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Hispanic Heritage Month Book List

By Jenna Newman

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and serves as a way to intentionally celebrate the culture and contributions of Latinx and Hispanic communities worldwide. The observation began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and was expanded in 1988 to be a month long.

September 15 marks independence day for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days later that same week.

A perfect way to celebrate is by grabbing a book written by and about Hispanic and Latino American authors. Check out our graphic to determine which book is perfect for you to read.

Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz: Jacquira Diaz’s life and enthralling memoir begins in Puerto Rico with a carefree childhood and follows Diaz on her journey to Miami, where her life is turned on its head as she enters adolescence. Diaz then recounts her time in the military and then a college education. Ultimately, she is able to find resilience in the most difficult of times. 

Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado: Diana Marie Delgado shares her experiences growing up in a Southern California city that’s run by a culture of machismo. Poetry is ultimately what allows Delgado to share her experiences with the rest of the world in this captivating memoir.

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez: The setting is New London, Texas, in 1937, right before the New London school explosion. East Texas is divided based on race, which everyone is painfully aware of, yet Perez tells the story of Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller, two people with an attraction so powerful it breaks through segregation, despite the consequences. 

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas: This story by Ingrid Rojas takes place against the backdrop of the violence of Colombia in the 1990s. Rojas explores the difference of wealth, especially while living in a country in turmoil. The story is inspired by Rojas own life and contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories. 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz: For anyone who loves ghost stories, Junot Diaz’s story of Dominican Oscar Wao whose family has been haunted for generations. As Oscar works to overcome the curse, he displays the endless human capacity to persevere while simultaneously giving insight into the Dominican-American experience.

If you still want more, check out the following fiction and non-fiction books as well:

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



Global Smackdown Wrap-Up: Iran

“[The statement made by Iran] also has to do with the UN Security Council and the shifting power dynamics within the UN Security Council.”

This week Dr. Tim Horner takes the time to talk about Iran and the Iran nuclear deal. The recent developments from the UN general assembly reveal the growing tension between Iran and the United States, as well as the United States’s changing standing in the world. Dr. Horner also touches on how Iran has been getting around some of the sanctions through help of other key, powerful countries.

Click here to view the video.

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#TBT: Coca-Cola Then & Now

photo of a 1916 Coca Cola advertisement featuring Grover Cleveland Alexander












Many brands have held a place in the media for decades, one of those being Coca-Cola. Take a minute to look at the evolution of Coca-Cola ads over the years. The Grover Cleveland Alexander ad is from May 20th, 1916, while the video is one of Coca-Cola’s most recent ad campaigns from August 2020. The company’s advertisement campaigns have evolved from the traditional “drink Coke because so-and-so is.” The modern-day campaign focuses on drinking Coke because of the values of the company and their desire to ignite change.

To see more classic advertisements, visit Falvey’s digital exhibit, “You Can Learn a Lot from Advertising!”

You can watch the full Coca-Cola advertisement here.

Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Getting ready to run out and buy a nice, cold Coke on my lunch break.








Hey, Wildcats! We’ll be offering one more virtual pet visit this semester for some fun stress relief. Take a break, press “paws,” and join us via Zoom. You’ll have a chance to meet Max and Nova on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 12-12:30 p.m. Join URL(Villanova email required for entry).

Picture of Jeannine Ahern's dog Max (Yorkshire terrier). Max (with Jeannine Ahern, Finance and Administration Specialist)

Max is a very lovable, yet fierce, 8-year-old Yorkshire terrier. Max’s full-time job is to protect the Ahern house from squirrels, chipmunks, and the mailman. He is a true lap dog. In addition to cuddling, his favorite activities are belly scratches, playing fetch with the ball, and running on the beach. Max’s favorite snacks are carrots, pretzels, and peanut butter! We love Max! Yorkies tend to have a long life expectancy, so, we’re looking forward to many more fun-filled years with our buddy Max!




Photo of Nova, Shawn Proctor's dog (terrier).Nova (with Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager) 

Nova is a two-year-old mixed terrier, named for her owner’s favorite college. She was rescued from Brandywine SPCA and enjoys long walks, short runs, and lots of peanut butter. When not loudly debating the relative merits of dogs v. cats with the home’s resident felines, Nova can be seen sprinting from room to room. And, despite her resemblance to Pete the Pup, alas, she is not the granddaughter of the Little Rascals doggo.



