The Idaho Commission for Libraries loans multiple copies of books and schedules speakers for the Let’s Talk About It programs. Speaker honoraria and travel expenses are covered by the grant from the Idaho Humanities Council with support from U.S. Bank. The LTAI website provides information on themes and books used for programs. PR materials such as bookmark and brochure templates are also available to download from the website.
Let’s Talk About It brings together humanities scholars and adult readers in public libraries to read and discuss fine literature which explores American values, history and culture. Program participants expand their reading interests, meet new people and explore important cultural issues in the context of their own lives and the lives of others. Program speakers are educators or experts in various humanities fields. They enjoy meeting avid readers in Idaho’s communities and gain perspective on literature that enriches their teaching and research.
History of Let’s Talk About It
Idaho Let’s Talk About It began in 1985 with six pilot program series in southwestern Idaho. During the past 33 years, programs have been held in over 80 communities across the state, from Bonners Ferry in the tip of the northern panhandle to Montpelier in the southeastern corner of the state. Annually, fifteen or more libraries are selected to participate. The project is modeled after the national Let’s Talk About It project developed by the American Library Association Program model: Participating libraries host a series of five programs, each featuring a book related to the series theme and which participants read prior to the program session. At each program session, a guest speaker presents information on the book and author as it relates to the theme. Following the presentation, participants engage in discussion.
The Let’s Talk About It project is made possible through funding from the Idaho Humanities Council and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. On behalf of participating libraries, we would like to thank our sponsors.