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Undocumented Students: Resources & Research: Book Clubs

Past Book Clubs

On this page you'll find information about past book clubs.

Would you like the Library to run a club in the future?

Please let me know and I'll be in touch.

Jessica Silver-Sharp/Librarian


Spring Book Club 2023

Join a Book Club hosted by Skyline College Library 

What:  This Spring we're reading Mia Alvar's highly acclaimed In the County: Stories. Three times this semester, we enjoy discussions as an informal group via Zoom and/or in-person @ Skyline College. No homework beyond reading is required. 

For April 12, please read from page 63 to page 154. If you're using the audiobook, listen to the following three stories: Legends of the White Lady, Shadow Families and The Virgin of Monte Ramon.

Who: The Book Club is facilitated by librarian Jessica Silver-Sharp.

When: Our second meeting takes place Tuesday April 12 @ 2:00-3:00pm. Didn't attend the first meeting? No problem - just sign up here so we'll know you're coming:

Where: This is a hybrid club! You can join in person at the Library (Skyline College, Building 5, 2nd floor) or by zoom at this link:

Who can join? The Book Club is open to students, faculty and staff in SMCCCD. Undocumented students are especially welcome. The Book Club is a safe space for discussions about sometimes difficult topics. The theme of this book of fiction is the Filipinx diaspora. 

Can I get credit for participating? This is a non-academic book club. However, you may speak to your professor to learn whether they might offer extra credit for facilitating a club meeting.

Do I need to read the entire book? As this is a book of short stories, we'll discuss only selected stories at each meeting. Attendance at every meeting is not required. You can also listen to the audiobook if you choose. Send Jessica an email message if you need help locating a copy of the book. (Skyline's copies are checked out but others are available). 

Questions? Please contact Jessica Silver-Sharp, Librarian <> 

Spring Book Club

Join a Fall Book Club!

Join a campus Book Club at Skyline College Library!

What: We'll read modern fiction with a theme related to migration or life as an immigrant or undocumented person. We'll enjoy great discussion as an informal group. A copy of the book will be provided. No homework beyond reading is required.

When: Drop by the Library any time during the Week of October 14 to vote for the book you'd like to read. See the book display next to the Library Check Out desk! 

When: We'll meet at the Library about every two or three weeks for one hour through the end of the semester (dates to be scheduled). Snacks and drinks will provided.

Who can join? Book Club is open to undocumented and immigrant students and their allies (students, faculty and staff). Discussions will be facilitated by Pamela Ortiz Cerda and Jessica Silver-Sharp & hosted by Skyline College Library.

Questions? Contact Jessica Silver-Sharp <> or stop by the Reference Desk

Join a Fall Book Club launch on Thursday, October 21 @ 4pm

Join a Virtual Book Club hosted by Skyline College Library! 

Sign up today:

What:  Our student FIRE Club has chosen Lysley Tenorio's highly acclaimed The Son of Good Fortune as our Fall 2021 selection. (Tenorio is also our UndocuWeek keynote speaker Friday morning at 10am). Three times this semester, we'll enjoy discussions as an informal group via Zoom. A free copy of the book will be provided. No homework beyond reading is required. 

Who: The Book Club will facilitated by librarian Jessica Silver-Sharp. Any students interested in co-facilitating should please get in touch! This is a nice leadership opportunity for your resume. 

When: Our first meeting will take place Thursday, November 4 @ 4pm on zoom. Once I hear from you, I'll send you a zoom link and help you get a free copy of the book to borrow for the entire semester.

Who can join? The Book Club is open to undocumented and immigrant students and their allies (fellow students, faculty and staff) in SMCCCD. 

Interested? Questions? Please contact Jessica Silver-Sharp, Librarian <> 

Let's Get Started


You can request books for pick up. How it works: 

STEP 1: Request library item(s)
STEP 2: Pick up your item(s)
STEP 3: Return your item(s)


Need a Chromebook, Hotspot or Calculator?

Please contact the library for more details. Technology is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment, no reservations are required. Visit the Library during open hours.

Spring 2019 Book Selection: The Sun is also a Star

U.S.A. Student Club, faculty, and staff gravitate to new campus Book Club

For those who love great books and salty snacks, a first ever Book Club collaboration between Skyline College’s U.S.A. undocumented students club, the Dream Center, and Skyline Library proved a perfect ending to a long semester. While the initial idea was for a student book club based on bestselling author Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is also a Star, a romantic novel whose protagonist is undocumented, the idea quickly attracted Skyline faculty and staff. With U.S.A. and the Library providing free copies of the book, the group gathered in the Library to discuss the book during two meetings in April and May. For a quick hour, all titles were scrapped as members gathered as equals to explore and critique themes, characters and plot. After the semester concludes, U.S.A. will sponsor a group trip to the movies to enjoy the just released film of the same title.

Would you like to join or know more about U.S.A.? Join a Fall 2019 book club on a similar theme? Contact Dream Center Coordinator Pamela Ortiz Cerda <> or Jessica Silver-Sharp <>.


Potential Picks

Fall 2021 Book Club Option: Activist Literature Option

Fall 2021 Book Club Option: Graphic Novel