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Weekend Recs: Thanksgiving Specials

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, 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. 

Yesterday, families across the country celebrated Thanksgiving. For many, the holiday involved traditions like a roast turkey, cranberry sauce, baked mac and cheese, pie, and football. I’ll admit, Thanksgiving is by no means my favorite holiday, but one Thanksgiving tradition has my full support: Thanksgiving specials on television and in film. For this weekend’s recs, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best, or perhaps my favorite, Thanksgiving-themed specials (that aren’t the obligatory A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) to wrap-up the November holiday season.

If you have 18 minutes and 36 seconds…and want to take part in a Thanksgiving musical tradition, listen to Arlo Guthrie’s song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” Although the song’s length makes it somewhat of a feat, it’s worth one listen around the Thanksgiving season. (Although if my mom had it her way, it would be on a continuous loop on Thanksgiving Thursday).

If you have 21 minutes…and are a Constance Wu admirer, watch Fresh Off the Boat’s first Thanksgiving episode, “Huangsgivng.” It accurately portrays some of the pre-Thanksgiving stress, and Randall Park and Constance Wu are, as always, great.

If you have 22 minutes…and love Friends, watch “The One with the Football.” As a sitcom, Friends has a host of Thanksgiving episodes, but this one shakes it up a bit by focusing on Thanksgiving’s football tradition.

If you have another 22 minutes…and are a fellow Bob’s Burgers fan, watch “Dawn of the Peck.” The Thanksgiving specials of Bob’s Burgers are always worth the watch, but “Dawn of the Peck” features some less standard Thanksgiving conventions, including a Thanksgiving race, vengeful (living) turkeys, and Donna Summer.

If you have 1 hour and 24 minutes…and want a sprinkle of romance in your Thanksgiving queue, watch Spike Lee’s first feature film, She’s Gotta Have It. It’s an offbeat comedy, quirky in that signature Spike Lee way. (Lee also made a Netflix series version of the film).

If you have 1 hour and 34 minutes…and want to watch a relatively anti-colonialist take on Thanksgiving (at least for the 90s), watch Addams Family Values. The privileged youth summer camp’s Thanksgiving play gets quite the Wednesday Addams reckoning. (Plus, Joan Cusack is an absolute treasure in this movie).

If you have 2 hours and 9 minutes…and want to watch something only tangentially related to Thanksgiving, watch The Blind Side (also available in Falvey’s DVD Collection, if you’re currently on campus). It only has one brief Thanksgiving dinner scene, but it’s brimming with family and football.


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


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TBT: Thankful for Wildcats

Whiteboard art created by Joanne Quinn on November 17, 2017.


Falvey Library is thankful for our Wildcats! Happy Thanksgiving, Nova Nation!



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Falvey Library Service Hours: Thanksgiving 2022


Thanksgiving traditions may be as varied as the number of families which celebrate them, but one thing that we all can agree on is the benefit of an attitude of gratitude on this special day. In that spirit, Falvey Library wishes you, your family, and friends the warmth and blessings of the season.

Please take note of our amended hours during Thanksgiving break. Throughout the break, Villanova students, faculty and staff may enter the Library building 24/7 with a valid Wildcard for quiet study, contactless pickup, printing, and self-scanning services. Virtual resources (articles, e-books, and more!) are always available via our website: library.villanova.edu.


Joanne QuinnJoanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Library.

 



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Peek at the Week: November 21

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

In Good Will Hunting, Sean Macguire, played by the late Robin Williams, said, “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

I may sound like a broken record, but as I’m sure you already understand, the college semester is a ride of awesome highs and stressful, exhausting lows. As the semester progresses, these lows often get more frequent and intense. While these times aren’t all bad, it can feel easy to dwell on the second-half-of-the-semester stress.

But, in a day’s time (or perhaps now, if you’ve used some of your extra unexcused absences), Thanksgiving Break will be upon us, like the light at the end of a tunnel. You certainly do not have to enjoy or even celebrate Thanksgiving, but if there’s one thing most of us can rally around, it’s a break.

Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving and no matter whom you surround yourself with, I hope the rest of your week wakes you up to some of the good stuff you may not have been paying attention to.

THIS WEEK AT FALVEY

Monday, November 21

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

Check back next week for more awesome Falvey Library events and exhibits!

