Libraries continue role as transformative institutions

The American Library Association just released the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report.  As libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, 90% of the respondents in an independent national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project said that libraries are important to the community, and 76% said that libraries are important to them and their families. Some of the key findings of the national were detailed at the 2014 American Library … [Read more...]

Made in the Mitten: Exploring Michigan’s delicious food and agricultural history

Dianna Stampfler, President of Promote Michigan, will introduce audiences to Michigan’s rich foodie and agricultural history on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Michigan is the second-most agriculturally-diverse state in the country. From cherries and grapes to blueberries and pumpkins, peaches and apples to asparagus and celery (and many, many more), the Great Lakes State is often referred to as the “Mitten of Plenty.” Add to that a growing industry … [Read more...]

Springtime Fun!

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Did you catch a glimpse of spring earlier this week? It was so nice to splash around outside. Even though the time change has wreaked havoc on many little one's sleeping habits, we are really enjoying the added daylight hours at the end of the day. I figure if I keep myself busy over the next several weeks then I won't be so consumed with our crazy weather. There are a lot of different things going so make sure you get involved in our wonderful community. I compiled a list of a few fun … [Read more...]

Work on RHPL terrazzo stairs continues

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The installation of terrazzo on the Rochester Hills Public Library’s main staircase should be complete by Friday, March 7th. While the construction work is done, the public will be required to use the elevator to get to the second floor. “Library visitors have been comfortable using the elevator to get to the second floor,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. Ginger Olson, who manages the checkout desk at the library said, “There certainly is more noise, but the project is very … [Read more...]

Detroit News Columnist Brian J. O’Connor to Speak at the Rochester Hills Public Library

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Detroit News Columnist Brian J. O’Connor will discuss his book “The $1,000 Challenge: How One Family Slashed Its Budget  Without  Moving Under a Bridge or Living on Government Cheese" on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Middle-class incomes are stretched more than ever. Feeling the strain himself, personal finance columnist Brian O’Connor decided to put his own family’s spending to the test. He began a ten-week experiment to see if his family could … [Read more...]

Rochester Library begins work on terrazzo stairs

Starting on Wednesday, February 19 installation of terrazzo on the Rochester Hills Public Library’s main staircase will begin. The project should be complete by Friday, March 7.  While the construction work is done, the public will be required to use the elevator to get to the second floor. “We’ve had carpet on the stairs for the past 22 years and have had to replace it every 5 years or so,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. “With about 2,200 people per day visiting the … [Read more...]

Preschool Fair at the RHPL

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I know the holidays just ended and if you’re like me then you’re still corralling random Christmas decorations to be taken back out to the garage. Well, I hate to say it but you’ve got another task as well. It’s time to start thinking about preschool for next fall. Crazy, huh? Luckily, The Rochester Hills Public Library is hosting their annual Preschool Fair on Saturday, February 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. You don’t need to register. Just show up, (without children, please) with a list of … [Read more...]

Register for Wine, Wit, & Wisdom at the RHPL

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Registration is now open for the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s Wine, Wit & Wisdom fundraiser which will take place on Saturday, March 8 at the library. Tickets are $45 per person and are available at the library. The event will run between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and attendees will hear two great talks, enjoy wine, craft beers, appetizers and dessert. “The event will be based on the popular TED Talks (www.ted.com) and each speaker will repeat their talk once” said … [Read more...]

Shake off the winter blues at the Rochester Hills Public Library

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Reading Comes Alive With Yoga Fridays, February 14, 21 & 28 Ages 4-5 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Story Room Register all children attending. Children are reading, absorbing the story, doing yoga poses, and exercising their body and brain muscles at once. This method of whole child learning stimulates academic curiosity and presents a fresh and integrative dimension to a class. Online registration begins one week prior to each session. Favorite Things Family Time Thursday, … [Read more...]

Exciting new adventures await at the RHPL

Weekly Story Groups - Winter Session I Monday, January 13 through Thursday, February 13; Registration begins Monday, January 6, 2014 New year, new choices! Check out our events calendar for details on our new groups in addition to the traditional formats you know and love. Please choose and register for one group per child, so we can accommodate as many children as possible. Children must be residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills or Oakland Township and be registered with his/her own … [Read more...]