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Reading Challenge Cross-Over

Maximize your reading goals by participating in the Missoula Reads 50-book challenge and in the Great American Read at the same time. Stop by the reference desk to pick up a list of all 100 GAR titles cross-listed with the Missoula Reads categories.

Download Reading Challenge Cross-Over Book List 

Literary Pen Pals Club

Connect with someone from across the country as you share your love of books and unique life experiences through the art of handwritten letters. We’ll match you up with a fellow reader from one of our partner libraries: Mill Valley Public Library (CA), Ashe Regional Library (NC), Watauga County Library (NC), or Ellsworth Public Library (ME). When you sign up we'll provide you with a welcome packet filled with everything you need to get started: personalized stationery and envelopes, a classy pen, and optional writing prompts to help get the conversation started.

Come by the Reference Desk to sign up today!

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TV Series Pre-Screening

Join us at 2 PM (except for Final Episode, at 7 PM) for a special pre-screening of the episodes of PBS's Great American Read television series.  You'll see the entire episode a day before its broadcast on TV

September 10 - Fall Kickoff Episode

September 17 - Theme: "Who Am I?"

September 24 - Theme: "Heroes"

October 1  - Theme: "Villains and Monsters" 

October 9 - Theme: "What We Do For Love"

October 15 - Theme: "Other Worlds"

October 23 - Finale Episode (shown at 7 PM)

Film Series


September 24, 6:30 PM - The Help

In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer but turns her friends' lives and a small Mississippi town upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen, Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up, to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community.

October 22, 6:30 PM - Dune

It is the year 10191. Arrakis is a desert planet, which contains the only source of 'Melange, ' which is necessary for space travel. Two rival families, the Atreides and the Harkonnens, fight to control of the mining operations. When Duke Leto Atreides is assassinated by the evil Baron Harkonnen, his son Paul and Leto's wife, Lady Jessica, flee deep into the desert and are befriended by natives of Arrakis. Paul learns that he has special powers and can see into the future. Paul unites the natives and forms a army of warriors, leading them into battle against Baron Harkonnen and the corrupt Emperor Padishah Shaddam IV.

Discussion Panels

September 27, 3-5 PM - The Great Montana Read (in conjunction with the Montana Book Festival)

What is Montana’s best loved novel? Last spring, a panel of our own literary experts sought to answer this question as part of the nationwide search for the PBS program, the Great American Read. Though the selection process was tough, the judges narrowed their picks to 20. The final list features books published within an 80 year time span, including stunning debuts and heartfelt finales from established and up-and-coming authors.

Join Sarah Aronson, host of MTPR's "The Write Question" alongside a handful of our judges to celebrate the extraordinary literary achievements inspired by Montana’s authors and its place. Panel members will share their own judging process, including books that narrowly missed the final list as well as the qualities which make Montana literature stand out within the national literary scene. Classics, like James Welch’s Fools Crow will be discussed alongside contemporary contributions such as Emily Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Come get your crash course in Montana’s best books and join the conversation as we work to keep the Treasure State’s literary scene thriving.

October 16, 7 PM - Fantastic Identity: How Fantasy Fiction Helps Us Answer the Question, "Who Am I?" (in conjunction with the Big Read)

Kim Anderson and Samantha Dwyer of Humanities Montana will facilitate a community discussion that explores the theme of self-identity in fantasy fiction. How does reading books like A Wizard of Earthsea and other fantasy novels help us to understand ourselves? Be prepared to engage in a fascinating discussion!

Literary Trivia 

September 30, 2 PM (in conjunction with the Montana Book Festival)

Test your knowledge of the books on the Great American Read's top 100 list and compete for fabulous prizes. Teams of up to five people will play five rounds of trivia, with questions based on the themes, characters, authors and plots of the books found on the top 100 list.


Programming for The Great American Read is offered as part of a grant from the American Library Association and PBS.