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Take a break and enjoy live music at the Royal Oak Public Library! Join us in the Friends Auditorium on select Saturdays at 3:00 pm throughout the year for these free performances. This series is sponsored by Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library.
Piper Kim Johnson shares her love for her heritage and hobby, as she demonstrates and entertains with a variety of bagpipes and a sampling of pipe tunes. She’ll discuss the history of bagpipes and other Scottish history and folklore. All ages are welcome to join in a simple Highland
dance – audience participation is encouraged!
Join pianist Martin Mandelbaum and Friends for a Valentine's Day concert featuring Broadway Love Songs.
The Woodward Corridor Musicians will be back with chamber music to welcome spring.
Join us as we liven up the library with Rich Eddy’s Rockin’ Oldies Band.
Join pianist Martin Mandelbaum and Friends for a revue of classic Broadway Songs.
Prior to becoming incorporated as a city on November 8, 1921, Royal Oak was first established as a township on January 23, 1819, and then a village on March 18, 1891. The city’s first mayor was George A. Dondero, who later went on to become a Michigan representative to the U.S. House.
Though Royal Oak’s first library appeared in 1852 as a reading room in the Township doctor’s home, it was not until almost the mid-twentieth century before the city’s librarians started collecting information about the city and documenting its history. The local history collection contains atlases, tax assessment rolls, and other city records and documents, as well as an extensive array of newspaper clippings that primarily cover the past seventy years. Other print materials include books about the city, its residents, and reference materials such as Polk’s and Bresser’s. The collection even contains yearbooks for local high schools dating back to 1919, and two small boxes of black and white photographs of various people and landmarks in Royal Oak.
In addition to these resources, microfilm reels of the Daily Tribune and Oakland County census records and mortality schedules are available as well as a local history image gallery on our website that features images of Royal Oak’s World War II service men and women.
The bulk of the materials in the local history collection focus on Royal Oak. There is a separate filing cabinet that contains news clippings related only to Oakland County history.
- Collection Finding Aid listing important items and subjects in this collection. Compiled by Monica Brady, ROPL Library Science Intern Project, 2011.
- World War II Scrapbooks: This World War II Soldier's Archive was digitally reproduced through funds provided by the Grant Howell Memorial Fund, 2006. Grant Howell worked for the Daily Tribune from 1937 to 1979 including 25 years as managing editor. He is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
- Oakland County Historical Resources a 501(c)3 consortium of libraries, genealogical and historical societies, seeks historical materials pertaining to the Oakland County, Michigan area to make them searchable and accessible to the public. They digitize local history materials and make them available to the world through our website.
- Obituaries published in The Daily Tribune are posted monthly with the assistance of Ranger Data, Inc., a Royal Oak-based technology company. Online obituaries are available for Jan. 2010 – present. Earlier obituaries are available at the library.
- Royal Oak Cemetery List (requires a PDF reader) A listing of names and burial locations in Royal Oak (up through 2012, incomplete)
Need to learn a new language? Want to refresh the language skills you already have? The library has just what you’re looking for! We are pleased to announce the launching of Pronunciator on September 26. With 4000 courses available, Pronunciator gives Royal Oak patrons access to 80 languages. The languages range from Afrikaans to Mongolian to Xhosa (and more in between). The language courses are available in English as well as many other languages. In addition, Pronunciator also provides ESL courses in 50 different languages to help learn and improve English language skills.
All you need to access Pronunciator is a computer with internet access and a Royal Oak Library card. Cards are available to all Royal Oak residents in person at the check out desk.
Please call the library, 248-246-3727, with any questions. Happy Language Learning!