One Book, One College

One Book, One College is a year-long, interdisciplinary program engaging the ICC community through the reading and discussion of a shared book.
Fostering interdisciplinary relationships through a shared reading experience.

2016-2017 One Book, One College Selection

The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Book CoverCombing magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder. The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different — and far more satisfying — than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams. – from the publisher.

About the Author, Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho, (born August 24, 1947, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Brazilian novelist known for employing rich symbolism in his depictions of the often spiritually motivated journeys taken by his characters. – from Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Community Leader Presentations

A leader from the Peoria area is invited to campus to speak about the importance of the theme in their work and personal life. (45 minutes)

Faculty Presentations

ICC faculty members use their specialized knowledge and experience to present information about the One Book, One College theme and/or selection. (45 minutes)

Faculty Presentation Request

Have a presentation idea?  Tell us about it!

Event Archive

Watch recordings of One Book, One College Community Leader and Faculty presentations.

Movie Matinees

A movie showing that exemplifies the current One Book, One College theme. Free snacks to attendees. (2 hours)

TED Talks and Discussion

Offered on the first and third Fridays at noon, participants watch a selected TED Talk, reflect on the speaker’s message and share thoughts. (30 minutes)


Selections for One Book, One College are made by a team of librarians and faculty from several departments at ICC.

If you have a suggestion for next year’s read, please contact Cate Kaufman by email or call (309) 694- 8504 or complete this online form.

Past Selections

2015-2016 March: Book One by John Lewis 

2014-2015 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Contact Cate Kaufman by email or call (309) 694-8504 for more information.