Great American Read

Novel Madness continues...

You voted, the results are in, and eight winning titles are advancing to our Elite Eight round of our local Alachua County edition of The Great American Read.  Vote on your top four titles now until Sep. 30, when we list our Final Four results!

Elite Eight

Vote for your favorites so we can narrow it down to the Final Four!

Alachua County Edition

Alachua County Library District teamed up with local PBS station, WUFT TV5, to encourage everyone to be part of The Great American Read this fall by reading, sharing, and voting for “America’s Best-Loved Novel.”

The local Alachua County edition of The Great American Read includes a Novel Madness bracket of voting based off the original 100 titles.  The final champion novel will be announced on Oct. 29.

The local campaign encompasses a wide range of community engagement activities including the following library programs:

  • Folk Art Printmaking class presented by Wayfaring Painter. Artist Kristyn Bat Lopez will lead participants through a mixed media experience using clay, printmaking and drawing techniques in following with the campaign’s engagement theme of “Who am I.” This program is at Headquarters Library on Friday, Sep. 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Elsa’s Arts & Crafts for Adults will guide participants through making art using pastels with a focus on the theme of “Heroes" on Friday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. at the Headquarters Library.
  • Rebels of Florida author and historical reenactor, Leah Oxendine, will discuss her book and use authentic historical costumes and music of the Civil War period to touch upon “Heroes,” “Who Am I,” and “Villains and Monsters" at:
    • Millhopper Branch, Wed., Oct. 3, 6 p.m.
    • Tower Road Branch, Sun., Oct. 7, 2 p.m.
    • Cone Park Branch, Wed, Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m.

In addition to the nationwide reading campaign, the eight-part television series returns to WUFT TV5 on Tue., Sep. 11 at 8 p.m. and concludes with an exciting finale airing Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

Funding for The Great American Read was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.