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Want to Know More About the Olympics? Here is the Place to Start

Rio 2016 jpgIf you read Merrill Stein’s recent blog, “Next Best Thing to Being There! Great Links to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” or have been watching or reading the news about the summer Olympics and have questions, Falvey’s collection can provide answers. This “Dig Deeper” features only part of our collection of books about the Olympics. And don’t forget, our very knowledgeable reference librarians (Ask a Librarian) are here to help you find materials. Or you may visit their offices on the second floor of Falvey.

Dig Deeper:

History of the Ancient Games:

The Ancient Olympic Games” (1984)

The Ancient Olympic Games” (1966)

The Ancient Olympics” (2004)

The Story of the Olympic Games, 776 B.C.” (1973)


Women and the Olympic Games:

Grace and Glory:  A Century of Women in the Olympics” (1996)

Their Day in the Sun:  Women of the 1932 Olympics” (1996)

When the Girls Came Out to Play:  The Birth of American Sportswear” (2006)

Women’s Sport and Spectacle:  Gendered Television Coverage and the Olympic Games” (1998)


Other aspects of the Games:

The First Modern Olympics” (1976)

Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games ” (2005)

100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History” (1995)

All That Glitters Is Not Gold:  The Olympic Game” (1972)

Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement” (1996)




Foto Friday: After the petals fall

After the petals fall

After the petals fall there is still beauty.



Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Rio ready?”

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanovans, “In what summer Olympic event would you enjoy participating?

Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian English & Theatre- “Little girl me was pretty obsessed with the gymnastics in spite of my utter lack of flexibility. I was actually a pretty good soccer player, not Olympics good, but you know I played varsity. Anyway, adult me would really like to participate in the kitten Olympics which are going on over on the Hallmark Channel because I just want to play with kittens.”






Darren Poley, Theology & Humanities Liaison Librarian- “Fencing. I spent a great deal of time fencing when I was younger. I think the sport deserves greater recognition. You can really evaluate someone’s skill set as fencing is gender neutral.”







Susan Ottignon, Research Support Librarian- “I’d like to be a participant walking into the closing ceremony having won a gold medal for Women’s singles table tennis.”








Patricia Kemp, Course Reserves & Desk Services- “Sorry, Sue. That gold is mine!”










Michael Foight, Special Collections & Digital Library Coordinator – “I haven’t been watching much of the Olympics. Actually, none at all. I know we’re talking summer events, but I would participate in skating. Speed skating. Curling is also action-packed.”







Morgan Falasca– “Swimming. I’ve been swimming my entire life. I want to stand next to Michael Phelps. I’ve always looked up to him. I would enjoy participating in the Women’s 400m freestyle.”


Another Sneak Peek at the Reading Room Renovation

Renovation of the Reading Room is progressing. The latest highly visible change is the opening of the wall between Old Falvey and main Falvey to create a connection with the Learning Commons and enable ADA access to the Reading Room.

The view below shows the closed-off second floor lounge adjacent to the Scanning Lab.

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This is the corridor which passes Special Collections and the Scanning Lab. The area behind the white barrier is where the lounge was.

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And this view was taken in the Reading Room looking into the second floor of main Falvey.

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Stay tuned to the Falvey Memorial Library blogs for renovation updates.


Photos by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.



Next Best Thing to Being There! Great links to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Olympics resizeIt all began in 2009 when the “chance to bring the Olympics to a continent that had never hosted the Games worked in Rio’s favor. During its presentation, the bid team showed a graphic of the world and marked all the places that have held an Olympics. South America was glaringly bare.” – (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/03/sports/03olympics.html?_r=0), (http://www.mapsofworld.com/sports/olympics/trivia/host-cities-of-olympics.html

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Image source: Wikipedia

Host city motto – Um mundo novo – a new world (Portuguese)  Other Olympic related mottos also exist.

“Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics [and Paralympics]. These will be the first games to be held in a Portuguese-speaking country, the first to be held entirely during the host country’s winter season (the 2000 games began on 15 September – five days before the Southern Hemisphere’s vernal equinox), the first since 1968 to be held in Latin America, and the first since 2000 (and third overall) to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Summer_Olympics

Olympic mascots have been a part of the games since about 1972, depending on who you ask. The games in Rio are no exception, as seen here, reported by the BBC.  The Rio mascots’ official home can be found at https://www.rio2016.com/mascots/#!home.

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Image source:  https://www.rio2016.com/mascots/#!home

Ahead of the Olympics, check here for key facts about the 206 participating countries in four venues. You can read about the games in at least four languages and follow the games here.  Follow the torch from here and learn its hidden secrets.  You can also get a Google street view of the games.

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Image source:  http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/36084489

The competition venues will be clustered in four zones – Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã – and connected by a high-performance transport ring. Nearly half of the athletes will be able to reach their venues in less than 10 minutes, and almost 75 per cent will do so in less than 25 minutes.

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Mystery and meaning                     Image source:  http://rio2016olympicswiki.com/rio-2016-olympic-torch-unveiled-photos-videos/126/


NBC is providing a full schedule of the Olympics.  The official source of Olympic news is also available now and here you can download the full athletics timetable for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

See one view of how Olympic medal data can explain the world.


Featured stories and a Philadelphia connection:





 PhilaU Textile Engineer Mark Sunderland Designs Innovative Rowing Suits for Rio Olympics




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‘Symbol of Hope’: Refugee Team Named for Rio Olympics



first male swimmer

First male swimmer to make five Olympics





 Triple threatTriple threat at the Olympics





smartest camerasRio Olympics will have some of the smartest sports cameras ever





dopingTesting for Doping at Rio





metricsMetric minded – Countries that are more gender equal in important ways enjoy greater athletic success at the Olympic Games, an effect that holds not only for female but also for male athletes. – The robustness of the win–win effect. – (PsycINFO (ProQuest))



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Images  for the above list are located within the stories.


Gaming the Olympics! Design your own Olympic Games:

Create stories, games and animations and more.



Zika virus information from the World Health Organization.

CDC – current situation directives

A Harvard commentary.


Footnote to the games:

Future games news


Dig deeper

2016 Rio Summer OlympicsLexis Nexis Academic

Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)

ProQuest Central

Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents

Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)

Brazil Arquivo Nacional

Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)

Olympic materials from the Falvey catalog


Merrill Stein resize 2Merrill Stein is the Geography/Psychology/Education librarian. Office:  Room 221. Phone:  610-519-4272.



Foto Friday: Umbrellas

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“The mind is like an umbrella – it functions best when open.”  Walter Gropius (1883-1969), German architect.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept. member.


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“Cabinets of Curiosity” – Items of Interest from Special Collections

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“Cabinets of Curiosity,” the latest exhibit from Falvey’s Special Collections, will be on view until early September. Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant who created the exhibit, says, “ ’Cabinets of Curiosity’ highlights some of our less frequently displayed materials … I love these ‘hodge-podge’ exhibits because they give us a chance to show some of the great stuff that doesn’t fit in our regular themed exhibits, like the stereocope viewer. ”

Bang explains, “A Cabinet of Curiosities was a collection of artifacts deemed unusual or interesting largely because they represented areas where knowledge was limited or unknown. … These ‘cabinets (which were originally housed in rooms, rather than a piece of furniture such as we would call a cabinet) were especially popular in Renaissance Europe. This exhibit follows in the spirit of these historical collections by gathering together items of interest from Falvey Memorial Library’s Special Collections.” (Curator’s introduction to the exhibit.)

Materials included in this exhibit are varied, ranging from Samuel Tugentman’s scrapbook to a group of paperbacks written in French displayed in six cases. There are colorful children’s books; a September 1917 issue of “Needlecraft;” a small photograph album of the “No. 2 Northern Aircraft Repair Depot, Sheffield;” a 1918 card game, “America in the War … [World War I]; and perhaps of special interest to women, a small book titled “How to Get Married Although a Woman, by a Young Widow,” published in 1892.

