Banned Books!

Welcome Back Albrightians!! We here at the Gingrich Library hope you had a great summer! The Gingrich Library Marketing Assistant Abby Gray was asked to write a post about what banned books mean to her. The Gingrich Library will be hosting its 7th Annual Banned Books Read Out on Wednesday, September 26th at 12:45pm. Everyone is invited to come out and read from their favorite banned book and enjoy soft pretzels!

Now for Abby’s post take it away Abby!


Banned books are a hot button topic in today’s literary world. With classic literary assignments like Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, and To Kill a Mockingbird making the list almost every year, I wonder why we live in a world where people want to limit what young minds are reading. Now, I want to make a disclaimer, my mom is a librarian and so I am used to reading anything and everything (for Pete’s sake, I read Harry Potter 1-6 in second grade). Banned books are nothing new to me, I practically jumped at the opportunity to take ENG236 (Banned Books in Literature) the summer between my freshman and sophomore years. This class made me examine the history of censorship and banning books and create my own theories and opinions about books that were banned/censored/challenged.

I really feel that several of the books that end up on this (unfortunately massive) list are books whose content is misunderstood.

This year’s Banned Books (BB) week is September 23-28, 2018. My challenge to you, reader, is to find 2 books on the BB list that you read when you were younger. Take those two books and think about what you learned from that book.


I’ll start.

Book 1: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor wrote the Alice series. This is a depiction of a young girl’s journey through middle school all the way through her adulthood. I started reading these books when I was in fourth grade and from the very first page, I found a friend. Alice is awkward, funny, anxious, and all-around relatable. Re-reading this series as I got older made me feel confident in how I approach my life and choices.


Book 2: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous changed my life. I read this book for the first time in middle school. Since then, I’ve only been able to re-read it a handful of times because of how emotionally charged it is. This book (written diary-style) is meant to depict one young girl’s venture into drug addiction. Even though this book was published in 1971, it still speaks to audiences today. This book started a slew of similarly written novels depicting different issues that teens may be wondering about, from anorexia to sex work. While these are very difficult topics, they are so important to discuss. Reading this book and ones like it when I was young definitely helped me work through some of the struggles I saw my friends facing.


The Gingrich Library is holding their annual read out on Wednesday September 26th. Come out, read a banned book, enjoy some soft pretzels.


Thank you and take care,


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April Library Events

Hello Albrightians! Here’s hoping everyone had a restful spring break! There are three events coming up in April in the Gingrich Library.

Thursday, April 5th  Facul-tea with Carlos Dimas, Ph.D. ” Thinking Environmentally and Medically”

Dr Dimas will be giving a presentation on a case study of a cholera epidemic in Argentina. This is an Experience Event!!!


Wednesday, April 11th ” Edible Books Contest”. Join the Gingrich Library in celebration of National Library Week!

Potential contestants should plan to browse the shelves of the Gingrich Library or their own private collections for inspiration, and then locate the edible supplies they need to sculpt or build an artful rendering of a favorite book title, literary character, or book-related play on words. All entries must be predominantly edible (but we won’t eat your work) and able to stand for the three hours that encompass the judging and display period.  Entries can be whimsical, artistic, or just be a cute pun on the book title. Both campus groups and individuals can enter.

Judging is based on originality, unusual use of food, adherence to the book theme, play on words, creativity and appealing design Judges come from the Art Department, the English Department, and the Library. You do not have to be an expert artist to win. Remember this is FUN!

All entries must be submitted by 11 am. Entries will be on display in the Gingrich Library (main floor)with prizes being awarded for entries at 3 pm. Entry forms are available at the circulation desk. They can be emailed to or dropped off at the circulation desk when completed!

6 categories = 6 chances for prizes!!!!


Thursday April 12th Facul-tea with Elizabeth Kiester Ph.D ” For the Bible Tells me So: Understanding the Impact of Religious Beliefs and State Policy Attitudes Towards LBGTQ Individuals”.

Dr. Kiester will be talking about ACRE research she conducted with a former student. What is the role of religious beliefs in shaping attitudes towards LGBTQ individuals? Additionally, what effect might policies have in mitigating or enhancing that effect? Their research suggests that religious beliefs and pro-equality policies act as a mechanism for what we believe and who we know which in turn have an effect on attitude formation.

This is an Experience Event!!

Hope to see you at any one of these Awesome April Events!!!

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Looking for Alaska

Happy New Year Albrightians!

As promised here is the first book review from the library marketing intern Abby!

Abby reviewed Looking for Alaska by John Green.

If you would like to check out this book you can find it in the catalog using this link.

Take it away Abby!

Looking for Alaska by John Green (Library Blog Book Review)

Looking for Alaska by John Green is a mystery wrapped in “romance.” Overall, the plot is not horrible, the culminating event of Alaska’s death definitely throws readers for a loop. It has an interesting structure, but the actual plot is disappointing (the first time reading it, I threw the book across the room, that’s definitely not recommended). I really think that the book could have used some other, more intense elements to make it a truly great novel. I liked the book, but I definitely have my issues with the plot and the two focal characters. The loose ends are mainly what I found upsetting (ie; the extreme number of unanswered questions surrounding Alaska’s death). Furthermore, the character of Alaska seems obviously written to be just a plot point. She is more or less a cardboard character, seemingly only there to torture Miles. Her death seemed to be nothing more than a way for Green to write Miles into coming of age. This is problematic because it plays into the stereotype (that Green has a nasty habit of falling into) that women just exist to further male characters and their journeys. I do think that this a good read if people want to explore coming-of-age stories.


Overall rating: 3/5 stars. Good for a quick read

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Looking for a book to read?

Exciting news over here at the Gingrich Library blog! Library Marketing Assistant Abby Army is going to start posting book reviews! They will be of books we have here in the Gingrich Library. If you like one of Abby’s reviews you can check out the book here! Sometimes its hard to find a book to read Abby is here to help! Abby’s reviews will be coming soon.

reading a book


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Game Night/Day of the Dead

Below is a guest post from Abby Army  the library marketing assistant here in the library!


By day, Gingrich Library is a (mostly) quiet space, filled with students studying and working to further their education. However, last week, the library took a step on the wild side with two fun and innovative programs.

On November 1, we held an event that is a staple of this fall season, the Dia de los Muertos study break. This event allows students to take a break and relax while returning to their childhood and coloring. Hot chocolate and other refreshments are also provided (who knew Dulce de Leche wafer cookies were so mind-blowingly good?!). The coloring is not only a fun way to relax, but also a neat way to possibly earn prizes. We had two winners of our yearly Calavera contest; Paris Walker and Lauryn Gwathmey! Congratulations!

On November 3, we held our first ever Game Night, a night full of fun, laughter, and bonding. Students could choose to test their patience Jenga, test their flexibility with Twister, test their luck with Candy Land, test their guessing skills with Clue, or test their mind with Scrabble (en Espanol, of course). However, the surprise hit game of the night was a game called Quelf, a game meant to test your creativity, and your sense of humor.

Both of these events were well-received, and both will most likely happen again! Be sure to come to Gingrich Library before the holidays and check out a book to curl up with, it’s getting cold out there, and we all need a little time to relax and enjoy a good story (or twelve!).

-Abby Army

Albright ’20

Thanks to Abby for her blog post!  To see more photos from our fall events follow our instagram!


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