Two Towns-One Book: Clifton Park & Halfmoon Read

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.


Join us for upcoming events:

The BOOK 2013-2014

The Book Thief Movie – TTOB Book of the Year in 2012- CPH Public Library, Saturday, May 4, 2 – 4:30 PM

Sharon Springs – Past, Present, Future – CPH Public Library, Saturday, May 10, 2 PM Registration Required

More event details (including events just for kids!)


Featured Kids Event: What’s on Your Plate?

Join us for a fun evening exploring what every child wants to ask when entering the cafeteria— “What is that stuff?”

There will be great stories, new foods to try, arts and crafts, and more! We will even hear from our very own Lunch Ladies as they explain (in kids’ terms) how they make up the monthly menus at Shenendehowa. The event is free and open to all families. Don’t forget to vote for our Heifer International animal of choice while you’re there!

Our Kids Read, Too! Committee has selected several junior companion books for different ages so families can read together and everyone can participate in discussions of the important themes in The Bucolic Plague. For classroom and family activity ideas see our Companion Books Activity Pamphlet .

Thursday, April 24th, 6:00-7:00


Our neighbors in Schenectady County have chosen one of our top five contenders for their One Book: The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball. For details, visit One County, One Book.


It was an inspiring Books & Brunch!

Panel Members: Town of Clifton Park Councilwoman and member of TTOB Steering Committee, Amy Standaert; Business Services Specialist at New York State Office of Children and Family Services and FOL Board member, Andres Harnecker; local entrepreneur and owner of "Make it Fit," Melissa Grattan; and teacher Annemarie Rizzo

Those who attended Books & Brunch on March 15, at The Vista, were treated to an inspiring panel presentation: “Seeds of Change.” Passion for service to others, finding your flow, letting go of the past and embracing the present, and the merits of hard work were shared by panel members. Thanks to library Assistant Director, Kathy Adam, for moderating and to our panel members for sharing their authentic career and life changing experiences. It is never too late to make a change!

For more: Photos of Books and Brunch 2014


For photos, click here: Kids Read, Too! at Shensational 2014

For more about Kids, Read, Too!


Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

Tuesday evening book discussion

The Bucolic Plague inspired lively discussion and generated such positive descriptors that facilitator, Rhona Koretzky, captured them on the whiteboard – among them idyllic, honest, enlightened, journey, change…


We met the “Fabulous Beekman Boys!”

The "Fabulous Beekman Boys" charming the audience at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library!

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: 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.

Joe Peck shared stories from his life and his book: A Cow in the Pool and Udder Humorous Farm Stories

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 Updated Brochure: TTOB Events, Programs, and Activities – 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

3/22, 10-2 PM – Shensational – Kids Read, Too! Activities – Shenendehowa Campus

3/27, 4-5 PM – Try Something New! For Grades 1 – 5 – CPH Library

4/5, 10-12 PM – Farmers Panel at Farmers Market - Southern Saratoga County YMCA

4/8, 10:15-11 AM and 1:15-2 PM – New Experiences! For Ages 4 – 6 – CPH Library

4/24, 6-7 PM – What’s On Your Plate? – Shenendehowa Campus

5/4, 2-4:30 PM – The Book Thief Movie – CPH Library

5/9, 7 – 8:30 PM – Gardening Club – Coburg Village

5/10, 2-4 PM – Sharon Springs – Past, Present, Future – CPH Library

5/29, 8:30 AM – 5PM – Beekman 1802 Farm Tour/Bus Trip


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.

Read about The Contenders 2013-14

Click to see Our TTOB Top 23 Books for 2013.


“This is the walk we’ve been waiting for!”

Families examine the trivia clues to determine book titles.

Literary Trivia Walk

We thank many volunteers and all our Community Sponsors for their support!
Click below to see the fun!

Literary Trivia Walk Photos

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.


Three of our Basket Raffle winners, left to right, Laura Bird with the Readers in the Park Fall Basket, H. Lindsay with the TTOB Sports Basket # 2, and Angie Bess with the Let’s Eat Out Basket

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.

Click here for more Basket Raffle 2013 photos.


Community members were eager to learn about the contenders and place their votes.

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.


Click for more information about the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library FRIENDS (FOL).
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 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


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.

Please support our sponsors!

Many Thanks to Our Community Partners:

Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library

Friends of the Library

Town of Clifton Park

Town of Halfmoon

Shenendehowa Central Schools

Halfmoon Seniors

Shenendehowa Adult Community Center

Captain Youth and Family Services

Southern Saratoga YMCA

East Line Books


Price Chopper

Stewart’s Shops

Tufano’s Pizzeria

Venezia Pizza and Pasta

The Vista at Van Patten Golf Club