Attendees are free to bring their own pets, but please note that furry friends are not required—all are welcome to come check out the animals. Upon entering Zoom, attendees can choose whether to keep their microphones/audio on or off, depending on whether they would like to interact with the animals and attendees or simply observe. The event will be moderated by a library staff member, so please feel free to also use the chat feature to ask any questions if you do not want to unmute yourself.

Do midterms have you feeling stressed? Let us lend you a helping “paw”—unwind and grab that extra boost you need to finish the fall semester strong! This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to all Villanova students, faculty, and staff.

Gina's headshotRegina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.




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Trial access to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism

By Jutta Seibert

Students and scholars interested in the modernist era will welcome the chance to take a closer look at The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (REM) in the coming weeks. Trial access will be available until October 23 through the Databases A-Z list on the Library’s website.

REM distinguishes itself through global interdisciplinary coverage of its subject matter. The ideas of modernism were explored and embraced by artists, writers, and thinkers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Well known schools and movements such as expressionism, social realism, dadaism, cubism, and Bauhaus emerged during the modernist era. Modernist thinking and ideas influenced architecture, dance, theater, film, literature, music, philosophy, and the visual arts.

The REM platform offers both keyword searching and browsing by subject, movement, and place. All articles are written by subject specialists and include recommended reading lists as well as cross-references to related resources. For example, the article about Russian Modernism proffers links to articles about representative Russian artists and works as well as to overview articles on Social Realism and Symbolism. While REM content is heavily weighted in favor of artists and movements in the visual arts and literature, there are some unexpected contributions, such as an article about Physical Culture, which traces today’s interest in physical fitness back to the modernist era.

Take the online tour to learn more about REM, and contact us if you would like to recommend REM for the permanent collection.

Jutta Seibert is Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement at Falvey Memorial Library.




Freedom To Read: Celebrate Banned Book Week with These “Most Challenged” Books From Falvey Memorial Library

American Library Association's poster announcing Banned Books Week 2020.

Banned Books Week commenced yesterday! Beginning in the early 1980s, the annual event, celebrated the last week of September, spotlights “current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.” Show your support for”the freedom to read” and checkout these frequently challenged titles available at Falvey Memorial Library.

The titles listed below are featured in the “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” lists spanning from 2001-2019. “Lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary reports sent to the Office for Intellectual Freedom from communities across the U.S.

Books are accessible through Falvey’s contactless pickup—those available as e-books are indicated below.

For more information about Banned Books Week visit the American Library Association’s website. Looking for a specific title not available at Falvey Memorial Library? Villanova students, staff, and faculty can use the E-ZBorrow service to request print materials from regional libraries. Chat with a librarian during business hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. for inquires regarding Falvey Library’s collection.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.





Caturday: Fall Vibes on the Old Falvey “Catio”




















You love us! You really, really love us!

When asking students about their favorite outdoor locations, the Villanovan reported that Old Falvey’s patio ranked in the top five! “This spot is perfect for morning contemplation while taking a sip of delicious coffee from Holy Grounds and watching the sunrise.” Feel free to stop by our “Catio” anytime!

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Back By Popular Demand: KIC Scanner Now Available for Use at Falvey’s Front Desk

Picture of Villanova student using the KIC scanner.

Falvey Library patrons can now scan and email/save/print their scanned images. Ensuring CDC Guidelines are being followed, Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services, announced the return of this essential service for Villanova students, staff, and faculty.

“In response to student requests, the library has reinstalled the Knowledge Imaging Center (KIC) Scanner and, in compliance with safety protocols, we will replace the touchscreen protector and clean the keyboard cover daily.”

The KIC Scanner is located at the Access Services front desk on Falvey’s first floor and is available for use during building hours from Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. until midnight. Here’s a brief set of instructions, but don’t worry, if you forget, there is a sign right next to the scanner to remind you!

Book and Document Scanner Instructions: 

  • Place document or book on scanner glass, and close the lid.
  • Press Scan.
  • Press Accept & Scan.
  • Scan will appear on screen!
  • Press Compose Content to make image adjustments.
  • Press Scan to scan additional documents or pages.

To Email Scans:

  • Press Save PDF file(s) via Email.
  • Villanova username and password required!

To Print: 

  • Press Print.
  • Villanova username required. Enter only once! The second window will automatically enter your username.

To Save to a USB Device:

  • Insert USB Device.
  • Press Save PDF file(s) to USB.
  • Press End Session when finished.

