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Closed on Memorial Day

The Library and campus will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day!

Get research help!

Besides the start of tree pollen season, sneezing season, and warmer temps, it’s also time to start digging in to your research. Annotated bibliographies are soon due, then final papers or projects. Don’t wait until the last minute! Contact the librarians at Rentschler Library to get help. We can suggest research strategies or help you track down that one elusive fact that will help you make the grade.

Library Hours during Spring Break

March 18-19 (Sat. & Sun.) CLOSED
March 20-24 (Mon. to Fri.) – 8:00 AM – 5:00PM
March 25-26 (Sat. & Sun.) CLOSED

Madame C.J. Walker

Madame C.J. Walker driving automobile

Madame C.J. Walker (in the driver’s seat at  left) was an entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist who became the first black woman millionaire in the United States. She made her fortune selling hair care products for women. She was born Sarah Breedlove to Louisiana sharecroppers in 1867. She was widowed by age 20 and went to work as a laundress in St. Louis, MO. After starting to lose her hair in 1905, she develped a product that helped with her condition and went on to create a whole system of hair treatment products specifically geared towards black women’s hair. She lived extravagantly, and her Manhattan townhouse would later become a meeting place for artists of the Harlem Renaissance. She also gave extravagantly to charities like the NAACP, black YMCA, and funded scholarships for women to the Tuskeegee Institute. She is ranked #85 of the 100 Most Influential Women of All Time: a Ranking Past and Present.

book cover of On Her Own Ground

One of the biographies of Madame C.J. Walker available is On her own ground : the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker by A’Lelia Bundles, New York: Scribner, 2001.

Another more recent biography is “Her Dream of Dreams: the Rise and Triumph of Madame C.J. Walker, by Beverly Lowry, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.

African American History Month

picture of Harriet Tubman

1911 photo of Tubman, Library of Congress

February is African American History month and so this month the library’s blog is going to feature images, books, and other content to celebrate the contributions of African Americans, as well as info on any related events on our campuses. At left is Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, humanitarian and spy for the North during the U.S. Civil War.

Next up is the Taste of Soul Dinner & Silent Auction, on Feb. 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the Wilks Conference Center. Enjoy traditional soul food, a silent auction from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., and entertainment by The Brotherhood Singer from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+), and $5 for Miami students and children under 12. Call 513-785-3024 or email kingmm (“at” symbol) miamioh.edu.

Welcome Back!

Brace Yourself Meme

Hello and welcome to all new and returning students! We hope this semester will be rewarding and successful one. Rentschler Library is ready to help you, whether it’s help with research, or finding out what your instructor has on reserve.  We have group study rooms that you can reserve for 2 hr. periods, and even book them at least 2 weeks in advance.

Our hours are:
8AM – 9PM Monday-Thursday
8AM-5PM on Friday
10AM – 2PM Saturday
1PM – 5PM Sunday

Best of luck!

Library Closed January 16th

The library and campus will be closed on Monday, January 16th. The library will reopen at 8:00am on Tuesday, January 17th.