Library Construction Slightly Delayed, but Continues

First floor interior of the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library’s construction project will run longer than initially anticipated due to extremely cold temperatures this winter. “Originally we had planned on starting masonry work in mid-January, which would require temporary heating on the exterior of the building,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. Low temperatures in January were under 10 degrees and below zero in February. “It seemed like a waste of money to heat the outdoors, so we waited a few weeks … [Read more...]

RHPL flooring facelift continues


The Rochester Hills Public Library is still in the midst of replacing carpeting and hard surface flooring throughout the building. The work is expected to continue through the end of June. “Most of the first floor is finished,” said Library Director Christine Lind Hage. “We still have to install walk off carpet at the two public entrances on June 27th and 28th though.” Although one public entrance will be closed each day, the Library will remain open for service. The carpeting … [Read more...]

Volunteers Are Essential to the Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library honored over 150 volunteers during National Library Week at a thank you luncheon held at the Great Oaks Country Club.  “About 100 of our volunteers were able to attend the lunch where their work was celebrated and our appreciation for their service was expressed”, said library director Christine Lind Hage. Although the Library has approximately 130 employees, the volunteers play a key role in accomplishing the work of the library.  “The Outreach … [Read more...]

Library Hosts Used Computer Sale

The Rochester Hills Public Library will be hosting a public sale for both electronic equipment and an assortment of other hardware from around the library on April 1 and 2 (next Monday and Tuesday) from 10:00 am till 8:00 pm located in the Library’s Multipurpose Room.  “As we update equipment to handle an ever growing computer demand we find we have equipment that will function well for home use, but can’t provide the heavier computing needed by the library,” said public library … [Read more...]

Volunteer Gardners Needed at the RHPL

The Rochester Hills Public Library is looking for a few people to help maintain the Library’s perennial garden behind the library. “For the past few years Master Gardener Karen Sadovsky has maintained the garden,” said public library director Christine Lind Hage. “The garden is in excellent shape, but now we need to maintain it.” While under Mrs. Sadovsky care the garden won the Keep Michigan Beautiful Award in 2011. The Library hopes to find a master gardener to supervise a few … [Read more...]

District Library Study Committee Disbanded

Photo courtesy of Harley Colbert

On June 19th the Rochester Hills Public Library Board of Trustees held a special meeting to discuss the potential district library and decided to no longer pursue the change in status. “We determined there were too many ambiguities and omissions in the current district library law for us to be comfortable making this change in structure for our three communities,” said Library Board President Madge Lawson. “We appreciate the time and effort the representatives from Oakland Township … [Read more...]

Local librarian wins a national award


Karen Knox, Rochester resident and former Associate Director and IT Manager at Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL), has been awarded the prestigious "Mover and Shaker" award from the national magazine, Library Journal. In its March 15, 2012 issue, Library Journal named 53 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service to meet the needs of the people they serve. Karen is currently the director at the Orion Township Public Library, but her nomination and ultimate … [Read more...]

February/March Rotary Weekly Speaker Schedule

The Rochester Rotary Club is excited to announce its list of dynamic weekly speakers that have been secured for the year so far. The roster includes high-profile members of the community who may help attendees improve their business skills, learn more about the community or just pique their interest about a new topic. Weekly meetings are at noon on Tuesdays at River Crest Banquet Hall in Rochester Hills. Lunch is served buffet style and each week, a different speaker from the Rochester area … [Read more...]

Librarian’s 50 Plus Year Celebrated


On Saturday, January 14th the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library celebrated the over 50 years of service Robert Gaylor has given libraries and literacy in Michigan. Mr. Gaylor was joined by 96 of his friends and colleagues at the surprise event held after hours at the Library. Now a retired professor emeritus from the Kresge Library at Oakland University, Bob Gaylor began his career at OU in 1961 and remained a part of the faculty for 37 years. He served as Head of Reference, … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Library Proposes Tax Increase


Like most public entities, the Rochester Hills Public Library has seen its revenue stream decline in the last few years due to falling property values. So far, the belt tightening hasn’t affected services. “But now we’re to the bone,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. “We can’t keep going on like this.” The library is owned by the Rochester Hills Library Board and receives tax revenue from the cities of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township. Residents of … [Read more...]