Thursday, September 11, 2014

This Summer's Discussable Crop!

The READS-TO-GO program had a busy summer with a number of highly discussable books being added. Here's a list of what's new:

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini was donated by the Evening Book Group in Memory of Susan Holden and is being hosted at Chesley Memorial Library in Northwood. Contact Donna Bunker at 942-5472.

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout is sponsored and hosted by Hopkinton Town Library. Email or call 746-3663 to discuss booking.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes is sponsored and hosted by Dunbar Free Library in Grantham. To make arrangements to book the kit call 863-2172.

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier is sponsored and hosted by Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson. The number to call is 816-4501.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is sponsored and hosted by Peterborough Town Library. Call Brian Hackert at 924-8040.

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan was sponsored by the Friends of the Sullivan Public Library and is hosted by Sullivan Public Library. Call 847-3458 to arrange to borrow.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert was donated by the Woman's Service Club of Windham (formerly the Windham Woman's Club) and is being housed at Nesmith Library in Windham. Contact Lois Freeston at 432-7154 or

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld was also donated by the Woman's Service Club of Windham and is being housed at Nesmith Library in Windham. Contact Lois Freeston at 432-7154 or

The Story of Charlotte's Web by Michael Sims is sponsored and hosted by Howe Library in Hanover. To book the kit, call 643-4120.

I apologize, but I haven't been able to update all lists on this site; it will take a few days before that is accomplished. However, the discussion questions are available now.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fanfare Please!

Announcing our first new kit of the summer--We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler! The kit is hosted at the Paul Memorial Library, Newfields. To borrow it for your group, call Paul Memorial Library at 778-8169.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kit #126

I somehow missed announcing kit #126--Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. The kit is sponsored/hosted by Laconia Public Library.

I think the trailer makes it sound a lot creepier than it is!

Please call Deb Ross at 524-4775 ext. 12, to discuss booking the kit.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Titles Recommended by Participants at the RTG Conference Program

We had a great discussion of titles on Wednesday at our program, "Read Any Good Books Lately?" These titles were recommended by the participants:

The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro *
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout #
The Center of the World by Thomas Van Essen
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell
Gatsby’s Girl by Caroline Preston
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
The Humans by Matt Haig
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
The Martian by Andy Weir
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes *
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan #
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin *
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Transatlantic by Colum McCann
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

* These titles are RTG kits!
# These titles have been vetted by the RTG committee and are awaiting sponsorship. If your library or group wants to sponsor, please contact


Monday, March 24, 2014

Five More!

The Reads-To-Go program has really taken off within the past few years! We get libraries, and groups, offering sponsorship, and new titles being added, almost continuously. Without further ado, here are our five latest additions:

The House Girl by Tara Conklin. Chesley Memorial Library, Northwood.
Call 942-5472.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson. Philbrick-James Library, Deerfield. Call 463-7187.

Lake People by Abi Maxwell. Abi Maxwell worked for a time at the Gilford Public Library, and the Library is proud to be hosting the RTG kit for this this title. Call 524-6042.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Baker Free Library, Bow. Call 224-7113.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Fremont Public Library. Call 895-9543.


Monday, February 10, 2014

New Titles for the New Year

I apologize for taking so long in announcing these four new kits, they have been in the system now for several weeks, but time just seems to run away from those of us who work in a public library!

Without further ado, here are our latest READS-TO-GO kits:


The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Hosted by the Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham, 772-4346.


Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Hosted by Sunapee's Abbott Library, 763-5513.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Hosted by Fuller Public Library in Hillsboro, 464-3595.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Hosted by Plaistow Public Library, 382-6011.


Monday, December 16, 2013

One More Kit to Finish Out the Year!

As the year winds down, we'd like to announce The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty is now a READS-TO-GO kit!

If you like computer generated speech, you're going to love this book summary!

This kit has been sponsored by the Friends of the Cook Memorial Library and is hosted at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth. Call 323-8510 to discuss availability.


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Here's a Holiday Gift for Your Local Book Group!

We have a new kit to announce--Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple!

This trailer gives a pretty good summary of the book, which I found clever, funny, and yet highly discussable.

The kit is sponsored and hosted by Dover Public Library, 516-6050. To discuss kit availability, email Sue Vincent


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pick from a Peck of RTG Kits!

Four more READS-TO-GO kits to pick from this summer's harvest:

City of Women by David R. Gillham has a home at Newmarket Public Library. Call 659-5311 to discuss availability.

