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Thank You Falvey Memorial Library Student Employees

A big “THANK YOU” to all of the Falvey Memorial Library 2020 student employees!

Credit: artwork Michael Sgier


Joanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.





Easter Sunrise

sky turns crystal blue
after rainfall and low clouds,
speedway for homecoming birds.

We covered you with winter earth
but, because He lives, Momma,
I know that you live, too.

—Donna Lakes

These stanzas from “Easter Sunrise,” were written by Donna Lakes, poet and then staff member of Appalachian Heritage journal, and published in 1995. This publication is a leading literary journal which showcases the work of emerging and established writers and artists from Appalachia, and is one of more than 700 journals available online to Falvey patrons through Project Muse, a trusted source for complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world’s leading universities and scholarly societies.
Project Muse is just one of the dozens of publishers currently helping libraries temporarily expand scholarly content for free. Click here to explore these limited time offerings.
Lakes, Donna. “Easter Sunrise.” Appalachian Heritage, vol. 23 no. 2, 1995, p. 10-10. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/aph.1995.0102.
Photo of Villanova Chapel.

Joanne QuinnJoanne Quinn is Director of Communication and Marketing for Falvey Memorial Library.





How Shall I Spend Good Friday?

“Give Him the whole dayand let it be Good Friday not only because on it He was good to thee, but because it is thy own good day.” 

This quote is from a one-page tract published by Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, a Christian publisher founded in 1698 in Great Britain. We found it in ProQuest’s tremendous database of historical books, available through Falvey’s online collections. The tract asks, how will you spend Good Friday—the most somber 24 hours of the ecumenical year?

Published anonymously published during the nineteenth century, the work leaves no information about the author—so we don’t know for sure whether he or she was clairvoyant. But, it does advise us to “seek Him in your own chambers”—the obvious option given our confined choices for celebrating the Eastertide of 2020.

Thankfully, there are ways for Villanovans to worship communally. Check here for a variety of liturgies from the St. Thomas of Villanova Parish and University communities that will be available via livestream.

Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain). (1800). How shall I spend good friday? London, s.n. Retrieved from

Joanne Quinn is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.





#FunFriday: Literary Lovebirds Word Search

Happy Valentine’s Day, Wildcats! Looking for love? Then find your favorite literary lovebirds in the word search below! Download and print from here, or pick one up at the library’s front desk.

Joanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.




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Freebie #FridayWallpaper: Pride Month

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: June 28, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

As Pride Month draws to a close, we have designed a way for you to keep the special rainbow graphic we created this year as a special memento for your smartphone. This festive rainbow-filtered pic of your favorite library was proudly displayed on Falvey Library’s Instagram and Facebook accounts for most of June. Custom-designed by library Communication & Marketing Program Manager, Shawn Proctor, you can now download this graphic to display your support of LGBTQ+ community on your wallpaper all year long.

To download, right click on the graphic to download to your camera roll, or if you’re on your laptop-your desktop.  Follow your device’s directions to airdrop and/or save as your smartphone wallpaper. And don’t miss our special blog post on staff-recommended Falvey resources published earlier this month.

Joanne Quinn

Joanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.



Foto Friday: Hive Rules for the Summer Solstice

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: June 21, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Summertime and the livin’ is bee-zy. We found this busy fellow making hay-or, actually, honey-while the sun shines right outside Falvey’s front door. It’s a good day to do it, too, because today is the summer solstice, the day when the sun reaches the point at which it is farthest north of the celestial equator, making it the longest day of the year. Enjoy it immensely with a good book, a good dose of positivity and a great deal of sunscreen!

Photograph by Joanne Quinn


#FalveyIncludes: Visit the Diversity & Inclusion Subject Guide During Pride Month

New York City – August 18, 2007: Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, site of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots that commenced the Gay Liberation movement

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT+ Pride Month) is celebrated each June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which occurred in 1969 in New York City. This five-day uprising by LGBT+ community members against police brutality is acknowledged as a turning point in the fight against anti-gay discrimination; it is also widely considered to be the birth of the gay rights movement in the United States. June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The anniversary is marked each year by pride parades, picnics, workshops and historical tributes, as well as respect for those lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.

At Falvey Memorial Library, our mission is to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment and to make the library a place where all feel welcome. Encouraging the exploration of different viewpoints, we’d like to take this time to remind the Villanova community to search the various LGBTQ+ resources gathered below and in our collections. 

Remembering the liberation moment, librarians shared their recommended reading and resources:

Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature

Darren Poley, Theology, Classics and Humanities Librarian

Susan Turkel, Sociology & Criminology, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian

  • Falvey books and DVDs on the topic of the Stonewall Uprising
  • Gender Studies Database (Articles from scholarly and popular sources on Stonewall and the gay rights movement)
  • GenderWatch (Articles from non-mainstream magazines and newspapers, dating back to the 1970s, as well as scholarly articles and books)


Be sure to check out Falvey’s Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide for more LGBTQ+ resources.

Click here for information about the various LGBTQ+ groups at Villanova University as well as to read and contribute to the resources gathered on the Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide.

(This blog is was originally published June 20, 2018, in a slightly altered form.)
Boeckman, J., Cracuin, C. & Goldberg, A., (June 15, 2018). LGBT pride month a time to celebrate, bring awareness. The News Press. Retrieved from
Thomas, G.; (June, 2013) History of pride month. FEW’s News; Alexandria,  Vol. 45, Iss. 5, (Jun 2013). Retrieved from
Photo by Lee Snider/

Joanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.


Free #Falvs4Life phone wallpaper

Welcome back to campus, Nova Nation! We hope #NOVAREUNION19 brings you one nostalgic delight after another, and takes you back to your happy college days here at Villanova.

It sure looks different around here since your last visit, doesn’t it!?

Incidentally, the popular ‘Nova mantra “Once A Wildcat, Always A Wildcat” holds extra special dividends if you’re interested in continuing to use of all that Falvey Library has to offer. Just like during your college days, our resources can help you with your projects and research, professional development and career strategies, and of course, exploration of any subject or author that strikes your fancy!

As a Villanova alumnus, you’re entitled to apply for a courtesy membership, which allows borrowing privileges and onsite database access. That’s what we mean by #Falvs4life, NovaNation!

So get started now by visiting this link! And to serve as a lovely daily reminder, download our popular Starry, Starry Falvey wallpaper for your phone!



No service desk hours today due to snow emergency

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: March 1, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Due to inclement weather, the University has cancelled classes for today, March 1. The Library will also be closed, with no service desk hours. However, patrons with a valid Wildcard can gain 24/7 access to the building. Stay safe and warm, Wildcats!


Service desk hours for February 20

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: February 20, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Due to inclement weather, the University has cancelled classes for today, February 20. The Library will provide limited service desk hours from 8:00 am through 12:00 noon. 24/7 access to the building remains open with a valid Wildcard. A librarian will be on call from 10am – 5pm, and available via this link or via chat button, which you’ll find in the right hand corner of our home page. Continue to check the blog and the library’s social media for future updates. Stay safe and warm, Wildcats!


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