News & Events
The early part of the 20th century saw an American phenomenon in housing choices made possible by a confluence of events. The automobile assembly line process in manufacturing, for example, was extended to home-building. Never before in history was there such a choice in housing for the average person. From planned communities to mail-order houses, families could find a way to achieve the American dream. Ron Campbell of Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs will tell the fascinating story about the creation of these houses and their ongoing legacy. Registration is open.
In partnership with Rochester Area Youth Assistance, Dr. James Jones, a clinical psychologist, will discuss anxiety and the stresses and pressures that plague modern families. Informed by both current research and classic philosophy, Dr. Jones will look at how and why adults and children are struggling with anxiety and what can be done to diminish unnecessary suffering. This event is open to the public. Registration does not require an RHPL card.
How-to-Fest, March 28
RHPL's inaugural How-to-Fest is a lifelong learning event for all ages! Visit stations throughout the library to learn a new skill or try a new activity. Each twenty-five-minute session will showcase a variety of topics from astronomy to yoga. Sessions are taught by local experts, community members, and library staff.
Smart Towns 2020: Events that Changed the World
Smart Towns will present programs about events, places, and people who changed the world. Topics will cover history, medicine, pop culture, art, and more. Smart Towns is a community-wide program in partnership with Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital, Meadow Brook Hall, the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Oakland University, and Rochester University. For more, visit the Smart Towns website.
Drop in Genealogy Help
Join us for a casual program to learn more about researching your family history. Our volunteer expert will be available to answer your questions and help you get started. No registration required. This program is held two times per month. Please check RHPL's website for dates and times.
Paws for Reading, Wednesdays at RHPL
Youth can practice reading with trained therapy dogs Abbey, Tanner, or Tucker and their trainers! Call 248-650-7140 to schedule a 15-minute appointment. Paws for Reading programs take place in the Youth Room on most Wednesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. Please call or check the RHPL website to confirm day and time.