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin was sponsored by the Friends of the Holderness Library and is housed at Holderness Library. Contact Victoria Lang at 968-7066 or

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey has its home at Campton Public Library. Call Tara McKenzie at 726-4877 to book the kit.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is hosted by Keene Public Library. Call Gail Zachariah at 352-0157 to discuss borrowing.

That's it for this summer, however, we do have titles available for sponsorship. If your library, book group, or other organization would like to sponsor a kit, please contact Diane Mayr at


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Bumper Crop

This summer the RTG program garden is just blooming with new kits! Hurray!

I'll start today by announcing four fabulous fiction titles and one nonfiction title. I'll continue with the rest later in the week.

The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro was donated by the Windham Woman's Club and is being housed at Nesmith Library in Windham. Contact Lois Freeston at 432-7154 or

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter was donated by the Friends of the Holderness Library. The kit is housed at Holderness Library and you can call Victoria Lang at 968-7066 or email

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash was also donated by the Windham Woman's Club and is being housed at Nesmith Library in Windham. Contact Lois Freeston at 432-7154 or

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman is sponsored and hosted by Tucker Free Library in Henniker. To book the kit, please send an email to

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This kit is sponsored and hosted by Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson. Call Carol Giffin at 886-6030 or email to discuss borrowing.

By the way, the garden illustration is from an 1848 children's book of poems called My Flower-Pot. It was published by Rufus Merrill in Concord, NH!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Our Latest Additions!

You may have noticed two new RTG kit titles in the NHU-PAC, they are The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka and The Red House by Mark Haddon.

The Buddha in the Attic
is sponsored by Olive's Friends and is hosted at the Olive G. Pettis Memorial Library in Goshen. Call 863-6921 to arrange for borrowing this kit.

The Red House is hosted at the Hampstead Public Library. To discuss borrowing options please call 329-6411.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Two More Awesome Kits!

In April we added The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, and, The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler.

Tracy Memorial Library is hosting The Age of Miracles. Jo-Ann Roy asks that you email, or call 526-4656 ext. 2, to discuss borrowing options.

The Beginner's Goodbye is sponsored by The Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library, and is being hosted at the Hopkinton Town Library. To discuss borrowing the kit for your group, contact Karen Dixon at 746-3663.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy Dance Time!

If you've been on the NHAIS-ILL list recently, you've seen a rash of requests for The Paris Wife for book discussion groups. Well, we're pleased to announce that The Paris Wife is now a READS-TO-GO kit, as are The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, The Talk Funny Girl and Rules of Civility!

We now have 100 kit titles in NHU-PAC! A milestone! And a perfectly good reason to shout and dance!

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, by Jenny Wingfield, is hosted by Epsom Public Library. Call 736-9920 to check on availability.

The Paris Wife, by Paul McClain, is hosted by Gale Library in Newton. Call 382-4691 to check on availability.

Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles, is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Town Library, and is hosted by Ashland Town Library. Call 968-7928 to check on availability.

The Talk Funny Girl, by Roland Merullo, is hosted by Keene Public Library. Call 352-0157 to check on availability.

Each one of these books are highly discussable and should provide your group with a lively meeting!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Recently Added

Our most recent addition to the RTG kit program is The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.

"At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended." (publisher description)

There was a lot of hype surrounding this book when it was first released, including an October 2011 article in Vanity Fair magazine. The article has been expanded and repackaged as a Kindle ebook, Vanity Fair's How a Book is is Born: The Making of The Art of Fielding, by Graydon Carter, which you can purchase for $1.99!

Between the characters, the plot, and the book "birthing" hype, there's enough discussable material to cover at least two book group meetings! And, I've heard that HBO is planning a series based on the book.

The kit is made possible by a generous grant from NH Library Association, and is being housed at the Effingham Public Library. Call Marilyn at 539-1537 to discuss borrowing the kit.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Our Recent Poll

Our poll is now closed. Here are the results:

The question: Would your book group be interested in a kit for the title Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion? Warm Bodies is a "zombie love story" with lots of discussion potential. It has been made into a film, which is opening in February.

Strong yes

3 (17%)

Yes with some reservations

1 (5%)

Probably not--I'm not sure if my group members are willing to step out of their comfort zone

7 (41%)


5 (29%)

No opinion

1 (5%)

So, things don't look good for Warm Bodies being made into a RTG kit, but, we still recommend it as discussable and as something a little out of the ordinary! There are at least 25 libraries in NH that own the book, so, unless your group is huge, you should be able to ILL enough copies. (But after the movie comes out, all bets are off!) Thanks to those who took the time to respond. --Diane