Thursday, December 08, 2016

Enjoy a hot beverage and mints while you study at the Library!

The Library will offer free coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and mints all during finals week, starting on Saturday, December 10th. It will be set up in our entrance area from roughly 12:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday, 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 making your last minute studying and paper/project preparation 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 Ian Brown.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Library Open on the Saturday Before Finals (December 10)

To help you prepare for final exams, the Gardner-Harvey Library will offer extra study hours to students on Saturday, December 10, 2016. We will be open from Noon until 4:00pm that day.

If you need a quiet place to study, please come to the library and use our computers and our study rooms. Staff will be on hand to provide assistance.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, and mints will be available to help you stay aware and awake.

New Books added to the Gardner-Harvey Library in November!

See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in November! We added 88 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 seven titles from the list, to give you an idea of what we've been buying:
  • A field guide to lies : critical thinking in the information age / Daniel J. Levitin
  • A more beautiful question : the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas
  • Global inequality : a new approach for the age of globalization / Branko Milanovic
  • Swing time / Zadie Smith
  • The secret life of the periodic table : unlocking the mysteries of all 118 elements
  • What have we done : the moral injury of our longest wars / David Wood
  • Bridge of words : Esperanto and the dream of a universal language / Esther Schor
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 add items in 2016/17!  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 (, 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!

Middletown Book Discussion Titles for January

The MUM Book Discussion group will next meet on Tuesday, January 10 to discuss not one, but two books:  Lucy Grealy's Autobiography of a Face and Ann Patchett's Truth and Beauty: A Friendship.  We will meet at 12 pm in Room 124 in the Library. These books in turn chronicle a woman's fight against cancer and a great friendship that grew during that battle.  

Here is a brief summary of each 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):  

"This powerful memoir is about the premium we put on beauty and on a woman's face in particular. It took Lucy Grealy twenty years of living with a distorted self-image and more than thirty reconstructive procedures before she could come to terms with her appearance after childhood cancer and surgery that left her jaw disfigured. As a young girl, she absorbed the searing pain of peer rejection and the paralyzing fear of never being loved."

"The author describes her twenty-year friendship with Lucy Grealy, tracing their introduction at a writer's workshop, the integral part their friendship played in their writing careers, and her witness to Grealy's medical deterioration."

Read one, or read both over these last weeks of the semester and Winter break (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