Welcome to the Rauchholz Memorial Library Web Page!

Richland Township Elected Board Members                                                                            

Marilyn Ludgin, President
Judith Zastrow, Vice President
Margaret (Peggy) Cramer, Secretary
Sara Wardin, Trustee
Carl Bruse, Trustee
Heidi Kanouse, Trustee      

LIBRARY HOURS                  

Monday, Tuesday, Friday              9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Wednesday & Thursday                1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Saturdays                                      10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. (fall/winter)

LOCATION

1140 North Hemlock Road, Hemlock, MI   48626 

Phone  989  642-8621
Fax      989  642-5559

Member of the White Pine Library Cooperative.

SERVICES

The Rauchholz Memorial Library has something for everyone!  Circulating materials include books, magazines, audiobooks, cds, and dvds.

*Computers
*Wi-Fi
*Interloan
*Fax
*Copier

Visit Our Web Site  ---   http://www.rauchholzlibrary.org

 
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.