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The Great American Read

The Great American Read

Public libraries are invited to participate in a programming opportunity around The Great American Read, an eight-part PBS series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us.

  • View the award guidelines and apply online by April 17, 2018. To begin your application, scroll down and select "Register" to create an account or "Sign In" to log in to your existing account.
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The Great American Read series will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.

Fifty U.S. public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to receive a cash grant to support programming around the series, as well as a programming kit for The Great American Read developed by the American Library Association (ALA) and PBS. This kit will help public libraries participate in a national conversation about reading and books, including those featured in the series that highlight themes of love, heroes, villains, other worlds and self-discovery.

Learn more about The Great American Read.

The Great American Read is a production of Nutopia for PBS. PBS Funding for The Great American Read is provided by The Anne Ray Foundation and PBS.

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