MONTCLAIR, NJ—Montclair Public 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.
“We are excited to explore these well-loved books and their universal themes that speak to the human condition,” said Library Director Peter Coyl. “We hope to engage our community in rich conversations that will enlighten and entertain.”
The library’s programming for “The Great American Read” will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on May 22, where the names of the top 100 books will be announced and voting will begin. The Library will also screen the first episode of “The Great American Read”. Other events planned include read alouds, movie screenings, and book discussions. For more information about this and other events, visit
May 8, 2018
 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.
 More than 220 public libraries applied for the $2,000 grants, which will support public programs around the series. Montclair Public Library was one of just 50 libraries nationwide to be
In addition to the grant money, Montclair Public 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.

 The 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.
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.
Founded April 11, 1893, the Montclair Public Library serves the citizens of Montclair at the Main Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Avenue Branch at 185 Bellevue Avenue. The Library aims to change lives every day through words, ideas, and community connections. Last year, the Library had over 32,000 members and circulated more than 420,000 items. More information about the library can be found at