September 2018                                                             Building news, programs and more.......

New Library Building Update:  we are trying again! 

The millage did NOT pass; returning of grant funds is underway. HOWEVER, the Library Board has decided to try one more time asking the residents to consider a building millage in November. Our facts are:

               1. The millage is only for Richland Township residents as we are officially the Richland Township Library.  Only Richland Township residents will be responsible for the millage. 

                2. Residents are being asked to fund only half of the projected costs: 1.5 million.The estimated cost of building is $3.1 million. With the Foye bequest and the grant funds we had, the library had almost 1.7 million towards the project. 

                3.. We will be resubmitting all grant proposals to again seek funds to build. We still have grants that remain committed if we succeed in passing the millage in November and those who gave before have said to reapply again if we raise more funds.

                 4. The Board has decided to build instead of renovating and adding an addition because building new is less expensive than an addition. Looking at our location (we are landlocked) means we cannot build towards the road or to the north. Adding to the south is only possible if we are allowed to remove the driveway. Moving into the parking lot means the cost of having Consumer Energy move their power lines, moving gas lines, water lines, and drains. We would also then have to add additional parking spaces and provide drainage/drains for the current county drain rules as we change the current set up.  The current building would then have to be remodeled to be brought up to all current building codes; we do know the roof/ceiling cannot be raised. Looking at renovation/addition brought costs close to $3.5 million dollars; more than a new building.

                                    LIBRARY MILLAGE PROPOSAL                                  

Shall the tax limitation on all taxable property within Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan, be increased and the Township be authorized to levy a new additional millage in an amount not to exceed 1.0 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for ten (10) years, 2018 to 2027 inclusive, to provide funds for all library purposes authorized by law, including operating and constructing a library building for the Rauchholz Memorial Library? If the millage is approved, the estimate of the revenue the Township will collect in 2018, the first year of the levy, is approximately $150,000. By law, the funds from the millage will be disbursed to the Rauchholz Memorial Library.
Welcome to A Crafty Escape! Our once a month fun craft where it's ONLY ADULTS! Join us on Sept. 27, 6-7:30 p.m. to make some interesting string art decorations. BRING YOUR OWN HAMMER! There will be light refreshments and anyone may bring a treat to share. 
             Thurs., Sept. 20
                    6:30 p.m.

Harry Werkema, with the Michigan Attorney General's Office, will be here to discuss identity theft; how to prevent it and what to do if your information has been compromised. This event will be held at the Richland Township Offices, right next to the library.
Play to Learn begins again on Monday, Sept. 17.
This group meets on Mondays during the school year.  It is for ages birth - 5 and parents and caregivers stay to have fun playing through music, crafts and more. Come anytime between  9:30-11:00 a.m. NO REGISTRATION required.
We are now accepting registration for our Story Time program. It is limited to 12 children, ages 3 - 5.  The program will be begin in mid-September. Please call the library at 642-8621 for more information.

It's baaaaaaaccckk!         Makerspace!!   
Makerspace is a free activity to do when you visit the library.  It changes every 2 weeks.  The activities are located at the short counter on the juvenile side.  This month's schedule is: 

September 10th - 21st ...............Crazy Hair
September 24th - Oct 5th ..........Magnet Car Fun


Programming (reminder, you do not have to have a library card nor reside in our service area to participate in our activities, both computers and programming are open to everyone).

Drop in Craft: Wed., Sept. 19. Join us from 1:30 - 7:00 p.m. to make a creative craft to take home.

Special Event: Thurs., Sept. 20; at 6:30 p.m. Harry Werkema through the Michigan State Attorney's General Office will be here to do a presentation on Identity Theft. He will discuss how to prevent it and what to do if your information is compromised.

Page Turners will discuss "Caroline" by Sarah Miller  on Monday, Sept. 24, at 1:00 p.m. New members are always welcome!

Play to Learn: returns on Monday, Sept. 17 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. This group is for ages birth to 5 and parents and caregivers stay to have fun playing, doing music, socializing and more!

ACE: A Crafty Escape for adults only. Join us on Thurs., Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m. Bring your own hammer!

You can help support the Friends by using when you shop on Amazon. Simply select the "Friends of the Rauchholz Memorial Library" as your charity of choice. Each time you shop, Amazon will donate .05% to the Friends.The Friends use the funds raised to support library programming. You can access the link directly on the library's web page at 
It's MAP time--all year long! Though really, it is available all year round! As everyone begins to enjoy the beauty of living in Michigan, be sure to check out the Michigan Activity Pass at You can search by zip code to find events and locations that participate in MAP; then enter your information to get tickets or discounts on the events you are interested in. There is a variety of things to choose from: campgrounds, state parks, museums and more. Take a look; it might be nice to have a back up plan for a vacation rainy day.

Book Memorials / In Honor Of
Presented By

Andy and Susan Neuenfeldt


M, T, F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
W-Th 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Oct-May)

Community Happenings
Library Board Meeting
Mon., Sept. 10, 5:00 p.m.
Hemlock Board of Education
Mon., Sept. 10, 7:00 p.m.
Richland Twp. Board Meeting
Tues. Sept. 11; 7:00 p.m.
Hemlock Business Association

Tues., Sept. 18, Noon
at Mama Mia's

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