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.
We are also grateful for support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Ella F. Anderson Trust, BNY Mellon, N.A., Trustee; Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation; Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation; and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.