CUSHING — The Cushing Public Library presents a lively five-book program of reading and discussion, “What If We Were All Equal?,” beginning Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. The Maine Humanities Council has organized the program and is providing free copies of the books, which participants will be able to keep when the program concludes and are now available for pick-up at the library before the first session.

The program is free and open to the public, but limited to the first 20 registrants. To register, call Wendy Roberts at 207-691-0833 or email

The council has selected the following compelling and diverse readings that invite reflections on ideas and actions that really matter: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot; “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu; “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei; “Living Nations Living Words An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry” by Joy Harjo, Carla D. Hayden, The Library of Congress; and “The First Blade of Sweetgrass” by Gabriel Frey and Suzanne Greenlaw.

The discussion leader is poet and teacher Ellen Goldsmith of Cushing. The meetings continue on the fourth Thursdays in March, April, May and June.