For immediate release | November 13, 2012 presents webinar on hosting 'Let’s Talk About It' reading and discussion programs

CHICAGO — At 2 p.m. Central time, Dec. 12, will present a live, one-hour webinar, "Let’s Talk About It: The National Model for Scholar-Led Reading and Discussion."

For more than 30 years, hundreds of libraries across the country have engaged their communities by offering “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion programs. This webinar will provide how-to information about bringing this popular, five-part, scholar-led series to your library. Presented by Frannie Ashburn, an LTAI state-level coordinator and 24-year veteran, the webinar will offer an overview of the model, tips for recruiting and working with a scholar and a tour of’s ready-to-present program content on more than 30 LTAI themes. This session will also provide application information for an upcoming round of LTAI cash programming grants and tips on applying for state-level support.

You can register for the webinar online. The registration fee is $25 for ALA members, $35 for nonmembers and $140 for groups. To learn about similar online learning opportunities, visit the programming librarian website.

The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included Let’s Talk About It reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, LIVE! @ your library and more. Recently, the ALA Public Programs Office developed, an online resource center bringing librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit

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Angie Hanshaw

Program Officer / Web Editor

Public Programs Office (PPO)

800-545-2433 ext.5061