discussion programs

Build Common Ground in Your Community

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion, a multiformat discussion program for public audiences to spark action, engagement, and reflection within the community. This library programming initiative is supported by the Fetzer Institute. More information, including programming resources and the online application, is available at the Building Common Ground website. Applications are due November 18, 2011.

Featured Library: Birmingham Public Library

This month we’re highlighting Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library’s upcoming Eat Drink Read Write Festival. Designed to “feed the mind, body, and soul,” the festival will bring “food, culinary arts, and literature to the table in a format that will help foster community in a diverse city [and] increase awareness of food-related concerns in our community by exploring them from a variety of perspectives.” Here’s a rundown of the planned events:

Lunch with Books

Ohio County Public Library rolls out the red carpet for the writer, director, and producer of Doughboy at the Lunch with Books program


Support Community, Civility, and Compassion at Your Library

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Fetzer Institute announced their collaboration on Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion, a multiformat discussion program for public audiences. By bringing adult audiences together in the library for programs and events that include reading, viewing, reflection, discussion, and civic engagement initiatives, this programming initiative will support public libraries as they strive to enhance the quality of life and learning in their communities.

Sneak Preview of Not In Our Town Documentary at ALA Annual

The one-hour PBS documentary special Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness profiles a town standing together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates their community and thrusts them into the international media spotlight. In conjunction with the September 21 broadcast of the film, all libraries are invited to use the film and accompanying resources for free public programs events in September and beyond. ALA Annual Conference attendees can enjoy a sneak preview: stop by Auditorium C on Monday, June 27, at 9 a.m.

Exploring Literature and Film

Hercule Poirot


You love to read and watch movies. Why not combine your passion for both with a PBS Masterpiece Book & Film Club in your library? Gather like-minded patrons to talk about books, film adaptations, costumes, actors, and more.

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