Rocky Mountain PBS: Grab a book and join The Great American Read

Local Little Free Libraries and Book Bingo encourage exploration of America’s 100 best-loved novels

It’s almost summertime, and the reading – at least this year – should be easier than ever with Rocky Mountain PBS inviting everyone to join The Great American Read.

The Great American Read is both an eight-part series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading and an opportunity locally for readers to engage with the list of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as chosen in a national survey.

“The Great American Read” premiers May 22 at 7 p.m. and – after what is hopefully a summer of inspired reading – returns Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 - October 30. The series 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. 

RMPBS is supporting the event across Colorado with sponsors including the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development, Junior League of Denver and Chalat Law.

Plan your hammock reading time and get involved in these community engagement activities:

  •  Little Free Libraries featuring books from the list of 100 will be hosted by Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Durango. Visit the libraries to take, leave or donate a book. Information on specific locations can be found at org/greatamericanread.
  • Play Book Bingo by downloading the PDF from the RMPBS website or by visiting your local library to pick up a card. Complete your “Bingo,” snap a picture of your completed card, post to Instagram, tag @rmpbs and use the hashtag #greatreadpbs, and be entered to win a Kindle with all 100 books from the list included. Also, do your own Book Bingo challenge with your book-loving friends or book club.
  • Check out org/greatamericanread to take the quiz and see how many books on the list you’ve already read.
  • Share your review of any book on the list on the RMPBS Facebook page.
  • Donate a book on the list to any of our stations in Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction to help fill our Little Free Libraries. Find locations here.
  • Anyone interested in hosting their own viewing party can reach out to RMPBS at webmail@rmpbs.org.

Meredith Vieira is the host of the series, with notable figures from entertainment, sports, news, and literary worlds interviewed about their favorite book from the list, which includes authors from more than 10 countries and includes 26 books that have been banned or challenged, 19 stories with strong heroines, and eight Pulitzer Prize winners.

If a book you love is missing from the list, share it with #GreatReadWish.

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