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Mood Board: Bill Greene talks Triceratops, Sci Fi, and 40 Years at Falvey

This week’s Mood Board features Falvey Memorial Library staff member Bill Greene. Bill’s varied spectrum of interests and skills makes him one awesomely multifaceted person! Read on to learn more about Bill, dinosaurs, science fiction, and to follow some links to great books and resources.


Hi, Bill! So I saw on Facebook that you had a major work anniversary recently. How many years have you been here now?

40. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

What is your earliest Falvey memory?

Actually, it wasn’t much of a memory, but it was my first day here. I was a student. Way back—I can tell you the date! I was a student. I knew it was gonna be a life-changing thing, y’know. The date was May 7th 1968. It was a Wednesday, and I was working in acquisitions. I was working with books in print. I was checking the orders to make sure they were correct. The whole first day was really strange, because the previous day, I had known nothing about working in a library. But then my mother said to me “[one of our neighbors] called, and she wanted to know if you’d like to work at Villanova’s library. “ So I said, “Yeah, why not?” I just could’ve said, you know, “Nah, forget it, I don’t wanna do that” and that would’ve totally changed my life. But I said yes. Next day, I was in there, that quick. It just grew from there, it wasn’t planned.

And forty years later, look at you!

Yeah, still here!

What are the first three words that come to mind when you think of Falvey Memorial Library?

Fun. Novel.* People.

*”I was considering, I still am, writing a novel with this place as the background. With so many experiences, I have plenty to pick from.”

Read any periodicals, magazines, journals?

I read Discover Magazine, because mainly, it’s science, which I am interested in. It’s science, but they write it so I can understand it. Once in a while I read Scientific American… and I wonder, why did I bother reading this? I didn’t get anything out of it. They’re too technical, I think, in some cases. Discover is a good magazine, especially if you find an article on something you care about.


via Wikimedia Commons

What’s your favorite dinosaur?

My favorite dinosaur is Triceratops. Do you have any idea what Triceratops looks like?

 I do!

Very good! I figured you would. He’s one of the more common ones, the three horn face, that’s what it stands for in Latin, I guess. I couldn’t tell you why I like him. My favorite dinosaur is not Tyrannosaurus Rex because that’s who everybody’s favorite dinosaur is. [Triceratops] is always defending himself against Tyrannosaurus Rex, supposedly.

I can’t even pronounce my favorite.

Yeah, what is it?

 I think it’s… Parasaurolophus?

Parasaurolophus, you like him? He’s cool! Thinking about this question [of my favorite dinosaur], he came up. Parasaurolophus is the one with the horn. He’s the one they’re thinking, recently, in the past five years or so, they’re figuring, the reason for the horn? All of the duck-billed dinosaurs, which she is one of, went around making noises and the different noises they made could tell each one what individual was from his group, what species it was from. The air went through the horn, and made all kinds of honking noises.

That would be so neat to hear!

Wouldn’t it? A herd of ‘em?


via Wikimedia Commons

Current favorite poet? Any poet you’ve read, new or old, that makes you think “yeah, them!”

One that pops to mind is Coleridge. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Kubla Khan.” When I was reading him, he hit me right away.

What is your information routine? How do you get news and info?

Most of my news I probably get from TV. I don’t get any papers, because they all come to the library. I don’t have time from it, for one thing. Yeah, the news. Channel 6 is what I usually have on.

Do you visit any websites on a regular basis?

Amazon. Goodreads.

What are you going to do after this interview?

Probably going to continue work. A lot of the things I do, I have to wait for someone to bring it to me, like the mail, and the stuff from UPS, and the stuff that’s over in Garey waiting to come over to be scanned. But chances are pretty good that I’ll probably go down and start scanning stuff. Lot of books to scan, articles.

Can I mention something you haven’t asked me? I’m a big science fiction person.

Great! When did you discover you love science fiction?

