Community Read 2020 LogoCommunity Read 2020 Schedule of Events

A Community Read is a large-scale book club, spanning an entire community and cultivating a local culture of reading and conversation by bringing people together around a common book. Scarborough Public Library will be collaborating with the South Portland and Thomas Memorial Library on a three-town Community Read this fall, running from September through November.

When: Varies (see upcoming events below)
Where: Zoom

What will we be reading?

Our featured book is This is Chance! by New York Times Magazine writer Jon Mooallem. This is Chance! recounts the devastating 9.2-magnitude Great Alaska Earthquake that hit Anchorage, Alaska in March of 1964 and chronicles how the local community came together in the immediate aftermath to respond to the crisis. Mooallem tells a riveting true story about the quake that also serves as an ode to the spirit of community in the face of disaster. Learn more about Mooallem's writing can be found at his website https://jonmooallem.com/

Will there be Community Read events?

YES!! There will be many opportunities for you to participate and engage with your friends and neighbors over the course of the next two months. On September 23rd, we welcomed author Jon Mooallem for the kickoff event of the Community Read! He read a bit from This is Chance! and talked about the process of researching and writing the book. Watch the recording of this event below.

Another author event will  wrap up the Community Read on November 18. In between, all three libraries will be working together to offer book discussions, read-alouds, concerts, creative opportunities and a full slate of related programming around the book's themes of community and resilience. All events will be open to residents of all three towns and there will be opportunities to meet, converse and get to know your neighbors from Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, and Scarborough.

 

How do I participate?

Please register to participate in the Community Read here to receive information about upcoming programming and events. Register for one, all, or just a few specific events below. With questions, send an email to ljnorvell [at] scarboroughlibrary.org. Reserve a copy of the book on the Library's Minerva online catalog.

For anyone who prefers to purchase their own copy of the book,  Print: A Bookstore and Nonesuch Books are offering discounts on this title for the duration of the Community Read.

Book Discussion Groups

Discuss This Is Chance! with other readers!  Sign up for a book discussion group.  Registration is required.  Participation will be capped at 15 participants per group.  All discussion groups will be virtual events, held online, using the Zoom platform.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Friday, November 6, 2020 @ 10:30 am

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm  

Tune In to This is Chance!: A Read-Aloud Series

Join us for one hour each Monday and Friday evening, as we read aloud This Is Chance!  Reading doesn’t have to be solitary—listen in as your local librarians read aloud to you and your neighbors.  Enjoy a snack, grab your knitting, or just sit back and relax as we enjoy This Is Chance! together.

Join us for one hour each Monday and Friday evening, as we read aloud This Is Chance!  Reading doesn’t have to be solitary—listen in as your local librarians read aloud to you and your neighbors.  Enjoy a snack, grab your knitting, or just sit back and relax as we enjoy This Is Chance! together.

Mondays and Fridays, October 5 -November 6, 2020, 7-8 pm (except October 12th).

Click here to register for the series.

Upcoming Events

This is a Podcast!: The Origins of This is Chance!

Wednesday, October 21

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
via Zoom

Wednesday, October 21

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
via Zoom

Did you know that the story of Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake which would eventually become our Community Read book This is Chance!, first emerged into the world back in 2017 as an episode of a podcast? Author Jon Mooallem originally collaborated on an early version of this story with a group of musicians who dubbed themselves the Frank Brink Community Players. Jon and the band (featuring members of The Decemberists and Black Prairie) performed this version live on-stage throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of a tour for Radiotopia Live. A recording from one of these performances was aired in 2017 as an episode of the popular podcast 99% Invisible. 

Join us for this event, as we listen together to the original podcast version of This is Chance! Afterwards, we’ll be discussing the genesis of the story, the unique collaborative process of creating music around a non-fiction narrative, and how music and stories intersect. Joining us for this conversation will be author Jon Mooallem and musicians Nate Query and Jon Neufeld of the Frank Brink Community Players. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring questions for the Q&A to follow. 

