GREENWICH, NY – The Greenwich Free Library will receive 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.

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.

“What I love about The Great American Read is that includes titles and authors that people really do like and not just the ones we ‘should’ like. Being a reader includes enjoying books that make us think, laugh and cry but also books that are just relaxing after a hard day in the real world,” said Greenwich Free Library Director Annie Miller. “For the next several months, we will be inviting the community to read, discuss, debate and disagree about the books on this list and their favorites that didn’t make it.”

More than 220 public libraries applied for the $2,000 grants, which will support public programs around the series. The Greenwich Free Library was one of just 50 libraries nationwide to be selected.

The library’s programming for “The Great American Read” will include screenings and discussions of the PBS series, a book group to read some of the featured books, a pop-up voting booth at local events and collaborations with WMHT, Joe Donahue of WAMC, The Chronicle Autumn Book Fair and Battenkill Books among others. Stay tuned for details.

In addition to the grant money, the Greenwich Free 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, August 21, 2018); and other resources.