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Program

Library Programs

Free, high-quality humanities programs to help libraries serve their communities.

Contact

Nicole Rancourt
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051

Details

Let’s Talk About It

Has your library joined the discussion?

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.

Woman reading and thinkingEach Let’s Talk About It program consists of four or five books on a central theme. A facilitator adds depth and breadth to the conversation, creating a good atmosphere for discussion and making sure everyone feels free to share their ideas and questions with one another. With over 40 great series to choose from, there is something for everyone!

And it’s very easy! MHC loans the books to libraries, identifies the facilitator, provides publicity materials, and offers advice on organizing and publicizing your program. Even better: it’s free!

 

 


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.

    -Participant

  • 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.

    -Librarian

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

    -Participant

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Funded By:

The Maine Charity Fund at the Maine Community Foundation   MaineCFlogo300dpi

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Betterment Fund

With support from individual donors around the state of Maine