Hickory – Hickory Public Library will again host the “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion program at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. The “Let’s Talk About It” programs are made possible through the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The program features different topics and selections each year. The theme for this year’s series is “Picturing America: Making Tracks”. The materials in this series (two nonfiction books, a selection of poems, a documentary film, and a novel) are as follows:

“Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad” by Stephen Ambrose; “A Selection of Poems”; “Rising From the Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class” by Larry Tye; “Riding the Rails” a film by Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell.; “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson.

The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings on August 28, September 11 and 25, and October 9 and 16, from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Sessions are led by scholars who will encourage community members to explore how selected materials illuminate a particular theme. Discussion leaders will include Leon Lewis from Appalachian State University, Bruce Dick from Appalachian State University, and author Alice Osborn.

Registration for the “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion program is required. The program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, call 304-0500 ext. 7235 or register in person at the Reference Desk at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. Upon registration, participants will be able to borrow the book for the August 28 program. Subsequent materials will be handed out at each session and materials for the current session will be collected. Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 Street NE on the SALT Block.