The Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “Love That Boy: what two Presidents, eight road trips, and my son taught me about a parent's expectations by Ron Fournier” Tuesday, July 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the main room of the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building on Main Street/Route 1.

What we want for our children — popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius — and what they truly need — grit, empathy, character — re explored by National Journal’s Fournier, who weaves his personal journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.

The Intergenerational Book Club gathers men and women of all ages to share opinions and ideas about each month’s 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. 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. The selection for Aug. 15 are “Towers Falling” by Jewell Parker Rhodes and “The Red Bandana” by Tom Rinaldi. For the complete list of all the IGBC books chosen for 2017, visit

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