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‘Cat in the Stacks: Embrace the Chaos

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I’m Michelle Callaghan, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our 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.


Hello! What a lovely August Thursday it is. You know what that means? It means I’m back!

It’s the beginning of a brand new school year. The trees are full, the air is hot, and Wildkittens are wandering about, looking for classrooms in the depths of Falvey Hall. It’s an excellent atmosphere for writing one of those inspirational, go-get-em posts that I was oh, so fond of last year–but wait! I’m not going to do that! Well, I was, but not any longer.

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Because graduate school has turned me into a cynical grouch monster.

I’m kidding. Grad school rules. But why the change of tone, you ask? A recent interaction with a first year undergraduate student reminded me that sometimes feel good pep talks just don’t cut it. Realistic advice and commiseration with a heaping dose of optimism is the name of the game today.

College does take work. Much like weight training, it breaks down precious brain fibers with the intention of making your brain stronger and more resilient (fake science permitted for metaphor). Especially at first, this academic adventure on which we’ve embarked feels nothing short of chaotic. And you know what? It should. Because it is. It is chaos. Your brain is like a dizzy foal learning to walk on its wobbly toothpick legs–but soon, with hard work, you’ll be the magnificent, galloping, mane-flowing-in-the-wind horse you’re destined to be. Yes, you’re smart, but show up and do work and you’re going to get smarter.

Being a scholar is chaotic, but that doesn’t mean a little foresight and organization doesn’t go a long way. Still, while you can and should choose order when you can, I promise you won’t always get it–not entirely. No matter how color coordinated and laminated you are, no matter how sharp your daily routine, nothing can prevent the sea legs feeling when your worldviews are challenged, your identity shifts, and your horizons expand.

Also, sometimes deadlines sneak up while you’ve been Netflix n’ chilling — we’ve all been there.

So if I’m going to give you a battlecry for the year, it’s embrace the chaos. Chaos is growth. Sometimes you’ll just be happy your backside remembered to come along for the ride–but before you know it, you’ll have a list of accomplishments and credentials to be proud of.

Embrace the chaos.

(Caveat: There is one type of chaos I am not going to let you embrace, and that’s the stress of researching. If you feel unsteady, contact the library and get help. Yeah, you could figure it out eventually, but that’s like walking twenty miles when you have a car in the garage — and Falvey will teach you how to be most efficient in your research!)


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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Event Spaces at Falvey

Due to the growth in the number of event venues at Falvey and the capacity to have multiple programs going on simultaneously, the number of events in the Library has skyrocketed into hundreds each academic year.

We are often still asked, “Why does the Library have events at all?” The answer is quite simple: If a library has value, it is more than a learning resource center or a conduit for data. The university library retains much of its value as a place where things happen, especially the organized and the unexpected acquisition of knowledge outside the classroom.

It is not just a place where study and research occurs, but also a place where ideas become connected and many discoveries are made by scholars who are living, learning and thriving in the community the library serves. It is an anchor institution for a university education. It is also a place where the many members of the university are enriched by experiences that can help them interpret the world they are trying to explain by means of the academic enterprise.


Room 204

Room 204

One of the seminar rooms in Falvey’s Learning Commons, which is often filled with studying students when not in use for an event, is Falvey room 204. This is an exceptional space for presenting to a group in a setting that can accommodate either rows of chairs or an arrangement of tables and chairs. Its default layout is classroom style.

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Room 204, which is part of the Learning Commons, is a visible seminar room across from the elevator on Falvey’s second floor. The space, with its large screen and projector, is ideal for the many types of lectures and symposia co-sponsored by the Library.


  Room 205

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An ideal forum for lectures, panels, workshops and group meetings is Falvey room 205. A much-sought-after space on the Library’s second floor, this multi-faceted room also functions as a social space for receptions and informal gatherings. Although room 205 is quiet and enclosed, it offers a view into the lively activity of the Learning Commons on the second floor. When not in use by the Library as a meeting, reception or program space, Falvey 205 is an open student study area.

