The Great American Read (September through November, 2018)

“The Great American Read” is a PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. 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. Join Way Library as we celebrate the most-loved books in America with the programs below!


September 7th, 7 pm - The Great American Read Party
This kick-off event will be held at the library after hours and feature community members reading from their favorite books from the Great American Read list, an airing of a “Great American Read” screener, and a literary photo booth. Guests will also enjoy literary-themed mocktails and yummy appetizers. Free, no registration required.

Off-Site Book Discussions

These book discussions will feature several books from the Great American Read list and will be held at an off-site location connected to one of the Great American Read themes. Registration is required for these programs and space is limited.

September 13th, 2018 at 10 am - “Love” Discussion & Tour at the Toledo Museum of Art (books available by August 15th)
Attendees will enjoy a book discussion centered around the theme of “Love” and a docent-led tour of the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art. The tour will consider various works of art that relate to love. Register here

September 27th, 2018 at 7:45 pm - “Other Worlds” Discussion & Show at the BGSU Planetarium (books available by August 25th)
Attendees will participate in a book discussion on the theme of “Other Worlds”, watch a show at the Bowling Green State University planetarium, engage in a Q&A with an astronomer, and have a chance to visit the observatory for a stargaze (weather permitting). Register here

October 7th, 2018 at 1:00 pm - “Who Am I?” Discussion at the Eco-Camp (books available by September 7th)
Attendees will enjoy a book discussion on the theme of “Who am I?” and an opportunity to be in nature at the Eco-Camp, a campground in the Oak Openings region of Northwest Ohio. There will be ample opportunity to consider deep thoughts and big questions while in enjoying our region’s beauty. Register here. 

October 17th, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Halloween Ball and “Monsters and Villains” Discussion at the Carranor (books available by September 15th)
Held at the Carranor, the evening will consist of a book discussion on the theme of “Monsters and Villains” and Halloween-themed ball. Costumes encouraged! Register here. 

November 12th, 2018 at 7:00 pm - “Heroes” Discussion and Tour at Ft. Meigs Historic Site (books available by October 10th)
Following a book discussion focused on the theme of “Heroes”, attendees will enjoy a tour of Fort Meigs, a historic site that weathered two sieges during the War of 1812. Register here

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