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Let’s Talk About It book series to focus on food; First meeting set for Jan. 17; books available


Library directors (L-R) Michele Waite and Angie Norman show the books that will be discussed in this year’s Let’s Talk About It series at Grangeville Centennial Library. The program begins Jan. 17; however, books are ready to pick up now.

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Library directors (L-R) Michele Waite and Angie Norman show the books that will be discussed in this year’s Let’s Talk About It series at Grangeville Centennial Library. The program begins Jan. 17; however, books are ready to pick up now.



— Chase those winter blues by grabbing a book and discussing it with a group of peers.

Grangeville Centennial Library was again chosen to be a partner in the Let’s Talk About It program. The public discussion group will meet through April. All meetings are set for Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., at the library, 215 West North Street, Grangeville. Books are currently available for pick-up and the first session is set for Jan. 17. Call 983-0951.

“Our theme this year is ‘We Are What We Eat,’” said library director Angie Norman.

Readers will focus on difficult questions and themes and, with the help of a specific scholar for each book, will discuss that book in a group setting at Grangeville Centennial Library.

Meeting dates, books and scholars for 2017 include the following:

•Jan. 17: The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball with scholar Wendy Green.

•Feb. 7: The Language of Baklava by Diana Aby-Jaber with scholar Nancy Casey.

•Feb. 28: We Are What We Ate by Mark Winegardner with scholar Ron McFarland.

•March 21: Chocolat by Joanne Harris with scholar Barbara Medldrum.

•April 11: My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki with scholar Paula Coomer.

Since 1985, Let’s Talk About It has been bringing adult reading discussion groups together with humanities scholars in Idaho’s public libraries to discuss fine literature. These book readings and discussions explore American values, history, culture, aging, classics and more.

“The presentation by and interaction with a program scholar is what sets these discussions apart from traditional book clubs and discussions,” Norman explained.

“We are really excited for this theme and look forward to talking with people about these books,” added assistant director Michele Waite.

Each year, several libraries statewide are selected to participate and are provided book copies and theme and book materials for use in the program. Each library will also provide a $100 match. Funds are sometimes used through the regular budget, Friends of the Library or other grants.

The Let’s Talk About It program is made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council; the National Endowment for the Humanities USBancorp Foundation; and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which administers the Library Services and Technology Act. The program is administered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

Stop by the library between now and the first reading session to sign up and pick up the first book.



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