PROGRAMS & EVENTS

BOOK CLUBS

Thomaston Public Library is proud to be home to four different monthly book clubs! While these book clubs are currently unable to meet in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are continuing to meet virtually. Contact us at library@thomastonmaine.gov for more information!

  • Intergenerational Book Club
  • Let's Talk About It Book Club
  • Mystery Book Club
  • Silent Book Club

The Intergenerational Book Club meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:30 pm, in the main reading room. The current year's book selections are listed below. Bookmarks with the current list are also available at the circulation desk. The library has a copy of each book and additional copies are available through interlibrary loan.

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. All are welcome to join and rides can be arranged for Thomaston residents.

2020 IGBC Book List:

Let's Talk About It meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 11 am. This book club discussion series is brought to us and other Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council in partnership with the Maine State Library.

Each series around a different theme lasts five months. Everyone is welcome to join, whether for one book or the whole series!  For additional information, contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or library@thomastonmaine.gov.

Let's Talk About It is starting a fun new series about book-to-film adaptations! Please note that because this is not an official series through the Maine Humanities Council, books will need to be requested individually through interlibrary loan. The series will run as follows:

  • September 8: The Orchid Thief - Book & Movie
  • October 13: Strangers on a Train -  Book & Movie 
  • November 10: L.A. Confidential Book Movie
  • December 8: The Princess Bride - Book Movie
  • January 12: Bridget Jones's Diary - Book & Movie


The links above will take you to MaineCat listings to request either the book or the film through interlibrary loan. If you need any assistance, please feel free to email us at library@thomastonmaine.gov.

The Mystery Book Club was born out of a shared love of the mystery genre among many of the members of the Let's Talk About It Book Club. Led by Diane Giese, head librarian, and Lee Heffner, facilitator of the Let's Talk About It Book Club, everyone is welcome to join and it meets on the first Thursday of every month at 11 am. For more information,  contact the library at library@thomastonmaine.gov.

As with our other book clubs, the Mystery Book Club is continuing to meet virtually while the library is closed!

The Mystery Book Club took a break last month because during August's meeting they were struggling to decide what to read next, and facilitator Lee Heffner supplied resources to help broaden the pool of possible authors to try and inform future discussions. The book club will meet as usual at 11 am on October 1 to discuss literary and mystery podcasts and how authors and books will be chosen for future discussions. For the November 5 meeting, they will be reading The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan. Make sure to get your interlibrary loan request in today!

"Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading!" - Rainer Maria Rilke

Need an excuse to set aside some time to read? Or perhaps you haven't joined a traditional book club because it feels too much like the assigned reading in high school? Check out Thomaston Public Library's Silent Book Club!

Join us for a few minutes of low-key (and completely optional! Introverts welcome!) socializing to share what we have read lately or are currently reading and some light snacks, followed by reading in companionable silence. There is no required reading, so bring your own book or ask the librarians or the fellow book club members for a recommendation to borrow when you arrive. We meet at the library on the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Learn more about Silent Book Clubs here!

In-person Silent Book Clubs are obviously cancelled while the library is closed due to COVID-19, but we are continuing to meet online to discuss what we're reading! Email us at library@thomastonmaine.gov for more information.