Coming to America Reading Group

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Teens and adults (ages 16+) are invited to participate in the Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading Group. We received a grant from the Yiddish Book Center that provided multiple copies of the book club titles listed below. They can be checked out from the library. This reading and discussion program is designed to engage teens and adults in thinking about immigrants’ experiences encountering America. Using Yiddish literature as a portal, the program will feature Yiddish literature in translation that explores questions of identity, assimilation, language, cuisine, and generational change, presenting American identity as an ongoing conversation, a give-and-take between insiders and outsiders, and will compare these works written in the early 20th century to works by contemporary immigrant writers.

This club will meet at 6 PM on the third Thursday evening of the month (no meeting in May). For more information about this book club, contact Jessica at (979) 764-3416 or email If you do not qualify for a library card but still wish to participate, please contact Jessica to discuss options.

Due to coronavirus guidelines, March and April meetings were cancelled, and those titles have been rescheduled. The summer meetings will be held over Zoom. Contact Jessica at to request a Zoom invite (required) or for more information.

Next Meeting (Zoom meeting; contact Jessica to request invite)

Upcoming Meeting & Book (Zoom meeting; contact Jessica to request invite)

Previous Book Selections

  • June 2020 – The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez, virtual meeting with guest speaker Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs
  • May 2020 – No meeting
  • April 2020 – meeting cancelled, book discussion moved to July
  • March 2020 – meeting cancelled, book discussion moved to August
  • February 20, 2020 – Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son by Sholem Aleichem
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