September 2015

Banned Books Week, September 27 - October 3, 2015

Posted by on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 9:51am
Banned Books Week

Warning! Banning Books Restricts Our Freedom To Read

The American Library Association (ALA) promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

Belk Library is highlighting Banned Books Week with a display of challenged and banned books in the center of the library on the main floor, and with a banner proclaiming Banned Book Week above the entrance to the library.

Books Challenged or Banned in 2014-2015

Frequently Challenged Books

Isabel Allende's "The House of the Spirits" challenged in Watauga County



Books Are Fun Book Fair - September 24 & 25

Posted by on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 5:07pm

Come join us for the Books Are Fun Book Fair in the Borkowski Reading Room, Belk Library and Information Commons.

  • Thursday, September 24, 11AM - 5PM
  • Friday, September 25, 8AM - 1PM

 Over 250 great titles at unbelievable prices, you are sure to find something for everyone.

Product categories include: children's story books, cookbooks, New York Times best sellers, stationery & scrapbooking, music collection and much, much more.

Come visit to see our great selection of books and gifts. Our new fall lineup is in stock and Christmas is just around the corner.

Cash, all debit and credit cards, checks and post-dated checks accepted.

Proceeds go to the Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library.

For more information contact Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087

Congratulations to Lynn Patterson and Russell Paige

Posted by on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 9:39am

Two library employees, Lynn Patterson and Russell Paige, have received the 2015 Appalachian State University Service Award. Each year four individuals from across campus are recognized for their contributions to the University that go above and beyond the ordinary.

Lynn and Russell exemplify employees whose great attitude enriches the campus community, and whose work has been an asset to students, faculty, and co-workers.

The two were honored at convocation held September 3, 2015 at the Holmes Convocation Center. Lynn Patterson works in Administrative Services, and Russell Paige works in Learning and Research Services.



Religion in Public Life: Virtue or Vice? Belk Library, Room 114, Sept. 11, 2015

Posted by on Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 12:35pm

Religion in Public Life: Virtue or Vice? A multidisciplinary discussion moderated by Thomas B. Ellis (Department of Philosophy and Religion)

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 3:00 - 6:15
Belk Library & Information Commons, Room 114

3:00-4:30pm "Religion and Public Education" 

  • Mark Venable (Biology): "Child Abuse in Science Class"
  • Laura Ammon (Philosophy & Religion): "Does Religion Belong in the Public School/University?"
  • Jack Kwong (Philosophy & Religion): "Is It Good to be Open-Minded About Religion?" 

4:45-6:15: "Religion & Government"

  • Sandie Gravett (Philosophy & Religion): "Why Religious Literacy Matters in Public Life"
  • Andy Koch (Government & Justice Studies): "What Does Darwin Really Mean for Philosophy & Politics?"
  • Randy Reed (Philosophy & Religion): "Rage Against the Machine: Millenials and the Future of Politics in the US"
  • Jeffrey Bortz (History): "Capitalistm, Religion, and Moral Monday" 

Sponsor: Department of Philosophy/Religion
Book Cover: Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment