“It was great to experience the statewide effort. We knew we were part of a larger group. It was impressive that the sixteen counties were involved.” - Participating Librarian
Last year’s pilot of Read ME was a great success, with 62 libraries participating across the state. We know each featured title circulated over 400 times! There were several book groups, author talks, and other awesome programming that connected with the Read ME titles. Find out below what we have in store for this year!
- Connect Maine’s adult reading community through shared reading experiences.
- Support libraries in their work to provide quality adult summer reading initiatives.
- Elevate upcoming Maine authors.
All participating libraries need to do is showcase and make available two books (one fiction—River Talk by CB Anderson, one nonfiction—Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town by Susan Hand Shetterly ) recommended by Paul Doiron (Knife Creek, Poacher’s Son, Trespasser). 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.
“The short stories in CB Anderson’s River Talk are about Mainers: folks you went to school with and have known forever, others you hear speaking in foreign tongues on the street, newcomers, neighbors, maybe even yourself. What makes this book so special, so moving, is Anderson’s passionate commitment to making all of these people not just recognizable but relatable. If you’re looking for a book about the ways people in Maine actually live, now, today, you need to read this small masterpiece.”
“More than in other places, Maine people live close to nature. Some by accident, others by design. Susan Hand Shetterly’s collection of lyrical short essays, Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town, is therefor a book intended for all of us. It’s about watching deer drift through the field at dusk and about leaving the window open in April to hear spring arrive with the first piping of the peepers. It’s about the familiar, the secret, and the strange, written by an artist whose gift it is to help us see our shared environment as we’ve never seen it before.”
What we expect of 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.
Based off of the feedback we received last year, we have made improvements to this year’s program.
- Registered libraries will be added to a private FB 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 on either August 22 or 23!
- 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 not 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.
- March 31: Deadline to register
- April-May: Books and posters delivered to participating libraries
- June – August: Program takes place
- August 22 or 23: Live Maine Calling event at Maine State Library
- September: Final survey due