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Cat in the Stax: A Summer to Remember

By Ethan Shea

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Tomorrow, on September 22, summer will officially be over. This may be hard to stomach, but don’t fret. There’s plenty to look forward to in the fall!

If we’re being honest, summer really ends when the school year begins, but I understand the world does not revolve around our academic calendar. If you’re a meteorologist, summer ends when August does. Tomorrow’s autumnal equinox only signifies the end of Astronomical summer.

During the autumnal equinox, which signifies the beginning of fall, the sun is directly above the equator. This means the amount of daylight the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive is nearly equal. Because our Gregorian calendar is not precisely in tune with the Earth’s revolution around the sun, hence our use of leap years, the dates of equinoxes vary within a few days.

Essentially, the vernal (spring) and autumnal equinoxes are opposites of the summer and winter equinoxes. During summer and winter equinoxes the Earth’s tilt, either toward or away from the sun, is at its peak. During vernal and autumnal equinoxes, the Earth has essentially no tilt relative to the sun’s rays.

"Heat Maps Summer 2022"

Data: NOAA; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Personally, I’m happy to welcome autumn and the cooler weather it brings. The hot summers are tough for this born and bred New Englander. But I wasn’t the only one feeling the heat this year, as the summer of 2022 was one of the hottest ever recorded. In fact, this summer tied summer 2020 as the hottest summer globally on record. Read this Washington Post article at Falvey Library’s website to find more stats about how this summer’s heat stacks up against previous years.

 

In addition to more temperate weather, we have fall’s vibrant foliage to look forward to. Check out  this TBT post which includes a picturesque autumn photo from the 1965 edition of Belle Air.

Let us know in the comments what your favorite season is! Are you someone who likes it hot, or are you eagerly waiting for a cool autumn breeze?


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a graduate student in the English Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Falvey Memorial Library Service Hours: Summer 2022

Picture of the blue Falvey Memorial Library entrance sign with multiple red tulips surrounding the sign and library entrance.


Falvey Memorial Library Service Hours: Summer 2022

Villanova students, faculty, and staff may enter the Library building 24/7 with a valid Wildcard. Library services are available to the University community during posted service hours. Electronic collections (articles, e-books, and more!) are accessible through the Library’s website 24/7. For a full listing of service hours, visit our website. Have a relaxing and safe summer, Wildcats!

Saturday, May 7—Sunday, May 8

  • Service desk and book stacks closed.

May Intersession (effective Monday, May 9—Tuesday, May 31)

  • Monday—Thursday
    • Service desk: 9 a.m.—5 p.m. (book stacks: 9 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.)
  • Friday—Sunday
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.

Memorial Day—Monday, May 30

  • Service desk and book stacks closed.

Summer Sessions (effective Wednesday, June 1—Sunday, July 31)

  • Monday—Thursday
    • Service desk: 9 a.m.—7 p.m. (book stacks: 9 a.m.—6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday—Sunday
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.

Summer Exception Dates

  • Monday, June 20 (Juneteenth)
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.
  • Monday, July 4 (Independence Day)
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.

August Intersession (effective Monday, August 1—Sunday, August 14)

  • Monday—Thursday
    • Service desk: 9 a.m.—5 p.m. (book stacks: 9 a.m.—4:30 p.m.)
  • Friday—Sunday
    • Service desk and book stacks closed.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her summer break reading recommendation is “Hello Molly” by Molly Shannon.


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The Curious ‘Cat: Summer Adventures

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff,

“What was one highlight of your summer?”

Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature:

“Camping in West Virginia.”

Jackie Smith, Finance and Administration Specialist:

“Celebrating my son’s 40th birthday in the Poconos.”

Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager:

“Having my son Colin begin his first Villanova courses.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing:

“Vacationing in Nashville.”


Kallie Stahl MA ’17 is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her summer highlight was visiting Cape Cod. 

 

 

 

 

 


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How We Help: Intersession Service Hours Begin Today, Monday, July 29


Summer isn’t over yet, but our intersession service hours begin Monday, July 29. These hours will be in effect until Friday, August 23.

See you in a month, Wildcats!

Monday–Friday: 9AM–5PM (front doors and book stacks lock at 4:30PM. 24/7 card access available to eligible patrons.)

Saturday and Sunday: Closed (24/7 card access available to eligible patrons.)

Click here for additional information on library hours and access.


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


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Happily Forever After: The Timeless Relevance of Fairy Tales

Distinctive Collections’ new exhibit on the “moral of the story”

From a treacherous trip to grandma’s house, rags to riches, escaping a witch’s oven, a trickster cat that brings good fortune—these are the tales and imagery that shape our happily ever afters and childhood. These tales seem to not fade away but inspire many generations of retellings and adaptions. While we have Charles Perrault, Madam d’Aulnoy, Hans Christian Andersen, and Grimm Brothers to thank for the dissemination of these beloved works, these tales have enduring presence in our society because the morals and lessons continue to have relevance in our culture today. Beyond the imagination of benevolent godmothers and a goose that lays golden eggs, the core conflicts, struggles, and messages of the stories remain reflective of our world. It is why fairy tale imagery is so popular beyond entertainment, but conspicuous in our everyday lives.  

Distinctive Collections invites you to explore the world of fairy tales and examine the importance of morals in the tales with the new exhibit, Happily Forever After: The Timeless Relevance of Fairy Tales. Curated by Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Coordinator, and Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist, the exhibit showcases a selection of fairy tales and fairy tale inspired works from Falvey Memorial Library and Special Collections. The exhibit is located on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library and open to the public throughout the summer. 


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Falvey Memorial Library Service Hours: Summer 2019

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Falvey Memorial Library Service Hours: Summer 2019

May Intersession (effective Saturday, May 11–Monday, May 27)

  • Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (front doors and book collections lockdown at 4:30 p.m., 24/7 areas available after-hours)
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed (24/7 areas available)
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 27: Closed (24/7 areas available)

Summer Sessions (effective Tuesday, May 28–Sunday, July 28)

  • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (front doors and book collections lockdown at 7:30 p.m., 24/7 areas available after-hours)
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (front doors and book collections lockdown at 4:30 p.m., 24/7 areas available after-hours)
  • Saturday: 12–5 p.m. (front doors and book collections lockdown at 4:30 p.m., 24/7 areas available after-hours)
  • Sunday: Closed (24/7 areas available)
  • Independence Day, Thursday, July 4: Closed (24/7 areas available)

July/August Intersession (effective Monday, July 29–Friday, Aug. 23)

  • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (front doors and book collections lockdown at 4:30 p.m., 24/7 areas available after-hours)
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed (24/7 areas available)

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Last Modified: May 14, 2019