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TBT: Fall Festival and Special Olympics at Villanova

By Ethan Shea

"Photo of 2019 Special Olympics"

Photo of 2019 Special Olympics from The Villanovan

On this upcoming weekend, from Nov. 5 to 7, Villanova University will host the 33rd Annual Fall Festival and Special Olympics. More than 1000 athletes and several thousand more volunteers, spectators, and coaches will be in attendance.

The Fall Festival and Special Olympics are traditions that have been a part of Villanova University for decades. Since 1979, when Villanova hosted the Eastern State Soccer Tournament for the first time, the event has only grown. In fact, the Festival is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world, so don’t miss out!

"Special Olympics Photo"

Photo of 1987 Special Olympics found in Falvey Digital Library

The very first athletic event will be the Unified Fall Festival Torch Run, which begins on Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. This non-competitive race is a marathon-distance run stretching 26.2 miles from XFINITY Live! Philadelphia to Villanova University. The event will finish at about 3 p.m. For more specifics about the order and time of events, click here.

Villanova’s version of the Olympic Village, known as “O-Town,” will reach all the way from Bartley Hall to the Oreo, making for a massive gathering of enthusiastic athletes and volunteers. Everyone is sure to be in good spirit as they cheer for the athletes participating in the six sporting events taking place during the Fall Festival this year: bocce, long-distance running, power-lifting, roller skating, soccer, and volleyball.

You can check out some throwbacks to past Special Olympics on the Falvey’s Digital Library or the Third Floor Stacks of Falvey in a display case curated by University Archivist Beaudry Rae Allen. Read this blog if you want to see the exhibit from the comfort of your home!

To learn more about these Special Olympics and all the effort that goes into hosting them, browse the event’s official website here. One of the most critical aspects of the Fall Festival is that it is carried out with no cost to the athletes, so if you are able to support the event, you have the opportunity to donate at the previous link.

Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.

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Photo Friday: “Eye-Dentity” on Display

Anna Jankowski showcases her "Eye-Dentity" painting.

Anna Jankowski, 23′ CLAS, showcases her “Eye-Dentity” painting.

On Friday, Sept. 30, Villanova students attended an Art and Identity Painting Event in honor of the University’s Inclusion Week. Sponsored by the Center for Access, Success, and Achievement (CASA), Jeanne Brody, PhD, Art History Professor, discussed the role of public art, identity, and representation while students created art reflecting their identity, culture, and experience at Villanova.

Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS, a junior communication major and Falvey Library Student Employee, says, “I loved attending this event for Inclusion Week to learn more about how art can be both functional and meaningful! I titled my piece ‘Eye-Dentity’ because I used complex colors and symbols inside my eye which represented a part of me. I included some aspects that were very obviously tied to my identity, like my astrological birth sign. Other symbols, like a flower, were more abstract and represent the growth I’ve gone through to bloom as my current self. I included a nature collage around my eye to represent the beautifully complicated world we live in and how I, and the things I love, fit into that world.”

Stop by Falvey Library’s first floor to see Jankowski’s painting and art crafted by students who attended the event!

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




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Distinctive Collections’ Eerie Exhibit: Halloween Selfie Stations

Photo of a selfie station featuring an image from a Villanova Theatre production (1960).

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

Happy Halloween, Wildcats! This week, stop by Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner to check out an eerie exhibit! Visit the selfie station backdrops to snap a spooky photo. The selfie station features large backdrop images from the Villanova University Digital Library. Patrons can take a selfie with a scary shot from a Villanova Theatre Production in 1960 as well as a fun Halloween image from the Joseph McGarrity Collection. Special thanks to the Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement team for making these images available.

Along with your selfie, please take a Halloween treat to enjoy on your way out of the Library! As a friendly reminder, eating is only permitted in Holy Grounds.


Kelly McMahon ’22 CLAS is a student employee in the Communication and Marketing department at Falvey Memorial Library.




Photo Friday: A New “Library” on Campus

Photo of "The Library" (The largest semi-private dining area in The Refectory).

“The Library” (The largest semi-private dining area in The Refectory). Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager.

