Help Choose America's Favorite Book: The Great American Read with PBS, the American Library Association, and the Kirkwood Public Library

Kirkwood Public Library will receive a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and PBS to host programs around “The Great American Read,” an eight-part television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love.

More than 220 public libraries applied for the $2,000 grants, which will support public programs around the series. Kirkwood Public Library was one of just 50 libraries nationwide to be selected.

A series of events are being planned at Kirkwood Public Library including “sneak peek” screenings of the series. Check, this blog, and Kirkwood Public Library on social media throughout the summer for more announcements!

Premiering May 22, “The Great American Read” will engage audiences with a list of 100  that contains a broad range of fictional titles,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.

You can see the complete list of titles here: Which title has your vote?  Leave a comment below!

Emma DeLooze-Klein is the Director of Adult & Community Services at the Kirkwood Public Library. She moved to St. Louis in 2012 and has since enjoyed exploring and photographing area attractions. You can find gothic mysteries, historical fiction, as well as a spread of other genres in her constantly growing to-be-read pile.