Villanova University held its very first Day of Giving this week and Falvey Memorial Library was a grateful recipient of several thousands of dollars in donations from over 90 generous donors. The day was entitled 1842 Day, commemorating the year that the University was founded – and inspiring heaps of “1842” challenges and repartee! With a primary aim of attracting 1,842 donors in 1,842 minutes in order to earn a gift of $1,842,000 from the Board of Trustees, this two-day event clobbered that goal in just 6 1/2 hours (that’s just the first 390 minutes for those keeping score!)
Generating excitement for the event was NBC10 Philadelphia and Villanova alumnus, Keith Jones, who live-streamed a whistle-stop tour of campus over the course of two days. Jones stopped by the library on Wednesday – admitting that he had not visited here since his graduation in 2007. Entering through the Old Falvey entrance and winding his way through the campus’ most popular quiet study area – the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room – he lowered his voice for the mic and marveled at vaulted ceilings and amazing lighting while continuing to live-stream. His video team panned the camera around the room, stopping at da Cortona’ s “Triumph of David,” the room’s central masterpiece, while Jones spoke softly of its restoration history. The room was packed with students at the time, many of whom glanced up from their work and grinned at Jones’ appearance. Jones followed up his visit with a tweet later in the day exclaiming that the library is “beautiful and a must see!” Thanks, Keith!
Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian and Director of the Library, hosted a philanthropic 1842 Day challenge of her own, personally matching all donations allocated to the library up to $1,842.00. Director Gaskell made this commitment because as she says, “a gift to the library is a gift to the whole university.”
All gifts made to the library during 1842 Day will be used to enhance our collections, which will benefit users of the library for generations to come. The library must constantly expand its print, electronic and audiovisual collections to meet, maintain and support the ever-changing learning and research activities for students and faculty of the Villanova community.
Article by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.
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