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

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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...]

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Rochester Hills Public Library

Join Library Director Christine Lind Hage on Wednesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. for an informal, behind the scenes walking tour of the Rochester Hills Public Library. You will begin the tour in the Multipurpose Room and proceed to various areas of the library. Christine Hage will answer any questions regarding the library and the services the library provides. Registration is required and open to those with a Rochester Hills Public library card. To register, go to the Events Calendar at … [Read more...]

NYT Bestselling Author and Michigan Grad Brad Meltzer Coming to Rochester Hills

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Come to the Rochester Church of Christ on Monday, June 22 at 2 p.m. to hear Brad Meltzer discuss The Inner Circle and his just released thriller, The President’s Shadow. The Inner Circle was the 2015 Everyone’s Reading selection. Currently in its 14th year, Everyone’s Reading is a community-wide reading sponsored by 14 public libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties to promote dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. The Inner Circle is … [Read more...]

Returning Books to the Library Just got Easier

The new drive-up window was the main focus of the library project - photo by Michael Dwyer

Collision-free Drive-up Window Opens The Rochester Hills Public Library is once again open fully, parking lot and all. During Sunday’s open house, Library Director Christine Lind Hage, welcomed visitors for a behind-the-scenes look at the $1.6 million addition and renovation. Two floors, 6,600 square feet, and one main focus—make the drive-up window and book return area easier to access. Library users will be happy with the more convenient and maneuverable drive-up window. Previously, … [Read more...]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Parks, and Libraries Partner to Add Michigan Activity Pass Program to Third Year of MI Big Green Gym

Libraries offer free passes to hundreds of state parks, recreation and cultural destinations throughout Michigan It was announced via press release that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) and The Library Network will kick off the third-annual Michigan Activity Pass program Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing. The Michigan Activity Pass offers cardholders at … [Read more...]

Summer Reading for All Ages at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Enjoy a summer of heroic proportions exploring reading, prizes, superheroes,  and fun during Rochester Hills Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, from Friday, June 5 through Saturday, August 8.  Beginning June 5 you can register online, from home at the library or on the bookmobile, through the Summer Reading link at www.RHPL.org/events/summer-reading. The Youth Summer Reading Program, Every Hero Has a Story, is for children from birth through age twelve. Parents and caregivers … [Read more...]

Is Library Banner Political or Celebratory?

City of Rochester Hills Banner hangs in the staircase at the Rochester Hills Public Library - photo by Michael Dwyer

Library Banner An article by C&G Newspapers tells the story of how the Rochester City Council objects to a banner hanging inside the Rochester Hills Public Library. When Rochester Media visited the library for a photo of the controversial banner, the front desk attendant didn't know anything about the banner or where it was. According to the C&G article, it's been hanging in the staircase since November. Political or Celebratory? In the article, it is suggested that the … [Read more...]