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Weekend Recs: American Folk Music

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.

With legends like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and recognizable songs like “This Land is Your Land” and “The Sound of Silence,” folk music has a lively, rich history in the U.S. Although folk music’s status today is nowhere near its popularity in the 1960s, it’s still a beloved genre. Even contemporary artists like Hozier pay homage to American folk and its influential figures. This weekend’s recs will dive into the folk genre a little deeper and help you explore everything it has to offer.

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Photo from Rowland Scherman on Wikimedia Commons

If you have 2 minutes and 7 seconds…and want to show some ‘Nova pride, listen to “Photographs and Memories” by Jim Croce, a Villanova alum and famous folk singer (among other genres).

If you have 4 minutes and 13 seconds…and are feeling sentimental, listen to “When I’m Gone” by Phil Ochs, one of my personal favorite folk songs. If you’re more into the protest song side of folk, Phil’s got plenty of those as well.

If you have 15 minutes…and need a quick introduction to the (American) folk music genre, read this article.

Jim Croce sings to a female student

Photo of Jim Croce courtesy of Villanova’s Digital Library

Bonus: if you want a more in-depth look into folk music, read Slobin’s more thorough Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction, available online through Falvey.

If you have 1 hour and 51 minutes…and like old movies, watch Alice’s Restaurant, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection. Alice’s Restaurant is an 1969 movie based on Arlo Guthrie’s famous folk song of the same name.

If you have 2 hours and 22 minutes…and are a Martin Scorsese fan, watch his documentary chronicling Bob Dylan’s 1975 tour. It’s a truly unique documentary made by a film legend about a music legend.

If you have 7 hours and 21 minutes…and need to switch-up your playlists, listen to Spotify’s Essential Folk playlist. Personally, I think it’s great to throw on in the background while studying.

Bonus: if you want some newer stuff, listen to Spotify’s “Roots Rising” playlist.

If you have 9 hours…and prefer books, read Bound for Glory, a (partially fictional) autobiography, available at Falvey, written by folk legend Woody Guthrie.


Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant in Falvey Library.


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Weekend Recs: Natural Disasters

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. 

September, among other things, is the month of Disaster Preparedness Month. There are countless disasters that one can prepare for–we experienced one in 2020–but natural disasters seem to hold a morbid place in our imaginations. Movies are made about these horrific events, some more ridiculous than others (Sharknado, we’re looking at you). Some people even spend a good amount of their time and resources dedicated to preparing for these catastrophic events. This weekend’s recs will help you get a little more prepared.

If you have 18 seconds…and need something more up-beat to watch, check out this old news video of a person surfing during a hurricane.

If you have 7 minutes…and want some official disaster survival tips, read the National Institute of Health’s preparedness guide.

If you have 10 minutes…and want to learn about how indigenous people are at the forefront of mitigating the effects of climate change, read the New York Times article about how indigenous techniques helped stop a wildfire spread in Canada.

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

If you have 12 minutes and 48 seconds…and want to check out some more dire survival tips, watch this video. I wouldn’t recommend testing out most of these tips unless you truly need to.

If you have 45 minutes…and enjoy watching somewhat morbid reality shows, watch an episode of Doomsday Preppers from National Geographic. The episodes feature people prepping for a range of disasters, including tsunamis, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, pandemics, and economic collapse.

If you have 1 hour and 54 minutes…and enjoy based-on-a-true story films, watch The Impossible. Starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, and Tom Holland, this movie focuses on a family who was in Thailand during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

Bonus: if you’re looking for a based-on-a-true story show about surviving disasters, watch I Shouldn’t Be Alive.

If you have 8 hours…and are a history buff, read David McCullough’s The Johnstown Flood. This might be a somewhat “unnatural” disaster, as it was caused by a dam, but it’s still a great book for any history lovers.

Bonus: for more on natural disasters, check out this reference handbook.

If you’re interested in natural disasters and disaster preparedness, check out some more of Falvey’s Geography and Environment resources, including:


Annie Stockmal is a second-year graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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Weekend Recs: Good Vibes

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. 

