The Great American Read

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we can do itTHE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The series will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books. Audiences are encouraged to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles. Episodes from the series will feature appearances by celebrities, athletes, experts, authors, and everyday Americans advocating for their favorite book. THE GREAT AMERICAN READ premiered Tuesday, May 22 at 8 pm on PBS. 

Liverpool Public Library is one of 50 libraries nationwide to receive an ALA grant and the rights to pre-screen the PBS series.



You can download the list of 100 books here: Great-American-Read-List.pdf

After you’ve seen the list, the next step is to vote for your favorites.

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Voting closes October 18. The The Great American Read winner will be announced in the Grand Finale show on October 23.

Visit to vote for your favorite.  


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Fall programs include...

The Great American Read Art and Writing Challenge  
Now thru October 15

Five key themes are explored during this series. The library challenges teens and adults to respond to one of the themes through art and/or writing. Your work will be displayed at the library and you will receive a free t-shirt for entering the challenge. Enter your drawing, painting, collage, photography, graphic design, essay or poetry.

For details and to enter the challenge: LPL TGAR Art Writing Challenge.pdf

Read Jolene Morse's essay entry: Jolene-Essay.pdf

Read Eden Lapsley's poem: Eden-Lapsley-Poem.pdf

Community Cafe 
Thursday, October 18
7-8:30pm • Carman Community Room

Watched all the shows and still want more about The Great American Read Top 100? Come to the Community Cafe for a final book tasting and a roundtable discussion about TGAR themes, facilitated by library staff and professors from local colleges.

America's Best-Loved Novel Revealed LIVE!
Tuesday, October 23
7-9p.m. • Carman Community Room
After months of reading and voting, we will collectively learn America's No. 1 book! Light refreshments will be available starting at 7:30 p.m. Art work and writing from TGAR challenge will be on display. The real-time screening of PBS's The Great American Read finale will begin at 8 p.m.

Interact with The Great American Read Wall
Post an answer to our weekly question. Vote for your favorite book in our voting booth. View artwork & writing from the TGAR Art & Writing Challenge. Take a selfie.

Book Clubs and Book Club Kits
Each kit contains 12 copies of a Great American Read title and discussion questions. Check out the following and host a club! Alex Cross, Beloved, The Book Thief, The Great Gatsby, Ready Player One.

 Visit for more information.

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