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For Immediate Release                                                                                 

Feb. 26, 2019





Rochester Hills Public Library Receives Donation to Revitalize Youth Room  


(ROCHESTER HILLS- Feb. 26, 2019) Rochester Hills Public Library has an entirely reimagined youth area, with new Alice in Wonderland themed furniture, an elaborate 11 foot tall tree, and an updated Infant & Toddler Explore Area. The update was made possible by the generosity of new Rochester residents, former Chrysler CEO Tom LaSorda and his wife Doreen.   

“The support from the LaSordas is very meaningful,” said Library Director Christine Lind Hage. “The redesign provides a comfortable place for elementary aged children to read and study, advancing our mission to serve as a community town square.”

In addition to the youth area makeover, the LaSordas provided funds to create a new Infant & Toddler Explore Area.

“This is the perfect place for our youngest patrons—ages two and under—to play and discover their world,” said Youth Services Manager Betsy Raczkowski. “Research has shown that young children learn and develop through play, you might say that play is a young child’s work.”

The Explore Area has hands-on learning activities to promote the five practices of early literacy-reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing. Activities include a crawl through tunnel, spinning gears, chimes, mirrors, peek-a-boo windows, different textured surfaces, a climbing area, and an infant sized bookshelf.

“This is an exciting and welcome addition to our already very popular Explore Zone. The space features numerous play and learning opportunities for young children, however, we did not have a designated space or many toys for infants and young toddlers. This new Infant & Toddler Explore Area fills that gap,” said Raczkowski.

“What Rochester Hills Public Library does for its patrons is tremendous, an updated Youth Room and new Explore Area is a crucial component in helping librarians and caregivers lay the foundation for reading,” said Doreen LaSorda. “We are happy to be able to help provide our library with the tools they need to continue offering their incredible services.”

Currently, Youth Services Librarian Kim Gardner is creating a mural to complete the new Alice in Wonderland inspired space. A dedication reception will be held this spring.



Rochester Hills Public Library provides life-long learning opportunities, instills a love of reading, and offers equal access to information. The library serves as a community town square, where over 45,000 monthly visitors enjoy innovative ways to learn and socialize through a variety of programs including Sunday concerts, a summer reading challenge, parent-child workshops and weekly lectures. The library’s expansive and user-friendly database system allows its 70,000 card holders to utilize ebooks, movies, and music downloads, language and genealogy services, and consumer reports from the comfort of their own home at no cost. Find more information on Rochester Hills Public Library’s unique offerings at