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One Book #OneLCC Gets People Talking through Shared Reading Experience

July 26, 2016

LANSING, MICH. - For the third year running, Lansing Community College (LCC) invites people from the campus and community to come together through the shared reading of a common book.

One Book #OneLCC, says LCC Library Communications Manager Victoria Meadows, encourages college- and community-wide conversations through special events and discussions that build on thought-provoking topics explored in a selected book.

"We're using our common read program as a way to unite College initiatives and strengthen educational practices on campus," says Meadows, one of two library staff who coordinate the program. "One Book One LCC is a way we can support student achievement, foster intellectual growth, and create partnerships that expand community awareness and engagement."

One Book #OneLCC was launched in 2014 and is organized by a steering committee of employees and students. In the first year, about 800 students, staff and community members read the same book. The program hosted 17 events and the book was listed as required reading in 38 courses. Numbers were up slightly the second year, with goals for the third year set at 1,000 or more readers, 23 events, and a rising number of courses listing the book as required reading.

Meadows emphasized that one of the strongest pieces of the LCC common read program are the connections made with other departments and programs. Past connections include tie-ins with month-long heritage celebrations like Black History Month, as well as with the College's Centre for Engaged Inclusion.

"We're also working toward assessing the impact of our program to see how these connections, program activities, and uses in core classes affect student achievement and learning outcomes," says Meadows.

One Book #OneLCC corresponds to the College's academic calendar and runs from August to May of each year. A program kick-off is held at the start of both fall and spring semesters. Other activities have included a campus visit by the author and integrating the book with classroom learning through targeted research guides.

"Although we are focused on creating a sense of community at LCC, One Book One LCC is for everyone in the community," says Meadows. "We would love to have community members come and take part in the discussions and activities that take place outside the classroom."

The 2016-17 One Book One Read Tomatoland by Barry Estabrooks examines industrial farming, genetic crop experimentation, and other timely issues related to food politics. Previous titles have included The True American by Anand Giridharadas in 2015-16, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot in 2014-15.

For more information on the One Book #One LCC, visit http://www.lcc.edu/onebook/ or contact Victoria Meadows at x1648 or meadow@star.lcc.edu.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education, and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit, and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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