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Cat in the Stax: National Library Week

We’re officially halfway through National Library Week! There’s something about libraries that sticks with you throughout life, whether it’s memories of getting your first ever library card or late nights spent writing papers and studying for exams. For this week’s Cat in the Stax I’m going to reminisce on some of my favorite library memories and factors that make a great library.

My first library card was from the Mercer County Library, and I remember practicing writing my name over and over again because my mom said once I could write my own name, I could get my library card. Despite having not been there in over 10 years, I can still distinctly remember where everything is located. Every summer they would always have different events for elementary students that promoted reading and learning. One factor that makes a great library is the variety of programming and events that they have available, whether in-person or virtual!

During my undergraduate years, I spent quite a bit of time at the University of Delaware’s Morris Library. My four years there included many late night study sessions and trying to snag the best study spots between classes. Another mark of a quality library is definitely study spots and study rooms. My roommate and I would always meet up in our pre-booked study room after classes to study before heading back to our apartment!

Maybe I’m a little biased, but my favorite library right now is definitely Falvey! Beyond the extensive programming and study spots, Falvey also has an amazing group of staff and librarians that are always willing to help with papers and research projects. Plus, having Holy Grounds there to get a mid-study caffeine fix has become a deal-breaker for me as far as study spots go. Make sure to head over to Falvey sometime this week to celebrate National Library Week and let us know what you think makes a great library on social media or in the comments!


jenna newman headshotJenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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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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Last Modified: April 24, 2020