BESSEMER PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES GRANT
FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE DISCUSSION PROJECT
Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage programming will begin in April 2022
[BESSEMER] — The Bessemer Public Library is one of 25 libraries nationwide and the only library in the state of Alabama 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.
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. According to ALA, more than 100 libraries applied for the opportunity.
For more information on program participation, visit BessemerLibrary.com, the Bessemer Public Library’s Facebook page, or call the Bessemer Public Library’s Adult Services Department at (205) 428-7882.
As part of the grant, the Bessemer Public Library will receive the following books:
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
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022, Let’s Talk About It is a 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 theme. The format for a Let’s Talk About It program involves a ten-week series. Every two weeks, a discussion group meets with a local humanities scholar to discuss one of the five books in the theme.
LTAI: Women’s Suffrage is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
To explore resources from past LTAI themes, visit the project website.