Let’s Talk About It

Has your library joined the discussion?

Let’s Talk About It provides public libraries with free, scholar-led book discussions. Its many series enable libraries to bring community members together in conversation around a range of compelling themes that reflect community interests.

During this time, when our Let’s Talk About It series are all on hold, great flexibility is what the moment calls for. We are excited to provide a new, flexible opportunity to host a text-based discussion program that meets the needs of your own community, whether you are working independently or as part of an organization.

Learn more about the Summer Discussion Project!

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Hot Topic

Violence and Belonging

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Popular Pick

Refreshing the Whodunit

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What people are saying 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.

    -Librarian, Norway

  • 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.

    -Librarian, Blue Hill

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

    -Librarian, Auburn

  • I really think that this experience was beneficial both on an academic level and on a mental level as well. Not to be weird but this make me feel intellectual. I haven't felt this since college. I spend most of my time with people who use books to even out the crooked table legs. Thank you for allowing me to feel good about having my opinion shared. It really makes me seem (by this I mean I can't let anyone know I really am, haha) normal.


  • The books that may seem difficult for one person are enjoyed by others. The challenges that come with these series is the ability to hear what others understand and have experienced that may either be different or similar to my experience. It allows for growth in our thinking.


  • Enjoyed the opportunity to hear the voices of neighbors and others whom I might not have exchanged opinions with.


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Funded By:


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Betterment Fund
And with support from individual donors around the state of Maine