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Greenwich Free Library

The Greenwich Free Library is seen in this provided photo. The library has been awarded a grant as part of The Great American Read program.

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GREENWICH — The Greenwich Free Library has been awarded one of 50 national grants given to libraries across the country as part of the American Library Association and PBS Great American Read program.

The multi-platform initiative kicks off Tuesday celebrating the joy of reading.

The program offers a list of 100 diverse books that readers are asked to vote and share their personal connections to the titles.

“What I love about the Great American Read is that it includes titles and authors that people really do like and not just the ones we ‘should’ like. Being a reader includes enjoying books that make us think, laugh and cry, but also books that are just relaxing after a hard day in the real world,” said Greenwich Free Library Director Annie Miller. “For the next several months, we will be inviting the community to read, discuss, debate and disagree about the books on this list and their favorites that didn’t make it.”

More than 220 public libraries applied for the $2,000 grants, which will support public programs around the series.

The library has scheduled screenings and discussions of the PBS series, a book group to read some of the featured books, a pop-up voting booth at local events and collaborations with WMHT-TV, Joe Donahue of WAMC radio, The Chronicle Autumn Book Fair and Battenkill Books.

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