Leander public library receives grant


Leander public library receives grant

Staff Reports

The Leander Public Library will begin a new program aimed at creating a national discussion about reading, thanks to a $2,000 grant from the American Library Association and the Public Broadcasting Service. 

As a part of a program centered around “The Great American Read,” an eight-part PBS television and online series, a total of 50 public libraries across the country were selected to receive the $2,000 grants. Leander was one of only three public libraries in Texas to receive an award.

We’re so excited to bring this programming to Leander,” project coordinator Elissa Blackstone said. “We are proud to have been chosen and can’t wait to get our patrons involved in this celebration of books. 

In addition to the grant money, the library will receive a DVD collection of the series with public performance rights; a hardcover copy of the companion book and other resources.

Participating libraries will also have the opportunity to host “sneak peek” screenings of the series premiere and five theme episodes before they broadcast to the public.

Premiering on PBS on 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 library’s programming for “The Great American Read” will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, with an advance screening of the premiere episode. Refreshments will be served and children’s activities are planned during the event. 

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.

“We’ll be hosting monthly events through October to help with the search for America’s favorite book.”

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