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Like poetry? Read it!

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: April 19, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Happy Friday, Wildcats! The Falvey Memorial Library is happy to announce the start of a new weekly blog series: Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Daniella, one of our graduate assistants from the English department, will scour the internet each week to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

Hey, Wildcats! Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? We at Falvey Memorial Library have had our fair share of open mics and poetry readings in the past few weeks to celebrate. I believe that poetry has the power to express extreme emotions of love, pain, and happiness. It gives people the ability to connect to others, to share in an experience.

As we near the end of National Poetry Month, we encourage you to break out of your comfort zone and write your own verse, but if you’re not ready to pour your heart out on paper just yet, here’s a list of some of the most notable poetry of 2018.


Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, edited by Christopher Soto (Nightboat Books)

In 2014, Christopher Soto and Lambda Literary Foundation founded the online journal Nepantla, with the mission to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community, including contributions as diverse in style and form, as the experiences of QPOC in the United States. Now, Nepantla will appear for the first time in print as a survey of poetry by queer poets of color throughout U.S. history, including literary legends such as Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, June Jordan, Ai, and Pat Parker alongside contemporaries such as Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Robin Coste Lewis, Joy Harjo, Richard Blanco, Erika L. Sánchez, Jericho Brown, Carl Phillips, Tommy Pico, Eduardo C. Corral, Chen Chen, and more! (Source: Entropy)


Not My White Savior by Julayne Lee (Rare Bird Books)

Not My White Savior is a memoir in poems, exploring what it is to be a transracial and inter-country adoptee, and what it means to grow up being constantly told how better your life is because you were rescued from your country of origin. Following Julayne Lee from Korea to Minnesota and finally to Los Angeles, Not My White Savior asks what does “better” mean? In which ways was the journey she went on better than what she would have otherwise experienced? (Source: Entropy)


Blood Labors by Daniel Tobin (Four Way)

Tobin has written smartly on Irish poets like Seamus Heaney, and that connection emerges to appealing effect in the robust, formally dexterous writing in “Blood Labors.” Particularly notable here is the multipart poem “Downstream,” which comments on a series of surrealist paintings by Eleanor Spiess-Ferris and becomes a kind of hypnotic, deeply strange creation saga. Here’s the beginning of the section titled “River”: “When I rose from the river I was still / The river, and in my red hair flamed / The encircling wheels, wheels within wheels, / By which the very air around me moved.” (Source: New York Times)


Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems by Jennifer S. Cheng (Tarpaulin Sky)

Mixing fable and fact, extraordinary and ordinary, Jennifer S. Cheng’s hybrid collection, Moon: Letters, Maps, Poems, draws on various Chinese mythologies about women, particularly that of Chang’E (the Lady in the Moon), uncovering the shadow stories of our myths — with the belief that there is always an underbelly. Moon explores bewilderment and shelter, destruction and construction, unthreading as it rethreads, shedding as it collects. (Source: Entropy)


Cruel Futures by Carmen Giménez Smith (City Lights)

Cruel Futures is a witchy confessional and wildly imagistic volume that examines subjects as divergent as Alzheimer’s, Medusa, mumblecore, and mental illness in sharp-witted, taut poems dense with song. Chronicling life on an endangered planet, in a country on the precipice of profound change compelled by a media machine that produces our realities, the book is a high-energy analysis of popular culture, as well as an exploration of the many social roles that women occupy as mother, daughter, lover, and the resulting struggle to maintain personhood—all in a late capitalist America (Source: Entropy).



Foto Friday: Easter Blessings

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 19, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

“He has been raised.” -Mark 16:1-7

The Curious ‘Cat: Pondering Peeps

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 18, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Anxiously awaiting the Easter holiday, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Library staff,

What flavor are the Peeps?


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

“(#1) Cotton candy, (#2) brown sugar.”

Patricia Kemp, Access & Collections Coordinator, Course Reserves: “(#1) Strawberry.”

Roberta Rosci, Collections & Stewardship Coordinator: “(#2) Toffee.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience Librarian:

“(#1) Cotton candy, (#2) mocha, (#3) Rice Krispies Treats.”

Laura Hutelmyer, Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Coordinator: “(#3) Marshmallow.”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “(#1) Bubble gum, (#2) maple, (#3) birthday cake.”

