The Great Ozarks Read Trivia Event

On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Great Ozarks Read Trivia Event will bring teams from around the Ozarks to Meyer Library on the Missouri State University campus.  Libraries from Pulaski County, Webster County, Lawrence County, and Christian County will join others in a match that will test participants’ knowledge of the 100 novels that comprise The Great American Read.

The competition will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 101 of Duane G. Meyer Library on the M.S.U. campus.  Parking is available nearby (Parking Lot Number 19 has been suggested). The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

PBS Television is broadcasting the new Great American Read television series on Tuesday evenings this fall. In addition, a Great Ozarks Read vote is also underway.  The local vote is a cooperative effort by Ozarks Public Television (OPT), the MSU Libraries, and the MSU Department of English.  Information on both polls is available from Ozarks Public Television (OPT) (website: 

Library patrons and other readers from throughout the Ozarks are encouraged to vote for their favorite book (or series) from the list of 100.  More than 600 votes have been cast so far.  The winners will be announced later this fall.

Local Events

The Great American Read will be returning to Ozarks Public Television – and, in celebration, several libraries in the Ozarks will be participating in local events focused on the 100 books that comprise The Great American Read.

The Great American Read Trivia Contests

Some of the libraries in the region are offering an opportunity for patrons to test their knowledge by answering trivia questions focused on books from the Great American Read list of 100 books.  The contests include the following…

  • BARRY COUNTY – September 15th in Cassville
  • JOPLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY – September 14th at the Book House Cinema in Joplin

For information on attending or participating in the trivia contests, please contact the participating libraries.  In Joplin, the Book House Cinema will host the event and either the Cinema or the Joplin Public Library can provide information.


The Great American Read Film Festival of the Ozarks

Among the libraries’ Great American Read events are local screenings of film versions of books on The Great American Read list.  Detailed information (including movie titles) is available by contacting your local library or Ozarks Public Television.  The schedule of screenings includes the following…



  • Cassville Library
    • September 17th at 1:30 p.m.
    • September 20th at 3:30 p.m.
    • September 24th at 1:30 p.m.
    • September 27th at 6:00 p.m.
    • October 1st at 1:30 p.m.
    • October 4th at 3:30 p.m.
    • October 15th at 1:30 p.m.
    • October 18th at 3:30 p.m.
    • October 22nd at 1:30 p.m.



  • Taneyhills Community Libraryin Branson


  • Gone With The Wind
    • September 29th at 1:00 p.m.

[This screening will take place outside of the library, as part of a fund-raising event for the Library]



  • Ozark Library
    • September 21st at 6:30 p.m.
    • October 19th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Nixa Library
    • October 5th at 6:30 p.m.



  • Bolivar Library
    • Sept 17th at 5:30 p.m.
    • Sept 24th at 5:30 p.m.
    • Oct 1st at 5:30 p.m.



  • Crocker Library
    • September 14 at 1:30 p.m.



Springfield-Greene County Library District

  • Great American Read Premiere Party at Springfield Library
    Tuesday, September 11, 6-9 p.m. in the Springfield Library Center auditorium: a special kickoff celebrating a nationwide love of literature.
    • At 6 p.m.: Short panel and question & answer session - featuring mystery writer Nancy Allen, Missouri State University psychology professor Dr. Christie Cathey, and children's author David Harrison. Panelists will discuss “why we love inhabiting other worlds and how we as a culture connect through titles on the Great American Read list of America's 100 most-loved books”.
    • At 7 p.m.: Live airing of the PBS Great American Read. Refreshments and Great American Read giveaways provided. 
  • “Great American Reads” with Wild Bob's Musical Book Club
    Friday, September 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lindberg's Tavern, 318 W. Commercial Street. Musicians from Wild Bob's Musical Book Club share songs they've written about titles from the Great American Read list. 
  • Great American Read Trivia Night
    Friday, September 21, 7-9 p.m. at Missouri Spirits, 507 W. Walnut Street. Recruit and register a team to compete in six rounds of trivia drawn from the characters, themes, and plots of the 100 books on the Great American Read list. Rounds will be scored and prizes will be awarded to the top team. Registration starts September 1st.  For information, call 883-5341.
  • Literary Trivia Night
    Thursday, October 18, 6-8 p.m. at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch. Join Lauryl and Kyle, longtime hosts of Patton Alley Pub's Trivia Binge, for a night of trivia inspired by PBS' The Great American Read. Teams of four-six will compete on questions drawn from the characters, themes, and plots of the 100 books on the Great American Read list. Snacks will be provided and prizes awarded to the winners. Registration starts October 4th.  For information, call 883-1974.
  • Great American Read Book Discussions in the Springfield-Greene County Library District
    • Springfield…
      • Tuesday, September 11, 6 p.m.: Donuts & Death, at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West. "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier.
      • Wednesday, September 12, 1-2:30 p.m. in Springfield Library Center meeting room B. BYOB: Talk about your favorite titles from the Great American Read.
      • Thursday, September 20, 1:30 p.m., South Side Senior Book Discussion, at the South Side Senior Center, 2215 S. Fremont Ave. "Looking for Alaska" by John Green.
      • Thursday, September 20, 6 p.m., Books & Brew, at Mother's Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant Ave. "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood. 
    • Strafford…
      • Great American Read Book Discussions at the Strafford Branch…
        •       September 27th, 2 p.m.: "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway. 
        •       October 25th, 4:30 p.m.: "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. 

Check back as more events are scheduled throughout the summer.


The “Great Ozarks Read” vote will provide for a fun but unofficial/unscientific winner of “the most popular book in the Ozarks”

The Great American Read Personality Quiz

Are you adventurous like Tom Sawyer or fierce like Jo March? Maybe even a bit crazy like Michael Corleone? Take this quiz to find out your real literary persona, complete with a suggested reading list with books from The Great American Read.