The Great American Read

The Great American Read Event
@RCPL Duration: NOW – October 23

Vote Early, Vote Often

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 nation and our shared human experience.

YOUR Rowan County Public Library is participating in this exciting campaign from PBS. We will have a variety of programs, a comfy lounge for viewing THE GREAT AMERICAN READ content and other related videos on a large screen TV, all 100 titles preloaded onto kindles (ready to checkout,) and a book display of all 100 THE GREAT AMERICAN READ titles. Visit PBS to vote for your favorite titles! (Votes are limited to once a day)


The Great American Read Lounge  – NOW through October 23

Stop by the Reading Room at the Library during THE GREAT AMERICAN READ event to watch content from the PBS campaign on a large screen TV.
Headphones are available for checkout at the front desk. Enjoy complimentary swag items. 


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The Great American Read Kickoff  – September 7 at 6 pm
Join us for prizes, local celebrities, and refreshments at our THE GREAT AMERICAN READ kickoff program at the Rowan County Public Library!
This event is for all ages. 


GAR Monday Lunch Bunch – Beginning on Sept. 17
Make lunch FUN and FREE! 
Join us on Mondays from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm for a free lunch provided by the Friends of the Library and a discussion of your favorite books from THE GREAT AMERICAN READ campaign or just come and listen. Each week discussion will be over a genre of books –see list below.

September 17 – Coming of Age and YA Literature
September 24- Adventure and Contemporary
October 1- Mystery and Horror
October 8- Romance
October 15- Science Fiction and Fantasy
October 22- Literary and Classic

In the meantime, check out these cool links of activities from PBS!

Book Club  Share your story   take a quiz


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The Great American Read