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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (11/19)


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


OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop. 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in room 204. Questions? Contact: Michael J Pennington


Tomorrow! Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Club Meeting. Friday, November 20 at 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.




Did you know that many e-books can be found by conducting an article search? Contact a librarian to find out how to tap into the wealth of Falvey’s “hidden” e-book collections! New titles are added all the time!

chinese ebook



Feast your eyes on this gem from the 1980 yearbook! Two lovebirds are pictured holding hands while taking a stroll and enjoying the beautiful fall foliage.

Two students holding hands on Villanova's campus- 1980

Oxford Dictionaries announces an emoji as 2015’s Word of the Year 


In what may also be the Publicity Stunt of the Year, Oxford Dictionaries has chosen everyone’s favorite oxymoronic emoji – the “I’m laughing so hard, I’m crying” as 2015’s Word of the Year. Heir to the honor given in years past to hashtag (2012), app (2010) and plutoed (2006 & personal favorite) , half the fun is reading the torrent of crazed reactions to the controversial #WOTY choice on Twitter. Hey, there are worse emoji’s they could have picked!



Today in 1863 (and also a Thursday!), President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the Consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. Lincoln delivered this speech during the Civil War and succinctly brought back into focus the purpose of the battle for human equality. The address is efficient, clocking in at only 272 words. That’s no longer than an abstract! Read the whole address below:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

President Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863


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