HOLIDAYS THIS WEEK

As you likely know, arguably, the two biggest holidays of November, Thanksgiving and Black Friday, are coming up this week. Here are some other fun holidays you may not have heard of.

Photo by Rūta Celma on Unsplash

Today, Nov. 21, is National Gingerbread Cookie Day. In my humble opinion, gingerbread cookies are the perfect (dessert) bridge between fall and winter. Celebrate the holiday by picking up or, for all the culinary-oriented, baking some gingerbread cookies. (Or, I’m sure watching Shrek, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection, could count as a celebration). My personal favorite ginger cookies are my great grandmother’s ginger cremes, a ginger cookie with (optional) buttercream frosting.

Tomorrow, Nov. 22, is Go for a Ride Day. If you’re feeling the effects of end-of-semester burnout, going for a drive, perhaps taking a scenic route and listening to your favorite music or podcast, can be a great stress reliever. Coincidentally, this holidays falls on the last day of classes before Thanksgiving Break. So, those traveling (by car) for the holiday can end their celebration by reuniting with their loved ones.

For all my fellow coffee-loving (and mildly caffeine-dependent) readers, National Espresso Day is celebrated this Wednesday, Nov. 23. Whether you opt for traditional espresso or an espresso shot in your favorite specialty drink (including all Starbucks and Dunkin’ lattes), celebrate the day, and the start of Thanksgiving Break with some espresso.

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Nov. 24. But did you know that it is also D. B. Cooper Day? In a famous plane-hijacking and robbery, D. B. Cooper was the name mistakenly given to the mysterious man (who actually called himself Dan Cooper). After jumping out of the plane with a parachute, Cooper was never seen again and only small amounts of the ransom was ever recovered. The D. B. Cooper mystery is a fan-favorite, having received coverage in a Netflix docuseries (D. B. Cooper: Where Are You?!), an episode of Buzzfeed Unsolved, and even a small (and hilarious) wink in the MCU series Loki.


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


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Thanksgiving Break Recs

Happy Thanksgiving break, 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. 

We have officially made it to a much-needed Thanksgiving break. Take some time this long weekend to relax, enjoy time with family, and maybe catch up on a little bit of work so you can come back and crush the end of the semester. For your downtime, we’ve compiled a list of recommendations, from delicious recipes to train-ride books to TV recs. 

If you have 25 minutes… stream A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Apple TV+ because no holiday’s complete without a Charlie Brown special! 

If you have 1 hour… start your virtual Christmas shopping in The Skimm’s virtual Holiday Village. It makes you feel like you’re going from store to store, but you can stay in your stretchy pants and comfy sweatshirts! 

If you have 47 minutes… watch the first episode of Marvel’s newest Disney+ show Hawkeye. Yes, so maybe this isn’t technically a Thanksgiving rec, but the series drops Nov. 24 and it’s going to be good! 

If you have 2 hours… sift through Taste of Home’s “30 Unbelievably Easy Thanksgiving Desserts” blog post and then put your baking skills to the test with one of the recipes. 

If you have 3 hours… Tune into the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Watch the countdown and learn more about who’s in the parade this year on the official parade website. 

If you have 5 hours… read Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin. Part cookbook, part biography, Colwin’s book is the perfect read to complement the smells of Thanksgiving dinner coming from the kitchen.  


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


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Falvey Memorial Library Service Hours: Thanksgiving 2021

Image of a Thanksgiving turkey featured in Leslie's illustrated weekly newspaper, v. 127, no. 3298, November 23, 1918. Image courtesy of Villanova University Digital Library.

Leslie’s illustrated weekly newspaper, v. 127, no. 3298, November 23, 1918. Image courtesy of Villanova University Digital Library.


Falvey Memorial Library Service Desk Hours: Thanksgiving 2021

Monday, Nov. 22: 8 a.m.—12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, Nov. 23: 8 a.m.—10 p.m. (book stacks close at 9:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, Nov. 24: Service desk and book stacks closed.

Thursday, Nov. 25: Service desk and book stacks closed.

Friday, Nov. 26: Service desk and book stacks closed.

Saturday, Nov. 27: 12 p.m.—5 p.m. (book stacks close at 4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Nov. 28: 12 p.m.—12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)

Villanova students, faculty and staff may enter the Library building 24/7 with a valid Wildcard. Masks must be worn on all floors and spaces of the building, regardless of vaccination status. 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.

