On behalf of the Ellsworth Public Library, I would like to thank all of the organizations and people who made our Great American Read events possible. PBS’s “The Great American Read” series came to a close last week and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee was named as America’s favorite book.
Thank you to The Grand Auditorium for hosting the screening of the first episode. Our Summer Reading Celebration wouldn’t have been the same without Stan Grindle from Wing Dingahs, Molly Harding from Morton’s Moo and Carol Lynch reading fortunes at our Harry Potter station. Thank you to Soubanh Phanthay and all of the organizers of the Down East Fantasy Con for including us in your event. We enjoyed a visit from Maine author Paul Doiron. Thanks to Samantha Haskell of Blue Hill Books and Becky Leamon for joining Amy Wisehart to share your bookish thoughts at our “Why I Read” panel discussion. Finally, thank you to the book club members who joined us to watch episodes 2-7 of the series and discuss our favorite books on the list, to everyone who attended this summer’s librarian book talk and to everyone who voted for their favorite books. Library patrons had a chance to vote at the library for their favorite book. Ellsworth’s vote for “The Great American Read” ended in a tie between “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker and “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott.
Thanks to The Ellsworth American, MPBN and WABI TV 5 for helping us spread the word about these events!
Community Engagement Librarian
Ellsworth Public Library