Merrill Stein, Political Science/ Psychology and Brain Sciences/ Public Admin./ Naval Science/ Geography & the Environment: “(#3) Vanilla.”

Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Coordinator: “(#2) Maple pancakes.”

Jeannine Ahern, Finance & Administration Specialist: “(#3) Vanilla Funfetti.”

Alfred Fry, Science & Engineering Librarian: “(#1) Strawberry.”

Margaret Duffy, Director, Finance & Administration: “(#1) Cotton candy, (#2) chocolate, (#3) birthday cake.”

Mike Sgier, Access & Collections Coordinator: “(#1) Strawberry, (#2) cinnamon, (#3) vanilla.”

Flavors: (#1) Cotton candy, (#2) Pancakes and syrup, (#3) party cake. Happy Easter, Wildcats!








Springtime Sunshine

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: April 17, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!


Spring is definitely in the air, Wildcats! While it comes with end of the semester stress, it brings warmer weather, fresh air, flowers, and, most importantly, sunshine.

This week, I encourage everyone to get 15-20 minutes of sunshine every day. You’ll notice an improvement in your health and mood!

Here are some of the positive health effects of regular exposure to sunlight. Just remember to wear your sunscreen!

  • lower blood pressure
  • anti-inflammation
  • improved brain functioning
  • protection against cancer
  • mood improvement
  • improved sleep quality
  • weight loss
  • reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • boosted immunity



Stressed Is Just Desserts Spelled Backwards: Make Finals A Piece Of Cake At Falvey’s Annual Open House

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 16, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

The end of the semester is stressful – exams, deadlines, final projects – but did you know that finals is just desserts spelled backwards? Falvey Memorial Library won’t dessert you during finals. Stop by our semi-annual stress bustin’ open house and make finals a piece of cake – literally. On Thursday, May 2 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the first floor lounge we’ll be featuring a dessert bar with all your favorite treats. Take a break from the madness and relax with board games, puzzles, coloring, and perler beads. Donut worry about finals; our librarians will be on hand to offer last-minute research assistance!

The relaxation continues Friday, May 3! We’ll welcome our furry friends from Pals for Life at the Oreo (rain location, Falvey 205) from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Stress-Free Happy Healthy Hours event is co-sponsored by POWER, Villanova Student Advancement, and the Office of Health Promotion.

Pudding up with finals is tough. If you’re in need of s’more relaxation, stop by these events and get that extra boost as the semester ends. Remember, you got this, and the library is here to help!

The Orchard Window

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: April 16, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

The Highlighter is the run down on the best resources The Falvey Library has to offer.

This week, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia added coverage of notable works of art, including an essay about the painting The Orchard Window by Daniel Garber.

Associate Professor of art history Mark Sullivan wrote the essay. Sullivan wrote the recently published Picturing Thoreau: Henry David Thoreau in American Visual Culture (Lexington Books, 2015). View the introduction to Sullivan’s encyclopedic entry below:

Painted in 1918 by Philadelphia artist Daniel Garber (1880-1958), The Orchard Window depicts the interior of Garber’s studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and features his 12-year-old daughter Tanis sitting in a sun-dappled window seat, reading a book. This large oil painting on canvas has been highly regarded as a prime example of Pennsylvania Impressionism, a variation on the French Impressionism of Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Camille Pissarro (1830-1903).

The Orchard Window is one of Garber’s masterpieces, dating from a period when the artist reached the height of his popularity. In this painting, Garber combined the atmospheric concerns of impressionism with the sharp, careful drawing typical of all graduates of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. By flattening out the picture plane in the background (in other words, by making the view out the window almost two-dimensional), he also added a decorative quality that was new to his work at the time.

To view the full essay, view The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia with access from Falvey Memorial Library.


Library Service Hours: Monday, April 15 – Monday, April 22

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 15, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Easter Break Service Hours:

Monday, April 15: 8AM – 12AM (front doors and book collections lock at 11:30PM)

Tuesday, April 16: 8AM – 12AM (front doors and book collections lock at 11:30PM)

Wednesday, April 17: 8AM – 10PM (front doors and book collections lock at 9:30PM)

Thursday, April 18: 9AM – 12PM (front doors and book collections lock at 11:30AM)

Friday, April 19: CLOSED

Saturday, April 20: CLOSED

Sunday, April 21: CLOSED

Monday, April 22: 2PM-12AM (front doors and book collections lock at 11:30PM)

24/7 areas will remain accessible to students, faculty and staff with a valid Wildcard when the service desk is closed.

