evening book group

Our adult book group, lead by Access Services Librarian Kevin Goody, currently meets virtually on the third Thursday of the month from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Our next meeting takes place on Thursday, November 18th.

This month’s book selection is It Happened in Maine by Gail Parker. 

From the story behind the first women voters to the last legal log drive in America, It Happened in Maine takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the intriguing characters and episodes from the Pine Tree State’s past. Read about the vision that sparked Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, as well as how a couple of entrepreneurs managed to sell more than two million shares of stock in a company created to make gold from seawater. You’ll meet Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, the first female fly rod angler, and Abbie Burgess, a woman who became a lighthouse keeper when she was only a teenager. Many of the people and events from Maine’s past are well known, but many are not. Did you know that one of the shortest championship title fights in history – the one between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston – took place in a small youth center in Maine? Or that a few determined colonists from tiny Machias helped inspire the start of the American Navy? Did you know that Maine is the only state to declare war on a foreign country? Or that it’s the birthplace of chewing gum?

It Happened in Maine includes 30 fascinating stories about events that shaped the Pine Tree State. From the establishing of Shaker communities to the log drive that ended a 141-year tradition, learn about the people and events that made Maine what it is today. In an easy-to-read style that is entertaining as well as informative, It Happened in Maine includes both famous and little-known events.

Curious about what we’ve read in the past? Click here to see a list of all our past selections!

Please register by filling out the form below and we’ll send you a link to join the meeting.