Special Events Information

Check out some of the awesome upcoming events we have planned for everyone of all ages!


Rochester Hills Public Library Hosts Inaugural Author Fair for Shop Small Saturday

Rochester’s literary scene comes alive during Shop Small Saturday’s Author Fair hosted by the Rochester Hills Public Library, in partnership with Rochester Writers, on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This literary event offers the opportunity to discover Michigan authors from a variety of genres, including some from the Rochester Area. The inaugural program will feature a mix of traditionally published and self-published works.

“Rochester Writers is pleased to collaborate with the Rochester Hills Public Library to bring local authors together. This event will be a wonderful chance for readers and writers to meet each other,” said co-organizer and founder of Rochester Writers, Michael Dwyer. “And with the holidays upon us, the spirit of gift-giving is also here. Books can be a thoughtful and personal offering to many on our shopping list.”

The event is part of the national and local Shop Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Many Rochester businesses will be offering deals, treats, and giveaways on this special local shopping day and the Rochester Hills Public Library is pleased to be a part of the excitement in Downtown Rochester.

No registration is required. More information can be found at calendar.rhpl.org.  


Enjoy the holidays at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Winter came early this year and with the snow comes the holidays. The Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) is hosting a variety of programs and concerts this year to spread holiday cheer. 

Get inspired to decorate for the holidays by touring some of the community’s most stunning interior displays during the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 12-5 p.m. Five area homes will open their doors to share their Christmas décor, holiday heirlooms, DIY ideas, and festive atmospheres with RHPL patrons and friends, all to raise money for RHPL programs and services. Additionally, the Friends’ Holiday Boutique will be held in RHPL’s Multipurpose Room on Dec. 15 from 1-6 p.m.

Tickets to the Holiday Home Tour are $25 and will be available for cash and/or check payment after Nov. 15 at The Friends Store in RHPL, Lytle’s Pharmacy, Dillman & Upton, Wild Birds and Things at Adams and Walton Roads, and Werner’s Hallmark at Adams and Silverbell Roads. To purchase tickets with a credit card or through PayPal, visit rhpl.org. 

Registration opens Nov. 22 for RHPL’s beloved “Polar Express” event on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30-9 p.m. Experience the holidays throughout the library with crafts, a story (The Polar Express, of course!), cookie decorating, games, and letters to Santa. The young and the young-at-heart can also visit with the Man from the North Pole – Santa! – and take a trolley ride through downtown Rochester to see the Big Bright Lights Show. This event is free and open only to residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township and requires an RHPL card in good standing (not expired, no fines over $5) for all attending. 

Enjoy holiday fun in RHPL’s Eureka Lab and make your own holiday décor. Design and create personal holiday decorations at the lab on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required for this event. 

Plan ahead for the holiday season and buy some delicious cookies during the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s “Cookie Bake Sale” in the library on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sing a song for all to hear at “Community Sings: Holiday Concert with Matt Watroba” on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 2-3 p.m. Watroba is a community singer with a knack for picking the perfect songs and stories for his audience. Whether in concert, at a festival, in a library, a school, or park, music-lovers can count on a performance that will get them singing, laughing, and feeling a bit better about the world. Community singing exists so that all willing singers, at all levels of skill, can experience the power of song and musical participation. 

Many know Watroba from his radio work both in Detroit and nationally through folkalley.com and as the founding host of “The Sing Out! Radio Magazine.” No matter your singing style or talent, come out and enjoy the holiday sing-along. Registration is required for this program. 

Come out and enjoy your local public library this holiday season with programs for the whole family!