Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The library’s hours for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend are:

Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Enjoy the holiday break!!


Photo by cheerfulmonk

“Foods of the First Americans” display

Library display pictureIn celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Rentschler Library has created a display titled “Foods of the First Americans.” It highlights some of the foodstuffs that Native Americans cultivated (maize, beans, and sunflowers) and created (fry bread, succotash).  Stop by to get a recipe for Three Sisters soup, named for the so-called “three sisters” beans, squash and corn. Check out some books on Native American history or novels by famous Native American authors like Sherman Alexie or Louise Erdrich. The display will be up for the entire month of November.

Need help with research? Just ask!

Citation_neededWe’re beginning to smell research in the air, along with the smell of decaying leaves. Research projects are starting, annotated bibliographies are due soon. Need primary sources for a history class?  Evidence-based nursing research?  We’re here to help. Please consider scheduling a Research Appointment with us.  We will do some legwork ahead of time to identify the best ways to find your sources.

Experience a Camera Obscura

Some of the students from the photography classes on campus turned one of the individual study rooms in the library into a camera obscura. It’s like stepping inside a pin-hole camera!! Come to the library and experience it! The camera obscura is located in the last individual study room along the wall in the main part of the library.

For more information about what a camera obscura is, visit:


Reading the Classics

GreatBooksIn a recent lecture posted to the site BigThink, philosopher Jeffrey Brenzel* of Yale University posits that reading classic works of philosophy and literature can “build your intellectual muscle…. grapple with the big questions in your own life and improve your judgment.”  What do you think? Some of the works that Brenzel talks about are listed below. The links will take you to the library catalog information about each title.

Dialogues of Plato
Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)
City of God (St. Augustine)
Leviathan  (Thomas Hobbes)
King Lear  (Shakespeare)
Paradise Lost (John Milton)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)


*Jeffrey Brenzel is Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University and a Lecturer in Yale’s Philosophy Department.

Peanuts celebrates its 65th anniversary

RedBaronOn Oct. 2, 1950, the Peanuts comic strip made its debut in seven U.S. newspapers. The strip was revolutionary in several ways: it featured the 1st African American character, Franklin, a child (Peppermint Patty) being raised by a single parent, and is one of the longest stories ever told by one human being.  Sixty-five years later, Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip still has a hold on us-there is a Peanuts movie coming out, (Nov. 6.) See a trailer here.

Here is’s “9 things you might not know about Peanuts.”  More information available at the Schulz Museum website. Check out the book “Schulz and Peanuts: a Biography,” by David Michaelis, available here in Rentschler Library.


Civil War remembrance talk Sept. 30

picture of JanneyHistorian Caroline Janney, President of the Society of Civil War Historians, will be speaking at Miami Hamilton on Sept 30th 7:30PM in Wilks Conference Center. The title of her speech is “Reconciling and Reuniting the Nation: How Americans Have Remembered the Civil War.” More info on her talk is here. Janney’s most recent book is titled “Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation,” Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

Here are some recently published books in our collection that tie in with Janney’s talk.

book jacket for Sing Not WarSing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America, by James Marten. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.
“After the Civil War, white Confederate and Union army veterans reentered–or struggled to reenter–the lives and communities they had left behind. In Sing Not War, James Marten explores how the nineteenth century’s “Greatest Generation” attempted to blend back into society and how their experiences were treated by nonveterans.” ~ Publisher blurb.

book cover for Reconstructing AppalachiaReconstructing Appalachia : the Civil War’s Aftermath. Andrew L. Slap, Gordon B. McKinney. (eds.) University of Kentucky Press, 2010.
“The essays describe racial 13 essays on the effects of the Civil War on the land and people of the diverse communities of Appalachia (including Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania) and the reconstruction of these communities after the war. reconciliation, tension between former Unionists and Confederates, violence, destruction caused by the armies, the Ku Klux Klan, economic development, the evolution of post-Civil War memory, stereotypes of Appalachia, and alterations in the perceptions of race, gender, and economic status. Women’s lives changed, African Americans had new freedoms, and the region faced economic collapse in former slave-holding states and rapid industrialization and urbanization that threatened traditional ways of living and depleted natural resources and the environment.”  Book News, 2011.