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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

Read ME

How it works

Be part of a statewide summer reading experience

Logistics

All participating libraries need to do is showcase and make available two books (one fiction—Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley, one nonfiction—After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, A Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry ) recommended by Tess Gerritsen (Call After Midnight, Harvest, Playing With Fire). We encourage participating libraries to run programs related to these texts throughout the summer months. The season will culminate with an episode of Maine Calling, aired in front of a live audience at Maine State Library.

What we expect of participating libraries

  • After registering, libraries can join the Read ME Facebook group. This will allow everyone to share ideas, connect, and get special updates about extras we’re offering.In order to help everyone better plan for the big end of summer event, we have already scheduled the LIVE Maine Calling, which will be held at Maine State Library in August.
  • We have preordered enough books from the publisher to provide us with a discount just for registering libraries. Susan’s book was even reprinted just for this! Our grand plan is to get books and publicity materials to libraries in April and May!
  • MSL and MHC have purchased several copies of each title to help in your quests to access enough copies for your book groups.  These will be processed and made available through ILL.
  • We will provide several discussion questions to registered libraries to go along with each book.
  • AND, we will again be offering a few author visits and facilitated book discussions to participating libraries.
  • Must be willing to purchase at least one copy of each recommendation. We are offering book purchasing through MHC/MSL to get bulk ordering discounts.
  • We will provide posters and bookmarks.
  • Use posters to promote Read ME and connect your library with the statewide community.
  • Distribute bookmarks to your patrons.
  • Promote the final culminating statewide event to your patrons.
  • Help promote other participating libraries’ special events
  • Track circulation of featured texts and program attendance if any are offered.
  • Complete and submit end of summer survey/evaluation.

 

Timeline

  • February 28: Registration opens
  • April-May: Promotion materials mailed to libraries
  • June – August: Program takes place
  • August: Live Maine Calling event at Maine State Library
  • September: Final survey due