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Thomaston library hosts virtual book clubs

By Christine Simmonds | Apr 08, 2020
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Thomaston — Thomaston Library has been finding ways to connect with patrons despite the closure, including virtual book clubs.

Head Librarian Diane Giese said the virtual meetings began with an idea from Assistant Librarian Caroline Ward-Nesbit.

Ward-Nesbit was concerned about an intergenerational book club she was running before the shut-down happened. Some of the club participants were old enough that they might worry about coming to the library in person.

Giese said they began holding the club meetings by Zoom, and it was very successful. “Those folks were so happy to have a way to connect,” Giese said.

While some patrons are not internet savvy, Giese said most were really happy to try and were able to figure out how to use the Zoom platform with some assistance. “They were thrilled to figure out how to do it,” said Giese.

Lee Heffner, the facilitator of two Thomaston book clubs, set up a Zoom meeting for the mystery book club. “Everyone was happy to use video and audio,” Giese said.

She also said Heffner purchased a Zoom subscription so there was not a time limit.

Giese said during the book club meetings, participants discuss not only books they are reading, but also their lives. They discuss their anxiety levels, personal lives and check in with each other.

Giese said one patron was injured before the shut-down and had been unable to come to the library for a while. “It was great to see her,” Giese said.

The Thomaston Library has started hosting their “Let’s Do Lunch At The Library” program on Zoom. Giese said this program has an open link for Zoom which is available on their social media pages.

If the lunch program works, Giese said they are hoping to have it every week.

Information on joining the virtual book clubs can be found on the library website, thomaston.lib.me.us. Information can also be found on the library social media pages, or interested people can email Ward-Nesbit at caroline.wardnesbit@thomastonlib.me.us.

“I love our library,” Giese said. “It’s such a wonderful place, and such a community.”

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