Visit the library for the Friends' Annual Book Sale, March 5 - 7. Gently used children's books will be on sale in the Youth Activity Room, and adult books and media will be on sale in the Friends Audtiorium. The Friends of ROPL raise money to support library programs including youth and teen activities. They also contribute funds to purchase public Internet computers, books, eBooks, audiobooks and databases.
The members-only preview is Thursday, March 5, 5:00 - 8:00 PM. Memberships are available at the door.
Regular sale hours are 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Friday, March 6, and 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 7. The $5.00 bag sale is all day Saturday.
For more information or to volunteer, call the library at 248-246-3700.
ROPL has received Federal Tax Forms 1040, 1040 A and 1040 EZ. The IRS is not sending public libraries instruction booklets or any specialty forms this year due to Congressional budget cuts. ROPL is expecting a master copy of federal tax forms that patrons can photocopy. Please phone the adult reference desk at 248-246-3727 if you have questions regarding the availability of tax forms and instructions.
The Library has received the 2014 Michigan 1040 form (with booklet) and the MI 2014 Home Heating Credit Form (with booklet).
IRS – Call to Get Forms and Publications – 1-800-829-3676
Income Tax Preparation Help
Households with low- and moderate- incomes can receive tax prep help from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) at the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays, from February 3 and April 13. The program is geared toward seniors, but there are no age restrictions. Doors open at 9 am. No appointments are needed. The “first come, first served” rule applies. The center is located at 3500 Marais Avenue, north of 13 Mile Road, just south of Lexington Blvd., east of Crooks Road. A checklist of what you need to bring.
Michigan online information and forms:
- Michigan - Income Tax Forms by Year
- Michigan - Check my Income Tax Info
- Michigan - New developments for Tax Year 2014
IRS 2014 Forms and Instructions:
- Searchable List of Forms: Documents in Numerical Order
- Form 1040 (2 pages)
- Form 1040A (2 pages)
- Form 1040A Instructions (82 pages)
- Form 1040EZ (2 pages)
- Instructions Form 1040EZ (41 pages)
- Form 1040-ES: Estimated Taxes (11 pages)
- Publication 17: Your Federal Income Tax (General Rules for Filing an Income Tax Form) (286+ pages)
- Form 8962: Premium Tax Credit (2 pages)
- Instructions Form 8962 (15 pages)
- Form 1040 Schedule A: Itemized Deductions (1 page)
- Instructions Form 1040 Schedule A (18 pages)
- Form 1040 Schedule B: Interest and Ordinary Dividends (2 pages)
- Form 1040 Schedule C: Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship) (2 pages)
- Instructions Form 1040 Schedule C (17 pages)
- Form 1040 Schedule D: Capital Gains and Losses (2 pages)
- Instructions Form 1040 Schedule D (16 pages)
- Form 1040 Schedule E: Supplemental Income and Losses (2 pages)
- Instructions Form 1040 Schedule E (12 pages)
- Form 1040 or 1040A Schedule EIC: Earned Income Tax Credit (2 pages)
- Form 1040 or 1040A Schedule R: Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled (2 pages)
- Form 1040 Schedule SE: Self-Employment Tax (2 pages)
- Instructions Form 1040 Schedule SE (6 pages)
- Form 1040 or 1040A Schedule 8812: Child Tax Credit (2 pages)
- Form 1040 V: Payment Voucher (2 pages)
- Form 2106: Employee Business Expenses (2 pages)
- Form 2106-EZ: Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses (4 pages)
- Form 2441: Child Care and Dependent Care Expenses (1040 or 1040A) (2 pages)
- Form 4868: Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (4 pages)
- Form 8822: Change of Address (2 pages)
- Form 8863: Education Credits (American Opportunity & Lifetime Learning Credits) (2 pages)
- Form 8880: Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions (2 pages)
- Form 8949: Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets (2 pages)
Show your Royal Oak pride with a T-shirt with the new city logo. Great gift idea! Available exclusively in the Friends Shop inside Royal Oak Public Library.
- T-shirts (variety of sizes) - $10
The Friends Shop is open:
- Monday: 10 AM - 8 PM
- Wednesday : 10 AM - 3 PM
- Thursday: Noon - 8 PM
- Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Stumped on what to read or listen to next? We’ve got the answer! ROPL subscribes to a service called Novelist Plus (kids and parents can get recommendations through Novelist K-8 Plus, which is provided by MeL and the State of Michigan).
What is Novelist Plus?
NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. You can these and other online resources through the library’s website Databases page.
For more about Novelist, check out the video below.
Now that the holiday are over and you're looking for something to read, we've complied a list of links for you! Here are some of the best books of 2013. If we don't have them (and we have a lot) give the library a call and we can place the books on hold for you.
Enjoy! Keep warm and snuggle up with a good book.
