Rochester Hills Public Library Board Cancels Proposed Millage Request

The Rochester Hills Public Library Board (RHPL) has unanimously tabled placing an operating millage request on the November 2019 ballot. Following a lengthy discussion about a ballot proposal at a special meeting on June 12, the RHPL Board decided to continue the discussion on the topic but to hold off placing a proposal on the November ballot. “Board members want more time to assess how changes in property values will affect the amount of a future millage proposal,” said RHPL Director … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Names Allison Sartwell as New Adult Services Manager

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) announced the appointment of Allison Sartwell, to Adult Services Manager. Sartwell was most recently the teen librarian for RHPL. As manager, Sartwell succeeds, Jessica Parij, who accepted a position at the Canton Public Library as Head of Information Services. “There are few librarians with both the experience and reputation that Allison brings to the table,” said Director Christine Lind Hage. “She’s already brought invaluable guidance to our … [Read more...]

Wine, Wit & Wisdom 2019

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s sixth annual “Wine, Wit & Wisdom” fundraiser is set for Saturday April 13 Taking place at the Main Library at 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester, the evening provides a lively mix of sustenance and knowledge. The Friends group — the library’s primary volunteer non-profit support group — inaugurated the series in 2014 and it has grown in popularity each year. The evening’s agenda? Attendees get to partake of a buffet dinner, … [Read more...]

A Reluctant Traveler Goes to China

Welcome to Here: A Reluctant Traveler Goes to China On Tuesday, March 5, Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) welcomes self-proclaimed “reluctant-traveler” Nancy Solak to discuss her newly released travel memoir. Solak never planned on spending so much time in China, but when her son moved there to study and eventually married, those plans changed. Over the years she’s been to China and back several times, twice to visit her son and once on a five-week long trip with her son’s Chinese … [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...]

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...]

New Electronic Resource at Rochester Hills Public Library Promotes Life-Long Learning

Rochester Hills Public Library is proud to introduce Gale Courses, a new electronic resource designed to promote life-long learning. Gale Courses offers over 300 highly interactive, instructor lead, courses that users can take entirely online. A wide variety of courses are offered, from Adobe Photoshop, to project management, to learning Spanish, and photography. “Our focus this year on expanding our digital services has really resonated with the community,” said Adult Services Manager … [Read more...]

Boyds Bears at Rochester Hills Public Library Friends Store

Boyds Bears at RHPL A large collection of Boyds Bears collectible resin and stuffed bears, as well as Yesterday’s Child antique reproduction dolls has been donated to the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) Friends Store. The items are in pristine condition and in their original packaging. According to store manager Darlene Tomczyk, the store is selling the collectibles at prices below those found on sites like E-bay, Amazon, and Craig’s List. Store volunteers have researched the … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Debuts New Website and Calendar

The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) has officially launched a new website designed to better serve its patrons. Following months of research and consultation from an outside group, the new platform seeks to enhance the experience with RHPL’s downloadable resources and events. “Our downloadable resources like Hoopla and now Kanopy have been a driving force behind traffic to our site. We responded to that data by making it even easier for users to access the resources they want, while … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Introduces New Downloadable Services

Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) has launched new downloadable services that enable patrons to utilize ebooks, movies, and television shows on their personal devices, in response to a growing demand. The new services include cloudLibrary, Kanopy, Acorn TV, and Qello Concerts. “At Rochester Hills Public Library, we believe convenience and ease of use, are essential elements in serving a tech savvy community, and with our latest launches we’re taking our expansive collection of digital media … [Read more...]