Melvin Bleich 1921-2017

It is with heavy hearts that we have learned of the passing of Melvin Bleich, owner and publisher of the Romeo Observer from 1959 to 2015 and the founding donor of the Romeo Community Archives. Mr. Bleich passed away on December 24, 2017 at the age of 96.
Since 1866, the Romeo Observer has been a mainstay of the community – not just the village of Romeo, but also of the larger surrounding community: Bruce and Washington Townships, Ray Township, Leonard and Almont.  Mel’s tenure from 1959 to 2015 was the longest by far of any owner or publisher. His contributions, along with his late wife, Joan Bleich to the community are immeasurable.
When the Observer ceased publication in 2015 and the building was sold, Mel donated the entirety of 149 years of back issues and related materials, e.g. source photographs, to the Romeo District Library. Besides the Observer collection, the Archives house materials from several other community organizations as well as a library of reference materials relating to local and state history, genealogical research, etc.  The grand opening of the Archives, housed in the basement of the Kezar library, was April 29, 2017. The Archives provide a fascinating look into the history of this area and are open to all, from the casual and curious to the serious researcher. It is because of Mel’s foresight and his love for history and this community that the Romeo Community Archives exists.
In support of the Archives, the Friends of the Romeo District Library established the Romeo Community Archives Fund within the Four County Community Foundation. Tax-deductible donations in support of the Archives can be made at by selecting Romeo Community Archives Fund from the Select a fund dropdown menu.

Romeo Community Archives Is Now Open

The Romeo Community Archives is now open. If you are looking to research your family, find out more about your house or just know more about your community, come in and see us. The Romeo Community Archives will be open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

NoveList @ RDL

Have you ever finished a great book and wanted to find more just like it? Or wanted to help your child find just the right book to read? Romeo District Library now offers NoveList, a helpful resource to help readers match up with the books that are right for them.

The NoveList database connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. One of the most popular elements is read-alikes. This feature suggests titles that are ‘just like’ other titles. If you’ve just finished a great book, log into NoveList and find great read-alikes. There are also read-alikes for authors and series. Consider NoveList your one-stop guide to great reading. It contains lists of recommended reads and award-winning books. It covers titles for all ages from the youngest readers to adults.

Library usage is critical component in literacy and educational success, and NoveList provides valuable support. By identifying the right books for every reader, it helps younger readers achieve reading success. Parents, teachers, and students can search by age, reading level, grade, and more.

Ask about NoveList on your next visit to the library. Or get started here The service is also available from home by logging in with Romeo District Library card.