Monday, July 9, 2018

"The Great American Read" | @ the Library Article

Whether you stream online or watch via cable or dish, many of us in Abilene are followers of Public Broadcasting.  Award-winning shows such as Poldark, Nature, Masterpiece Theatre, and American Experience are familiar and loved by all.  This summer PBS is launching a new nationwide series, and your Abilene Public Library can help you enjoy it to the fullest!

The Great American Read is a partnership with the American Library Association and local libraries across the nation.  "The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America's 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates 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 and our shared human experience."

Your Abilene Public Library is a proud participant in The Great American Read and has a wide array of books and audiobooks available for checkout.  The national reading list of one hundred titles features classic favorites, unexpected finds and soon to be favorites highlighting America's past and future.  Mockingbird Branch has a book display for easy access to these great titles and detailed information about The Great American Read can be found on PBS's website at

"The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country.  It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced on a nationwide vote to choose America's best-loved book."

So if you're looking for a new read this summer, join us!  Readers can follow along with the TV series, hosted by Meredith Vieira, and vote for their favorite book online at in a nationwide contest.  You can vote once a day, per person, meaning the more votes you submit for your favorite book the more likely it is to win.  In addition, millions of readers from across the country are connecting via social media to take part in a national book club.  Go to #GreatReadPBS to link in on Twitter, or find them on Facebook.

Reading is not just for the young. it's for the young at heart.  It's transformative, relaxing, and life changing.  To find out more about this Great American Read, give us a call at 325-437-7323 and stay tuned to your Public Broadcasting station.

Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

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