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

Scholarship@Villanova Lecture featuring Rodger Van Allen, PhD. Wednesday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. in room 205. Dr. Van Allen will discuss “The Call to Holy Worldliness,” a fundamental theme in his teaching and research. This event is more than a Scholarship@Villanova lecture. It is a farewell to Dr. Van Allen and a celebration of his many decades of service here at Villanova. You will not want to miss this unique presentation. ACS approved!


eating earthNEW MEDIA NEWS

Published this year, Eating earth: environmental ethics and dietary choice is authored by philosopher-activitist Lisa Kemmerer, who wrote the book for “environmentalists and animal activists.” The book features “detailed figures, summary slides, and a touch of wry humor [and] exposes the weighty – oftentimes astonishing and downright infuriating – environmental effects of hunting, fishing, and animal agriculture.”

Did you know—

Planners who designed our Library did not intend to have windows in Falvey’s fourth-floor wall adjacent to Falvey Hall because the view would be dominated by Falvey Hall’s roof. But the glass was less expensive than bricks, so windows were installed.









Did Hoops Mania whet your appetite for a li’l bit of bracketology? No need to wait until March! The folks at The Daily Dot, an online journal that covers life in cyberspace, has been playing Monster Match in which readers cast votes for their favorite horror movie in each bracket. Their voting is down to the Elite Eight, but we’re reprinting their full bracket here in case you’d like to compare responses with your friends. You can borrow several of the film finalists such as The Exorcist and The Shining here at the library as well.

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via The Daily Dot. Click to view larger.


Did you know that Windows 95 turned twenty this year? The nostalgia is strong with this one. Who remembers this shutdown screen?


via How to Geek


On this day in 1942, Bob Ross was born. Ross, the iconic host of “The Joy of Painting,” is a bit of a cultural meme–and for the past several years, an internet meme, as a result of a photoshop contest that offered a picture of Ross with a blank canvas to photoshoppers far and wide. Beloved and/or humored for his calming voice and “happy little trees” approach to painting, Ross actually has an interesting backstory as anything but calming. As a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, Ross did a whole lot of screaming. He decided that if he ever left the military to pursue a different career, he’d “never scream again.” By the way, the whole first season of “The Joy of Painting” is recently available on YouTube!

“Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere—you only have to look to see it.” – Bob Ross


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