The Great American Read is now hitting its stride, both on PBS and at the Scotch Plains Public Library. PBS will air new episodes about The Great American Read (TGAR) every Tuesday at 8pm through October 23. The Library, one of 50 public libraries nationwide to receive a grant from PBS and the American Library Association, has planned several programs.

Friday Films at Noon in September and October will be based on TGAR titles.

The Library will host discussions about TGAR episodes on Friday, Sept. 21 at 10 am; Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm; Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 pm; Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 pm; Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10 am, and Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 pm.

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If you’ve ever wondered about what goes in to creating book cover art, NJCU illustrators Stephen Gardner, Dennis Dittrich, and ’18 alumna Mo Buckey will discuss the history and process of book cover design on Thursday, October 18 at 7pm.

On Monday, November 5 at 7pm, bring your book smarts for TGAR Trivia Night.

The series wraps up on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 pm with Dr. Laura Nicosia of Montclair State University, discussing How We See Ourselves in What We Read. This program is funded by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Library users can submit ballots to help choose the Great Scotch Plains Read and join fellow booklovers online in the Scotch Plains Public Library’s Great American Read group on Facebook.

Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS. More information about The Great American Read, including how to vote for your favorite titles, can be found at

Registration is required for most of these programs. For more information or to register, go to or call 908-322-5007 x204.