Monthly Archives: March 2010

Rentschler Librarian wins award for petrified cat poop collection. On display now!

April Fool’s!! Love it or hate it, April 1st has become the day to expect the unexpected, to check your back for “Kick me” signs, and to not trust a thing you see or hear (like in 1996 when Taco Bell reported that they’d bought the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia & were renaming it “Taco Liberty Bell”…or when Burger King came out with the “Left Handed Whopper” back in 1998).

But where does all of this tomfoolery come from? Hard to say. Some historians think it dates back to the mid 16th century when France’s switch to the Gregorian calendar moved the date of the new year from April 1 to Jan. 1st (only the “fools” didn’t realize that “Happy New Year” wasn’t on April 1 anymore). Other historians date it back to ancient Roman festivals that involved dressing up in costume & getting pretty sauced (which probably led to some folks acting like “fools”…). If you’d like to learn more, History.com has some interesting background information; the Museum of Hoaxes gives several ideas for how the day began, and also has a Top 100 April Fool’s Hoaxes of all time list.

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Do YOU Haiku?

image of cherry blossomSeriously….do you haiku?  If you do haiku, we want to see it.  Pit your creative skills against other people and win a T-shirt.   Enter your haiku using a form on our website or stop by Rentschler Library to fill out a paper form.  The contest will start March 22 and run until April 16.  The contest is only open to Miami affiliated users.

Haikus are typically 17 syllables, with three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables each  They often have a nature theme and capture the author’s feelings or emotions during a brief moment in time.  Here’s an example:

That loud cardinal
where was that beautiful song
when the snow lay deep?

The rules are that your haiku must be your original work, it must be 5-7-5 syllables and contain no profanity.  Humorous haikus are OK, if that’s your thing.  The winner will be announced the week of April 19.  So c’mon, give it a try!

Doing taxes is FANTASTIC fun! Don’t you think?

Well, maybe not FANTASTIC fun, but they are a necessary evil if you want to get Financial Aid next year!

Although we don’t have print copies of tax forms for you, you can follow these links to download federal and state forms.  You have until April 15th, but it is supposed to rain this weekend…
Federal Tax Forms
Ohio Tax Forms
Yahoo Tax Guides

Irish for a day? 1000 years of tradition…

As you go scrounging through your closet for bits of green this Wednesday, March 17th (unless you LIKE being pinched), you’ll be joining like-minded Irish or “Irish for a Day” folk observing St. Patrick’s Day. But did you know that this holiday has been celebrated for over 1000 years in observation of St. Patrick’s death that took place way, WAY back in the 5th century? You can learn more about the Holiday or about St. Patrick himself at history. com. They even have information about leprechauns and shamrocks!

If you’re IN the library, you may also want to browse a book in our Reference collection, Holidays & Anniversaries of the World”–it covers more than 26,000 (yes, 26 THOUSAND) saints days, feast days, birthdays of the famous, etc.

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Going anywhere for Spring Break? We’re not!

Rentschler Library can still be your premier destination for Spring Break fun (well, maybe your second choice), but we will be cutting back our hours a wee bit during the break.

Saturday, March 6: 10am-2pm (regular hours)
Sunday, March 7: CLOSED
Monday-Friday, March 8-12: 8am-5pm
Saturday, March 13: CLOSED
Sunday, March 14: 1pm-5pm (regular hours)

Check our website for a complete listing of our Hours.

Nature’s fury: First Haiti, now Chile, what next?

If you turned on the news at all this past weekend, you must have seen that Chile was rocked by a 8.8 earthquake Saturday morning. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the quake was followed by a destructive tsunami with an impact that swept across the Pacific. As the death count continues to rise, the lingering question haunting the world’s onlookers is a simple one…why?

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