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The Great American Read

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

The Great American Read @ Your Library

The following events are held at Reston Regional Library unless otherwise noted.
11925 Bowman Towne Dr. (703) 689-2700

Green Screen Photo Booth

Ever imagined yourself in a scene while reading? Visit the Green Screen Photo Booth and place yourself directly in the story!

Reston Regional Library:

  • Saturday, June 23 @ 2:00PM
  • Saturday, July 28 @ 2:00PM
  • Saturday, August 25 @ 2:00PM
  • Saturday, September 22 @ 2:00PM

Dolley Madison Library:

  • Thursday, August 9 @ 7:00PM

Monthly Trivia Night

Show off your book knowledge at trivia night. Bring your own team of 3–5 or form a team with new friends at the event. Awesome book-related prizes for the top two teams.

  • Thursday, July 19 @ 7:00PM
  • Wednesday, August 29 @ 7:00PM
  • Tuesday,  September 25 @ 7:00PM

Let's chat! What's Your Favorite Read?

Enjoy an inter-generational StoryCorps-esque event where kids/teens and adults interview each other about their favorite books. Visit our recording "studio" for an interview session. Interviews may be used in a limited library podcast series and/or other digital platforms.

  • Saturday, July 21 @ 2:00PM
  • Saturday, August 18 @ 2:00PM
  • Saturday, September 15 @ 2:00PM

The Great American Read Book Clubs

Join fellow book lovers for lively and thoughtful discussions about the some of America's most-loved books.

Lecture Series: Literary Themes

Each episode of The Great American Read will explore one of five overarching literary themes. Join the conversation and engage in a discussion about why these books matter, why we're drawn to these themes and what they tell us about ourselves

Roundtable Discussion: What Makes a "Great" Book?

Saturday, September 1 @ 2:00PM

Join a panel of local writers in a lively conversation about what makes a "great" book. Does it have to have an exciting plot, or is it character driven? Can you have a great story with average writing? Or is it all about the emotions the book elicits?

Author Talk: Kwame Alexander 

Saturday, September 8 @ 2:00PM

Reston Regional Library is thrilled to host New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author Kwame Alexander for an author talk and book signing. Kwame is a poet, educator and author of 25 books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his Newbery medal-winning young adult novel The Crossover. Kwame is a Reston native. Books will be available for purchase.


Reston Regional Library's series of The Great American Read programs are cosponsored by

Friends of Reston Regional Library and WETA TV 26, our local PBS station. 

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