I was around 12, give or take a year. I think the first book I read was R is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury, short story collection. And I read the whole book, and I kept thinking – this is just my state of mind at the time, you know, I’m 11 or 12 – I’m thinking, “gee, these are good stories, he writes them so well and they’re good, but they all end badly! I don’t like that, they all end badly!” And now I’m coming from a different perspective, being as old as I am; they do end badly, but you know, they’re really cool stories. I wish I had written them. It doesn’t bother me quite as much, and I can see why he did it the way he did it. ‘Cause it would’ve been a stupid story if it didn’t have a bad ending.

What is your favorite Bradbury work?

Fahrenheit 451, of course.

Any other favorite science fiction authors besides Bradbury?

Alfred BesterTheodore Sturgeon. Any of the best [science fiction] novels are written back in the fifties, I think, because now science fiction just can be anything. How do you define science fiction anymore? There is a definition for it, but a lot of the science fiction today is really on the edge. There’s no science in it! So what if it takes place on Mars? There’s no science in it.

I just read a book called The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. The thing that makes it different is it’s a combination of science fiction and romance, and I’m thinking, I can’t think of any books, good books, like that. I would highly recommend it.

Thanks for chatting with me, Bill!

Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.

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Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL. Faculty is invited to join in the discussion each month features a different topic. The discussions provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues from across campus. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: gabriele.bauer@villanova.edu

CAVE Information Session(s). For faculty from across campus. Q&A session with a tour of the facility led by Dr. Frank Klassner. Mondays throughout the semester from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in room 207. Questions? Contact: frank.klassner@villanova.edu

English Department Coffee Break. 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the second floor lounge. Questions? Contact: heather.hicks@villanova.edu

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“As long as the heart beats, as long as body and soul keep together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with a will has need to despair of life.” – Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne


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Burns Night Supper: Celebrating the Poet and the Haggis

What follows is a two-part article: part one is about Robert Burns, Scotland’s favorite poet, and part two is about The Haggis Project. 

Robert Burns: The Poet

bard robert burnsBurns is widely considered Scotland’s national poet and was at the forefront of the Romantic Movement. Burns wrote poetry in both Scots, a form of Gaelic spoken in Scotland, and English. In addition to his Romantic poetry, Burns was known for his political and civil commentary, and for writing and collecting folk songs.

Burns Night is a celebration of the life and work of Robert Burns, and is held on 25 January each year (Burns’ birthday). One of the traditions of Burns night is to have a Burns Supper, involving traditional Scottish dishes and poetry recitations. The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA has information and videos for how to organize your own Burns night, which can be found here.

They also offer these “Top Tips” for a successful Burns Supper:

  • For dinner, serve haggis with neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes). Before eating, recite two poems by Robert Burns: the Selkirk Grace and ‘Address to a Haggis.’
  • After dinner, two humourous toasts are made over a dram of whisky. ‘The “Toast to the Lassies” is given by a male guest to the women present. In the “Reply to the Laddies,” a female guest responds humourously to the earlier toast.
  • End the evening with Burns’ best known song ‘Auld Lang Syne.’

Robert Burns: The Haggis Project

In search of the main ingredients for a Burns Night Supper, and looking forward to a road trip, I invited my sister, Michele, to join me for a leisurely drive to Berks County. We had great weather and bantered on about what would come to be known as The Haggis Project (or That Which Shall Not Be Named).

bechtelsville signAfter passing through the village of Bechtelsville, which took a few seconds, we wound our way through hills and trees as the sun created shadowed landscapes.

It was beautiful, even in winter. We could just as easily have been in the hills of Scotland. When we arrived, we found the Manieri Meats office and main building located next to the Manieri family home. Across the street was a picturesque barn and behind the main building was a small waterfall.

manieri barnThe Manieri family has been in business for four generations beginning with the first generation in Abruzzi, Italy. Stephen, Gwen, and their adult daughter, Lorena, were very open about all aspects of their business. A USDA agent, also very friendly, was on site the whole time. The Manieri’s only take advance orders by phone and don’t have a storefront for walk-in business.

manieri officeVisiting this small, family-owned operation in Bechtelsville was like seeing old friends. The office probably hasn’t changed much since Elmo Manieri started the business and the whole family seems to be on a first-name basis with their customers. We waited while another customer oversaw the handling of his order, ensuring that everything was done according to Dhabihah methods, and conforming to halal as dictated by the Muslim faith.

Bobbie sheep

We named the sheep Bobbie.

Now it was our turn. Lorena brought out my order of sheep stomach, heart, liver, and tongue. I’ll spare you the gory details. Luckily, I had brought along a cooler and we stopped for ice on the way back. When I got home, I wrapped the offal in Ziploc bags and stowed it in the fridge. I had researched many recipes, read the history of Robert “Bobbie” Burns, visited websites on the history of haggis, and watched videos of other people making haggis, but nothing prepared me for the awful truth of handling sheep offal.

My favorite video featured Chef Jochen Kern at the Berjaya University College of Hospitality, which ends with an authentic Scots recitation of Robert Burn’s Address to a Haggis. After all was said and done, I decided to loosely follow Alton Brown’s recipe with hints from other recipes when I thought it made sense or looked interesting. Little did I know that his parting words, “if you serve it at all,” would haunt me for days.

Finding the other non-sheep ingredients wasn’t too difficult, but the only store to sell mace (the spice) was the Bhavani food market in Exton, PA. Most authentic recipes call for sheep lungs, however, the sale of them is banned in the United States.

The first step requires soaking the sheep stomach in heavily salted water overnight. Use a large plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and several tablespoons of kosher salt. The next day I rinsed the stomach several times with white vinegar and water.


1 sheep stomach (Feel free to substitute with sausage casing. Really. I’m completely serious.)

1 sheep liver

1 sheep heart

1 sheep tongue

½ lb. steel cut oats, toasted

3 medium yellow onions, minced

½ lb. beef kidney suet (found at Wegman’s in meat freezer section)

1 tsp. mace (found at Bhavani food market)

½ tsp. each of dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage)

1 ½ tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. nutmeg (freshly ground if you have it)

Optional: Beef stock

After you have soaked the sheep stomach overnight, start cooking the sheep offal in the largest stock pot you own. Fill the pot with water, or beef stock, add some kosher salt, and cook at a slow simmer for 2 hours. Save the strained broth; you’ll need it later.

bowl of haggis mixWhile the offal is simmering, start chopping the onions, measure the spices into small bowls, mince the suet, and toast the oats on a large baking sheet. Once the offal is finished simmering, remove it and let it cool. Most recipes instruct one to mince the offal, and one site advised using a meat grinder (who has a meat grinder at home?), but one site, to which I am eternally grateful, suggests using a food processor. It works beautifully, breaking down the meat into more of a sausage texture.

Using the largest bowl you own, combine all of the above ingredients, including the meat and about 2 cups of the broth you saved and, using your hands, mash it all together until it holds together a bit.

Stuff the filling into the sheep stomach leaving enough space to either tie the stomach closed or stitch it closed with a chef’s needle and string. For the first time in my life, I used latex kitchen gloves. It was the only way I could bring myself to handle the sheep stomach.

haggis cutUsing the same large stock pot, add fresh water or beef stock and simmer the haggis for 3 hours. Be prepared for an odor that will be reluctant to leave your nostrils. I even started a homemade potpourri on the stove. Truthfully, that only made matters worse.

Serve the haggis with neeps and tatties (mashed turnips and potatoes). I know that Robert Burns and others toast the haggis with a dram of whiskey, but I toasted mine with a glass of Elderberry Black Ale. Bagpipes and drums are optional.

haggis serving

In closing, and in all honesty, I tasted the haggis and will probably never eat it again. My son-in-law, Mike, loved it. He’s right up there with Andrew Zimmern when it comes to food.

Further Reading:

www.RobertBurns.Org is also a great source for Burns information, and they too have a set of instructions for a Burns Supper.

The Poetry Foundation

Book- Burns : poems

Book – A Burns companion

Robert Burns: The Poet and and Further Reading written by Sarah Wingo, Team Leader of Humanities II Liaison Team & Subject Librarian for English Literature and Theatre.

