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Mindfulness Monday: Resources for Summer Meditation

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Thank you, Nova Nation, for joining Campus Ministry and Falvey Library for Mindfulness Mondays this academic year. Linda Jaczynski, MA, MS ’88, Director, Center for Worship and Spirituality, who led the virtual meditation sessions has compiled a list of resources to aid your mindfulness practice this summer.

Looking for more mindfulness? Check out these Falvey Library resources!

Have a great (and safe) summer, Wildcats! Be sure to join us for mindfulness meditation this fall.

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




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Students—Please Return All Library Materials By Tuesday, May 11


All library materials borrowed by students, especially graduating students, must be returned to Falvey Library by Tuesday, May 11. Students will be billed for materials not returned by this date. Click here to login to your library account and view your checked out materials. Questions? Email



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Happy Friday, Wildcats!

Monday, May 3 is the final day of classes. Looking for last minute research assistance? Contact Falvey’s subject librarians Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Electronic collections (articles, e-books, and more) are accessible through our website 24/7.

Looking for a quiet place to place to study? The Old Falvey patio (and library lawn) are perfect spots for reading. The library building is open 24/7! A wildcard is required to enter, and a mask must be worn while visiting. Information services are available at the service desk and online Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Be sure to return library materials borrowed by Tuesday, May 11. Students will be billed for materials not returned by this date. Login to your library account and view your checked out materials. Questions? Email 

Good luck on finals, Nova Nation!

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




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Dig Deeper: Award-Winning Children’s Author Beverly Cleary

Cleary at her home in Carmel Valley, CA. Photo By Christina Koci Hernandez/San Francisco Chronicle by Getty Images.

Disappointed with the children’s books she read growing up, Beverly Cleary was determined to tell stories kids could relate to. ”I wanted to read funny stories about the sort of children I knew,” she wrote, ”and I decided that someday when I grew up I would write them.” Never speaking down to children, she wrote through their eyes, creating ordinary and relatable tales in worlds that mirrored their own. Beloved by many generations, Cleary’s books sold more than 85 million copies according to HarperCollins.

Cleary was born Beverly Atlee Bunn on April 12, 1916, in McMinnville, Ore. She attended Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, Calif., for two years before enrolling at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating Berkeley in 1938, she enrolled at the University of Washington’s school of librarianship. She worked as a children’s librarian in Yakima, Wash., until moving to San Francisco with her husband, Clarence Cleary, whom she met while attending Berkeley. Cleary worked as a librarian at Camp John T. Knight in Oakland, while her husband was stationed at the army base. It was there that Cleary began telling stores—classic fairy tales and her own work—which ultimately led to her first book, Henry Huggins (1950). The book, which led to five sequels, detailed the bond between third grader Henry Huggins and his skinny dog named Ribsy.

One of Cleary’s most beloved characters, Ramona Quimby, first appeared in the Henry Huggins series as the younger sister of Henry’s friend Beatrice, better known as Beezus. While the initial book on the sisters, Beezus and Ramona (1955), was told from Beezus’ point of view, the subsequent ten novels on the sisters focused on Ramona’s perspective. Cleary penned Ramona as the annoying younger sister of Beezus, but her traits encompassed that of a strong female character and children were immediately drawn to her. As Monica Hesse wrote in The Washington Post, “In 1950, when Ramona made her first appearance, [her traits] were trailblazing. Cleary took every attribute that girls were then warned away from—bossiness, brashness, hot temper—and she tucked them all into one character. And then she made that character into an inspiration.”

Cleary’s third book series featured a mouse named Ralph S. Mouse who sought adventures on his miniature motorcycle and had the ability to talk to humans (though seemingly only to children). The first novel, The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965) led to two sequels. “I wanted to be Ralph, the mouse with the motorcycle,” David Levithan wrote in The New York Times. “Cleary was writing directly to the reader, showing that she knew us and what our lives and feelings were like. She helped me realize I didn’t need to change myself into a detective or a knight to have an adventure…the adventure would come to me as part of the life I knew.”

