Two Towns-One Book: Clifton Park & Halfmoon Read
Announcing the Book of the Year!
The contenders for our third community read have been revealed, scrutinized and discussed. The votes have been tabulated. Our choice is one of our non-fiction selections: The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. This deliciously funny book describes what happens when two New Yorkers do the unthinkable: start over, raise a herd of kids, and get a little dirty. You’re sure to love this riotous and moving true tale of goats, mud, and a centuries-old mansion in rustic upstate New York.
Events and Activities: January – May, 2014
Kicking off our third season – January 11 – with author Josh Kilmer-Purcell!
Author Josh Kilmer-Purcell, along with Brent Ridge, will kick off our third season at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library on January 11, 2014, at 2:00 PM. The Bucolic Plague: An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell is a true story of “how two Manhattanites became gentlemen farmers.” You may be familiar with these gentlemen as previous winners of The Amazing Race as well as starring in The Fabulous Beekman Boys. The book is “sweet, touching, and funny.” Should be lots of fun!
Registration is required and begins on December 11 at 9:30 AM.
Related events and activities will begin in January; the TTOB website will keep you updated and information will be disseminated in December. One focus, Seeds of Change, will address a major theme from the book – life changes, career changes, changing the way we think about different foods and where our food comes from and how this impacts ourselves and our community. Other related topics and themes will also be explored.
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.
Visit Kids Read, Too! for recommended
junior companion books, activities, and events.
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 email@example.com.
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: