Hello friends and happy Friday!


A few semesters ago, I made the conscious decision to set aside time every day to read. The end goal was to read at least 6 novels every year. Seems doable, right? I thought so too until I started nursing school and realized how much I would be reading my textbooks. Around this time I heard about the ‘Community Book Connection,’ and I realized that by participating in the CBC, I would be introduced to new and interesting books that I could read throughout the year at the same time as the whole school.


So, what is Community Book Connection?

“The Community Book Connection (CBC) is a college-wide, interdisciplinary reading initiative dedicated to promoting a culture of dialogue, discussion, and debate at CCBC. We are committed to fostering student engagement and student success by developing stimulating and challenging classroom opportunities and co-curricular programs.

Each year we democratically select a book that we recommend to the college community. We encourage faculty and staff from many different disciplines and program areas to adopt the book for use in their courses and initiatives; we offer workshops, trainings, and grant-funded opportunities to help faculty develop as educators.

To further enrich our community learning experience, members of the CBC community organize an exciting array of co-curricular activities centering on the themes of the book. In conjunction with internal and external partners, the Community Book Connection sponsors keynote lectures, panel discussions, debates, poetry readings, field trips, workshops, student presentations, theatre performances, dance and musical performances, art exhibits, fundraisers, service-learning initiatives, and other types of programs.”


If you’d like to learn more about the Community Book Connection, go to https://readatccbc.org/2021-2022_Fear/about.php


If this is something that interests you, good news is you can still get involved by voting which one of three books will be chosen to be read for the 2022/23 year. Voting ends October 29th. Click here to vote: https://readatccbc.org/2021-2022_Fear/vote.php


And something even cooler is that you can recommend a book for next year!


Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future 

By Elizabeth Kolbert

The Water Will Come: Rising seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

By Jeff Goodell

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

By Robin Wall Kimmerer