Newark Public Library

Reading & Discussion Series with Joe O’Toole

The Newark Public Library is thrilled to be the recipient of a Humanities New York Fall 2018 Reading and Discussion grant.


With the support of Humanities New York, the library will host a series of discussions on a selection of books from PBS’s “The Great American Read” list of America’s most beloved books.


On their website, PBS describes The Great American Read program as “an eight-part [television] 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 our shared human experience.”


Scholar-facilitator Joe O’Toole will lead participants through the discussion of five novels selected from the list, exploring why these novels resonate with their readers.  Anyone interested in participating can register in person at the Newark Public Library, by calling the library at 315-331-4370, or through the library’s online calendar of events at


The series kicks off with a meet and greet session on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30pm.  A schedule of discussion dates and copies of the first novel will be distributed at the meet and greet.  Participants are expected to attend all five book discussions.


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