Happy First Friday of the semester! The beginning of the semester is generally a time where positivity and morale is at an all-time high. I mean, you get to see your friends (or make new friends), enjoy campus events, and ease into your course work. It’s a sunny calm before the stresses of the semester set in. For our first installment of Weekend Recs of the semester, we want to keep the good vibes going. Enjoy your weekend, Wildcats!

If you have 15 minutes…and want to know the secret to happiness, read this article from the New York Times. Hint: there is no secret or easy hack to attaining happiness, but Matthieu Ricard, deemed the happiest man in the world, might just help put some things into perspective.

If you have 30 minutes…and need to channel some positive energy, attend our Mindfulness Monday session. It may not be over the weekend, but it is a great opportunity to take some time to prioritize self-care.

Photo by Iqbal farooz

If you have 45 minutes…and need something to snack on, stop by Food Truck Fridays at Connelly Circle starting at 7 p.m. What’s better than getting good food with your friends?

If you have 1 hour and 2 minutes…and want some chill music to relax, listen to Hozier’s new album Unreal Unearth. It might just be that I’m a Hozier fan, but this album makes me want to enjoy some peaceful time outside.

If you have 1 hour and 44 minutes…and want to unwind with a silly movie, watch The Lego Batman Movie, available online through Falvey. If you want to check out what other movies Falvey has to offer, you can search our DVD Collection or the Villanova Digital Campus selection.

Bonus: if you need (arguably) the perfect back-to-school movie to get you pumped, watch Legally Blonde, available online through Falvey.

If you have 8 hours…and are feeling productive, read The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work. It might just help you throughout the rest of the semester.

 


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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Weekend Recs: Disability Pride

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.

Did you know that July is Disability Pride Month? Disability Pride Month is dedicated to centering the voices and experiences of people with disabilities. While our society is far from being an accessible utopia, it’s important to remember the disability rights activism that gave us laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and spearheaded disability pride. This weekend’s recs will celebrate Disability Pride Month by sharing some recs that center disabled people.

If you have 1 minute…and need a good laugh, watch this TikTok rating whether some Star Wars characters would be disability allies or ableist.

If you have 10 minutes…and haven’t heard of Disability Pride Month, read this article.

If you have 15 minutes…and are a fan of superheroes, read this article about Sun-Spider, the first superhero with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a genetic connective tissue disorder. Sun-Spider was recently (briefly) featured in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which was an important first for fans with EDS, including myself.

If you have 1 hour and 33 minutes…and want to feel a roller coaster of emotions, watch Peanut Butter Falcon. Starring Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, and Dakota Johnson, this movie follows Zak, a man with Down Syndrome who runs away from his residential care home to follow his dream of becoming a wrestler.

If you have 1 hour and 42 minutes…and haven’t already seen it, watch Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. This Netflix documentary details how a summer camp for disabled teens was able to inspire disability activism in the disability rights movement.

If you have 4 hours and 7 minutes…and want to watch a show with great autistic representation (that was created by people with autism), watch A Kind of Spark. The show follows 11-year-old Addie as she uncovers the mysteries of her town while navigating tween life. Although its a kid’s show, A Kind of Spark‘s grounded representation of autism is truly refreshing and wholesome. Rest assured, it’s not just another show where a neurotypical white man plays a savant.

Bonus: read this article for more on the importance of the representation in A Kind of Spark.

If you have 6 hours…and need a story to inspire you, read Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, available through inter-library loan. This memoir is a story of curiosity, resilience, and identity, as Haben Girma, the first Deafblind graduate from Harvard Law, navigates the complex world of academia.

If you have 7 hours…and want to hear more disabled perspectives, read the essays in Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, available at Falvey. This is the ultimate book for getting a diverse glimpse into the everyday experiences of people with disabilities.


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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Weekend Recs: 70s Throwback

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.

With Daisy Jones & The Six making a splash, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret getting a new film adaptation, and flared pants continuing their reign, the 70s are becoming relevant again (if they ever weren’t). Every few years, a different decade gets its time in the vintage spotlight, and it looks like the 70s are currently getting the spotlight. This weekend’s recs will share some ways to incorporate the 70s into your summer.

