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Kallie’s Chords: Homecoming (Part One)

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: October 9, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

If you haven’t gathered from my previous playlist, I really, really like fall. One of my favorite traditions of the season is homecoming. Though we may have made new homes, whether permanent or temporary, there’s nothing like the feeling of coming home: attending a football game at your former high school (or university), visiting with friends and family, and exploring places new and familiar. This playlist (at least in my humble opinion), embodies the warm and welcoming feelings of returning home. Have a safe and relaxing semester break, Wildcats. See you soon at Falvey, your home away from home (p.s. this playlist makes a great soundtrack for the road trip back to Nova).

*Part two coming to you next month, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Peek at the Week: Oct. 9-13

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: October 9, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Quote of the Week: 

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
-Robert Frost

(Happy fall break, Wildcats!)

A picture of Kallie Stahl’s home (in beautiful Ohio)

This Week in the Library: 
Monday, October 9, 
VuFind Summit Conference (Day 1), Room 205, 9:00-5:00 p.m.
Restorative Practice, Room 206, 11:00-1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10, 
VuFind Summit Conference (Day 2), Room 205, 9:00-5:00 p.m.
Library All-Staff Meeting , Room 205, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 11, 
Learning Support Services: General Biology Study Group, Room 205, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 12, 
IIE Visiting IEA Seminar, First Floor Lounge, 8:45-10:00 a.m.

p.s. Here is a link to our fall break hours!

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University. Photos are from Pixabay. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!

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Falveydelphinovian: VU Find

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: October 9, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

This Falveydelphinovian blog showcases the students (and in this case, the staff) who find themselves situated in Falvey throughout the week. We, the Communication and Marketing team, ask about projects & classes & books & sometimes (like now, for instance) initiatives that began within the library.

This is Geoffrey Scholl, a Library Technology Developer within Falvey,

“Can you tell me about VU Find?”

“VuFind is the front-end digital repository software for Villanova’s digital library. VuFind operates with a simple interface similar to Google and can be extended to search many library resources including locally cached journals and digital library items. VuFind is developed and maintained by Villanova University’s Falvey Library.”

Falveydelphinovian written and photographed by Hunter Houtzer, graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing team at Falvey Memorial Library.



Foto Friday: “Peaceful path.”

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”

-Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Campus is calm on Friday evening. Have a safe and relaxing fall break, Wildcats! 

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#Throwback Thursday: rebel yell

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: October 5, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

#tbt to 1987 when the “the players and cheerleaders put every ounce of energy and effort into their actions on and off the field” during an inclement game on October 3rd. -Belle Air (1988), pg. 418

Photo from the Belle Air (1988), pg. 418 & scanned by Hunter Houtzer of Falvey’s Communication and Marketing Team 

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’Cat in the Stacks: 5 Books for Fall Break

  • Posted by: William Repetto
  • Posted Date: October 5, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Memorial Library’s role.

Almost now a supposed “Master of the Art” of English, I cannot even pretend to possess the capability to express the profound sadness that has overcome me with the events making headlines recently. The devastating massacre in Las Vegas, of course, is chief among these, but also the rash of hurricanes and the death of Tom Petty – which holds sentimental value for many.

With fall break on the horizon, I’d like to give some book recommendations from me and my colleagues Librarian for English and Theatre Sarah Wingo and First Year Experience & Humanities Librarian Rob LeBlanc. Our picks are of a certain nature; I asked for books that provide some degree of comfort in tough times. Here’s what we came up with:

  1. “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
    When I talked about comfort reading, you didn’t think our first choice would be a post-apocalyptic novel, did you? “Station Eleven” tells the story of the outbreak of the fictional “Georgia Flu,” which kills off much of the global population. “Where’s the uplifting part in that?” you might be thinking. Well, the story follows Kirsten and her theatre troupe as they attempt to keep art alive in a desolate landscape. According to Wingo, “its moments of people helping each other” are coupled with the reminder of “the capability of humanity to create art and reach out to each other.”
  2. “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
    We have been obsessed with adaptations recently here at the Falvey, and with “Ready Player One” you have another book with an upcoming film, and another dystopian novel. Find out in this one what happens when one gamer ventures into the virtual realm to discover something new about the reality of the year 2044. LeBlanc says this one is “an amazingly fun story full of ’80s pop culture.” What better way to cure the early 21st-century blues than a little nostalgia?
  3. “Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien
    As I talked to Wingo about our favorite books for this list, she brought up the concept of certain stories having sentimental value beyond the content on the page. Some books remind of us of our dad reading to us at bedtime, of those stories that gave us an escape from the confusing world of adolescence, or those stories that keep you coming back year-after-year or film-after-film. For many of us, I’m sure “Lord of the Rings” is that book. And who can forget that famous quote, “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”
  4. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
    This is another book that should come with a good dose of nostalgia. Don’t we all remember reading this one in middle school or high school? It might surprise you though to see it on this list. Isn’t it more about serious themes and bleak perspectives on race? According to LeBlanc, it’s a little different when you return to the text as an adult. “It’s one of the best stories out there. At the end you feel like justice has been served, and it really is an uplifting book,” he says.
  5. “Brideshead Revisited” by Evelyn Waugh
    We’ve been really interested in banned books recently too! “Brideshead Revisited” tells the misadventures of Charles Ryder during his time at Oxford University and afterward. There are stories of addiction, lost friends, and ostracism within, but what you’ll find at the heart of “Brideshead Revisited” is the ability of a place to recall to mind the good times we had there. This might be particularly useful for those of you planning a trip home for the break or perhaps a visit to the old high school.

