Great American Read

Congratulations To Kill a Mockingbird!

To Kill a Mockingbird book jacketCongratulations to all of the supporters of To Kill a Mockingbird!  Thanks to all of your votes, the Alachua County Great American Read can say that our top pick matches the top pick in the rest of the country.  

Are you excited that To Kill a Mockingbird won?  Disappointed that Harry Potter or one of the other titles didn't win?  Well come and share your thoughts on To Kill a Mockingbird on December 1 at 2:00 pm in our Headquarters Branch Meeting Room A.  Share your thoughts on why so many people love this enduring classic tale.

Still haven't read any of the nominated titles?  Don't remember the nominated titles?  We've got you covered, check out the below list and start reading. What better way to spend your November than reading great books borrowed from your favorite library.

 

The Sweet Sixteen Books

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C.S. Lewis

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

1984  by George Orwell

The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkein

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Ann of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Visit the catalog to request any of these titles today.

Funding for this program 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.

 

 

 

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 included a Novel Madness bracket of voting based off the original 100 titles.  The final champion novel was announced on Oct. 29.

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

  • Folk Art Printmaking class presented by Wayfaring Painter. Artist Kristyn Bat Lopez, leading 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 was at the Headquarters Branch on Friday, Sep. 12, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Elsa’s Arts & Crafts for Adults guided participants through making art using pastels with a focus on the theme of “Heroes" on Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Headquarters Branch.
  • Rebels of Florida author and historical reenactor, Leah Oxendine, discussed her book and used 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, at 6 p.m.
    • Tower Road Branch, Sun., Oct. 7, at 2 p.m.
    • Cone Park Branch, Wed, Oct. 24, at 3:30 p.m.

In addition to the nationwide reading campaign, the eight-part television series returned to WUFT TV5 on Tue., Sep. 11 at 8 p.m. and concluded 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.