Common Theme and Community Read

Join the Community Read!

The Edmonds CC 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:

2016-17 Common Theme and Community Read

Theme: Unity

Community Read: "Prayers for the Stolen" by Jennifer Clement

The Edmonds CC Common Theme and Community Read provide a year-long opportunity for all members of our College community to become engaged in examining issues of great social importance from a variety of diverse perspectives. The Common Theme for the 2016-17 academic year will be Unity and the Edmonds CC Community Read text will be Prayer for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement.

Stay tuned for co-curricular events--debates, workshops, lectures, presentations, films, discussions, artist presentations, college service-learning projects, and other programming--throughout the year which expand and deepen our understanding of both the Edmonds CC Common Theme and Community Read text.

Our goal is to involve as many faculty, staff, and students as possible so be sure to pick up your free copy of Prayers for the Stolen from the library or campus book store. If you have questions about the Common Theme or Community Read, please contact Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo at

This year's Community Read event will take place on April 13 at 12:30 and 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre.

Scholarship Opportunity for Edmonds CC

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 2017. To apply for a scholarship, Edmonds CC 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!