Patti’s Oct. 8 “Inside New Gloucester” column

A special kids craft table was a popular feature at the Harvest Moon Craft Festival at Mindful Folk Farm Sept. 25. Located on Morse Road, the farm is owned by fiber maker Hannah Welling. Contributed / Penny Hilton

Library hosting book, film discussions on anti-racism

New Gloucester Public Library will be sponsoring an ongoing monthly book and film discussion group that supports growth and reflection about anti-racism. Each month will feature different material and will include one or two discussion sessions. Opening the series is the book “Waking Up White” by racial justice educator and writer Debby Irving.

Two sessions will be conducted. The first will be held in-person in the library’s gazebo from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Attendees are cautioned to dress in warm layers and/or bring a blanket.

This session will focus on the first five sections of the book, up to and including the section “25 years of Tossing and Turning,” and will also allow time for group members to become acquainted.

The second session will be held via Zoom from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Email to receive the Zoom link for that day. This session will not only focus on the last three sections of the book, but it will reflect on the book as a whole. Participants do not need to have attended the first session to join the second.

Facilitator Leigh Anne Keichline is an educator who holds a master’s degree in education and literacy as well as political science. Passionate about racial justice but humble in her own journey, she offers a space for curiosity, care, respect and growth.

The library is located at 379 Intervale Road. For more information, call 926-4840.

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