News & Notes

By: crosbylm on: October 05, 2016 2:24 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Happy October! In the spirit of Halloween, our new leisure reading books include the most recent release from horror, science fiction and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, The View from the Cheap Seats, and the NYT bestselling psychological thriller The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

Check out these and other titles in this month’s double dose of leisure reads!

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

Hike by Drew Magary

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

By: mulfordj on: September 21, 2016 12:49 pm | mulfordj

Miami Libraries set new #MoveInMiami Standards

The Miami University Libraries set new standards for #MoveInMiami success in 2016, engaging 87 donors and raising $6,708 for libraries priorities. The totals marked a 99 percent increase in donors and a 112 percent increase in dollars raised from #MoveInMiami 2015.

“This is an exciting step forward as we strive to involve more of our alumni and friends as investors in the Miami Libraries’ mission,” Dean and University Librarian Jerome Conley said. “The Miami Libraries reach beyond academic divisions and majors to provide access to the resources and technologies that support the academic success of all Miami students. We are grateful that our #MoveInMiami donors recognize the opportunities they can create through their financial support.”

The Miami Libraries began with goals of 25 donors each for the Textbook Initiative and Technology Support Fund, aiming for a total of 50 donors in honor of King Library’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

  • The Textbook Initiative raised more than $3,400 from 33 donors—the equivalent of more than 28 new textbooks, at an average cost of $120, that will be made available on two-hour reserve to students. A generous matching gift challenge from John ’69, MBA ’70 and Anne Stephens Molyneaux ’70 made a dollar-for-dollar match up to 25 new textbooks.
  • The Technology Support Fund received more than $1,500 from 28 donors, providing additional support for updating and acquiring new technology. When the fund surpassed its goal of 25 donors, the success unlocked a significant donor match from Janet Tallberg ’73.
  • Additional support went to the University Libraries general fund and to the Miami regional campus libraries, Rentschler Library at Miami Hamilton and Gardner-Harvey Library at Miami Middletown.

A social-media driven effort, #MoveInMiami also saw a significant Miami Libraries presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, accounting for 23,510 Twitter impressions, 12,309 Facebook impressions and 3,568 Instagram impressions. Dean Conley’s celebration dance montage video received more than 1,700 views on YouTube and Facebook, and his Facebook Live interview with the Miami University Alumni Association received more than 600 views.

This year marked the third year of the university-wide #MoveInMiami effort, which set new standards across the board in 2016. The annual day-of-giving effort seeks to welcome each year’s first-year class on their move-in day by making a statement about the larger Miami Family of which they have become a part.


By: benzinmm on: September 26, 2016 9:36 am | benzinmm

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By: vonnahee on: October 20, 2016 2:34 pm | vonnahee

Join us today to celebrate Constitution Day 2016

Drop in to read your favorite article or amendment (or both! or many!) and DIY your own copy of the Constitution as a souvenir. 

Constitution Day Read Out 2016 participant crafting

Afternoon reading will begin at 1:00 pm.
Refreshments provided.  

By: mulfordj on: September 01, 2016 9:54 am | mulfordj

Zines Workshop 

2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6
2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4
2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1
2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6
@Wertz Art & Architecture Library (Alumni Hall, Ground Floor)

What’s a Zine? Whatever you want it to be. These self-published works of original thought have existed for centuries, covering topics ranging from liberty and revolution to science fiction, punk rock and the utterly mundane. Whether profound or a little wacky, Zines have endured the test of time and many remain treasured records about society through the years. Blow off some steam and express yourself at one of these fun, hands-on workshops. We provide the tools and know-how. You provide the creativity and something (or nothing at all) to say. 


By: mulfordj on: August 30, 2016 3:25 pm | mulfordj

Visit the libraries during welcome week and be rewarded! Not only will you learn how to use the endless resources we provide, you will also be in the running for some awesome prizes (yes, even the new comfortable t-shirts everyone is talking about)! 

Here are the rules:

  • Simply attend one of the Library Welcome Week Events 
  • Share a photo or selfie while attending the event on social media* and tag us: 
    • Instagram - @miamiulibraries
    • Twitter - @miamiulibraries 
    • Facebook - Miami University Libraries 
    • Snapchat (we will screenshot photos from events just for the prize drawing) - @miamiulibraries
  • Use the hashtag #MULibWelcome! You can also hashtag your dorm name (ex: #Scott) to be entered into our dorm contest for additional prizes! 

Submissions can be made up until the end of the day on Friday, September 2 and the prize drawing will be during the week of September 5. You can increase your chances of winning a prize by submitting multiple photos! 

Good luck and have fun! 


  • Amazon Gift Card 
  • Library t-shirt
  • Drawstring bag 
  • Mug 
  • Much more! 

*If you don't use social media, email submissions to 


By: crosbylm on: July 28, 2016 9:53 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

Surprise! This month we received a double order of leisure reading titles! This week’s shipment included:


Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley 

But What If We’re Wrong, by Chuck Klosterman 

Tribe, by Sebastian Junger

Zero K, by Don DeLillo 

You’ll Grow Out of It, by Jessi Klein

End of Watch, by Stephen King 


For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection. 


By: crosbylm on: July 21, 2016 11:05 am | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

This month's new titles:

Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld 

The Long Cosmos, by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett 

Grunt, by Mary Roach 

Self Made, by Nely Galán 

Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington 

LaRose, by Louise Erdrich 


For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection. 


By: crosbylm on: April 28, 2016 5:44 pm | crosbylm @LMBirkenhauer

This month's titles: 

A few of the girls, by Maeve Binchy

Business for punks: break all the rules, by James Watt

No dream is too high: life lessons from a man who walked on the Moon, by Buzz Aldrin; with Ken Abraham

Poisonous, by Allison Brennan

The abundance: narrative essays old and new, by Annie Dillard; foreword by Geoff Dyer

The Immortal Irishman: the Irish revolutionary who became an American hero, by Timothy Egan

Seven brief lessons on physics, by Carlo Rovelli; translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre


For the most up to date new Leisure Reading titles, please visit our Pinterest board for the collection. 


By: weavered on: April 28, 2016 4:02 pm | weavered

As with many genres, the exact beginning of "punk music" can be hard to place. Some particularly raucous acts of the 60s (such as The Sonics, The Monks, The Velvet Underground, MC5, and The Stooges) have been retroactively dubbed "proto-punk"; early 70s acts like New York Dolls and Patti Smith undoubtedly inspired a lot of what was to follow.

However, the origin of punk is generally dated to 1976 due to the release of three major recordings: the Ramones' self-titled debut album (April 23rd) and the debut singles from England's The Damned (October 22nd) and the Sex Pistols (November 26th). 40 years later, these recordings still shine with urgency and a total disregard with established manners, tastes, and talents.

Our playlist takes listeners through punk's first 10 years, 1976-1985, in roughly chronological order. Contemporaneous tracks from closely-related genres (like New Wave and Hardcore) are also featured.

Listen here: