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The Friends of the Pittsfield Public Library will be meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 1 PM in the Warren Community Room at the Pittsfield Public Library. All members and prospective members are invited to attend. The Friends support quality library service through fund raising, volunteerism and serving as advocates for the library’s programs. They provide funding for special library projects, programs and library beautification. There will be a discussion about how the Friends can support the library, plans for future programs and fund raising activities. The library is located at 110 Library Street in Pittsfield. For more information, contact 487-5880.
The Pittsfield 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 Race and Justice in America, begins on Thursday, February 9th at 4 PM at the Pittsfield Library and continues for 5 sessions, through Thursday, June 8th.
Books to be read and discussed in this series include: “The Fire This Time”, edited by Jesmyn Ward; “Contempt of Court: a turn-of-the-century lynching that launched a hundred years of Federalism” by Mark Curriden; “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson; and other titles. Masie Hough, a scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council will facilitate the discussions.
“Exploring ideas and issues through literature has a unique and fun way of creating community,” said Nicole Rancourt, 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 who is both excited about the readings and skilled in facilitating can help to deepen this experience.”
This program is offered to Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council in partnership with the Maine State Library.
Books for the program are available for loan at the library. If interested in participating contact the library at 487-5880 to register and come in to pick-up the first book of the series. The library is located at 110 Library Street in Pittsfield and open Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM. For more information about “Let’s Talk About It” and the work of the Maine Humanities Council, visit or contact the office in Portland at 207-773-5051.
The Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter will host a special Valentine’s Day card making program at 11 AM on Thursday, January 26th. Each participant will produce two cards of their choosing for that special someone, special child or grandchild. All materials will be provided. There is a fee of $5 for the two cards. Reservations are required for the class, so to reserve a spot contact the library at 924-7292 by Monday, January 23rd.

An open meeting was held recently to determine the level of interest in forming a Friends of the Library Group. Those present shared considerable experience in working with libraries and enthusiasm for supporting the Hartland Public Library mission. The members decided to continue to meet and identify three projects for the coming year. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 PM at the home of John and Beth Clark. The purpose of the meeting will be to review the a tool kit for starting a group, draft a mission statement, discuss possible officers, and identify projects for the upcoming year. Library patrons who are interested in joining or supporting the group are welcome. For more information, contact the library at 938-4702.

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