New Milford Public Library is offering cooperative programming to accompany the PBS program, The Great American Read, July – October. PBS’ Great American Read is an eight-part 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.

NMPL will be having a free weekly raffle to win one of the 100 titles between July and October – simply read three of the titles to obtain a raffle ticket.  We will also be hosting a writing contest for anyone over the age of 16.  During July and August, write a short story or poem, submit it by Saturday, September 1 and you might win a 4th seat on a panel discussion comprised of three local authors that we will hold on Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:30 PM to discuss the theme of ‘Who Am I?’ that runs through so much of our favorite literature. The panel discussion will be comprised of local authors Nan Rossiter, Abby Ripley, and Chandra Prasad. On Wednesday, September 26th, NMPL is proud to welcome Martha Kelly, author of Lilac Girls, to speak on one of the other themes.  The library will host an end of program party on Tuesday, October 23rd, revealing the best-loved book of New Milford patrons, to be followed by the screening the final PBS program live at 9:00 PM.  Come in and pick up a brochure that gives details of all of the events, like us on Facebook (The Great American Read at New Milford Public Library), or look for the links on our web site (  Or give us a call at 860-355-1191, x2.

For all the fun and festivities, check out the links below!!

Brochure Events
Raffle Follow NMPL on our GAR facebook
Vote for your favorite book List of the 100 books