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The Great American Read

The Great American Read is a PBS eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels.  It 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.

You can participate all summer long with the Juneau Public Libraries!

Take our Adult Summer Reading Challenge!  Read or listen to one of the 100 best-loved novels (!  Then, fill out an entry slip and return it to any of the Juneau Public Libraries by September 1st for the possibility of winning awesome prizes. You can also VOTE on your favorite book (

The Great American Read Movie and Program Schedule:

Sunday, July 22, 2:00-4:30 pm, Valley Public Library

The Great American Read Family Movie:  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe PG, 143 minutes

Thursday, August 9, 5:30-8:00 PM, Valley Public Library

The Great American Read Movie: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, PG, 110 minutes

Saturday, September 1, time TBA, Valley Public Library

                 Harry Potter Party: an all-ages party celebrating the return to Hogwarts and the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter coming to the United States.

Thursday, September 6, 5:00-8:00 pm, Valley Public Library, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, PG, 2001, 2hr 32min.

Saturday, October 13th, time TBA, Douglas Public Library

How to Make a Monster: Art Workshop with Glo Rameriz

Thursday, November 1, 5:30-8, Valley Public Library, The Great American Read Movie: Alice in Wonderland, PG, 2010, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, 1hr 48min.

Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.

Printable Reading List
Summer Reading Slip

The deadline for participating in JPL’s Summer Reading Program is September 1, and The Great American Read Finale will air on PBS in October, 2018