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Hispanic Heritage Month Book List

By Jenna Newman

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.

September 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 our graphic to determine which book is perfect for you to read.

Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz: Jacquira Diaz’s life and enthralling memoir begins in Puerto Rico with a carefree childhood and follows Diaz on her journey to Miami, where her life is turned on its head as she enters adolescence. Diaz then recounts her time in the military and then a college education. Ultimately, she is able to find resilience in the most difficult of times. 

Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado: Diana Marie Delgado shares her experiences growing up in a Southern California city that’s run by a culture of machismo. Poetry is ultimately what allows Delgado to share her experiences with the rest of the world in this captivating memoir.

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez: The setting is New London, Texas, in 1937, right before the New London school explosion. East Texas is divided based on race, which everyone is painfully aware of, yet Perez tells the story of Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller, two people with an attraction so powerful it breaks through segregation, despite the consequences. 

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas: This story by Ingrid Rojas takes place against the backdrop of the violence of Colombia in the 1990s. Rojas explores the difference of wealth, especially while living in a country in turmoil. The story is inspired by Rojas own life and contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories. 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz: For anyone who loves ghost stories, Junot Diaz’s story of Dominican Oscar Wao whose family has been haunted for generations. As Oscar works to overcome the curse, he displays the endless human capacity to persevere while simultaneously giving insight into the Dominican-American experience.

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


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


 


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PAWS FOR A BREAK WITH FALVEY LIBRARY: VIRTUAL PET VISIT

Hey, Wildcats! We’ll be offering one more virtual pet visit this semester for some fun stress relief. Take a break, press “paws,” and join us via Zoom. You’ll have a chance to meet Max and Nova on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 12-12:30 p.m. Join URL(Villanova email required for entry).

Picture of Jeannine Ahern's dog Max (Yorkshire terrier). Max (with Jeannine Ahern, Finance and Administration Specialist)

Max is a very lovable, yet fierce, 8-year-old Yorkshire terrier. Max’s full-time job is to protect the Ahern house from squirrels, chipmunks, and the mailman. He is a true lap dog. In addition to cuddling, his favorite activities are belly scratches, playing fetch with the ball, and running on the beach. Max’s favorite snacks are carrots, pretzels, and peanut butter! We love Max! Yorkies tend to have a long life expectancy, so, we’re looking forward to many more fun-filled years with our buddy Max!

 

 

 

Photo of Nova, Shawn Proctor's dog (terrier).Nova (with Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager) 

Nova is a two-year-old mixed terrier, named for her owner’s favorite college. She was rescued from Brandywine SPCA and enjoys long walks, short runs, and lots of peanut butter. When not loudly debating the relative merits of dogs v. cats with the home’s resident felines, Nova can be seen sprinting from room to room. And, despite her resemblance to Pete the Pup, alas, she is not the granddaughter of the Little Rascals doggo.

 

 

Attendees are free to bring their own pets, but please note that furry friends are not required—all are welcome to come check out the animals. Upon entering Zoom, attendees can choose whether to keep their microphones/audio on or off, depending on whether they would like to interact with the animals and attendees or simply observe. The event will be moderated by a library staff member, so please feel free to also use the chat feature to ask any questions if you do not want to unmute yourself.

Do midterms have you feeling stressed? Let us lend you a helping “paw”—unwind and grab that extra boost you need to finish the fall semester strong! This event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to all Villanova students, faculty, and staff.


Gina's headshotRegina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Foto Friday: Step It Up

Picture of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, viewing her steps on her i-Phone.

Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, checks her daily steps. Photo courtesy of Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.


To maintain safe social distancing practices, the Library’s Main Collection, located in Old Falvey’s ground through second floors and on Main Falvey’s third and fourth floors, is accessible only by Library staff. However, physical books are still available! Once you request items from the collection using the contactless pickup service, Falvey Library staff locate, process, and package your items for pickup.

A sought-after service, contactless pickup has seen Falvey staff working hard to fulfill a growing slate of requests. For example, Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, averages three miles each shift when collecting items for contactless pickup!

Library patrons can pickup their requested items during building hours, Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. until midnight. Other materials, including Course Reserves and Special Collections, remain unavailable, but scans of page ranges can be requested through ILLiad.

We welcome the community to continue using the Falvey’s virtual Library to keep yourself and the Villanova community safe.

View additional information about fall reopening FAQs here.


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Thank You Falvey Memorial Library Student Employees

A big “THANK YOU” to all of the Falvey Memorial Library 2020 student employees!

Credit: artwork Michael Sgier

 


Joanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Share Your Falvey Favorites for National Library Week

Happy National Library Week! Though the Falvey building remains closed, Falvey librarians and staff continue to assist the campus community virtually; ensuring continued collection access for electronic articles and e-books through Interlibrary Loan, coordinating live chat meetings with students and faculty, and expanding online resources for additional scholarship. 

Celebrate libraries and share your Falvey favorites using the GIF challenge below. Tag us on social (@villanovalibrary on Instagram) and we’ll share your favorites on our page! Challenge a fellow Wildcat and you’ll be entered to win a free Falvey Library long sleeve t-shirt. We miss you Nova Nation—share your memories with us for National Library Week (ends April 25 at 11:59 p.m.) Winner will be chosen Monday, April 26 at noon!