You’ll notice that I’ve given you all fiction to read. But that’s not to say fiction’s all there is out there! According to Wingo, “there’s something really empowering about reading non-fiction as well. Reading books about something you don’t know much about, about learning about people who are different from you, can inform your interaction with people in ways you maybe hadn’t thought about.”

Comment below or reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook about your favorite comfort reads!

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University. (All images courtesy of Google Books.)

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Nobel Prize in Literature Winner: Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Posted by: William Repetto
  • Posted Date: October 5, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

A photo of Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. (courtesy of amazon.com)

As you plan your fall break reading, I’d like to remind/inform you that Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Falvey Memorial Library has a number of his books for you to check out, take home, and enjoy over the short break:

  1. A Pale View of Hills
  2. The Remains of the Day
  3. An Artist of the Floating World
  4. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
  5. When we were Orphans
  6. Never let me go


The Curious ‘Cat: “Let’s taco bout it!”

It’s National Taco Day! The Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “Where is your favorite place to get tacos?”

(Danielle Tantillo, Gabriella DePaola)

Danielle Tantillo: “El Limon.”

Gabriella DePaola: “El Limon.”

(Molly Reff, Caitlyn Murphy)

Molly Reff: “Boom Boom Mex Mex in Syracuse, N.Y.”

Caitlyn Murphy: “Whale’s Tale in Northport, N.Y.”

(Adam Gabriel, Brandon Timm, Jeung Choi, Andrew Freed)

Adam Gabriel: “Pipeline Tacos.”

Brandon Timm: “Taco Bell.”

Jeung Choi: “Taco Bell.”

Andrew Freed: “Pipeline Tacos.”

(Isabella Carrano, Kate Costanza)

Isabella Carrano– “Taco Loco in Connecticut.”

Kate Costanza– “I like my dad’s homemade tacos.”


Forget the tricks, treat yourself to a monster mashup of frighteningly fun events!

October is finally here, Wildcats! While many of us look forward to the excitement of the season, we also know that this month marks the second half of the fall semester. Schedules become busier and deadlines appear more frequently. The midst of the (midterm) madness can get a little scary – but fear not, Falvey Memorial Library is hosting a number of thrilling (ACS approved) events for you to enjoy.

Don’t get tricked by the fast pace momentum of the month. Take a break…put down your pumpkin spice lattes, pause your studying, and stop by the Library for some much-needed downtime.

Cultural Studies Food Matters Week (October 16 & 17); co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program and Falvey Memorial Library:

Join us to educate your palate and your mind during the 5th annual Cultural Studies Food Matters Week involving tastings and talks on food justice around the world. Delicious food samples will be provided.

Farmworkers and Your Tomatoes (Monday, October 16th, 2017, at 6:30 PM in Room 205)

At the first event in the series, Patricia Cipollitti from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will give a talk, titled, “Farmworkers and Your Tomatoes.”

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW’s work has steadily grown over more than twenty years to encompass three broad and overlapping spheres: The Fair Food Program, Anti-Slavery Campaign, and Campaign for Fair Food.

Students enjoying tasty treats during last year’s Food Matters Week

Sanctuary Restaurant Movement Philly (Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, at 6:30 PM in Room 205)

Sheila Maddali from the Sanctuary Restaurant Movement will give a talk on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library.

Sanctuary restaurants have a zero tolerance policy for sexism, racism, and xenophobia, and believe that there is a place at the table for all. Dozens of restaurant employers have signed on to an open letter to President Trump, calling for an end to deportation threats and the harassment of immigrants; advocating for a path to citizenship for these workers.

Open Your Mind to Open Access

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, at 12:30 PM in Room 205 (Sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library):

Falvey Memorial Library is celebrating Open Access Week (October 21st – 28th) with a panel discussion entitled “Open Your Mind to Open Access” on Wednesday, October 25th from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 205. Fr. David Cregan will discuss editing the open access peer reviewed journal Praxis, Janice Bially Mattern will discuss open data, Chris Hallberg will speak on open/affordable textbooks and Linda Hauck will describe the SOAR (Scholarship Open Access Reserve) for faculty publications. Join us to find out about open access initiatives at Villanova. Light refreshments will be provided.

Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Spencer M. Di Scala, PhD

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, at 1:00 PM in Speakers’ Corner (co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and Ciao Philadelphia):

Please join us for the annual Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Spencer M. Di Scala, PhD, Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Boston. Di Scala will present a talk titled “Issues on US- Italy Relations.” The talk will incorporate a discussion of World War I and its aftermath.

The Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series began in 2009 and celebrates Italian-American history and culture. It is made possible by the generous support of Alfred S. Mannella, ’58 VSB. Light refreshments will be served.

