The Intergenerational Book Club meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:30 pm, in the main reading room. A list of the current year's book selection is available at the circulation desk and online. All books may be borrowed in paper or on Kindle.



History of IGBC:


In October 2010 a group of Thomaston Library staff and volunteers joined several Georges Valley High School teachers to create an intergenerational book club called Bookwomen Unite! The group met both at the Library and at the high school and received  financial support to purchase books that would encourage young women to join older women in discussions of both teen and adult titles. When the school populations in RSU 13 were redistributed in 2011, the group evolved into the Intergenerational Book Club. On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages from Thomaston and from surrounding communities, comes together at the library to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Titles include Fiction, Biography and other non-fiction, Maine authors and subjects, adult and young adult levels. Extra copies of the books are purchased by the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds and copies are also available on the library's circulating e-readers.  All are welcome to join and rides can be arranged for Thomaston residents.




Special Announcement:

On Tuesday, June 20th, at 2:30 PM, the Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins.


A vividly original literary novel based on the astounding true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person who learned language and blazed a trail for Helen Keller. At age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age twelve, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age twenty, she was considered the nineteenth century's second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance. Not since The Diving Bell and the Butterfly has a book proven so profoundly moving in illuminating the challenges of living in a completely unique inner world.


With Laura-by turns mischievous, temperamental, and witty-as the book's primary narrator, the fascinating kaleidoscope of characters includes the founder of Perkins Institute, Samuel Gridley Howe, with whom she was in love; his wife, the glamorous Julia Ward Howe, a renowned writer, abolitionist, and suffragist; Laura's beloved teacher, who married a missionary and died insane from syphilis; an Irish orphan with whom Laura had a tumultuous affair; Annie Sullivan; and even the young Helen Keller.  Deeply enthralling and rich with lyricism, What Is Visible chronicles the breathtaking experiment that Laura Bridgman embodied and its links to the great social, philosophical, theological, and educational changes rocking Victorian America. Given Laura's worldwide fame in the nineteenth century, it is astonishing that she has been virtually erased from history.


On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. All are welcome at the ThomastonLibrary on June 20th at 2:30  p.m.   If you live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride, please call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion date.





The Intergenerational Book Club (IGBC)

"Let's Talk About It"

Book discussion series

Under a grant awarded by the Maine Humanities Council, this club is titled "Telling the Truth: The

subject of Autobiograhpy". Books available in the head librarian's office include


  • In My Mother's House by Kim Chernin meeting January 3rd, 2017
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston on February 7th, 2017
  • The Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Wolff on March 7th, 2017
  • CHANGE IN SCHEDULE!!!!! The group decided at the march meeting that they
    wanted to read Geoffry's brother's book also. SO... On April 4th the reading group will
    be discussing "This Boy's Life" by Tobias Wolff. This is on our Kindles and we are
    asking for copies from ILL.
  • Landscape for a Good Woman: A Story of Two Lives" by Carolyn Kay Steedman on May 2nd, 2017
  • Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy on June 6th, 2017


Friend, writer, writer's coach and instructor Lee Heffner of Rockland will facilitate.


The program is offered to Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council in conjunction with the

Maine State Library. Meetings are open to all and will start at 11am. Bring a bag lunch, beverage and

dessert will be provided.


For more information call the Thomaston Public Library at 354-2453



Mystery Book Club

The Mystery Book Club meets once each month at a group member's home to discuss books by a single

author. The Schedule for March - September 2017 includes:


  • March : J. Robert James
  • April : Tana French
  • May: Kate Ross
  • June: Elizabeth Day
  • July: Mark Pryor
  • August: Don Winslow
  • September: Tony/Anne Hillerman


For more information about meeting dates, times and locations, please contact Nancy Carter at