Questions? Visit the Service Desk for assistance! Patrons may also submit an ILLiad request to scan a physical item in Falvey’s collection or request electronic copies of articles from other library collections. For additional information email


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.





Thank You, ‘Nova Nation!


On 1842 Day, Villanova’s annual day of giving, alumni, students, faculty, and staff united to support Falvey Memorial Library.

“There are so many worthwhile areas in the University. We are thrilled so many Villanovans chose to show their support by donating to Falvey Memorial Library this 1842 Day,” says University Librarian Millicent Gaskell.

And from everyone at the Library, we want to thank you. Thank you to each one of our 107 donors who made a difference for students today, and in the years to come!



‘Cat in the Stax: The Oxford Comma

In celebration of National Punctuation Day tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 24, I decided to bring up the age-old debate surrounding the Oxford comma. For those of you new to this dispute, the Oxford comma is the last comma in a list of three or more. In 2017, there was a $10 million lawsuit, essentially, over an Oxford comma. Let’s explore the lawsuit then break down the arguments a little further. 

The 2017 Oxford Comma Lawsuit

Back in 2017 in Maine, a class action lawsuit took place as drivers for Oakhurst Dairy sued the company for failing to grant them overtime pay. According to Maine law, workers should receive 1.5 times their normal pay for any hours worked over 40 per week. However, there are exemptions to this rule. The law says that companies don’t need to pay overtime for: “The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storking, packing for shipment or distribution of: (1) agriculture produce; (2) meat and fish project; and (3) perishable foods.” The Oxford comma, had it been included, would be before “or” in the bolded section of the quote.

The drivers believed they deserved overtime because they worked in distribution and the law specified “packing for shipment or distribution” as one thing. Oakhurst Dairy argued that “packing for shipment” and “distribution” were two separate activities, both exempt.

Ultimately, because the law was not clear, the judge ruled in favor of the drivers… and the Oxford comma!

To Comma…
Chicago style, which is commonly used by book publishers, academics, and trade publications, does require an Oxford comma in all scenarios. Proponents of the Oxford comma, including the creators of Chicago style, have a variety of arguments in favor of their position, two of which I’ll attempt to break down here.

(1) It takes two seconds to add a comma. Some of you are probably reading this post and thinking, “She’s seriously writing a full post about a comma? Just add the comma and move on with your life.” That goes along with the idea that it literally takes less than a second to add in the comma, so we might as well just add it and move on.

(2) It helps avoid ambiguity. This second argument has a little more meat to it than “just do it.” The Oxford comma is used to add clarity to lists. Had the Maine law included the Oxford comma they would have saved Oakhurst Dairy $10 million dollars.

Let’s look at another example. Take the following sentence, “I love my parents, Taylor Swift and J.R.R Tolkien.” By omitting the Oxford comma, it can be taken that I love my parents and my parents are Taylor Swift and J.R.R. Tolkien, which makes zero sense!

Maybe at this point you’re thinking of some counter-arguments as to why the Oxford comma is not, in fact, necessary.

Or Not to Comma?
AP Style, the preferred style for journalists and news, does not require the Oxford comma, although they do say to use it if doing so could avoid confusion or misinterpretation. We have broken down below two of the main arguments commonly brought up by people against the Oxford comma.

(1) Using common sense will help avoid ambiguity. Let’s go back to our example from earlier. One could argue that no one who knows who either Taylor Swift or J.R.R. Tolkien are would mistakenly read the sentence as saying that they are my parents. By applying common sense to the situation, there is no ambiguity. 

(2) If a sentence is unclear, re-write it in a way that makes more sense. Those who say that the Oxford comma is unnecessary would argue that you could rewrite the example sentence as, “I love Taylor Swift, J.R.R. Tolkien and my parents.” This would clear up any confusion and still avoid the use of an Oxford comma. Any sentence could be rearranged in such a way to avoid the use of the Oxford comma. 

The Verdict
My opinion is that it’s clearer and easier to just put in an Oxford comma. I would rather just throw in an extra comma than re-work an entire sentence that I’m writing. For consistency purposes, I would argue that people should just use an Oxford comma all the time. 

My advice would be to adhere to whatever side or style your employer or the person you are writing for adheres to, but in your own personal writing, make your own decisions based on what makes sense to you.


Which side of the debate do you fall on? Let us know in the comments!


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Sending back punctuation edits to my friend’s text messages.






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Last Modified: September 23, 2020