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Programs at the Library

A rundown of all the regularly scheduled programs happening at your local libraries

The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series that celebrates the power of reading through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as chosen in a national survey. The program explores how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. 

How to Participate:

1. Download the list of 100 Great American Reads here.

2. Borrow listed titles from our catalog, including the companion book, The Great American Read: The Book of Books, which presents all 100 novels with information about each book, author profiles, a snapshot of the novel's social relevance, film or television adaptations, other books and writings by the author, and little-known facts. Also included are themed articles about banned books, the most influential book illustrators, reading recommendations, the best first-lines in literature, and more.

3. Watch The Great American Read episodes on PBS.

4. Join The Great American Read book club on Facebook.

5. Have you read all 100 books? Take the quiz to get your score!

6. Get an inside look at Q&A from famous readers and writers.

7. Vote on your favorite book now through October 18.

8. Which novel has had the biggest impact on your life? Share your story.

*Some links take users to outside content which is not controlled by Jackson County Library Services (JCLS). The views of PBS and other participants do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of JCLS.

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