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Reading Matters:
Book Club
Through a grant from the
Maine Humanities Council, Merrymeeting Adult Education was able to sponsor a book club this Fall (2021) at the Two Bridges Regional Jail. As part of the Discussion Project by the Maine Humanities Council, the book club involved six female inmates reading and discussing American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. This Program was specifically designed to support individuals disconnected from their communities.

Initiated by Dawn Wheeler, the Bath Site Coordinator for Merrymeeting, and facilitated by educator, Anne Schlitt, the book club ran from Oct 28th to Dec 16th at the jail in Wiscasset. Participants engaged in weekly discussions about personal responsibility, immigrant experiences, and cultural perceptions. Many of the participants commented on how their discussions of the book made them analyze their own choices in the context of their current situations.

Feedback about the program has been overwhelmingly positive in the community. Some of the participants have expressed interest in furthering their literacy skills via the Maine College & Career Access Program.
*Original story and photographs by Charlotte Boynton at The Lincoln County News.

“The Maine Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit organization, uses the humanities— literature, history, philosophy, and culture — as a tool for positive change in Maine communities.”
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FEATURED CLASSES
Check out these featured classes from our new Winter/Spring 2022 catalog!

In this course, we will expand upon the rich history of watercolor illustration in conjunction with literature imagery.

Learn, or improve upon, drawing fundamentals as we work from simple still life arrangements. You will be provided with individual guidance.

The Alexander Technique is a practical, educational approach that helps you rediscover your natural ease by becoming aware of the way you use yourself.
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CLASSES IN ACTION
On Thursday, January 15th, participants of the Pet Portraits in Acrylics workshop created beautiful portraits of their pets in acrylic. With the help of instructor, Shirley Anderson, participants painted their pets on pre-sketched canvases prepared by the instructor from photographs.

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The Winter/Spring 2022 catalog is here! Due to staffing shortages at USPS, some catalogs may be arriving later than expected. If you would like a catalog mailed to you sooner, email us at [email protected]. In the meantime, you can visit our online catalog any time for updated information on our new Winter/Spring 2022 programming.


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