Archive for March, 2009

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since I first learned about the Let’s Talk About It: Love, Forgiveness and Wisdom grant from the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute. I want to thank Joanne Dunmyre and  Kaarin Van Ausdal of the Carnegie Library-Main for their assistance in both writing the grant and keeping me on task.

When I read your evaluations of our series (thank you, everyone), the overwhelming thread was  gratitude to Heather McNaugher for her enthusiastic presentations. What set this book discussion series apart from  others here at Main was the scholarship that Heather brought each week. And as I said at our last meeting, I am also grateful to all of you for committing yourselves to the group — I know that during dark, cold evenings in January and February it might have been easier to stay at home, but you came and I do appreaciate your attendance and your participation. If we are fortunate enough to receive another grant next year, I will consider all your suggestions on how we might improve the series.

Some of you asked me to repeat the Anne Lamott quotation I mentioned during our discussion of Atonement. Here it is:

“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.”

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main offers book discussions, musical events, foreign language clubs, poetry readings, and lots more. Check out our website or ask any librarian for a copy of the monthly calendar. Please stop by the reference desk on the first floor and say hello the next time you’re here at the library. Until then, keep reading and please do keep in touch.

Peace, Jane



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