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"The Great American Read" Watch Party at the Dayton Metro Library

Join us for "The Great American Read" Watch Party!

gareadThe Dayton Metro Library and Think TV are hosting an advance screening of "The Great American Read: Villains and Monsters” on Monday, October 1. The Watch Party begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Dayton Metro Library’s Eichelberger Forum, 215 E. Third Street, with the episode showing on the big screen from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

“We'll have refreshments and door prizes, along with the one-hour Villains and Monsters episode," said Chuck Duritsch, External Relations Manager for the Library. “If you love novels, and you love PBS, get in on the fun at our Watch Party!”

Author Tim Waggoner will serve as emcee. Waggoner, who teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College, has published nearly 40 novels and three collections of short stories. In 2017, he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction. He’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award, and has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year. This fall he is leading Horror Writing Workshops for teens at several branches of the Dayton Metro Library.

“The Villains and Monsters episode will show us why literature's most notorious villains began behaving badly, and what these villains teach us about our own dark impulses,” said Diane Kroplin, Think TV Manager of Educational Media. The episode airs for the general public on Think TV16 at 8:00 p.m. October 2.

"The Great American Read" is a national, eight-part PBS television series that celebrates the power of reading. Approximately 7,200 people participated in a demographically and statistically representative survey asking Americans to name their favorite novels, and more than a million votes have been received to date. Each episode of “The Great American Read” features celebrities, authors, and readers from across the country talking about their most beloved books. The series culminates at 8:00 p.m. October 23, with the reveal of America’s Best Loved Novel.

Several Dayton Metro Library locations have book displays featuring titles from the list of the Top 100. See the complete list at

The Watch Party is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. To register go to:


Main Library

215 E. Third St.
Dayton OH 45402


M, T, Th: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
W, F: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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