RHPL Takes a Closer Look at Radicals, Then and Now

Dr. Francis Shor, Emeritus History Professor, Wayne State University will discuss radicals of the past and now on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. What do past radicals say about their times and ours? Whether labor radicals of the early 20th century, political radicals of the mid-century, or student radicals of the '60s, all have challenged the status quo. Dr. Francis Shor will give an illustrated presentation that will examine what form their challenges took … [Read more...]

Lecture Explores Hemingway’s Time in Michigan

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Ernest Hemingway’s time spent in Michigan will be discussed on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hill’s Public Library. Since his birth in 1899, Ernest Hemingway spent seventeen summers in northern Michigan. Returning from ambulance service during the First World War, Hemingway spent two more summers in the Little Traverse Bay region—its forests and rivers inspiring some of his most celebrated short works of fiction. This is the subject of award-winning author John … [Read more...]

Library Construction Slightly Delayed, but Continues

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The Rochester Hills Public Library’s construction project will run longer than initially anticipated due to extremely cold temperatures this winter. “Originally we had planned on starting masonry work in mid-January, which would require temporary heating on the exterior of the building,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. Low temperatures in January were under 10 degrees and below zero in February. “It seemed like a waste of money to heat the outdoors, so we waited a few weeks … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Offers a Library Card for Every Child

The Rochester Hills Public Library has partnered with the Rochester Community School District to issue every child, K-12, a library card and expand the resources available to all students. “We want to make sure that all students have access to the wonderful services available through the public library,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. “And the great news is that it’s all free of charge!” The Rochester Hills Public Library is committed to making 24/7 access to … [Read more...]

Elvis Tribute Artist Darrin Hagel to Perform at the Rochester Hills Public Library

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The Sunday Concert at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m. features Elvis tribute artist, Darrin Hagel. With Darrin’s uncanny resemblance to Elvis and a voice to match, this tribute show is second to none. Even when performing a pre-recorded show, the vocals are always live and the energy level never drops. Although Darrin mostly performs in Michigan, he has also performed in Canada, Ohio, Iowa, and Las Vegas. The concert is free, but registration is required … [Read more...]

Digging up the Past with Privy Historian Tony Panepucci

Privy historian Tony Panepucci will share treasures found during outhouse excavations on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Panepucci’s outhouse digging is his passion and he brings dozens of bottles of various colors of glass, ceramic jugs, and pieces of pottery, plain and fancy to share with the audience. He discusses how old the items are and how rare some of the bottles have become over time. Wallets, jewelry, guns and lots of old bottles are among … [Read more...]

The Swing Era, A Big Band Countdown

Learn all about America’s Swing Era and the Big Bands during that time on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Between 1935 and 1945, America emerged from the Great Depression and suffered through World War II. The Big Bands played a major role with hundreds of bands playing all over the country. Stuart Johnson’s presentation will count down to number one, the best Big Bands that were the most influential or the most important or the most … [Read more...]

Discover Your History with Genealogy 101

The Rochester Hills Public Library is offering a six-week course on Genealogy on Mondays at 1 p.m. beginning March 9 through April 13. The course is designed with all the fundamentals necessary for beginners and amateurs who want basic instruction, tools, and reference guides to help you begin that successful genealogical journey. The instructor, Jan Morgenstern, is an experienced genealogist of nineteen years and has completed the National Genealogical Society’s “American Genealogy: A … [Read more...]

Get Insight Into Your Social Security Benefits

Understanding the ins and outs of Social Security benefits and how they work in conjunction with your investment portfolio, pension, and other sources of retirement income can be confusing. Scott Whyte, a Financial Advisor with Bloom Asset Management, will help you wade through the various aspects of Social Security benefits on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. His presentation will include when you should start taking your benefits and how taking benefits … [Read more...]

Delve into William Shakespeare’s Life, Times, and Work

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Join Jim Glenn as he presents the life, times, and work of William Shakespeare on Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Jim draws his experience and skills as a teacher, speaker, actor, and storyteller. Jim Glenn’s lively and informative presentation includes a biographical summary of Shakespeare’s boyhood in Stratford including what is known (or surmised) of the impact of Will’s family, schooling and other early influences on his later work as a … [Read more...]