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  Learning Commons Lounge

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A secluded forum in the Library is the lounge located on the second floor in the Learning Commons in Falvey, near Learning Support Services, across from Room 202. When this public area opened in 2012, it was described as “the new lounge space with funky furniture and cafe lighting.”

Given its out-of-the-way location on Falvey’s second floor, even though it is a public event space as a part of the Learning Commons, it is “a neat little comfortable back corner where thoughts can brew and be blended.” It is occasionally used as a venue for casual events hosted by the Library.


 Speakers’ Corner

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The Library sponsors events, but it also hosts many campus events, and its major forum is affectionately called Speakers’ Corner. Inaugurated as a new space for intellectual, cultural, and social programming in February 2012, Speakers’ Corner is a public area on the first floor of Falvey.

This highly visible event space is a popular venue in Falvey, and events in this venue are always open to the public.
Programming in Speakers’ Corner has included poetry readings, book signings, musical and orientation events.

If you are interested in booking an event, or just more information about any of our spaces, please contact a member of Falvey’s Scholarly Outreach team, which manages this event space for the Library.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (8/27)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Office for Undergraduate Students: Pre-Law Advising Workshop. 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: michael.j.pennington@villanova.edu


In celebration of World Meeting of Families 2015 and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia Falvey Memorial Library invites you to celebrate your family by sharing a family photo. There are two ways to participate. 1.) Bring in a copy of your favorite family photo and hang it on the library display window. 2.) Post your family photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #falveyfamily and we’ll hang it for you. Please note, submission of a photo implies your permission to use images on library social media accounts, displays, and publications. Provide copies and not originals as photos displayed will not be returned.

#VillanovaUatWMF

#popeinphilly

#wmf2015


Did you know—

—you have a rare opportunity this weekend to catch a unique exhibit before it leaves campus?

“The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton: A Hidden Wholeness” will be on display at the University’s art gallery, in the Connelly Center, until Sept. 24.

A part of the Office for Mission and Ministry’s Celebration of Thomas Merton, this exhibit has been sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Villanova Art Gallery.

This Friday, Aug. 28, the art gallery will host a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a presentation— The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton—featuring Paul Pearson, PhD.

For more about Thomas Merton and library resources about him and his work, please click here.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton


SAVE THE DATE…

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On Thursday, Sept. 10, Reyna Grande, the author of The Distance Between Us: A Memoir  will visit Villanova University.  Her book was chosen as the new OneBook Villanova, the campus wide reading program that is now in its eleventh year. First year students were mailed the book during the summer and all others can purchase the book from the Center for Multicultural Affairs or the Office of Student Involvement or by ordering online by cash, check or budget transfer.

Ms. Grande will appear in the library’s Speakers Corner between 4:40 and 5:30 on September 10 to provide readers with an opportunity to meet the author and get their book signed.


FACEBOOK JOINS THE VIRTUAL ASSISTANCE TREND WITH “M”

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Yesterday, Facebook users in the San Francisco Bay Area were introduced to “M,” Facebook’s equivalent of Siri, Cortana, and Google Now –except not quite “equivalent.” While Apple, Microsoft, and Google all have implemented artificial intelligence technology, M is a bit of a “hybrid.” It utilizes virtual assistance as well as a team of Facebook workers to meet the needs of its users. Read more here.


NEW BOOK NEWS

future of the church pope francisFrom a review in Commonweal, the author Garry Wills is said to be “writing about what Catholics used to call ‘changes in the church.'” The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis is a study both of such changes and of change itself as the church’s “means of respiration.””

The author uses his book to anticipate and “watch the phases of this process, the reaction of the church as a living body in real situations.”

