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Program

New Books, New Readers

Encouraging reluctant adult readers to find the joy in reading.

Contact

Lizz Sinclair
Director of Programs
phone: 773-5051

Details

New Books, New Readers

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Julia Walkling Retiring from the MHC

Talk with Julia Walkling for even a few minutes, and you’ll quickly have a sense of the depth of humanities experience, wisdom, humor, and kindness that is within the heart and soul of this MHC’s program officer. Julia has worked with the MHC since 1983, first as the project director of “Maine at Statehood: The… Read more

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Coming On Home Soon

Hope in New Books, New Readers

Leah Kuehn, MHC Program Assistant, explores the titles of the latest  New Books, New Readers series   Hope, the newest series from New Books, New Readers, isn’t exactly what you’d expect from its title. It crawls into darkness and brings that darkness into the light for scrutiny. It begins with our understanding of the concept of hope,… Read more

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A Mirror for Our Lives: New Books, New Readers

It was a snowy Monday night, but still a group of readers braved the cold and filtered into a room on the third floor of the Bangor Public Library. They were there for New Books, New Readers, a Maine Humanities Council program for adults who are not in the habit of reading. I was welcomed in as a guest and handed copies of the book; this is one place where everyone is encouraged to join in. Read more

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A Valley in the Landscape

By Michael Brady I have been teaching in colleges and universities since 1977, first in Connecticut and for the past 28 years in Maine. While I have taught a number of undergraduate courses in sociology, gerontology, and a travel-based summer course on baseball and American Society, most of my work has been at the graduate… Read more

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Write It Out!

By David Richards For years, Julia Walkling tried to coax me into taking on the Somerset County Jail as part of my Maine Humanities Council book discussion circuit. Citing the decrepit Dickensian condition of the local house of correction, I fended off for as long as possible the persistent and persuasive director of the New… Read more

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Writing for the Love of It

By Diane Magras Writers of all stamps and kinds—young adult fiction, historical nonfiction, personal essay, fantasy, poetry, and more—are visiting New Books, New Readers groups this winter in a program partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Visiting Writer program is showing adults who struggle to read what it means to be a… Read more

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Pairing Power with Ideas

By Diane Magras It was icy, cloudy, and cold—a typical winter day. I stepped out of my car, stiff after the drive, with New Books, New Readers program director Julia Walkling. I was joining her on her annual site visit to Farmington, where New Books, New Readers has met regularly since 1993. As we walked… Read more

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Real Life

Annaliese Jakimides I have been consciously in love with children’s books since I bought The Illustrated Treasury of Children’s Literature in 1957. I had saved every nickel, every dime, every quarter that came my way for two years, and The Treasury was the first book I ever owned. Although I couldn’t articulate a book’s transformative… Read more

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New Perspectives: Understanding and Addressing Conflict

By Martina Duncan Maine is a relatively safe place to live. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2000, it ranked 46th among the states in total crime and 49th in violent crime. But break-ins and hold-ups aren’t the only manifestations of violence, and the conflicts that affect our tranquil towns can be all… Read more

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Stories in the Classroom

By Diane Magras Being in a classroom again, or, for some, for the first time, was a strange experience for many of the students. Scovia, from Sudan, said she felt like a little girl, though her passion for learning is anything but childish. Nyajany, from Somalia, had never been to school in her native country,… Read more

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New Books, New Readers | Houlton

New Books, New Readers partners with adult basic education and literacy volunteers to share a powerful humanities experience with adults just learning to read, beginning to read and speak English, or working to improve reading skills. Using children’s literature at a variety of reading levels, a scholar/facilitator leads discussions and ensures that every participant is… Read more

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30 Years: Telling the Stories of Our State

By Brita Zitin Maine Humanities Council reading programs roam across the globe: Let’s Talk About It groups discuss Indian and Cuban literature; New Books, New Readers shares stories from Uganda, Mexico, and Haiti; and Born to Read distributes Chinese and African folktales to children. At the same time, programming at the Harriet P. Henry Center for… Read more

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New Books, New Readers | Portland Adult Education

New Books, New Readers uses the standard technique of Maine Humanities Council literature-based programs: an MHC scholar facilitates the discussion of a text. Participants in this program are beginning readers, or just learning to read English. Their texts are illustrated children’s books with powerful stories that offer paths for serious discussion and thought. Community, a… Read more

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Summary of Programs, 2004

By Diane Magras New Books, New Readers In 2004, New Books, New Readers served 27 sites, offering 45 four-session series to over 600people. People who are first learning to read often find the process frustrating. Many experience dismissive attitudes from friends and families, which sometimes persuades them to give up. Through reading and discussion groups… Read more

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