Cleary’s book series and standalone novels earned her numerous accolades from her readers and peers. Most notably, three of her works won The John Newbery Medal: Dear Mr. Henshaw in 1984, Ramona and Her Father in 1978 and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 in 1982. Awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Newbery Medal is awarded to author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

“I have stayed true to my own memories of childhood, which are not different in many ways from those of children today. Although their circumstances have changed, I don’t think children’s inner feelings have changed,” Cleary stated during a 2011 interview with The Atlantic. Passing away last month, just shy of her 105 birthday, Beverly Cleary helped to inspire a love of reading in many children. Her relatable characters will live on, especially during National “Drop Everything and Read” Day, which is celebrated on Cleary’s birthday, April 12. First referenced in Ramona Quimby, Age 8, “Drop Everything and Read” or D.E.A.R. time, is an annual celebration that encourages children and families to set aside time to read together.

I hope children will be happy with the books I’ve written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.”

View all of Cleary’s books here. For additional resources on Cleary, explore the links below:

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




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New Resource: Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Eighteenth Century Collections Online is broken into two parts and offers full text access to nearly every English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, alongside thousands of works published in the Americas, between 1701 and 1800. It consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera. Multiple editions of individual works are offered where they add scholarly value or contain important differences.

Until recently Falvey Library only had access to Part I, this spring we were able to update our access to include Part II. Part II has an emphasis on literature, social science, and religion. Both Parts I & II are accessible through the same link in Databases A-Z and elsewhere on the library’s website and users accessing Eighteenth Century Collections Online do not need to do anything special to search either part as the two are now seamlessly integrated.

If you have any questions about using or accessing Eighteenth Century Collections Online please feel free to contact your subject librarian.


Image courtesy of Eighteenth Century Collections Online (Gale Primary Sources): The historian’s guide, or, Britains’s [sic] remembrancer. For the last century. Being a summary of all the principal actions, exploits, sieges, battels, designs, … from Anno Dom. 1600. to this present year, 1701.

Sarah Wingo headshot black and whiteSarah Wingo, MA, MSI, is Liaison Librarian for English Lit, Theatre, & Romance Languages at Falvey Memorial Library. 





Dig Deeper: Ma Rainey and Billie Holiday

Two films featuring revolutionary singers were released just a few months apart—Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Premiering on Netflix on Nov. 25, 2020, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, (named after Rainey’s song of the same name), is adopted from August Wilson’s Tony-Award winning play of the same name. The film depicts tensions amongst Rainey and her band as they come together to record a new album at a Chicago music studio in 1927.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday premiered on Hulu on Feb. 26, 2021. Based on Johann Hari’s novel Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, the film follows Holiday’s career as the Federal Department of Narcotics launches an undercover sting operation against the jazz singer.

Both films have received numerous accolades and nominations:

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role—Viola Davis as Ma Rainey (2021 Academy Award Nominee)
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role—the late Chadwick Boseman as Levee Green (2021 Academy Award Nominee)
  • Best Achievement in Costume Design—Ann Roth (2021 Academy Award Nominee)
  • Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling—Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson (2021 Academy Award Nominee) 
  • Best Achievement in Production—Production Design: Mark Ricker; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara and Diana Stoughton (2021 Academy Award Nominee) 
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama—the late Chadwick Boseman as Levee Green (2021 Golden Globe Winner, Posthumously)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama—Viola Davis as Ma Rainey (2021 Golden Globe Nominee)

The United States vs. Billie Holiday 

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role—Andra Day as Billie Holiday (2021 Academy Award Nominee)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama—Andra Day as Billie Holiday (2021 Golden Globe Winner)
  • Best Original Song: Motion Picture—For song “Tigress & Tweed,” Raphael Saadiq: music/lyrics, Andra Day: music/lyrics (2021 Golden Globe Nominee) 

Rainey and Holiday were trailblazing singers: Rainey was famed “The Mother of the Blues” and Holiday had a major influence on jazz and swing genres. Dig deeper and explore the links below for additional information on the groundbreaking performers.

Ma Rainey Georgia Jazz Band pose for a studio group shot c 1924-25 with ‘Gabriel’, Albert Wynn, Dave Nelson, Ma Rainey, Ed Pollack and Thomas A Dorsey. (Photo by JP Jazz Archive/Redferns/Getty Images)

Ma Rainey 

Although records suggest that Rainey was born in Alabama in September 1882, Rainey stated she was born Gertrude Pridgett in Columbus, Georgia on April 26, 1886. “Known for her thunderous, moaning voice, sharp comic timing and compelling stage presence, Rainey was a pioneer of early blues music.”

Rainey began singing as a teenager, performing in a local Columbus stage show called “A Bunch of Blackberries.” She married fellow performer Will Rainey in 1904 and they began touring with the Rabbit’s Foot Company, billing themselves as “Ma and Pa Rainey.” After her marriage ended, Rainey established her own performance company, “Madame Gertrude Rainey and her Georgia Smart Sets.” Her band became one of the highest paid acts on tour.

