Let's Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage Book Discussions will be held April-August 2022

Wilkes-Barre, Pa., March 29, 2022 - In collaboration with local organizations, the King’s College D. Leonard Corgan Library is one of 25 libraries nationwide selected to participate in Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage, a grant designed to spark conversations about American history and culture through an examination of the women’s suffrage movement.

According to the American Library Association, more than 100 libraries applied for the opportunity. The Corgan Library will partner with the College Women’s Studies Program and Luzerne County Library System to bring scholarly humanities programming to the public across Luzerne County beginning in April. Book discussion meetings will be hosted by Osterhout Free Library in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Back Mountain Memorial Library in Dallas, and Wyoming Free Library in Wyoming, with the final program in August at the College’s Corgan Library.

The discussions will be moderated by six King’s College staff and faculty, including (in order of discussion) Robin Field, Ph.D.; Anne Massey, Ph.D.; Noreen O’Connor, Ph.D.; Jamie Costello; Jonathan Kadjeski; and Jennifer McClinton-Temple, Ph.D.

The competitive award comes with a $1,000 stipend to support programming costs and ten copies of five books covering the women’s suffrage theme including The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss; Women Making History: The 19th Amendment Book, essays compiled by the National Park Service; Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones; Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster; and The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, LTAI: Women’s Suffrage is a national reading and discussion program that involves groups of people reading a series of books selected by national project scholars and discussing them in the context of an overarching humanities theme. LTAI: Women’s Suffrage is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). To explore resources from past LTAI themes, visit www.ala.org. For questions or inquiries about this project, please contact Krista Pegnetter, Instruction & Reference Librarian, Assistant Technical Professor, at kristapegnetter@kings.edu or 570-208-5900 ext. 5651.