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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (9/23)


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


Wednesday, Sept. 23:  Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House today.

View the Guardian’s Pope Tracker.

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.


Cultural Studies Food Week–The Taste of Justice: Rhetoric and Reality. Monday, October 26 – Friday, October 30. In our annual speaker series, students will learn about the politics of food production and consumption as they relate to nutrition and other issues. Each evening’s event will include Q and A for students as well as tasty culinary treats.

Did you know—

Falvey’s site features an interactive map that will show, for example, which floor of the Library and even which section of shelves holds the book you need. This map also shows the locations of various rooms and departments within the Library, as well as those of library staff members.

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


If you’re researching what family means in different traditions or cultures or how families have changed over time, you will definitely find some helpful books in the library. New titles about families are added to the library collection every month and represent multiple disciplines. Here are a few examples. Click on the images to find the books in our collection. (Family and Life is on order.) Contact your librarian for help finding the right titles for your project or paper.

families ebookmodernizing marriage bookfamily & life pope francis







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.

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Bruce Springsteen is 66 today. The Boss is well-known for his 1975 album Born to Run and his 1984 hit “Born in the USA.” He is locally loved for his New Jersey roots. You never know what greatness lurks in your neighborhood – maybe you’re the next local star!


“God have mercy on the man who doubts what he’s sure of.” – Lyrics from Bruce Springsteen’s “Brilliant Disguise”


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