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

THIS IS NEW!
Welcome to The 8:30 – a daily blog post that will provide you with a quick rundown of all that day’s events in the Library and other interesting news and links to check out before you start your busy schedule. We’re here, as well, to make the thought of an ‘8:30′ something to look forward to in the morning! Anyone who’s ever had an 8:30 class will probably know what we’re talking about! ;-)


TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…
Department of Philosophy meeting in Room 204 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.


FRIENDLY REMINDER
The Library will be closed on Monday, January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


PLAN TO ATTEND
The Center for Peace and Justice Education invites you to a talk by the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Villanova Room in the Connelly Center.


THE PRINTED BOOK LIVES ON
According to sales figures and trends, the physical book is a resilient warrior in the era of e-books after all–as if we ever had any doubts. Read the article on Financial Times. Villanova subscribes to Financial Times, so to access the article, click “sign up” on this pop-up and, well, sign up. Bam! Access granted.
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I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNEW THIS, BUT WE TWEET!
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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/14)

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

THIS IS NEW!
Welcome to The 8:30 – a daily blog post that will provide you with a quick rundown of all that day’s events in the Library and other interesting news and links to check out before you start your busy schedule. We’re here, as well, to make the thought of an ‘8:30′ something to look forward to in the morning! Anyone who’s ever had an 8:30 class will probably know what we’re talking about! ;-)


DID YOU KNOW…
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Did you know? The E-ZBorrow service allows you to borrow books from other academic libraries in the tri-State area and has an average turnaround of 4-5 days. The loan period is six weeks with the option of one six-week renewal.


SPOTIFY HITS 60M USERS

Did you hear the announcement from Spotify that it has reached 60 million users? Do you use it? What songs would you place on a playlist for the beginning of a new semester? Send your suggestions to socialmedia@villanova.edu and we’ll pull them together into a playlist!


TODAY’S SHAMELESS SOCIAL MEDIA PLUG :-)
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Do you follow the library on YouTube? We have a great array of Falvey-produced videos old and new that are instructional and entertaining. Newcomers to the channel are archival copies of Gerald Dierkes’ Highlighter videos, which debuted last semester, featuring helpful insider tips on getting the most out of the library’s resources. View and rewind to your heart’s content!


LIBRARIES TO CELEBRATE MLK DAY

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To honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, The New York Public Library is participating in a citywide initiative to allow 27,000 7th, 8th, and 9th graders to see the film Selma for free. A team of expert NYPL librarians have also put together a list of recommended books about Dr. King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement to help continue the conversation beyond the film.


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (1/13)

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

THIS IS NEW!
Welcome to The 8:30 – a daily blog post that will provide you with a quick rundown of all that day’s events in the Library and other interesting news and links to check out before you start your busy schedule. We’re here, as well, to make the thought of an ‘8:30′ something to look forward to in the morning! Anyone who’s ever had an 8:30 class will probably know what we’re talking about! ;-)


Neologisms for 2015

Has your latest textruption left you so intexticated that your reputation as a keyboard warrior is beginning to notch down?

Whether you’re a logophile or a trendy, find the deets for the latest neologisms in the Oxford English Dictionary, available on Falvey’s site. Merriam-Webster’s Open Dictionary, available on the web, is also a fun source of newly coined words and expressions.


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SHOUT OUT TO 2014-15 ONE BOOK VILLANOVA AUTHOR
Best wishes and congratulations to Wes Moore (@WesMoore1), author of this year’s One Book Villanova selection, The Other Wes Moore. Moore’s new book, The Work, drops today. Good wishes and sales to this inspirational Army combat veteran and youth advocate! http://www.randomhouse.com/book/220296/the-work-by-wes-moore


LEARNING SUPPORT SERVICE NEWS
Hot off the presses: “The Fresh Start Workshop”: 30-minute workshop /series kick-off, online @ 8pm on Thursday, January 22. More information to come! Follow LSS on Facebook for more info.


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Faculty member and playwright Michael Hollinger’s new play, Under the Skin, to premiere

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Fans of Villanova Theatre may be interested to know that faculty member and playwright Michael Hollinger’s new play, Under the Skin, will be premiering this month at the Arden Theatre Company. Directed by Terrence J. Nolen, Under The Skin will run January 15, 2015 – March 15, 2015.
 
The Arden Theatre Company has a long history of partnership with Hollinger and has been host to the world premiere of eight of his works: Under the Skin, Opus, Ghost-Writer, Tooth and Claw, Red Herring, Tiny Island, Incorruptible and An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf.
 
Villanova theatre goers will be familiar with Hollinger’s work most recently from fall 2013’s production of Red Herring.
 
Tickets for Under the Skin can be purchased from the Arden Theatre Company’s website
 
Please see this article for details on Under the Skin and Hollinger’s relationship with the Arden Theatre Company. 

SarahArticle 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 (1/12)

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

WELCOME

Welcome to Spring Semester 2015! Best of luck with your new classes, and please remember to come to the Library when you need help! Here’s some first week survival tips!


THIS IS NEW!
And, welcome to The 8:30 – a daily blog post that will provide you with a quick rundown of all that day’s events in the Library and other interesting news and links to check out before you start your busy schedule. We’re here, as well, to make the thought of an ‘8:30′ something to look forward to in the morning! Anyone who’s ever had an 8:30 class will probably know what we’re talking about! ;-)


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Explore the text and media materials in the Human Rights Studies Online database. Reportedly covering the years 1900 -2010, streaming video and documentation support analysis and interpretation of major human rights violations and crimes worldwide.


