Common Book Program

The El Centro Common Book program is meant to be a co-curricular interdisciplinary project that engages the students, employees, and greater community in the collective experience of reading and discussing a common text.     

Get Involved:

Each spring we distribute FREE copies to students. Students can pick up a copy in such places as the library, the Office of Student Life, and the Learning Center. We encourage faculty to obtain a personal copy so they can read the book and get involved. Don't be a spectator! Think critically and engage in the college community. Get a copy and start reading!

Check out our upcoming events below.

Honors Option:

Students, inquire with your instructor about the Honors option in your course. They may have assignments centered around the Common Book that you can complete for Honors credit. Discretion is up to the Professor.

Professors, consider using the common book as a component of your Honors option, in your course.

Literacy Link Student Learning Outcomes :

  1. Encourage cross-curricular critical reading while supporting and enhancing academic writing skills.
  2.  Via a common text, provide a platform that encourages community involvement and promotes both acclimation to and cross-curricular engagement with El Centro College campus life.

Events – Spring 2019

Thursday, February 21st

Official Kick-Off Event
12pm-2:00pm in the Student Center

Join us as we officially launch this year’s Common Book, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Learn more about the book and the author. There will be live readings from The Poet X and video of Elizabeth performing her spoken word. Students with a valid ECC ID will receive a free copy of the book.
Thursday, March 21st

Share Your Voice
11am-12:30pm in the Student Center

Participants can read their own poetry or read sections from The Poet X. This event is open to the entire El Centro Community.
Thursday, April 4th

"Growing Up in America" Film Festival
9:30am-3:30pm in the Student Center

Details coming soon.
Tuesday, April 16th

Elizabeth Acevedo Comes to El Centro College
11am-12pm in the Performance Hall

Elizabeth will take part in a moderated discussion about The Poet X and take questions from the audience.

2:00-3:30pm in the Performance Hall
Elizabeth will take part in an informal Q&A, read/perform sections from The Poet X, and sign copies of the book.

This event is free and open to the public.


El Centro Literacy Link Committee:

Joselyn Gonzalez                                  Samantha Schulze
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