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Extended Service Hours for Final Exams

Photo courtesy of Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.

Extended Hours: Friday, Dec. 6: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (book stacks close at 9:30 p.m.)
Extended Hours: Saturday, Dec. 7: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (book stacks close at 9:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 8: 12 p.m.-12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)
Monday, Dec. 9–Thursday, Dec. 12: 8 a.m.-12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)

Extended Hours:
Friday, Dec. 13
: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. (book stacks close at 10:30 p.m.)
Extended Hours: Saturday, Dec. 14: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (book stacks close at 9:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 15: 12 p.m.-12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)
Monday, Dec. 16–Thursday, Dec. 19: 8 a.m.-12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)
Friday, Dec. 20: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (book stacks lock at 4:30 p.m.)

Falvey Memorial Library will close at 4:30 p.m on Friday, Dec. 20, for Winter Break. Library services end at 5 p.m. 24/7 library access will be unavailable after this time.

24/7 library access will resume at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. Valid Wildcards are required for entrance. Full library services resume on Monday, Jan. 6: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For the complete winter break and January intersession schedule, please visit

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


Falvey Flick or Flip?

Welcome to Falvey’s Flick or Flip? My name is Allie Reczek, and I am a sophomore undergrad. For this blog, I will pick a book that has been turned into a movie, and argue which I thought was better.

I am discussing We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson for this first post. Written in 1962, this drama/thriller novel tells the tale of two sisters, Mary Katherine (Merricat) and Constance Blackwood who have a mysterious and tragic past, resulting in isolation from the rest of their village. Told in Merricat’s point of view, readers soon learn that she poisoned and killed her entire family years earlier, explaining why the townsfolk despise and fear the Blackwoods. With the arrival of their cousin, Charles, Merricatwho is prone to have a vivid imagination—is convinced that he is an evil spirit and devises plans to force him out of the sister’s lives. I thought that this book was very well written and engaging, allowing the reader to piece together the history of the Blackwoods and get inside the head of Merricat. 

The movie of the same title, released in 2018 (and available on Netflix), follows a similar plot line as the novel, and certainly keeps viewers interested. However, despite its close relation to the novel, I found that the book was far superior. The ending of this movie is dissimilar to the novel (you’ll have to watch it to find out!), but I found the novel ending to be more satisfying. Additionally, the language and dialogue of the book, created much more suspense and intrigue for me, whereas I was not as invested in the movie.

To any thriller lovers, this book is definitely up your alley and a relatively quick, enjoyable read. You can find it right here in Falvey Memorial Library!



Hi! My name is Allie Reczek, and I am a sophomore Psychology Major. I work as a Marketing and Communication Assistant in Falvey. Hope you enjoy this blog! Have any flips or flicks I should debate in the future? Message @villanovalibrary on Instagram or tweet us @FalveyLibrary!


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Falvey wants you to stress less.

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

Wildcats, it’s the Final(s) Countdown. *cue rock song*

Falvey believes that paying attention to your mental health becomes increasingly more important during these few weeks, which is why we are hosting a bunch of stress relief events in order to help you stay happy and healthy.

Mark your calendar with these:

Thursday, Dec. 12, 1-3 PM, Holy Grounds: Vinyls for Finals

That’s right, we’re back with Falvey’s famous semi-annual stress bustin’ event. This year’s event will feature a soundtrack from vinyl records, pizza, and games!

Thursday, Dec. 12, 4-6 PM, Speakers’ Corner: Stress-Relief Scrapbooking

Come take a break from finals stress and create a scrapbook with your own photos and art supplies, provided by the yearbook/CAT.

Friday, Dec. 13, 12-2 PM, Room 205: Happy Healthy Hours/Pals for Life

You know the deal. Therapy. Dogs. Cuddles.

Beyond hosting these events, we want to make you that you know how to cope with stress on your own, especially during hard times. Follow our list of advice to make your finals a little more manageable.

