“Let’s Talk About It” is a reading and book discussion program model launched on a nationwide level for libraries by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982. The program model involves reading a common series of books selected by a nationally known scholar, and discussing them in the context of a larger, overarching theme. Reading and discussion groups explore the theme through the lens of the humanities—that is, by relating the readings to historical trends and events, other works of literature, philosophical and ethical considerations. Visit the Let’s Talk About It archives.
Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness
“Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness” is a reading and discussion program for public libraries funded by the Fetzer Institute. Participating libraries will promote and present a five-part literary discussion series led by a local scholar and based on one of three themes. Successful applicants will receive training for the library project director at a national workshop, program and promotional materials, and a $2,500 grant to support program costs, scholar honoraria, and travel to the workshop. Find out more.
Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature
Based on the “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion model pioneered nationally by ALA in 1982, “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature” features scholar-led, theme-based discussions that explore the best in contemporary and classic Jewish literature. Over the past four years, “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature” grants have been awarded to more than 330 libraries nationwide. Participating libraries each host a five-part discussion series featuring one of six themes. Find out more.
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