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Falvey Welcomes New and Returning Wildcats

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 22, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Will D Cat at the circulation desk

Now that summer is almost over (Labor Day, which marks the unofficial end of summer is Sept. 4) and classes are beginning, Falvey welcomes all Wildcats, new and returning!

Falvey Memorial Library is here to serve the Villanova University community: students, faculty and staff. We offer public work stations – 80 of them; the Holy Grounds 24-hour lounge; a wide variety of study spaces on four floors; the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room (another 24-hour study space); books and periodicals (of course!), and databases; the Learning Commons and much more. Our knowledgeable research support librarians and Access Services staff are eager to help you.

Throughout the year, Falvey sponsors or co-sponsors events such as Food Matters Week, the Literary Festival, One Book Villanova, Falvey Scholars and a variety of exhibits.

To discover more about Falvey, explore our homepage: “Building Information,” “Services,” “Social Media,” and “Ask a Librarian,” may be quite helpful. Fell free to ask any of our librarians or staff for help. And do read our blogs for current information.

Will D. Cat photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.



Kallie’s Chords: Fall Into Fall

I must admit, August is a peculiar month. While I enjoy the eighth month of the year (my birthday is on the first), its arrival reminds me that summer will soon be coming to an end. Yet, as much as I enjoy the sunshine and relaxation, I’m equally excited for cooler weather and the bustle of fall.

This playlist, with its blend of relaxed and lively tracks, embodies the bittersweet feelings this time of year brings. Stock up on school supplies and enjoy these last few days of summer vacation, Wildcats! In case you didn’t hear, the first and second floor of Falvey Memorial Library will now be open 24 hours. [Insert excited screams here] We’re just as thrilled as you are!

As you prepare for another school year, keep in mind that Falvey offers a number of services to help you succeed. Here’s to another great semester!


2017 Solar Eclipse Is Coming 8/21

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 20, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

photograph of partial solar eclipse

The upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, has generated considerable interest around campus and beyond. Although we are not in the 70 miles wide path of the total eclipse, if it is not cloudy, we will still be able to see a partial eclipse. Lucky people, those who registered for it (registrations are closed), will be able to watch it courtesy of Villanova’s Astrophysics and Planetary Science Department.

What exactly is a solar eclipse? During a total solar eclipse, the moon appears to completely cover the sun and the sun’s corona (its outer atmosphere) is visible. Outside the path of the total eclipse, observers will see a partial eclipse in which the sun is partially covered by the moon.

Warning: Unless you are wearing approved eclipse glasses do not look at the sun during an eclipse (except during the short time it is completely covered) and do not photograph it (unless you have the appropriate filter on your camera). To watch the eclipse without the proper glasses, use a pinhole camera or solar eclipse viewer. These are easy to make and directions are available below.

There are two to five solar eclipses per year; total solar eclipses are less frequent – one about every 18 months. So if you miss this one, there will be more.

Dig Deeper:

 How to Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer.” Live Science Staff.

How to Make a Pinhole Camera.” NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

NASA Eclipse 2017 Live-Streaming Video of Total Solar Eclipse The video begins at noon with an “Eclipse Preview Show,” and at 1 p.m. the “Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA.” “This show will cover the path of totality the eclipse will take across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The program will feature views from NASA research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially-modified telescopes. It also will include live reports from Charleston, as well as from Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Beatrice, Nebraska; Jefferson City, Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois; Hapkinsonville, Kentucky; and Clarksville, Tennessee.” (NASA website)

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Tips – US Dept. of Interior.”

“Eclipse: Who? What? Where? and How?” NASA

Solar specs needed for safe viewing of eclipse.” Marcia Dunn

Books in Falvey


Partial solar eclipse image from Pixabay.com

We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

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Foto Friday: Flags of Many Countries

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 18, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Photograph of flags in Connelly Center

These flags, hanging in the Connelly Center, represent the many countries from which Villanova students come.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

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Throwback Thursday: “Triumph of David” Removed from Wall

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 17, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Photograph of painting being removed from wall

The large painting, “Triumph of David” by Pietro da Cortona, is removed from the wall where it hung in what is now the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room on Feb. 19, 2013, so that conservation (http://thetriumphofdavid.com/) could begin. Now fully conserved, the painting in its original frame hangs almost where it was originally placed in 1956.



Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Lisbeth and Lizzy.”

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “Who is your literary role model?”

Shannon Makenne– “Lisbeth Salander” [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.]

 Trisha Kemp, Access Services Specialist: “Lizzy Bennet” [Pride and Prejudice.]

Roberta Rosci, Resource Management Specialist: “Jeannette Walls” [author of Villanova One Book, The Glass Castle.]

Marianne Watson, Acquisitions/Licensing Librarian:”Pa, from [Little House on the Prairie].”

Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “Lisbeth Salander” [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.]


