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The Great American Read
The Great American Read

Rio Rancho Public Libraries are excited to announce that we are one of just 50 libraries nationwide to receive a grant from the American Library Association & PBS to host special programs around The Great American Read.   We hope you'll join us for upcoming events and vote for your favorite novel.

The Great American Read celebrates the power of reading, and explores American’s 100 best-loved novels. It is a television and online series designed to spark conversations about books and reading.  Check them out today.  After reading, discussing, and voting, one book will be named as America's favorite novel!

We will be presenting an exciting series of programming between May and November that tie-in to the book list. Check out the full line up here.  In addition to programs at the libraries, we'll be doing offsite events.  Find us at the Mayor's Fun Day Sunday and at county libraries in August.  Stay tuned to local PBS affiliate KNME for programs airing in September and October.

In addition to our programs, you have a chance to vote for your favorite novel.  You can vote online, or use #GreatReadPBS on Facebook and Twitter.  Tag us with @RRLibraries and we'll share your pick. You can also vote in person at both libraries during our Summer Reading Program, June 11- July 21.  The local and national winners will be announced in October.  

Literary Pen Pals
Rio Rancho Public Libraries is excited to announce a partnership with the Literary Pen Pals program. Participants from different libraries are paired together and encouraged to take part in the time-honored tradition of handwritten correspondence.  This program offers readers the chance to form a connection with someone from across the country as they share their love of reading and different life experiences using the books from The Great American Read to start the conversation. For privacy and convenience, participants will drop off and pick up their letters at the library, and our libraries mail the letters to each other each week.

Sign up here.

Participating Libraries include a selection of those who received The Great American Read Grant. They are:
Leader Public Library, Leander Texas
Kirkland Town Library, Clinton, New York
Ashe County Library, West Jefferson, North Carolina
Watauga County Library, Boone, North Carolina 
Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth, Maine
Missoula Public Library, Missoula, Montana
Greenwich Free Library, Greenwich, New York
Mill Valley Public Library, Mill Valley, California

Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.