Book Club

What is a Book Club?

A Book Club is a reading group which meets three times during the semester to read and talk about the selected book. Mesa Community College has two active book clubs during a semester, each based at a campus location. For the Spring 2017 semester, both campuses are reading the same book.

Who Can Join the Book Club?

All employees and students at any Mesa Community College location are invited to participate. There is no charge - except the cost of the book. Come join in the fun!

If you can't make it to an location for the meetings or want to continue the conversation outside of the meetings, you can participate online in Canvas. Just self-enroll for the MCC Book Club course! We will hopefully see you there.

Spring 2017 Book Club Selection

A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca 

Jimmy Santiago Baca's harrowing, brilliant memoir of his life before, during, and immediately after the years he spent in a maximum-security prison garnered tremendous critical acclaim and went on to win the prestigious 2001 International Prize. Long considered one of the best poets in America today, Baca was illiterate at the age of twenty-one and facing five to ten years behind bars for selling drugs. A Place to Stand is the remarkable tale of how he emerged after his years in the penitentiary -- much of it spent in isolation -- with the ability to read and a passion for writing poetry. A vivid portrait of life inside a maximum-security prison and an affirmation of one man's spirit in overcoming the most brutal adversity, A Place to Stand "stands as proof there is always hope in even the most desperate lives" -- (Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram).

We will be screening a documentary based on his book in LB300 (3rd floor of the S&D library) on the following dates:

  • Feb 21 at 6pm
  • Feb 22 at 3pm

Below is the trailer to the documentary.

Choose your Book Club Location

Spring 2017 - Southern & Dobson

Janell Alewyn

Library Department Building LB
Office: LB211 | Southern & Dobson
P: 480-461-7850

Please join us on Tuesday, January 31st, for our initial meeting to receive the book and talk about the reading schedule. 

For more information, contact Janell Alewyn at or 480-461-7266.

Thank you!

Southern & Dobson Book Club meetings take place on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:00pm in the Reading Room in the Library (LB300).

Meeting Date Notes and Such
1/31/2017 Initial meeting. Hand out books.
2/21/2017 1st book club discussion.

Book club luncheon with the author from noon-1:00. RSVP required.

4/4/2017 2nd book club discussion.
4/25/2017 3rd book club discussion.

Spring 2017 - Red Mountain

Marie Brown

Library at Red Mountain
Office: Desert Willow - Room: 218
P. 480-654-7743

For more information, contact Marie Brown at or 480-654-7743.

Thank you!

Red Mountain Book Club meetings take place on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00pm in M200.

Meeting Date Notes and Such
1/30/2017 Initial meeting.
2/13/2017 Book club discussion.
3/6/2017 Book club discussion.
3/7/2017 Book club luncheon with the author from noon-1:00. RSVP required. (At S&D)