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'Caturday: Homecoming 1964


Okay, so maybe the Beatles were booked that weekend. But no matter: Villanova’s Homecoming 51 years ago featured a concert from another Brit and Top 40 favorite, George Shearing.  Shearing, a jazz pianist and blind from birth, enjoyed colossal record sales and worldwide fame, inventing the “Shearing Sound”. As mentioned in Billboard, Shearing and The Serendipity Singers appeared at the Field House on October 9, 1964, to a capacity crowd of 3,700 enthusiastic Wildcats (okay, we added that part.)

According to the 1965 Belle Air, we know Shearing played, appropriately, Autumn Leaves. Were you there? If so, did he perform with his quartet or sextet? Was it awesome? Inquiring ‘Cats want to know!!

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Billboard, Nov 28, 1964, Vol. 76, No. 48 ISSN 0006-2510


'Caturday: Kuali 'Cats Say OLE!

Kuali DaysIt’s hard to believe it was three years ago that Villanova University announced its decision to partner with the Kuali Foundation in the development of the Open Library Environment (OLE). Working with staff from academic institutions, Falvey librarians and technologists have contributed to OLE progress. Several libraries have implemented the system. Next week library staff will attend Kuali Days in Austin, Texas, to meet with developers, partners, and to talk about Kuali OLE software releases.

Last year it was held in Indianapolis where this Wildcat went for a wild ride!



‘Caturday post by Luisa Cywinski, writer for Communication & Service Promotion and team leader, Access Services.


'Caturday: On the Move

From the time Becky Whidden arrived on the scene, she has been involved in many library events, worked on many a library project and inspired many library coworkers and students. Falvey Memorial Library, and Access Services in particular, was lucky to have her on the team for the past four years. We sincerely wish her all the best in her new position at the Office of Undergraduate Students. These photos reflect her positive energy, commitment to teamwork and her professional dedication. We will miss you, Becky!

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'Caturday: Wildcats at War

Vietnam Rev Robert J Walsh VU Pres 1969 photo

Rev. Robert J. Welsh, OSA, STD

The Vietnam War started in 1955 and ended 20 years later in 1975. In the midst of the War, Villanova students and faculty here in the States were not idle. Many issues of The Villanovan contained reports of their activity and responses to the War. Below are two images from the Oct. 8 and Oct. 15, 1969 issues of The Villanovan that highlight the campus response to the moratorium to end the war.

Rev. Robert J. Welsh, OSA, STD, was University president from 1967-1971 and wrote “We must work and pray that the way to a just and lasting peace may soon be found.”

As noted on the Villanova Digital Library search page, issues of The Villanovan “are fully searchable from the Library Catalog and are in PDF format for easy reading, printing and downloading. Search the fulltext in the … Digital Library search box or in the library Search tab.”

Vietnam Rev Robert J Walsh VU Pres 1969

vietnam moratorium events Oct 15 1969


LuisaCywinski_headshot thumbnail‘Caturday blog by Luisa Cywinski, editorial coordinator on the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader of the Access Services team.


Share the Love on 'Caturday

kitten heart pages

Some cats become well known because of the role they play in a good book or because they live with an author or simply because they love how the pages of a good book feel. Here are some real and imaginary cats who love books almost as much as we do.


The Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


Ginger reading book

This ginger loves phrasal verbs.


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Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Suess, reading The Cat in the Hat.



Puss in Boots by John Murray


Ernest Hemingway and his sons playing with kittens.

Ernest Hemingway and his sons playing with kittens.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the cool literary ‘Cats out there!

Images link to their sources and are free to use and share.

‘Caturday feature written by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion team, and team leader, Access Services.


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