Maine Humanities Council

Application Information

Here is the application for Let's Talk About It. The instructions are included. If you have any problem downloading one of these or other questions, please do not hesitate to call (773-5051).

Please note the application deadline for hosting a Let's Talk About It program:

  • January 15 for a Summer Program
  • May 15 for the Fall
  • September 15 for Winter/Spring

Special announcement

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Contact Us

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Let’s Talk About It

A free, library-based reading and discussion program for people who want to talk with others about what they have read, presented in collaboration with the Maine State Library!

Each Let's Talk About It program consists of 4 or 5 books on the same theme. A scholar-facilitator helps to add depth and breadth to the conversation, creating a good atmosphere for discussion and making sure everyone feels free to share their ideas and questions with one another.

And it’s very easy! The Maine Humanities Council loans the books to libraries, identifies the scholar, provides publicity materials, and offers advice on organizing and publicizing your program.

Let’s Talk About It is offered free of charge to public Maine libraries. We would love to have your library involved!

Here Is What Librarians Have Said About
Let's Talk About It:

In a small rural community our citizens do not often have the opportunity for the kind of stimulating conversation and interaction with scholars that this program provides. Having Maine Humanities Council make this program available in our libraries is invaluable since most of us could not afford this kind of quality programming from our own resources. —Norway

In a time when library budgets are severely strained, MHC makes it possible to offer top-notch adult educational programming. Our community—especially our seniors—appreciate the enrichment and fellowship. —Patten Free Library

Each time [we have a program] I have witnessed townspeople who didn’t previously know each other come together and develop great friendships in the course of discussing literature. The scholars that have hosted these series have, without exception, been welcoming, encouraging, and of a caliber that would not otherwise be available to us. The program provides each library with multiple copies of each of the books in a series, removing economic barriers that might prevent some of our patrons from participating. —Blue Hill

[Let’s Talk About It provides] good opportunities for people of different ages and life styles in the community to get together. —Auburn

Comments From Participants:

I love the exchange of ideas with intelligent, thinking people. —Lisbon Falls

The books were challenging and stimulating; the group discussions were open and lively. —Casco

...a wonderfully rich experience. There’s the basic pleasure, which was predictable, like reading a lot of books that I might never have touched, and enjoying them under the hand of a skilled teacher. But then there’s the unexpected pleasure from getting to know new people in the area whom I never might have met but for the series. And the special experience of gaining new insights into lots of people whom I thought I knew pretty well. —Blue Hill

I just enjoy being with this group — the young to older age range — perspectives unique and often different from my own — an opportunity to stretch in ways often unexpected. Also, [the facilitator] brought to my attention aspects of the books that escaped my attention. It left me with a greater feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction and understanding. —Charleston

[I enjoyed having] stimulating book discussions with an excellent discussion leader in a nearby location. —Tenants Harbor

I will sign up again and again! —York