Oakland Talking Book Service at Rochester Hills Public Library Celebrates World Sight Day!

World Sight Day is Thursday, October 8, 2015! This annual day of awareness is held to generate global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Lions Clubs International partnered with blindness prevention organizations worldwide to commemorate the first World Sight Day in 1998. To celebrate, we’re asking residents to acquaint themselves with the Oakland Talking Book Service (OTBS) at the Rochester Hills Public Library. For those unfamiliar with this free service, OTBS provides audio … [Read more...]

Fall Used Book Sale Starts Next Week

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 And the used book sales just keep on coming! The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library inaugurated its new second floor used book sale facility at its summer sale in August with “great attendance and lots of positive feedback about our new setup,” according to Friends Book sale chair Ann Gruenewald. And with autumn fast on the horizon, the Friends Fall sale is now set for September 23 - 27. In the future, the sales will be more spread out - one every … [Read more...]

Hage Announces Candidacy for 2017-18 ALA Presidency

Christine Lind Hage has been a member of the ALA for over 40 years

Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills Public Library, has filed as a petition candidate for the 2017-18 presidency of the American Library Association. Hage has been an ALA member since 1971. She is the immediate past president of United for Libraries (formerly the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations – ALTAFF) and served as the 1998-99 president of the Public Library Association (PLA). In addition, she has served on numerous committees … [Read more...]

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


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

Photo credit: FilmBuffOnline.com

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...]