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Recharge with Reading

Building community & culture of enjoyment in reading

Academic Affairs and the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library proudly present:


Recharge with Reading is a year-long, university-wide reading project to get people reading and talking about what they read. Join Academic Affairs and The Cannon Memorial Library for events all year long. Celebrate Banned Books Week, join a Reading Challenge where you read books selected by members of the Saint Leo Community (click on the Reading Challenge tab above), hear Pulitzer Prize winning writer Jack E. Davis speak this fall, hear from Saint Leo authors, and join us for a spring reading festival. Check back often by clicking on the Events tab to see more of what is ahead for Recharge with Reading.   

Sign up for a reading group with your favorite facilitator here.

More info on each facilitator and their reading selections. 

The Accessibility Services office is available to assist students who may need reasonable accommodations or various assistive technologies in order to participate in the Recharge book series. Contact Accessibility services at (352) 588-8464 or for more information. 

Is our Planet in Trouble? You Betcha!

It's a great time to understand our planet and our impact, both positive and negative on this big blue sphere we call home. Grab your favorite drink and settle in for some thoughtful readings. 

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Available as an eBook.

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's 1962 novel has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Now in a new deluxe edition with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk and cover by Joe Sacco, here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned.


Reason: pro-communism ideas, sexuality

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Available as an eBook.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou's debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother's side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age--and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ("I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare") will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

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