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


Celebrating The Art of Hearing Heartbeats…here’s what’s happening…

A Tapestry of Love StoriesA Tapestry of Love Stories

Presented by Kate Dudding

Saturday, Fevruary 28 2 – 3:30 PM

Clifton Park- Halmoon Public Library

See Events  for details.


Tuesday Evening Book DiscussionTuesday Evening Book Discussion: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Our 2015 Book of Choice

Tuesday, March 10, 7 PM

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

See Events  for details.



Books and Lunch Poster-2015-5-page-0BOOKS & LUNCH: Dispelling the Myths about Blindness

Saturday, March 21, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

The Vista, 924 Main Street, Jonesville

Registration deadline is March 18.

Join area book groups and lovers of books for lunch and a panel discussion about Dispelling the Myths about Blindness. $25.00 includes lunch, 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. Please write your e-mail address and menu choice on the memo line. Luncheon choices include: 1. Grilled Salmon Beurre Blanc; 2. Egg Battered Chicken Piccata; OR 3. Sliced Sirloin Au Jus.  A Vista Garden Salad, plated dessert and beverage are included.  Your check is your registration. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, March 18.

Our panelists include Brian Daniels, Associate Commissioner of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services; Maureen Strainge, Co-Director of Rehabilitation Services for the North Eastern Association of the Blind; Kenny Jones, Assistive Technology Instructor, North Eastern Association of the Blind; Barrie Handelman, Certified Braillist and retired BOCES Teacher of the Blind; and Andres Harnecker, Business Service Specialist, New York State Commission for the Blind. Whether you’ve read the 2015 Book of the Year or not yet, come and find out interesting details as we explore a major theme in The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. If you would like to ask a question of the panel, we’ll have cards on each table.

During lunch, you’ll enjoy delightful music played by Dr. Tim Olsen, Director of the Union College Jazz Ensemble.  There will be a basket raffle and an opportunity for all participants to get information on the Kids Read, Too! initiative.

Books and Lunch Poster



Jan-Philipp Sendker is Coming!!!!

He is coming to our town!

He is coming to our town!

Little Theater – Gowana Middle School Auditorium - Thursday, April 16,  7 PM

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The author of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is coming! Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is his first novel. He will share insights, sign books, answer questions, and discuss his future writing ventures. Registration for this event may be completed online or at the library and begins on March 1.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Visit Jan-Philipp Sendker.


Click for Event Details.

Click here for 2015 Events Brochure.

Kids Read, Too!

Junior Companion Booklist 2015 ***Junior Companion Books Activities 2015



Events 2015

*Mingalabar: Kick-off – 1/11 – CPH Library – 2 PM

*Winterfest: Kids Read, Too! – Clifton Park Center – 2/7, 10:00 AM – 2 PM

*A Tapestry of Love Stories – CPH Library – 2/28, 2 PM

*Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – CPH Library – 3/10 – 7 PM

*Books & Lunch – Vista – 3/21, 11:30 AM

*Shensational: Kids Read, Too! – Shen Campus – 3/21, 10 – 2

*Stories For All the Senses: Kids Read, Too! – CPH Library – 4/9 – 10 AM

*Author Event: Jan-Philipp Sendker – Shen High School East – 4/16, 7 PM


Our Book of Choice 2015

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

art of hearing heartbeatsBy Jan-Phillipp Sendker

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.



The search for the perfect book for our 2015 Community Read began on May 4, with your nominations. Nominations ended June 14. During the summer months our Book Selection Committee narrowed your nominations to five great reads. Take a peek at our TTOB Top 25 Books 2014. Voting took place from September 11-October 31.


“Mingalabar” Hello – Auspiciousness on you.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: Kick-Off

Welcome to Myanmar

Welcome to Myanmar, The Golden Land

On Sunday, January 11, Friends of the Library member and world traveler, Linda Fox, presented her October 2014 Myanmar experience! The slide show targeted today’s Myanmar:  the importance of Buddhism, the industriousness of the people, the effects of extensive poverty, and everyday life in this fascinating country.

Mingalabar Kick-off Photos 2015

Prepared by Linda Fox:  Myanmar Bibliography


The Contenders 2014

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillipp Sendker I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai Mary Coin by Marisa Silver My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor One Summer; America 1927 by Bill Bryson Download 2014-2015 TTOB Contenders Revealed Brochure



Second Annual Literary Trivia Walk: September 28

photo 1 (1)

Chairperson of TTOB, Linda Conklin, and Steering Committee member Mary Ann Campe registered walkers.

It was a beautiful day, filled with family fun. Enjoy the photos!

2014 Literacy Trivia Walk Photos

2013 Literary Trivia Walk Photos


Click here to revisit our 2013-14 season.


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


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 2014-2015

· Book Nominations – May - June

· Book Evaluation & Selection of 5 Contenders – June  - August

· Vote for Final Selection – September 11 – October 31

· Announce THE BOOK - November 4

· Events & 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.