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


CAVE Information Session(s). For faculty from across campus. Q&A session with a tour of the facility led by Dr. Frank Klassner. Wednesdays throughout the semester from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in room 206. Questions? Contact:

Resume Review Day. Recruiters from local businesses will be available to critique resumes and perform mock interviews one-on-one with students. 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Questions? Contact:

What is ‘America’s Unofficial Ambassadors’ Internship Program? The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies present, Stefan Cornibert, program coordinator for America’s Unofficial Ambassadors. 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact:

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:

Charlie Hebdo Où est Charlie?

Charlie Hebdo Où est Charlie? A conversation about the recent events in Paris, for the entire university community. Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library, Thursday Jan. 29, 5:30-7 p.m. ACS Approved. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in an open conversation about the recent events in Paris. Following brief remarks by several members of the faculty, the moderated forum will be open to all. Organized by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures’ program in French and Francophone Studies and the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies.

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Who knew, right? Following the lead of our friends from the New York Public Library, today has been declared National #LibraryShelfie Day! So we’ll join in on the fun. Visit the library and post a pic of yourself in front of your favorite bookshelf (Selfie + shelf = shelfie. Get it?) Hashtag it #libraryshelfie along with a Villanova identifying hashtag as well, and post it on your favorite social media platform. If we spot them we’ll feature our favorites on our blog and social media channels.


Today is fiftieth anniversary of the iconic and stunning Canadian flag. Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed its usage on January 28, 1965, after long, acrimonious debate. The single, red maple leaf was chosen over the usage of a Union Jack, fleur-de-lis or any stars and stripes so as to be “sufficiently Canadian” according to the Dean of Arts at the Royal Military College of Canada, George F. G. Stanley’s memorandum to Parliament member John Matheson, which also includes his original doodles of the flag’s projected design.

Here, a excerpt from ex-Poet Laureate Billy CollinsCanada. How many of the books that he refers to have you read?

O Canada, as the anthem goes,
scene of my boyhood summers,
you are the pack of Sweet Caporals on the table,
you are the dove-soft train whistle in the night,
you are the empty chair at the end of an empty dock.
You are the shelves of books in a lakeside cottage:
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson,
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery,
So You’re Going to Paris! by Clara E. Laughlin,
and Peril Over the Airport, one
of the Vicky Barr Flight Stewardess series
by Helen Wills whom some will remember
as the author of the Cherry Ames Nurse stories.
What has become of the languorous girls
who would pass the long limp summer evenings reading
Cherry Ames, Student Nurse, Cherry Ames, Senior Nurse,
Cherry Ames, Chief Nurse
, and Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse?
Where are they now, the ones who shared her adventures
as a veterans’ nurse, private duty nurse, visiting nurse,
cruise nurse, night supervisor, mountaineer nurse,
dude ranch nurse (there is little she has not done),
rest home nurse, department store nurse,
boarding school nurse, and country doctor’s nurse?


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