DPL Receives “The Great American Read” Programming Grant from ALA and PBS

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Deerfield Public Library has been awarded a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and PBS to host programs around “The Great American Read,” an eight-part 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. DPL was one of just 50 libraries nationwide to be selected.

The library’s programming for “The Great American Read” will include games, prizes, online engagement, an episode screening, a book discussion, and a voting event in which the community can vote for its favorite book. Be sure to check our website calendar for information related to our program happenings.

In addition to the grant money, we will receive a DVD collection of the series with public performance rights; a hardcover copy of the companion book, “The Great American Read: The Book of Books” by PBS (Black Dog & Leventhal, August 21, 2018); and other resources.

Premiering May 22 on PBS, “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.