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...]

‘Coretta Scott King’ Comes Alive in Dramatic Presentation

Gwendolyn Lewis portrays Coretta Scott King

Come watch Gwendolyn Lewis bring Coretta Scott King to life on Tuesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. The Mother of Civil Rights, and devoted mother, wife and daughter, Coretta Scott King wasn’t involved in the civil rights movement just because she was the daughter and wife of a minister. Coretta’s past experiences influenced her dedication to civil rights. Gwendolyn Lewis, portrays Coretta as a youth; student in school; her married life and after the … [Read more...]

Motor City Street Band to Perform at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Motor City Street Band

The Rochester Hills Public Library announces that their Sunday Concert on February 15 at 2 to 3:30 p.m. will feature Motor City Street Band. Take a dose of New Orleans street jazz, mix with one part Zug Island funk and a pinch of carnival rhythms and you have the heady Detroit brew known as the Motor City Street Band. With a lineup that is completely acoustic and completely mobile, the band can go where few other Detroit bands have gone... straight to the streets. The concert is free, but … [Read more...]

Original Six Dynasties: The Detroit Red Wings

Original Six Dynasties The Detroit Red Wings

Join sports historian and Windsor Star sports columnist Bob Duff for a talk about the greatest players in Red Wings history, from the Original Six Era to the present day on Tuesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. A slide show of rare and hard-to-find photos of your favorite players will accompany the presentation. Currently the sports columnist for the Windsor Star, Bob Duff has covered the NHL since 1988 and is a contributor to The Hockey News and MSNBC.com. … [Read more...]

Math Gets ‘Crazy’ at RHPL

Join the Rochester Hills Public Library for Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8's Club, where kids build stuff, run and jump, make music, and make a mess… it’s a totally new kind of math club. There are mischief-making activities like Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice, and Toilet Paper Olympics. Plus, kids will get to take home some cool gadgets, too. Register all children for the age-appropriate session listed below: 3rd to 5th Grade Thursdays January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, … [Read more...]

Progress Continues on Rochester Hills Public Library Expansion

Ongoing construction at the RHPL. Photo credit: the Rochester Hills Library Facebook Page

Construction on a 6,600 square foot expansion of the Rochester Hills Public Library began in September and should be complete by the end of April. The main focus of the project is to make the drive-up window and return chutes easier to access. “The old design was difficult to use and people had a tendency to hit the building,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. “The south edge of the building has been pulled out so customers will approach the service window in the same manner they … [Read more...]