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Peek at the Week: Feb. 6-10

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Quote of the Week: 

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer,” -Albert Camus.
(For those who are feeling the brunt of winter blues.)


Like this little guy (photo from pixabay.com)

This Week at the Library: 
Monday, February 6, 

– Philosophy Lecture – Whitney Howell, Room 205, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
– “We the People:  Corrective Art and Hip-Hop Culture in the  Era of Trump” – Prof. James Peterson, Lehigh University, Speakers’ Corner, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8,
-Blood and Soul:  The Russian Revolutions of 1917 Exhibition, First Floor Lounge, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 10,
-VESL Group Meeting, Room 205, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
-Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club: Regular Group Meeting, First Floor Lounge, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The winter seems to have taken its hold on the general mood of my friends and me (and maybe for you and your friends, too). We’re all a little quieter (myself only a very little, according to my brother) and a little less proactive than we were when it was warmer.  To combat any such winter woes/seasonal blues, the internet suggests the typical (simple, wonderful) cures: taking a walk, talking to friends, eating healthy, being outside, etc. Along with this, I personally suggest reading a book (what else would you expect from a graduate assistant at the library?) and buying a space heater (something unheard of back home in North Carolina). The library can provide you with easy access to one of my personal suggestions.

P.s. – and for the other, we could probably point you in the right direction.

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But while you’re here asking for either, you get to enjoy this beautiful, lightly-snowed view

Save the Date:
Tuesday, February, 7th, 

National Send a Card to a Friend Day
(because everyone loves getting cards!)


Plus you can practice your crafting skills (photo from pixabay.com)

#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 finding the right cactus to fit her apartment’s style. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


Foto Friday: Happy Birthday, Will D. Cat!


Today is Will D. Cat’s birthday.  Happy birthday, Will, and may you enjoy many more. Does he look like he is 91?

Will frequently visits Falvey and its librarians.


Collage by Joanne Quinn, Communications and Marketing Dept. Director. Individual photos by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.

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Kallie Stahl–A Familiar Face Is Now a Full Time Member of Falvey

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This month Kallie Stahl joined the Communication and Marketing Department as a Communication and Marketing specialist, reporting to Director Joanne Quinn and working with Regina (Gina) Duffy, events program manager, and Hunter Vay Houtzer, graduate assistant. She became a temporary employee in May 2016 after  working for the department as a graduate assistant.

Stahl originally joined the Library in August 2014 as a graduate assistant in the Scholarly Outreach team led by Darren Poley. As a member of the team and working with Regina (Gina) Duffy and Rebecca (Becky) Whidden, she facilitated and assured the successful execution of the Library’s outreach activities.

Stahl, a native of Williston, Ohio, came to Villanova University to pursue a M.A. in Communication; she is currently completing her thesis, “Crisis on Castle:  Examining the Power of Collective Affect within Convergence Culture.” She also earned a certificate in Critical/Cultural Studies in May 2016. Stahl selected Villanova because its communication faculty members have very diverse academic interests. She graduated in 2013 from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in communication and public relations.

She says, “I’m a popular culture fanatic—television, music, literature, graphic novels—I enjoy exploring old and new texts. I enjoy being active, playing and watching sports (silently cheering all of Cleveland’s professional sports teams on to victory.) In my free time, I’m typically making travel arrangements for a new trip abroad.”

She spent six weeks in China, June – July 2015, in Shanghai and Beijing as a participant in the Shanghai Business and Communication Internship Program. Through CRCC Asia she worked as an intern for Monkies Shoes, an international fashion company. Stahl has also visited Mexico, Canada, and Europe; her most recent European trip was 2012 when she enrolled in a summer course in London.

Stahl creates the “Curious ‘Cat” which appears on the Library blog each Thursday; she interviews and photographs students and others, asking a new question each week. She is currently filling in for Regina Duffy (who is on maternity leave) working with events held in Falvey.  She contributes to events, to editorial and marketing efforts to communicate and promote the Library and its key messages, strategic priorities and values; these responsibilities will continue after Duffy returns.

Look for the Curious ‘Cat later today.


Photo by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.

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Today Is Groundhog Day


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Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day, the day when we learn whether we shall have six more weeks of winter or an early spring, a prediction based upon whether a groundhog sees his shadow or not. What is a groundhog and how did he become a weather predictor?

Groundhogs, also called woodchucks or whistlepigs, are rodents, members of the marmot family. They are primarily plant-eaters although the one who lived in my yard was quite fond of birdseed, often raiding my bird feeder. They are burrowing animals and efficient diggers (just look at those feet), weighing from 4 to 9 pounds and ranging in length from 16 to 26 inches.

The roots of Groundhog Day go back to an early Christian celebration, Candlemas, the Purification of the Blessed Virgin or the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, held on Feb.2.

Germans began to associate a sunny holiday, a day when a hedgehog could see his shadow, with six more weeks of winter. When German immigrants came to Pennsylvania, they found no hedgehogs, but there were numerous groundhogs and they decided that the groundhog would become the weather predictor.

In 1887 a group of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, hunters formed the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club; one of the members was editor of the local newspaper and he claimed that their groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, was the only accurate predictor. Punxsutawney Phil eventually became famous. But are his predictions accurate? Statistically no, he has been correct only about 39% of the time. So will he see his shadow today, bringing six more weeks of winter, or will it be a cloudy day, predicting an early spring?

Groundhog Day videoGroundhog Day,” a romantic comedy starring Bill Murray, Andie McDowell and Chris Elliot, tells the story of a TV weatherman (Murray) sent to Punxsutawney to cover the annual Groundhog Day events. This is just one DVD in Falvey’s collection available for your entertainment. The Digital Library has available a recording, “Groundhog Day” by Mark Simos, for your listening pleasure.




