The project involved gathering artifacts that reflect what life in Royal Oak is like. These items were buried on Saturday, October 1, 2011, in the Butterfly Garden on the lawn of ROPL in a sealed container to be dug up in 2046 when the City of Royal Oak is celebrating its 125th anniversary as a city. How different will Royal Oak be 35 years from now? And how much will it be the same? The Time Capsule Project has given us an opportunity to assess what a vibrant community we have and ponder its past and its future. When residents of 2046 dig up and open this time capsule they will discover what Royal Oak was like in 2011, which should evoke memories of the past and contribute hopes for the future of this community.
In honor of Steve Jobs' passing, the library has put up a display of materials related to him and his life. Though he was in poor health for some time and had resigned from Apple a month before, Jobs' death sent a shock wave through the Internet on October 5th. The world of technology has forever been changed due to his contributions, and libraries and their users owe him a debt of gratitude. His innovations made information far easier to access, and introduced countless people to personal computing. In addition to creating Apple Computer, he was also a founder of Pixar studios, leaving a legacy that will delight children and adults for generations to come.
Next month the Library will host a four-part series saluting the enduring appeal of Jane Austen. Speakers will examine her works, her life in Regency England and how her books compare to the many film adaptations of her work. We’re even hosting a “Jane Austen Tea.” To learn more about Austen, check out the Library’s fine collection of the author’s novels and stories; books analyzing her literature; and the many mysteries, romances and even zombie mash-ups she has inspired. Some titles are listed here.
It’s estimated that 93% of all adults over the age of 18 have considered a business of their own. Local author and entrepreneur Dan Nichols is challenging you to take that thought to the next level. If you’ve ever wanted to give your ideas legs, this might be the perfect opportunity to do so with the guidance of the Lemonade Stand Simple Business Planning System. Dan is confident that he can get you from where you are to where you want to be in a business of your very own.
The grand prizes for the Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program 2011 will be two of the newest Nooks from Barnes & Noble – the lightweight Simple Touch Reader with a 6-inch touchscreen. The devices will be raffled on Monday, August 29.
- Daily Life Examined
- Snapshot Royal Oak 2011: A Time Capsule Art Contest and Show
- Shining Summer Stories
- Jack Kevorkian dies at 83
- The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis
- 2011 Adult Summer Reading Program
- The Civil War at 150: Online Resources
- 2011 Teen Summer Reading Program
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