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...]

RHPL Hosts Open House on June 7 to Unveil New Addition

The wait is almost over! On Sunday, June 7, 2015, the Rochester Hill Public Library will host an Open House to unveil the new $1.6 million addition and newly redesigned drive-up return and pickup window. The public will also see the new automated materials handling system (AMS) in action. The AMS sorts and checks in library materials as they are returned. The open house will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. The Rochester Hills … [Read more...]

Dig Into the Gardening Programs at the RHPL

The Rochester Hills Public Library is pleased to present two gardening programs in June. The programs will be held on Tuesday, June 2 and on Tuesday, June 9. Both programs begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the library’s Multipurpose Room. Join Michael Saint of The Native Plant Institute on Tuesday, June 2, as we take a step back in time and explore the diverse flowers, trees, and shrubs of Emily Dickinson’s world. During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) was famous for her … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Construction Comes to an End

Automated Materials Handling System
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The Rochester Hills Public Library’s construction project will be ending by June 1st, but there is still one major job to be completed… the library’s parking lot. Weather permitting the library’s south parking lot will be resurfaced beginning May 18.  The project will take a full week and the library anticipates reopening the full lot by May 26. RHPL Automated Materials Handling System “Up until the last few weeks the public hasn’t been terribly impacted by the construction … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Invited to Join White House’s ConnectED Initiative

Every child deserves the chance to learn and thrive in an environment that is enriched by the latest technology. Two years ago President Obama announced ConnectED, a signature initiative focused on transforming teaching and learning through digital connectivity and content. On April 30, the President announced two new efforts to strengthen learning opportunities by improving access to digital content and to public libraries: new eBooks commitments and the ConnectED Library Challenge. The … [Read more...]

“The Hornet’s Nest” Documentary Takes Viewers Inside the Afghanistan War

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The Hornet’s Nest, a documentary film about the Afghanistan war will be shown at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. The Afghan conflict is America’s longest war at 14 years and counting, yet few Americans really understand what it is like for our troops there. The Hornet’s Nest is an immersive film that portrays combat and the bond that soldiers have for each other with actual footage of one of the largest battles of the war. Filmed and narrated by … [Read more...]

The Rochester Hills Public Library’s Volunteers are “Tea-riffic”!

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On Friday, April 17, the Rochester Hills Public Library held its annual volunteer luncheon to honor its volunteers. The event was held at Great Oaks Country Club and nearly 100 volunteers gathered to socialize with other volunteers, enjoy the delicious meal and listen to the soothing ambient music provided by Classic Winds Quintet. Library Director Christine Hage and Library Board President Douglas Tull both thanked the volunteers for all their hard work and dedication to the library. Ms. … [Read more...]

Exploring Foster Parenting and Adoption

With over 13,000 children in the foster care system, the State of Michigan is always in need of more loving foster and adoptive families to help provide temporary or permanent care for children. To bring awareness to National Foster Care Month in May, Erin Wright from Ennis Center for Children will present information for families, couples, and individuals who would like to learn more about the Child Welfare System in Michigan on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. … [Read more...]