Friday, November 30, 2018

January's Middletown book discussion title: The Bear and the Nightingale

The MUM Book Discussion group will be taking December off to catch up on our reading.  We will next meet on Tuesday, January 15 to discuss Katherine Arden's The Bear and the Nightingale.  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):  

"In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay."  

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

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

TEC Lab Wednesday Workshop - Jewelry Making

Join us on December 5th for one of our sessions 11am-1pm or 6pm-8pm to create some crazy jewelry! We will be using 3D pens, book pages, 3D printers, and other items to create jewelry.

Learn how to use new TEC Lab tools, have some fun designing your own jewelry, or make a gift for someone!

We'll meet in the TEC Lab, 125 Gardner-Harvey Library.

All are welcome to attend.

Remember, if you attend two or more of our library events in Fall 2018, 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 GlueGunGlory.

Use the Saturday CRAM JAM at the library to get ready for Finals!

Join the Tutoring and Learning Center staff, peer tutors, and library staff on Saturday, December 1 for CRAM JAM!  

Get ready for Finals in a great location for studying with an all-star cast of folks who can help!

Come to the Gardner-Harvey Library on the Middletown Campus between 12 and 4pm and enjoy:
  • Peer tutors in a variety of subjects
  • Free coffee and snacks
  • Study rooms
  • Research assistance
This event is open to ALL Miami students.

Sponsored by the Tutoring and Learning Center.

Monday, November 05, 2018

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

We are adding many new items to the collection each month, and making sure that you can see them on display! Watch for our upcoming scary movie DVD display, as well as our ongoing New Books shelves (as shown above). See our new materials list of items we added to the collection in October! We added 165 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:
  • Godless citizens in a godly republic : atheists in American public life / R. Laurence Moore and Isaac Kramnick
  • Empress : the astonishing reign of Nur Jahan / Ruby Lal
  • American like me : reflections on life between cultures / edited by America Ferrera with E. Cayce Dumont
  • Northland : a 4,000-mile journey along America's forgotten border / Porter Fox
  • Good and mad : the revolutionary power of women's anger / Rebecca Traister
  • Skin folk : stories / Nalo Hopkinson
  • The fourth age : smart robots, conscious computers, and the future of humanity / Byron Reese
  • The poison squad : one chemist's single-minded crusade for food safety at the turn of the twentieth century / Deborah Blum
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.

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!

Thursday, November 01, 2018

VolunTECLab! Wreath making (Service Project)

The TEC Lab goes on the road to create some seasonal cheer, and you can help!

Head over to Hawk Haven in Johnston Hall on the Middletown Campus between 11:00am and 1:00pm on Thursday, November 29th to 
create wreaths for residents of a local nursing home.
Participants may also make a wreath to take home!

This is our second official VolunTECLab (in which we volunteer to help out a local non-profit agency that serves our community), but not the first time we've had people making a change in the community with their making activities (see the dog toys VolunTECLab from earlier this semester and the glowing flowers, cat shelters, and our Valentine's Day and holiday wreath workshops from last academic year).

Come make a wreath, and make a difference!

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

Tech Tuesday - Google Tools

Join us on November 13 from 12:15-1:00pm for our Tech Tuesday workshop to learn the basics of several Google apps, including Gmail, Drive, Docs, Forms, and Calendar. These free Google productivity tools help sync, simplify, and tackle projects for classes and for your life!

Your guide will be Jennifer Hicks, GHL Circulation Supervisor and maker extraordinaire.

We will meet in Room 111 of the Gardner-Harvey Library (Middletown campus).

All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be available, but also feel free to bring your lunch.

Remember, if you attend two or more of our library events in Fall 2018, 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 Abby Lanes.