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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (9/16)


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


Food for Thought Discussion- VITAL. 11:00 a.m. in room 204. VITAL invites faculty to join the Fall Lunch Discussions. The discussions provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues from across the campus. Faculty are invited to bring their lunch. VITAL will provide dessert and beverages. Questions? Contact: 

Religious Diversity Day Lecture featuring Daniel Mark, PhD. 3:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner. Daniel Mark, PhD, assistant professor of political science, presents a lecture titled “Faith, Forgiveness and Family Life: An Orthodox Jew in Conversation with the Catholic Church.” Questions? Contact:

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.


ferrante4-1Sorry, students, we know you’re busy with required reading so we’ll try not to gloat, but what an amazing heavyweight fiction season is upon us! We don’t know where to start! Dropped in the last week or two are releases by Jonathan Franzen, Lauren Groff, Bill Clegg, and Salman Rushdie with more from John Irving, Umberto Eco and even an illustrated Harry Potter on the horizon. Totally intriguing as well is Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir and the last entry in a Neopolitan quartet by mysterious and reclusive Italian novelist Elena Ferrante. The reviews are blowing us away, with one that promises that the author “moves you…and she ruins you.” Who wouldn’t sign on for that? Ferrente, interestingly, is a tightly guarded pseudonym for the author. Of course, if you want to keep your Kindle (and credit card) from smokin’, there’s always a great selection of pop fiction available for borrowing just to the right of the front desk. 


Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC). Friday, September 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge. 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! Questions? Contact:



Did you know—

The Library houses a rare painting, the massive 12-by-19-feet “The Triumph of David” by Pietro da Cortona, a major artist of the Baroque period. “The Triumph of David” is displayed in the library’s reading room, on the second floor in Falvey Hall.



It is Hispanic Heritage Month – a celebration that recognizes the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. Technically a month that straddles two, HHM is celebrated each year between September 15 and October 15,and includes the anniversaries of the independence of five Latin American countries.

The term Hispanic or Latino refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish cultures or origins regardless of race. According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million Americans identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic, representing a 3% increase since 2000.

Each day this month we will reproduce one of twenty countries represented on a joint poster project sponsored by the library and the Office of Mission and Ministry. Each poster features QR codes linking to premier resources that the library has for researching Hispanic history, culture or language and more importantly, the names of the specialized subject librarians devoted to aspects of these studies. Contact Susan Ottignon (Romance Languages and Literature,) Jutta Seibert (History and Art History) or Merrill Stein (Geography and Political Science) for further research needs or assistance. Posters designed by library Communication team leader, Joanne Quinn, with the assistance of Ottignon and Stein. The library wishes to thank Christopher Janosik, PhD and the Office of Mission & Ministry for their support of this project.


Today, Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Live fame turns 43. Happy birthday, Amy! Many have come to love Poehler as Leslie Knope from NBC’s Parks and Recreation, the role that earned her a Golden Globe. Most recently, she provided the voice of Joy in Pixar’s Inside Out. Have you been in tune with your emotions lately? The semester’s kicking into high gear – maybe a little reflection would do you good today!


“You can’t focus on what’s going wrong. There’s always a way to turn things around.” – Joy, Inside Out


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