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Let’s Talk About It book program to focus on humor, satire

Grangeville Centennial Library (GCL) assistant Debbie Urquhart shows the books that will be used for this year’s Let’s Talk About It book series. Books can currently be picked up for loan at GCL and include the following: Hope: A Tragedy; Where’d You Go, Bernadette?; The Importance of Being Ernest; Messages From My Father; and Pudd’nhead Wilson.

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Grangeville Centennial Library (GCL) assistant Debbie Urquhart shows the books that will be used for this year’s Let’s Talk About It book series. Books can currently be picked up for loan at GCL and include the following: Hope: A Tragedy; Where’d You Go, Bernadette?; The Importance of Being Ernest; Messages From My Father; and Pudd’nhead Wilson.



— First meeting set for Jan. 19; books available at GCL 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 pickup and the first session is set for Jan. 19. Call 983-0951.

“Our theme this year is Humor and Satire,” said assistant librarian Debbie Urquhart.

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 2015 include the following:

•Jan. 19 - Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander with scholar Wendy Green.

•Feb. 9 - Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple with scholar Paula Coomer.

•March 1 - The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde with scholar Ron McFarland.

•March 22 - Messages From My Father by Calvin Trillin with scholar Nancy Casey.

•April 22 - Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain with scholar Barbara Meldrum.

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,” Urquhart explained. “Several libraries statewide are selected to participate and will be provided book copies and theme and book materials for use in the program. Each library will also provide a $100 match; ours is paid by our Friends of the Centennial Library group.”

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.



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