Groundhog photograph from Wikimedia Commons.

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Langston Hughes 115th Birthday Bash Today

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: February 1, 2017
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

Today, Feb. 1, at 4:30 in the Speakers” Corner, Crystal Lucky, PhD, associate professor of English, will present brief remarks at Langston Hughes 115th Birthday Bash. There will be public readings of Hughes’ works. This event is a celebration of Black History Month.

Dig Deeper: 

Works by Hughes

About Hughes


James Richardson, Poet, Kicks Off the Literary Festival

“The days are in order, the months, the seasons, the years. But the weeks are work. They have no names; they repeat.”
– James Richardson

Today, Jan. 31, James Richardson will visit Villanova University as part of the Literary Festival, co-sponsored by a host of organizations across campus including the English Department and the Falvey Memorial Library. A professor of creative writing at Princeton University, Richardson will talk about his newest collection, During, among other literary topics, during his visit to the Radnor/St. David’s Room in the Connelly Center at 7 pm.

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Richardson’s career in the field of English literature began with his undergraduate education at Princeton University, where he graduated in 1971. From there he traveled to the University of Virginia to earn his MA and Ph.D., programs which he completed by 1975. For the next five years, Richardson taught at Harvard University as an assistant professor.

The majority of his academic career, however, has been spent at Princeton University, where he has served as a professor, a director of their creative writing program and as a seminar presenter. Richardson’s own creative work in poetry has brought him critical acclaim, and his unique voice and style have propelled him to the heights of literary accomplishment.

In addition to appearing in the New Yorker, Richardson’s work has appeared in various anthologies and collections published throughout the early 21st century. He’s also published a number of book-length works that contain both poetry and aphorisms. His books include As IfA Suite for Lucretians, and How Things Are; they are available through Interlibrary Loan.

By his own admission, Richardson’s aphorism writing started “more as a questionable habit” than the foundation for a career, but his work, of obvious cultural importance, has landed him in the lineup of this year’s Literary Festival. His presentation promises to be of as many philosophical, aesthetic and academic turns as his poetry, and we hope to see you there!

Dig Deeper:


Dig deeper with his additional works available through Falvey’s catalogue: By the Numbers, Interglacial and Reservations or by viewing his biography via the Gale Literature Resource Center.

william thumbnailArticle by William Repetto, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


Peek at the Week: Jan. 30- Feb. 3

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Quote of the Week:

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift,” Albert Einstein.


And this is coming from a guy who comprehended a lot (photo from pixabay)

Hello all! January is drawing to an end, meaning we’ve almost knocked out 1/12 of the year 2017 (the only fractions I remember how to calculate). Best of luck to everyone out there maintaining resolutions and successfully beginning yet another (wonderful, challenging, inspired, time-consuming) semester.

This Week in the Library:

Monday, January 30th
-Philosophy Job Talks, Room 205, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31st
-LSAT Master Class, Room 204, 9:45-11:30 a.m.
-OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, Room 204, 12:05-1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1st
-Resume Review Day, Room 205, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
-Duquesne University School of Law Presentation, Room 204, 12:05-2:00 p.m.
-Africana Studies Spring Event, Speaker’s Corner, 4:30-6:30

Thursday, February 2nd
-OUS: Pre-law Advising Workshop, Room 205,

Friday, February 3rd
-Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club: Regular Group Meeting, First Floor Lounge, 2:30-4:30
-Digital Humanities Event, Room 204, 2:30-4:30


IMG_3285I’ve received my first pair of reading glasses. On top of their magnification of words (the whole point of the glasses, I guess) I also asked for a “blue-light blocking” lens, which is rumored to help with sleep-troubles for those who are awake late into the night on their computers (read: procrastinators). While this point seems to be in contention for the medical field (it may just be placebo, after all), I can only offer the small note: they seem to be working for me. From bright orange goggles to more subtle amber lenses on websites like Etsy.com and Amazon.com, there are many inexpensive options for people with interest in giving this a try.

P.s. – it’s also quite the fashion statement, and has finally let me live out my dream of wearing red glasses! (Both my joy & glasses visible to the left).

Save the Date:
Monday, January 30th
Involvement Fair, Villanova Room, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31st
Kerry Washington’s birthday!
She says, “I’ve always been a writer because I’ve always been a student.”
(Which good to remember as the semester demands essay after essay.)


Plus, look how happy she is to be both of those things! (Photo from flickr.com, GlenLowe.com)

Wednesday, February 1st 
VU Game Watch vs. Providence, Belle Air Terrace, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 3rd
NovaNights: Restaurant Week/Alvin Alley Show, Register with the Campus Activities Team. Buses leave at 5:00 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 also on maintaining her New Year’s Resolution (to read more books that aren’t for school). Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year

This year,  the Year of the Rooster, begins today, Jan. 28, and ends on Feb. 15, 2018. The new year’s date changes from year to year because it based on a lunisolar calendar.


Image from Pixabay.com.


Foto Friday: Enjoy the Unexpected!

Enjoy an unexpected pop of color in an otherwise dull space.

Enjoy an unexpected pop of color in an otherwise dull space.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Pie or cake for Villanova’s birthday?”

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In honor of Villanova’s 175th birthday, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Would you prefer pie or cake to celebrate?”

       (Spoiler alert: Wildcats LOVE chocolate cake!)


Catherine Anderson- “Apple pie!”



Brooke Szczygiel- “Cake. Chocolate cake.”



Kyle Gray- “Chocolate cake.”



Colleen McCeliand- “Chocolate cake, like the one in Matilda!”



Sardar Khan-“Well, chocolate mousse cake.”



William Repetto- “Gluten-free pumpkin pie.”

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