PROGRAM: Let’s Talk About It

Presented by:
North Carolina
Local Partner: Libraries Subject: Literacy, Other, Poetry, Varies Audience: All, Children and Families, Other, Rural Communities, Young Adult, Youth/Teen

Let’s Talk About It is a library discussion series that brings scholars and community members together to explore how selected books, films, or poetry illuminate a particular theme. This program is administered by the council in cooperation with the North Carolina Center for the Book and is available as a film, book, or poetry series.

Book Series: a nine-week reading and discussion series that includes five books and is led by a scholar.

Film Series: a six-week film and discussion series held weekly and led by one scholar.

Film Series Examples:

jazz1-768x576LOOKING AT JAZZ: AMERICA’S ART FORM uses jazz music to explore the cultural and social history of jazz as it developed as an art form invented in the early 20th century America. The history of jazz is also the story of central social, political, and cultural issues of the 20th century that continue to play a part in the 21st.

CREATED EQUAL: AMERICA’S CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE is a series of four films on the long civil rights movement. The NEH developed Created Equal to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and it is part of the agency’s Bridging Cultures initiative. The documentary films span the period from the 1830s to the 1960s and tell the stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

Poetry Series: a six-week reading-audio/video-discussion program held weekly and led by one scholar.

Libraries who participated in Spring 2017:

  • Lexington Library (Lexington, NC)
  • Bethlehem Branch Library (Hickory, NC)
  • Person County Public Library (Roxboro, NC)
  • Western Carteret Public Library (Cape Carteret, NC)
  • Carteret County Public Library (Beaufort, NC)
  • Pamlico County Public Library (Bayboro, NC)
  • Iredell County Public Library (Statesville, NC)
  • Havelock-Craven County Public Library (Havelock, NC)
  • New Bern-Craven County Public Library (New Bern, NC)
  • Sneeds Ferry Branch Library (Sneeds Ferry, NC)
  • Harper Library (Southport, NC)

The Let’s Talk About It series are offered in three cycles: Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall. Libraries can apply for any of the cycles. See deadlines here.