US public libraries may apply for grants to host public programs around the upcoming new PBS series “THE GREAT AMERICAN READ,” an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped the American public. The series will launch on PBS stations with a two-hour special event on May 22, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The American Library Association (ALA) and PBS will select up to 50 US public libraries to receive a cash grant of $2,000 each to support programs and events related to “THE GREAT AMERICAN READ.” Selected libraries will also receive a programming kit, developed by ALA and PBS, which will help the libraries participate in a national conversation about reading and books, including those featured in the series, highlighting themes of love, heroes, villains, other worlds, and self-discovery. Selected libraries will be required to hold at least three public programs, in May and November 2018, related to the series. Collaboration with local PBS member stations is strongly encouraged.
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