's License
- Replace Driver's License
- Renew State ID Card
- Replace State ID Card
- Renew Vehicle Plate/Tab
- Renew Watercraft
If you still need an office, here are the Oakland County offices (for non-Oakland County offices, visit the branch locator on the SOS website):
SE Oakland County Plus
13401 W 10 Mile Rd
Oak Park, MI 48237
East Oakland County Plus
1111 E Long Lake Rd
Troy, MI 48085
South Oakland County Plus
5263 Telegraph Rd
Southfield, MI 48033
You can always call the Secretary of State using the following number: 888-767-6424