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

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TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

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

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


SAVE THE DATE…

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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What are you reading? If you use Goodreads (by the way, they have an app!), join our Falvey Memorial Library group!


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

 

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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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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/13)

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

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

Academic Libraries in the Digital Age. Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture featuring William Y. Arms, PhD. Today at 11:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner. William Arms is professor emeritus of computing and information science at Cornell University. Throughout his career he has been a leader in implementing innovative computing in higher education, including education computing, computer networks, and digital libraries. He has been influential in shaping the National Science Foundation’s digital library programs, including the Digital Libraries Initiative and the National Science Digital Library. Refreshments will be served.

Philosophy Department Meeting. 2:00 p.m. in room 205. Questions? Contact: peggy.edler@villanova.edu

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Regular Group Meeting. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week on (most) Fridays to play video games in a safe and fun environment. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge (Holy Grounds). Always accepting new members. Questions? Contact: laura.matthews@villanova.edu


SAVE THE DATE…

Join us, this Monday, Feb. 16 at 3:00 p.m. in room 204 for the launch of “Travels Through Greco-Roman Antiquity,” a digital humanities project 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.

Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 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. Dr. Quigley’s book will be for sale at the event.


SWEET STUFF ABOUNDS!

The winners of our red velvet oreos will be notified today via email and announced here (with the names of lots of beloved books) in The 8:30 on Monday morning! Good luck!

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And, how darn cute is this! Check out the great job done by Class of ’15 Outreach student worker Molly Quinn (whatever will we do when she graduates!) on our Pop Fiction Valentines display. Be sure, too, to not miss the great romantic fun reads in our collection recommended by staff member Laura Hutelmyer and the great list of books loved by other staff members compiled earlier this week by Sarah Wingo in the Library News blog.


SPEAKING OF CUTE, MEET NELLIE…

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You may remember Nova, the seeing eye puppy raised by Villanova’s Matthews family and featured in our blog last fall? Well Nova’s gone off to do her good work in the world and Laura (who works for the library’s events programming team,) has welcomed Nellie, a 7 week old Labrador Retriever who will also begin training to become a seeing eye assistant for a visually impaired human. Laura brought Nellie by the library yesterday morning.


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Did you catch The History of “Loving” to Read posted by New Yorker magazine and re-posted by Falvey on Facebook?

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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‘Cat in the Stacks: Fictional Power Couples

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-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.


Close your eyes. Let Celine fill your ears. Embrace the 90’s synth and imagine that slow beat bouncing from the school’s gymnasium walls, and dance (but leave room for the Holy Spirit).

I just want you to know you are safe in my heart and my heart will go on and on.

It’s Love Week, guys, and we’re about to dig deep into our saccharine souls and wrap ourselves in the soft, warm blanket of fictional romance. Lonely? Not today. In love? Not as much as these kids. Swelling strings, musical numbers, tight camera angles, meandering confessorial monologues, slow mo, pink cheeks, unrequited tension—this is it. This is what you’ll never have in your life.

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Star-crossed lovers on a fateful voyage. Love at first sight. Sacrifice. Memories. Jack and Rose of Titanic are one of those staple relationships of my generation, because you never forget the first doomed love story that shatters your heart and throws you headlong into melancholic despair—and then gives you that Heaven Scene as consolation before Celine Dion serenades the end credits. Ugh, why am I doing this? I didn’t ask for these feelings. Here, just—just take this quote. Read it. I’ll be over in the corner crying.

Rose: I love you, Jack.
Jack: Don’t you do that, don’t say your goodbyes. Not yet, do you understand me?
Rose: I’m so cold.
Jack: Listen, Rose. You’re gonna get out of here, you’re gonna go on and you’re gonna make lots of babies, and you’re gonna watch them grow. You’re gonna die an old—an old lady warm in her bed, not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me?
Rose: I can’t feel my body.
Jack: Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me. It brought me to you. And I’m thankful for that, Rose. I’m thankful. You must do me this honor. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.
Rose: I promise.
Jack: Never let go.
Rose: I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.