Scholarship@Villanova featuring Alan Drew on Shadow Man

Monday, October 30th, 2017, at 12:30 PM in Speakers’ Corner (co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Department of English, the Creative Writing Program and the Writing Center):

Please join us for a Scholarship@Villanova talk featuring Alan Drew, MFA, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Minor in Creative Writing and the Villanova Literary Festival. Drew will read selections from his newly published novel, Shadow Man. A book signing and light refreshments will follow the talk.

Alan Drew, MFA, Associate Professor of English, Villanova University

Shadow Man, Drew’s second novel, follows Detective Ben Wade, who has returned to his hometown of Rancho Santa Elena in search of a quieter life and to try to save his marriage. Suddenly the community, with its peaceful streets and excellent public schools, finds itself at the mercy of a serial killer who slips through windows and screen doors at night, shattering illusions of safety. As Ben and forensic specialist Natasha Betencourt struggle to stay one step ahead of the killer – and deal with painful episodes in the past – Ben’s own world is rocked again by violence. He must decide how far he is willing to go, and Natasha how much she is willing to risk, to protect their friendship and themselves and to rescue the town from a psychotic murderer and a long-buried secret.

Do midterms have you frightened? Stop by the Library, Falvey’s subject librarians are ready to answer your research questions.


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The Highlighter: Octavius Catto, pt. 1

  • Posted by: William Repetto
  • Posted Date: October 3, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!

I’m trying something a little different for this “Highlighter” and next (which will be the week of Oct. 16). I’d like to bring you a two-part column that highlights our resources on a particular individual: Octavius Catto. He once made headlines for working to desegregate Philadelphia streetcars and for fighting for the extension of voting rights to Americans of African descent.  

Recently, however, he has made headlines once again for becoming the first black individual person to have his memory commemorated by public statue in the city of Philadelphia. If you haven’t kept up on the news, I’ve compiled five stories here that are accessible through the Falvey Memorial Library via the ProQuest Newsstream Database. 


Catto statue towers over unveiling crowd. (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer, here.)

1. “Statue’s Message: Tribute to Octavius C. Catto, to be Unveiled Tuesday Morning, Will offer ‘A view into our history that has been largely ignored,'” by Stephan Salibury. 

This article, as far as I can tell, offers a great journalistic glimpse into the life and legacy of Catto himself, but it also offers a comprehensive overview of the statue. Salisbury indicates that Catto was an “educator, scholar, writer, pioneering baseball player, and fearless civil rights activist.” According to Salisbury, the statue titled “A Quest for Parity” cost about $2 million with $400,000 still to be raised. Interestingly as well, according to “Statue’s Message,” the idea for the statue came to Mayor Kenney as early as 2003, while he was a councilman. This one appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sept. 26. 

2. “Catto now a visible part of city history,” by Solomon Jones 

Highlighting the importance of symbols and storytelling, Jones’ articles demonstrates the fundamentals of good journalism. Jones speculates that the differences between white and black, and Democrat and Republican, can start to be broken down by public displays such as these. He also asks his reader to think about the work that still needs to be done concerning the Frank Rizzo statue. No matter where you stand on the matter, Jones’ article is worth the read. It was published by the Philadelphia Daily News on Sept. 27.

3. “Who was Octavius Catto, anyway?” by Tommy Rowan 

A general overview of Catto and his actions, this article gives a good insight into the magnitude of Catto’s efforts. It might slightly exaggerate exactly what Catto accomplished himself, claiming he, “organized sit-ins and protests and successfully desegregated Philadelphia streetcars.” He certainly was an organizer and a protestor, but according to the other articles you’ll find here, Catto was a part of the movement that ended segregation on Philadelphia streetcars – he didn’t do it himself. The other achievements in this list, though, show you just how damaging the whitewashing of history can often be. “Who was Octavius Catto, anyway?” appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sept. 27. 

4. “Sculptor reflects on Octavius V. Catto, statue” by Phillip Jackson. 

Even I’ve made it this far without telling you who actually made the statue. It was Branly Cadet! A Cornell graduate, Cadet believes the statue is a “testament to progress.” Jackson reports that “Cadet uses walls with a polished surface, highlighting Catto’s characteristics, along with color coated street car pillars.” For more on the man himself and the themes represented by the statue, make sure to give this one a read. It appeared in the Philadelphia Tribune on Sept. 24. 

5. “Overdue monument to African American hero” by Stephan Salisbury. 

Appearing for the second time in our list, Salisbury put together an earlier article for the Philadelphia Daily New on Aug. 16 that discusses some of the anticipation leading up the statue’s unveiling. He also points out that the statues of black sports heroes that dot South Philadelphia are, in fact, on private ground. He also quotes Murray Dubin, co-author of “Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America,” which will be the topic of next week’s “Highlighter.”  

This is the first part of a two part highlighter. I hope these news stories will catch you up on the excitement surrounding Octavius Catto (and demonstrate the journalistic resources available to you through the Falvey!). “Highlighter” will return on Oct. 16 with another post on Catto. 

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.

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