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MLC and MPB are partnering to celebrate and promote PBS’s The Great American Read. 100 books, one winner. Help choose America’s favorite book!

Read the list of 100 books:

Download a one-page checklist of the 100 titles here: TGAR Book Checklist

Take the quiz:



Need downloadable posters such as these? Go here: 

For libraries:

  • Use the hashtag #greatreadms when participating in social media about The Great American Read.
  • Enter the Display Contest! Create a library display around the theme of The Great American Read, take a picture, and send to Ally Mellon  ( We’ll pass it on to our friends at MPB, who will decide the winner, which we’ll announce at the August Public Library Directors’ meeting on August 16-17.
  • Print this reading challenge card:

  • Just want the list of ten challenges? Read a book…
    • you’ve never heard of
    • with a person’s name in the title
    •  set in the future
    • you’ve been meaning to read
    • that became a film
    • by someone who doesn’t look like you
    • you think might be overrated
    • from a genre you usually avoid
    • that’s set in a different country
    • published over 100 years ago
  • Plan your programs around The Great American Read! MPB will promote your The Great American Read programs. Just let Tracy Carr ( or Ally Mellon ( know and we will share your activities.
  • Want to make a sports-type bracket to let your community decide its favorite book? Here’s a blank bracket, or use ours with filled-in Mississippi titles.

For any questions about MLC’s participation in The Great American Read, contact Tracy Carr (

Feeling peckish? Curl up with a book and get yourself a snack from some of The Great American Read’s most notable dishes. (Download the menu here.)