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? Monday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

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? Everyone is invited to partake of cookies and conversation about what residents want for their city in a forum where every opinion counts and will be heard.

Let’s Talk Local is a one-session, facilitated discussion that takes a different approach to starting community conversations by 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 among Belfast Free Library, Our Town Belfast, 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 or call the office in Portland at 773-5051. For more information about the Belfast discussion, contact Brenda Harrington at the library, 338-3884, ext. 30.

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