World in Your Library

What's happening in Maine and beyond?

World in Your Library is a speaker program focused on current events and relevant issues, both local and international. Offered free to Maine organizations, it gives communities access to experts and opportunities to explore complex topics, gain insight, and broaden perspectives.

Participating organizations host a single event, providing their communities with an opportunity to explore current topics of interest with experts. To ensure that the speakers and topics match the interests of the community, communities choose from a listing of topics from highly qualified, Maine-based speakers.

What communities are saying about World in Your Library

  • “Since this was a different type of program from what we typically offer, it attracted some people who do not normally attend our programs (and some of the "regulars" too.” :)

    -Librarian Janet Wilson, Rangeley Public Library

  • “The audience hung on to every word. They stayed after the program to ask many questions.”

    -Librarian Candy Emlen, Southwest Harbor Public Library

  • "We have extremely limited funds to offer programs to our community but the interest/demand is high...the chance to expand our world knowledge is immensely valuable."

    -Librarian Janet Patterson (Belgrade Public Library)

  • “I think [the talks] were fabulous! I heard one member of the audience say, I never expected to hear a presenter of this high caliber at my local library.

    -Librarian Karen McCarthy Eger, South Berwick Public Library

New speakers

Paul Buck

Historian, Educator

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Marpheen Chann

Welcome Home: My Journey Through Foster Care, Coming Out, and Reuniting With Family

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Carol Dana

Cultural Historian, Penobscot Nation

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Samara Cole Doyon

Magnificence as an Act of Resistance

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LaLa Drew

Poet, Writer, Organizer

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James Ford

Community Support Coordinator, Lewiston Public Schools

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Cody Mower

In Your Own Words

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Arisa White

Who's Your Daddy: Writing Collectively Through Personal Absence

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Krystal Willams

The Content of Our Character: Moving Forward as a Community

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily
represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.