Excerpt from the book:

“Pope Francis heartens some Catholics, but frightens others–both of them for the same reason, the prospect of change. The Catholic Church is the oldest institution in Western civilization. Surely the secret to its longevity is its ability to defy and outlast all the many breaks and discontinuities over the last twenty centuries.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY

Just twenty-four hours after National Dog Day, today is The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s 45th birthday. While dog whispering is barkin’ cool, who wouldn’t want to be a book or database whisperer, right? Your research would be done in no time if your books could open to exactly the page you need and your databases could spit out all the best articles. *sigh* Too bad nobody has that skill… oh wait! Your friendly and well-trained librarians do! And you don’t even need to bring treats! (Although it certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world…)

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“A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Cesar Millan


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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The Curious ‘Cat: Have you made any new-school-year resolutions?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Have you made any new-school-year resolutions?

RS9858_DSC_3756-scrChelsea Runkle—“to get back in the swing of things since I haven’t been to school in a couple of years. I’m just starting grad school today … and working full time—so making time for class.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alexander Fernandez
—“to not procrastinate and stay on top of all my work this year”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christian Powers—“I’m a transfer student, so trying to get involved with the community here and find out what Villanova has to offer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aleczandra Bryant
—“Well, I’m a first-year student, so just trying to get through freshman year, trying to keep my grades up, join new activities.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Jowayria Rahal—“Not to allow myself get overwhelmed by school work, get it done on time and not procrastinate on it. That would be amazing if I could just shut my Facebook for a minute and get down to work and get it done. This is my one and only resolution this year.”

 

 

 

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Daniel Doris— “I’m trying to pull my GPA up, so just a general rule of staying on campus until 5:00 whether my classes are done at noon or not. So I’m coming in for my 8:30s and treating it like a job and then coming home only after I’ve spent time in the Library to do some work. … I get here when I can, and then I leave when I’m done.”


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (8/26)

 

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

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SAVE THE DATE…

On Thursday, Sept. 10, Reyna Grande, the author of The Distance Between Us: A Memoir  will visit Villanova University.  Her book was chosen as the new OneBook Villanova, the campus wide reading program that is now in its eleventh year. First year students were mailed the book during the summer and all others can purchase the book from the Center for Multicultural Affairs or the Office of Student Involvement or by ordering online by cash, check or budget transfer.

Ms. Grande will appear in the library’s Speakers Corner between 4:40 and 5:30 on September 10 to provide readers with an opportunity to meet the author and get their book signed.


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ADD YOUR FAMILY PHOTO TO OUR FIRST FLOOR DISPLAY!

In celebration of World Meeting of Families 2015 and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia Falvey Memorial Library invites you to celebrate your family by sharing a family photo. There are two ways to participate. 1.) Bring in a copy of your favorite family photo and hang it on the library display window. 2.) Post your family photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #falveyfamily and we’ll hang it for you. Please note, submission of a photo implies your permission to use images on library social media accounts, displays, and publications. Provide copies and not originals as photos displayed will not be returned.

Receive official Villanova Papal Visit news and info by following #VillanovaUatWMF


HUGO AWARD WINNERS

CNEv3MuW8AA0bb6With a plot and climax as twisty as sci-fi itself, the Hugo Awards – the annual science fiction and fantasy awards – were announced this past weekend. This year’s nominations and voting process were roiled by a scandal called “PuppyGate,” fueled by groups that suspected the process to be ruled more by political correctness than good writing. The Puppy-backed nominees were generally shut out of awards, however, and according to novelist John Scalzi,  “good work was rewarded and bad action was penalized.”

You be the judge! Find the list of award-winning works here and if anything strikes your fancy, check our shelves via our catalog or use E-Z Borrow for quick delivery from other libraries. We also have a large collection of vintage paperback sci-fi if you prefer the classics!


GRAD STUDENTS & COMMUTERS!  LESSEN YOUR SCHLEP!

Student with booksHave you ever looked longingly at the lockers on the fourth floor and wondered who could use them? Good news, graduate and commuters! Lockers are available to Graduate and Commuting students with a $5 fee per semester use. Requests can be made at the Circulation desk.

 


QUOTE OF THE DAY

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born on this day in 1910. Add a bit of optimism and reassurance to your day by Googling “Mother Teresa Quotes.” You’ll be glad you did!


