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Pope Francis Family

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.

One Book Villanova Author’s Visit & Book Signing- Today at 4:30 p.m. 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

OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop- Today at 12:00 p.m. in Room 204!

This workshop will look at the components of the law school application process which include: letters of recommendation, grades, LSAT scores, evaluators, diversity statement, LSAT writing sample, and more.


Click here for a full list of upcoming events.

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club Meeting
Friday, September 11th, 2015 at 2:30 PM in First Floor Lounge
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.

Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920
Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 3:00 PM in Room 204

Please join us as Craig Bailey, PhD, associate professor of history, presents a talk: “Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920.”
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.

Arthur Cola: The Silent Chime of the Bell, Immigrants, Riots and Old St. Augustine
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Room 204
Join us as author Arthur Cola, presents a lecture titled “The Silent Chime of the Bell, Immigrants, Riots and Old St. Augustine” about his new book, Pure and Tarnished Hearts.
Cola’s seventh novel, Pure and Tarnished Hearts, is a tale of three teens under the leadership of The Rev. Thomas O’Malley, OSA who came to America from Ireland during the famine era. However, it is more than just a coming of age adventure story, it is also historically accurate in presenting actual events taking place in the United States during the famine era. This period of history saw riots and protests against new immigrants and Catholics. Villanova University, called Villanova College at the time, is featured in the story, as is the St. Augustine Church and a variety of iconic places in and around the Philadelphia area.

Copies of Cola’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the American Catholic Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

Did you know—

Need a graphing calculator for an assignment or test? You may borrow a Texas Instruments graphing calculator from Falvey for up to 3 hours.




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Did you keep up with the Apple Event goings-on of yesterday? If so, you probably heard all about the Apple Pencil, and at $99 it is perhaps the most affordable announcement of the day (hellooo, $800 iPad Pro). It is unclear whether this precision stylus will work on older iPads at this time. Some sassy voices from the Twitterverse have voiced that Samsung already did this with the Samsung Stylus – and that the newly announced iPad Pro keyboard is basically the Microsoft Surface, et cetera – but with respect to both sides of the Apple versus Everyone Else war, this Apple Pencil looks sleek and functional.


Have you tried using the wealth of JSTOR ebooks that can be found through the library catalog? New titles are added all the time. Just search for “JSTOR books” as the author.

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wastelandingAmong the new titles added this year is Wastelanding: Legacies of uranium mining in Navajo country. “Long before uranium was commonly known for its associations with both nuclear power and nuclear bombs, and long before atomic power took hold of the American public imagination…uranium was mostly considered waste.” Uranium mining created a wasteland without consideration for the bodies who inhabited the space “where toxic materials [were] excavated, exploited, and dumped” and is termed by the author as environmental racism.


On this day in 2000, the musical “Cats” closed on Broadway. Today, it still remains the third longest-running show in Broadway history. Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical is very dance-oriented and features a cast of humans costumed as cats. For the most part, each song tells the story of a different cat in the Jellicle cat tribe. It’s not for everyone – but it is a good time!

“Touch me –
It’s so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me
You’ll understand what happiness is
Look, a new day has begun.”
from “Memory,” Cats


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