The Great American Read

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Special Events

The Great American Read celebrates reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us!

After narrowing America’s favorite books down to a list of 100 really special ones, The Great American Read wants YOUR vote to help identify America’s #1 best-loved book.

Celebrate the love of reading at two FREE special events!

Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm
at Blasco Memorial Library

  • Reading and Q&A with Erie poet Anna Rose Welch
  • Light refreshments
  • Enjoy a sneak preview of The Great American Read

Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10am to 3pm
at Blasco Memorial Library

  • All-ages
  • Author/poet readings
  • Costume contest
    Come dressed as your favorite character or author for a chance to win an e-reader!
  • Author round-table
  • Raffles & giveaways
  • Tasty treats
  • Highlights from The Great American Read

Air Dates

The Great American Read premieres Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8pm with a special two-hour episode that takes a look at all 100 books on the list, and online voting begins that night at

The series continues Tuesdays at 8pm, September 11-October 23 – when America’s best-loved book will be revealed!

Help choose America's Favorite Book

The Great American Read is supported on WQLN TV by

  • Erie County Public Library
  • Auto Express KIA
  • Erie & Crawford Public Libraries