PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Thomaston Public Library is proud to be home to four different monthly book clubs! Let’s Talk About It and the Mystery Book Club have returned to solely in-person meetings in the second floor Community Conference Room, and Intergenerational Book Club is currently offering a hybrid version. The Summer Pop-Up Book Club meets in-person, outside at the library’s gazebo. 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 modern interpretations of Greek mythology! 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:
- July 13: Circe by Madeline Miller
- August 10: The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds
- September 14: An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn
- October 12: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
- November 9: An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
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.
The group decides each month what they will read for the following month. For more information about the current selection, please contact the library.
Please note: The July Summer Pop-Up Book Club has been postponed to THURSDAY, July 29.
The Summer Pop-Up Book Club is a limited series book group meeting outside at the library's gazebo for the third Wednesday (rain date the following week) of June, July, and August at Thomaston Public Library to celebrate fun summer “beach reads” with delicious treats and informal discussion.
June's selection was any title by Beth O'Leary, including The Switch, The Flatshare, or The Road Trip.
For July 21 (rain date July 28) July 29, the group will read and chat about Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club:
“’Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.’ —Wall Street Journal
“’Don’t trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman’s own laugh-out-loud whodunit.’ —Parade
“In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
“When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?”
August's selection will be decided at the July meeting. For more information, contact the Library at (207) 354-2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org