There’s a new “library” on campus and this one serves Nova Fries (brisket, house wiz, picked onion). The Refectory (open for dinner today), welcomes a new leadership team to reboot the on-campus eatery. With many options for group dining, The Library (pictured above) is the largest semi-private dining area in the 150-seat restaurant. Stop by and get a wood-grilled flatbread or a post grad burger…there’s plenty of delicious entrees to check out.

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





Hispanic Heritage Month Book List

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. 

Sept. 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 this year’s updated graphic to determine which book is perfect for you to read. 

Living Beyond Borders by Margarita Longoria (2021)

Twenty stand-alone short stories, essays, poems, and more from celebrated and award-winning authors make up this YA anthology that explores the Mexican American experience. The mixed-media collection talks about the borders the authors have crossed, the struggles they overcame, and how they continue to navigate living as Mexican American. 

Undocumented by Dan-el Padilla Paralta (2015)  

Dan-el Padilla Paralta recounts his journey from an undocumented immigrant living in a New York City homeless shelter to being at the top of his Princeton class. Throughout his youth, Paralta navigated two worlds: the rough streets of East Harlem, where he lived with his brother and his mother, and the ultra-elite halls of a Manhattan private school, where he soon rose to the top of his class. Following high school, Paralta went to Princeton, where he thrived and made the decision to come out as an undocumented student in a Wall Street Journal profile. 

App Kid by Michael Sayman (2021)  

An inspiring and deeply personal coming-of-age memoir from one of Silicon Valley’s youngest entrepreneurs—a second-generation Latino immigrant who taught himself how to code as a thirteen-year-old and went on to claim his share of the American dream. 

Tentacle by Rita Indiana (2015)  

Tentacle is an electric novel with a big appetite and a brave vision, plunging headfirst into questions of climate change, technology, Yoruba ritual, queer politics, poverty, sex, colonialism, and contemporary art. Bursting with punk energy and lyricism, it’s a restless, addictive trip: The Tempest meets the telenovela. 

Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros (2003)  

Lala Reyes’ grandmother is descended from a family of renowned rebozo, or shawl-makers. The striped (caramelo) is the most beautiful of all, and the one that makes its way, like the family history it has come to represent, into Lala’s possession. A multigenerational family narrative turns into a whirlwind exploration of storytelling, lies, and life. Like the cherished rebozo, Caramelo is alive with the vibrations of history, family, and love. 

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

Want even MORE recommendations? Read Jenna’s Hispanic Heritage Month blog post from last year.

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


Photo Friday: 1842 Day Gifts Continue To Support Falvey Memorial Library Patrons

Beaudry Rae Allen '13 MA, Preservation and Digital Archivist, removes dust from books in Falvey Memorial Library's Special Collections.

Beaudry Rae Allen ’13 MA, Preservation and Digital Archivist, removes dust from books in Falvey Memorial Library’s Special Collections. Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager.

Tuesday, Sept. 21, is 1842 Day, Villanova’s day of giving! This is a special day honoring Villanova’s founding in 1842 and celebrating all the things that make Villanova great. Your gifts to Falvey Memorial Library these past five years have enhanced the library’s collection—impacting Villanovans for years to come. Beaudry Rae Allen ’13 MA (pictured above), Preservation and Digital Archivist, purchased preservation supplies with support from 2018 donations. Allen was able to “rehouse thousands of at-risk, rare materials—including 10,000 photo negatives, 35 scrapbooks, photographic albums, and University logos—and inventory more than 1,100 CDs and DVDs.” The funds also allowed the Library to purchase a specialized vacuum to safely clean books in Special Collections. Preserving these rare materials ensures scholars can access resources for future projects.

Support Falvey Memorial Library by giving any amount to our campaign! To donate, please use this link or scan the QR code below. Thank you to all of our past and future donors! Be sure to download the Reading Room as your zoom background!







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





Celebrate National Coloring Day with Villanova Themed Pages


Today is National Coloring Day! Celebrate with Villanova-themed coloring pages crafted by the  Communication and Marketing team and student employees, as part of a 2016 Falvey Library display titled, “Colour Your World.” You can also color images from the Library’s Special Collections, courtesy of Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian. Grab your colored pencils and start creating!

