The Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss "No Biking in the House Without a Helmet" by Melissa Fay Greene Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in the main room of the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building on Main Street/Route 1.

Greene is known for award-winning nonfiction and eloquent journalism, but she also is a mother. She and her husband Don Samuel are the parents of four children by birth and five adopted as older children from foreign orphanages. As the younger, non-English-speaking ones multiplied, Samuel began referring to their end of the upstairs hallway as the international concourse. If one child complained and a second one piped up, he observed, “Another country heard from." Greene begins her tale with an observation of her own: “This is my twenty-first year in elementary school.”

On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share 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; and copies are also available on the library's circulating e-readers.

All are welcome, as are donations. Those who live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride should call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion.

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