The Great American Read

PBS wants America (the world?) to read.  They have developed an 8-part series, designed to explore and celebrate the power of reading which will be  told through the prism of America’s 100 most loved books (as chosen in a national survey).  The Great American Read will premiere on your local PBS station with a two hour segment on May 22nd followed by five weekly one hour programs.  The finale will reveal which book has been voted America’s best loved book.  Meredith Viera, the Energizer Bunny of the talk show host/anchor world, and 14 time Emmy Award winner, will host the series so it promises to be upbeat, positive, and fun.

The 100 most loved books were released this week and can be found here so you can get a jump on your reading.  I was happy to see that I have read 38 of them if you count War and Peace which I am currently slowly (SO slowly)  wading through!  I should also confess that I read quite a few of them longer ago than I would care to remember but I guess the point is that I read them and I remember that I read them – they had an impact on me.

Browse through the website once you have looked over the books – there is information about the series, how the books were chosen, a trailer, and more.  “The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.” (website)

The Great American Read!  Let’s do it!



Celebrate Librarians!

As my colleague Karen has said, it’s national library week! Why not come in and borrow some items about heroic librarians? Here are some books and videos for patrons of all ages. (note: I’m adding a couple of books that you can find in nearby libraries, as well as in North Castle. Most of these are available in our library. Click on the picture to get more information!)

dear miss breed


Clara Breed, the children’s librarian at the San Diego Library, became a lifeline to many children and teens incarcerated during WWII simply because of their Japanese ancestry.  An inspirational story for both teens and adults, available in the Westchester library system.

librarian of Auschwitz

And here’s a story about an imprisoned teen. Dita agrees to take charge of the few books smuggled into the concentration camp, where books are forbidden. This novel is based on fact.

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