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Foto Friday: Flags of Many Countries

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 18, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Photograph of flags in Connelly Center

These flags, hanging in the Connelly Center, represent the many countries from which Villanova students come.

 

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


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Throwback Thursday: “Triumph of David” Removed from Wall

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 17, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Photograph of painting being removed from wall

The large painting, “Triumph of David” by Pietro da Cortona, is removed from the wall where it hung in what is now the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room on Feb. 19, 2013, so that conservation (http://thetriumphofdavid.com/) could begin. Now fully conserved, the painting in its original frame hangs almost where it was originally placed in 1956.

 

 

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Lisbeth and Lizzy.”

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “Who is your literary role model?”

Shannon Makenne– “Lisbeth Salander” [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.]


 Trisha Kemp, Access Services Specialist: “Lizzy Bennet” [Pride and Prejudice.]


Roberta Rosci, Resource Management Specialist: “Jeannette Walls” [author of Villanova One Book, The Glass Castle.]


Marianne Watson, Acquisitions/Licensing Librarian:”Pa, from [Little House on the Prairie].”


Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “Lisbeth Salander” [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.]


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Emma Max, Falvey Scholar – A Published Author

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 15, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Emma Max, a 2017 Falvey Scholar, is now a published author. Her article, “Just in KASE: Evaluating Nursing Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Self-Efficacy Towards Care for the Dying Patients,” coauthored with Meredith MacKenzie, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, CNE, assistant professor, College of Nursing, is in Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 356-362.

The annual Falvey Scholars program, at which Max presented her paper, was held in the Library on April 28. University Librarian Millicent Gaskell was the emcee and award presenter. Craig Wheeland, PhD, Vice Provost for Academics, welcomed the attendees. The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, gave the closing remarks.

Emma and her mentor, Dr. MacKenzie, presented their research at the College of Nursing’s Annual Research Symposium, “Nursing Research for Healthy Communities,” on March 28, 2017.

Emma, a 2017 College of Nursing graduate, is enrolled in a nurse residency program at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. “It’s awesome; it’s 11 people and me. I do that for about six months, and then I work there for two years, and then I see where life takes me.”

She commented that while a student at Villanova she spent a lot of time in Falvey, “especially now that they redid Old Falvey [the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room].” She also enjoyed spending time in the 24-hour lounge, “goofing off” or studying.


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Moodboard Monday: Mike Sgier

Trying to find a new book to read, a different podcast to listen to or another show to watch? Look no further than this series of interviews with Falvey Memorial Library staff. Sharing their recent interests and activities, feel free to explore these recommendations and expand your popular culture palate.


Tell me a bit about your role at Falvey Memorial Library.

I’m the Service Desk Coordinator at Falvey Memorial Library. I make sure the Access Services desk functions properly and runs smoothly. I ensure that anyone working the desk helps patrons and is knowledgeable about all the services Falvey offers.

Name a book you haven’t been able to put down.

I just finished re-reading The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. The novel is part of a fantasy series that was released before “Game of Thrones.” The saga actually inspired George R.R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire. I also read the new issue of Love and Rockets; it’s a comic series. I just started reading Octavia Butler’s novel, Dawn, which is pretty good. The book is my first encounter with Butler’s work.

What binge worthy television shows have you been streaming?

I just started watching the new “Twin Peaks” (SHOWTIME). The series is more David Lynch than the original “Twin Peaks” (ABC)…but that’s perfectly OK with me. In a unique way, the show masterfully combines humor with horror. I also watch “Game of Thrones” like everyone else.

Have you been to the theatre recently? Any musicals or plays you would attend again?

I haven’t been to the theatre in a really long time. As far as movies go, I saw the film “Paterson” at The Ritz in Philly back in March or April. It was about a bus driver named Paterson, who lives in the city of Paterson, who is also a poet. I definitely want to see that movie again.

“Paterson,” photo courtesy of yahoo.com.

Name a podcast you’ve been following.

I listen to “Travis Bickle On The Riviera;” the podcast is just three guys talking about movies. I also listen to “Judge John Hodgman;” the podcast is like “The People’s Court,” with Hodgman giving rulings on very mundane things. Tom Scharpling’s podcast “The Best Show” is really funny. It’s a call-in show; Scharpling discusses a different topic each week and sometimes Jon Wurster will call in and act as different characters. My favorite character is Philly Boy Roy. The comical bits between Scharpling and Wurster are really great.

Speaking of listening, what musical artist(s) has been blasting out of your speakers?

I listen to “Mogwai;” they’re an alternative rock band, mostly instrumental. “Sloan,” a Canadian pop group, is regularly on my radio. I’m also listening to an artist named “Mitski;” she’s mostly indie alternative. Her songs have some great lyrics.

What is something you enjoy doing in Philadelphia?

I like going out to eat. There’s a lot of good restaurants in the city. I just ate at the Triangle Tavern in South Philly. They prepared a great antipasto vegetable plate.

Triangle Tavern, photo courtesy of philly.com.

Tell me about a dish you recently prepared. Would you share the recipe?

I enjoy making a pork, cabbage and rice dish. It tastes good and is really easy to make.

What summertime activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy biking, but not when it’s extremely hot out. Fall is my favorite season.

Name an app you’re crazed about.

Of all the social media apps out there, I get positive vibes from Instagram.