- Instead of creating a best of 2013 list, NPR tried something a little different. Mix and match themes to find the perfect book to read: NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2013’s Great Reads
- Popular book cataloging site Goodreads asked it's users for their favorite books of 2013: Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Books of 2013
- Amazon.com has a bunch of lists of their best books of 2013.
- The New York Times' best 10 books of 2013.
- Check out the Huffington Post's tag for lots of best books of 2013 (on a range on topics).
- The staff at Slate pick out their best books from 2013.
- Barnes & Noble has a collection of their best new books of 2013.
- The New Yorker split their best list into two parts: part one and part two
- New Republic's best books of 2013.
- BBC's top 10 books of 2013.
- Forbes' best books of 2013.
- Mother Jones' staff picks the best books of 2013.
- Publisher's Weekly picks their best books of 2013.
- David L. Ulin (LA Times) picks his best books of 2013.
- The Guardian has a collection of articles on the best books of 2013 from a variety of sources.
- Popular newsletter Brain Pickings has compiled their list of the 13 best books of 2013.
And, for the younger set!
Each year the Royal Oak Public Library compiles a list of places that can provide assistance for the following: Temporary day and overnight shelter; groceries; meals; clothing; referrals; transportation; and housing.
Daytime Warming Center
Welcome Inn Day Center
6:30 AM until 8:00 PM, Mon. – Fri
Starr Presbyterian Church
1717 W. 13 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
Meals, showers, social workers, nurses, clothes closet
12/15/14 – 3/13/15
Overnight South Oakland Warming Centers (SOWC)
Dec. 19-31, 2014: Emmanuel Bethel
4000 Normandy Rd, Royal Oak
Jan. 1-11, 2015: Renaissance/Vineyard Church
1821 Pinecrest, Ferndale
Jan. 12-25, 2015: St Mary’s Church
730 S Lafayette, Royal Oak
Jan. 26-Feb.7, 2015: Genesis
309 N Main St., Royal Oak
Feb. 8-15, 2015: Starr Presbyterian
1717 W 13 Mile Rd, Royal Oak
Feb. 16-27, 2015: Berkley Community Church
2855 Wiltshire Blvd., Berkley
South Oakland Shelter
18505 W. 12 Mile Rd,
Must call ahead to secure lodging. Lodging, food pantry, clothing closet, case management, health services, and laundry.
Common Ground Shelter for Runaway Youth
1222 S. Washington, Royal Oak
Short-term shelter for runaway and homeless youths aged 10-17. Counselling and substance abuse education available. No court wards; voluntary program; parental consent required. Call first.
3015 N. Main (near 13 Mile), Royal Oak
By appointment only. Food pantry, utility assistance, clothing, furniture, rent/mortgage assistance, shelter, and holiday assistance. Assistance based on need. Photo ID, proof of income, and other documentation required.
Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
St. Mary's Rectory
730 S. Lafayette (corner of Lincoln), Royal Oak
Must be a Royal Oak resident and show photo ID.
No phone calls.
Mon, Tues & Thurs: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3015 N. Main (near 13 Mile), Royal Oak
(See hours under Assistance on other side.)
Food: Groceries and Meals
Open Hands: St. John's Episcopal Church Emergency Food Pantry
26998 Woodward, Royal Oak
Must present photo ID showing Oakland County residence.
Mondays: 12:30pm – 2:45pm
Saturdays: 9:30am – 11:45am
Ten Mile Free Will Baptist
74 W. 10 Mile, Madison Heights
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday by appointment
3015 N. Main St. (near 13 Mile), Royal Oak
Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
2850 W. 11 Mile, Berkley
Must show photo ID, proof of income, and Social Security card for each member of the household.
Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Right Road Community Development
1560 Wordsworth, Ferndale
3rd Sat of the month: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church Food Pantry
143 Albany, Ferndale
Photo ID and registration required on 3rd Wednesday of the month. 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM.
St. Mary’s Rectory
730 S. Lafayette (corner of Lincoln), Royal Oak
Must be Royal Oak resident, show photo ID.
Mon, Tues & Thurs: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Renaissance Vineyard Church
1841 Pinecrest Dr., Ferndale
By appointment only.
1355 Oakman Blvd, Detroit
South Oakland Community Lunch Program
Genesis: 309 N. Main, Royal Oak
Every other Saturday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Royal Oak First United Methodist Church Sack Lunch Program
320 W. 7th, Royal Oak
Sack lunches or snack packs.
Monday – Friday: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
(248) 334-1274 (staffed crisis line)
(877) 922-1274 (toll free)
(248) 334-1284 (business number)
Oakland County's 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault agency.
(248) 456-0909 (24-hour crisis line)
(800) 231-1127 (toll free)
Referral service and crisis counselling.
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency South
Call for assistance. Must live in Oakland County. (248) 209-2600
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.
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.
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
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!
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!