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Dig Deeper: Literary Festival Features Bruce Smith

Bruce SmithOn Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library, Bruce Smith will be giving a poetry reading and talk. Smith is one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover (2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. Publisher’s Weekly called his poems “alternately sharp, slippery, and tender,” and in them he “finds a way to take in almost everything—’Shooter Protocol,’ Charlie Parker, high school shop class—moving seamlessly between critique and embrace.” A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on Bruce Smith and to check out some of his poetry, visit the resources below, selected by Sarah Wingo, liaison library for English and Theater.


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Bruce Smith’s bio and some of his poetry can found on The Poetry Foundation. You can find some poems here.

Check out Smith’s National Book Award Foundation page for a video of a reading.

Bruce Smith’s Devotions andThe Other Lover are forthcoming to Falvey’s catalog.


Sarah WingoDig Deeper links selected by Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/19)

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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.-12:45 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: gabriele.bauer@villanova.edu

Irish Studies Conversation Circle. 6:30-8:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact Jerry Sweeney: tighdon@gmail.com

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

Poetry reading and talk given by Bruce Smith, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover(2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. A book sale and signing will follow the reading. 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Questions? Contact: alan.drew@villanova.edu


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Megan Quigley, PhD lectures on Modernist Fiction and Vagueness, questioning the possible precision of language to a full room on Wednesday afternoon.


LENTEN REFLECTIONS

“We typically “give up” something for Lent – candy, desert, television… or we “do” something for Lent – pray more often, go to church more often. Such things are good, but they don’t necessarily cleanse our hearts and souls. Perhaps, we should consider giving up unkind acts and words. Perhaps we should do more kind deeds for others less fortunate than we…” Nance Dicciani, Board of Trustees, Villanova University

Be sure to visit Office of Mission and Ministry’s website each day during Lent for personal reflections written by the University community.


 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien 


NOW GO MAKE THE BEST OF THE GIFT OF ANOTHER GREAT DAY!

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The Curious ‘Cat: Which Web Browser(s) Do You Prefer?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks six library professionals – and searching is their jam you know – “Which Web Browser(s) Do You Prefer?

 

Kristyna Carroll, research-support librarian for business and social sciences:

2014-01-17 14.27.13-2“I prefer Google Chrome as my browser. I like the way many tools that I use are integrated together through Google Chrome, and I only have to log in once (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive). I use all of these Google tools every day, and sometimes additional ones.”

 

 

Rob LeBlanc—first-year experience/humanities librarian:

2014-01-15 11.11.37-2-2“I still prefer Firefox for its flexibility. As a well-established version of the Mozilla browser platform, I find the many add-ons (the Feedly blog reader, TinEye reverse image search, etc.) to be helpful and intuitive.

That being said, I find myself using Chrome more and more for its overall speed and flexibility. As they develop more add-ons, I will probably find myself well within their camp in the near future. I know the University supports it, but Internet Explorer is my least favorite for good reason: It is still one of the least web-standard-compliant browsers, and can be both buggy and slow.”

 

Jutta Seibert, team leader – Academic Integration:

2014-02-18 13.37.16-5“I’ve used Firefox since about 2001. On occasion I use Explorer, particularly in MyNova or to access the Villanova Gateway as both these applications are not optimized for Firefox. I use Safari on my iPad and personal MacBook and I like this search engine as well. The Firefox browser on my work computer is personalized in many ways, and for this reason I don’t like to switch browsers too often as I have to customize each new browser.”

 

Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre:

2014-01-16 12.16.23-3“I prefer Chrome and Firefox in that order. Both have different aspects that I like.  I have Gmail, and Chrome is great because it integrates all of my Google accounts, remembers my favorites/bookmarks and has plugins that I like. Firefox is my backup because it is reliable. Both browsers have their software updated regularly by their developers, which means they are less likely to glitch, be unable to open websites or be unable to play videos, etc. This also should, in theory, make them more secure.”

