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The Curious ‘Cat: “Lisbeth and Lizzy.”

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “Who is your literary role model?”

Shannon Makenne– “Lisbeth Salander” [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.]


 Trisha Kemp, Access Services Specialist: “Lizzy Bennet” [Pride and Prejudice.]


Roberta Rosci, Resource Management Specialist: “Jeannette Walls” [author of Villanova One Book, The Glass Castle.]


Marianne Watson, Acquisitions/Licensing Librarian:”Pa, from [Little House on the Prairie].”


Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “Lisbeth Salander” [The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.]


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Moodboard Monday: Mike Sgier

Trying to find a new book to read, a different podcast to listen to or another show to watch? Look no further than this series of interviews with Falvey Memorial Library staff. Sharing their recent interests and activities, feel free to explore these recommendations and expand your popular culture palate.


Tell me a bit about your role at Falvey Memorial Library.

I’m the Service Desk Coordinator at Falvey Memorial Library. I make sure the Access Services desk functions properly and runs smoothly. I ensure that anyone working the desk helps patrons and is knowledgeable about all the services Falvey offers.

Name a book you haven’t been able to put down.

I just finished re-reading The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. The novel is part of a fantasy series that was released before “Game of Thrones.” The saga actually inspired George R.R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire. I also read the new issue of Love and Rockets; it’s a comic series. I just started reading Octavia Butler’s novel, Dawn, which is pretty good. The book is my first encounter with Butler’s work.

What binge worthy television shows have you been streaming?

I just started watching the new “Twin Peaks” (SHOWTIME). The series is more David Lynch than the original “Twin Peaks” (ABC)…but that’s perfectly OK with me. In a unique way, the show masterfully combines humor with horror. I also watch “Game of Thrones” like everyone else.

Have you been to the theatre recently? Any musicals or plays you would attend again?

I haven’t been to the theatre in a really long time. As far as movies go, I saw the film “Paterson” at The Ritz in Philly back in March or April. It was about a bus driver named Paterson, who lives in the city of Paterson, who is also a poet. I definitely want to see that movie again.

“Paterson,” photo courtesy of yahoo.com.

Name a podcast you’ve been following.

I listen to “Travis Bickle On The Riviera;” the podcast is just three guys talking about movies. I also listen to “Judge John Hodgman;” the podcast is like “The People’s Court,” with Hodgman giving rulings on very mundane things. Tom Scharpling’s podcast “The Best Show” is really funny. It’s a call-in show; Scharpling discusses a different topic each week and sometimes Jon Wurster will call in and act as different characters. My favorite character is Philly Boy Roy. The comical bits between Scharpling and Wurster are really great.

Speaking of listening, what musical artist(s) has been blasting out of your speakers?

I listen to “Mogwai;” they’re an alternative rock band, mostly instrumental. “Sloan,” a Canadian pop group, is regularly on my radio. I’m also listening to an artist named “Mitski;” she’s mostly indie alternative. Her songs have some great lyrics.

What is something you enjoy doing in Philadelphia?

I like going out to eat. There’s a lot of good restaurants in the city. I just ate at the Triangle Tavern in South Philly. They prepared a great antipasto vegetable plate.

Triangle Tavern, photo courtesy of philly.com.

Tell me about a dish you recently prepared. Would you share the recipe?

I enjoy making a pork, cabbage and rice dish. It tastes good and is really easy to make.

What summertime activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy biking, but not when it’s extremely hot out. Fall is my favorite season.

Name an app you’re crazed about.

Of all the social media apps out there, I get positive vibes from Instagram.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Comfy couches and cups of tea.”

Happy National Book Lovers Day! This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What is your favorite reading spot?”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: [Currently reading Alec: The King Canute Crowd by Eddie Campbell.] “My ideal location for reading is at a coffee shop. I enjoy the atmosphere.”


Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian English & Theatre: [Just finished Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.] “I enjoy reading in the hammock in my backyard.”

 


Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services: [Currently reading A Meditation on Murder by Robert Thorogood; accessed through Interlibrary Loan. The BBC series “Death in Paradise” (available on Netflix) is based on the novel.] “On a weekend morning, on my sofa, with a cup of coffee and my cats curled up next to me. It’s purrfect!”


Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator: [Currently reading The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny.] “The corner of my sofa so I can look out the window.”


Jesse Flavin, Access Services Specialist: [Currently reading Ghostwritten by David C. Mitchell; available at Falvey.] “My comfy couch. I read two pages, put it down, contemplate what I read and then fall asleep. It’s not intentional, but it always seems to happen that way.”


Laura Bang, Digital & Special Collections Assistant: [Currently reading The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield.] “In a comfy, oversized  armchair with a cup of tea.”


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Starstruck!”

