We're celebrating New Voices in New Hampshire
Connections adult book discussion program brings the best of children’s, young adult, and adult literature to more than 500 adult learners each year.
Connections works in partnership with adult basic education and ESOL classes, refugee resettlement organizations, services for adults with developmental disabilities, and state and county prisons. Participants are both native English speakers and new Americans. Connections aims to provide quality books and stimulating discussions that promote English language skills, cultivate conversations about ideas, reinforce family literacy, support a culture of reading, and encourage civic engagement.
Connections participants can receive up to four free books and keep the books they read. For incarcerated parents, they send the books home to their children along with a recording of their personal reading. Each four week series is organized around a theme such as “Journeys,” “Coming to America,” “Work,” “Family Stories,” or “U.S. and NH History,” and is led by a New Hampshire Humanities-trained discussion facilitator. Facilitators work in collaboration with teachers to meet their individual goals for a Connections series.
"Connections is an example of New Hampshire Humanities
identifying a real need, rallying partners around it,
and coming up with a real solution."
Ken Sheldon, Bank of America