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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (9/14)


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

Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920. 3:00 p.m. in room 204. 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. Working alongside Digital Humanities staff in Falvey Memorial Library, students constructed an interactive website to communicate their research. Questions? Contact: 


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.

Arthur Cola: The Silent Chime of the Bell, Immigrants, Riots and Old St. Augustine. Tomorrow, Tuesday 9/15 4:00 p.m. in room 204. Author, Arthur Cola will discuss his new book, Pure and Tarnished Hearts. Copies of Cola’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact:

Did you know—

An Idea Accelerator, on the library’s ground floor, is available to Villanova students. The University’s Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute opened its Idea Accelerator this semester with the goal of nurturing students as creative and innovative thinkers. Villanova students are welcome and encouraged to explore this imaginative resource.


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In 1915, Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis was published. You can find this book at Falvey, but fair warning: it’s not for the entomophobics out there!



Today is the would-be birthday of the late Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), the Russian scientist who investigated conditioned responses in living things – later known as the Pavlovian Response, i.e. a dog salivating at the sound of a bell routinely rung before feeding time. It’s kind of like how the scent of books tells your brain it’s time to learn! What? You don’t sniff your books?


“Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.” -Ivan Pavlov


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Last Modified: September 14, 2015

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