discussion programs

The Big Read

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Moyers on America: Citizens Class

Are you an informed and engaged citizen? Bill Moyers investigates issues affecting democracy—money in politics, the environment, and internet neutrality—with Moyers on America, a series of three documentaries. You can connect, reflect, and respond to these hotly debated topics by joining the Moyers on America Citizens Class. This national dialogue will take a hard look at some of today’s most pressing issues and ask: What do you think?

On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying in America

There is a great divide separating the kind of care Americans say they want at the end of life and what our culture currently provides. Surveys show that we want to die at home, free of pain, surrounded by the people we love. But the vast majority of us die in the hospital, alone, and experiencing unnecessary discomfort. Bill Moyers goes from the bedsides of the dying to the front lines of a movement to improve end-of-life care in On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying.

Author Paul Volponi Talks to Great Stories CLUB Teens

When author Paul Volponi learned that his book Black and White (Penguin, 2005) was included in the ALA Great Stories CLUB (GSC) grant program, he headed online right away to see how he could get involved. After finding the list of participating libraries, he contacted a few personally, offering to conduct conference calls with teens.

Two libraries have already taken advantage of his offer:

We Shall Remain Giveaway

I have a last-minute opportunity for you! A total of nine DVD sets of We Shall Remain will be given away in two drawings.

Just send Bruce Curliss an email, letting him know about a library event that you are planning to coincide with the on-air broadcast of We Shall Remain between April and May 11. Your activity could be a discussion group, book club reading, book display, or any other activity, such as those described in the library event kit.


Civic Discussions

The Center for Civic Reflection has an excellent collection of online resources, including a how-to guide for the entire process; a searchable database with several hundred suggested readings for civic reflection; and a forum for facilitators to learn from each other.


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