The Great American Read on Ozarks Public Television resumes next month with an encore of the launch episode on August 9th.  The series continues this Fall, starting on September 11th.  In celebration of the series, several libraries in the Ozarks will be screening film versions of books on The Great American Read list.  Information is available by contacting your local library or Ozarks Public Television.

Springfield-Greene County Library District

Great American Read Premiere Party
Tuesday, September 11, 6-9 p.m. in the Library Center auditorium. Join The Library for a special kickoff celebrating a nationwide love of literature. At 6 p.m. we will host a short panel and Q&A 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's list of America's 100 most-loved books. At 7 p.m. we’ll air the live premiere of the PBS Great American Read Fall Kickoff special. 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 St. Musicians from Wild Bob's Musical Book Club share songs they've written about titles from the PBS Great American Read list. 
Great American Read Trivia Night
Friday, September 21, 7-9 p.m. at Missouri Spirits, 507 W. Walnut St. 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 PBS Great American Read list. Rounds will be scored and prizes will be awarded to the top team! Registration starts September 1; 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 4; call 883-1974.

Book Discussions
Tuesday, September 11, 6 p.m., Donuts & Death, at Hurts Donut Company, 320 Park Central West. "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier. 
Wednesdays, September 12, 1-2:30 p.m. in 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. 
Thursdays at the Strafford Branch, Great American Read Book Discussion:
•       September 27, 2 p.m. "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway. 
•       October 25, 4:30 p.m. "Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus" by Mary Shelley. 


The Great American Read Film Festival of the Ozarks


The Crocker Library

Jurassic Park – September 7th at 1:30 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - August 21st at 4:00 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings – September 14 at 1:30 p.m.


Richland Library

The Great Gatsby (2013) - August 7th at 5:00 p.m.

Charlotte's Web (cartoon) - August 9th at 10:30 a.m.

The Shack - August 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Ready Player One - August 21st at 3:30 p.m.


Waynesville Library

Jane Eyre (2011) - August 2nd at 4:00 p.m.

Tom Sawyer - August 7th at 4:45 p.m.

The Lovely Bones - August 9th at 4:00 p.m.

Charlotte's Web (2006) - August 14th at 4:45 p.m.

Ready Player One - August 16th at 4:00 p.m.

Alice in Wonderland (cartoon) - August 21st at 4:45 p.m.

Bless Me, Ultima - August 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - August 28th at 4:45 p.m.

To Kill a Mockingbird - August 30th at 4:00 p.m.



Ozark Library

Great Expectations (1946) – August 17th at 6:30 p.m.

Apocalypse Now (1979) -- September 21st at 6:30 p.m.

Jurassic Park (1993) -- October 19th at 6:30 p.m.


Nixa Library

Jane Eyre (2011)  --  August 3rd at 6:30pm

The Godfather (1972) -- September 7th at 6:30 p.m.

The Color Purple (1985) --  October 5th at 6:30 p.m.


Taneyhills Community Libraryin Branson

Gone With The Wind (1939) – September 15th at


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”