Photo by Dane Deaner on Unsplash

If you have 4 minutes and 30 seconds…and want to listen to my personal favorite song to come out of the ’70s, listen to “The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin. This song always makes me want to take a road trip to the beach.

Bonus: if you’re looking for more ’70s music, listen to this ’70s summer playlist.

If you have 10 minutes…and love vintage fashion, check out this article about women’s fashion in the 1970s. The bell-bottoms of the 70s have turned into today’s flared jeans.

If you have 25 minutes…and enjoy poetry, read some of Shel Silverstein’s poems from the Where the Sidewalk Ends, available at Falvey for those on campus. This book was an iconic staple for decades. (Don’t believe me, just look at the cover).

If you have 2 hours…and want to watch (or rewatch) a movie that started one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, watch Star Wars: Episode 4–A New Hope. Although the other two films in the original trilogy arguably pack more of a punch, this film still deserves credit for setting up a multi-billion dollar franchise. Plus, Carrie Fisher’s in it.

Bonus: for more ’70s movies recs, check out Rolling Stone’s Top 100 ranking.

A Pride March in the 70s, Photo by Ian Sanderson on Unsplash

If you have 8 hours and 24 minutes…and like dramas, watch Daisy Jones & The Six. Based off a novel that was based on the complicated romance between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, this series follows the rise and fall of the fictional rock band Daisy Jones & The Six. If you like Fleetwood Mac and characters who make poor decisions (but look cool while doing it), this is totally for you.

Bonus: if you dig the music from the show, listen to the Aurora album on Spotify.

If you have 9 hours…and need a book with a little bit of everything, read The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It’s funny, it’s romantic, it’s action-packed, and it has an iconic film adaption.


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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Weekend Recs: The Ocean

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.

With the missing submersible and the boat-sinking Orcas, the ocean has been getting quite a bit of media attention lately. Plus, with summer vacation and beach weather upon us, now is the perfect time to talk about the ocean and all of its (intriguingly terrifying) wonders. This weekend’s recs will catch you up on the latest ocean-related news and get you ready for the beach.

If you have 3 minutes and 40 seconds…and aren’t afraid of sharks, watch this video of a woman who has befriended a group of sharks by removing hooks from their mouths.

If you have 7 minutes…and want to learn about a newly popular behavior for Orcas, read this article. It might be a game to them, but it sure feels like sweet revenge against humans.

If you have 10 minutes…and are planning on swimming in the ocean, watch this video on what to do if you get caught in a rip current. Although sharks and jellyfish might seem scarier, rips are actually the most probable threat you will face while swimming in the ocean, and knowing how to get out of one could save your life.

Bonus: watch this video to learn how to spot rip currents. Sometimes water that seems “calmer” is actually more dangerous.

If you have 15 minutes…and (somehow) haven’t heard about the submersible tragically lost on an expedition to the Titanic wreckage, read this article. As of now, the submersible has not been found, and its oxygen supply has run out.

If you have 1 hour and 30 minutes…and want to watch the documentary that ruined Sea World, watch Blackfish. As a kid obsessed with Free Willy and Orcas, this documentary was, personally, one of the most infuriating things I’ve ever watched.

My recent trip to Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach in Oregon

If you have 2 hours and 10 minutes…and want to watch the film that made hundreds of kids afraid of the ocean, watch Jaws (available in Falvey’s DVD Collection for those on campus). Despite it being nearly 50 years old, its masterful suspense still holds up today.

If you have 2 hours and 15 minutes…and love Disney, watch The Little Mermaid live action remake in theaters. Even if Disney movies aren’t quite your thing, Halle Bailey’s voice is absolutely breathtaking.

If you have 6 hours…and like memoirs, read James Nestor’s Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves, available through inter-library loan. This book explores the extreme sport of freediving, where people dive (quite deep) into the ocean without any scuba equipment.


