KLRN kicks off "The Great American Read" at Central Library
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San Antonio, Texas:  KLRN Public Television is kicking off one of the most ambitious projects of 2018---selecting America’s favorite book! Alongside local partners San Antonio Public Library and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, we are hosting The Great American Read kick-off event to launch the new television series as well as the online voting initiative.

This family event, taking place indoors on floors one - three of the Central Library, will feature activities for all ages to include: arts and crafts, a puppet activity, decorating three Little Free Libraries, button making, campfire storytime, adult literary trivia, and more. KLRN will also be recording videos from attendees who want to share the title(s) of their favorite books.

WHAT:     The Great American Read KICK-OFF Event
WHEN:    Saturday, May 19, 2018   |  2p-4p
WHERE:  San Antonio Central Library   
                 600 Soledad  |  San Antonio
MORE INFO:       www.klrn.org/greatread

Curious George, a popular character from the KLRN PBS Kids line-up will be in attendance to meet-and-greet kids and families. And a preview screener of episode one of The Great American Read will be shown in the auditorium.

In attendance will be:
                Luis de la Torre, KLRN Board Chairman
                Roberto C. Treviño, City Councilman District 1
                Ramiro Salazar, San Antonio Public Library Director

Attending organizations: Bibliotech, San Antonio Youth Literacy, Girl Scout Troop 300, Each One Teach One

Sponsored by:  H-E-B

The Great American Read is an eight-part television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love. Hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira, “The Great American Read” will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books, encouraging audiences to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles.

The series will premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, on PBS stations with a two-hour launch, kicking off a summer of reading and voting and will introduce viewers to the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGov. The series will also feature interviews with celebrities, authors, superfans and everyday Americans discussing the way particular books have influenced them and their significance in American popular culture.


KLRN is the Emmy-Award winning Public Television station for South Central Texas broadcasting to a 30-county radius. “The mission of KLRN is to open a world of lifelong learning through trustworthy and enriching programs on-air, online and in the community.” KLRN cultivates programs that support the station’s mission and commitment to education. It is this “beyond television” strategy that forms KLRN’s educational outreach model — to prepare children for kindergarten and academic success; to positively impact the quality of care; and to share resources that will enhance classroom instruction.  www.klrn.org