Registration is required for this program. Click here to register.

Series: 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

Strengthening Resilience and Connection through Conversation, with Maine Resilience Building Network's Kini-Ana Tinkham

ME Resiliance Building Network

Thursday, October 22

6:30-7:30 pm
via Zoom

Thursday, October 22

6:30-7:30 pm
via Zoom

The capacity of resilience is invaluable during uncertain times. The good news is that resilience can be supported and promoted–even in the midst of adversity. During this gathering, we’ll prioritize connection as a vital ingredient for cultivating greater resilience and well-being. Our interactive conversation will begin with a short presentation and conclude with a stabilizing, stress-relieving practice.  The wisdom of our network will also be harnessed as we gather a treasure trove of ways to stay healthfully connected to ourselves, one another and the outdoor beauty of Maine. Please have paper and pen available. 

Kini-Ana Tinkham, RN, is the Executive Director of the Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN). Kini works to improve the health and well-being of children, families and communities by advancing the MRBN mission through capacity building, system integration, policy and advocacy. Kini has worked in public health and healthcare for close to 40 years as a RN, educator, advocate, and leader. In addition to her work at MRBN, her career expands across maternal and child health, home visitation, school-based health centers, youth leadership, education, clinical healthcare delivery and public health. The Maine Resilience Building Network’s mission is to promote resilience in all people by increasing the understanding of the impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance of building resilience through protective factors such as positive relationships.

Please join us by registering below!

Registration is required for this program.

Click here to register.

Series: 

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:30pm

Virtual Book Discussion

Online Book Discussion logo

Discuss This Is Chance! with other readers!  Sign up for a book discussion group.  Registration is required.  Participation will be capped at 15 participants per group.  All discussion groups will be virtual events, held online, using the Zoom platform.

Discuss This Is Chance! with other readers!  Sign up for a book discussion group.  Registration is required.  Participation will be capped at 15 participants per group.  All discussion groups will be virtual events, held online, using the Zoom platform.

Click here to register for this day's discussion.

Series: 

Monday, October 26, 2020 - 3:00pm

What Happens When Sourdoughs Meet Mainahs?: A Cross-Country Cultural Exchange & Conversation co-hosted with Anchorage Public Library

A Cross-Country Cultural Exchange & Conversation, co-hosted with Anchorage Public Library

Thursday, October 29

3:00 – 4:30 pm
via Zoom

“Our force for counteracting chaos is connection.” –Jon Mooallem, This is Chance!

Thursday, October 29

3:00 – 4:30 pm
via Zoom

“Our force for counteracting chaos is connection.” –Jon Mooallem, This is Chance!

Take an afternoon break and join us for this virtual meet-up and conversation with the patrons and librarians of the Anchorage Public Library, in Anchorage, AK. Bring along your curiosity and your favorite warm beverage to enjoy as we virtually connect with our Alaskan friends. Coffee, tea and conversation — no agenda, just a chance to meet, chat and connect with fellow human beings living on the opposite side of the country (4500 miles away!!). Some of our guests from the West lived through the events of This is Chance! and the much more recent 2018 Alaskan earthquake. This afternoon of informal conversation will be a chance to learn about everyday life in Alaska from some real Sourdoughs, as well as an opportunity for us to be Mainah ambassadohrs to our friends “from Away.” Come join us in expanding the idea of just how big a Community can be!

Registration is required for this program.

Click here to register.

 

Series: 

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 3:00pm

Communities of Kindness: Neighbor-to-Neighbor Outreach, with Sari Greene and the South Portland Community of Kindness

South Portland Community of Kindness

Thursday, October 29

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 29

6:30 – 7:30 pm
via Zoom

In times of crisis, our instinct is often to look out for our neighbors. But where do we start? How can we help? Join Sari Greene as she shares the story of how she founded the South Portland Community of Kindness, a community group intended as a resource to connect those who need assistance with those who can offer assistance as the community navigates the impact of COVID-19 together. Sari and a panel of representatives from local organizations will discuss the Community of Kindness’s trials and successes and will offer tips and inspiration for how to adapt this model to any community—from an entire town or neighborhood, all the way down to a single street.

About Sari Greene

Sari and her husband Eric live in SoPo and raised their two sons Benjamin and Max (SPHS classes of 2000 and 2008) there. She currently serves on the Bangor Savings Bank Board of Directors, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, the South Portland Middle School Building Committee and the City of South Portland Economic Development Committee. She is active in the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary club. She can often be found on Monday and Thursday mornings volunteering at the South Portland Food Cupboard. Professionally, Sari is a recognized cybersecurity entrepreneur, author and educator. In 2017, Sari and Eric had the opportunity to set off on a sailing sabbatical – sailing 24,000 nautical miles crossing the Equator, the Topic of Cancer, the Tropic of Capricorn and the Prime Meridian.

South Portland Community of Kindness was launched on March 16, 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now has 1,863 members! In the past  6.5 months, members have enthusiastically answered the call for volunteers to help out schools, give blood and distribute food. Neighbors have shared homeschooling resources, made sure pets were walked and fed, offered gardening advice, run errands, supplied diapers, made birthdays special with gifts, cakes and parades, wrote notes of encouragement, provided links to vital resource, supported local businesses, found housing, checked in on each other, mowed lawns, and so much more.

Please join us by registering below!

Registration is required for this program.

Click here for more information and to register.

Series: 

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:30pm

Don’t Take a Chance: Building Community Resilience through Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response, with Scarborough Fire Chief, B. Michael Thurlow

Thursday, November 5

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Thursday, November 5

6:30 – 8:00 pm
via Zoom

It’s essential for everyone to know how to be proactive, what to expect in the aftermath of a crisis, and the importance of individual and community resilience before and after disaster hits. Wherever you live, there are things you can do on a personal level—neighbors helping neighbors. Learn how federal, state, and local governments prepare for disaster and what you can do to help yourself, your family and your neighbors. Chief Thurlow’s 44+ year career with the Scarborough Fire Department has developed his expertise in crisis response and disaster preparedness. The Chief’s overview will last an hour and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Fire Chief B. Michael Thurlow is a life-long Scarborough resident who graduated from Scarborough High School and attended Southern Maine Community College.  He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncles by joining the Scarborough Fire Department as soon as he was old enough at the age of 16.  Michael has served as a member of the Pine Point fire company for nearly 45 years.  He was appointed the Town's part-time Emergency Management Director in 1980, a position he has held for 40 years.  Four days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 Michael was appointed as Scarborough's career Fire Chief.  Michael is married to his wife of 33 years Malvina, and they have a son, Michael, who was the 4th generation of the family to serve on the fire department, and now serves as a career Scarborough Police Officer.

Registration is required for this program.

Click here to register.

Series: 

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:30pm

Virtual Book Discussion

Online Book Discussion logo

Discuss This Is Chance! with other readers!  The heart of the Community Read is the chance to discuss a common book with friends, neighbors and strangers from your community. These discussions are a chance for members of all three towns to meet one another and connect through great conversations about the book. All discussion sessions are open to patrons from each of the participating towns.

To sign up for this book discussion group, registration is required.  Participation will be capped at 15 participants.  This discussion group will be virtual, held online, using the Zoom platform.

Click here to register.

Series: 

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 10:30am

Virtual Book Discussion

Online Book Discussion logo

Discuss This Is Chance! with other readers!  The heart of the Community Read is the chance to discuss a common book with friends, neighbors and strangers from your community. These discussions are a chance for members of all three towns to meet one another and connect through great conversations about the book. All discussion sessions are open to patrons from each of the participating towns.

To sign up for this book discussion group, registration is required.  Participation will be capped at 15 participants.  This discussion group will be virtual, held online, using the Zoom platform.

Click here to register.

Series: 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:30pm