Newark Public Library, 121 High St., recently received a Humanities New York grant to host a series of discussions on books from “The Great American Read” on PBS.
“The Great American Read” is described on the PBS website as “an eight-part [television] series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.”
Joe O’Toole will lead participants through the discussion of five novels selected from the list, exploring why these novels resonate with their readers. Anyone interested in participating can register in person at the library, online at or by phone at (315) 331-4370.
The series kicks off with a meet and greet session at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. Attendees will discuss the schedule of discussion dates and receive copies of the first novel. Participants are expected to attend all five book discussions.