Library to host Super Sunday celebration

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published September 6, 2017

 Not only will a Royal Oak library card gain you access to many programs, including recently added Hoopla, but it will also allow you to check out books during new Sunday hours.

Not only will a Royal Oak library card gain you access to many programs, including recently added Hoopla, but it will also allow you to check out books during new Sunday hours.

File photo by Deb Jacques

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ROYAL OAK — Everyone is invited to a super celebration this weekend at the library.

The Super Star Sunday Celebration will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at 222 E. 11 Mile Road to bring attention to two happenings: the 20th anniversary of the Star Dream Fountain featuring Marshall Fredericks’ sculpture, and the addition of Sunday afternoon hours at the library.

“We are extremely excited for this opportunity to increase access to our services for the public,” said Brandon Kolo, Royal Oak Public Library board member, “all while not having to seek out new sources of revenue or make cuts to any existing services.”

The library will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning Sept. 10 and lasting through early June, excluding holiday weekends.

Royal Oak Public Library Director Mary Karshner said she hasn’t had time to dig back in the archives, but as far back as she could remember, the library hasn’t been open on Sundays.

“The two prior directors did explore adding Sunday hours, but other things intervened, like heading into the major renovation in 2005, 2006 and the economic recession later,” she said.

Karshner said the more favorable economic climate and slow increase of tax revenue since the recession, along with refinancing the bonds that financed the last library renovation, added up to the bonus day.

“Sunday hours have been the No. 1 request in all the public surveys we have done,” she said. “At libraries that have Sunday hours, that is often the busiest day of the week.” 

Karshner said parking is also free on Sundays in Royal Oak, so spots should be easier to find, which the director thinks should bring people to the library who might not come during the week.

The celebratory event will begin with an opening ceremony followed by the kickoff of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten — a program encouraging early literacy for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Guest readers will be on hand to share their favorite children’s books, and games and family activities will be happening inside and outside the library.

Event organizers said the first 100 attendees visiting the library for the party will receive a free Royal Oak book bag filled with goodies.

Melissa Ford, of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw State Valley University, will be discussing Marshall M. Fredericks’ life and work at 2 p.m. inside the Friends Auditorium at the library.

Event organizers said Fredericks is known for his sculptures, memorials and fountains, including Royal Oak’s own Star Dream Fountain, which was dedicated on Sept. 10, 1997.

Many of Fredericks’ sculptures were created in his studio on Woodward Avenue at Normandy Road, where he worked for more than 50 years.

No registration is required to attend the event.

For more information, call (248) 246-3700.

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