Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cut and Engrave Items with the Laser Cutter at the TEC Lab!



Have you ever used a laser cutter?  Now is your opportunity to see this amazing device in action.  A laser cutter can cut patterns or engrave images and text in wood, plastic, metal, fabric, and more!

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, between 11am and 1pm, drop by the TEC Lab in Room 125 of the Gardner-Harvey Library to choose a design or image to cut and take home!  Engrave a photo!  Cut out a cool shape!

Come imagine what else you can make the laser cutter do for you.  All are welcome to attend this free event.

Remember, if you attend two or more of our TEC Lab workshops and speaker events in Spring 2017, you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

New books added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in February!

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in February! We added 178 books, e-books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list is sorted by call number, with items grouped roughly by subject area.

Here are eight titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:
  • Age of anger : a history of the present / Pankaj Mishra
  • Earning the Rockies : how geography shapes America's role in the world / Robert D. Kaplan
  • Interfaith leadership : a primer / Eboo Patel
  • Roadside picnic / Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  • Autumn / Ali Smith
  • Ritual structures in Chicana fiction / Helane Androne
  • The usefulness of useless knowledge / Abraham Flexner
  • Why we run : a natural history / Bernd Heinrich
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 lookout for, or general subject areas we should build up in the collection. Your input will help us keep the collection working well as we add items during the remainder of the 2016/17 academic year  We're looking forward to what you'll recommend next!

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Amy Carmichael (carmicae@miamioh.edu), 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!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Middletown Book Discussion Title for March

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, March 28 to discuss Susan Vreeland's The Forest Lover as part of Women's History Month.  We will meet at 12 pm in Room 124 in the Library. 

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):  

"It was Emily Carr (1871-1945) - not Georgia O'Keeffe or Frida Kahlo - who first blazed a path for modern women artists. Overcoming the confines of late Victorian culture, Carr became a major force in modern art. Her boldly original landscapes are praised today for capturing an untamed British Columbia and its indigenous peoples just before industrialization would change it forever.  Susan Vreeland brings to life this fiercely independent and underappreciated figure. From illegal potlatches in tribal communities to prewar Paris, where her art was exhibited in the famed Salon d'Automne, Carr's story is as arresting as it is vibrant. Vreeland tells it with gusto and suspense, giving vivid portraits of Carr and the unconventional people to whom she was inevitably drawn: Sophie, a native basket maker; Harold, the son of missionaries, who embraces indigenous cultures; Fanny, a New Zealand artist who spends a summer with Carr painting in the French countryside; and Claude, a French fur trader who steals her heart. The result is a glorious novel that will appeal to lovers of art, native cultures, and lush historical fiction."


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 http://www.mid.muohio.edu/library/bookdiscussion.htm

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Creating Stained Glass Objects with Dr. David Long at the TEC Lab!



On Tuesday, March 14, come to the TEC Lab to watch our guest artist, Dr. David Long, display and create beautiful stained glass objects.  You'll also be able to create a simple stained glass object of your own.

Dr. Long will be on hand from 12pm-1pm to show his work and answer questions.

Just stop by the TEC Lab in Room 125 in the Gardner-Harvey Library and learn to make something exciting and useful. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Remember, if you attend two or more of our TEC Lab workshops and speaker events in Spring 2017, you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.


The above image was provided through a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license by oatsy40.

Spring Forward by Building a Clock from a Record or CD at the TEC Lab!


On Wednesday, March 1, come to the TEC Lab to recycle a record album or CD into a clock!  That's right, you can walk away having built your own distinctive clock with a musical theme.  You'll be all the more excited to Spring your clock forward on March 12!

This exciting creative opportunity will be available from both 11am-1pm AND 6pm-8pm. 

Just stop by the TEC Lab in Room 125 in the Gardner-Harvey Library and learn to make something exciting and useful. All are welcome to attend this free event. 

To ensure that we have enough albums, CDs, and clock parts, please RSVP to Jennifer Hicks at hicksjl2@miamioh.edu (though we will have some spare sets available if you just want to drop in).

Remember, if you attend two or more of our TEC Lab workshops and speaker events in Spring 2017, you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.


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

Yellowstone National Park (National Parks with Dr. Tammie Gerke)


National Parks with Dr. Tammie Gerke

A new speaking series presented by the Gardner Harvey Library and  Dr. Tammie Gerke - a professor of Geology at Miami University Regionals.

In our inaugural session, Dr. Tammie Gerke will be discussing Yellowstone National Park.  Stop by to hear about the geology of Yellowstone as well as some other interesting information about the park.  Each session will focus on a different national park.

This session will run March 15th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm with time after for questions and discussion.  The event will be held in the Open Seating Area at the entrance of the Gardner-Harvey Library.

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

Remember, if you attend two or more of our TEC Lab workshops and speaker events in Spring 2017, you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.

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


Monday, February 06, 2017

Come discuss Hillbilly Elegy with Caryn Neumann and Lori Parks!


The day before J.D. Vance delivers his Casper Lecture, there will be a discussion of his book Hillbilly Elegy, led by Caryn Neumann (Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies) and Lori Parks (Humanities and Creative Arts).

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 8 from Noon to 1:00pm in Room 124, Gardner-Harvey Library.

This is a great opportunity to talk about Vance's book with other insightful readers.  Have you read it and have a question to ask or a thought to share?  Have you wanted to read it, but haven't had the time?  Come to this session and learn some perspectives on this book about Appalachia, working class whites, Middletown, social mobility, and more.

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

Remember, if you attend two or more of our TEC Lab workshops and speaker events in Spring 2017, you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Basic Sewing and Mending with Dr. Tammie Gerke in the TEC Lab!


Join us in the Gardner Harvey Library TEC Lab on Tuesday, February 21 to learn about basic sewing and mending techniques by Miami’s very own Geology Professor Tammie Gerke.

There will be two one hour sessions, starting at 1:00 and then at 2:00pm, covering the basics so that next time you need to add a button or stitch a hole in your shirt, you will have the skills to save your clothing!

If you would like to learn specific techniques, Dr. Gerke has sweet skills with hand sewing as well as sewing machines she would love to share. Bring an item you would like to repair, or stop in and we will have sample pieces to work with.

All are welcome to attend.

Remember, if you attend two or more of our TEC Lab workshops and speaker events in Spring 2017, you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

New books added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in January!

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in January! We added 173 books, e-books, DVDs, and other items during that time, thanks to your selections and suggestions. The list is sorted by call number, with items grouped roughly by subject area.

Here are eight titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:
  • The less you know, the better you sleep : Russia's road to terror and dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin / David Satter
  • Letters to a young Muslim / Omar Saif Ghobash
  • Toussaint Louverture : a revolutionary life / Philippe Girard
  • In the company of women : inspiration and advice from over 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs / by Grace Bonney
  • Transgender communication studies : histories, trends, and trajectories / edited by Jamie C. Capuzza and Leland G. Spencer
  • The explosion chronicles / Yan Lianke 
  • Transit / Rachel Cusk
  • A survival guide to the misinformation age : scientific habits of mind / David J. Helfand
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 lookout for, or general subject areas we should build up in the collection. Your input will help us keep the collection working well as we add items during the remainder of the 2016/17 academic year  We're looking forward to what you'll recommend next!

If you have a suggestion of something to order, please use our "Tell GHL to Buy It" form, email Amy Carmichael (carmicae@miamioh.edu), 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!