Rainey wrote a third of her songs, and often sang about her bisexuality. “Angela Davis called Rainey’s 1928 song “Prove it on Me,” a precursor to the lesbian cultural movement of the 1970s.” In 1923 Rainey signed with Paramount Records and recorded nearly 100 records. She continued to tour, however by 1935 Paramount had gone bankrupt and her records were no longer distributed. She retired and worked as a theatre proprietor in Georgia until her death in 1939. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.


Jazz singer Billie Holiday wears a large white flower in her hair for a performance in New York City. (© Bradley Smith/CORBIS)

Billie Holiday 

Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan Gough on April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia. Singing in her teens, Holiday began auditioning with pianists at jazz clubs in New York when she and her mother moved to the city in 1929. Borrowing her professional name from actress Billie Dove and her father Clarence Halliday, she “quickly became an active participant in what was then the most vibrant jazz scene in the country–as the Harlem Renaissance transitioned into the Swing Era.”

Producer John Hammond offered Holiday her first record deal and from 1935-1941 Holiday’s career skyrocketed—often collaborating with pianist Teddy Wilson and saxophonist Lester Young, who “famously christened her Lady Day.” In 1937, she joined Kansas City’s Count Basie Orchestra, whose shows were among the top billed performances of the time.

In the 1930’s, Holiday was at Café Society in Manhattan when she was introduced to the poem “Strange Fruit.” Written by Abel Meeropol, the poem details the horrific depiction of lynching in the Southern United States and in 1939 Holiday began signing the poem at her concerts. “Strange Fruit is ‘considered by scholars to be the first protest song of the Civil Rights era. The lyric was so controversial that Holiday’s record label wouldn’t record it, so she jumped over to the independent Commodore Records where she could record and sing as she pleased.'”

Holiday received multiple warnings from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics to stop singing “Strange Fruit,” though she never did. Henry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics, exploited Holiday’s ongoing struggle with addiction to silence her. Holiday was arrested and convicted of narcotics possession in 1947 and sentenced to one year and a day in prison.

Upon release, Holiday had lost her cabaret card (no longer able to play in clubs that served alcohol), and began performing in concert halls. Still widely popular, she continued to tour and perform in the 1950’s though her substance abuse had taken its toll on her voice. She gave her final performance on May 25, 1959, in New York City. She passed away on July 17, 1959. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

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




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Falvey Fridays: Virtual Workshop Series

Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to announce “Falvey Fridays,” a workshop series drawn from our popular brown bag lunch sessions. Each workshop will provide new and exciting information on research methods, tools, and pedagogies for researchers of all levels. Registration is free and open to the Villanova community.

Please register for workshop sessions below. Once registered, you will be sent a Zoom link to the event.

Tabula: Extracting Tables from PDFs (Friday, March 26; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

If you’ve ever tried to do anything with data provided to you in PDFs, you know there’s no easy way to copy-and-paste rows of data from tables out of PDF files. Come learn more about Tabula, an open source tool for extracting data tables locked inside PDFs and how to import that data easily into a CSV or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

Citation Management using Zotero (Friday, April 9; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Sarah Hughes, Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian.

Serious research projects call for no-nonsense tools for taming citations. Learn how to use Zotero to save, organize, and share references.

Please REGISTER at the following link:

Policy Map/Social Explorer (Friday, April 23; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Workshop led by Deborah Bishov, Social Sciences & Instructional Design Librarian and Merrill Stein, Social Sciences Librarian.

Explore features of two easy-to-use, online demographic data mapping tools which draw on a combination of governmental, proprietary and open resources.  Map data of interest and export and save visualizations for research or teaching. Knowledge of GIS (geographical information systems) is not required.

Please REGISTER at the following link:


Cat in the Stax: Writing Resources

Next week marks the second working break of the semester and a great opportunity to stop procrastinating and sit down to write those papers. Below, I’ve compiled a handful of resources that have been lifesavers for me over the years. 

Writing Guides

These two writing guides have been recommended to me by a variety of different professors, mentors, and other students. They’ve also come in handy in a pinch while writing a paper. Rather than comb through resources online, having a writing guide next to me helps me find an easy answer. And the best part is that both are available in either Falvey’s collection or through an inter-library loan.

