Libraries are often overlooked as places that can provide free or low-cost entertainment in the community. Here are five things you may, or may not, know about the Royal Oak Public Library.
1. Did you know you can check out free passes to state parks around Michigan at the library? Get free passes for the MI Big Green Gym, a program designed to promote overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle through use of parks and recreation facilities. There are more than 100 state parks available for you to explore.
2. Parks and campgrounds not your thing? You can use your library card to print a pass, at your home or at the library, to one of 60 participating museums across the state. The Michigan Activity Pass gives you either complimentary or reduced admission. Popular museums include Cranbrook Art Museum, Meadowbrook Hall and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
3. Don't want to spend $10 going to a movie or a few dollars renting from Redbox? Check out the movie selection at the library. You might be surprised to see many new releases and classic favorites.
4. Royal Oak Public Library cardholders may download free eBooks by using library’s OverDrive service. OverDrive makes it easy to browse for and download new books. It is compatible with Android devices, Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.
5. Library patrons may also purchase and print discounted Detroit Zoo tickets, save on zoo memberships, pre-paid parking vouchers and dining. The discounted offers are updated throughout the year.
The Royal Oak Public Library is open Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m; Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.
The Royal Oak Public Library is in the midst of creating a strategic plan for the next five years and it's seeking input regarding the state of the library and on possible changes the community might want to see.