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Cat in the Stax: From the Pages to the Screen

With winter seeming never-ending and spring still feeling like a far-off dream, it’s time to make a new list of movies and TV shows to watch. Below is a list of five books that have been adapted into TV series or movies for 2021. Many of these books are in Falvey’s collection. If you’re like me, you’ll need to read the book before you watch the movie!

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform: Netflix

Release Date: OUT NOW – Feb 1, 2021

 

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform: Netflix

Release Date: OUT NOW – Jan 22, 2021

 

The Dig by John Preston

Platform: Netflix

Release Date: OUT NOW – Jan 15, 2021

 

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari

Movie Title: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Platform: Hulu

Release Date: Feb 26, 2021

 

Cherry by Nico Walker

Platform: Apple TV+

Release Date: Mar 12, 2021


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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Global Smackdown: Myanmar

  • Posted by: Jenna Newman
  • Posted Date: February 22, 2021
  • Filed Under: Library News

“There is a weird parallel that’s going on that goes back to 1988 in the history of Myanmar and its struggle to have democracy.”

This week on Dr. Tim Horner’s Global Smackdown he looks at the military coup in Myanmar and the growing protests. Horner looks at the similarities and differences between this coup and the military coup in 1988 that resulted in thousands of civilian deaths. Finally, he concludes by discussing international responses thus far and what to watch for moving forward.""

The whole Global Smackdown for Monday, Feb. 22, is available via Zoom here.

Where in the world are we?


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A TROVE OF NEWLY ADDED EBOOKS FOR THE HUMANITIES

By Darren G. Poley

During this time of necessary remoteness, it has been fortuitous that the Villanova University community can access so many e-books via the Library. In fact, Falvey’s online collection has well over a million e-books that are available to students and faculty alike.

Many publishers today produce e-books alongside their print offerings, but what about slightly older books which were previously only sold as physical items? Some academic publishers are working to remedy the situation by making available electronic versions of books still in high demand that were published in the last forty years, and in some cases even longer ago.

A couple of prominent examples are Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis. Some more specialized ones are the Wiley Online Library and the Loeb Classical Library Online by Harvard University Press.

Bloomsbury, in addition to being a notable independent publisher since the 1980s, over the last decade has been acquiring other UK book publishers well-respected in the humanities. It now aggregates books from Bloomsbury Academic, I. B. Tauris, Bristol Classical Press, and Continuum International, which includes books by T&T Clark, Burns & Oates, and Cassell.

Recently Falvey Memorial Library has gained access to several e-book collections, and although each individual e-book will be added to the Library’s catalog of holdings, below is a list of the newly acquired Bloomsbury Collections, which can be browsed or searched using keywords.
 

If you want to browse or search across collections by subject and keyword, you can do that, too. Just be sure to limit your results to e-books for which we have access. Otherwise, you will get records for e-books to which we do not have access. Note: Bloomsbury also has an interdisciplinary Open Access Collection.

 

Some e-book platforms aggregate content from a variety of publishers, such as the EBSCO eBook Collection and JSTOR. There are even a few very good open access online aggregators for books no longer in copyright; Hathi Trust Digital Library, Internet Archive, and even our own Distinctive Collections: Digital Library.

 


Darren G. Poley is Associate Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, and Theology, Humanities & Classical Studies Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. 

 

 



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Register Now for Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” College Filmmaker Presentation on Feb. 24!

Raya and the Last Dragon Event Flyer

 

Villanova faculty, staff, and students are cordially invited to join us on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 6-7 p.m., for an exciting virtual presentation by the co-directors of Disney’s upcoming animated film, Raya and the Last Dragon. Paul Briggs and John Ripa will discuss their experiences directing the feature to be released on March 5 on Disney+ and in select theaters. They will offer insights into the production process and provide valuable tips on how to navigate the film industry for aspiring filmmakers.

Raya and the Last Dragon is an action/adventure film that has a PG rating. Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world—it’s going to take trust as well. (Disney)

Please REGISTER by following this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXtDFvH34n7PylI5KuKuM07HyHYKCBTsMWmxr0QZwhfXY1iQ/viewform

Once registered, you will have access to the Zoom link.

This ACS-approved event is co-sponsored by Graduate Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communication and Falvey Memorial Library.


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Foto Friday: Gameday Swag and Snacks

Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, and Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Thank you for your commitment to the Slow the Spread directive and for putting our community first. Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, and Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, had a fun time distributing game day swag and snacks during the “Game Watch @ Home” last Saturday, Feb. 13. Many thanks to all the students who stopped by and best of luck to the Villanova Men’s Basketball Team as they take on UConn this Saturday. Let’s Go, Nova!


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TBT: Snowy Campus Scenes

With more snow forecasted for today, it’s only fitting that our TBT include another snowy campus picture. This picture can be found in Falvey’s digital library and shows the exterior of St. Thomas of Villanova church with snow leading up to the church. This photo was taken in 1960, although the snowy scene looks a lot like the snowy scenes we’ve seen on campus today!


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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Service Alert for Thursday, Feb. 18

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: February 18, 2021
  • Filed Under: Library News
SERVICE ALERT

Service Alert

 

NO LIBRARY SERVICE, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18  

Due to the University’s weather-related closure, regular library services will be unavailable on Thursday, February 18. The library building will remain open to Wildcard holders.