    1. Plan, plan, plan. Research has made it clear that stress can be managed through planning. Make daily and weekly to-do lists, set reminders on your phone, or use a handy paper planner. Personally, I make every large assignment due date as the first “event” in my Outlook calendar, so when I wake up in the morning and look at my schedule, I know exactly what’s due that day.
    2. Meditate. It’s obvious that meditation has incredible health benefits including clarity of mind, reduced anxiety, and minimal stress. Can’t sit still that long by yourself? Use the app Headspace (free to download!) to guide you through 5, 10, and 15-minute meditation sessions.
    3. OHIO. No, not the state. It stands for “Only handle it once.” Don’t think it’s a big deal if you let that email sit for a few days? Wrong. Having a million tasks– even if they’re small– is like having a million mental tabs open. If you remember that you haven’t spoken to your family in 2 weeks, don’t put it on the ever-expanding to-do list. Only handle it once…meaning, just do it immediately. Keeping a short list of things to do will reduce your stress in the long run.
    4. Positive affirmations. Instead of just checking things off a to-do list, people can often find it beneficial to write an “I’ve Done” list. Write a list of things you accomplished that day, along with things you did really well. Even if it’s a small task (like taking out the garbage) reminding yourself of your accomplishments can have seriously positive effects!
    5. Spend time with friends. Isolating yourself is guaranteed to amplify all negative and stressful emotions you have during exams week. Eat with people, study with people, get coffee with people. Do not (I repeat: do NOT) lock yourself up in your room or apartment alone. You need your people, especially when things get tough.
    6. Sleep, eat, and shower. While this seems obvious, students often fail to prioritize basic human necessities during stressful academic weeks. Please…take care of yourself. Sleep 7-8 hours a night, drink your water, eat food, and shower. Your body and mind will thank you when this is all over.
    7. Seek counseling. If you feel like college always makes you finals-level stressed, you might want to consider talking to a professional about more effective and long-term ways to manage stress or anxiety. Visit the Counseling Center’s website here.


How We Help: Falvey Collecting Donations for the Shevlin Family Foundation This Week

By Falvey Memorial Library Staff

The Library is collecting donations for the Shevlin Family Foundation, which benefits those struggling with homelessness and addictions.woman holding knitted blankets

Items such as Power Bars, blankets and new or gently used socks, hats, gloves, scarves (kid and adult sizes) will be gratefully accepted Monday, Dec. 9, through Friday, Dec. 13. Donations can be placed in one of the boxes on the first floor of Falvey or in the second floor lobby of Old Falvey.

If you are unable to drop off your donations, contact Margaret Duffy to make on-campus pick-up arrangements. Our thanks for your generosity this holiday season!


Weekend Recs: Gun Violence

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: December 6, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Happy Friday, Wildcats! The Falvey Memorial Library is happy to return 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, teams up with Allie Reczek, one of the Library’s undergraduate student workers, and together they scour the internet, peruse the news, and dig through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week.

At 3:20 am on Monday, December 2nd, 10 people were wounded after a shooting in New Orleans.

The United States has experienced its fair share of gun violence attacks, with rates increasing each year. There were 57,473 gun violence incidents in 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection and research group that collects gun violence numbers from law enforcement, media, government, and commercial sources (NPR).

However, there is something we can all do to make a difference in our own communities. We can speak up, use our voice, participate in marches, and speak to our government committee members to bring awareness to this topic. No action is too small. 


If you have 10 minutes:

You can read this article and watch this video about the recent attack in New Orleans.


If you have 20 minutes:

Check out this article by NPR. It features a wide variety of statistics, infographics, and qualitative data as well.


If you have an hour:

Check out this website for a non-profit organization that helps us to learn more about gun safety and how we can do our part to put an end to gun violence. 


If you have an afternoon:

Take part in a march or speech taking place in our region. Check out this website to get connected with others in the greater Philadelphia area to put an end to gun violence.