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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Weekend Recs: Pride Month


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. This new, relevant, and thought-provoking content will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

This week’s installment of Weekend Recs is courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library. Annie will be back in a few weeks with new summer recommendations—Stay tuned! 

June 1 marked the beginning of Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ people and their positive impact on society. Pride Month is celebrated every June in tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots of 1969, an uprising that occurred in response to a long history of police brutality. In the early morning of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. Rather than leaving the club when dismissed, patrons, staff, and locals from the neighborhood began rioting on Christopher Street outside the club. Word of the riot spread and by that evening “thousands of protesters had gathered at the Stonewall and in the surrounding area. The protests continued into the next week, with another outbreak of intense fighting occurring on that following Wednesday.” The first Pride march was held on June 28, 1970, in New York City on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

While we celebrate Pride Month, we must combat continued racism against members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We continue to see state legislatures advancing anti-LGBTQIA+ bills “that target transgender people, limit local protections, and allow the use of religion to discriminate.” We invite you to learn more about LGBTQIA+ history, related topics, needs, and challenges through resources at Falvey Library. If you are looking for a specific resource, please contact our librarians at ref@villanova.edu.

Below is just a snapshot of the many resources available. No list could ever be comprehensive, but we hope these recs will serve as a starting point this weekend.

If you have 5 minutesBrowse Falvey Library’s LGBTQIA+ reading list.

If you have 8 minutesRead this interview with Bess Rowen, PhD, on Villanova University’s Intro to LGBTQ Studies course. (The inaugural course ran during the spring 2023 semester).

If you have 10 minutes…Check out the full list of Pride Month events in Philadelphia.

If you have 15 minutes…Explore LGBTQIA+ resources at Falvey Library. View LGBTQIA+ resources on and off Villanova’s campus.

If you have 30 minutesRead more about legislation affecting LGBTQIA+ rights across the country.

If you have 62 minutesWatch this interview with Yvonne Ritter who discusses the raid at Stonewall.

Bonus: Read The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gale Pitman. *eBook available at Falvey Library.

If you have 4 hours…Stream the first season of “Heartstopper” on Netflix before the second season premiers on Aug. 3.


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


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Weekend Recs: Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

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. This new, relevant, and thought-provoking content will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

This week’s installment of Weekend Recs is courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library. Annie will be back in a few weeks with new summer recommendations—Stay tuned! 

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month—Celebrating the “histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.” This month was selected to commemorate AAPI heritage as the first Japanese immigrants migrated to the United States on May 7, 1842. The transcontinental railroad was also completed on May 10, 1869—the majority of the construction completed by thousands of Chinese immigrants.

As we celebrate the heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, we must combat continued racism against the AAPI community. Falvey Library condemns anti-Asian racial discrimination and violence. We stand with the AAPI members of our Villanova community and all AAPI members in solidarity.

Cover of the novel "Crying in H Mart."

Image courtesy of Penguin Random House.

No list of this nature could ever be comprehensive, but we hope you explore some of the links below this weekend:

If you have 5 minutes…Read my article on AAPI resources available at Falvey Library.

If you have 22-30 minutes…Stream an episode of Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher’s show “Never Have I Ever.”

If you have 54 minutes and 11 secondsWatch an episode of PBS’ documentary series on the history of Asian Americans.

If you have 57 minutesListen to an episode of the “Time To Say Goodbye” podcast. Andy B. Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University, started the podcast with journalists Jay Caspian Kang and Tammy Kim. (Note: Dr. Liu left the podcast in 2022).

Bonus: Explore some of Dr. Liu’s work:

If you have 2 hours and 19 minutesStream Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Oscar-winning film “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

If you have 4 hours…Read Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (available at Falvey Library).


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

 

 


 


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Weekend Recs: 2023 Writers Guild of America Strike

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. 

This week’s installment of Weekend Recs is courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library. Annie will be back in a few weeks with new summer recommendations—Stay tuned! 

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) began striking on Tuesday, May 2, pausing many projects in the entertainment industry. After six weeks of negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) [members include motion picture studios, broadcast television networks, and streaming services], the WGA called for a work stoppage after both parties failed to reach an agreement. The most recent writers’ strike occurred in 2007/2008 and lasted 100 days.