This afternoon’s Digital Seeds event,   “Mapping Indigenous Landowners in 19th-Century Los Angeles: Historicizing GIS and the Public Land Survey System” with Julia Lewandoski, PhD is still being held at 4PM today. There is still time to REGISTER at: https://villanova.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUocO2tqT0vHdfYKOozZsT6TmZMWLTE4csE


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Ash Wednesday, Marks the Beginning of Lent

Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

Easter is considered “a movable feast” (New Catholic Encyclopedia) and Easter’s date also affects other holy days: Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent; Palm Sunday; the days of Holy Week – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday – and Pentecost.

The earliest date for Easter, March 22, occurred in 1761 and 1818; it will fall on March 22 again in 2285 and 2353. Easter can be as late as April 25 as happened in 1886 and 1943 and this will occur again in 2038. This year, 2021, Easter is celebrated on April 4.

From the earliest years of Christianity, Easter has been its most important feast, and the date of the observance varied. No one day of the week was associated with Christmas, Christ’s birth day, and by about A.D. 400 the western Church had assigned December 25 as the date for the observation of Christmas.

The Easter season, however, did have specific days of the week associated with its events and this contributed to the variety of dates on which Easter was celebrated. Historically, it is believed that Jesus held the Last Supper on the 14th day of Nisan (a Jewish month), the date of Passover.

The date of Passover was based upon a lunar calendar and Passover did not always fall on the same day of the week. But for Christians, Christ’s Resurrection occurred on a Sunday and therefore Easter should be celebrated on a Sunday. And this led to conflicts, which were resolved by the Council of Nicaea (Council of Nice).

 

Dig Deeper

Read Lenten Reflections, compiled by the Office of Mission & Ministry, from Villanova faculty and staff.

Holy Holidays! The Catholic Origins of Celebration (2011). Greg Tobin.
Passover and Easter: Origin and History to Modern Times (1999). Paul F. Bradshaw and Lawrence A. Hoffman, editors.
“The Date of Easter: A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Mathematics, Villanova University” (1954). Sister Mary Bernita Smith, RSM.
The Regulation of Easter, or the Cause of the Errors and Dfferences [sic] Contracted in the Calculation of It Discover’d and Duly Consider’d. (1735). Henry Wilson.
The Great Cicle [sic] of Easter Containing a Short Rule, to Knowe Yppon [sic] What Day of the Month Easter Day will Fall … (1584). John Pett.

 


Alice Bampton is a retired staff member of Falvey Memorial Library. A version of this article was originally published April 4, 2015.


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Cat in the Stax: Leveraging Your Working Break

In lieu of our traditional Spring Break, this semester Villanova is giving us two working breaks, with our first one being this Wednesday and Thursday. Below I’ve shared three tips about how to make the most of your working break and ensure it’s both a productive and relaxing two days.

#1 Evaluate Your Priorities This time is supposed to be a mental reset, so it is important to make sure you are prioritizing your mental health on these two days. As we get into the semester, I’m finding more and more that my priorities for the day are focused around the assignments I have due in the following days or the readings I have for class that night. But this week, I’m restructuring my priorities and putting relaxing activities, such as going for a walk or reading a book for fun, at the top of my list.

#2 Actually WORK It can be tempting to see this working break as two days off, especially if you are lucky enough to have a professor who is not holding classes, but remember this is an opportunity to catch up on or stay on top of your work! As you’ll see through my other tips, your work can look a little different this week, but you don’t want to end this week feeling more behind and overwhelmed than you did on Monday. Make yourself clear goals then crush those goals!

#3 Build Connections with Professors & Librarians This week, I’m focusing on building relationships with more of my professors. Many professors are holding extra office hours this week to talk to students about projects, papers, or exams. Leverage that extra time and drop-in to form a relationship. Subject librarians are an additional resource that you can connect with this week! Whether it’s just to say hi and see if they have any thoughts on your research topic for this semester or to ask for help finding that last elusive source you need for a paper, Falvey’s subject librarians are ready and available to help. Find a lists of all subject librarians here.

#4 Focus on Relaxation & Productivity On my “days off” when I still want to make sure I’m being productive and getting work done, I find little ways to make the day feel more relaxing. Maybe usually you’re up at 8 AM every morning to start working. This week, instead, let your day start at 10 AM or 11 AM and still end at the same time. Or, instead of working at your desk, do some work from bed or the couch. Those little tweaks to your routine may make it feel more like a break while still letting you stay on top of your work.

This is the first of two of Villanova’s working breaks this semester. Use this one as a trial run to see what works best for you. If you have any other tips to share or your plans to make the most of today and tomorrow, share in the comments!


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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eBook available: The Safety First Club and the Flood

  • Posted by: Demian Katz
  • Posted Date: February 16, 2021
  • Filed Under: Library News

Our latest Project Gutenberg release, produced through the Distributed Proofreaders project, is The Safety First Club and the Flood by W. T. Nichols, the second book of a three-volume series about a group of teenagers whose club motto is “safety first.” While this was fairly transparently written with the intent of encouraging young readers to behave more responsibly, it also serves as a document of the slang, school life and pastimes of early 20th-century youth.

This particular volume focuses on the friendship between the titular club and an older boy from out of town. The boys experience fun, adventure and mishaps during snowy winter weather, and the title rather gives away what happens when all that snow starts to thaw….

If you’re interested in reading the book for yourself, it can be accessed online (or downloaded in popular eBook formats) through Project Gutenberg.


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Last Modified: February 16, 2021