Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library member Yvonne Dean, right, packages Huntington Woods resident Molly Mardit’s purchases at the library’s bookstore Jan. 25.

Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library member Yvonne Dean, right, packages Huntington Woods resident Molly Mardit’s purchases at the library’s bookstore Jan. 25.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik


Royal Oak Public Library bookstore rolls out new look

Annual book sale returns March 9-11

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 7, 2018

ROYAL OAK — The Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library recently rebranded their volunteer-run used bookstore, located inside the library, with an ultraviolet theme.

New neon purple signage greets patrons when they enter the library and draws the eye to the bookstore, which sells bargain books, videos, DVDs, magazines, Royal Oak city logo apparel, gift items and more.

Most books cost 5 cents to $1, and all of the bookstore’s proceeds support the library.

“It is really helping the look and feel,” said Friends member and Royal Oak resident Melissa Kaunelis. “A lot of people don’t know the shop is there. They don’t know they can go into the shop and buy books.”

Kaunelis, the mother of children ages 7 and 9, said she became more involved with the Royal Oak Public Library because it was a good resource for summer programs and offered a wide array of children’s books, both of which are supplemented by funds raised by the nonprofit Friends group.

“It’s not always in the library’s budget,” she said. “We fund the majority of the 500-plus programs that go on the the library, and in the past, we funded some of the library’s databases (and online tutoring services).”

Besides programming and online services, Kaunelis said the Friends group funded art to make the library’s public space more aesthetic, including a community mural in the children’s area and butterfly stained glass overlooking the butterfly garden, as well as a self-checkout machine.

Friends member Yvonne Dean said the bookstore not only offers bargain deals, but also provides an outlet for socialization. She said she enjoys volunteering and getting to know regulars, and by buying and donating books, library patrons don’t have to worry about late fees.

Huntington Woods resident and University of Michigan student Molly Mardit, 28, said she comes to the library several times a week to study, and each time, she visits the library bookstore.

“I don’t necessarily buy something every time I come in, but I’m usually looking for very specific things,” she said. 

On a Jan. 25 visit to the bookstore, she said she was looking for fitness DVDs and vegan cookbooks.

Richard Coin, 78, a resident of Royal Oak Manor, visited the bookstore Jan. 25. He said he had an impending knee replacement surgery, and he normally purchases 12-20 books per week.

Bookstore hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

Kaunelis said the Friends’ annual book sale will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 9; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 10; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 11.

For more information about the Friends of the Royal Oak Public Library, volunteer opportunities or how to donate, visit www.romi.gov/ROPLFriends. For more information about the Royal Oak Public Library, visit www.ropl.org or call (248) 246-3700.

The Royal Oak Public Library is located at 222 East 11 Mile Road, east of South Troy Street.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.