Free, high-quality humanities programs to help libraries serve their communities.
Free quality programming for Maine's libraries
Our humanities programs and partnerships—book discussion groups, lecture series, performances, and more—offer opportunities for your patrons to connect to your library and to each other.
The Maine Humanities Council relies on libraries as community hubs, as the place everyone goes to learn, to discuss, to be together. Our library programs are easy to manage, offer high-quality content that will spark critical conversations, and provide you with a simple way to deepen your community relationships. And did we mention they’re free?
Here’s what’s available right now:
This is a book group for people who really want to talk about the books. It’s free (we supply the books), it’s organized (there’s a theme and all the books fit that theme), and we match your group with a facilitator to guide the conversation and really get everyone thinking. Presented in collaboration with the Maine State Library.
It’s easier than ever to stay on top of the news; worldwide events are at our fingertips, in real time. But if you want to get a grip on the bigger picture, it can be harder than ever to find coverage that explores international issues in depth. This foreign policy speaker series offers information, perspective, and insight into current events.
Our goal is to highlight our partners and friends across the state. We’ll share photos on our social media pages, website, and e-newsletter to get our audience guessing, “Where are the Hugh Manatees in Maine?”
The MHC is involved with this collaborative statewide project. The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.
Each year, Let’s Talk About It book groups bring stimulating conversation and discussion to communities throughout Maine.
To ensure this program remains strong, Hugh is asking for your help in updating some of his favorite books in need of replacement.
Average annual "Let's Talk About It" groups statewide
Books replaced so far
Books Hugh still needs