Albany County Public Library in Laramie is one of 50 public libraries selected nationally to receive programming grants for “The Great American Read,” an eight-part PBS 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. In addition to the grant money, ACPL will receive resources that include a DVD collection of the series with public performance rights and a hardcover copy of the companion book, The Great American Read: The Book of Books.
The libraries will also have the opportunity to host “sneak peek” screenings of the series premiere and five theme episodes before they broadcast to the public.
Premiering May 22, “The Great American Read” 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.
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.