Upcoming events

The Royal Oak Public Library Butterfly Garden needs volunteers to help maintain the garden throughout the spring, summer and fall. The volunteer schedule is planned below:

Garden Maintenance:
Wednesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 pm:

August 24; September 28; October 12
Fall Planting:
Wednesday, September 7, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Fall Cleanup:
Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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 08-24-2016 4:00 pm
Event End Date 08-24-2016 6:00 pm

Help maintain the library’s butterfly garden and learn more about the plants and animals found there. This is a great volunteer opportunity for garden & nature enthusiasts. If you are interested in volunteering call Youth Services at (248) 246-3725 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Event Date 08-24-2016 4:00 pm
Event End Date 08-24-2016 6:00 pm
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Arts Du Jour returns to the Royal Oak Public Library on Thursday evening, August 25. Arts Du Jour provides a sneak peek of the food, music and art of Arts, Beats, and Eats while supporting great metro Detroit charities. See ArtsDuJour.org for details of the 35 area restaurants providing food samples, the four musical performers, and the four featured artists. It all starts at 6:00 PM on the library lawn.

Tickets can be purchased at the library for $75. The tickets purchased from the library circulation desk are a donation to the library. Tickets purchased online support the other sponsoring charities. Contact Mary Karshner (248-246-3710; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.

Event Date 08-25-2016 6:30 pm
Event End Date 08-25-2016 8:00 pm

On Wednesday, September 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, volunteers and their families are welcome to help with fall planting to spruce up our Butterfly Garden.

Join other volunteers on Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, for a fall cleanup of the Butterfly Garden in preparation for the long winter.

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 09-07-2016 4:00 pm
Event End Date 09-07-2016 6:00 pm

Join Cindy La Ferle and other writers and journalists for three monthly workshops on Wednesdays designed to sharpen your writing, self-presentation and public relations skills.

On Sept. 7, Actor/author Lisa Peers will use theatre exercises to help improve your writing and self-presentation confidence.

On Oct. 5, La Ferle and writers Claire Charlton and Pam Houghton will offer a panel discussion "Publicity 101" to offer tips on how to write a press release and how to promote and publicize your business or event.

On Nov. 2, La Ferle will host "Writing Your Own Hero's Journey," a personal writing class aimed at telling your life story as a journey where you look at the highs and lows of your life as story material. La Ferle, a columnist for Michigan Prime and author of Writing Home, a book of essays and articles, has offered many popular memoir-writing classes at the library. 

All of the free workshops will run from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm in the Friends Auditorium. Registration is requested. Limit 30. Visit ropl.org or telephone the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 246-3727.

Event Date 09-07-2016 7:00 pm
Event End Date 09-07-2016 8:30 pm
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These story times for independent listeners include a variety of stories, movement, music, and an art or craft activity. Programs last about 45 minutes. Adults wait outside the story room.

Registration System for 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 Desk and pick up a numbered ticket which will be available 15 minutes before the program begins. Most story times have 24 spots available.

2016 Fall Program Registration begins in September.

Event Date 09-08-2016 10:15 am
Event End Date 09-08-2016 11:00 am
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Check out our coloring program for adults! We will supply all of the materials for this series: sheets from adult coloring books, pencils, and crayons, or you can bring your own. All you will need to think about is which color you will choose next! For ages 18 and over. Registration is requested. Limit 50.

2016 Fall Program Registration begins in September.

Event Date 09-08-2016 6:30 pm
Event End Date 09-08-2016 8:00 pm
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Book Buddies is a book club for ROPL’s youngest independent readers, ages 5-8 in grades K-3. Each participant will get their own copy of the book to keep when they sign up at the Youth Services Desk. Club meetings are 45-60 minutes and include activities, book discussions, and snacks based on the book. Limit 25 per session.

Fly Guy Presents the White House by Tedd Arnold
Join Fly Guy and Buzz as they visit the White House and learn about its history and some of the presidents who have lived there. It is a great time to learn about the White House because a new president will be voted in soon.

Book pick up at Youth Services desk begins Monday, September 12.
Meeting on Monday, October 3 at 4:30-5:30 PM.

2016 Fall Program Registration begins in September.

Event Date 09-12-2016 10:00 am
Event End Date 09-12-2016 9:00 pm

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 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 Desk and pick up a numbered ticket which will be available 15 minutes before the program begins. Most story times have 24 spots available.

2016 Fall Program Registration begins in September.

Event Date 09-12-2016 10:15 am
Event End Date 09-12-2016 10:45 am
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Meet local novelist Donald Levin on Monday, September 12, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Friends Auditorium to learn more about his detective series featuring a Ferndale police detective. The third novel in the series, Guilt in Hiding: A Martin Preuss Mystery, was published this year by Poison Toe Press.

2016 Fall Program Registration begins in September.

Event Date 09-12-2016 7:00 pm
Event End Date 09-12-2016 8:30 pm
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Contact

Directions
222 E. Eleven Mile
Royal Oak, MI 48067
248-246-3700
info@ropl.org

Hours

Monday
10:00 - 09:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 09:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 09:00
Thursday
12:00 - 09:00
Friday
10:00 - 06:00
Saturday
10:00 - 06:00
Sunday
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