Community Read

About the Community Read

Libraries in the Midcoast join forces to present the Midcoast Community Read, an area-wide collaborative book group.  Curtis Memorial Library (along with Patten Free Library, Topsham Public Library, and Freeport Community Library) encourages its patrons to read the same selected title over the winter and then come together in March for discussions, presentations, and other activities related to the book.

In past years, in addition to numerous book discussions held at libraries, senior housing, public areas, and private homes, the Community Read has been incorporated into cooking classes, panel discussions, movies, slide shows, and author presentations.

We plan to restart the Midcoast Community Read program in 2013, so patrons are encouraged to give any book or author suggestions to one of our librarians, or to contact Pamela Bobker at 725-5242 X 237,

Past Community Reads

The following have been the Community Read selections over the past several years:

Glory in the Name by James L. Nelson

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson

Kite Runner by Khalen Hosseini

Endurance:  Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

1984 by George Orwell

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

For more information on the Community Read, please contact Mary Turner at