CONGRATULATIONS TO…

Mercedes Julia, PhD., professor of modern and contemporary literature and cultural studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, for inclusion of her book, Dias de mi Vida, first volume of Vida by Juan Ramon Jimenez on the @el_pail list of Top Ten Books in 2014. Dr. Julia presented a lecture on Jimenez work at the Library this past September, in honor of Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”
― Rainer Maria Rilke


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Foto Friday: Heading South

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To the Thawing Wind

Come with rain, O loud Southwester!

Bring the singer, bring the nester;

Give the buried flower a dream;

Make the settled snow-bank steam;

Find the brown beneath the white;

But whate’er you do to-night,

Bathe my window, make it flow,

Melt it as the ice will go;

Melt the glass and leave the sticks

Like a hermit’s crucifix;

Burst into my narrow stall;

Swing the picture on the wall;

Run the rattling pages o’er;

Scatter poems on the floor;

Turn the poet out of door.

Robert Frost

A Boy’s Will

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

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Advent Poetry Calendar – Day 25

ADVENT DAY 25

1 Day Till Christmas

“Trust” by Gerald Dierkes
Read by Gerald Dierkes
Submitted by Gerald Dierkes

Gerald Dierkes is an information services specialist, and one of three Falvey staff members to submit one of their own poems for the Advent calendar.

With this final post I would like to thank everyone who has followed along with our Advent calendar as we made our way towards Christmas, my colleagues for contributing their favorite poems, especially my colleagues who bravely shared their own beautiful work with us, and our graduate assistant Michelle for working with me to get each one of these posts up on our blog.

I hope you enjoy our final poem, written and read by Gerald Dierkes, a reflection on trust.

Trust

Joseph, Mary’s husband, did you feel shocked
to learn of Mary’s unplanned pregnancy?
_____________________________Betrayed
by her apparent infidelity
so soon after your commitment to each other?
_____________________________Confused
by Mary’s joy in anticipating her child’s birth?
_____________________________Overwhelmed
by her implausible explanation?
_____________________________Love
as you protected her from legal consequences
of her alleged adultery?
_____________________________Duty
as you accepted responsibility for her child?
_____________________-_______Judged
by your neighbors in your small community?
_____________________________Puzzled
by God’s plan?
_____Why didn’t God arrange things differently?

When Caesar Augustus’ decree forced you to
leave your home in Galilee,
journey to Bethlehem, and
cause Mary to travel in the ninth month of her pregnancy and
give birth away from her home, away from her family, did you ask,
_____Why didn’t God time things differently?

When you sought shelter at an inn for your obviously pregnant wife
—and were refused—
did you think, What gives, God? I’m trying to follow your will, aren’t I?
You persevered, though, finding a shelter for animals in which Mary could give birth,
without her mother, without a midwife, with only you at her side.
Mary did give birth, and God’s Son was born into our world.
_____Why didn’t God plan things differently?

Mere days later, the angel again directed you to change your plans,
this time fleeing to Egypt for an unspecified length of time,
causing your father, Jacob, and Mary’s mother, Ann, to wait years before seeing their grandson.
_____Why didn’t God do things differently?

Did you expect God’s will to be predictable, logical (by human standards), and non-challenging?
Did you ever pause, in your struggle to trust God, to consider how much He trusts you?

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Advent Poetry Calendar – Day 24

ADVENT DAY 24

2 Days Till Christmas

“Fra Moses And The Flowers” by Eleanor C. Donnelly
Read by Sarah Wingo
Submitted by Laura Bang

Laura Bang is Falvey’s Digital and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, and she is found this wonderful historical poem to share. This poem comes from page 2 of the first issue of The Villanova Monthly, from January 1893. The Villanova Monthly was the first student newspaper, running from 1893-1897. Returning after a hiatus in 1916, the paper was renamed The Villanovan.

The poem itself is by Eleanor C. Donnelly (1838-1917), a local Philadelphia Catholic poet. Falvey has digitized the Eleanor C. Donnelly Papers from the American Catholic Historical Society, which can be viewed in our Digital Library.

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Advent Poetry Calendar – Day 23

ADVENT DAY23

3 Days Till Christmas

little tree, by: E.E. Cummings
Read by Alan Davis Drake
Submitted by Melanie Wood

Melanie Wood is Falvey’s Academic Integration Technical Specialist. This poem is, to me, a simple and sweet reminder to take notice of and appreciate the beauty of the little things in life.


 

little tree, by: E.E. Cummings

 

little tree

little silent Christmas tree

you are so little

you are more like a flower

 

who found you in the green forest

and were you very sorry to come away?

see i will comfort you

because you smell so sweetly

 

i will kiss your cool bark

and hug you safe and tight

just as your mother would,

only don’t be afraid

 

look the spangles

that sleep all the year in a dark box

dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,

the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

 

put up your little arms

and i’ll give them all to you to hold

every finger shall have its ring

and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

 

then when you’re quite dressed

you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see

and how they’ll stare!

oh but you’ll be very proud

 

and my little sister and i will take hands

and looking up at our beautiful tree

we’ll dance and sing

“Noel Noel”

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Advent Poetry Calendar – Day 22

ADVENT DAY 22

4 Days Until Christmas

“Approaching God,” “Eternal Encounter,” and “Life Cycles” by William L. Greene, Jr.
Read by William L. Greene, Jr. (Approaching GodEternal Encounter, Life Cycles)
Submitted by William L. Greene, Jr.

William L. Greene, Jr., or Bill as we know him, is an Access Services Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library and he submitted several of his own poems for our advent calendar.

 

Approaching God

Eternal Encounter

Life Cycles

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