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, inspiring books and engaged in valuable programming around each one.
Students have been enriched through this program in numerous ways—everything from producing art, making pottery and beautiful illustrations inspired by the books, and holding special art exhibits, to author lectures and keynote talks, music performances, and various academic events: student debates, panel discussions, film screenings, and student roundtables.
become better prepared for life beyond school.
Through the KCC Reads program, students have done volunteer work and raised money for worthy causes; they’ve developed as thinkers and
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.
Over the last decade, the program has adopted the following books:
- 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 Gurevitch
- 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 completed content for that year’s programming. Material for the missing years will soon be available. Please take a minute to peruse the KCC Reads archive.