ROCKLAND — Rockland Public Library is one in a group of organizations and individuals throughout the state hosting a virtual Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project this summer. The Discussion Project is a new text-based discussion program that meets needs of Maine communities, whether working independently or part of an organization.

Working closely with Maine Humanities Council staff, communities bring their discussion project to life, using an MHC-prepared plan or creating their own. This discussion series is free and open to all.

The library will read from “Crossing Over: Works by Contemporary American Indian Writers,” a list of texts curated by Pat Onion at Colby College.

In these works, American Indian writers blend western writing techniques with oral tradition to mediate between two cultures. Modern and contemporary American Indian literature has deep roots in an oral tradition designed to teach and to entertain, and from those roots come literary works of enduring instruction and delight. Daniel Chin will facilitate.

Rockland Public Library’s Discussion Project begins Tuesday, July 20, on Zoom and continues bi-weekly for five sessions, through Sept. 14, meeting at 4 p.m. We will begin with “The Sharpest Sight” by Louis Owens, then read “Ceremony” by Leslie Marmon Silko, “Tracks” by Louise Erdrich, “Fools Crow” by James Welch, and finish with “There, There” by Tommy Orange.

At each session, participants will read selections from “Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’Kmaq Poet.” Participants can join one or all sessions; Zoom registration is required. The library will provide copies of all the texts, to be returned at the end of the series, because of to a loan from the State Library.

Space is limited; register via Zoom at

For more information, email and include “Discussion Project” in the subject line.