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A History of the KCC Reads Program

KCC Reads, the Common Reading Program at Kingsborough Community College, was inaugurated at a meeting of the Faculty Assembly in Spring, 2001. Since that time, we have adopted a number of wonderful and inspiring books and engaged in much valuable programming around them.

Eating Animals

Students have been enriched through this program in numerous ways—everything from producing art, making pottery and beautiful illustrations inspired by the books, holding special art exhibits, expert lectures and keynote talks, and musical performances, as well as various academic events: student debates, panel presentations, film screenings, and roundtable discussions. 



Through the KCC Reads program, students have done volunteer work and raised money for worthy causes; they’ve developed as thinkers and become better prepared for life beyond school.

C McCann Booksigning 

Through this program, faculty and staff have also taken advantage of the many opportunities to collaborate and work as an campus-wide community—in nominating and selecting the book, participating in reading groups, and organizing, holding and participating in events programming around the books.

Lenny Kaye 

Over the fifteen years, KCC Reads has adopted the following books:

  • 2016 - 2017: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
  • 2015 - 2016: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • 2014 - 2015: Just Kids, by Patti Smith
  • 2013 - 2014: Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • 2012 - 2013: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  • 2011 - 2012: Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
  • 2010 - 2011: The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
  • 2009 - 2010: Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • 2008 - 2009: Unbowed, by Wangari Maathai
  • 2007 - 2008: The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  • 2006 - 2007: We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, by Philip Gourevitch
  • 2005 - 2006: And Still We Rise: The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students, by Miles Corwin
  • 2004 - 2005: The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • 2003 - 2004: Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat
  • 2002 - 2003: The Color of Water, by James McBride

To the right, you will notice book covers for each year of the program. With the exception of the years 2002-2006 and 2010-2012, clicking on any cover will take you to information regarding that year’s programming. Please take a minute to peruse the KCC Reads archive.

Jonathan Foer--Keynote Speaker

L Fridman


Note: The KCC Library has a special KCC Reads History page under "Leisure Fiction in the Stacks" at this link:

Use the scroll bar to the right to view adopted books. Click the book cover to see program info from that year.

2016 -2017
Just Mercy KCC Reads 2016-17 Selection

2015 -2016

2014 -2015
Just Kids

2013 - 2014
Eating Animals

2012 - 2013
Henrietta Lacks

2011 - 2012
Let the Great World Spin

2010 - 2011
The Glass Castle

2009 - 2010
3 Cups of Tea

2008 - 2009

2007 - 2008
The Kite Runner

2006 - 2007
We Wish to Inform You

2005 - 2006
And Still We Rise

2004 - 2005
The Namesake

2003 -2004
Breath Eyes Memory

2002 - 2003
The Color of Water

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