Friday, November 23, 2012
For the second year, the library is hosting a fun-filled holiday event that features a trolley ride through downtown Rochester.
Get your ticket, then take the trolley ride. Cookies, hot chocolate, letters to Santa, a trolley ride through downtown Rochester and, of course, Santa himself will be highlights of the Rochester Hills Public Library's second-annual "Polar Express" event planned for Dec. 7. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. Friday morning. To register, you must have a valid RHPL library card in good standing (that means no fees more than $5). Register online here. For a look at last year's event, read "Rochester Was On Board for Library's Special Polar Express Event."
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The home tour Sunday features musical entertainment at each stop.
A roll-top desk converted into a bar. Exotic woodworking and cabinetry. A 1940s kitchen with a red and white Gibson stove. You'll see those unique features and more on Sunday during the annual Holiday Home Tour sponsored by the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library. The home tour is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and features five homes (you'll receive a map to the homes when you purchase your ticket for the tour). According to the Friends organization, which plans the home tour each holiday season, the homes will be lavishly decorated for the holidays. Homes include an in-town bungalow, a French Country home, a Victorian, a traditional home, and a historic inn. Musical entertainment will be featured at each home. Homes may be visited…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Rochester Hills is one of 28 libraries in seven states to receive a grant supporting Family Place.
Over the next three years the Rochester Hills Public Library will receive funds and assistance to implement and evaluate Family Place Libraries, a library-based early childhood and family support service model. The library is one of 28 across seven states that will share the $450,000 National Leadership Grant awarded to the Middle Country Public Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Demonstration grant— for projects that produce a replicable model— was awarded to support their Family Place Libraries™ initiative. "This prestigious Demonstration grant acknowledges the power of the Family Place initiative and equips us with the necessary tools to implement our progressive model nationwide," said RHPL Director …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Whether for Kindle or Nook or another eReader, digital books (and music) are available for loan at our library.
For me, getting the Kindle Fire was like getting the keys to a candy store. It's almost too easy to keep reading and reading. I'm not alone in this. A recent study by the Pew Research Center showed that eReaders read more books than print readers. And why not? It's so darn convenient. But eventually, the bill comes due, and that's why I was thrilled to hear that the Rochester Hills Public Library has eBooks for loan! Seventy-eight percent of American adults read a book last year. The Rochester Hills library now offers two sources for eBooks. OverDrive is the largest disbributor of e-books to libraries. It is Kindle-compatible and also downloads to EPUB and PDF formats. A library card holder can "borrow" up to 10 OverDrive titles at a time…
Friday, July 27, 2012
The Rochester Hills Public Library has fallen behind in national "Read! Build! Play" campaign. Can you help?
The Rochester Hills Public Library needs your help: a $5,000 grand prize is on the line, and all it takes is a quick online vote. The national Read! Build! Play! campaign is sponsored by LEGO DUPLO and the Association for Library Service to Children and designed to promote early literacy. The Rochester Hills library is in second place in the contest that will award one winning library a $5,000 grant to use toward early literacy projects. As of Thursday night, RHPL had 12,598 votes; Mount Airy Public Library in North Caroline had 14,302. Because the contest will run until Oct. 1, and because you can vote once a day, Rochester Patch has added a voting "reminder" to its daily calendar of events. To cast your vote, visit the contest website…
Saturday, July 7, 2012
The local library is in the running to win a grant and needs the community's votes.
Hey Rochester, the Rochester Hills Public Library needs your votes! 13,000 nominations have been cast nationwide, and one local library will have a chance at winning a $5,000 grand prize. Maintaing a spot in the top three of the contest, the RHPL is looking to the community for help. Sponsored by LEGO DUPLO and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), who have partnered with the Read! Build! Play! project, the contest will run until October 1. Early literacy is the misson of the Read! Build! Play! campaign. The Rochester Hills Public Library offers many services and materials that help prepare a child to read including promoting the skills of talking, singing and writing. “From the enthusiasm we’ve seen so far for voting, I…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Rochester Hills Public Library dedicates its second bookmobile; this one is for early readers.
Big Blue is ready for readers. The Rochester Hills Public Library's new bookmobile, dubbed the Big Blue Bus, is stocked with books and is taking to the road. It's the library's second bookmobile and was purchased from the Willard Public Library in Battle Creek with funds bequested from the Doris and Charles Edie Estate. Read about it here: Library's New Bus is Big, Blue and Designed for Early Readers The bookmobile was dedicated Wednesday in a short ceremony attended by about 50 people at the library. "The acquisition of the new bookmobile was the result of a fortuitist convergence of circumstances,” said library director Christine Lind Hage. Paul Edie, son of Doris and Charles, attended the ceremony, according to a news release. He said …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Her newest bestseller, "Lethal," has been chosen as the southeast Michigan "Everyone's Reading" book for 2012.
Bestselling suspense author Sandra Brown will speak in Rochester Hills next month as part of a regional book club program intended to bring southeast Michigan together through reading. Brown's Lethal has been chosen as the 2012 Everyone's Reading book. Everyone's Reading is sponsored by libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties; this is the 11th year of the program, which is intended to promote dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Past books have included The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly and Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow. The Rochester Hills Public Library is one of 13 libraries participating in the program. Brown will speak at the Rochester Church of Christ at 2 p.m. March 22. She will …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Creation of a district library would give Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township equal voices in library's future, the library's director said.
A committee of representatives from Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township will meet Tuesday night to discuss drafting a proposal to form a district library. Christine Hage, director of the Rochester Hills Public Library, said the creation of a district library would have little impact on the 2,200 residents who visit the library each day. But it would secure future funding for the library, and it would guarantee that each community has a voice in how it is managed, Hage said. Rochester's library, which serves all three communities, was formed under Public Act 164, also known as the Township Library Act. When it was created, the library was part of Avon Township. The library is funded by the three communities: Rochester supports …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Rochester Hills Public Library has busiest bookmobile in the state, so they're adding another — this one, just for kids.
Inside a Rochester Hills service garage, a big, blue bus is waiting to make its debut. It's the Rochester Hills Public Library's newest addition — a second Bookmobile. Already, the library's Bookmobile outreach program is wildly popular; last year the Bookmobile saw 86,000 visitors and library director Christine Hage said it's the busiest of its kind in the state. That original Bookmobile includes a little something for everyone, from birth to seniors. This new one, which librarians affectionately refer to as "Big Blue," will have a more narrow focus. It will be stocked with books, CDs, puppets and story kits that target children from birth to age 5. The emphasis on early literacy is a niche focus for the library. "There are a lot of …