Two Towns-One Book: Clifton Park & Halfmoon Read

A program of the Friends of the Library
A non-profit organization that supports the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Voting for the book for our fifth annual community-wide read is now closed.

The votes have been tabulated…

Version 2The winner is . . .

The Martian 

By Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and alone with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Need reminders to remember the acronyms while reading? Click here: List of Acronyms

“Stuck on Mars with nothing but disco: Ars talks with The Martian’s Andy Weir” By Lee Hutchinson 


The search for the perfect book for our 2016 Community Read began on May 16, with nominations from our Clifton Park and Halfmoon communities. Nominations ended June 14. During the summer months our Book Selection Committee narrowed nominations to five great reads. Voting took place from September 11-October 31.  

Related community activities for all ages begin in January.

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We invite all to participate in our fifth community-wide read. Copies of our chosen book will be available at the CPH Library. Bags containing multiple copies will be assembled and may be requested at the check-out desk. Activities exploring the book’s themes will be listed on our Events page and begin in January.


Please visit our website again for updates as our season unfolds.


Junior Companion Books will be announced soon for our younger readers. Visit our “Kids Read, Too!” page for a list of recommended reading and suggestions for family involvement. Details of activities for children will be listed on our Events page.


The Final Five Contenders

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Euphoria by Lily King

The Martian by Andy Weir

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

 Read more about the  Final Five Contenders 2016.

Read Why We Liked These Books.


Did you nominate the BOOK for 2016?

Join us on our journey…

Which of these titles will most likely appeal to our community readers? Which will encourage lively discussions? Which will inspire relevant events? Which will reveal an interesting map for this season’s travels? These are the questions we asked as our journey to find the next Book of Choice began. The Two Towns-One Book Selection Committee thanks you for your nominations for our 2016 Community Read. A group of enthusiastic, well-read bibliophiles examined the list of possible contenders, researched the titles, and chose the texts to be read over the summer. Oh, yes…we have embarked on another exciting adventure for our fifth season! We narrowed down the list of nominations to a most appealing top 20, and we formed reading discussion groups. Each group has the responsibility of reading four nominees to determine the suitability of each to be one of our five contenders for your votes. Discussions are opinionated, passionate, and joyful. If you would like to join a group as a reader, contact us. The next step is to present recommendations to our Steering Committee. Representatives of each discussion group advocate for books to be our five contenders. The results of this exhilarating discourse will be shared in September as the five final contenders are revealed to all for a public vote. You will then determine our next Book of Choice with your votes. The winning book will be announced during the week of November 2. Thematically connected junior companion books will be selected for our “Kids Read, Too!” friends. Our event-filled 2016 season celebrating the book and its themes will run from January to May. We invite you all to take this journey with us. Come back for updates and opportunities to participate. Click here to see TTOB Top 20 List 2016.


Travel with Two Towns-One Book

“Books are vehicles that transport us to different places in different times.  When we started Two Towns-One Book in 2010, we wondered where we would go.  The first year in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, we traveled to Nazi Germany in 1939 and found Liesel, Rudy, and the Hubermanns on Himmel Street in Molching, Germany.

Next came Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, where we admired Louie Zamperini’s courage and resiliency.  We traveled with Louie to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, his enlistment into the Air Force, then his airplane being shot down in the ocean, drifted with him for days in the Pacific Ocean and suffered in his imprisonment in the POW camps in Japan.

Last year, the book chosen was in a lighter vein.  We traveled with contemporaries Brent and Josh, the fabulous Beekman Boys, from New York City to a farm with a beautiful mansion in Sharon Springs, New York in The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers by Josh Kilmer-Purcell.  A bus field trip took some of us to Sharon Springs, where we toured their farm, met the goats, visited the Beekman 1802 Mercantile Store, lunched at the American Hotel, and experienced the town first hand.

Tonight we are thrilled to have with us Jan-Phillip Sendker, the author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, this year’s winning book.  In the story set in pre-WWII we journey to Burma and meet Tin Win and MiMi.  But I’ll let him tell you more about this.  Jim Foster from the library was instrumental in arranging for the author’s appearance and Jim will introduce the author.”

-From an introduction by Linda Conklin, Creator and Chairperson of Two Towns-One Book, April, 16, 2015


Revisit Season 4 2015

Click here for 2015 Events Brochure.

2015 Kids Read, Too!


To see what our neighboring communities are reading visit: Saratoga Reads! and One County One Book (Schenectady)


The TTOB year long program includes the following components:

  • Book Nominations: January-May
  • Select Contenders: June-August
  • Vote for the final Selection: September -October
  • Announce THE BOOK: November
  • Community Activities: January-May


How Can I Get Involved?

  • We invite volunteers to work on sub-committees and events. Sub-committees include: Book Selection, Book Readers, Public Relations, Events, Fundraising, and Kids Read, Too! Contact Us.
  • Get the BOOK! Check out a copy of the selected book or purchase your own copy at your local bookstore. The title will be available at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library in hardback, paperback and audio format. This title will also available as a Book Club in a Bag version, for book clubs wishing to check out multiple copies at once!
  • Read! Join your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors in reading the same book – together!
  • Register your Book Club. We are happy to include book clubs from the surrounding area. Read more in About Us.
  • Attend our related programs. See Events.
  • Check out our web pages weekly and watch for the official schedule of events in January!
  • Sign up to receive e-mail updates about TTOB related programs and events.
  • Attend a Community Book Discussion. Official Discussion Questions for your own book group will also be available on the website.
  • Become a Sponsor.
  • Contact Us. Or contact Linda Conklin, Chairwoman of TTOB, at

Please support our sponsors!


Our goal is to bring people in our community together through the shared reading and discussion of a common book. Our choices inspire rich discussion and community activities and encourage younger readers to participate through companion books and related activities.