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Foto Friday: Black Eyed Susans

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 11, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
Photograph of black eyed Susans

Black eyed Susans on campus

From spring through fall, the Villanova campus is filled with blooms. Black eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are native to the United States and are found in most states. They attract butterflies and bees and birds eat their seeds. Black eyed Susans, the state flower of Maryland, are heat and drought resistant and belong to the sunflower family.

 

Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

 


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Throwback Thursday: Falvey’s First Floor in 2011

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 10, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
View of DVD stacks on 1st floor in 2011

The DVD stacks, now in Old Falvey/Falvey West, were on the main floor in 2011.

 

Photograph from Falvey’s DAM.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Comfy couches and cups of tea.”

Happy National Book Lovers Day! This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What is your favorite reading spot?”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: [Currently reading Alec: The King Canute Crowd by Eddie Campbell.] “My ideal location for reading is at a coffee shop. I enjoy the atmosphere.”


Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian English & Theatre: [Just finished Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.] “I enjoy reading in the hammock in my backyard.”

 


Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services: [Currently reading A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood; accessed through Interlibrary Loan. The BBC series “Death in Paradise” (available on Netflix) is based on the novel.] “On a weekend morning, on my sofa, with a cup of coffee and my cats curled up next to me. It’s purrfect!”


Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator: [Currently reading The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny.] “The corner of my sofa so I can look out the window.”


Jesse Flavin, Access Services Specialist: [Currently reading Ghostwritten by David C. Mitchell; available at Falvey.] “My comfy couch. I read two pages, put it down, contemplate what I read and then fall asleep. It’s not intentional, but it always seems to happen that way.”


Laura Bang, Digital & Special Collections Assistant: [Currently reading The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield.] “In a comfy, oversized  armchair with a cup of tea.”


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Not Business Books – What Small Business Owners Are Reading

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 8, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Person reading in hammock

It’s still summer although Villanova’s classes will start before Labor Day. Summer reading is usually chosen for its entertainment value rather than to educate us. In early July, Joyce M.  Rosenberg, an Associated Press writer, asked eight small business owners for their recommendations for vacation reading. If you think that Rosenberg’s list is filled with dull, business-related books, you are in for a surprise.

Handmaid's Tale book coverAlthough The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) written by Margaret Atwood is now a popular TV series, it seems an unlikely choice for a small business owner. However, Serafina Palandech, co-owner of Hip Chicks Farms, a manufacturer of organic poultry products, found it beneficial because it provides a powerful feminist message.

 

Harry Potter resizeAnother surprising choice is the Harry Potter series series by J.K. Rowling, recommended by Paul Finch and Rayan Jawad, co-owners of the Growth Studio, a London based company. Finch says, “The three friends get taken through some pretty nasty things, but they overcome the obstacles because they’re together – when you’ve got a partnership or other people working with you, there’s a lot more strength, a lot more success.” (“Harry Potter, Abe Lincoln books on owners’ reading lists”)

 

The Martian bookcoverThe Martian (2011) by Andy Weir, the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars, was recommended by Vernon Tirey, CEO of LeaseQ (equipment leasing and financing), who discovered useful business advice: “Watney [the stranded astronaut] took help wherever he could find it…” (Ibid)

 

 

Fight Club book coverFight Club (1996), a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, is Zach Holmquist’s choice. Holmquist is co-owner of Teem, a company which creates administrative software. He selected Fight Club because it “makes you think about the words you choose – are they empowering or subtly disempowering?” (Ibid) Falvey also has the DVD of Fight Club.

 

 

 

Perhaps less surprising are the non-fiction choices: Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald L. Miller, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. These were recommended by Byran Mattimore, co-owner of The Growth Engine; Tobias Glienke, co-owner of Munk Pack; Corey Nelson, owner of 4C Global Logistics LLC; and Christine King, owner of YourBestFit. What would you recommend for summer reading?

 

Bookcovers from Falvey and Amazon. Photograph from pixabay.com.


We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

 


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Enjoy Raspberries and Cream and Farmers Markets

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 7, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

raspberries and whipped cream photo

Today, Monday, August 7, is National Raspberries and Cream Day and this week, August 7 – 13, is National Farmers Market Week. Raspberries are readily available in local supermarkets and perhaps available in local farmers markets although raspberry season is past its peak.

Cheryl of 40 aprons suggests serving a cup of fresh raspberries drizzled with about two tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Lana (Lana’s Cooking) and Sonya and Alex (a couple cooks) layer the berries with whipped cream and top each serving with crushed pistachios (Sonya and Alex) or chopped chocolate (Lana). I prefer my berries plain and they are even better if eaten sun-warmed and freshly picked while  standing in the berry patch and defending myself from the birds who also enjoy fresh berries.

Farmers markets are good places to shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables and often sell other foods such as baked goods. The United States government has two useful websites. Nutrition.gov lists “Top 10 Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market,” “Farmers Market Food Safety,” and “Find a Farmers Market in Your State.” The Dept. of Agriculture has a “Farmers Market Directory” which allows you to locate one within whatever distance you choose. The government also has a “Farmers Market Coloring Book” which you can print and enjoy.

There are  local farmers markets in Ardmore, Upper Merion (King of Prussia), Conshohocken and Wayne, all well worth visiting. For a wider choice visit Pennsylvania Harvest Calendar – PickYourOwn.org. If you have never picked your own fruit or vegetables this can be an interesting experience and you’ll come home with the freshest possible food.

 

Raspberries and whipped cream photograph from pixabay.com.


We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

 


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