Villanova coloring pages available here:

St. Augustine

St. Thomas of Villanova

Jay Wright

Denise Dillon

V for Villanova, V for Victory

Wildcat Logo

Will D Cat and the Oreo

Villanova Football

Villanova Love Logo

Falvey Memorial Library coloring pages available here:

Falvey Memorial Library

Falvey Library Building


Retrieving Books

Fall coloring pages available here:

Fall Leaves


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Article originally posted Aug. 2, 2019. 





Cat in the Stax: Wrapping Up Your Summer Reading

By Ethan Shea


The weather may feel like mid-July, but the beginning of September means summer is winding down.  Hopefully you were able to squeeze some summer reading into your seasonal schedules. This summer I enjoyed spending time sitting in the sun with a book in hand and focused on some classics I had on my “To Be Read” pile.

If you get the chance, I recommend you do the same and grab one of these classic reads at Falvey Memorial Library!

The Old Man and the Sea

Short novel packing a big punch. As one of Ernest Hemingway’s most celebrated works, The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and contributed to his 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature. The story tells of Santiago, an old man whose life is dedicated to fishing, as he braves the sea in search of the catch of a lifetime. If you’d like to experience the story in other forms, it has been adapted three times: in 1958 as a film, as a miniseries in 1990, and as an animated short in 1999 which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Giovanni’s Room

James Baldwin’s 1956 novel explores the life of David, an American man, as he travels to Paris and experiences a sexual identity crisis while his girlfriend is away. Baldwin contemplates issues of masculinity and identity while elegantly telling of the tragic, passionate, and complex relationship between David and Giovanni. This story was controversial before it was even published. In fact, Baldwin’s publishers wanted the novel to be burnt because they feared a story about the gay experience would disappoint the African-American audiences Baldwin had reached out to earlier with texts such as Go Tell It on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son. Baldwin has authored many extraordinary pieces of writing, but Giovanni’s Room stands out as a timeless story that took bravery to bring to life.

Although summer isn’t officially over until Sept. 22, I’ve always felt that autumn begins when the academic year does. Nevertheless, you still have some time to accomplish your summer reading goals. No matter what book you decide to end the season with, I hope you enjoy yourself and stay cool!

Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student at Villanova University and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.

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Now Available: Pick Up & Go

Falvey Memorial Library is now offering Pick Up & Go for physical library items placed on hold. Use this easy service to get requested materials checked out and ready for pick up at your convenience!

Books and DVDs from the main collection will be available for Pick Up & Go. However, course reserves and Special Collections materials remain unavailable. Instructions for requesting items for pick are available on this web page. Please allow 2-5 business days for processing. You will receive an email when your items are available for pick up. Items will be held for 14 days from date of notification.

E-ZBorrow and Inter-Library Loan items will be processed for Pick Up & Go, but these items should still be requested through their specific services first. For Interlibrary Loan status, please go to ILLiad.

Pick Up & Go shelves are located on the first floor between the Service Desk and the printers. These shelves are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your items are wrapped with a book band that includes your last and first name. Your items will be checked out to you with an itemized receipt. Staff interaction is not required.

To view your checked out items and any Falvey hold requests that are still pending, please visit your Library account at this link: My Library Account (login required).

Pick Up & Go is not available for alumni, Courtesy Members, or visitors.



Welcome back, Wildcats! Villanova students, faculty, and staff may enter the library building 24/7. A Wildcard is required to enter. Electronic collections (articles, e-books, and more!) are accessible through our website 24/7.

All off-campus visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside the library building. Kindly use a mask, if asked.

Falvey Memorial Library Service Hours: Fall 2021

Monday—Thursday (8 a.m.—12 a.m.)

Friday (8 a.m.—5 p.m.)

Saturday (9 a.m.—5 p.m.)

Sunday  (12 p.m.—12 a.m.)

Visit the Library website for updates.



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Last Modified: August 23, 2021