The Roots of Motown

The Rochester Hills Public Library Brings The Roots of Motown Historians Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert will be at the Rochester Hills Public Library (EHPL) on Thursday, February 28, to discuss the Roots of Motown. In this presentation, Bjorn and Gallert will dive into Detroit’s late 1940s music scene, with a special emphasis on “John R: The Street of Music.” John R was home to many clubs, hotels and other music sites, including the fables Flame Show Bar. Many of the musicians who worked on John … [Read more...]

The Beginnings of the Ford Empire at the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library welcome Author Alan Naldrett to share the story of the very first days of the Ford Motor Company on Thursday, February 21. Naldrett will share the story of C. Harold Wills, Henry Ford’s very first employee and one of the unsung heroes of the auto world. Wills designed the Model T when he worked as Ford’s right-hand man. Later, he founded his own company to produce the legendary Wills Sainte Claire. “C. Harold Wills contributed so much to the world of … [Read more...]

Library Used Book and Media Sale This Weekend

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library winter sale of used books (and assorted other media) goes on through Sunday, February 3 despite losing a day. Flooding caused by a broken frozen pipe at the Library at 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester forced the building's closure on Thursday. The sale takes place at the Friends’ second floor used book sale facility at the Library and despite the frigid weather, sales opening night (Wednesday) were "way above normal," according … [Read more...]

Plan for Retirement at the Rochester Hills Public Library with Rick Bloom

On Thursday, February 14, the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) will be hosting a special seminar on saving for retirement with Rick Bloom. Bloom has worked in financial planning since 1984 and is a partner at Bloom Asset Management and the law firm of Bloom, Bloom & Associates. In 2015 Barron’s magazine named Bloom one of the Top Financial Advisors in the United States. “It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement,” said Bloom. "With people living longer these … [Read more...]

Anthropologist Shares Details of Her Recent Book Project

On Tuesday, January 22, the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) welcomes Dr. Marcy Hessling O’Neil to talk about her special project, Books that Bind. What began as a small community organization in the spring of 2017 has now become a project with more than 80 participants from ages 3-85. Books that Bind is a team of community members from Benin, West Africa and Michigan State students who have come together to translate and transcribe local and famous folktales to share and read … [Read more...]

Rosie the Riveter and the Rosies at the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) welcomes Donnaleen Lanktree of the American Rosie the Riveter Association on Thursday, January 17 to tell the stories of several influential “Rosies” she has met throughout the years. An icon of WWII, Rosie the Riveter represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards during the war. Today, she lives on as a symbol of American feminism and workplace equality. “Rosie the Riveter is so much more than a labor campaign from WWII. Her legacy … [Read more...]

Former Secret Service Agent Presents at RHPL

On Thursday, December 13, the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) welcomes retired U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Rad W. Jones to speak about his experiences serving in the White House. Jones will discuss his involvement in security planning for political conventions, Presidential inaugurations and security advancement activities worldwide. He received a number of recognitions through his career including one for the apprehension of a person who attempted to burn themselves … [Read more...]

Winston Churchill as an Agent of Change at RHPL

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) is proud to announce another event in partnership with Smart Towns on Tuesday, December 11. Oakland University Professor Frank Cardimen will stop in to discuss the life and success of iconic WWII figure Sir Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill was the greatest orator of his day, the greatest leader of the Second World War, the greatest statesman of his age, and the greatest Englishman of the twentieth century, perhaps of all time. The debt owed to … [Read more...]

Discover How One Michigan Train Inspired a Holiday Classic

This holiday season, the Rochester Hills Library is proud to offer a festive and informative look at the holiday classic, The Polar Express. Also the name and inspiration of one of the libraries largest annual events, this month the library welcomes Dean Pyers with the Stream Railroading Institute of Owosso on Tuesday, December 4, to talk about how one Michigan train helped inspire the timeless Christmas story. In his presentation Pyers will cover the history of the locomotive, a bit … [Read more...]

Donation to Rochester Hills Public Library Helps Annual Polar Express Cut Plastic Pollution

Registered attendees at Rochester Hills Public Library’s annual Polar Express celebration on December 7, will receive a reusable keep-sake water bottle donated when they pick up their pre-registered tickets for the event. The donation highlights the importance of reducing plastic waste while giving families a cherished keep-sake from the Polar Express event. “The plastic pollution crisis is undeniable, and as a library that strives each day to do better by our planet, we are grateful for … [Read more...]