PROGRAMS & EVENTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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.
2021 IGBC Book List:
- January 19: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
- February 16: Beach Read by Emily Henry
- March 16: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
- April 20: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
- May 18: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- June 15: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
- July 20: The Toni Morrison Book Club by Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, and Piper Kendrix Williams
- August 17: Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
- September 21: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
- October 19: Eat a Peach by David Chang
- November 16: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
- December 21: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Let's Talk About It meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm. 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 email@example.com.
Let's Talk About It is starting an exciting new series of historical novels that have helped shape our culture! 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:
- February 9: Burr by Gore Vidal
- March 9: Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
- April 13: West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
- May 11: The Master by Colm Tóibín
- June 8: The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The links above will take you to MaineCat listings to request either the print book through interlibrary loan (large print or audiobooks may be available - contact us for more info). If you need any assistance, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and Lee Heffner, 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 email@example.com.
As with our other book clubs, the Mystery Book Club is continuing to meet virtually while the library is closed!
For the March 4 meeting at 2:00 PM, they will be reading The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard. 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 cancelled for the time being due to COVID-19, but we are looking forward to the day we can return, and are occasionally holding informal chats online to discuss what we're reading! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.