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “Have you ever met/seen anyone famous?”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “I met John Hodgman at the Trocadero Theatre in September. I actually drew a comic about him and Paul F. Tompkins discussing the closing of Little Pete’s. It was pretty surreal because I told him I was the artist of the comic and he was just as excited to meet me as I was to meet him.”


Darren Poley, Outreach Librarian/Program Team Leader: “I shook hands with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Atlanta, Georgia. They were at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change for an event to help deal with issues related to poverty. I saw Nancy Kerrigan at Sesame Place; we were both attending the park with our children. I also shook hands with Margaret Hamilton.”


Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator:Brian Westbrook came to [Falvey’s] front desk while I was working. I also walked alongside Seth Meyers on a sidewalk in New York City.”


David Burke, Metadata & Resource Management Librarian: “I saw Teller [of Penn & Teller] in Center City [Philadelphia.] I also walked past M. Night Shyamalan and Ed Rendell.”


Michael Foight, Digital Library & Special Collections Coordinator: “I ate dinner with my grandfather and [then governor] Ronald Reagan. I also met Fred Rodgers and shared a meal with him at his house. I also met Frank Sinatra; he was a friend of my father.”


Jeannine Ahern, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I won a contest on campus and had breakfast with Jay Wright. I once saw Charles Barkley at Bed Bath & Beyond. I also shook hands with Billy Joel at his concert.”


MillicentMillicent Gaskell, University Librarian & Director of Falvey: “I met Matt Dillon in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”


Jackie Smith, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I saw Christopher Reeve outside a theatre in the city.”


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Foto Friday: Mary Lee, Katharine and Hilton!

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Ocean City, New Jersey; photo courtesy of Kallie Stahl.

We’re not the only ones enjoying the Mid-Atlantic beaches this summer. In his article for “The Washington Post,” T. Rees Shapiro, shares that three great white sharks, Mary Lee, Katharine and Hilton, have once again been “pinged” in the waters off the East Coast. The sharks, who frequently visit the coast during the summer months, were previously tagged by OCEARCH, a non-profit organization providing research on great white sharks. You can track all the sharks OCEARCH has tagged on their Global Shark Tracker.


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Throwback Thursday: “Watson and the Shark”

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Image retrieved from ARTstor; courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.

This week’s #tbt image, shared by Jutta Seibert, Director of Academic Integration, was painted by John Singleton Copley in 1778. The photograph of the painting was retrieved from Falvey’s image database, ARTstor. Explore the history surrounding “Watson and the Shark” and examine over 1.6 million images in the ARTstor Digital Library.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “What kind of shark?”

Curious 'Cat - imageCelebrating Shark Week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “If you could be any species of shark, what would you be?”

1Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “Jaguar shark” [The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.]


Robin Bowles, Research Support Librarian: “Lemon sharks because they’re adorable and they have path-finding sensors on their nostrils.”


3Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “The Greenland shark because they are the longest living vertebrate on the planet.”


4Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian English & Theatre: “I don’t know why, but the hammerhead shark is my favorite; they just look so cool.”


Darren Poley, Outreach Librarian/Program Team Leader: “I would be a friendly brownbanded bamboo shark.”


Geoffrey Scholl, Library Technology Developer; Dave Uspal, Library Technology Developer: “A whale shark because they look more dangerous than they really are. They’re actually super chill.” 

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The Curious ‘Cat: “Relishing the chance to ketchup.”

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It’s National Hot Dog Day! The Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “How do you take your hot dog?” 

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “The classic…mustard and ketchup.”


Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “Just a plain hot dog, but its gotta have the skin. Sometimes I’ll eat it with sauerkraut and onions.”


1Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing: “I hated hot dogs until I went to Chicago four years ago and stood in line at Portillo’s and got a hot dog with everything on it. Everything on my hot dogs, I don’t eat them any other way. It’s worth flying to Chicago for Portillo’s hot dogs, just save some room for deep-dish pizza.”


Jesse Flavin, Access Services Specialist: “Chicago-style is really crazy, but I’d be lying if I said I ate my hot dogs with everything on them. I keep it simple with ketchup and mustard.”


Dave Uspal, Library Technology Developer: “Just ketchup or mustard…or barbecue sauce. If I’m feeling really crazy, I’ll put A1 Steak Sauce on my hot dog.”


Alice Bampton, Communications & Marketing Program Manager: “Mustard and chopped onions.”


Let’s be frank, here’s a list of places offering discounts for National Hot Dog Day. Bon appétit!


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Moodboard Monday: Sarah Wingo

Trying to find a new book to read, a different podcast to listen to or another show to watch? Look no further than this series of interviews with Falvey Memorial Library staff. Sharing their recent interests and activities, feel free to explore these recommendations and expand your popular culture palate.