Emma Max, Falvey Scholar – A Published Author

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 15, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Emma Max, a 2017 Falvey Scholar, is now a published author. Her article, “Just in KASE: Evaluating Nursing Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Self-Efficacy Towards Care for the Dying Patients,” coauthored with Meredith MacKenzie, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CNE, assistant professor, College of Nursing, is in Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 356-362.

The annual Falvey Scholars program, at which Max presented her paper, was held in the Library on April 28. University Librarian Millicent Gaskell was the emcee and award presenter. Craig Wheeland, PhD, Vice Provost for Academics, welcomed the attendees. The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, gave the closing remarks.

Emma and her mentor, Dr. MacKenzie, presented their research at the College of Nursing’s Annual Research Symposium, “Nursing Research for Healthy Communities,” on March 28, 2017.

Emma, a 2017 College of Nursing graduate, is enrolled in a nurse residency program at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. “It’s awesome; it’s 11 people and me. I do that for about six months, and then I work there for two years, and then I see where life takes me.”

She commented that while a student at Villanova she spent a lot of time in Falvey, “especially now that they redid Old Falvey [the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room].” She also enjoyed spending time in the 24-hour lounge, “goofing off” or studying.

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Moodboard Monday: Mike Sgier

Trying to find a new book to read, a different podcast to listen to or another show to watch? Look no further than this series of interviews with Falvey Memorial Library staff. Sharing their recent interests and activities, feel free to explore these recommendations and expand your popular culture palate.

Tell me a bit about your role at Falvey Memorial Library.

I’m the Service Desk Coordinator at Falvey Memorial Library. I make sure the Access Services desk functions properly and runs smoothly. I ensure that anyone working the desk helps patrons and is knowledgeable about all the services Falvey offers.

Name a book you haven’t been able to put down.

I just finished re-reading The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. The novel is part of a fantasy series that was released before “Game of Thrones.” The saga actually inspired George R.R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire. I also read the new issue of Love and Rockets; it’s a comic series. I just started reading Octavia Butler’s novel, Dawn, which is pretty good. The book is my first encounter with Butler’s work.

What binge worthy television shows have you been streaming?

I just started watching the new “Twin Peaks” (SHOWTIME). The series is more David Lynch than the original “Twin Peaks” (ABC)…but that’s perfectly OK with me. In a unique way, the show masterfully combines humor with horror. I also watch “Game of Thrones” like everyone else.

Have you been to the theatre recently? Any musicals or plays you would attend again?

I haven’t been to the theatre in a really long time. As far as movies go, I saw the film “Paterson” at The Ritz in Philly back in March or April. It was about a bus driver named Paterson, who lives in the city of Paterson, who is also a poet. I definitely want to see that movie again.

“Paterson,” photo courtesy of yahoo.com.

Name a podcast you’ve been following.

I listen to “Travis Bickle On The Riviera;” the podcast is just three guys talking about movies. I also listen to “Judge John Hodgman;” the podcast is like “The People’s Court,” with Hodgman giving rulings on very mundane things. Tom Scharpling’s podcast “The Best Show” is really funny. It’s a call-in show; Scharpling discusses a different topic each week and sometimes Jon Wurster will call in and act as different characters. My favorite character is Philly Boy Roy. The comical bits between Scharpling and Wurster are really great.

Speaking of listening, what musical artist(s) has been blasting out of your speakers?

I listen to “Mogwai;” they’re an alternative rock band, mostly instrumental. “Sloan,” a Canadian pop group, is regularly on my radio. I’m also listening to an artist named “Mitski;” she’s mostly indie alternative. Her songs have some great lyrics.

What is something you enjoy doing in Philadelphia?

I like going out to eat. There’s a lot of good restaurants in the city. I just ate at the Triangle Tavern in South Philly. They prepared a great antipasto vegetable plate.

Triangle Tavern, photo courtesy of philly.com.

Tell me about a dish you recently prepared. Would you share the recipe?

I enjoy making a pork, cabbage and rice dish. It tastes good and is really easy to make.

What summertime activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy biking, but not when it’s extremely hot out. Fall is my favorite season.

Name an app you’re crazed about.

Of all the social media apps out there, I get positive vibes from Instagram.

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Foto Friday: Black Eyed Susans

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 11, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
Photograph of black eyed Susans

Black eyed Susans on campus

From spring through fall, the Villanova campus is filled with blooms. Black eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are native to the United States and are found in most states. They attract butterflies and bees and birds eat their seeds. Black eyed Susans, the state flower of Maryland, are heat and drought resistant and belong to the sunflower family.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


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Throwback Thursday: Falvey’s First Floor in 2011

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 10, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
View of DVD stacks on 1st floor in 2011

The DVD stacks, now in Old Falvey/Falvey West, were on the main floor in 2011.


Photograph from Falvey’s DAM.

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