Looking for Voting Information?

Originally posted on Sat, Oct 15 2011 at ROPL.org.

If you’re looking for information about the general election on November 8, 2011, look no further. The League of Woman voters has once again compiled information on many of the candidates and issues you’ll be voting on come November. If you’re curious about the League of Woman Voters, please check out their official website. For more information about the Michigan chapter of the League of Woman Voters, please check out their website. Below you will find a series of links to voter guides in Southeast Oakland County. If your city isn’t listed, please check out the complete list at the SE Oakland County LWV site. For other Michigan LWV leagues, please go here.

Click on a city name for voter guides (all links are to PDFs and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader).

For candidate forums, please check this LWV of SE Oakland County page for more information. And be sure to check their website for results after the election.

Please head to the library to learn more about elections and the state government.

Jack Kevorkian dies at 83

Originally posted on Fri, Jun 03 2011 at ROPL.org.

Known across the world for his advocacy of physician-assisted suicide, Royal Oak patrons and staff knew Jack Kevorkian as a kind, elderly man. He’d often stop in the library to do research and use our computers. His patience with people who recognized him knew no bounds. In honor of his death, and as our way of remembering Dr. Kevorkian, the library has put up a small display of books and media about him. Among the titles is the recent HBO film entitled You Don’t Know Jack. And don’t forget to visit our Local History Room for newspaper clippings/articles about Dr. Kevorkian.

News Articles/Obituaries:

Further information:

The Civil War at 150: Online Resources

Originally posted on Mon, May 02 2011 at ROPL.org.

A collection of links on the Civil War, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary. These links including general information about the war, government and media websites, as well as collections of photographs, correspondence and diaries. We’ve also collected numerous links about Michigan’s involvement in the civil — including grave site locations, lists of events over the coming years and service records.

Over the next few years, be sure to visit the library for books and media, as well as displays, on the Civil War. If you have any suggestions for sites to add to this list, please leave us a comment on this post or on our Facebook.

General Information




The Civil War in Michigan

Civil War: Fictional

Japan – Information and How to Help

Originally posted on Wed, Mar 16 2011 at ROPL.org.

On Friday, March 11, the north-eastern part of Japan was hit by a 9.0 earthquake, which subsequently produced a tsunami that, in some places, reached up to 33 feet. The resulting devastation from this tsunami took thousands of lives, destroyed whole villages and caused a potential nuclear disaster. Japan has a long history of recovering from disasters, but they also have a history full of color and stories.

The library has many books, fiction and non, about Japan and its people. And while we do have books on tsunamis, earthquakes and other natural disasters, we encourage you to learn about the country of Japan. The library has a display which includes non fiction titles such as Japan: A Modern History, Wrong about Japan: a father’s journey with his son, and Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa. In addition, you can check out some novels by Japanese authors (look in the teen and adult graphic novels sections for manga), books on Japanese art (check the 700s for books on drawing manga), Japanese movies (look at the end of the foreign films for anime) as well as audio books to help you learn Japanese.

For more information on the developing situation and the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, here are some links.

Official Government Sites:

New (and similar) Sources:

Selected Blog Posts:

How to Help:

If you’re looking for ways to help, here are some places to donate. (The library does not necessarily endorse these groups and encourages patrons do to their own research before donating.):

Tennessee Williams’ 100th Birthday: Celebrating a Life in Words

Originally posted on Tue, Mar 08 2011 at ROPL.org.

Born 100 years ago on March 26th, 1911, Tennessee Williams is best known for the movie adaptation of his play, A Streetcar Named Desire. And high school students might be familiar with his play, The Glass Menagerie. But no matter who you are, you’ve most likely heard of Williams, watched one the many movies his works inspired or checked out a play he wrote.

In memory of his birthday, the library is displaying a wide variety of Williams’ work. Check out a biography of Williams and learn about his life. You can also grab a copy of one of his plays, maybe put one on yourself. You can even check out a movie or two, based on his work. And if you want to dig a little deeper, check out When Blanche met Brando : the scandalous story of “A streetcar named Desire”.

If you want even more information, here are some links about Williams, his work and his life: