Library’s ‘Talking Service’ series designed for veterans

Military veterans and members of the general public will have the opportunity to engage with each other through a unique "book club" of sorts that is being offered by the Henrico County Public Library, in conjunction with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

As part of the eight-session "Talking Service" series, which begins Jan. 13 at Libbie Mill Library, participants will read selections from Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian. The book, compiled by the nonprofit Great Books Foundation (which also created the Talking Service series), includes 44 selections from various genres – among them poetry, nonfiction, fiction, essays and memoirs – all examining experiences, concerns and aspirations of veterans who have
transitioned back to civilian life, according to Henrico County Library spokeswoman Kara Rothman.

"We think this is a unique experience for veterans and the general public to share and connect over a very special piece of literature," she said.

The series is designed to foster discussion by vets about their experiences in service and after they returned home. It will be facilitated by Fairfield Area Library Manager – and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran – Mike Hatchett, who learned about it through his supervisor, Barbara Weedman, and decided to help implement it in Henrico.

The Talking Service series has been held eight times in other Virginia localities, but this will be its first foray into Metro Richmond. Funding for the program comes in part through a grant that the Great Books Foundation received from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

HCPL is promoting the program to veterans and the public through posters and online announcements, according to Rothman. It hopes to attract a dozen or more attendees.

The Great Books Foundation has donated 16 copies of the book to the HCPL for use during the series, and if other copies are needed, they will be available to check out through the library system, Rothman said.

All eight sessions of Talking Service will be held at Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East Street, beginning at 7 p.m. Sessions will be held Jan. 13 and 27; Feb. 10 and 24; Mar. 9 and 23; and Apr. 6 and 20.

There is no cost to attend the series, and while organizers hope that most attendees will plan to be present for each session, that's not a requirement. Veterans or members of the public are invited to visit any of the sessions.

To learn more about the Talking Service series, visit http://henricolibrary.org/talkingservice, http://talkingservice.greatbooks.org or call (804) 290-9400, ext. 5.
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