Friday, February 14, 2020

March's Middletown book discussion group title: The Bell Jar

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, March 31 to discuss Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.  We will meet at 12 pm in Room 124 in the Library.   Add this event to your Google Calendar.  This discussion is part of the "Hidden Figures 2" programming for Women's History Month, presented by the Miami University Regionals Diversity Council.

Here is a brief summary of the title, along with links to request the book from Miami, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio libraries (Just click "Request" and choose "Miami University" from the dropdown list.  Then enter your UniqueID and password, and the library from which you would like to retrieve the item):  

"When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realize her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiraling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously."

Read the book (or read something else interesting), then come along to our discussion to share what else you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing, and help us plan our future readings.  

Have an idea for a book to discuss?  Let us know and check out our page of past and future reads at

"Recycling" by nhighberg is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Dr. Tammie Gerke’s National Park Talks: White Sands (at Middletown)

For our second Park Talk of the spring, Dr. Gerke will review the geology and majestic views at White Sands National Park. 

Join us on Wednesday, March 18 at 4:45pm.  Add this event to your Google Calendar!

The event will be held in the Library S.P.A.C.E. on the lower level of the Gardner-Harvey Library.

All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Survey participation - Student use of E-books

You are invited to participate in a research project being conducted by the librarians at Miami University Regionals regarding regional campus student usage of library-owned e-books and e-textbooks to complete their coursework. Results will inform our purchasing decisions, instructional approaches, and marketing efforts.
If you agree to participate, we would like you to complete an online survey (found below). Completing the survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes. You are free to stop taking this survey if you prefer not to answer any question. Confidential search data will be kept anonymous and secure. Once you complete the survey, you will be directed to a second survey for you to enter your UniqueID for a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card (your responses on the first survey are not connected to your UniqueID and are completely anonymous). The survey will close on Feb. 26.
The project has been approved by the Miami University Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Mark Shores at
Follow this link to the Survey:
Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:  

Mark Shores
Krista McDonald
John Burke
Jessie Long

Monday, February 10, 2020

Middletown Maker Faire: see amazing creations and learn how to make them!

Middletown Maker Faire
March 4 | 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Miriam G. Knoll Community Center (142 Johnston Hall)
Middletown Campus | 4200 N. University Blvd. | Middletown, OH  45042
See the amazing creations of crafters and makers of all kinds from the Middletown community. Attendees will be able to watch various demonstrations, take part in hands-on activities and browse unique items for sale by community makers.  Add this to your Google Calendar!

If you or your organization would like to reserve a table for the Faire to show off your own creations, use our table reservation form.

If you have any questions, please contact John Burke ( or Jennifer Hicks ( at 513-727-3222.  We look forward to seeing you at the Faire!

Monday, February 03, 2020

New books (and more) added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in January!

We are adding many new items to the collection each month, and making sure that you can see them on display! Take a look at our New Books shelves or skim down our new materials list of items we added to the collection in January! We added 153 books, e-books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list can be sorted by call number, area of our collection, or by title.

Here are eight titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying: 

  • Deconstructing anxiety : the journey from fear to fulfillment / Todd E. Pressman
  • Between two fires : truth, ambition, and compromise in Putin's Russia / Joshua Yaffa
  • America for Americans : a history of xenophobia in the United States / Erika Lee
  • Wilmington's lie : the murderous coup of 1898 and the rise of white supremacy / David Zucchino
  • America's best day hikes : spectacular single-day hikes across the states / Derek Dellinger
  • Uncanny valley : a memoir / Anna Wiener
  • Why we can't sleep : women's new midlife crisis / Ada Calhoun
  • Boys & sex : young men on hookups, love, porn, consent, and navigating the new masculinity / Peggy Orenstein
This tag will show you all of the prior lists of new materials, in reverse chronological order. We are eager to hear from you about individual items you would like us to buy, or types of items we should be on the look out for, or general subject areas we should build up in the collection.

Thank you for all of your suggestions and requests!  If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Amy Carmichael (, or drop by the library with your request. And pass your general suggestions or comments about the collection to us in those same ways.

Thanks again for keeping our collection vibrant and your information needs met!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Curious about what's new in the library? Check out the Gardner-Harvey Newsletter

Check out our Spring 2020 newsletter for a list of events, information on how to use our new VR equipment, and a short survey on what equipment you find most useful.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Join us for Game Night at the Middletown Library!

Come to Game Night to meet people and play some games!  We will have plenty of board games, card games, video games, and our Oculus Quest to choose from and snacks and drinks to energize the players.  

We'll meet Wednesday, February 12 from 5:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. in the Library S.P.A.C.E. (Student Project Area & Campus Events) (GRD 014). Add this event to your Google Calendar!

The event is co-sponsored by Good Game Well Played (GGWP) and the Gardner-Harvey Library.  

Friday, January 24, 2020

Free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate at the Middletown Library during the first week of the semester!

The Library will offer free coffee, tea, and hot cocoa during during the first week of classes, starting on Monday, January 27th and lasting through Friday, January 31st. 

It will be set up in our entrance area from 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday. Please drop on by and enjoy a cup!

It's our way of welcoming you to the campus this spring and making the start of the semester a bit more relaxing. 

Thanks for being a part of our library community!

The image above was provided through a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license by fronx.

Dr. Tammie Gerke’s National Park Talks: Yellowstone (at Middletown)

For our first Park Talk of the spring, Dr. Gerke will review the geology and majestic views at Yellowstone National Park. 

Join us on Wednesday, February 19 at 4:45pm.  Add this event to your Google Calendar!

The event will be held in the Library S.P.A.C.E. on the lower level of the Gardner-Harvey Library.

All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Open House at the TEC Lab Makerspace!

Tuesday, February 4  •  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Gardner-Harvey Library
Middletown campus

Need a Valentine’s Day gift for someone special? The Library TEC Lab can help. 

Join us in the library makerspace to try your hand at woodburning or laser engraving your beloved’s name on a wooden heart, making a duct-tape rose, creating a special card or even a piece of jewelry! 

There will be an opportunity to sign the user agreement to operate the TEC Lab independently. Free event. No RSVP needed.  Add this event to your Google Calendar!