the Rauchholz Memorial Library Web Page!
Richland Township Elected Board
Marilyn Ludgin, President
Judith Zastrow, Vice President
Margaret (Peggy) Cramer, Secretary
Sara Wardin, Trustee
Carl Bruse, Trustee
Heidi Kanouse, Trustee
Monday, Tuesday, Friday
9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Wednesday & Thursday
1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. (fall/winter)
1140 North Hemlock Road, Hemlock, MI 48626
Phone 989 642-8621
Fax 989 642-5559
Member of the White Pine Library Cooperative.
The Rauchholz Memorial Library has something for
everyone! Circulating materials include books, magazines, audiobooks, cds,
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PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
*Friends of the Library Group
*Spring and Fall Used Book Sales (we accept book donations.)
*Summer Reading Program
*Memorials-To honor the memory of a friend or a loved one.
LOOKING BACK AT LIBRARY HISTORY
In 1895, Louis Hendricks, a teacher in Tilden
School asked the Richland Township Board to establish a library. The same
year a library was organized and books were purchased. A library was set
up in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pettit. Mrs. Lucy Carver, who shared
their home, was in charge of the books. The book collection was moved to
several other homes in the area, until the library broke up with the books being
given to the township schools.
Miss Mary Rauchholz applied to the Richland Township Board for permission to
re-establish the Richland Township Library in 1942. The Township Board
approved this and appointed a Library Board, with Miss Rauchholz as
Librarian. She operated a small shop, Mary's Book Store at the time and
she made room for a library there. Many books in the collection were from
Mary's home; others were purchased with township funds. Soon the library
took up so much space in the shop, Mary gave up the business of selling school
supplies and books. She bought a small home across from the bookstore, and
remodeled it for use as a library.
Mary attended various library workshops at different colleges throughout the
years, and served the people of Hemlock as Librarian. Miss Rauchholz'
interest in art, music, literature, and her love of the community helped her to communicate
with and influence the children she worked with. Mary passed away in 1967
at the age of 75 years. Her sister, Mrs. Edna McLeish of Bay Port, MI
donated the home of the library building to Richland Township to be used for
library purposes. The name of the library was officially changed to
Rauchholz Memorial Library. Mrs. Lydia Bottrell and Mrs. Helen Dittmar
served as Librarians for some years.
In 1976, the Library moved to new quarters in the Richland Township Municipal
Building on North Hemlock Road utilizing a building fund started in
1958. Rauchholz Memorial Library renovated the Library overtaking the
whole building due to construction of the Township Administration Building and
held an open house on Thursday, November 18th, 2004.