The Great American Read at UCBA Library

by Christian Boyles and Michelle McKinney

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Your UCBA Library’s current display features a selection of books and DVDs that are featured on PBS’s The Great American Read program. The 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 shared human experience. So, how many Great American Read books have you read? Find out here.

Your UCBA library staff took the quiz and here is how we fared and what our favorite book from that list is:

  • Pam Adler (Public Services Assistant): 27/100, The Stand
  • Christian Boyles (Collection Services Manager): 28/100, Grapes of Wrath
  • Heather Maloney (Library Director): 18/100, Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Michelle McKinney (Reference and Web Services Librarian): 30/100, Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Elizabeth Sullivan (Library Operations Manager): 30/100, Things Fall Apart
  • Kellie Tilton (Instructional Technologies Librarian): 26/100, Harry Potter
  • Lauren Wahman (Instruction Program Coordinator Librarian): 15/100, Gone Girl

You can also participate in voting for your favorite books here.

The Great American Read display can be found on the Reference shelves near the print release station and will be up through September 14th. Browse the display virtually by visiting the Great American Read Library Display webpage for a list of books available at the UC Blue Ash Library and an upcoming event at Langsam Library.