The ALA Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invite you to apply to host Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion program in America’s libraries. Online applications are available at and must be submitted by April 19.

In June, 50 public, academic and community college libraries will be selected to host the reading and discussion series and receive support materials from NEH and ALA. The program grant includes:

  • A $2,500 grant from NEH.
  • Twenty-five sets of three titles: including March by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, 2006), Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2002) and a forthcoming Civil War anthology.
  • Promotional materials to support local audience recruitment.
  • Training for the library project director at a national workshop.

Just in time to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial, Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War follows the popular Let’s Talk About It model, which engages participants in discussion of a set of common texts selected by a nationally known scholar for their relevance to a larger, overarching theme.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from NEH to the ALA Public Programs Office. More information including project guidelines and the online application are available at With questions, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office at or (800)545-2433 x5045.


American Library Association
Public Programs Office
50 E. Huron – Chicago, IL 60611