Tell me a bit about your role at Falvey Memorial Library.

I’m the librarian for English and Theatre at Falvey Memorial Library. August will mark my fourth year working at Falvey. I really enjoy teaching and working with students. I taught a one-credit honors course a little over a year ago focusing on superheroes as modern mythology. Recently, I worked with Laura Bang [Digital & Special Collections Assistant, Falvey Library] and Chelsea Phillips, PhD [Assistant Professor; Resident Dramaturg for Villanova Theatre] to organize two live readings of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We also organized a campus-wide Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt.

Name a book you haven’t been able to put down.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore [available at Falvey]. It’s all about the creator of Wonder Woman and the historical contexts surrounding the development of the character. You don’t need to know a lot about Wonder Woman in order to enjoy the novel. I would also recommend Hunger by Roxane Gay.

What binge worthy television shows have you been streaming?

ALL OF THEM! I recently watched the first two seasons of the original “Twin Peaks” (ABC). Now, I’m watching the revival: I like the new “Twin Peaks” (SHOWTIME) episodes better than the old ones. I’m looking forward to the new season of “Game of Thrones” (HBO). I’m also watching a series on Hulu, “Top of the Lake” (BBC). It’s a crime drama based in New Zealand. Already getting good reviews, the second season starring Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”) is premiering soon.

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“Top of the Lake,” photo courtesy of A.V. Club.

Have you been to the theatre recently? Any musicals or plays you would attend again?

Last weekend, I went to see ShakesBEER in Pretzel Park: Twelfth Night. It was produced by the Manayunk Theatre Company. It was a really fun and silly performance. The company is producing another staged reading this summer. Admission is free and you can bring your own beverages and snacks. All proceeds support the Manayunk Theatre Company’s future performances.

Name a podcast you’ve been following.

The Daily” by the New York Times. It’s a nice 20 minute podcast about the day’s updates and headlines. I listen to it in the morning to start my day. I enjoy “Buffering the Vampire Slayer.” Re-watching the series, hosts Jenny Owen Youngs and Kristin Russo discuss each episode; writing originals songs for each installment. I also listen to “Fighting in the War Room;” the podcast features a variety of movie and film reviews. “Witch, Please” is another favorite: the hosts converse about all things Harry Potter. I listen to “Code Switch” by NPR [National Public Radio], the moderators discuss a lot of issues surrounding race. I really enjoy “Nerdette” (NPR); it’s a really fun podcast: co-hosts Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda examine all kinds of nerddom.

Speaking of listening, what musical artist(s) has been blasting out of your speakers?

I don’t listen to a lot of music. I listen to the podcasts I mentioned (plus a few more) and at least one audio book. However, I do like The Decemberists. The band recently collaborated with another artist, so I am looking forward to the release of that album. I enjoy their songwriting, they are great storytellers.

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The Decemberists, photo courtesy of AllMusic.

What is something you enjoy doing in Philadelphia?

I enjoy the outdoor spaces that the city utilizes during the warmer months. I live close to Wissahickon Valley Park, so I spend a great deal of time there.

Tell me about a dish you recently prepared. Would you share the recipe?

I recently made a strawberry shortcake for the Fourth of July. The recipe crafted more of a crumbly cake than an overly sweet cake that is usually paired with the dessert.

What summertime activities do you enjoy?

I like to swim. I’ve been looking for some fresh water lakes, as I grew up swimming in lakes in Michigan, it reminds of home. I enjoy hiking, there’s a lot of accessible hiking trails nearby. I like grilling in the yard and gardening…all the delightful summer things.

Name an app you’re crazed about.

I use Goodreads to track my reading and to help me determine what to read next. I enjoy the Prisma app. It’s a fun app that turns your photos into different styles of art.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Toes in the sand, book in hand!”

Curious 'Cat - imageThis week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What book’s in your beach bag?” 

Sue Ottignon, Research/Web Services Librarian: All Clear by Connie Willis.”


Jeannine Ahern, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I’m reading Sense and Nonsense About Crime, Drugs, and Communities: A Policy Guide for my criminology course.”


Merrill Stein, Team Leader Assessment/Liaison Team Leader: “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by August Cole and P. W. Singer.” 


Jackie Smith, Finance/Administration Specialist: “The Lighthouse by P.D. James.”


Lorraine Holt, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I’m reading the Villanova One Book, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslin, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel.”


How can you get a copy of Acts of Faith? All incoming freshmen will receive a complimentary copy of this year’s One Book Villanova selection via mail over the summer months. Upper classmen, graduate students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of Villanova are welcome to visit Falvey Memorial Library’s Access Services desk in order to purchase a copy of the book for $8.00. Additionally, bulk orders for departments on campus can be arranged by calling 610-519-4211.


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Last Modified: July 12, 2017