PROGRAMS & EVENTS

BOOK CLUBS

Thomaston Public Library is proud to be home to four different monthly book clubs! Each group may meet in person in the gazebo if the weather cooperates, or may offer a hybrid option when meeting indoors in the 2nd floor Community Conference Room. Contact us at library@thomastonmaine.gov for more information!

Pop-Up Book Club - August 25 Free choice! Tell us about your favorite book or your latest read Mystery Book Club - September 1 The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Let's Talk About It - September 13 Any book (fiction or nonfiction) published in the 1940s Intergenerational Book Club - September 20 Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

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.

2022 IGBC Book List:

Let's Talk About It meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm. This book club began as a discussion series sponsored by Maine Humanities Council in partnership with the Maine State Library. The group chooses books categorized around a theme, and each series lasts for five or six 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 new series: Books by the Decade!

We'll start with books published in the 1920s in July, move on to the 1930s in August, 1940s in September, 1950s in October, 1960s in November, and wrap up with the 1970s in December.

Fiction or nonfiction - everything is game as long as it was published in the given decade. If you want to take it a step further, it might be interesting to see how a particular genre has changed over the years and do a deep dive into, for example, the evolution of romance or science fiction or mysteries over the years. But you could also just pick whatever catches your eye for a particular month.

For some reference and help finding titles for the 1920s, LitHub has a great article on The 10 Books that Defined the 1920s, and Stylist published one on The 50 Best Books of the 1920s. If you have any questions or would like us to request a book for you, please let us know.

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. Everyone is welcome to join, and it meets on the first Thursday of every month at 2 pm. For more information,  contact the library at library@thomastonmaine.gov.

The group decides each month what they will read for the following month. For more information about the current selection, please contact the library.

The Pop-Up Book Club began as a limited series book group meeting outside at the library's gazebo during the summer  at Thomaston Public Library to celebrate fun “beach reads” with delicious treats and informal discussion. We were having such a great time when the weather turned cold that we brought the group indoors (minus the snacks because of COVID) and continued! We meet on the third Thursday of every month.

The group decides each month what they will read for the following month. For more information about the current selection, please contact the Library at (207) 354-2453 or library@thomastonmaine.gov