 

Dave Uspal, senior web specialist for library services and scholarly applications:

dave-uspal white bkg2USPAL“My preference for browsers is Opera because it has an array of convenient and powerful tools built right into the browser, from Dragonfly (a web developer tool) to a Mobile SDK (Software Development Kit used for prototyping mobile pages on your desktop or laptop), to its Speed Dial tool (a touchscreen-optimized homepage) to a TV emulator to other tools like IRC chatting and Torrent downloading. Further, Opera seems more stable to me than other browsers—fewer browser crashes and slowdowns.

“It’s hard to recommend to others for day to day use, though, as many web developers don’t test for Opera when constructing pages. Banks or other financial institutions, for example, may only allow access to their site from certain browsers and versions for security reasons.”

 

Robin Bowles, nursing/life science librarian:

2014-01-15 11.08.18-4“We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer (if you are a Windows user) or Safari (if you are on a Mac).  Personally, I use Google’s Chrome because of its simplicity and great integration with my Android phone, and so far I haven’t found any big problems with using Chrome with our resources.”


Who are our Curious ‘Cats? Interviews by Gerald Dierkes, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater with photographs by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer. This week’s archival librarian headshots by Joanne Quinn, Safari fangirl and team leader for the Communication and Service Promotion team.


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Dig Deeper: Megan Quigley, PhD on Modernist Fiction

Megan QuigleyA Scholarship@Villanova lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library will feature Megan Quigley, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of English. Dr. Quigley will speak about her book, entitled Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language, newly released from Cambridge University Press, which explores the intertwined history of 20th-century British fiction and philosophy. Specifically, it argues that much modernist literary experimentation connects to the linguistic turn in philosophy.

The event is  co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English and is free and open to the public.

For more information on Dr. Quigley and her work in Modernism, check out the resources below, provided by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English and Theater.


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Visit Dr. Quigley’s professional website at http://meganquigley.com/. To view a list of her publications, click here.

Selected Scholarship:
Modern Novels and Vagueness.” Modernism/Modernity, 15.1 (2008) 101-129. Print.
To read the full text, click here.

 


Sarah WingoDig Deeper links selected by Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/18)

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Megan QuigleyA Scholarship@Villanova lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library will feature Megan Quigley, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of English. Dr. Quigley will speak about her book, entitled Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language, newly released from Cambridge University Press, which explores the intertwined history of 20th-century British fiction and philosophy. Specifically, it argues that much modernist literary experimentation connects to the linguistic turn in philosophy.

The event is  co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English and is free and open to the public.

For more information on Dr. Quigley and her work in Modernism, check out resources provided by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English and Theater.


…AND JOIN US THURSDAY TO MEET POET BRUCE SMITH

Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library for a poetry reading and talk given by Bruce Smith, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover(2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.


IT’S ASH WEDNESDAY

Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)

“During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.”

Click here for the entire Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2015. And visit the Office for Mission and Ministry each day during Lent for Lenten reflections composed by University community members.


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman


SO GO REACH FOR THE STARS!

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/17)

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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


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Join us, Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner for a poetry reading and talk given by Bruce Smith, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover(2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. Publisher’s Weekly called his poems “alternately sharp, slippery, and tender,” and in them he “finds a way to take in almost everything—’Shooter Protocol,’ Charlie Parker, high school shop class—moving seamlessly between critique and embrace.” A book sale and signing will follow the reading.


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’
‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.'”
– Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 


NOW GO DO TREMENDOUS THINGS!

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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/16)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

“Travels Through Greco-Roman Antiquity,” a digital humanities project launch party. Created by two of Dr. Valentina DeNardis’s classical studies classes. The website uses Special Collections materials from the Library to explore some of the sites of ancient Greece and Rome. Dr. DeNardis will discuss the classes and give a tour of the website. Light refreshments will be served.  3:00 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: laura.bang@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

Join us, Wednesday, February 18 at 2:30 p.m. in room 205 for a Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Megan Quigley, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of English. Dr. Quigley will speak about her book, entitled  Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press), which explores the intertwined history of 20th-century British fiction and philosophy. Specifically, it argues that much modernist literary experimentation connects to the linguistic turn in philosophy.