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 (Ed. note – and let’s hope that this is a new cherished tradition akin to A Christmas Story and Elf marathons: Titanic‘s on all day and all night on Saturday (Valentine’s Day as if you didn’t know) on AMC channel, starting at 10am. Ever feel like you just won a ticket to first class!? Woohoo!)


Satine and Christian

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Another doomed love. Subterfuge, secrecy, poetry, music. The forbidden love of Christian and Satine from Moulin Rouge (yes, Falvey has it. Yes, you should watch it.) is particularly adorable because they have a secret song.

Christian: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

 

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Standard Disney power couple from The Lion King. Why is this couple so awesome? Well, they’re lions. Also, they were totally in love as kids, got separated for a very long time, argued a little bit, and fell right back in love. Plus, they’re the couple of Can You Feel the Love Tonight. Can you get more lovey than that song?

Simba: I can’t marry her! She’s my friend!

 

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Han and Leia of Star Wars. Classic. Could you have a fictional couples list without them? No. No, you can’t. Han, the impossibly adorable scoundrel, and sass-master Leia… they’re the couple everyone wants to be. Or maybe that’s just me.

Leia: I love you.
Han: I know.

Scully and Mulder
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Mulder and Scully of The X-Files is perhaps a little retro, though no more retro than Han and Leia. The classic formula of opposites attract, Mulder and Scully generated all sorts of romantic tension for season upon season. And who needs to plan a Valentine’s Day date? Why leave the house? The entire series is on Netflix. What a time to be alive.

Mulder: The end of my world was unrecognizable and upside down. There was one thing that remained the same. You… were my friend, and you told me the truth. Even when the world was falling apart, you were my constant… my touchstone.
Scully: And you are mine.

Sigh. Well, now that I’m filled with warm fuzzies, I’ve got to know. What is your favorite fictional couple?


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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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/12)

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

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

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


SAVE THE DATE…

Tomorrow! Academic Libraries in the Digital Age. Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture featuring William Y. Arms, PhD. Friday, Feb. 13 at 11:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner. William Arms is professor emeritus of computing and information science at Cornell University. Throughout his career he has been a leader in implementing innovative computing in higher education, including education computing, computer networks, and digital libraries. He has been influential in shaping the National Science Foundation’s digital library programs, including the Digital Libraries Initiative and the National Science Digital Library. Refreshments will be served.

Join us, next 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.


LAST DAY TO ENTER TO WIN RED VELVET OREOS

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Be sure to stop by the front desk to submit the name of a book you love. We’ll be giving away five packages of red velvet Oreos – which you can regift to your Valentine – or just eat all of them yourself. We won’t ask. We won’t tell. ;-) Winners will be announced and notifed tomorrow!

 


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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – President Barack Obama


BE THE CHANGE YOU SEEK TODAY!

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The Curious ‘Cat: “What Person, Living or Dead, Would Be an Ideal Librarian?”

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students,

What Person, Living or Dead, Would Be an Ideal Librarian?

 

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Caroline McCarthy: “Maya Angelou … after she passed away this year, I … read a lot of her quotes, and they’re all awesome, and I read her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. So I think she was a great author and inspirational figure and had a lot of wisdom and helped the students.”

 

 

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Tanner Grace: “I’m thinking back to the colonies in America, the American colonies, those really educated men who would read all day. I would say Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson. … I read a biography on him once, and he seemed very bookish.”

 

 

obinecheNkemka Obineche: “I think Dr. Seuss would be a good librarian. … He’s a fun guy … makes reading fun. That’s how I learned to read.”

 

 

 

mcgaurnErica McGaurnStephen Colbert—“It would just be very comical … he would be very interactive with the students.”

 

 

 

 

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Isobel McCreavy: “Truman Capote because he would just tell you to read his books.”

 

 

 

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Nicholas Crowley: Genghis Khan—“I just watched this Netflix show; it’s called Marco Polo. … I guess that’s why he popped into my head.”


The Curious ‘Cat feature by Gerald Dierkes, senior copyeditor, Communication and Publications team; Access Services specialist, Access Services Team; liaison to the Department of Theater.

 

 


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