Robert Burns: The Haggis Project written by Luisa Cywinski, writer on Communication & Service Promotion Team and team leader, Access Services.


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‘Caturday: Cat Clan

“Wearing of the plaid on a snowy day. It just makes sense. What’s that you say? Haggis? I won’t hear another word of that Burns verse, lassie. It should be an Address to the Noble Cat!”

(Look for the Burns Night Supper blog on January 25!)

caturday cat clan


Foto Friday: Weekend Concert


From the Daily Graphic, v.VI, no.597, Saturday, February 6, 1875.

Image compliments of Falvey Digital Library.

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


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Intergroup Relations Faculty Information Session for faculty and staff hosted by the Department of Communication and the Center for Multicultural Affairs. 1:00-4:00 p.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact Brighid: brighid.dwyer@villanova.edu


Colorado College has a Comparative Literature course called “Queen Bees, WannaBees and Mean Girls that compares the teen comedy to Machiavelli’s The Prince and ancient Greek mythology. Hard to believe, but Mean Girls is now ten years old! What works would you assign for this class? Answer in our comments section!


The folks at Microsoft introduced a whole slew of new stuff this week, including Cortana, their answer to Siri, Project Spartan – which aufs IE, and the new Hololens – which looks quite a bit like our CAVE facility! No word on how to pluralize Hololens, though.


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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – G.K. Chesterton

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‘Cat in the Stacks: Apps for Days


 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our new column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.

The early weeks of a new semester can be quiet… too quiet. Deceptively quiet. Winter break isn’t quite long enough to erase the memories of a hectic December of finals and seminar papers, so when you come back in January (if you’re anything like me) you might feel a little wobbly. But now that your weekly schedule is, for the next month or so, standard assignment fare (if you’re lucky), this is the best time to get your life in order. Maybe you’re not the New Year’s Resolution type, but you might be the life-changing lifestyle app type. Unabashedly, I’m the app type—I’m not so great at January resolutions, but put it on my phone and I’ll be up to the challenge.

HabitbullIf you want to create new habits…
My latest favorite lifestyle app is HabitBull. I’ve been using daily for over two weeks now and I’m having a lot of little successes. HabitBull is a habit streak tracker. It’s really simple and attractively clean. With the free version you can track up to five habits using different methods: a yes/no (yes, I did drink water today/no, I didn’t drink water today), a number (I did 10 pushups today), or with data from Google Fit. It notifies you on a schedule you create and if you have a sense of humor, you can allow the app to greet you with some cutesy ego-stroking messages.


CalmIf you’re trying to be less of a maniac…
My second latest favorite app is Calm, a learn-to-meditate app. If you’re not comfortable with guided meditation (I promise the voice is actually very soothing, not annoying), the app also acts as a relaxing white noise generator with sounds like gentle rain, the ocean, and daytime meadows.
iOS | Android


BlackBoard mobileIf you want to stay more on top of your class assignments…
Maybe it’s common knowledge that BlackBoard has an app, but it definitely wasn’t common knowledge for me! Although I’m relatively tech-savvy, BlackBoard isn’t always my friend. The mobile app, however, isn’t too bad. It is by no means perfect, but it can’t be beat for convenience. It never occurred to me to check for an app, but one of my professors this semester uses the BlackBoard calendar very frequently, and now I can, too! Villanova students have full app access for free.
iOS | Android


EvernoteIf you use your phone for a lot of research and reading…
Evernote is old faithful and you’ll probably see it in every recommended productivity app list. A great digital notebook, Evernote is also a desktop app. My Evernote is not the neatest collection of snippets and checklists and memos in the world, and I’m not the best person for Evernote organizational advice, but I will say this: anyone can find a way to make Evernote work for them.
iOS | Android


mapmyfitnessIf you want to be healthier…
My go-to fitness app is MapMyFitness. I mostly use it to map running routes, but you can track any kind of activity, log your food, and develop a support group of friends—which, in my opinion, is probably the best thing about the app. Nothing motivates me more than my friends liking and commenting on a good workout!
iOS | Android

Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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English Legal Writing Workshop. 8:30-9:45 a.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: linda.hauck@villanova.edu

VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu

Tolle Lege Literary Society. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the second floor lounge. Questions? Contact Kaitlyn: kcollelu@villanova.edu


Are your social media accounts feeling a little cluttered? All of the apps you’ve tried out and registered for using your Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts are still probably connected to those accounts – and still permitted to access your information. Find out how to clean up your linked apps and get one step closer to virtual peace.


