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 and rides can be arranged for Thomaston residents.
2020 IGBC Book List:
- January 20: The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
- February 18: Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini
- March 17: A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman by Joan Anderson
- April 21: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- May 19: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
- June 16: Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin
- July 21: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- August 18: Dear George, Dear Mary by Mary Calvi
- September 15: Becoming by Michelle Obama
- October 20: Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand
- November 17: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- December 15: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
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! Light refreshments are served. For additional information, contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or email@example.com.
The spring series is “The Journey Inward: Women’s Autobiography” and was scheduled to begin in April with Eudora Welty's One Writer's Beginnings.
Though due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine Humanities Council is not currently able to send us the books for the series and Thomaston Public Library is not able to distribute them, the book club is persevering online!
For July, book club members will be discussing James McBride's The Color of Water using books obtained individually and resources available online. The meeting will happen virtually at 11 am on Tuesday, July 14. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com.
As with our other book clubs, the Mystery Book Club is continuing to meet virtually while the library is closed!
They are planning to discuss Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman on Thursday, July 2 at 11 am.
Email us for more information.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.