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

If you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu.


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The Highlighter: Top Ten Things to Know About Falvey

 

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Heading to the Library? Here are a few things you need to know.

1. Bring your Villanova University Wildcard: to enter the Library; to check out books, DVDs, library laptops and reserve readings; to use a group study room; to print and much more. RS6922_100_0605-scr

2. The Falvey home page is your gateway to rich resources, collections, links to our social media accounts and services.

3. Check the library catalog for print and web holdings: books, magazines, DVDs, audio books, new fiction, popular reading and more. The catalog links you to articles too!

4. Use the public workstations for paper writing, research, email and other applications. Other services: wireless connectivity, printing, photocopying and scanning.

5. Need a late-night place to study? Try Falvey’s 24/7 study lounge. When the Library is closed, enter by swiping your Wildcard at the exterior lounge door. Meet here during the day for coffee and special events.

Next door, the Falvey Hall lobby and its adjacent Reading Room, on Falvey Hall’s second floor, provide additional 24/7 study spaces.

6. Library materials have Library of Congress (LC) call numbers, not Dewey Decimal, so items are shelved alphabetically by the first letters of the call number, and then numerically (LA229.P34). There are two floors of circulating books above the main floor and three floors of circulating books in the Falvey West stacks.

7. Some current issues of magazines, newspapers and journals are available for browsing on the main floor. Many are online, so check Journal Finder or the library catalog. Print back issues are in our off-site collection. You can ask us to retrieve them or scan them by linking to Interlibrary Loan on our home page. This will take you to the ILLiad patron login screen where you can request electronic delivery of articles from the Falvey or off-site collection.

8. Can’t find what you need? Use E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan to borrow items not owned by Falvey—at no cost to you.

9. Need a good job? Falvey hires student employees in many departments, such as Scholarly Outreach, Access Services, the Digital Library and Resource Management. Check the Student Jobs Directory on Villanova’s Office of Financial Assistance site.

10. Need help? Ask at the Information desk, call 610-519-4270, or use Live Chat. Need help with research? Ask a research consultation librarian, make an appointment, call 610-519-4273 or email your query.

Above all, please ask for assistance. We are here to connect you to the information you need, regardless of format or location. We are committed to your success!



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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (8/25)

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

SAVE THE DATE!

On Thursday, Sept. 10, Reyna Grande, the author of The Distance Between Us: A Memoir  will visit Villanova University.  Her book was chosen as the new OneBook Villanova, the campus wide reading program that is now in its eleventh year. First year students were mailed the book during the summer and all others can purchase the book from the Center for Multicultural Affairs or the Office of Student Involvement or by ordering online by cash, check or budget transfer.

Ms. Grande will appear in the library’s Speakers Corner between 4:40 and 5:30 on September 10 to provide readers with an opportunity to meet the author and get their book signed.


CAN YOU IDENTIFY A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL?

MAGSDifferent types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals/magazines, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly journals, popular magazines, and trade publications. For more information, see this handy checklist on the Falvey website: https://library.villanova.edu/help/faqs/typesofperiodicals/


ADD YOUR FAMILY PHOTO TO OUR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES DISPLAY!

POPEDISPLAY SMIn celebration of World Meeting of Families 2015 and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, Falvey Memorial Library invites you to celebrate your family by sharing a family photo.

There are two ways to participate. 1.) Bring in a copy of your favorite family photo and hang it on the library display window. 2.) Post your family photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #falveyfamily and we’ll hang it for you. Please note, submission of a photo implies your permission to use images on library social media accounts, displays, and publications. Provide copies and not originals as photos displayed will not be returned.

Follow #VillanovaUatWMF for official Villanova papal visit information.


NEW ON OUR SHELVES….
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From the catalog: Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer’s remarkable life. New York : Random House, [2015]


QUOTE OF THE DAY
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Is that your final answer? – Regis Philbin

Incidentally, Regis Philbin celebrates his 84th birthday today so, Happy Birthday, Reege! Who remembers Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s classic primetime run when Reege used to make sure we were absolutely, positively sure that our answer was correct? One way to do that these days, ‘Cats, is to consult your subject librarian! Falvey has, well, about about a Million resources to help you on your way!


