It’s Hump Day!!!

Find the Camel!! He’s hanging out in the library. Take a picture, show the picture to one of the library staff and you will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to the bookstore.


“The Whistleblower” Criminal Justice Week events

Attending the Criminal Justice Week events this week and want more information? There are 2 copies of Kathryn Bolkovac’s book “The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman’s Fight for Justice” available in the library.


Open House (which means Free Food!!!)

Stop by the library for our Open Houses on Monday, Sept. 8th from 9am-11am and on Tuesday, Sept. 9th from 1pm-3pm. Meet the library staff, see what all the library has to offer, sit on the comfy furniture and enjoy some free food! We’ll have donuts and coffee on Monday morning and cookies and punch on Tuesday afternoon.

 donuts cookies

Library is Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

The library will be closed this weekend for Labor Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, September 2nd. Enjoy the long weekend!

Donate to Rentschler Library during the “MoveInMiami” Campaign

How much do you love Rentschler Library? Do you enjoy and appreciate all of the support we provide to students, faculty, staff, and the community? Then consider making a donation to the library during Miami University’s “MoveInMiami” campaign that will take place on Thursday, August 21st. Funds donated to the library will be used to provide services and activities such as our Open Houses, give-aways, and other fun events. And, Dean and Mrs. Pratt will add $10 to each new donation that’s over $5!! By clicking on the link below and then filling out the form, you can ensure that your donation will go to Rentschler Library’s fund. If you have any questions, you can contact Ellen Paxton at or (513)785-3291.

Thanks in advance for your support!

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Aug. 8, 1974 – Richard Nixon resigns

Richard M. Nixon, by Elizabeth Drew. Part of the American Presidents Series from Times Books. “In this revelatory assessment of the only president ever forced out of office, Washington journalist Drew explains how Nixon’s troubled inner life offers the key to understanding his presidency.”

Nixonland: the Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America. - by Rick Perlstein,ew York : Scribner, 2009, c2008. “An account of the thirth-seventh presidency sets Nixon’s administration against a backdrop of the tumultuous civil rights movement while offering insight into how key events in the 1960s set the stage for today’s political divides.”

The Presidency of Richard M. Nixon, by Melvin Small. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1999. “Small credits Nixon with the desegregation of Southern schools, achievements in women’s rights and following through on environmental initiatives. Devoted more to the intricacies of policy than to either the dramas of electoral politics or Nixon’s tragic character, Small’s book is engaging enough to serve as a good introduction for readers who are as interested in the Nixon presidency as they are in Nixon’s personality.” Publisher’s Weekly review, Oct. 1999.


100th Anniversary of the Great War

FranzFerdinandWe’re weeks away from the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, or the Great War, or the War to End All Wars. Most history books refer to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (at left) on June 28, 1914 as the event that precipitated the war. You could also refer to Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia on July 28th, 1914, or the next day when Austrian artillery rained down on Belgrade in what is now Serbia.

There were vast numbers of casualties, around 37 million, which includes 16 million dead and 21 million wounded, according to Princeton The ripple effect of the war is still being felt today, especially in parts of Europe and the Middle East, according to this article from the New York Times .

“Some see a continuing struggle between Germany and Russia for mastery of Europe, a struggle that marked both world wars and continues today, and not just in Ukraine, where a century ago its people fought on both sides. Others see World War I, at least as it began in Sarajevo, as the third Balkan War, while the post-Cold War collapse of Yugoslavia and its multinational, multicultural, multireligious model continues to present unresolved difficulties for Europe, in Bosnia, Kosovo and beyond. Similar tensions persist in Northern Ireland, the rump of Ireland’s incomplete revolution that began with the Easter Rising of 1916.”

What really caused the war? It’s too long and complex for a blog posting, so check out this essay from First World or check out historian David Fromkin’s book Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?

Rentschler Library’s book collection has been weeded and updated to offer some great reads on this important event. You can generally find WWI books in the D507 – D625 section. We have overviews like Peter Englund ‘s The Beauty and the Sorrow, along with books about specific battles like Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli. To read about the United States’s eventual entry to the war, look at historian Justus Doenecke’s Nothing Less than War. If you have narrower interests, like battlefield medicine during the war look at Wounded: a New History of the Western Front in World War I. African American participation in the war is covered in Torchbearers of Democracy by Chad Williams. We will be adding more titles in the years to come, as it has been a popular topic for research and recreational reading.

On the web, check out the  First World War Centenary  It has a nice collection of information about the war and celebrations going on over the next four years.

The History Channel has an extensive list of resources including videos, biographies and information on battles.