The WGA released a statement stating that AMPTP’s refusal to “address the existential crisis writers are facing” ultimately led to the strike. Shrinking network television viewers, streaming platforms, and artificial intelligence (AI) are all significant factors that writers must now navigate. The AMPTP said it presented an offer with “generous increases in compensation for writers as well as improvements in streaming residuals.”

Late-night shows and “Saturday Night Live” have gone dark, and many network and streaming shows have ceased production including: “Abbott Elementary,” “House of the Dragon,” “Stranger Things,” “Yellowjackets,” “Hacks,” and more. Networks and streaming services will continue to air stockpiled projects for viewers. Beyond the screen, the effects of the strike on the writers, the industry, and the economy are detrimental. The last strike cost the California economy at least $2 billion, and if the current strike mirrors the last, it could cost California $30 million per day.

Image courtesy of The Writers Guild of America.

Keep reading for more information on the WGA strike:

If you have 3 minutes…Read this Variety article on why the “Writers’ Strike Will Cost Studios More Than Settlement.

If you have 5 minutes…Check out this New York Times article on “How the Last Writers’ Strike Changed Things Onscreen.”

If you have 5 minutes…Explore ways to support the writers’ strike.

If you have 8 minutes and 26 secondsWatch this Wall Street Journal interview with showrunners of “Abbott Elementary” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

If you have 10 minutesExamine current shows impacted by the writers’ strike.

If you have 15 minutes…Read the WGA’s contract proposals currently on the table.

Bonus: Read what the WGA’s contract proposals look like on a company-by-company basis.

Boycotting streaming services? Check out Falvey Library’s DVD collection. You can also explore reading recommendations from library staff here.


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

 

 


 


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Weekend Recs: Summer Vacation

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. 

Happy end of the semester, Wildcats! Summer break is finally here! For the last Weekend Recs of the semester, I decided to go with some summer-themed recs to help kick off summer vacation, whether you’re enjoying some R&R, traveling to exciting places, or continuing to work hard. Regardless of what your plans are for the next three months, I hope you’re able to enjoy the nice weather and some quality time with your friends and family.

If you have 3 minutes and 43 seconds…and need a song for a summer drive with the windows down, listen to “Jackie and Wilson” by Hozier. As a big Hozier fan, I’m definitely biased, but I think this song radiates good vibes and a little bit of nostalgia.

Bonus: for more summery vibes, check out Spotify’s collection of summer playlists to suit your taste. This 2000s playlist is my personal fave.

If you have 22 minutes…and love The Office, watch “Beach Games” from season 3, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection if you’re still on campus. While this Survivor-inspired episode is sometimes forgotten, it’s perfect for the summer.

If you have 1 hour and 48 minutes…and want to belt your heart out to Abba, watch Mamma Mia!, also available in Falvey’s DVD Collection for those on campus. What’s better than a movie that features ABBA hits, Meryl Streep, and a summer in Greece? Arguably, nothing.

If you have 1 hour and 55 minutes…and need some ’00s nostalgia, watch High School Musical 2, the ultimate summer break movie. I might be biased as a 2000s kid, but this is arguably the ultimate summer break movie.

If you have 2 hours and 30 minutes…and are a Marvel fan, watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in theaters. Even though this series closer is set to pack a punch (probably right to your heart, if you’re a fan), the Guardians movies are known for their well-incorporated humor and amazing soundtracks, which is certainly perfect for the summer.

If you have 7 hours…and are a fan of Grease, watch Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, the new prequel series. The series takes places 4 years before the events of the original and introduces a new set of Pink Ladies into Rydell High (with some fun familiar names and nods to the original).

Bonus: if you want to watch the original first, watch Grease, available in Falvey’s DVD Collection.

If you have 9 hours…and like the coming-of-age genre, read Hula. Set in Hawai’i, his 2023 recent release is a generational coming-of-age tale that centers Hawai’ian culture and family. It’s also a great way to celebrate National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.


Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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