The Great American Read

we-can-do-itOn May 22nd PBS is premiering The Great American Read. The first episode introduces the 100 books most loved by Americans. The book list was released just a few weeks ago and it contains a broad range of fiction both new and old. Some of our favorites include Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Check out the whole list on the PBS website.

You will be able to vote online for your favorite book on the list after the premiere episode on May 22nd, and there will be voting kiosks in the library.

Henrico County Public Library has been awarded a grant from the American Library Association and PBS to provide programs to accompany the series. We have partnered with local PBS station WCVE The Community Idea Stations to promote The Great American Read and related library programs. Throughout the summer we will have discussions and film screenings based on the 100 books from the program. The Great Reads Make Great Films series will take place on the second Tuesday of the month, featuring classic film adaptations of selected titles with time for discussion afterwards. Book discussions will be held at Fairfield, Libbie Mill, Tuckahoe, Twin Hickory, and Varina. Check our online calendar and Facebook for more information about the upcoming programs.

We also want to hear from you on social media! Join the discussion on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and let us know what your top read is by using #HenricoGreatRead and #GreatReadPBS. Each month the top post using #HenricoGreatRead will be awarded a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.

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