Holiday Home Tour Set for Nov. 15

Van Hoosen Farmhouse

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s 2015 Holiday Home Tour is set for Sunday, November 15. The Holiday Home Tour features four area homes and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. (The latter is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.) All are highly and uniquely decorated for the upcoming festive season. Tour participants will see a wide-array of décor styles and several one-of-a-kind displays put together by the site hosts. All of them have … [Read more...]

RHPL Prepares for Temporary MeLCat Unavailability

Rochester Hills Public Library has been a participant in MeLCat, Michigan’s statewide resource sharing system since 2005. Through this service, countless Rochester Hills and area residents take advantage of the opportunity to borrow materials from hundreds of other participating libraries across the state. For technical reasons, MeLCat will be temporarily unavailable for new requests beginning on Wednesday, November 18. Library users will be able to pick up MeLCat materials until Wednesday, … [Read more...]

Friends of the Library Gives $125,000 to RHPL


At their annual meeting in October the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library presented a check for $125,000 to the library. “We were thrilled to receive this large check,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. “With the way the economy has been in the last few years, it is the generosity of the Friends that has allowed us to maintain the many educational and entertainment programs offered at the library.” The Friends group is a non-profit organization that supports the … [Read more...]

Oakland Talking Book Service at Rochester Hills Public Library Celebrates World Sight Day!

World Sight Day is Thursday, October 8, 2015! This annual day of awareness is held to generate global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Lions Clubs International partnered with blindness prevention organizations worldwide to commemorate the first World Sight Day in 1998. To celebrate, we’re asking residents to acquaint themselves with the Oakland Talking Book Service (OTBS) at the Rochester Hills Public Library. For those unfamiliar with this free service, OTBS provides audio … [Read more...]

Fall Used Book Sale Starts Next Week

The new Friends of the Library used book sale area is located on the upper level, currently they have three sales per year open to the public - photo by Michael Dwyer

By John Smyntek And the used book sales just keep on coming! The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library inaugurated its new second floor used book sale facility at its summer sale in August with “great attendance and lots of positive feedback about our new setup,” according to Friends Book sale chair Ann Gruenewald. And with autumn fast on the horizon, the Friends Fall sale is now set for September 23 - 27. In the future, the sales will be more spread out - one every … [Read more...]

Hage Announces Candidacy for 2017-18 ALA Presidency

Christine Lind Hage has been a member of the ALA for over 40 years

Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills Public Library, has filed as a petition candidate for the 2017-18 presidency of the American Library Association. Hage has been an ALA member since 1971. She is the immediate past president of United for Libraries (formerly the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations – ALTAFF) and served as the 1998-99 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). In addition, she has served on numerous committees … [Read more...]

Rochester Avon Historical Society’s September Meeting to Feature “The Many Hats of Rochester’s Main Street Pharmacist”

Author, Bob Lytle

Local writer and businessman Bob Lytle will be the guest speaker at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s evening meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3 from  7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town in Rochester. A longtime historical society member, Lytle will discuss the history of downtown Rochester’s opera house building, which he restored to its original appearance and in which his pharmacy is located, as well as his prolific writing career … [Read more...]

Summer Used Book Sale is Brand New

The new Friends of the Library used book sale area is located on the upper level, currently they have three sales per year open to the public - photo by Michael Dwyer

By John Smyntek The saying that “everything old is new again” is getting a major test at the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s Summer Used Book Sale set for August 13-15. While the sale is at the usual address—the library building at 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester—it will be the first located in the library’s new second floor addition in a space dedicated to the Friends’ used book operation. The new area was completed late in the spring and the … [Read more...]

The Friends’ Library Store

The Sign outside of the entrance of the Friends' of Library Store inside the RHPL - photo by John Smyntek

The Friends' Library Store By John Smyntek Offered for your consideration - some questions from the imaginary Kollege of Konsumer Knowledge, School of Savvy Shopping. Where in the City of Rochester can you buy attractive jewelry crafted from Michigan’s legendary Petoskey stones and of copper that pays homage to the state’s long mining heritage? Where can you procure a wide array of Michigan-related goods - edible, ornamental and pragmatic? How about a one-stop shop for a … [Read more...]

OverDrive Digital Bookmobile at the RHPL


The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile is coming to Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) on Wednesday, July 29 from 2 - 8 p.m. Developed inside a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, the nationally touring Digital Bookmobile is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. “The Digital Bookmobile first visited our library in 2012. It was a very successful first visit. We were one of the busiest stops in Michigan. When we heard it was touring the Midwest … [Read more...]