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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Librarians Welcome New Faculty at Annual Breakfast

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Falvey Memorial Library was again proud to host the traditional continental breakfast for Villanova University’s New Faculty Program, which took place Monday, Aug. 17. The program is hosted by VITAL, the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning, and tailored to support the needs of new faculty members by easing them into their new teaching positions, answering questions and introducing them to campus resources. The library’s Learning Commons meeting rooms provided a bright, spacious environment for the new professors to network with subject librarians and begin their Villanova experience.

Gabriele Bauer, PhD, and Director of VITAL also introduced the new faculty members to Falvey’s newest entrant, Millicent Gaskell, University librarian and library director, who began here in May.


Photos by Alice Bampton.

 


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (8/24)

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

 WELCOME BACK, Nova Nation!

We missed you! Come visit the Library as soon as you can and see all the changes that happened over the summer! We have beautiful new classrooms and  – talk about cool – the ICE Center is really impressive! Stop in soon to see it –  and reacquaint yourself with your subject librarian while you’re in the neighborhood! :-)


SAVE THE DATE!

Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920. Monday, Sept. 14 at 3:00 p.m. in room 204. In spring 2015, ten junior-year students participating in a research seminar with the Department of History undertook a group project to examine how the farms and mills of the Mill Creek Valley transformed into the familiar residential properties of today. Each student chose a property from an atlas published in 1877, traced that property’s development over time, and reconstructed the lives of the inhabitants. Working alongside Digital Humanities staff in Falvey Memorial Library, students constructed an interactive website to communicate their research. Come join us for the website launch! Questions? Contact: laura.bang@villanova.edu


ADD YOUR FAMILY PHOTO TO OUR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES DISPLAY!

POPEDISPLAY SMIn celebration of World Meeting of Families 2015 and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, Falvey Memorial Library invites you to celebrate your family by sharing a family photo. There are two ways to participate. 1.) Bring in a copy of your favorite family photo and hang it on the library display window. 2.) Post your family photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #falveyfamily and we’ll hang it for you. Please note, submission of a photo implies your permission to use images on library social media accounts, displays, and publications. Provide copies and not originals as photos displayed will not be returned.

#VillanovaUatWMF

#popeinphilly

#wmf2015


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YES WE SCAN! New at the Digital Library: 

Check out the most recent additions to the Digital Library, including The Brighton Boys with the Engineers at Cantigny, popular series fiction written by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll in 1919.


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JUST ADDED TO OUR SHELVES: 

From the publisher: Marquand Books recently completed an ambitious and fascinating project for the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas.Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia examines the diverse roles color played in ancient and medieval Asian cultures. The seventeen essays in the book are the result of years of collaborative research conducted by an international team of historians, archaeologists, conservators, chemists, and scholars of Buddhism and Daoism. Topics covered include the role of color in Japan’s royal courts, the plant dyes used in Japanese and Chinese textiles, and color’s place in ritualistic practices in Korea and Japan.

Designed by Ryan Polich, the 288-page book includes 136 color images, as well as maps, tables, graphs, and chemical diagrams.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

 “A child can teach an adult three things:

to be happy for no reason,

to always be busy with something,

and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

Paulo Coelho

Today is the 68th birthday of Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, said to be Will Smith and Madonna’s favorite novel, and the book that Pharrell said “changed his life.” Have you read it? (No, me neither.) Nevertheless, it has sold over 83 million copies and is one of the world’s greatest selling books. Good advice about what kids can teach us for a new school year, too. What book has changed your life? Tell us in the comment section!


Be sure to check out The 8;30 every morning before class! And if you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu. Have a great day!


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Foto Friday: Find Yourself in the Stacks

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Welcoming the Class of 2019! #Nova19

 


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