Library to host reading and discussion

January 1, 2009 by WLKM 

From January through May, the Three Rivers Public Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness.” The series explores the themes of love and forgiveness in everyday life through classic and contemporary literature.

The library’s series will explore the theme of Love, Forgiveness and Wisdom. The library is one of 50 libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series developed by the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute’s Campaign for Love and Forgiveness.

Local support for the series is provided by WGVU-TV, WMUK radio, Love Your Mother earth friendly goods store, and Glen Oaks Community College.  Additional financial support has been received from the Michigan Humanities Council, a private, non-profit organization funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The first program will explore the topic of love and forgiveness as featured in the PBS film The Power of Forgiveness and will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 7:00-8:30 p.m. Discussion will be facilitated by Steve Chappell, WGVU-TV, and Anthony Franchina, community educator, Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Portage.

The second program will begin the book discussions with Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austin on Thursday, February 5, 2009.

All programs will be held at 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Three Rivers Public Library, 920 West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, Michigan.

For details or to register, please visit the library’s website at or contact Shirley Cody at (269) 273-8666 or e-mail  Participants should pick up registration packets at the library circulation desk prior to the first meeting.

Additional books will be discussed once per month at the library. These books are The History of Love (March 5, 2009), The Winter’s Tale (April 2, 2009), The Essential Rumi (April 30, 2009), and Atonement (May 28, 2009).  Franchina will lead a discussion of the book at each session.  Mr. Franchina possesses an M.A. in Italian Language and Literature as well as an M.A. in Educational Policy and Leadership.  His professional experience has developed him into an engaging interculturalist and passionate interdisciplinarian who is steeped in the humanities.


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