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Library Programs

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


Nicole Rancourt
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051


World in Your Library

What's happening in Maine and beyond?

A speaker series focused on current events both local and international, offered free of charge to public Maine libraries.

Today’s news, deconstructed.

World in your library logoIt’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 reliable coverage that explores both local and international issues in depth. Communities are increasingly turning to their libraries to gain this kind of information, perspective, and insight, and The World in Your Library can help public libraries to meet this growing demand.

Here’s how it works: The six libraries involved in The World in Your Library will each host three hour-long presentations on current affairs issues, providing their communities with a rare opportunity to explore these topics with experts. To ensure that the speakers and topics match the interests of the community, libraries will choose from a listing of topics from highly qualified, Maine-based speakers.

The speaker stipend will be provided to successful applicant libraries.

Review our list of speakers.

Apply to host World in Your Library

What we need: Interested libraries and communities!

Presentation: We ask presenters to plan on speaking on the agreed upon topic for 45 minutes. Fifteen minutes of Q&A will follow each presentation. The librarian will introduce the program and the speaker.

Scheduling: After being awarded the series, libraries will contact speakers to arrange a mutually agreeable date and time for a presentation. They will also let speakers know what topic/ presentation they would like. Libraries are responsible for communicating their events schedule to MHC by at least 6 weeks prior to your first event. All events must be completed by October 31, 2017.

Marketing/Publicity: MHC will provide some press and publicity materials for each library to use in marketing their program in their community.


What librarians 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

  • “Many of the attendees were those who had attended previous Let's Talk programs at KFL, seeking (and receiving) a more mind-stretching program.”

    -Librarian Janet Cate, Kennebunk Free Library

  • "As a small 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 to small rural communities...Without the World In Your Library series, there is little access to this type of "big picture" information for Maine communities - especially when you consider proximity of qualified speakers and fiscal limitations of smaller towns."

    -Librarian Janet Patterson (Belgrade Public Library)

  • " 'Best program ever at library.' I heard this from many patrons. Publicity drew in many people we had never seen in the library…High school and college students as well."

    -Librarian Anna Romer (Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell)

  • “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. I hope we can sponsor similar programs another year."

    -Librarian Karen McCarthy Eger, South Berwick Public Library

Funded By:

The Betterment Fund

The Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust

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