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...]

Protests Come to Rochester

While big cities are the usual ground for protests, Rochester and Rochester Hills have a handful of protests popping up. In light of recent events surrounding the death of George Floyd, area students have organized - and continue to organize - local peaceful protests. Unlike some of the big city protests that have turned into riots, prompting states to use the National Guard and for curfews to be put into place, the local walks have remained peaceful. On Thursday, June 4, two … [Read more...]

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “The Vietnam War” with Rochester University Professor John Todd

Professor John Todd of Rochester University will present "The Vietnam War -- From Start to Finish" on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library Multipurpose Room. Todd served in the Army from 1968 to 1969 in Vietnam as an Army helicopter pilot but was shot down by the North Vietnamese. Following this life-changing event, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science, earned his law degree from Georgetown Law School, and … [Read more...]

Library’s Community Relations Specialist Seeks City Council Seat

Amanda H. Keighley Announces Candidacy for Rochester City Council Seat Amanda H. Keighley, longtime community volunteer and advocate, formally announced her candidacy for Rochester City Council in the 2019 election. “I am running for Rochester City Council because I have a passion for people, and a desire to serve,” said Amanda. “I have a deep investment in this community, not only because my husband and I own a home here, but I work right here as well. Rochester is the ideal place to … [Read more...]

Holiday Home Tour Boutique

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, in collaboration with the Rochester Hills Public Library, presents the Holiday Home Tour Boutique Sunday, December 9, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the Holiday Home Tour & Boutique purchased through the Rochester Hills Public Library at $25/per person - Advance Tickets required at www.rhpl.org The Holiday Boutique, which is part of the Holiday Home Tour sponsored by the Rochester Hills Public Library, is held in the Dairy Barn at the … [Read more...]

Meet the Winners of the AAUW Eighth Grade Essay Contest

The Rochester branch of the American Association of University Women is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Eighth Grade Essay Contest about “A Woman of Significance to Me.” First place winner Gemma Ugorowski from Van Hoosen Middle School chose Olympic and world champion swimmer. Gemma was inspired to craft a well thought out goal sheet and to have a positive attitude even on bad days by Katie’s words “before you can achieve you must believe in yourself.” Second place winner Alex … [Read more...]

Free Vision Screening for Children Under Five at the Library

Free Project Kidsight Screening on April 14 The Rochester Hills Lions Club will be for hosting a free vision screening for children from ages six months to five years at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon in the Youth Services Section. The state of the art PediaVision digital camera quickly performs a binocular test of both eyes within one second (non-invasive), and it instantly and accurately (98% accuracy rating) identifies potential vision … [Read more...]

Historic Michigan Kit Houses by Mail

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “Kit Houses by Mail” Melodie Nichols, Curator of the Clawson Historical Museum  From 1906 through the 1980s it was possible to purchase an entire house through the mail. There are many of these kit homes in downtown Rochester and in surrounding communities. Join fellow local history enthusiasts at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s monthly meeting on Thursday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town Road, … [Read more...]