The Great American Read: 100 Books, One Winner

Scotch Plains Public Library is proud to announce that we are one of just 50 libraries nationwide to receive a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and PBS to host special programs this summer and fall around the new interactive series from PBS: The Great American Read.

We invite you to join us as we participate in this series, which is designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. Based on a national survey, PBS compiled a list of 100 diverse novels that Americans love. Books and copies of the list are available at the library. See how many you’ve read, and discover a few new favorites.

On Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm, tune in to PBS as they uncover details about the books on the list, their authors, and the people who love to read them. At this point, you can start voting for your favorites – once a day, every day until October 23. After a summer of reading, voting, and sharing your thoughts online and in our community, PBS will air 7 additional episodes starting September 11: a recap of the May episode, 5 new documentaries that highlight the themes of the books on the list, and the October 23 live Grand Finale.

We will host a Great American Read Kickoff Celebration on Thursday, May 24 at 7pm. Come share your thoughts about the PBS debut episode and which books made (or didn’t make) the list. Light refreshments will be served, and our button maker will be out for anyone who’d like to use it to show their Great American Read flair. We’re still finalizing the rest of our events, so keep an eye on our website for more details.

Shakespeare and Poe are both very excited about The Great American Read, even though neither of them made the list!

Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.