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Welcome to

The Better Together Online Book Club!

We are a library sponsored, district wide, online, common-reading book club for the STLCC community.  Each semester we will feature two books that share a related theme, but present a difference in genre or perspective.  Each book will have its own LibGuide that will feature interesting links, articles, videos, well as its own discussion board.  We encourage you to respectfully engage with each other on these boards and connect through the power of a good book. Most of all, we hope you have fun!

March: Book One: Links to the book's discussion guide and the catalog to request your copy of the book

Fall 2017 Featured Selections

Click on the book cover to travel to the Hatching Twitter guide

Click on the book cover to go to The Circle guide

Spring 2018 Selections With Synopses

March: Book One

  This graphic novel is Congressman John Lewis' firsthand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book One spans Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a climax on the steps of City Hall. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington D.C., and from receiving beatings from state troopers, to receiving the Medal of Freedom awarded to him by Barack Obama, the first African-American president.

The Handmaid's Tale

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.

Do I Have to Read Both Books?

Of course not!  This is a club about the pleasure of reading.  Only read the title that interests you (or both if you're a book nerd like us).  Not feeling either book?  Bookmark this page because next semester we'll announce two new books!

Contact the Better Together Team!

Have a question or concern?  Please email the Better Together Team and we'll respond as soon as we can!

Stacey Lampman, Chair (

Susan Albert (

Joni Hynes (

Katy Smith (

If you have a library question, click here for the Ask a Librarian options!

The Handmaid's Tale: Links to the book's discussion guide and the catalog to request your copy of the book

Tell Us About Your Reading Habits

How Often Do You Read For Pleasure?
1 book a year: 4 votes (12.12%)
1 book a month: 15 votes (45.45%)
1 book a week: 14 votes (42.42%)
Not at all: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 33
What is Your Favorite Genre?
Fiction: 21 votes (56.76%)
Non-Fiction: 5 votes (13.51%)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 2 votes (5.41%)
Biography/Autobiography: 4 votes (10.81%)
Historical Fiction: 1 votes (2.7%)
Graphic Novel/Comics/Manga: 2 votes (5.41%)
Young Adult/Children's: 2 votes (5.41%)
Total Votes: 37

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000