The Belfast Free Library is organizing a community wide conversation as part of Let’s Talk Local, a statewide program supported by the Maine Humanities Council that encourages communities to talk about issues important to them. Belfast was one of the towns selected to participate, and will host a community discussion titled “What’s the Belfast You Want for Your Children?”, on Monday November 3rd, 6-8pm in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
What makes living in Belfast special? What needs to change? If you were asked what Belfast’s future looks like, how would you describe it? Please join us for cookies and conversation about what we want for our town in a forum where your opinion counts and you will be heard: Your Voice, Our Future.
Let’s Talk Local is a one-session, facilitated discussion that takes a different approach to starting community conversations using selected texts, local stories and images to open conversation about issues within communities. The local scholar chosen for the Belfast discussion is Jeffrey Aronson, who is skilled in facilitating public programs. Aronson will facilitate the community-wide discussion using carefully selected readings and photographs to open the conversation. The goal of the program is to start a thoughtful, open conversation that begins to build camaraderie among community members and continues long after the one-session event has finished.
Let’s Talk Local is offered in Belfast through a partnership between the Belfast Free Library, Our Town Belfast, The Belfast Creative Coalition and the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce with support from the Maine Humanities Council. For more information about the statewide program and about the work of the Maine Humanities Council visit www.mainehumanities.org or call the office in Portland at 207-773-5051.
For more information about the Belfast discussion, please contact Brenda Harrington at the Belfast Free Library, 338-3884 ext. 30.