Peek at the Week: April 15th – April 19th

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: April 15, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

This week in the library. 


Beckman Scholars Program, Room 206, 9:00a – 9:45a

GlobalSmackDown Series, Speakers’ Corner, 2:00p – 2:23p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Digital Humanities with Lauren Shohet, Room 214, 4:30p – 7:00p

Unitas Weekend Monday Meetings, Room 206, 8:00p – 10:00p


The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 11:30a – 2:30p & 4:00p – 9:00p

Interfaith Advisory Council, Room 206, 11:30a – 1:00p

RSSE Instruction Meeting, Room 206, 3:00p – 4:00p

General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p


Comm Team Reservation, Room 214, 8:00a – 5:00p

Faculty Scholars Team Meeting, Room 205, 9:00a – 10:00a

College Panel for Visiting Students of Color, Room 205, 2:45p – 4:15p

Anatomy and Physiology Study Group, 7:00p – 9:00p


No Events


Easter Break


Drop everything and read!

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: April 12, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Happy Friday, Wildcats! The Falvey Memorial Library is happy to announce the start of a new weekly blog series: Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Daniella, one of our graduate assistants from the English department, will scour the internet each week to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

Today, I want us to celebrate the most bookish of holidays: Drop Everything and Read Day. The idea comes from the Beverly Cleary book (Ramona Quimby, Age 8) and is celebrated every year on the author’s birthday, April 12. Beverly Cleary is still alive, and today she turns 103!

Many schools across the country participate in this holiday. This is how Lynne Routzong, a first- through fifth-grade resource room teacher in Alabama, participates:

“We celebrate reading for a week. On Monday the teachers perform skits taken from familiar story books. On Tuesday at a given time our school will Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) whether students are in PE, music, etc. On Wednesday we have a storybook character parade/contest. On Thursday we have a short story writing/illustrating contest. On Friday local football players, cheerleaders and band members will come to our school for a pep rally for reading. Later that day city officials will visit schools and read to classrooms” (

Colleges and universities don’t celebrate this holiday with pep rallies and skits performed by educators (which I think should change), but it only makes sense to offer popular book recommendations for this weekend, so that you too can celebrate National Library Week and drop everything and read!


Becoming by Michelle Obama

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Announcing The 2019 Falvey Scholars Award Winners

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: April 12, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Announcing the 2019 Falvey Scholars Award Winners:

Student: Jubilee Marshall; Project Title: “Public Health and Urban Space in Philadelphia’s Black Burial Grounds, 1750-1850”; Mentor: Dr. Whitney Martinko

Student: Erica Ferrara; Project Title: “Test Anxiety in Elementary School Students in Relation to Standardized Testing”; Mentor: Dr. Deena Weisberg

Student: Ritesh Karsalia; Project Title: “Investigating the Role of Ordered (Io) and Disordered (Id) Phases within the Plasma Membrane of Primary CD4+ Helper T Lymphocytes in their Antigen-Specific Responses”; Mentor: Dr. Anil Bamezai

Student: Elizabeth O’Brien; Project Title: “Foliar Water Uptake in Ecotonal Mangroves which are Expanding with Climate Change”; Mentor: Dr. Samantha Chapman

Student: Erin Donnelly; Project Title: “Wounds of War: Understanding the Dimensions of Moral Injury from a Healthcare Perspective” Mentor: Dr. Helene Moriarty

Student: Matthew Fagerstrom; Project Title: “The Financial Industry in the Era of Fiat Currency: An Empirical Approach”; Mentor: Dr. Michael Curran

Please join us in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Friday, April 26, at 9:15 a.m., for the 2019 Falvey Scholars Awards presentation and reception ceremony. This ceremony is one of the keynote events of the Villanova Spring Research Expo, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate research from across campus. At this event, award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report.

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Last Modified: April 12, 2019