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Banned Books Week

Date: 9/28/2010


How would you feel if your favorite books were banned? Did you know that some of the most famous novels in history have actually been banned? For example, Scott F. Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby,” was banned by the Baptist College in Charleston, S.C. for having “sexual references.”

As part of the annual “Banned Books Week,” Alvernia University, will host a special event on Wednesday, September 29, from 2 - 4 p.m. Members of the library staff will hold readings of several “banned books” on the library steps, and several other locations on campus.

In addition, there will be a display case of several banned books in the library, as well as a “graffiti” wall where students can write their thoughts and opinions on censorship and banned books.

Banned Books Week is a yearly event celebrating the freedom to read without fear of censorship. It is held during the last week of September, and is sponsored by foundations like the American Library Association and the American Society of Journalism and Authors. It is also endorsed by the U.S. Library of Congress.

Alvernia’s Banned Books event is being sponsored by the Dr. Frank A. Franco Library Learning Center.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.