Upcoming Great American Read Programs

Photograph of The Great American Read checklist.

We’ve been busy checking off our reads on The Great American Read checklist! There are so many amazing novels to enjoy. Have you seen our librarian’s recommendations on Instagram and Facebook? Share your favorites using #HenricoGreatRead to win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble!

To enhance your reading lives we have some exciting programs related to The Great American Read titles this summer.

The Color Purple Film Screening + Discussion
Fairfield Library
Tuesday, July 10, 5:30 PM
Celie is a young African-American woman growing up in the South in the early 20th century. This moving film follows her struggle to find her identity after suffering through years of abuse. Starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey, this Oscar-nominated film brings Alice Walker’s classic novel to life. From Warner Brothers Studios (1985, PG-13, 152 mins).

Enjoli Moon, Founder and Creative Director of the Afrikana Film Festival, will be present to lead a discussion after the film. This film screening and discussion is part of HCPL’s programming for The Great American Read. Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.

Wuthering Heights Book Discussion
Tuckahoe Library
Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:00 PM
Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:30 PM
Get in on our discussion of the haunting romance between headstrong Catherine Earnshaw and the vengeful Heathcliff. Set against the Yorkshire moors and related by Nelly Dean, we will be discussing the classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

To Kill a Mockingbird Film Screening + Discussion
Twin Hickory Library
Tuesday, August 14, 6:00 PM
Set in the Depression-era South, this film tells the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer who defends an African-American man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. In the process, his children are exposed to ignorance and prejudice. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, this film stars Gregory Peck and features Robert Duvall in his first major film role. A brief discussion of the film will follow the screening. From Universal Pictures (1962, NR, 129 minutes).

We will have a lot more programs, film screenings, and discussions coming up this fall, and all upcoming library programs can be found on our Event Calendar. Remember to vote for your favorites at PBS!

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