WATERFORD — The Waterford Library, the Harrison Village Library and the North Bridgton Library have 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 libraries.

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

The topic, “Not For Children Only,” will offer an adult perspective on childhood favorites, old and new, beginning on Friday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. at the North Bridgton Library. It will continue for five sessions, through Nov. 6. The first and second sessions will meet at the North Bridgton Library, the third at the Waterford Library, and the last two at the Harrison Village Library.

Books to be read and discussed include “The Classic Fairy Tales” by Iona and Peter Opie; “Tatterhood” by Ethel Johnston Phelps; “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott; “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame; and “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White.

The discussions will be facilitated by Michael Bachem, professor of humanities emeritus (Miami University, Ohio), now living in Portland. He earned a PhD in German and comparative literature from Penn State, developed interdisciplinary courses in German expressionism, European romanticism and the European fairy tale tradition. He trained as a facilitator with the Maine Humanities Council.

Books for the program are available for loan at the participating libraries and can be picked up when registration takes place.

The Harrison Village Library is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The Waterford Library is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and the North Bridgton Library hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


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