BRIDGTON — 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 Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The book discussion series, “The Passage of Time, The Meaning of Change: Perspectives by Five Writers From Maine,” will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the North Bridgton Library, and will continue for five sessions, through Nov. 12.

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 Country of the Pointed Firs,” by Sarah Orne Jewett; selections from “Collected Lyrics,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay; selections from “One Man’s Meat,” by E. B. White; and “As We Are Now,” by May Sarton.

The discussions will be facilitated by Michael Bachem, professor of humanities emeritus (Miami University, Ohio), now living in Portland. He earned a Ph.D. 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. Those interested should visit the library to register and to pick up the first book of the series.

The Harrison Village Library is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Waterford Library is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The North Bridgton Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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