Friday, May 29, 2020

Join us Online! June's Middletown Book Discussion Group

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, June 30 to discuss the book(s) we've each been reading lately.  We have a challenge for this time:  re-read a book you read long ago, and see what your thoughts on it are now.  We suggested books we read (or, ahem, were supposed to read) in high school, or anything where time has passed and a second go might bring new perspectives, or a confirmation of past impressions.

We normally discuss a single book, but given our distributed nature and the lack of easy access to multiple library copies of books, we thought we'd have an open discussion for people to share whatever they've been reading between now and the time of the meeting.  

Our group is always finding interesting titles to share, and we look forward to the new things you'll bring to the table.  On May 26th, the group shared these titles to add to your reading/viewing lists:
  • James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels (there are 23 of them, starting with Neon Rain)
  • The Art of Loading Brush, by Wendell Berry
  • She Said, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
  • If It Bleeds, by Stephen King
  • The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, by Stanley Booth
  • The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells
  • Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault, by Cathy Guisewite
  • Two By Two, by Nicholas Sparks
  • Snips and Snails, by Louise Baker
  • The High and the Mighty, by Ernest Gann
  • The Cruel Sea, by Nicholas Monsarrat 
  • The White Album, by Joan Didion,  
  • Books for Living, by Will Schwalbe
  • The Year We Left Home, by Jean Thompson
  • Beautiful Hope, by Matthew Kelly
  • My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok
  • Wild and Precious Life, Debra Ziegler
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  • The Kingdom, Emmanuel Carrere
  • Board Game Arena 
We will meet at 12 pm on the 30th in Google Meet at
You can also join in by calling   +1 669-238-0098‬ PIN: ‪879 690 274‬#   
Add this event to your Google Calendar!  (which includes the Meet and calling information)

Please come along to our discussion to share what you've been reading/watching/listening to/experiencing!

If you're looking for something interesting to read, check out our page of past and future reads at

Friday, May 22, 2020

Additional dates for no-contact in-person returns at Gardner-Harvey Library

No-contact in-person returns
Gardner-Harvey Library will again be accepting no-contact in-person returns of any library materials on Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th.
  • When and where: Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th from 1-4pm at the front entrance of the library.
  • For safety, staff will wear masks and keep a distance of at least six feet.
  • Materials can be placed on the carts provided.
  • Please note that we cannot accept the return of rented textbooks or returns. For information on how to return rented textbooks to the eCampus bookstore please use the instructions found at 
If you're unable to return your materials during these drop-off hours, you have a number of options to return them.
For print materials like books, journals, newspapers, etc., or small and sturdy equipment like phone chargers and calculators, you can either:
  • Drop them in the book drop by the front doors of the library at any time
  • or, mail them to:
    Gardner-Harvey Library
    4200 N. University Blvd
    Middletown, OH 45042
  • or, hold on to them for now. Fees will not accrue.
For other technology and equipment like laptops, iPads, web cameras, and the like, please contact with questions if you aren't able to bring them on Thursday or Friday. Please don't send them tumbling through the book drop! Again, we are not charging any late fees.
For an updated list of online resources and access questions please check out our Continuity Guide,

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Survey participation - Student use of E-books during remote learning

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. We are particularly interested in understanding your use of e-books since the beginning of remote learning in mid-March.

If you agree to participate, we would like you to complete an online survey (found below). Completing the survey will take approximately 5 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 May 15.

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:

Take the survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:  

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Follow the Gardner-Harvey Library!

The Gardner-Harvey Library at Miami University Middletown is regularly posting useful tutorials, maker projects, historical facts, recommended books, and other developments to our social media channels.  We want to make sure you know the options for following us:

We appreciate you connecting with us and accessing all we have to offer.  You can find more resources for remote learning and teaching on our Regional Libraries Continuity guide, and you can also contact us directly.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Staying Connected with the Library: Spring Middmester Newsletter

While our physical location is closed, the library is still here to help you with your research, instruction, and entertainment needs to help you successfully work from home. Check out our Middmester newsletter for more information about accessing online resources and staying connected while you safely stay home. 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Regional Libraries are closing on Tuesday

The Regional Libraries' hours are once again changing.  We are closing the library buildings entirely from Tuesday, March 17 to the end of the semester.  

We invite Miami students, faculty, and staff to make use of our online materials and services to support your remote learning and teaching.

We also ask that you contact us with any questions.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hours changing at Regional Libraries on Monday

The Regional Libraries' hours are changing to 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday-Thursday and 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday from Monday, March 16 to the end of the semester.  You can see these hours for Middletown and Hamilton and other changes being made to hours at the libraries in Oxford on our hours page.

We are coordinating in this hours change with Regional Technology Services, which will have the same hours in the computer labs on each campus.

We invite Miami students, faculty, and staff to make use of our materials and services to support your remote learning and teaching.