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The Great American Read

Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy, and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us, The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series and nationwide competition that explores the joy of books and the power of reading through the lens of America's 100 best-loved books, as voted on by the public. Notable figures from the entertainment, sports, news, and literary world will lend their voices and passion to the series which culminates in the first-ever national vote to choose "America's Best-Loved Book."

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Scavenger Hunt

Book Cover
Redesign Contest

Literary Character
Costume Contest

Literary Character
Costume Contest
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Would Your Book Group Like to Read a Great American Read Title?

 Books in a Bag are ready-made book discussion kits which include  at least 10 copies of the book and questions.  Books in a Bag are available for the following titles on The Great American Read list:

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Book Thief by Mark Zuzak
  • The Help by Katherine Stockett
  • The Shack by William Young
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Go to or call the Reader’s Advisory Desk at 317-814-3987 to make a reservation.


06/22 |6:30

This 2004 film is based on Nicholas Sparks's popular novel, one of the 100 best-loved titles from the Great American Read.