Fun Friday: Falvey’s Fabulous Time Lapse Tree Build

Many jolly staff elves helped to put up this year’s Christmas tree in the Lobby! (Can you spot any familiar faces?) We hope that our festive decor makes our students holiday season just that much more merry and bright.


The Curious Cat: What Are You Studying For?

The library is packed with students studying for finals and exams. Our Curious Cat team asked students what they were studying for.

Katherine Klein, Class of 2023

“I’m studying for the Ancients, ACS course.”

– Katherine Klein, Marketing/Management, Class of 2023

Felia Tanelli, Class of 2023

“I am studying for a math exam.”

– Femia Tonelli, Undeclared, Class of 2023

Cate McCusker, Class of 2023

“Femia and I are both studying for a math final”

– Cate McCusker, Undecided Arts, Class of 2023

This week’s Curious Cat is brought to you by Allie Reczek and Annabelle Humiston, two of our wonderful undergraduate student workers in the Falvey Memorial Library Communication & Marketing Department. Keep an eye out for them every Thursday, asking students their opinions on a range of subjects and topics.

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#TBT: Finals Stress Relief

Wil D. Cat in an ugly sweater

Photo by Alice Bampton.


It’s that time of the year when finals can leave students stressed and at their wits’ end. That is why Falvey Memorial Library organizes a finals stress relief event each year to help students get through these trying times. Let’s throwback to December 2016, when our “Finals Can Get Ugly” event included games, movies, and Will D. Cat!

This year, our finals stress relief event will feature a soundtrack from vinyl records, pizza, and games. Come to Holy Grounds between 1-3 p.m. on December 12 to have a bite to eat and relieve some stress.


Poll: Silence or White Noise in the Reading Room?

white noise machineStudies have shown that “sound masking,” or introducing white noise, into completely silent library spaces can help students study or read with less distractions.

Students who need to talk quietly can do so without feeling self-conscious. Nose-in-the-book readers won’t hear every pencil drop either. It’s a win-win, especially with final exams looming.

To help our students, Falvey Memorial Library has introduced white noise machines in the Dugan Polk Reading Room on a trial basis, and the staff welcome your feedback.

So, let us know…to quote Depeche Mode, do you “Enjoy the Silence?”

Comment at the bottom of this post, chat us up on social (Twitter and Instagram), or leave a note in the comment box!

Shawn Proctor Head shot

Shawn Proctor is Communication and Marketing Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


Do you know these library study spots?


I’m Daniella Snyder, a second-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!

Hey, Wildcats!

I constantly hear from students that it’s hard to find a study spot in the library, especially during stressful times like midterms and finals. So I sent one of our undergraduate student workers, Liam Brassington ’23 VSB, on a mission to find some lesser-known study spots all around Falvey. Use this list as your guide for the final few weeks of the semester!

Falvey Basement:

studying in falvey basement

studyign in Falvey's basement


All of these spots are down by the Idea Lab. It’s a pretty quiet hallway with little foot traffic, and the perfect set up for long-term studying.


Falvey West Stacks:

Studying in Falvey's West Stacks.

I know the Falvey West Stacks can be a little scary sometimes, but if you want the most isolated and quiet spot in Falvey, this spot is for you.


Old Falvey Basement:

Studying in Old Falvey

Look at all of these! comfy! seats!


Main Floor:

Studying in the Griffin Room

Whenever there isn’t a class in the Griffin Room, it’s open for studying. Use it!


3rd Floor, Old Falvey:

Reading in Falvey 301

Reading in Falvey 301

The third floor of Old Falvey houses the the Graduate Student Lounge, but there are a ton of additional quiet study spots in the hallway.


DDaniella Snyder Headshotaniella Snyder, Graduate Assistant in the Communication and Marketing Department, loves to study in Holy Grounds.  


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Last Modified: December 4, 2019