Monthly Archives: May 2014

Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014

MayaDr. Maya Angelou, author, poet and defender of black culture, died May 28, 2014 at the age of 86, according to a statement issued by Wake Forest University, where she taught American Studies beginning in 1982. Critic Lyman B. Hagen said “has been duly recognized as being one of the most successful serial writers of black autobiography. In her five autobiographies (and also in her poetry), she dramatizes both the pleasure and the plight of a young black female in America’s socially segregated society.” * Her poems are a popular choice for students to read at the Favorite Poem Project readings every April. Here are just a few of the titles available in Rentschler Library:

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou, New York: Modern Library, 2o04

Phenomenal woman : four poems celebrating women, New York: Random House, 1994.

Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou, New York: Random House, 1994.

*(Hagen, Lyman B. “Maya Angelou: Overview.” Twentieth-Century Young Adult Writers. Ed. Laura Standley Berger. Detroit: St. James Press, 1994.)

Send us your library selfies!!

We know things are crazy and stressful this week, but please take a few minutes to send us your library selfies!! Take pics of you and your friends in the library and send them to Have some fun with the pics! We’ve already received a few, and they are great!! (Please no nudity or obscenities. And, by sending photos, you’re giving us permission to use them for library publicity.)


Good Luck on Finals!

Hey MUH Students! Good luck on finals this week! If you need a quiet place to study and/or finish up those last papers, stop in the library. The entire library is a Quiet Zone all week this week.


Does the end of the semester have you feeling like this? There will be free coffee (and snacks) in the library during Cram Jam tonight (Thursday) from 7pm-10pm. Also this weekend–Saturday 1pm-5pm and Sunday 3pm-10pm. Stop in and get your … Continue reading

April’s Camel Contest Winner!!

Camel Contest Winner for April is Mel Noes!!

Congratulations, Mel!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Camel Contest this semester!


Send us your library selfies!!!

Take pics of you and your friends in the library–studying, hanging out, writing papers, sleeping, etc. (but, please no nudity or obscenities). Send the pics to


*By sending the pic, you are giving us permission to use it for library publicity.

Read a (challenged) Book

bewareSignEvery April, the American Library Association releases its State of American Libraries report [ press releasefull report ] and one its highlights is the list of most “challenged” books. A challenge is defined as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.” Challenges to the inclusion of books occurs mostly in public and school libraries; the very nature of academic inquiry at the post-secondary level makes challenges to materials practically nonexistent. Nonetheless, we at Rentschler Library stand behind the Library Bill of Rights. Here is the list of most challenged books for 2013 along with links to the Miami Library catalog in case you wanted to see more about each title. Or Read it.

1. “Captain Underpants” (series), by Dav Pilkey;

2. “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison;

3. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie;

4. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E.L. James;

5. “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins;

6. “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl,” by Tanya Lee Stone;

7. “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green;

8. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky;

9. “Bless Me Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya; and

10. “Bone” (series), by Jeff Smith