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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (11/20)


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


Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) Club Meeting. 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge. Questions? Contact: Matthew Pasquale 


Stress Relief at Falvey! Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11. Falvey Memorial Library will be co-sponsoring a series of events in order to help students relieve stress during finals time. Events will include an open house featuring games and free snacks and refreshments, therapy dogs, stress-relieving workshops organized by POWER (Peers Offering Wellness Education and Resources) as well as free massages courtesy of the Campus Activities Team.


brief history of time dvdGot time? Thankfully, you might have just enough to watch this DVD over the long holiday weekend. In fact, you would probably have time to read the book too. A brief history of time was written by Stephen Hawking and the book title was used as the title of a documentary film by Errol Morris that was released last year. It was added to the library collection last month. While the book explains Time and Space in layman’s terms, the film documents Hawking’s life and imagination. Criterion describes the film as an “adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry.”


Everybody in this room loves books, right?

…so began Andy Borowitz, editor of the New Yorker‘s humor column, The Borowitz Report and emcee at the 2015 National Book Award ceremony hosted by the National Book Foundation and held in New York City this past Wednesday. Winners for this year were Adam Johnson, for this year’s prize in fiction for Fortune Smiles, a short story collection; Ta-Nehisi Coates, in the nonfiction category for Between the World and Me; Robin Coste Lewis, with the poetry award for Voyage of the Sable Venus; and Neal Shusterman, who authored the YA award for Challenger DeepClick here for a list and short bios of each of the finalists, whittled from a wealth of 1428 submissions from publishers.  Remember you can tap Falvey’s fast and efficient EZ-Borrow or Interlibrary Loan Services to find and read ‘most anything #1 in your book.

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Today is National Absurdity Day, a day to think about all the absurd things in your life and in the world. How do you celebrate National Absurdity Day? Be absurd, of course. Or you could read literature in the absurdist tradition!


“Let’s go.”
“We can’t.”
“Why not?”
“We’re waiting for Godot.”

…from Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

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