College-Wide Reading Program

College-Wide Reading

The College-Wide Reading Program is an initiative intended to provide a common reading that encourages thought, discussion, and collaboration at Delaware County Community College. All members of the College community are invited to nominate books for the program and to participate in related activities throughout the academic year.


Event Date Time Location
Book Discussion Wednesday, February 22 1:25-2:20 p.m. Room 3240
Art Exhibit March 8-April 14   Art Gallery
Book Discussion Thursday, March 23 11:05 a.m.-noon Downingtown Campus
Book Discussion Thursday, March 30 11:05 a.m.-noon Southeast Center
Author Meet & Greet Wednesday, April 12 3 p.m. Pennocks Bridge Campus
Author Keynote Thursday, April 13 11:05 a.m.-1 p.m. Large Auditorium

Essay Contest

Get writing! From January 30 to March 29, the College-Wide Reading program is accepting reader responses and reactions to Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, by Rigoberto González. The first place winner will receive $200 and get to introduce Rigoberto González when he visits Marple campus on April 13. The first place winner and several Judge’s Choice winners will be invited to a lunch with the author after his talk.

Submit your essay at

Fernando Benavidez, English
Eleanor Goldberg, Librarian
Valerie Schantz, Reading

Contest Rules
 • Open to all current Delaware County Community College students
 • Submissions must be 300-500 words long
 • Submissions may take any written form. Some examples could be essay, personal narrative, poetry, song lyrics, fiction, etc
 • Submissions may be from papers submitted for a class or written outside of class
 • Participants must be available to come to Marple Campus on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
 • Participants must be willing to speak in front of an audience to introduce the author (Faculty judges will work with the first place winner to prepare remarks)
 • Submissions will be accepted online from Monday, January 30 to Wednesday, March 29
 • Winners will be announced by April 7

About the Program

The goals of the program include:

  • Promoting a habit of reading
  • Encouraging the exploration of diverse experiences and perspectives
  • Providing a common discussion point for all members of the College community
Titles selected meet the minimum standards listed below.
  • Readable by our entire population, including developmental and ESL students
  • Available in paperback
  • Cross-disciplinary appeal
  • Ability to be incorporated into curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Presents diverse or unique perspective

2016-17 Book

Butterfly Boy coverButterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa
by Rigoberto González 

"Heartbreaking, poetic, and intensely personal, Butterfly Boy is a unique coming out and coming-of-age story of a first-generation Chicano who trades one life for another, only to discover that history and memory are not exchangeable or forgettable. Growing up among poor migrant Mexican farmworkers, Rigoberto González also faces the pressure of coming-of-age as a gay man in a culture that prizes machismo. Losing his mother when he is twelve, González must then confront his father’s abandonment and an abiding sense of cultural estrangement, both from his adopted home in the United States and from a Mexican birthright. His only sense of connection gets forged in a violent relationship with an older man."

Click here to see the full unedited version of the video.

Nomination Process

Students, faculty, staff, and all other college community members are invited to nominate books for future College-Wide Reading Programs. Please nominate any and all titles you feel would lend themselves to positive college-wide reading, discussion and programming. The nomination period for the 2016-17 book has closed. 


The College wide reading program began in 2006 and was called the One-Book One-College Program when it started. Over the years the program has evolved and its name changed to its current name, the College Wide Reading Program. Titles were not selected in 2014-15 and 2009-10.



by Edward Humes
Library Guide


Water by the Spoonful 
by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Library guide


Girl in Translation 
by Jean Kwok
Library guide


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Library guide


The Glass Castle 
by Jeannette Walls
Library guide


With Courage and Cloth 
by Ann Bausum and 
Having Our Say 
by Sarah L. Delany, A. Elizabeth Delany and Amy Hill Hearth


Flags of Our Fathers 
by James Bradley 
(with Ron Powers)

Selected in partnership with the Delaware County public library’s Fall For A Book - One Book, One Community initiative.


Things Fall Apart 
by Chinua Achebe
Library Guide