Style Guides

The worst feeling in the world is when you finally finish a research paper and then need to spend the next hour going back through, adding citations, and ensuring that it’s in the correct style. Below are links to style guides to the three most popular citation styles used in academic writing. 

The Library’s website also has additional citation resources that you can find here.

Resources at Falvey

Falvey has a wide range of research services that are available to all students. Below are links to a couple of highlighted resources.

  • Utilizing subject guides are a great way to find sources
  • The Villanova Writing Center is housed within Falvey and get help with any part of the process from brainstorming to outlining to editing and walking through your final draft.

Finally, remember that Falvey is always open with quiet study and writing spaces that you can utilize to write!

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








Senior Students and Faculty Mentors: Learn more about the Falvey Scholars Program!

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Are you a senior student working on a research project utilizing Falvey Library’s resources? Or are you a faculty mentor to a senior student or group of students who are working on a research project? Please read on to learn about the Falvey Scholars Program!

The Falvey Scholars award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) to recognize exceptional undergraduate research by senior-level students at Villanova.

To be considered for the Falvey Scholars award, the process is two-fold. First, faculty mentors are invited to nominate individual or group projects of senior students who have completed exemplary (and publicly presentable) scholarship or research. Then, students who are nominated by faculty mentors must also formally apply to be considered for the award.

In applying for the award, students are asked to share information about their overall research process, provide a detailed abstract of their project, as well as a comprehensive bibliography. The awards traditionally have an emphasis on work that has required substantial use of library resources. Students who are applying are asked to include information about library resources and services utilized including librarian assistance, databases, journals, books, Interlibrary Loan, etc. Students may also discuss how the library building aided in their research—from late night study sessions to a welcoming place to meet with professors, co-researchers and scholars.

A committee consisting of representatives from Falvey Memorial Library and CRF typically meets in mid-April to review nominations and applications and to select award winners. 5-7 students are annually granted Falvey Scholars awards.

Towards the end of the spring semester, Falvey Scholars award winners are recognized at a virtual presentation and reception ceremony event. This event includes presentations by each of the award recipients on their winning project and overall research process. Presentations highlight the use of Library resources.

In addition to being honored at the awards presentation event, Falvey Scholars will be interviewed and featured individually in our Library blog during the week leading up to Commencement and will be included in the Library’s newsletter, Mosaic. Digital copies of the winning papers are also maintained in the Digital Library.

Falvey Scholars is one of the keynote events of the annual Villanova Spring Research Exposition, or EXPO Week. EXPO is week-long series of events that celebrates the scholarly achievements of Villanova’s researchers—undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The Expo showcases a year’s worth of undergraduate research and student accomplishment in innovation and creativity as well as research done by our graduate students and faculty.

View the 2020 Falvey Scholars Awards virtual booklet here.

2021 Falvey Scholars Deadlines

Faculty: You can nominate students until Saturday, April 3 at 11:59 pm. Once nominated, students will be asked to apply in order to be considered for the award. Faculty mentors who plan to nominate should encourage students to apply. Please consider nominating a student who exemplifies the awards criteria.

Seniors: If you haven’t been nominated yet, ask your faculty mentor to nominate you for the award by Saturday, April 3 at 11:59 pm. Once nominated by your faculty mentor, you will be asked to formally apply for the award by Friday, April 9 at 11:59 pm.

Nomination/application forms as well as additional information about Falvey Scholars can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact:

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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.




Villanova Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—2021 Freedom School and MLK Keynote Address

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. Photo credited to Don Usner.

Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will deliver the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Address on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. Her lecture entitled, “The Radical King and the Quest to Change America,” will be available through the MLK Keynote Zoom link.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2020 and National Book Award Finalist in 2019, Taylor is assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author or editor of five books, and her three authored books are available in both print and electronic formats via Falvey Memorial Library: 

Following Taylor’s keynote address, Villanova University will host its annual Freedom School, a day of learning that celebrates and extends the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Virtual sessions will be held throughout the day on Thursday, February 4, on a variety of topics. 

This year, Falvey represents at Freedom School via “Trusted News in a Hostile World: African American Newspapers and Magazines,” an interactive workshop on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 11:10 a.m., led by Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement and Librarian for history, art history, and global interdisciplinary studies. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore news coverage of important events in African American history and will learn about several online databases for retrieving this content. For additional information on Seibert’s workshop and to access the full schedule of Freedom School events, visit the University’s Freedom School webpage.

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


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