Little Free Libraries

Little free libraries are popping all across the nation.  The little libraries are small little boxes set up in both public and residential areas to give access to books and promote reading.

I’ve discovered several in Royal Oak, erected by both private residents and local community groups, filled with wonderful books.

The above pictures were taken at Realtor.  This little free library was donated by the Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors and built by Transitions Remodeling.

Two local residents, one on Sunnybrook and the other on Wilson right by Jim’s Frosty Treats, have each added libraries to their front lawns.


This library is located on Sunnybrook


This cute set up is on Wilson Ave

One of the best ones I’ve seen is located in Royal Oak’s VFW park at Lincoln and Campbell Road.  As I was taking pictures a little girl ran up to pull out a book.  This little free library was done by Dalton Cymbal, troop 1629 as an eagle scout project in September 2016, way to go.


VFW park in Royal Oak



Anyone can take a book or two, leave a book or two to help keeping reading alive and accessible to all.




Sweet Music in Royal Oak

This summer Royal Oak was blessed with the gift of pianos.  The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts rolled out the 2017 Public Piano Project in the business district.

Donated pianos were turned into works of art and placed around local businesses for everyone to enjoy.


Beautifully decorated piano outside Ideation on 4th street


I spotted pianos at Holiday Market on Main Street just north of I-696/10 mile.  The newly created Eagle Plaza on Center Street next to the parking structure.  Main and 3rd were gifted two pianos on at Qdoba restaurant and the second out front of the Bright Ideas store.  A piano graces the west porch of the Farmer’s Market as well.  And last but not least our favorite, if not just because of its location, Gayle’s Chocolate.  Gayle’s piano was decorated by students at Keller Elementary.  Strange to type that, I’m a Helen Keller Junior High alum.

The pianos were fun to see and to play around on but while at Gayle’s I did hear someone quite talented indulging which was a treat.  What a great summer experience, I look forward to seeing what the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts has planned for next year.


The piano at Bright Ideas on the corner of Main and 3rd