Library Events

Amos Music Library's 2013 Album Poll

Amos Music Library wants the university community's input to help decide which recent popular music recordings to add to our collection. Please visit http://bit.ly/amospoll to vote for your favorite album from 2013. (A Miami University email address is required. Only one vote per person will be considered.) Nominees were selected based on the best-of-the-year lists of several major publications (http://bit.ly/1ixwCKZ).

You can listen to selections from the nominees on our Spotify playlist: http://bit.ly/amoslist (see instructions below).

Remember, a number of our general interest recordings are on display in our Spotlight Collection at Amos Library in CPA.

New to Spotify? It is one of the most popular resources for streaming music. It can be accessed via a desktop application or via a web browser. Anyone can sign up for a free, ad-supported account with either a facebook account or an email address. You do not need to supply credit card information. There are also ad-free paid subscriptions available ($4.99/month for Unlimited or $9.99/month for Premium, which allows for streaming via mobile devices). You can try Premium via a one-month free trial subscription.

How to sign up for Spotify (web browser access):

1. Go to https://www.spotify.com/
2. Click "Go to web player"
3. Two options: A) Sign up with facebook B) Sign up with email
4. Create your username and password
5. Visit http://play.spotify.com to listen via the web
6. Log out by clicking the gear in the lower left corner

Dreams of Trespass Book Discussion

Miami University Libraries will be hosting its last Muslim Journeys* Book Discussion on April 17th from 4:00 to 5:00 in King 320. There will be a short presentation from a scholar, a discussion of the book, and light refreshments. Our scholar for this book will be Dr. Liz Wilson, Comparative Religion.

Our fifth book will be Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi.  You can find out more about this book and the other books we will be reading in our discussion series here.  Here are two primary documents to provide context for this work: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's Visit to a Harem and The Harem and the Revolutionary Gentlewomen of Egypt.  You might also find this map and timeline useful.

Her website is also worth checking out.  Plus we have a lot of her other books in our collection.

We encourage you to sign up for the book discussions so that you can receive free copies of the selected books. You can read more about our Muslim Journeys programming on the website.  

If you are interested in even more books to read, check out some of the books from our bookshelf: Bridging Cultures: Literary ReflectionsBridging Cultures: American Stories, and Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories.

*Our Muslim Journeys programming is sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Miami University Humanities Center.  Additional support provided by the Miami University Center for American and World Cultures and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

Amos Music Library's Spotlight Collection

Amos Music Library has established a new collection of general interest CD recordings. These selections range from classical to pop, musicals, folk / blues, and jazz. The Spotlight Collection is prominently displayed and designed for casual browsing. Some titles are temporarily included because of current events or local performances.

The Spotlight Collection titles serve as a sample of our collection of almost 20,000 recordings on CD and vinyl located in our closed stacks. Come by CPA to see our selections or borrow any of our titles.

Broken Verses Book Discussion

Miami University Libraries will be hosting its fourth Muslim Journeys* Book Discussion on March 6th from 4:00 to 5:00 in King 320. There will be a short presentation from a scholar, a discussion of the book, and light refreshments. Our scholar for this book will be Dr. Fauzia Ahmed, Sociology and Women's & Gender Studies.

Our fourth book will be Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie.  You can find out more about this book and the other books we will be reading in our discussion series here.  Here is a review you might useful. These resources will also be useful: an interview, a map, and a timeline. You might also find this recent online discussion Kamila Shamsie had with the author Pankaj Mishra interesting.

We encourage you to sign up for the book discussions so that you can receive free copies of the selected books. You can read more about our Muslim Journeys programming on the website.

If you are interested in even more books to read, check out some of the books from our bookshelf: Bridging Cultures: Literary Reflections, Bridging Cultures: American Stories, and Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories.

*Our Muslim Journeys programming is sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Miami University Humanities Center.  Additional support provided by the Miami University Center for American and World Cultures and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

House of Stone Book Discussion

Miami University Libraries will be hosting its third Muslim Journeys* Book Discussion on February 13th from 4:00 to 5:00 in King 320.  There will be a short presentation from a scholar, a discussion of the book, and light refreshments.  Our scholar for this book will be Dr. Matthew Gordon, professor of History.

