The Great American Read

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The Athens-Clarke County Library received a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and PBS to host programs related to The Great American Read, an eight-part television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love.

The PBS show kicks off in May, but the library’s programs will begin in August. Each of the library’s five book clubs will lead discussions based on titles featured on The Great American Read list. Later in the fall, the library will partner with local nonprofit Rabbit Box for a special storytelling event associated with the series.

Premiering May 22 on PBS, The Great American Read will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles. The two-hour launch episode will kick off a summer of reading and voting. In fall 2018, seven new episodes will air, featuring appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book, culminating with a finale that reveals America’s best-loved novel as chosen by the American public. If you miss an episode, watch online at www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/watch.

Patrons of the Talking Book program can also participate by reading books available through GLASS (Georgia Libraries for Statewide Accessible Services.) GLASS provides digital players and recorded books to those who are unable to read printed material due to a visual or physical issue. Talking Books users can also access an iOS or Android application to download books directly, BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Several of the books are offered in English and Spanish. All available titles on the list include catalog numbers. Check out old favorites and new reads and participate!

Vote for your favorite book!
Read the List of 100 Books!