First-Year Reading Initiative (FYRI) - 2013

Every year Ithaca College selects a featured book for the First-Year Reading Initiative.  Students receive the book during their visit to campus for orientation.  They then have the opportunity to read it during the summer.  Upon their arrival for the fall semester, first-year students will see a panel presentation on the book and then participate in a small group discussion.  There will be academic programming around the book with other IC students, faculty and staff over the course of the year.

The First-Year Reading Initiative introduces students to the community of learners that is Ithaca College. It provides an opportunity for them to meet faculty, staff, and other new students from many different departments.  It allows them to consider an important issue outside of the constraints of the classroom and suggests the value of life-long and independent learning. It also emphasizes the academic nature of the Ithaca College community by offering the incoming class a shared academic experience prior to the start of classes. This is one of the very first academic experiences students have at IC.  It is hoped that the themes raised by the text will serve as a catalyst for discussion in the residence halls, the cafeterias, and other informal gathering places.

This year's featured FYRI book is, Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín.  For more information about this book and author, visit the Library's First-Year Reading Initiative website link by clicking here. We welcome faculty, staff, administrator, and alumni facilitators to moderate small group discussions during the Fall Welcome. If you are interested in being a facilitator, please sign up here.  

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact First-Year Experience in the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs at  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.