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Peek at the Week: September 26


In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Roger Rabbit said, “A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it’s the only weapon we have.”

For many of us, we’re at the point where the semester is in full swing. Workloads are increasing, and you might be beginning to feel the effects of the semester. With midterms around the corner, it can be easy to get overwhelmed, overworked, and burnt out. (I know I feel like I’m practically army-crawling my way towards Fall Break).

With all of this in mind, try to give yourself a moment to laugh. Whether it’s a funny TikTok, one of your favorite movies, or a moment with your friends, a little laughter in your day can have the power to relieve some weight off your shoulders.


Monday, September 26

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Tuesday, September 27

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, September 28

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Present Real-Time Analytics with ARCGIS Dashboards | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

2022 One Book Villanova Author’s Visit and Book Signing | 5:30 p.m. | Villanova Room, Connelly Center | Free & Open to the Villanova Community

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas is available here.

Friday, September 30

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public

Sunday, October 2

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 3-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free


Do you ever feel like you’re absolutely confused in class and your professor is making no sense? Well, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, you can be festive and celebrate National Ask a Stupid Question Day by, as the name suggests, asking a stupid question. I promise you that we all ask stupid questions, and sometimes it’s even the smart thing to do.

For all our coffee-drinking readers, this week holds not 1, but 2 coffee-related holidays. Thursday, Sept. 29 is National Starbuck’s Day, and Saturday, Oct. 1 is International Coffee Day. Celebrate by picking up your favorite brew at your favorite shop. (Holy Grounds and Dunkin’ are definitely on my list of stops for the week).

Sept. 30 is International Podcast Day, a perfect excuse to tune out the world and listen to your favorite podcast. Although I’m not a huge podcast fan myself, but I might check out a new true crime podcast or the latest episode of The Leftovers.

Saturday is also International Music Day. Celebrate by listening to your go-to album, by checking out a new artist, or, if you’re musically gifted, playing an instrument you enjoy. (I’ll probably still be riding the wave of the My Chemical Romance reunion, jamming to The Skallywags, and relaxing with Hozier).


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Library.


Weekend Recs: SCOTUS

By Jenna Renaud

Happy Friday, Wildcats! After a year off, Falvey Memorial Library is bringing back Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Jenna, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

If you’ve read any news the past three days, you may have seen the rumors that SCOTUS justice Stephen Breyer may be retiring, leading to the fourth new appointment in the last five years and Biden’s first. It can be difficult to keep up with everything in the political sphere, so this week I’ll be providing a range of podcasts, articles, videos, movies, and books to help you get a better understanding of the Supreme Court and what’s currently going on in the news, whether you have 4 minutes or 12 hours! 

If you have 4 minutes… read the latest on Justice Stephen Breyer’s alleged retirement and how Biden could make history with his new appointment, if it reaches that stage. 

If you have 4 minutes and 30 seconds… watch this video breaking down how U.S. Supreme Court justices get appointed to get a better understanding of the process the U.S. government may be going through real soon.

If you have 39 minutes… listen to the most recent episode of the SCOTUS 101 podcast, a podcast breaking down the latest news from the Supreme Court.  

If you have 1 hour and 28 minutes… watch RBG on Netflix. The 2018 documentary on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and work on woman’s human rights. 

If you have 12 hours and 30 minutes… read The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin. Although published in 2008, this book still offers an inside look at the inner workings of the Super Court and how justices make decisions.  

jenna newman headshotJenna Renaud is a Graduate Assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a Graduate Student in the Communication Department.


Weekend Recs: Spooky Strolls

Hey, Wildcats! I hope you’re having a fun fall break. Jenna Renaud is enjoying the semester recess this week, so I thought I would share a few recommendations for your return to campus. The best time to see the fall foliage in Pennsylvania is mid-October, so take a study break and head outdoors! You may have a favorite park or trail nearby, but in case you’d like some new scenery, I’ve complied a list of walking trails within 30 miles of campus.

Image of fall foliage at the Haverford College nature trail.

The Haverford College nature trail.

