"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." - James Baldwin
Reading and Discussion Programs
Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma (LTAIO) offers more than your average book club for adults. With the added benefit of a humanities scholar to inform and broaden discussions, participants are able to explore the human experience through literature in meaningful and thought-provoking ways.
A series consists of 4-5 sessions, each featuring a book from the chosen discussion theme. A humanities scholar opens each session telling about the author's life, giving historical context to the book, sharing its contemporary relevance, and explaining how the book ties into the overarching theme. Participants then discuss their own thoughts about the book.
LTAIO offers a "pre-packaged" approach. For each series, Oklahoma Humanities provides:
- A LTAIO Planning Guide
- A directory of participating humanities scholars
- A grant of up to $1,000 to cover scholar honoraria and mileage, as well as other program costs
- Multiple copies of the books to be borrowed by participants
- Educational essays that provide background and context for the theme
LTAIO offers a diverse selection of discussion themes for consideration. These themes examine topics such as U.S. and Oklahoma history, autobiography, detective fiction, ethnic diversity, and much more. To view the theme list, click here.
Application and Programming Timeline
||Online Application Open
|Spring* ||July 1st - Nov. 1st ||Sept.1st - Nov. 1st |
|Fall** ||January 1st - May 1st ||March 1st - May 1st |
*Spring - Series takes place between January 1 and June 30
**Fall - Series takes place between July 1 and December 30
How to Apply
Any library or nonprofit organization may apply to host a LTAIO program. To begin the application process, please contact Kelly Burns, Program Officer, to reserve books for your series. Once you have reserved your theme, you may complete the online application. For an introduction to the online grants system, click here for the tutorial.
Budget for LTAIO | Statement of Understanding | Scholar Letter of Understanding
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