Happy Thanksgiving, Wildcats!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her favorite Thanksgiving dish is green bean casserole. 

 

 


 


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Foto Friday: What’s in Your Fridge?

picture of Falvey grad assistant, Jenna Newman, peering from behind a refrigerator door

Graduate assistant, Jenna Newman, is pictured raiding the refrigerator at her parent’s in her Villanova mask.

Hope you all had a great time celebrating with friends, family, and food yesterday! Now, raid your parent’s refrigerator for all the good left-overs and settle in for some finals study time. If you’re still near campus, the library is still open for Wildcard Access from 6 a.m.-12 a.m., and you can find great digital resources Falvey’s librarians have put together here.

What’s your go-to Thanksgiving recipe and what tastes the best as left-overs? Let us know below!


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‘Cat in the Stax: Thankfulness in a Chaotic World

By Jenna Newman

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Although it may look different this year, Thanksgiving is still a time to reflect on everything for which we are thankful. That might feel more difficult: what’s there to be thankful for in the middle of a global pandemic, right? But upon reflection, I discovered a cornucopia of things for which I am grateful. 

Extra Family Time
After I was sent home during my senior year of undergrad last semester, all I could think about was the time I missed with friends before we all moved on to what was next. I was also dreading being at home for the longest time since high school. But the last 10 months gave me an opportunity to spend extra time with my little brother before he went away to college, live with my future in-laws, play tons of games, and binge practically every movie on Netflix with my family. It’s easy to focus on what we missed out on this past year, but try to refocus on the time with loved ones that you may not have had otherwise. 

Flexibility with Courses
I wasn’t sure how courses were going to go this fall, especially with all the technical difficulties that marked last spring. But ultimately what last spring did was help provide professors and students more tools to connect virtually and allow the school to give more options with courses. Students are able to make the best decisions for them and their health and find a balance between in-person and online courses. Adjusting to a new semester’s worth of courses can be overwhelming even without additional problems, so added flexibility is definitely something to be grateful for this year. 

Health
My family has experienced
COVID first-hand and seen how quickly the virus can take a life, but through all of that, I’ve tried to remember that it could always be worse and focus on the positives. I’ve been able to stay healthy throughout this time, and I’m grateful for that. It’s easy to look at the negatives. In reality, feeling comfortable to come to campus is a privilege many people don’t have. I know some people reading this probably have it worse than me, while others have it better, but keeping your health in perspective is important.

Books
Ever since middle school, I’ve complained about not having enough time to read. And whenever I did have time, I would binge read as much as possible. With social activities slowing down and spending more evenings at home, that’s allowed for more time to read. Plus, with Falvey being open for contactless pick-up, I’ve been able to check out all the books that have been on my reading list for ages. With the news and social media becoming overwhelming, books offer a way to escape into the lives of other people, real or fiction, for a couple hours.

(Shameless plug! I am running a book club that is currently reading the past One Book Villanova selection The Other Wes Moore. Learn how to join in on the fun here.)

Villanova
The last thing that I am so grateful for this semester, is that Villanova’s campus has been open throughout the entirety of the fall semester. The fact that we have to wear masks is a small price to pay for the social interaction that comes with being able to go into work twice a week and not have to attempt to do virtual presentations. My study habits would be considerably worse off if it weren’t for Falvey’s research librarians and having Holy Grounds as a go-to study space. 

Hopefully this list inspires you to take some time, and a break from studying, to reflect on the things you have, even in this crazy, chaotic year that is 2020. Share with me below what you’re grateful for this year!


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Thankful for all the good food I’m going to eat next week.

 

 

 


 


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Foto Friday: Thanksgiving Service Hours

Thanksgiving display crafted by Allie Reczek ’22

Thanksgiving Holiday Service Hours

Tuesday, Nov. 26: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (book stacks close at 9:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, Nov. 27: CLOSED (24/7 Wildcard access available)

Thursday, Nov. 28: CLOSED (24/7 Wildcard access available)

Friday, Nov. 29: CLOSED (24/7 Wildcard access available)

Saturday, Nov. 30: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (book stacks close at 4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Dec. 1: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. (book stacks close at 11:30 p.m.)


Photo of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her favorite Thanksgiving dish is green bean casserole. Traveling home for Thanksgiving? Check out the latest holiday playlist of Kallie’s Chords on Spotify.


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Last Modified: November 22, 2019