Haverford College Nature Trail (2.9 miles away)

Radnor Trail (1.6 miles from campus away)

McKaig Nature Center Loop (3.8 miles away)

Rolling Hill Park (4.3 miles away)

Ridley Creek State Park (8.4 miles away)

Valley Forge (1o.7 miles away)

Andorra Natural Area (10.9 miles away)

Bartram’s Garden (11.1 miles away)

Houston Meadow (11.5 miles away)

The Wissahickon Valley Park (13.9 miles away)

Schuylkill Banks (17.6 miles away)

Pennypack Park Trail (21.4 miles away)

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (20.9 miles away)

Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park (25.4 miles away)

The Perkiomen Trail (25.9 miles away)


Don’t want to leave campus? Check out the Villanova University walking trail. Looking for a new podcast to stream during your walk? Try these spooky recommendations from the staff at Falvey Memorial Library:

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





Celebrating Black Women’s Voices with Seeking Peace Podcast Series

By Merrill Stein

Visit the Seeking Peace: stories of women peace builders podcast series  during Black History Month to spend some time listening to podcasts, featuring women’s voices from around the world addressing struggles for peace and security, including Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Nobel prize laureates, legislators, journalists and other human rights advocates from all walks of life.

The podcasts are part of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) , a resource celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Institute also features original research publications, the Global Women, Peace and Security Index, the U.S. Women Peace and Security Index, a multimedia section and a host of other resources promoting women as critical to achieving sustainable peace.

More information about women peacebuilders and the Institute can also be read in Telling stories of women peacebuilders in the midst of a pandemic and viewed at

A link to the Institute’s global index is available on the Falvey Library’s homepage, Databases A-Z list.


Merrill Stein is Political Science Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.


A mini-podcast of Halloween treats!

Happy Halloween! We have a short podcast of Halloween treats, featuring poems and a story from our Digital Library.

“All-Hallowe’en” by Thomas Dickson Finletter, in Pennsylvania’s Verse, p. 109.

“Under the Trysting Tree” in The New York family story paper, v. XXIII, no. 1151, Saturday, October 26, 1895, p. 8.

“The Uninvited Hallowe’en Guest: A Mysterious Fatality” by Lydia M. Dunham O’Neil, in Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 12, October 1912, p. 2,4.

This podcast featured the voice talents of Emma Poley, Demian Katz, and Caroline Sipio. The audio was edited and produced by Gabriella Bernocco, and executive produced by Laura Bang.


Have no fear: there’s a podcast out there for you (Part 3: staff picks)


Welcome to the third and final installment of our blogging podcasts series. In this installment we will link to information on different platforms available for listening to /streaming podcasts and provide the rest of our staff podcast picks.

As with our previous posts, we’d love to hear from you, our readers, about your favorite podcasts. Also, please feel free to ask any questions you might have regarding Falvey Memorial Library’s podcasts or the staff picks you’ve seen posted here.

While many of us (cough) iPhone-users (cough) just use our OS’s standard podcast streaming app, there is actually a variety of options for getting your podcast fix. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel by going into detail about all of the options out there; follow the links below to check out option for podcast listening. I personally just use Apple’s standard podcast app, but we got a few shout outs from library staff for Stitcher, which is available for free on both Andriod and iOS phones.

9 podcast apps for the iPhone and iPad

6 podcast apps for Android

Today’s Podcast Picks come from: Chris Hallberg, library technology development specialist; Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator; Laura Matthews, library events and outreach specialist; Rob LeBlanc, first-year experience/humanities librarian; and Joanne Quinn, team leader of Communication and Service Promotion.

You may notice that the format for staff picks this week will vary from person to person. I received so many great responses to my call for podcast suggestions that I want to make sure the individuality and enthusiasm of each respondent shines through in their recommendations.

Chris’s Podcast Picks:
I cannot recommend them more highly. I’m a podcast junkie because I can’t read on the train. I normally listen through the Podcast app on my iPhone, but Stitcher is what I used while I was still on Android. I’m trying to lessen my dependence on iTunes, but I haven’t found a good podcast alternative yet. A lot of the podcasts I love have joined forces and started a collective (Radiotopia), so I normally discover new podcasts when they’re recommended by my old podcasts.


99% Invisible (about 20 minutes, iTunes)

entertaining and thought-provoking weekly show featuring interviews, stories, and biographies. Sets the standard for modern podcasts. I cannot recommend 99PI enough. I don’t remember how I found it, but I always look forward to it. It is a perfect combination of relaxing tone and pace with exciting information. My favorite episode is The Color of Money:

imagesDan Carlin’s Hardcore History (very long and irregularly updated)

If you are a fan of history or good story-telling, Dan Carlin delivers. Dan Carlin’s epic podcast took me from hating history class to wanting to teach it. By pulling in both eloquently informed and heart-breakingly intimate sources, Dan Carlin turns events from history into incredible drama. Installments are usually 1.5 hours long but can be over 4 hours. He just finished a series on WWII (incredible) and his series on the Wrath of the Khans is still available for free.


And three of Chris’s favorite fictional podcasts:  Welcome to Night Vale (surreal news bulletins from another dimension, dark comedy), We’re Alive (zombie survival series, intense drama), The Truth (biweekly, standalone stories).

Michael’s Podcast Picks:

I love podcasts and audio is also my friend on hikes and on the commute. I’m always looking for new—and interesting—podcasts.

I listen to them in the car with a Bluetooth speaker from my iPhone, on my Mac, and on my iPod nano when hiking; I use Apple software—primarily iTunes or Apple Podcast—to manage my podcasts.

cover170x170Entitled Opinions (philosophy, literature, music)


The Long Now (technology, sustainability)


Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff—two of the best modern game designers talk about games, genre TV, literature, movies and story broadly construed. My favorite.

Michael also recommends Hardcore History, recommended by Chris (above), and Backstory, recommended by Laura Bang in our second podcast blog.

Laura’s Podcast Picks:
I have gotten into podcasts within the past year. Prior to upgrading to a newer iPhone, I listened to Serial and various TED Talks on the computer. The newer iPhone’s have a podcast app all ready to go. With my handy dandy new phone, I listen to podcasts more frequently.


Dear Sugar I like Dear Sugar because the stories are usually inspiring, relatable, encouraging or uplifting. My sister told me about Dear Sugar. Cheryl Strayed is the host and she wrote Wild which we both have read. Cheryl is a pretty righteous kick-butt woman.


This American Life is usually fascinating and shares stories, events and lifestyles that are, more often than not, new to me. The other day I was baking while listening to 559: Captain’s Log and learned about a concentration camp in China that housed groups of Girl Scouts (!) What?! I had no idea that ever occurred. I am fairly certain I never learned about that in school.


Ted Radio Hour really makes me think. With talks like “Do We Need Humans?” and “Why We Lie?” I am always left questioning, thinking, wondering. Ted Radio Hour definitely doesn’t fail to make my brain start buzzing.

Rob’s Podcast Pick:


Got to go with Radiolab. They have the most fascinating, intelligent, touching and weird stories I’ve ever heard; I’ve loved every episode. Has full 1 hour podcasts and ½ hour shorts. I discovered them through NPR’s This American life, which I also love.

Joanne’s Podcast Picks:


First, let’s get this out of the way and admit my crush on The Tech Guy Leo LaPorte who is the king of TWiT – a wide compendium of about 28 podcasts that provides a flurry of daily updates on Apple, Google, smartphones and even big screen TVs. Leo is boisterous, speaks loudly over his guests and regales us every chance he gets with tales of feuds he’s been embroiled in over his long career. He’s a bit of a boor – but never boring. I believe there are as many ways to access TWiT as there are shows. I prefer Stitcher, but their cool little iPhone app makes TWiT a button push away and uses only 5MB space. 


Also indispensable: I love Marcus Sheridan The Sales Lion, mostly for his incredible ease behind the mike. 


The Echo Chamber: a fortnightly from the UK for PR professionals; I often marvel over how these pros are giving away their insights for free.


If you love books and reading (and we think you do!), you can’t miss the Book Riot and Dear Book Nerd.


