Two Towns-One Book: Clifton Park & Halfmoon Read
Join us for upcoming events:
Discussion of this year’s Book of Choice with Rhona Koretsky – CPH Public Library, Tuesday, March 11, 7 PM.
Sharon Springs – Past, Present, Future – CPH Public Library, Saturday, May 10, 2 PM
More event details (including events just for kids!)
Books & Brunch: Saturday, March 15, 10 AM
Our annual gathering of book & brunch lovers continues! Join area book groups and lovers of books for brunch and a panel discussion: “Seeds of Change,” focusing on career change. Moving from a high powered career in Manhattan to the bucolic life in upstate New York is not the only possibility for a rewarding new life style. $20.00 includes brunch, non-alcoholic beverages, and gratuity. Make checks payable to the Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. Mail your check to FOL, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Write on the memo line of your check, Books and Brunch. Our receipt of your check is your reservation. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, March 11. Read More.
We met the “Fabulous Beekman boys!”
The “Fabulous Beekman Boys” charmed the audience at the Two Towns-one book 2014 Kick-off Event on Saturday, January 11. Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, are well known for winning the 21st season of “The Amazing Race” in 2012 and their reality shows on the Discovery Network and the Cooking Channel. Kilmer-Purcell is the best selling author of The Bucolic Plague, which is our 2014 Book of the Year. The Beekman Boys spoke of the challenges they faced since purchasing the historic Beekman Mansion in nearby Sharon Springs, their experiences on “The Amazing Race,” annnd the importance of community support in the success of their Beekman 1802 business. Visit their website for more information: www.Beekman1802.com. Copies of the Bucolic Plague were sold and signed.
Audience members were asked to join the “TTOB Read to Feed – Kids helping Kids – Families Helping Families” initiative by making donations and by voting for the animal to be donated. See “Kids Read, Too!” for more information about our project supporting Heifer International.
Click here for link to coverage of our Kick-off by The Saratogian.
More photos: We Meet the Beekman Boys – Kick Off 2014
Joe Peck shared stories of his bucolic life.
Local farmer, author, and storyteller Joe Peck entertained an appreciative audience at the CPH Library on Februrary 15, with a tribute to local farmers. He shared information of what dairy farming used to be, as well as how the industry currently functions. His true stories were laced with humor anchored in the truth, that it takes people with specialized strengths to take on and maintain the “bucolic life.”
Click here for more photos of Farm Stories with Storyteller and Author Joe Peck
Mark your calendar for this season’s events (more being planned)! Click on EVENTS for details.
Click here for TTOB Events, Programs, and Activities Brochure – 2014.
1/11, 2 PM – Kick-Off Event: Meet the “Fabulous Beekman Boys!” – CPH Library
2/8, 10-2 PM – Winterfest – Kids Read, Too! Activities – Clifton Park Center
2/15, 2-3:30 PM – Farm Stories with Storyteller Joe Peck – CPH Library
3/11, 7 PM – Book Discussion Group w/Rhona Koretzky – CPH Library
3/15, 10-Noon – Books & Brunch – Vista at the Van Patten Golf Course
3/23, 12-4 PM – Shensational – Kids Read, Too! Activities – Shenendehowa Campus
3/27, 4-5 PM – Try Something New! For Grades 1 – 5 – CPH Library
4/8, 10:15-11 AM and 1:15-2 PM – New Experiences! For Ages 4 – 6 – CPH Library
4/24, 11-1 PM – What’s On Your Plate? – Shenendehowa Campus
5/10, 2-4 PM – Sharon Springs – Past, Present, Future – CPH Library
Book Club in a Bag
Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library TTOB Book Club in a Bags for The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell are available for sign out from the Library’s circulation desk. Each bag has eight books. The bags cannot be reserved but once it is signed out, if no one is waiting for it, it can be renewed. Click here for Bucolic Plague TTOB Discussion Questions
Visit Kids Read, Too! for recommended junior companion books, activities and events!
Two works of fiction and three non-fiction selections were on the ballot as finalists for the Two Towns-One Book: Clifton Park and Halfmoon Read! book of choice. The winning title was decided by public vote ending October 27. The other contenders were: The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball; The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, The Round House by Louise Erdrich; and The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig.
Click to see Our TTOB Top 23 Books for 2013.
“This is the walk we’ve been waiting for!”
Literary Trivia WalkWe thank many volunteers and all our Community Sponsors for their support! Click below to see the fun!
Community residents enjoyed the September 29th Literary Trivia Walk sponsored by Friends of the Library and the Shenendehowa School Librarians. Many families arrived at Shatekon Elementary School to register and receive a map of the walk through Shatekon and Arongen and on to the woodland pathway to the library. Along the way, participants stopped at 18 stations to examine clues, artifacts, and quotes from books suggested by our schools, the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, and online here at Two Towns-One Book. Participants were provided with a list of possible titles. Completed forms were turned in at station number 18 in front of the library. All entries were eligible for prizes, including a Kindle Fire! A complete list of prize winners will be posted on this website soon. Participants had an opportunity to vote for one of five contenders for this year’s community read. The day presented a perfect collaboration among TTOB volunteers and Community Sponsors.
Basket Raffle October 2013
Thanks to all who contributed baskets for our Fall 2013 Basket Raffle at the FOL Book Sale. Click here for complete list of contributors and Basket Raffle Winners 2013.
The Contenders were announced at 5 PM, September 11, 2013, at the Contenders Revealed Event in the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Community Rooms. Community book lovers enjoyed the book detective game, refreshments, and children’s activities. Prizes were awarded! Click to see photos from Contenders Revealed 2013.
FOL Receives Stewart’s Holiday Match Funding!
Kids, Read, Too!, the children’s branch of Two Towns – One Book was awarded $750 by Stewart’s holiday match Program. Read more.
Important Dates for 2013-2014
· Book Nominations – April 15 – May 31
· Book Evaluation & Selection of 5 Contenders – June 1 – August 1
· Vote for Final Selection – September 11 – October 27
· Announce THE BOOK - November 1
· Events & Activities – January – May
A Call for Volunteers!
Several sub-committees were formed in year one to move this project forward, including Book Selection, Book Readers, Public Relations, School Connection, Programming, Author Events, and Fundraising. We invite interested residents to serve on a sub-committee and be part of this exciting program.
Contact Linda Conklin, Chairwoman of TTOB, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can I Get Involved?
- 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.
- Attend our related programs.
- 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 Discussion at the Library or a local bookstore. A complete list of Community Discussion groups will be available on our web site. Official Discussion Questions for your own book group will also be available here.
- Join our volunteers.
- Become a Community Partner.
Many Thanks to Our Community Partners: