ArtReach St. Croix Offering Free Workshop on How to Lead a Book Discussion

In preparation for The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley, ArtReach St. Croix will be offering workshops on how to have a great book discussion.

The free workshops are two hours long and open to the public. The workshops will be taught by scholarly author and retired literature professor, Dr. Carolyn Wedin.

The workshops are offered in preparation for The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley, which will be focused on Love Medicine by Minnesota author Louise Erdrich.

This two-hour training will give attendees the confidence to lead a great book discussion. Dr. Wedin, retired professor of literature at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, will share her passion for great stories and great book discussions. She will help participants access the power of literature and help them discover ways to have a highly participatory conversation about any book.

Dr. Wedin will also focus a portion of the workshop specifically on how to lead a discussion about Love Medicine.

Everyone is welcome to attend one of three trainings around the valley:

  • Stillwater Public Library: Monday, March 9 from 4-6 p.m.
  • St. Croix Falls Public Library: Tuesday, March 10 from 4-6 p.m.
  • River Falls Public Library: Thursday, March 12 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Libraries throughout the St. Croix Valley, in partnership with ArtReach St. Croix will host discussions about Love Medicine and other tie-in titles as part of The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley.

Visit for dates and times of these book discussions as well as other The Big Read events, which will begin April 2 and will be hosted throughout the St. Croix Valley.

ArtReach St. Croix announced in May 2014 that it received a grant to host The Big Read in the St. Croix Valley which will focus on native Minnesota author Erdrich’s novel Love Medicine.

As a regional arts agency serving the lower St. Croix Valley, ArtReach is working in collaboration with arts organizations and libraries throughout the six county region to provide a range of activities associated with featured The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

ArtReach St. Croix is one of 77 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2014 and June 2015. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Learn more about The Big Read at