On Tuesday, June 18, at 2:30 p.m., the Intergenerational Book Club will discuss the book “Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy” by Gary D. Schmidt, which received the Newbery Honor in 2005 and was selected as a Michael L. Printz Honor book that same year.

The club meets at Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. All are welcome.

The book is inspired by real events: in 1912, the government of Maine re-located the residents of Malaga Island to a mental hospital and razed their homes. “Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy” is a poignant, but often humorous, exploration of small-town racism.

Turner Buckminster is the son of a minister who has just moved from Boston to Phippsburg, Maine. Teased by his schoolmates, Turner befriends a local black girl, Lizzie Bright Griffin. Lizzie is a resident of Malaga Island, a community settled by freed slaves. The island is threatened by the town’s desire to attract tourists. It is up to Turner Buckminster to save Lizzie’s friends and family, which means confronting local authorities, including his own father.

Kate McBrien, Curator of Historic Collections at the Maine State Museum, will join the discussion and share her research on Malaga Island. For information about the state museum's Malaga Island exhibit, “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives,” visit mainestatemuseum.org.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, meets to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are welcome.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.