Book Clubs

Professional Book Club
Started during the Fall 2006 semester, the Professional Book Clubs meets once a semester. During the informal gathering, participants discuss the book over a brown bag lunch.

Spring 2011 Professional Book Club Selection:

The College Fear Factor

by Rebecca D. Cox

“They’re not the students strolling across the bucolic liberal arts campuses where their grandfathers played football. They are first-generation college students—children of immigrants and blue-collar workers—who know that their hopes for success hinge on a degree. But college is expensive, unfamiliar, and intimidating. Inexperienced students expect tough classes and demanding, remote faculty. They may not know what an assignment means, what a score indicates, or that a single grade is not a definitive measure of ability. And they certainly don’t feel entitled to be there. They do not presume success, and if they have a problem, they don’t expect to receive help or even a second chance. Rebecca D. Cox draws on five years of interviews and observations at community colleges. She shows how students and their instructors misunderstand and ultimately fail one another, despite good intentions. Most memorably, she describes how easily students can feel defeated—by their real-world responsibilities and by the demands of college—and come to conclude that they just don’t belong there after all.”  (from Harvard University Press review)



One Book, One Philadelphia

Camden County College is a partner with "One Book, One Philadelphia."  Each year the Free Library of Philadelphia chooses a book for a city wide discussion and series of special events.  Contact Lis Bass for more information ext. 1385, or link to One Book, One Philadelphia.

Spring 2011 One Book/One Philadelphia Book Selection:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

This semi-autobiographical story of Arnold Spirit, a “goofy-looking dork with a decent jump shot,” (Booklist) who leaves his home on the reservation at the urging of a teacher who wants him to succeed beyond what life on “the rez” could offer him.  The discrimination Spirit faces at an all-white upper-class school ultimately mirrors the treatment he gets at the hands of his native community.  This is a story of struggle, family, poverty, culture, and triumph, all told from the light and humorous perspective of a 14-year old Spokane Indian.  Prof. Lis Bass again moderates CCC’s participation in this cross-river cultural event.


Recommended past reads:

  • Fall 2010 - Andrew Hacker, Claudia Dreifus - Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids---and What We Can Do About It
  • Spring 2010 - Alen Bennett - The History Boys
  • Fall 2009 - Paul Tough - Whatever It Takes: Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
  • Spring 2009 - Steve Lopez - The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
  • Fall 2008 - Angela Provitera-McGlynn - Successful Beginnings for College Teaching: Engaging your students from the first day
  • Fall 2008 - Jonathan Kozol - Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
  • Spring 2008 - Joe Hoyle - Tips and Thoughts on Improving the Teaching Process in College – A Personal Diary (Copies of the book are available for FREE at
  • Fall 2007 - Ken Bain - What the Best College Teachers Do
  • Spring 2007 - Jay Parini -The Art of Teaching
  • Fall 2006 - Parker Palmer - The Courage to Teach

Multicultural Book Club

The Library Multicultural Book Club meets monthly on Tuesday evenings in the Rohrer Center Cyber Café. We select books that help us learn about different cultures. As of January 2008, we have read 24 books set in 19 countries. The Club welcomes faculty, staff, students and the community to join us for our next selection which will be announced on the book club web page.
For more information contact Barbara Laynor at 6001 or Joyce Haney at 6002.