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Curious Cat Talks Banned Book Week: What Book Had the Biggest Impact on You?

By Shawn Proctor, Annie Stockmal, Rebecca Amrick, and Jadyn Piotrowski

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Happy Thursday, Wildcats! Curious Cat is thinking about challenged books in honor of Banned Book Week. So we asked Falvey patrons about the books that meant the most of them, since often those are the ones most frequently challenged.

Learn more about Banned Books Week:

And consider which book had the biggest impact on you as well!


Riley Murray curious cat

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Riley Murray CLAS ’25


Kayla Waples curious cat

Wonder by R.J. Palacio.”
-Kayla Waples CON ’27


Anna Kate Cooper curious cat

“The Great Gatsby.”
Anna Kate Cooper CLAS ’26


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Shawn Proctor, MFA, is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.



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




Rebecca AmrickRebecca Amrick is a first-year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.




Jadyn Piotrowski ’26 VSB is a Communication & Marketing Student Assistant at Falvey Library.


Freedom To Read: Celebrate Banned Book Week with These “Most Challenged” Books From Falvey Memorial Library

American Library Association's poster announcing Banned Books Week 2020.

American Library Association’s poster announcing Banned Books Week 2020.

Banned Books Week commenced on Sept. 18! Beginning in the early 1980s, the annual event, celebrated the last week of September, spotlights “current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.” Show your support for “the freedom to read” and checkout these frequently challenged titles available at Falvey Memorial Library.

The titles listed below are featured in the “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” lists spanning from 2001-2021. “Lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary reports sent to the Office for Intellectual Freedom from communities across the U.S.

Books are accessible through Falvey’s collection and Interlibrary Loan.

For more information about Banned Books Week visit the American Library Association’s website. Looking for a specific title not available at Falvey Memorial Library? Villanova students, staff, and faculty can use the E-ZBorrow service to request print materials from regional libraries. Chat with a librarian during business hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. for inquires regarding Falvey Library’s collection.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. *Article originally published on Sept. 28, 2020.




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Banned Books Everyone Should Read: The Hate U Give


In honor of the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week, which condemns censorship and urges free access to information, we asked Falvey librarians and staff to pick a book from the list of the most frequently banned and challenged books and tell us why it’s a must read.

Sarah Wingo reading The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give is a really powerful Young Adult book dealing with police violence in communities of color from the perspective of a young black woman.”—Sarah Wingo, MA, MSI, Liaison Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages

Stop by to pick up your Banned Books Week button, and tell us what banned book rocks your world in the comments!



Last Modified: September 24, 2019

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