Our third book will be House of Stone by Anthony Shadid.  You can find out more about this book and the other books we will be reading in our discussion series here. Here's a book review for the book.  You might also be interested in a series of 10 videos of Anthony Shadid, as he completes the renovations on his ancestral home.  Finally you can read an obituary for Anthony Shadid here.

We encourage you to sign up for the book discussions so that you can receive free copies of the selected books. You can read more about our Muslim Journeys programming on the website.

If you are interested in even more books to read, check out some of the books from our bookshelf: Bridging Cultures: Literary ReflectionsBridging Cultures: American Stories, and Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories.

*Our Muslim Journeys programming is sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Miami University Humanities Center.  Additional support provided by the Miami University Center for American and World Cultures and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

Persepolis Book Discussion

Miami University Libraries will be hosting its second Muslim Journeys* Book Discussion on January 30th from 4:00 to 5:00 in King 320.  There will be a short presentation from a scholar, a discussion of the book, and light refreshments.  Our scholar for this book will be Dr. Mark McKinney, professor of French.

Our second book will be Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  You can find out more about this book and the other books we will be reading in our discussion series here. You can read an interview with the author here, find out about the recent Chicago school ban here, and read an original review here. You might also be interested in watching the movie version of this graphic novel, though we still recommend you read the book too!

We encourage you to sign up for the book discussions so that you can receive free copies of the selected books. You can read more about our Muslim Journeys programming on the website.

If you are interested in even more books to read, check out some of the books from our bookshelf: Bridging Cultures: Literary ReflectionsBridging Cultures: American Stories, and Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories.

*Our Muslim Journeys programming is sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Miami University Humanities Center.  Additional support provided by the Miami University Center for American and World Cultures and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

Bridging Cultures: Literary Reflections

Since we are in the middle of our Muslim Journeys book discussions, I wanted to highlight the Literary Reflections theme from our Bridging Cultures collection, in case you want even more books to read! Here are the books we have from that collection:

The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy. King Library (2nd floor) | PJ7715 .M87 2008

The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi. King Library (2nd floor) | PK6451.F4 M2813 2011

Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely. King Library (2nd floor) | PL248.P34 K36513 2004

Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. King Library (2nd floor) | CT2678.M47 A3 1995

Minaret by Leila Aboulela.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR6051.B68 M56 2005

You can check out previous books we highlighted in this post and this post.

In the Country of Men Book Discussion

Miami University Libraries will be hosting its first Muslim Journeys* Book Discussion on December 5th from 4:00 to 5:00 in King 320.  There will be a short presentation from a scholar, a discussion of the book, and light refreshments.  Our scholar for this book will be Dr. Mark Peterson from Anthropology and International Studies.

Our first book will be In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar.  You can find out more about this book and the other books we will be reading in our discussion series here.  You might also be interested in a Q & A with the author, related resources, and this New York Times review.

We encourage you to sign up for the book discussions so that you can receive free copies of the selected books. There is still time to get the book and read it over Thanksgiving, but you'll want to make plans soon. You can read more about our Muslim Journeys programming at the website.

If you are interested in even more books to read, check out some of the books from our bookshelf: Bridging Cultures: American Stories and Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories.

*Our Muslim Journeys programming is sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Miami University Humanities Center.  Additional support provided by the Miami University Center for American and World Cultures and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

International Games Day Event!

Miami University Libraries will be a host site for the American Library Association's 6th Annual International Games Day event on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will take place in the Center for Digital Scholarship, located on the third floor of King Library.
We will have a wide array of video games and board games available to play, along with fun giveaways and a chance to win prizes*. There will also be free pizza, drinks, and snacks provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

All are welcome - Come for the chance to try out new games, play old favorites, or just to enjoy friendly competition and free food!
*While supplies last

Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories

Today I'm highlighting some more of the books we received from our Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures grant.  The theme this time is "Connected Histories."  Here are the books that we have:

When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon. King Library (2nd floor) | DS5.95 .G67 2009

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili. BEST Library, Basement | Q127.A5 A4 2011

The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal. King Library (2nd floor) | DP99 .M465 2002b

Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett. King Library (2nd floor) | PQ3979.2.M28 L413 1992

In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh. King Library (2nd floor) | DT56.2 .G48 1994

You can check out previous books we highlighted in this post.  Also, our film series is still ongoing, so come join us for an interesting film.

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