The Media Project is another favorite – it’s a throwback to my days at the Delco Times, when we could still smoke in the newsroom and talk smack about the day’s news with a bunch of ink-stained newspaper folks.  


Can I add one more? I love the Social Media Marketing Happy Hour—if only for the little musical ditty they play before every show. It makes me happy! But don’t let the “Hour” moniker fool you—shows are usually just about 10 min. and, quite frankly, hosts/Internet entrepreneurs Dawn and Traci spend most of that time expressing their admiration for each other. Nevertheless, there’s usually always a quick take away or new tool useful for social media managers. 

As I mentioned, I favor Stitcher almost exclusively for podcasts, though I must mention it does use data if you’re listening in the car or walking the dog as it live streams the shows as opposed to downloading them to your phone. But when you have as many apps competing for space on a 16GB phone as I do, saving space is a prime consideration. I really look forward to the day when “connected” car-based podcast listeners become standard in all models. 

SarahArticle by Sarah Wingo, team leader- Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


The Curious ‘Cat: What Podcasts do you listen to?

Curious Cat

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students and staff,
Do you listen to podcasts? What podcasts do you listen to?

RS9513_DSC_3693-scrHaley Miller—“I’ve listened to [only] one podcast ever and it was [from] Serial; it was a murder mystery. And I really did enjoy it; it was 12 episodes long and about 45 minutes an episode. They re-opened a man’s case who was being accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. It had my attention the whole time. I did it on a car ride … to somewhere and [then back] home. … That’s been my only experience [with podcasts]. It’s a true story. The case is currently being appealed in the Maryland circuit court system, so it’s still ongoing.”

RS9517_DSC_3697-scrDarrell Robinson—“I do listen to podcasts, but I don’t have a favorite one. I pretty much listen to anything that will catch my interest, but usually it’s language, stuff about languages, modern languages … There’s one I have on my computer to help me learn Chinese, for instance. … It’s on iTunes; it’s completely free … It’s great ‘cause you can listen and just go about your business, go about your day.”



RS9540_DSC_3701-scrDaniel Ehinger—“I only listen to one podcast. I listen to something called the Rooster Teeth Podcast. It’s an Internet company; they make Internet shows and they sell paraphernalia … it’s all video-game-based. I’m really into video games and Internet stuff, so that’s why I listen to them.”



Have no fear: there's a podcast out there for you! (Part 2, featuring shows produced here at Falvey)

Welcome to the second installment of our blogging podcasts series. Today we’re going to look at two podcasts produced right here at Falvey Memorial Library, and also a couple of staff podcast picks.

As mentioned in our last post, we’d love to hear from you, our readers, about your favorite podcasts. Also, please feel free to ask any questions you might have regarding Falvey Memorial Library’s podcasts or the staff picks posted here.

THUMBNAILProduced at Falvey: Mail Call

Today’s first podcast is Mail Call: A podcast of news, letters, and stories from the Great War” ( Mail Call is a production of the Home Before the Leaves Fall project (, which “is a multi-institutional project highlighting materials and resources on the Great War, with articles curated by individual scholars and experts guiding readers through the many threads that weave materials into a narrative tapestry, while social media spotlighting newly digitized content, creative and educational use of materials, and news of other Great War commemorations.”

This Mail Call, produced by Falvey Memorial Library, features a “newscast” of materials published 100 years ago, during World War I. Tune in for news about the war in Europe, other news stories from U.S. publications, selections from serialized fiction published at the time, and contemporary advertisements. The Library adds one new episode per semester.

tomb8Produced at Falvey: Mittie’s Storytime

“Mittie’s Storytime”  provides audio versions of dime-novel fiction from the late 19th century. Mittie’s Storytime is part of The Spare Change Library, which is the dime novel and popular literature podcast, featuring audio editions of stories, as well as scholarship. The podcast is separated into “substreams” based on its content. The Library currently offers two of these substreams: Mittie’s Storytime (fiction) and Professor M’s Lecture Series (scholarship).

