Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Originally posted on Friday, 21 May 2010 at ROPL.org.

On April 20th an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded and then sank to the Gulf’s floor. The oil slick is slowly making its way toward the Louisiana wetlands and the shore. The library has put together a collection of links, as well as a book display, about oil drilling, spills and water.

The impact of the oil spill has far reaching ramifications including water contamination and destruction of marine and land ecosystems. The oil spill will not only impact the families of the men who died when the oil rig sank as well as the oil industry as a whole, but also the jobs of fisherman and others who rely on the Gulf for their livelihood.

The following are a collection of information, from media (newspapers/radio/tv), the government and BP itself (the company who owns the rig that exploded and sank), as well as books in our own collection. Be sure to visit the library and check out our display.

Check out books on oil spills, the Gulf of Mexico, oil and the environment, water pollution and much more.

Information from BP:

Information from the US Government:

Information from other sources:

Beloved Sportscaster Harwell dies at 92

Originally posted on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 at ROPL.org.

Longtime voice of the Detroit Tigers, Ernie Harwell, died May 4th. He was 92 and had been battling cancer for over a year.

Harwell was honored in 2009 by the Tigers for his 40 years of broadcasting. Beloved by baseball fans across the nation, and especially in Michigan, Harwell will be greatly missed. The Detroit Free Press put together an impressive obituary, along with a collection of articles celebrating Harwell’s life. The Free Press has also included two slide shows, Best of Ernie Harwell and A Tribute to Ernie Harwell.

Be sure to come into the library and check out our collection of Ernie Harwell books and biographies.

There will be a public viewing at Comerica Park on Thursday at Gate A, starting at 7 am (more information).

Remembering Harwell: