Mechanic Falls Public Library offers “Let’s Talk About It” book group


MECHANIC FALLS — The Mechanic Falls Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.

This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The series Opening Windows: Women’s Stories from Five Cultures, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at the library, 108 Lewiston St. The series continues for five Thursday evening sessions, through May 7.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include: “Kitchen,” by Banana Yoshimoto; “The God of Small Things,” by Arundhati Roy; “Nervous Conditions,” by Tsitsi Dangerembga; “Kehinde,” by Buchi Emecheta; and “The Farming of Bones,” by Edwige Danticat.

A scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council will facilitate the discussions.

“Exploring ideas and issues through literature has always been exciting and fun,” said Lizz Sinclair, director of “Let’s Talk About It.” “We find that there is great interest among adults in getting together to discuss what they’ve read with others. Having a discussion leader [like facilitator] who is both excited about the readings and skilled in facilitating can help to deepen this experience.”

Books for the program are available for loan at the library. To register and pick up the first book in the series, call the library at 345-9450. Space is limited, so prior registration is required.

For more information about “Let’s Talk About It” and the work of the Maine Humanities Council, see or call 773-5051.

The Mechanic Falls library is open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.