Mittie’s Storytime is currently on hiatus, but you can listen to the complete audiobook production of The Bride of the Tomb by Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller, a gothic mystery and romance story with plenty of sensational twists and fascinating characters to entertain you on your summer travels!


Today’s staff picks

Today’s staff picks are from Laura Bang, Falvey’s Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, and Demian Katz, Falvey’s technology development specialist.

Laura’s Podcast Picks:


The World in Words for short stories about the usage and history of languages.


Travel with Rick Steves for planning trips or dreaming of far-off places when you can’t make it there yourself.


Happier with Gretchen Rubin for tips on finding small ways to improve your habits and boost your happiness.


Backstory for thematic looks at different aspects of U.S. history.

Demian’s Podcast Picks:


Ask Me Another a funny NPR quiz show.


The Memory Palace a recent discovery of Demian’s that provides “interesting historical tidbits.”

SarahArticle by Sarah Wingo, team leader- Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


Have no fear: there's a podcast out there for you! (Part 1)

podgirlSummer is drawing to an end but we still have time for trips to the beach, and while beach reads might be the first thing we think of when we think of summer travel, podcasts are my essential travel companion. Sure I’ll always have a book in my bag, but whether it is a long drive or a flight I love a good podcast.

The term “podcast” is thought to originate from Ben Hammersley 2004 Guardian article titled “Audio Revolution,”1 which you can read in full here. Richard Berry cites Hammersley’s piece and attempts to further interrogate this subject in his 2006 article “Will the iPod Kill the Radio Star? Profiling Podcasting as Radio.” 2 In his abstract Berry states,

“Podcasting” allows anyone with a PC to create a “radio” programme [sic] and distribute it freely, through the internet to the portable MP3 players of subscribers around the world. Podcasting not only removes global barriers to reception but, at a stroke, removes key factors impeding the growth of internet radio: its portability, its intimacy and its accessibility. This is a scenario where audiences are producers, where the technology we already have assumes new roles and where audiences, cut off from traditional media, rediscover their voices.

More than anything, these two pieces highlight how less than a decade ago a medium with which we are now all so familiar was still fairly new.

One of my favorite things about podcasts is that there is always something new to discover—whether you’re interested in film, television, news, fiction, cooking, learning a new language or just about any other genre or sub-genre—there is probably a podcast out there for you.


The original iPod, introduced by Apple Computer in October, 2001

This blog post was born out of my own recent quest to add more podcasts to my personal listening menu. I recently put out the call on Facebook asking friends to share their favorite podcasts with me. I also added the caveat that I’d be particularly interested in podcasts that have at least one female host.

FURY ROADI had just listened to a film review podcast discussing Mad Max: Fury Road. The podcast itself was engaging and well informed but sort of glossed over some of the film’s elements that interested me the most: its feminism. I didn’t need a full-on feminist critique, but I realized that I missed a female voice being part of the conversation. This lack of a female voice was perhaps highlighted by a podcast that I was introduced to this year, which became a weekly staple for me and features a male and female host. The podcast A Cast of Kings features a spoiler-free weekly recap of new Game of Thrones episodes, with hosts David Chen who has never read any of the books and Joanna Robinson who has read all of the books in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (Robinson also has a spoiler-laden podcast for book readers Storm of Spoilers). After this past season of GoT ended and I moved on to listening to other TV and movie related podcasts, I noticed that many of them lacked a female perspective, something I hadn’t noticed before and something I realized is important to me especially when it comes to popular culture.

I received a ton of great feedback from my friend’s suggestions—a wide variety of podcasts that I know will keep me entertained for quite some time. So I thought it would be fun to reach out to my co-workers with a similar request and share the wealth with you, our readers. I asked my colleagues in an email if they would be willing to share with me 1-3 of their favorite podcasts, some information about those podcasts and how they came to discover them, and finally how and where they listen to these podcasts. During this week we will highlight several Falvey staff members’ responses. I will get things started today with a small sampling of my personal/current favorite podcasts (I’m going to cheat and list more than 3).