The tall vertical case which houses the beginning of the exhibit contains the curator’s introduction and a variety of unique objects:  the middle shelf displays an antique stereo viewer (18850 and a collection of stereo photographs, “Hursts’ Stereoscopic Studies of Natural History: For Object Teaching in Schools and Parlor Entertainments (1870).” (The images appear in three dimensions when viewed in the stereoscope., the ancestor of the modern Viewmaster and its cards.) On the bottom shelf are selected items from the James D. Reap, Jr., World War II Collection: a canvas bag decorated with a girl’s head, a group of black and white photographs, a notebook with sketches and symbols related to radio communication, items from the USS Proteus and a portable volt and current meter in a wooden case.

Whatever your interests may be, there is surely something in this “Cabinets of Curiosity” that you will find appealing.

Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, helped Bang install the exhibit. Joanne Quinn, Communications and Marketing team leader and Falvey’s graphic artist, designed the graphics.


Happy National Coloring Book Day Featuring Our Own Sue Ottignon

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Today, August 2, is National Coloring Book Day. To celebrate this day, we interviewed Falvey’s own expert colorist, Sue Ottignon, Research Support Librarian for Languages & Literatures.  Ottignon has been coloring since she received a coloring book and a set of 36 Crayola colored pencils as a 2015 Christmas gift from her niece. She says, “I’ve always been artsy.” Before embarking on her new hobby, she had an art background in stitchery; she stitched in crewel embroidery (embroidery worked in wool threads) and in counted cross stitch embroidery.

Asked how do you work, she says she works with multiple books and multiple pages and never completes a picture in a single sitting. When starting a new project, she explains, “I look.  What colors do I want? I give it more thought and try to keep the image flowing and balanced. Sometimes I wait for it to generate an ‘aha moment.’  …  I can shade and darken with another color. I’ve improved in that I understand shading better. I had been using too much red.” Now she is leaning towards greens, blues, beiges and more geometrical designs.

Ottignon colors instead of watching television; she listens and colors a bit each evening and on weekends. “I color to the point that my thumb joint aches.” And she currently has several pieces underway that “I can’t seem to finish.” So far she has completed 40-50 sheets and has shared her work with others in the building. Four of her works are in the Director’s Office and I’m also the proud owner of one!

Earlier this year, Joanne Quinn, Communications and Marketing team leader created “Colour Your World,” a window exhibit in Falvey. Villanova-themed coloring pages were available as part of the exhibit and Ottignon colored the Falvey Library page. She also colored “Comfort Magazine” covers with Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant.

Sue Ottignon's colored page of Falvey

Sue Ottignon’s colored page of Falvey

The Villanova-exclusive coloring pages from the “Colour Your World” exhibit are now available on line. So, if you are inspired to try your hand at this pastime, please download these pages and get out your colored pencils.

Villanova coloring pages available here:

St. Augustine

Coach Harry Perretta

Falvey Memorial Library

St. Thomas of Villanova

Jay Wright

V for Villanova, V for Victory

Will D Cat and the Oreo

A Studious Will D Cat and bonus Easter eggs

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Road to Rio by Villanova Athletics Department

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Villanova has had at least one athlete participate in every Summer Olympics since 1948 and this year is no exception. Sam McEntee, CLAS ’15, and Patrick Tiernan, a senior, are both on the Australian Olympic Team.

The Villanova Athletics Department has been Tweeting  “Road to Rio” featuring Villanova Olympians; there are over sixty! Villanova’s first Olympian was John F. O’Connell in 1908; he was followed by five Track and Field athletes in 1948. The Athletics Department features a different athlete each day until the Olympics begin on August 5.

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Some interesting facts about Villanova’s Olympians from Mark Jackson, Director of Athletics: Villanova Olympians have represented fifteen countries over the years, Villanovans have wone nine gold medals and five silver medals, and Villanovans have competed in nine differeent sports. ‘Way to go ‘Nova Olympians!

List of Villanova Summer Olympians


Rio 2016 image retrieved from https:www.olympic.org/rio-2016

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Foto Friday: A Refreshing View

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A cooling campus view for a hot summer day.


Photo by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing team.


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