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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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FAQ’s at the Desk



The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear at the front desk. Hopefully, these answers will clarify any uncertainty you may have with the Library. Leave a comment below for any question we might have missed.

Q. Can I use the group study room for a phone interview?

A.The group study rooms (GSRs) are only for what the name suggests: group studying. Because there is a two-person minimum for GSRs, two people must be present with their Wildcards to check out a GSR. These rooms may be used for a maximum of two hours. For individual rooms set up for phone interviews, students can go to the Career Center in Garey Hall.

Q. Where is room 415?

A. Room 415 is a new classroom on the library’s 4th floor. When you enter the building, turn right and take the stairwell to the 4th floor. When you exit the stairwell on the 4th floor, turn right. Room 415 replaced University Archives, which was subsequently moved to the ground floor.

Q. Do you have the textbook for my class?

A. The Library does not purchase textbooks for current courses unless specifically ordered by faculty or a librarian deems a book as important to the collection. Cost and space are the main reasons the Library does not buy the assigned textbook for every class. Sometimes, though, a professor puts their personal copy on reserve, but students would not be allowed to take this book out of the Library.

Q. The Library does not have the book I am looking for; is there anything else I can do?

A. You have a couple of options for books that we do not own or that are currently checked out:

  • - Check E-ZBorrow
  • - Check Interlibrary Loan
  • - Check Rosemont College’s library- Considered our “sister” school, Rosemont allows Villanova students to use its library as if they were students there.
  • - Villanova belongs to a group called TCLC which grants students the privilege to borrow books from members in the group. Click here for more information.

Q. I have a $103 fine on my account for an overdue book. Do I have to pay the entire amount?

A. The book you have borrowed is so overdue that our library system assumes that the book is lost. Overdue fines have stopped accruing at $3 and a $100 lost-item-replacement fee has been assessed. If you return the book, the $100 fee is waived, but you still have to pay the $3 overdue fine.

Q. How does the print quota work?

A. Full time students are allotted $60 towards printing while part time students get $20. This allotment is for the entire year, resetting in the summer. If you are running low, students can go to the Wildcard Office to add more funds. After this allotment is depleted, print jobs will automatically start to draw from the Novabucks on your Wildcard.

Q. How many books can I check out, and how long can I have them for?

A. The number of books and length of time you have them for are all dependent on your status; luckily this handy chart breaks it down.

FAQs at the Desk by Raamaan McBride, writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team and specialist on the Access Services team.

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Performance Management Training: Jennifer Derry, Director of Training, HR department will be leading a performance management training session for faculty and staff. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: jennifer.derry@villanova.edu

VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours. 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 205. Open to all VSB students. Walk-in study sessions. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester.) Questions? Contact: patricia.burdo@villanova.edu

Feeling under the weather? Can’t make it out of the house today? Book Riot has a list of recommendations for those sick day reads. This is also a good selection when your brain is a little tired, and quite therapeutic for a nice weekend veg!


Political Science liaison librarian Merrill Stein has provided the following links for recaps of last night’s State of the Union address: State Department, Washington Post & Christian Science Monitor.

And, since this has been stuck in our head all day…we’ll gladly share our earworm. State of the Union, a classic by Chicago and the late, great Terry Kath was recorded live in Tokyo, Japan on June 8, 1972.

Wanna know what we’re reading? Good! We wanna know what you’re reading, too. Join the Falvey Memorial Library Goodreads group. With Goodreads, you can track what you’re reading, what you’ve already read, and what you want to read – and find out what other people have to say about your network of books.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett

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