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 Day

  • Event information in the lobby
  • Great American Read giveaways (while supplies last)
  • Great American Read cookies (while supplies last)
  • Sign up for free raffles!
  • Great American Read silly fun photo station – have your photo taken for our social media costume contests . . . or just for fun!
  • All-ages coloring activity and make-and-take bookmarks (while supplies last)
  • Donate new or gently used children’s books to fill the Auto Express KIA book mobile for children’s charities!
  • Sign up for your library card!

Reading by children’s author Ramone Outlaw*

Sneak peek at The Great American Read on the big screen (PG-13)

Go on camera with the WQLN TV crew! We want to know what book YOU voted for . . . and to see your way-cool costume!

Q&A with children’s author Ramone Outlaw*

Costume parade & costume contest judging

Reading by children’s author Ramone Outlaw*

Sneak peek at The Great American Read on the big screen (PG-13)

Raffle drawing – you do not have to be present to win.

Ramone Outlaw, author and illustrator of the “Germaine Cabbagehead” children’s book series, is from Erie, PA. His several self-published children’s books build on his lifelong affection for writing and art. His title character, 4-year-old Germaine, just wants to help out. But along the way he gets into some real trouble . . . and some real adventures! And he learns plenty of important lessons, too.

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!

My Favorite Book

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
  • Anne Ray Foundation
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Major production funding provided by Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropy. Engagement funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation, A Margaret A Cargill Philanthropy.