Sarah’s Podcast Picks:

cokI’ve already mentioned A Cast of Kings, but I’m going to plug it again because I just love it that much. Also in a bonus recap and news podcast released 7/22/15 they announced that they will be doing a “re-watch” of season 1 and recording episodes for it, since the podcast started with season two of the show, and never covered season 1. With almost a whole year before we get any new episodes, this might be the perfect time to plan a re-watch or even a first time viewing of Game of Thrones with this podcast as your viewing companion.

imgresSimilarly if you’re into discussions of current TV shows, Joanna Robinson of A Cast of Kings along with Dustin Rowles and Josh Kurp do a podcast called The Station Agents where they do a weekly roundup of current television series.

imgres-1A recent discovery of mine that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with is You Must Remember This, which is hosted and produced by Karina Longworth and explores “the secret and/or forgotten histories of 20th Century Hollywood.” Longworth who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode is fantastic and carefully researches all of her subjects. In addition to her meticulous behind the scenes work, Longworth is a joy to listen to: she’s smart and funny, and the style of the show through her voice and editing is evocative of old Hollywood glamour.

imgres-3If you’re looking for something a bit more academic, I have always enjoyed both The British Library’s podcasts and The National Archives Podcast Series. Always full of interesting and in depth information about British history and artifacts, both of these podcasts are highly stimulating.

imgres-2For more Anglophile fun but with a great deal more snark, check out John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman’s The Bugle, where they discuss politics, popular culture and other odds and ends.

Honorable Mentions:

Bard Times, a fledgling podcast about Early Modern Theatre; The Moth, live storytelling; Welcome to Night Vale, serialized broadcasts from a surreal fictional town; Girl on Geek, comic books, movies, video games, geeky news etc.; and I will have to stop myself there because there are so, so many more.

SHAKES-IPODWe’re nearly done with this week’s post, but it likely hasn’t escaped your notice that although I am a librarian and this is a library blog post I haven’t actually mentioned any podcasts about books or literature. I’m hesitant to recommend specific book related podcasts because there are simply so many, and which ones you’re drawn to will vary greatly based on what you like to read and what you want out of a podcast dealing with books. So instead I will share a link to the Andrea Reads America blog and a post entitled 8 Great Literary, Book Nerd, and Storytelling Podcasts.” This certainly isn’t a comprehensive list of book and storytelling podcasts, but I personally like it because I think it provides a good range of podcasts (some of which I listen to myself) without being overwhelming.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our next staff member’s podcast picks, and a spotlight on podcasts produced by Falvey Memorial Library.

Finally we’d love to hear from you in the comments section about what your favorite podcasts are whatever the subject, and how you like to listen!

1 Hammersley, Ben. “Audio Revolution.” the Guardian. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 July 2015.

2 Berry, Richard. “Will the iPod Kill the Radio Star? Profiling Podcasting as Radio.” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 12.2 (2006): 143–162. Web. 8 July 2015.

SarahArticle by Sarah Wingo, team leader- Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.



The latest two adventures for our Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection are an online bibliography and a podcast. logo

A couple of weeks ago we launched, the Edward T. LeBlanc Memorial Dime Novel Bibliography. This project aims to create a comprehensive online database of dime novels, story papers, reprint libraries and related materials. It is important to note that this is very much a work in progress, as we have only just begun entering data.

photo of Eddie LeBlancEdward “Eddie” LeBlanc was the editor of Dime Novel Round-Up from 1952 to 1994, and he devoted many years of his life to compiling extensive lists of dime novels and related materials. With the permission of the LeBlanc family, we are using his research as a foundation for this project, while also incorporating information from various other sources. If you are interested in helping with the project, we would love to hear from you! See the project’s about page for details and contact info.

You can follow updates from on Facebook and Twitter.

Spare Change Library is also host to The Spare Change Library, the dime novel and popular literature podcast, launched in May. The podcast will feature audio editions of stories, as well as scholarship. Currently, we are recording an audio version of Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller’s The Bride of the Tomb, a thrilling tale of mystery and romance. A new chapter is released each week on Thursdays (with the exception of major holidays).

You can follow The Spare Change Library on Twitter and also check out our production blog.


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