Join us, Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner for a poetry reading and talk given by Bruce Smith, one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover(2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. Publisher’s Weekly called his poems “alternately sharp, slippery, and tender,” and in them he “finds a way to take in almost everything—’Shooter Protocol,’ Charlie Parker, high school shop class—moving seamlessly between critique and embrace.” A book sale and signing will follow the reading.


WINNERS OF THE OREOS!

Thanks to all who entered names of books they love into the big red ballot box at the front desk last week! We drew the names of five of the participants as winners of a package of those red hot, limited edition Red Velvet Oreos! Here’s our lucky cookie winners and the name of the book that they love:

Jackie Aran (The Great Gatsby)
Bridget Sweet (The Bluest Eye)
MacKenzie Wood (Guess How Much I Love You)
Christina Hong (Be Here Now)
Ulrika Lundin Glans (Wuthering Heights)

Thanks to all who participated!


IT’S OFFICIAL, FANS OF LIBRARIANS
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TNT has renewed their fantasy-adventure show The Librarians for another season. Who knew librarians could be so daring and adventurous!? Well, we did, of course. But it’s nice to see 11 million+ viewers do, too!


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“For the playeres, thei shal playen,
And the hateres eke shal haten;
Yet as for me, Ich trowe that Ich shall shaken,
Shaken yt me-from.” – Geoffrey Chaucer, probably.


GOOD MORROW, LADIES AND LORDS!

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Share the Love on ‘Caturday

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Some cats become well known because of the role they play in a good book or because they live with an author or simply because they love how the pages of a good book feel. Here are some real and imaginary cats who love books almost as much as we do.

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The Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Ginger reading book

This ginger loves phrasal verbs.

 

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Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Suess, reading The Cat in the Hat.

 

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Puss in Boots by John Murray

 

Ernest Hemingway and his sons playing with kittens.

Ernest Hemingway and his sons playing with kittens.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the cool literary ‘Cats out there!

Images link to their sources and are free to use and share.

‘Caturday feature written by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion team, and team leader, Access Services.


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Kallie and Michelle’s War of the Valentine’s Playlists

Okay, okay, there’s no war. But Kallie and I did put together TWO Spotify playlists for the Love Week occasion, so pick your poison! Both playlists are set to “collaborative,” so if you’re a Spotify user, feel free to add more.

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Cheesy Love Fest is not for the lactose intolerant. It features all of the 70s-10s cheese you can handle, from Foreigner to Seal to every school dance in the gym from the past few decades. Shoutout to Journey’s “Faithfully,” my parents’ first dance.

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Singles Awareness has all the sass and power you can ask for if your Valentine’s weekend is a little more of a solo sport. Whether you’re getting over a breakup or digging every second of the single life, we’ve got your background tunes. Alicia Keys, TLC, Sara Bareilles, Sia, and even a little Backstreet Boys for your 90s cravings.

For our past playlists, check out Volume One and Thanksgiving and Homecoming.


Kallie Stahl is the graduate assistant for scholarly outreach. She is currently pursuing her MA in Communication at Villanova University. 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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Foto Friday: Cookies in the house

Sweet!

 Thanks to all who submitted their vote for Most Loved Book and congratulations to our winners!

Each will receive a bag of Red Velvet Oreos.

The winners are:

Jackie Aran (The Great Gatsby)
Bridget Sweet (The Bluest Eye)
MacKenzie Wood (Guess How Much I Love You)
Christina Hong (Be Here Now)
Ulrika Lundin Glans (Wuthering Heights)

Happy Valentine’s weekend!

P.S. – If you didn’t win, why not try baking the yummy chocolate macaroons we featured in Sunday’s blog? Access Services Team Leader Luisa Cywinski will take you step by step through the recipe!

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


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