The Edwin (Eddie) H. and Wendy L. Allen Endowed Leisure Reading Collection

The Edwin (Eddie) H. and Wendy L. Allen Endowed Leisure Reading Collection

The Leisure Reading Collection is a gift of Edwin (Eddie) H. and Wendy L. Allen who established an endowment for leisure reading materials to be housed in the Tomás Rivera Library, and made available for students, faculty, and staff.  Dedicated in April 2009, the first installment of 340 books was made available during the spring quarter; the list of books is viewable here. The collection includes a wide assortment of fiction and non-fiction, suspense, biographies, self-help, science fiction, historical romance, and more.

The gift was the result of Mr. Allen, an alumnus of the class of 1973, who spent many hours on weekends reading in the Rivera Library. Living without a car in the dorms, he found the library the logical place to spend time. When asked about his gift during the dedication, he remarked: 

"It's important that reading not be viewed as a chore, but instead as a stimulating activity that engages a person's imagination and is pleasurable. Much as university students take study breaks to go to the gym or have a cup of coffee, I hope that being able to dip into a good unassigned book will encourage them to take a reading break."

The donor holds a B.A. in history from UCR, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an M.S. in health services administration from Stanford Medical School.

Last modified: 9/27/2009 5:57 PM by A. Frenkel

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