Lexie McClatchy – “Noah Calhoun from The Notebook.”
Justin D’Agnese – “Hermione Granger.”
Madeline Ruocco – “Spider-Man.”
Ryan Smith – “Princess Leia.”
Cate Ronan – “Prince Charming from Cinderella!”
Kent Wu – “Elsa from Frozen.”
As the university library on one of the most romantic college campuses in the world, the Falvey Memorial Library has found it judicious to bring some Valentine’s Day literature recommendations to our constituents. Whether you’re single and looking, single and happy, or taken, these books are the perfect companions to spend the day with.
1. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
This recommendation comes from First Year Experience & Humanities Librarian Rob Leblanc. A contemplation of beauty and love in the midst of the destruction and horror of The Second World War, “The Book Thief” offers the perfect chance to embark on the journey of a boy who uses literature to overcome terror. Whether you’re cuddled up with your significant other, enjoying the heat of the fireplace over a couple of novels or if other obligations have prevented you from seeing your other half, this story will engross you in a world where love truly conquers all.
2. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
English & Theatre Librarian Sarah Wingo recommends this book for romantics of all kinds. Also set in WWII, this Pulitzer Prize winner recounts the journey of a blind French girl and a German boy as they come of age during WWII. Their paths eventually cross during the American landing at Normandy on D-Day. Following their exchange, one’s path to safety is ensured, while the other remains dangerously trapped on the battlefields of Europe. For anyone thinking about the very nature of romance and love, this story provides an interesting peak at the very drives at the heart of our nature.
3. “The Pastoral Symphony, or, La Symphonie Pastorale” by André Gide
Recommended by Nursing/Life Sciences & Instructional Services Librarian Barbara Quintiliano, this novella is available in our collection in both English and its original French. Also incorporating the device of blindness, this one recounts the relationship that develops between a pastor’s son and a blind girl named Gertrude. As the pastor himself attempts to shield Gertrude from sin, his son falls deeply in love with her and proposes marriage. From there, the story takes an interesting turn that forces the reader to consider lessons of the bible, honesty, and responsibility in love.
4. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” by William Shakespeare
Interested in what happens when four secular men take the oath not to give in to female temptations? Theology / Humanities Librarian Darren Poley recommends this Shakespeare piece. Featuring sovereign decrees, secret romances, and a king in disguise, this comedy features the claim that man’s highest study ought to be love.
5. “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks
Information Services Specialist Gerald Dierkes recommends kicking back on the recliner and reading this lovely story from romantic tale expert Nicholas Sparks. “It’s not specifically about Valentine’s Day,” Dierkes says, “but it is a good love story.” For those of you interested in how emotions of the heart may conquer ailments of the body, this book is especially for you.
(Photos courtesy of the Falvey Memorial Library Collection and Google Books)
“I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo,”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet (but, you probably guessed this citation).
Happy almost Valentine’s day! Unless you hate Valentine’s Day, in which case I offer you a happy & regular Monday, February 13th.
This Week at the Library:
Tuesday, February 14th,
-Faith & Culture Pop-Up Lectures, Room 204, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
-Literary Festival 2017: Brit Bennett, Speaker’s Corner, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15th,
-Speaker: Delia Popa, Room 205, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 16th,
-OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, Room 204, 12:05-1:15 p.m.
Friday, February 17th,
-Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, First Floor Lounge, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Chocolates/candies/flowers are cheaper on February 15th. Also, chocolate stores in the freezer for up to six months. Perhaps this information will help you have multiple #mindfulnessmondays. Or at least, #improvedmondays.
Save the Date:
Tuesday, February 14th,
Singing Valentine Delivery, All Day
Friday, February 17th
Nova Nights: Silent Disco, Café Nova, 9:00 p.m.
#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University, and on leaving enough time to de-ice/de-snow her car in the morning before leaving for campus. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!
On Feb. 8, over 150 people attended the memorial service for the victims of the Russian Revolutions of 1917 in Corr Chapel and then came to Falvey Memorial Library for the opening of the exhibit, “Blood and Soul: The Russian Revolutions of 1917.” His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, celebrated the memorial service in the presence of the rare Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God which was then brought to Falvey for that evening only.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon gave the opening blessing for the exhibit, “Blood and Soul: The Russian Revolutions of 1917.” Speakers were Michael Foight, coordinator of Falvey’s Special Collections and Digital Library; Michael T. Westrate, PhD, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and committee member of the Russian Area Studies Concentration; Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and co-founder of the Russian Area Studies Concentration Program. Dean Lindenmeyr welcomed guests and gave a brief presentation about Russian history.
Guests visiting the exhibition had the opportunity to view the Feodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God which had resided with the imperial family and to which it is said they prayed before being taken into custody and the Romanov Gospel which also belonged to the imperial family. These rare treasures were only on exhibit for that evening. The exhibit was curated by the Very Rev. John J. Perich, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of the Orthodox Church in America and St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary Icon Repository, South Canaan, Pa., and the Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, director of the University Art Gallery and curator of the University’s art collections.
A bountiful buffet of homemade Russian foods such as a whole salmon, pate, salad, spreads and deserts was set up in the Speaker’s Corner and in the Holy Grounds Café.
The exhibit will remain on view through Sept. 1. As part of the centennial commemoration of the Russian revolutions and the Enthronement of St. Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow there will be occasional lectures and programs while “Blood and Soul” is open.
Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.
Amy Vera – “I would say talk to the students. We all have different experiences, but we all have one thing in common: that we really love Villanova or else we wouldn’t be here.”
Michael Medina – “I would attend outside-of-class things, like seminars or presentations offered. It would give you a feel of what the values of the university are and you’d know whether those line up with your personal values.”
Natalie Garinther – “I would say to talk to the students because that’s the best way to figure out what the students are like. There were a lot of students sitting in on classes this morning, and that’s a good way to figure out what class sizes would be and how teachers interact with us.”
Rebecca Walters – “I sat in on an acapella rehearsal before I came, so maybe sit in on extracurricular activities. That would be my advice: ask people about their extracurriculars.”
Alison Mabery – “Look at a club you wouldn’t normally be interested in!”
There are banners all around campus to celebrate this landmark demisemiseptcentennial (175th) anniversary.
Photo by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing.
The exhibit, “Blood and Soul: The Russian Revolutions of 1917,” opens today with a 5 pm reception in Falvey Memorial Library. Archpriest John J. Perich, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of the Orthodox Church in America, and the Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, curator of the University Art Gallery, co-curated and mounted the exhibit which remains open through Sept. 1. The exhibit commemorates the one hundredth anniversaries of the Russian Revolutions and the enthronement of St. Patriarch Tikon of Moscow.
Preceding the opening of the exhibit, at 4 pm in Corr Hall Chapel there will be a memorial service for the victims of the Russian Revolutions.
Both events are open to the public.
The Villanova Career Center is holding its Spring Career Fairs in the Connelly Center on February 7 and 8. The Communication, Marketing and Media Fair is Feb. 7, 10 am – 1 pm; Finance, Accounting and Consulting Fair is 3 pm – 6 pm. Engineering, Science, Technology and Big Data Fair is Feb. 8, 10 am – 1 pm.
Linda Hauck, business librarian, prepared a group of “Dig Deepers” which can provide Villanovans with useful information about careers, test preparation, resumes and interviewing.
Dig Deeper: Career Exploration
Dig Deeper: Test Preparation
Master the LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
Cracking the GRE (a graduate-level admissions test)
Cracking the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse)
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review (Graduate Management Admission Test)
Dig Deeper: Resumes and Interviewing
Linda Hauck can be reached at 610-519-8744. Her office is room 222 in Falvey’s second floor Learning Commons.
Hauck’s photo courtesy of Falvey Memorial Library. Mortarboards courtesy of Pixabay.com.
The critically-acclaimed play, Lagan by Stacey Gregg, makes its American debut on Feb. 7 in the Villanova Theatre. The play, directed by Kathryn MacMillan, MA, ’01 CLAS, will be presented from Feb. 7 – 19. Lagan tells the stories of four families in Belfast, Ireland; their voices explore the history, legacy and impact of war.
Villanova Theatre will host Speaker’s Night following the Feb. 16 performance. Owen McCafferty, Kathryn MacMillan and Rachel O’Hanlon Rodriguez, the production’s dramaturg, will share their insights.
Last year Gregg spoke as part of a panel for The Theatre of War Symposium at the Abbey Theatre (with whom Villanova has a close relationship)
An article from 2015 where she speaks of gender, identity, and the lack of women in the arts
The Abbey Theatre’s page about her https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/people/view/stacey_gregg
Link to Villanova Theatre’s production page for Lagan
The Dig Deeper links were provided by Sarah Wingo, English literature and theatre librarian. Her office is room 223. Telephone: 610-519-5183.