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Urbandale Public Library/The Great American Read Series Watch Parties

Please join us here at the Library for special Watch Parties as the series unfolds this fall!  Refreshments will be served.


Episode #1:  Fall Kick Off

September 11 @ 7:00 PM

Join host Meredith Vieira in the search for America’s best-loved novel.  The voting is underway, and the competition is heating up – any book could win.

Episode #2:  Who Am I?

September 18 @ 7:00 PM

Explore the ways that America’s best-loved novels answer the age-old question, “Who am I?” From life lessons to spiritual journeys, these books help us understand our own identities and find our place in the world.

Episode #3:  Heroes 

September 25 @ 7:00 PM

Follow the trials and tribulations of some of literature’s favorite heroes. From Katniss Everdeen to Don Quixote, examine how the everyday hero and the anti-hero find their inner strength, overcome challenges and rise to the occasion.

Episode #4: Villains and Monsters

October 2 @ 7:00 PM

Learn why literature’s most notorious villains began behaving badly. Many weren’t born evil, but became that way when faced with some of the same choices we make every day. See what these villains can teach us about our own dark impulses.

Episode #5:  What We Do For Love

October 9 @ 7:00 PM

Fall in love with some of literature’s most beautiful romances and explore the many forms of love, from family to passion to the unrequited type. Learn how America’s best-loved novels reflect the things we do for love.

Episode #6:  Other Worlds

October 16 @ 7:00 PM

Take a magical journey to another world through some of America’s best-loved novels. From Middle Earth to Lilliput, the trials and tribulations of these alternate universes help us to better understand our own world.

Episode #7:  Grand Finale

October 23 @ 7:00 PM

America’s best-loved novel is revealed!


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