Rochester Hills Public Library Purchases a New Mini Bookmobile

Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) is pleased to announce the purchase of a new Dodge ProMaster 3500 utility van to replace the bus-sized community bookmobile. Over the past several months, the 30-year-old bookmobile bus has had maintenance issues that mechanics cannot diagnose or fix. RHPL purchased the bus from another library in 2018 as a temporary vehicle for outreach services to Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township. The bus served two libraries and thousands of patrons in two … [Read more...]

Nature Books Galore at Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s Summer Used Book Sale is set for July 27 - 30 and Monday, August 1. Sale chairperson Ann Gruenewald reports that appropriate to the season, books about nature – wildflowers, butterflies and related topics – abound. The sale is at the second floor of the main library building at 500 Olde Towne Road in downtown Rochester. Thousands of books are priced at $1 for hardcover and large softcover and 50 cents for small paperbacks. DVDs, board games, … [Read more...]

The Father of Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence

Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “The Father of Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence” on October 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Public Library as a part of the Smart Towns program series. Oakland University professor, Frank Cardimen, will discuss the life and genius of Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the German Enigma Machine during World War II, and his impact on today’s technological revolution.  Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program for everyone … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Type of Music Makes You Happy?

Dear Crabby, Now that live music has started again, I was curious what sort of music do you like? And do you plan on attending a concert soon? Thanks, Hattie Harmony Dear Hattie Harmony, Years ago, someone asked me if I sing or play an instrument. Personally, I think the acoustics in my shower is wonderful and therefore, make me sound like Bing Crosby. My family, on the other hand, is less appreciative of my talents. Once, when someone asked Mrs. Crabby what part I sing, she … [Read more...]

A New Grant Resource Available to Local Nonprofits

Local nonprofits have a new resource to help them learn about and apply for thousands of grants. Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) and the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester (CFGR) have teamed up to offer library free access to the Foundation Directory Online (FDO), a service provided by Candid, which formed in 2019 when Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces. With a database of over 100,000 U.S.-based foundations focused on philanthropic giving, FDO is an essential … [Read more...]

Rochester Junior Women’s Club is Seeking Area Non-Profit Organizations to Benefit

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club is looking for non-profit organizations that need assistance and can benefit from our fundraising. Each spring the club Donations Committee reviews requests submitted by local organizations requesting assistance. Based on the committee’s recommendations, annual recipients are selected for the major fundraisers as well as recipients for miscellaneous donations. The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) has been serving the community since 1956. RJWC is a … [Read more...]

Ford Donates 6,000 Face Masks to Rochester Hills Public Library

Rochester Hills Public Library A recent donation of 6,000 disposable face masks from the Ford Motor Company Fund significantly helps Rochester Hills Public Library's efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “This generous donation from the Ford Motor Company Fund,” said Juliane Morian, library director, “has helped offset the impact of unanticipated expenditures. It helps RHPL do more when our community needs us the most.” Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why is the Rochester Hills Public Library Located in Downtown Rochester?

Dear Crabby, Why is the Rochester Hills Public Library Located in Downtown Rochester? Sincerely, Eva W. Hill Hello Eva, The library has a long history and someone should write a book about it. But not me. This question comes up a lot in conversation, especially from out of town visitors and from folks who just moved to the area. And to make things even harder to understand, the library serves Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township equally. So again. people ask, why does the … [Read more...]

Help Needed to Outfit Children for School

Neighborhood House Needs Help Outfitting Children for School Neighborhood House is seeking new donated school supplies from July 13 - August 7. School supplies may be dropped off at the Neighborhood House office at 1720 South Livernois or at the Rochester Hills Public Library, Rams Horn Restaurant, the Rochester Fire Station, the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce office, or Oakland Township Hall. Last year Neighborhood House outfitted 488 children for school in partnership with Assistance … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Entertain My Kids This Summer?

Dear Crabby, Every summer I brace for the chorus of “We’re bored!” from my children. But since they’ve been home the last three months with online schooling, I feel extra pressure this year. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Serenity Now Dear Serenity Now, I have been waiting for someone to ask me this question. It seems like I get a frazzled parent such as yourself every two years or so wondering what can be done to keep the kids from becoming one with the sofa. In the past, … [Read more...]