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, according to a council release.

The series Race and Justice in America, begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, and continues for five sessions, through June 8, at the library, 110 Library St.

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 the group, according to the release. “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.”

Books for the program are available for loan at the library. Call the library at 487-5880 to register and come in to pick up the first book of the series. The library is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

This program is provided by the council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library and offered to Maine libraries.

For more information, visit or call 773-5051.

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