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Common Theme and Community Read

Join the Community Read!

The Edmonds College Community Read — an Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement program and part of the college's Lecture Series — brings the campus and community together to read one book in order to:

  • Build community through a common intellectual experience.
  • Promote literacy across the campus and community through the adoption of thoughtful, noteworthy works of literature or scholarship.
  • Offer instructors an opportunity to invigorate curriculum with vital issues and great ideas.
  • Enrich the lives of students, employees, and the community of south Snohomish County.

Here are some ways to join in:

2019-20 Community Read
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American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

by America Ferrera

The Edmonds Community College Common Theme and Community Book Read provide a year-long opportunity for all members of our College community to engage and connect as we examine - together - issues of great social importance from a variety of diverse perspectives.

The book selection is  American Like Me by America Ferrera. 

A yearlong celebration will include co-curricular events, workshops, lectures, presentations, films, discussions, artist presentations, college service-learning projects, and other programming -- which expand and deepen our understanding of both the Edmonds College  Community Read text.

Spring Quarter Scholarships will be available through the Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement Program  and the Edmonds College Foundation for students submitting an interactive presentation related to key themes in this year’s book.  (see scholarship information below).

Our goal is to involve as many faculty, staff, and students as possible. Free copies of American Like Me are available at the following locations:


Library - Lynnwood Hall, third floor

Staff and Faculty:

Print and Mail Center - Mountlake Terrace Hall, first floor

Copies will be made available to staff, faculty and students during Return Week events, at the Welcome Week fair and other campus events Fall Quarter while supplies last. For questions about the Community Read, please contact Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo at bd.decarlo@edmonds.edu.

Scholarship Opportunity for Edmonds College

The Edmonds Community College Foundation sponsors two $1,300 scholarships (Running Start scholarship amount is $750 each), and several smaller scholarships (to be used for Spring quarter tuition) which will be awarded in March 2020. To apply for a scholarship, Edmonds College students read the selected book and then create a project addressing any of the key themes of the book. Learn more about the Community Read Scholarship.

This award is up to $1,300 toward your academic success!