Lyndon Johnson and American Power: A Film and Discussion Series with Professor Gregory Sumner

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Bill of 1964. In the film and during the discussion, Professor Greg Sumner will examine the life and legacy of its architect, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Thursday, October 9 and Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. We will explore LBJ’s meteoric rise from West Texas poverty to the highest levels of power in Washington, and reflect on both the genius and the limits of uses of power. Dr. … [Read more...]

Explore the History and Legends of Spain at the RHPL

Experience the visual history and legends of Spain on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Al Eicher will give a lecture and visual presentation that begins with visiting historic sites in Madrid then on to Toledo to visit the Toledo Cathedral and San Domingo De Silos, where El Greco spent many years painting. Visit the country sides of Spain and see their agricultural resources and the windmills made popular by Don Quixote. The tour continues through the Sierra … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library construction to begin week of July 14

Temporary book return chute.

Construction on a 6,600-square foot expansion of the Rochester Hills Public Library will begin the week of July 14and should be compete in six months. The main focus of the project is to make the drive-up window and return chutes easier to access. “Currently you can return materials from your car, but this is difficult due to the number of 90-degree turns,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. “In essence we will pull the south edge of the building out so you will approach the … [Read more...]

Library Store Seeking Volunteers

Library store exterior shot

The Friends’ Library Store, located in the lobby of the Rochester Hills Public Library, is looking for volunteers who might be willing to work a regularly scheduled two or three hour shift each week. The store is run by volunteers who are responsible for the selection and display of merchandise and for staffing the store. “The Friends’ Library Store raises about $15,000 a year for the Library and we appreciate the effort of the 40 volunteers who currently work in the store,” said … [Read more...]

The Golden Age of Fly Fishing in Michigan

Golden Age

Wayne Snyder, fly fishing historian and author, will tell the story of the men and women who shaped fly fishing in Michigan: the conservationists, fly dressers, rod-crafters, guides, artists and authors on Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. A must see for any Michigan fly fisher who is even remotely interested in the history of the ‘sport of kings’ in their own state. Snyder’s book, The Golden Age of Fly Fishing in Michigan, will be available for purchase … [Read more...]

Library is seeking to fill a vacant position on the Library Board of Trustees

Building -day

Due to a change of residence, Trustee Anna Biliti has resigned from the Rochester Hills Public Library Board of Trustees. Douglas A. Tull, President of Board said “Anna has been an extremely valuable and active member of the board and will be greatly missed.” Tull announced today that the remaining members are seeking a qualified person to fill the vacancy for the term ending 2015. The applicant must be 18 years of age or older, an American citizen and a resident of the city of Rochester … [Read more...]

Summer reading for all ages at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Indulge yourself and your family this summer with good books, programs, prizes, activities and fun, by joining the Summer Reading Program at Rochester Hills Public Library. Residents or employees in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township may register beginning June 2 online at,  at the library or on the bookmobile. Registration is limited to those who live, work, or own property in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township and have a valid RHPL library … [Read more...]

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!


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...]