Graphic design poster featuring questions about Falvey favorites.

How to complete the GIF challenge:

1. Screenshot the template above and save to your camera roll.

2. Add the template to your Instagram story.

3. Select and size your GIFs using Instagram story.

4. Mention @villanovalibary in your Instagram story and share!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. GIF challenge created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing. 

 

 


 


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New! Book Group Study Rooms Online @Falvey

By Abby Cengel
Photo of group study room in Falvey Memorial Library.

Photo by Shawn Proctor

Group Study Rooms are going digital! Starting Monday, March 9, Villanova students will be able to reserve group study rooms online using LibCal! (https://falvey.libcal.com/).

How do I book a room?

Book your room in 4 easy steps:

1.  Open LibCal (https://falvey.libcal.com/)
2.  Select a time
3.  Submit your booking
4.  Visit the Service Desk to check in at your reservation start time. 2 group members are required for check-in.

Rooms can be reserved up to 7 days in advance, and are available during Service Hours.

What else do I need to know?

  • Reservations are required to occupy Group Study Rooms. Groups without LibCal reservations must vacate the rooms at the request of groups with scheduled bookings.
  • Limit 2 room bookings per group per day
  • Bookings are limited to 2-hour time slots
  • Walk-up reservations will still be accepted at the Service Desk

Questions, thoughts, concerns?

This is a pilot program for the Spring 2020 semester and we’d love your feedback! Students may receive an emailed request for optional feedback at a later date.

Please contact the Service Desk by phone at 610-519-4270 or email at circ@villanova.edu with any questions!


Abby Cengel is Access and Collections Service Desk Coordinator at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Foto Friday: Literary Festival Lineup

By Kallie Stahl 

The 22nd Annual Villanova Literary Festival begins Thursday, Feb. 20! A reception and book signing with the author will follow each reading. All events begin at 7 p.m. The festival, co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Honors Program, Africana Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, The Writing Center, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.

Dinaw Mengestu — Thursday, February 20, Dougherty Hall, West Lounge 

Mengestu is the author of three novels, all of which were named New York Times Notable Books: All Our Names (2014), How To Read the Air (2010), and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007). He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, Guardian First Book Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other honors.

Bryan Washington — Tuesday, March 24, Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner 

Washington’s debut collection of short stories, Lot, was published by  in 2019. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Times MagazineThe New Yorker, BBC, The Paris Review, Tin House, and numerous other publications. He’s also a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, and the recipient of an O. Henry Award.

Brenda Shaughnessy — Thursday, April 2, Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner 

Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum (2019), So Much Synth (2016) and Our Andromeda (2012), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. A 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Shaughnessy is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark.

Robin Coste Lewis — Tuesday, April 21, Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner 

Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. In 2015, her debut poetry collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus, won the National Book Award in poetry–the first time a poetry debut by an African-American had ever won the prize in the National Book Foundation’s history. Lewis’ writing has appeared in various journals and anthologies such as Time MagazineThe New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Paris ReviewTransition, and Best American Poetry.


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

 

 


 


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Now Playing: Films In The Griffin Room

By Deborah Bishov 

Stock image of headphones.

Falvey Memorial Library now offers a new option for students to watch films assigned for class. In a pilot program this spring, students can request reservations to use the Griffin Room, our library classroom on the first floor, during evenings and weekends to watch films. They’ll be able to check out a portable DVD/Blu-ray player that plugs into the room’s presenter stand.

This service is primarily intended to facilitate watching films on reserve, though it’s also available for students to watch other course-related media on disc. To see more details, or to request a reservation, see the reservation request form. Please direct any questions to deborah.bishov@villanova.edu.

 

 


headshot of Deborah BishovDeborah Bishov is Social Sciences and Instructional Design Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. 

 

 


 


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Access the U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library, Courtesy of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

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Photo by Michael on Unsplash.

BY MERRILL STEIN 

Did you know? HeinOnline, a robust legal database, now offers a new collection: U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library.

The collection, organized based on the four affected Presidents, brings together a variety of documents, both contemporaneous and asynchronous to each President’s impeachment. It presents a snapshot of the political climate as each impeachment played out as well as the long view history has taken of each proceeding.

Accessible from the Falvey Library homepage

Subscription is courtesy of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.


Merrill Stein is Political Science Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Foto Friday: The Joy of Sox

Photo courtesy of Tom Costello Jr.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, volunteers from Falvey Memorial Library, the Law Library, and Peer Ministry participated in the annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. Teaming with Tom Costello Jr. ’69 COE, founder of The Joy of Sox, the group assisted in cleaning and painting the organization’s warehouse, sorting and taking inventory of socks, and assembling shelving. The Joy of Sox is a nonprofit organization that collects and purchases new socks to distribute to the homeless. The group’s Day of Service work was covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer! In all, they sorted nearly 4,000 pairs of socks for distribution.


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


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Last Modified: November 8, 2019