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.
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.
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.
The Civil War in Michigan
- Michigan and the Civil War: includes upcoming events, pictures, videos and more.
- Civil War Principals and Substitutes Index: A database listing the names of Michigan principal draftees and substitutes. It was created from original descriptive rolls of Civil War units (DNR)
- Third Michigan Infantry Research Project: Information about the Third Michigan Infantry regiment, its history, and the men who served in the “Old Third” during the American Civil War.
- Third Battery 1st Michigan Light Artillery: Information about the role of the artillery during the Civil War, 1861 – 1865.
- 2nd. Michigan Volunteer Infantry, “E” Company 1861-1865
- 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B, Inc.
- 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry of the Iron Brigade (Facebook)
- Michigan in the Civil War:A Guide to the Resources in the Bentley Historical Library (University of Michigan)
- Plowshares Into Swords: The Michigan Historical Museum’s special exhibit exploring how the Civil War changed Michiganians’ lives (DNR)
- Civil War Site: Michigan State’s Civil War collection, curated by the University Archives and Historical Collections
- Selected Resources for Civil War Research : Provided by the Detroit Public Library and the Burton Historical Collection (PDF)
- Discover Collections: Includes Civil War photographs, manuscripts, service records, and death records (Seeking Michigan)
- Macomb County Civil War Connections: Includes cemetery locations, photographs, the names of veterans buried in Macomb County.
- Department of Michigan: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Preserving the Memory of the Grand Army of the Republic
- The Civil War: Michigan Historical Museum’s mini-tour of Michigan’s Civil War history
- Civil War Service Records: Part of Seeking Michigan’s historical collection.
- Michigan in the Civil War: A database of the location of Michigan Civil War Veterans Graves.
- Study Michigan’s Civil War history at these spots Detroit Free Press
- Replay chat with 2 Civil War expertsDetroit Free Press
- Thank God for Michigan? Another Civil War debateDetroit Free Press
Civil War: Fictional
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.):
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: