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Reston Regional Library Selected for “The Great American Read” Grant from PBS

by Fatimah Waseem May 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm 2 Comments

Reston Regional Library is one of 50 libraries across the country to receive “The Great American Read” grant from the American Library Association and PBS.

The Great American Read is an eight-episode show that explores the power of reading. Viewers will select the top book of 100 best-loved novels at the end of the show, which runs from May 22 through October.

The Reston branch will host programs related to the television series with the help of WETA, the local PBS station.

“We are delighted to be part of such a unique initiative that encourages appreciation of reading and the world of discovery opened to us through books,” Library Director Jessica Hudson said.

The library will host a premiere party for the series on May 22 and special screenings of each episode thereafter. A lecture series led by local scholars, writing workshops for adults and teens and a discussion with Newbery medal winner and Reston native Kwame Alexander is also planned.

The top 100 books are selected through a public opinion polling service, with 7,200 respondents.

Photo via Fairfax County Government

  • cRAzy

    Fantastic! Great work by Reston Regional staff and the continuing support of the Friends of Reston Library!

  • Tammi Petrine

    Huge credit to the staff, patrons and Friends of Reston Regional in winning this special grant. The incredible usage and love of Reston’s library certainly should convince the planners in FFX Co. that RTCN’s replacement library plans should include a space capable of serving County users now and into the decades ahead with a level of service commensurate with RR’s historically enthusiastic public support.


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