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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.




If you would like the opportunity to take home the large sign of our Pope Francis display as a commemorative souvenir of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, please fill out a ticket with your name and contact email (available near the display). For a second entry, enter a family photo to be included in our display. (For remote participants, hashtag your photo #falveyfamily.) The random drawing will be held in November, when the display is dismantled.

Click here for a full list of upcoming events.

One Book Villanova Author’s Visit & Book Signing
Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 4:30 PM in Speakers’ Corner
The University’s One Book Villanova author, Reyna Grande, will visit us for a book signing. Her book, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir, was chosen to be the 2015-2016 One Book Villanova selection for the University community.

Following the book signing, Grande will participate in other activities including:
6:00-7:00 p.m.—community dinner in Dougherty Hall Dining Room with Reyna Grande and University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS
7:30-8:30 p.m.—author’s lecture and Q&A in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club Meeting
Friday, September 11th, 2015 at 2:30 PM in First Floor Lounge
Join us in the first floor lounge of Falvey Memorial Library for some fun. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather to play video games in a safe and fun environment. The VEEC is always accepting new members. Open to all. Come join in for games and fun.


bourgeois coverThe new book carts in the library are a source of infinite discovery and today was no different. The word insomnia caught my eye because I had experienced a few sleepless nights of late. Upon perusing the book, Insomnia in the Work of Louise Bourgeois, my eyes were treated to Bourgeois’s early drawings and rambling notes that revealed the artist’s process and thoughts while she created some of her best known works of art. They appear on sheets of notebook paper, graph paper, music composition paper, just about any paper imaginable. “Bourgeois’s work is personal yet universal, rooted in the intimate details of her own life, but reaching out to touch others.” It gives everything away.

(Luisa Cywinski)

Did you know
Villanova students may check out books from the Rosemont College library. Rosemont’s Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library is the only non-Villanova library that lets Villanova students borrow books directly. Please watch this short video for details:

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.


Did you know that Google recently added new functionalities to Google Drive? Check out this article for six updates you might find useful. If you’re not yet using Google Drive, you might be missing out on a productivity style right up your alley (particularly if that alley involves frequently forgetting to save – yay constant saving!). The newly-added voice dictation tool is pretty exciting; free voice dictation is hard to come by. Hooray for convenient and free word processing tools!


We’ll know at 1:00pm today (10am Pacific time) when the secret-NOT Apple event takes place in San Fran! Best rumor we’ve heard so far is that we may be looking at the beginning of an end of an era – looking for the remote. Voice activation technology is rumored to be integrated into  Apple TV technology. Just think – as long as you don’t have laryngitis, you won’t have to put your Pepsi or your pizza down to flip through the channels! We’ve also heard about a bigger iPad and a new iPhone 6 that’s blush pink – probably because of all the nice things we’ve been saying about it! So check out the live stream or your favorite podcast to see what materializes!



Did you know that before this day in 1776, this nation was still known as the United Colonies? It wasn’t until September 9th, 1776 that these lands were declared the “United States” of America, and good thing, too — chanting “UCA!” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Not to mention graphic designers wouldn’t have an S to shape into a waving flag, and that just wouldn’t be any fun.

a United Colonies $2 bill from 1775 [public domain]

United Colonies $2 bill from 1775 [public domain]










“…in all continental commissions, and other instruments, where, heretofore, the words ‘United Colonies’ have been used, the stile be altered for the future to the “United States.”” – the delegates of the Congressional declaration dated Sept. 9, 1776


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