Program

Book Groups

Hosted by vital partners all over Maine, our book groups enable participants to meet each other more fully.

Contact

Ask us about bringing a book group to your community.

Details

New Books, New Readers

Discussion groups for all readers

New Books, New Readers is a community-based facilitated reading and discussion group. The program specially curates texts that meet the needs of the community for adults reading at various literacy levels and for speakers of other languages. Our series include children’s books, poetry, essays, stories, audio, and visual texts. New Books, New Readers provides books for participants to keep and is free to our participants and partners.

The program can be sponsored by any organization that gathers people together. Over the past 20 years, we have partnered with adult education programs, literacy volunteers, correctional education programs, recovery centers, and public libraries.

The program accommodates all readers seamlessly into humanities-based discussions. Participants learn to relate literature to their own lives as well as understand themselves in relation to their world and each other.

New Books, New Readers decreases social isolation, provides space for participants to voice their opinions on big issues, and creates community. The conversations, like life, can be both serious and a whole lot of fun.

Each New Books, New Readers series meets for four sessions, using books from one of our 27 available titles. Each series draws on a theme that stretches participants to think and talk about big ideas, including Telling Our Stories, Memories, Friendship, and Conflict.