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FREE “Roanoke Valley Reads Book” for VWCC Students

Factory Man

Students — Get a FREE copy of the 2015 Roanoke Valley Reads book, Factory Man! How?

  • Come to the top floor of Brown Library with your student ID or class schedule on Wednesday, October 14th
  • Ask for the book, Factory Man
  • If you’re one of the first 60 people to ask, you’ll get your own copy of the book for free!

Want to get it signed by the author, former Roanoke Times reporter, Beth Macy? Head to her Kickoff talk at the Jefferson Center later that evening on October 14th at 7pm. The “Factory Man” himself, John Bassett, III, will be joining her, and she will be greeting people and signing books after the event.

Brown Library and Student Activities have partnered once again to hold a book giveaway of the featured Roanoke Valley Reads selection. Roanoke Valley Reads is a community-wide reading experience that brings people together, promotes tolerance and understanding of differing points of view, and emphasizes the importance of literacy.

Want to Read a Banned Book?

Did you know that September 21 – 27 is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week?

This week celebrates the freedom we have to express our opinions – even if the opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week brings attention to the challenges that have been presented to this freedom by celebrating the books that have been attempted to be banned in libraries across the country.

Brown Library has many of these books which have been challenged and banned, including:

Isabel Allende— House of Spirits (print only)
Maya Angelou— I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (print only)
Suzanne Collins— Hunger Games (eAudio only)
Robert Cormier— Chocolate War (eAudio only)
Barbara Ehrenreich— Nickle and Dimed (print only)
Aldous Huxley— Brave New World (eAudio, print)
Harper Lee— To Kill a Mockingbird (print only)
Lois Lowry— The Giver (eAudio only)
Mark Mathabane— Kaffir boy : the true story of a Black youth’s coming of age in Apartheid South Africa (print only)
Toni Morrison— Beloved (eBook, print)
Toni Morrison— Bluest Eye (print only)
Toni Morrison— Song of Solomon (eBook, print)
Stephenie Myer— Twilight (eAudio only)
Philip Pullman— His Dark Materials series (eAudio only)
JD Salinger— Catcher in the Rye (print only)
John Steinbeck— Of Mice and Men (eAudio, print)
Mark Twain— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (eBook, eAudio, print)
Jeanette Walls— Glass Castle (print only)
Alice Walker— Color Purple (print only)
Richard Wright— Native Son (print only)

Come to the top floor of Brown Library, and check one out today!

Mon-Thur: 8am-8pm, Fri: 8am-5pm, Sat: 9am-1pm, Sun: Closed