Monthly Archives: April 2009

Make Every Day Earth Day

greenEarth Day was April 22nd, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start (or continue!) to learn more about having a positive impact on the environment. Whether you’re looking for a few small ways to change your habits, or wanting to make a BIG change in your carbon footprint, we’ve got the resources to help you get started. Check out what’s listed below, or ask a librarian about additional resources that will spark your interest.

Online Resources

Library Resources

Pirates? In 2009? Want to learn more?


As this week’s news has demonstrated, pirates are not just a thing of the past (or a thing of the cinema). In fact, you may be surprised by just how common modern piracy is. TheInternational Chamber of Commerce maintains a “Live Piracy Map” that uses Google Maps to show you little pointers of where all confirmed attacks, attempted attacks, and suspicious vessels have been reported.  In addition to keeping an archive of live piracy maps back to 2005, it also tracks “Piracy Alerts” and “Piracy Prone Areas and Warnings”.

Have we got your interest? We’ve even got a book, “Pirates:  A History“, available for checkout here from Rentschler library.  Or, learn more about early American encounters with pirates in “The First Americans in North Africa:  William Eaton’s Struggle for a Vigorous Policy Against the Barbary Pirates” If someone beats you to them, don’t just say “Arygh”.  Ask a librarian about finding other books on piracy from Miami University libraries. 

*Image copied from mydearDelilah on flickr at

Have your Voice be Heard!

poster.JPGIt’s almost time for the 2nd Annual Favorite Poem Project!  Share your favorite poem with a captivated audience of your peers, and tell us all WHY you like it. Does it remind you of your first love? Does it make you feel strong, like you can overcome any obstacle in life? Do you just like the way the words roll off of your tongue? Share it, and tell us about it!

You can sign up online, or in person at Rentschler Library.

  • Tuesday, April 14th:  Wilks Conference Center, Noon-2pm
  • Wednesday, April 22nd: Miami Downtown (221 High Street), 7-9 pm

For more information about the National Favorite Poem Project, go to