The Isaac F. Umberhine Library of Richmond 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, “Making Sense of the Civil War,” is scheduled for selected Thursdays this summer: June 5, June 19, July 10, July 24 and Aug. 7. The group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the new library at 56 Main St.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include “March,” by Geraldine Brooks; “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam,” by James McPherson; and “Talking about the Civil War,” edited by Edward L. Ayers. Candace Kanes, a scholar provided by the Maine Humanities Council who is curator and historian of the Maine Memory Network, 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 Candace 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 from the town office. Call Victoria Boundy at 737-4305 ext. 331 by May 26 to register and come in to pick up the first book of the series. The town office is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This program is offered to Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council by a grant from the Belvedere Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

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