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Beyond the Book: Getting Started

Beyond the Book 2023-2024

A webpage banner that reads, "Beyond the Book 2023-2024, Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu. The banner includes headshot of Charles Yu, and Asian man in his 40s, and the hardcover and paperback cover art for the book Interior Chinatown

Request a Class Set (Faculty)

Please use the button below to access the class set request form. Requests will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Get a Copy of a Book

Get a Free Copy to Keep:

This year, professors can request class sets for their students (using the form linked to the button above); additionally, employees and students who would like to read the book outside of course work, my pick up an individual copy at the library. Individuals should stop by the Research Help Desk on the 2nd floor of the TLC to get a copy. Professors should submit a class set request using this digital form. Free copies will be available at the start of each semester on a first come, first served basis. If we run out of free copies, or if you would prefer an ebook, you can borrow from the LCC Library.

Borrow From the LCC Library:

To borrow the ebook, follow this link, or search for the title via OneSearch or the catalog.

To borrow a print copy, look in course reserves and the leisure reading collection and check out at the library's Help Zone.

Get an Accessible Copy from LCC:

Students and employees can get an accessible copy of the book by contacting Andrew George ( or the Center for Student Access (

Borrow From Another Library:
You can check out a copy (print, ebook, or audio book) from an area library:

Upcoming Events

Beyond the Book Mooncake Festival

Join us for a snack and to sample mooncake, discuss Interior Chinatown, view film clips and discuss Asian representation in the media, relax while crafting, and more. Activities will take place throughout the 2nd Floor of the TLC Building; anyone from the LCC community is welcome.

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 2pm-4pm

Virtual Book Discussions

Susan Murphy of the Writing Center will facilitate these discussions online; anyone from the LCC community is welcome.

  • Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 12pm-1pm (WebEx link) (password: Chinatown)
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 12pm-1pm (WebEx link to come) (password: Chinatown)

In Person Discussions

These discussions will take place in the TLC Building, Room 2230 (the glass wall room on the 2nd floor), and they will be facilitated by students of English Professor Judy Allen; anyone from the LCC community is welcome.

  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 11am-12pm
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023 - 12pm-1pm

Interior Chinatown - page 3

graphic reading: "Ever since you were a boy, you've dreamt of being Kung Fu Guy. You Are not Kung Fu Guy. You are currently Background Oriental Male, but you've been practicing. Maybe tomorrow will be the day."

Interior Chinatown

About Beyond the Book

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In partnership with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), the Lansing Community College Library brings you Beyond the Book, a community reading program for the LCC community. Beyond the Book is focused on embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through exploring books with themes related to gender and self-identity, cultural perspectives, accessibility, advocacy, and/or racial inequity, while fostering a greater sense of community. Beyond the Book strives to create an enjoyable and mind-expanding reading experience both inside and outside the classroom. Everyone in the LCC community is encouraged to read and engage with Interior Chinatown in the 2023-2024 academic year; please feel free to attend program events, even if you have not read the book yet or completely.

Mental and Emotional Support

These books deal with difficult subjects, if you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, or need someone to talk to, don't hesitate to contact LCC Counseling Services. Where you can talk with a state-licensed, professional counselor for free as a currently-enrolled LCC student.

If you are not an LCC student and need help, please check out the mental health resources on

Off-Campus Access to Library E-Resources


If you have questions or suggestions about Beyond the Book, contact librarian Caitlyn Stypa (

Ask a Librarian

In Person or Phone

Stop by the Research Help Desk on the 2nd floor of the TLC building or call (517) 483-1615 during Research Help Desk hours.


Make an appointment with a librarian.

Chat 24/7

LCC and partner librarians answer chat questions as part of Research Help Now. LCC librarians are on chat Monday to Thursday from 2-4pm. Partner librarians are on chat 24/7.


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Beyond the Book

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