The Brookings Public Library received a grant from the American Library Association 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. The Brookings Public Library was one of just 50 libraries in 33 states to be selected. The Brookings Public Library will partner with South Dakota Public Broadcasting throughout the project.
Attendees can vote for their favorite book from the list of 100 and add their all time favorite to the Great ... Throughout the summer, adults can also participate in the Great American Read summer reading challenge. By reading books of the Great American Read list, participants will be entered to win a variety of reading related prizes. Future events include the Great American Read book and movie club and sneak peek screenings of the themed episodes before they are broadcast to the public.
In addition to the grant money, the Brookings Public Library 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, Aug. 21, 2018); and other resources.
"The Great American Read" engages 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 May 22 kicked 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 in a way that reveals America's best loved novel as chosen by the American public.