Student in library


Library Programs

Free, high-quality humanities programs to help libraries serve their communities.


Nicole Rancourt
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051


Read ME

Be part of a statewide summer reading experience

Featuring Tess Gerritsen, Susan Conley, and Sarah Perry

2019 Read ME recommending Maine author Tess Gerritsen

Read ME is a statewide summer reading program that gets Maine adults  all reading two books recommended by a well-known Maine author.

For 2019, recommending author Tess Gerritsen has chosen Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley and After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry. The season will culminate in August with an episode of Maine Calling, aired in front of a live audience.


Tess’ picks


Maine author Susan Conley

Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley

Price: $10.00

Tess’ Quote:
“What’s a more seductive place to set a novel than in Paris? This story of a young American woman working abroad is both delicious and poignant, a tale of love and loss and, ultimately, hope. When Willie Pears helps a desperate girl escape immigration detention, she endangers her career and her budding romance with a French lawyer. The love of friends and family help her through this crisis, and the tragedy to come.  Gorgeously written, this book had me in tears by the end.”






Maine author Sarah Perry. Photo by R.K. Oliver

After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry

Price: $9.00

Tess’ Quote:
“On the night her mother was murdered, twelve-year-old Sarah Perry was asleep in the same house. Haunted by fractured memories of that night, and by the turbulent years that follow the murder, she tracks down the truth of what really happened. Ms. Perry’s memoir of her Maine childhood is both a gripping mystery and a heartbreaking love letter to the fiercely devoted mother she lost.” 







2018 Participating Libraries

Acton Public Library
Alice L. Pendleton Library
Alvan Bolster Ricker Memorial Library
Auburn Public Library
Bailey Public Library
Bangor Public Library
Berwick Public Library
Bonney Memorial Library
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
Brewer Public Library
Camden Public Library
Carver Memorial Library
Cary Memorial Library
Casco Public Library
Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library
Cumston Public Library
D.A. Hurd Library
Denmark Public Library
Dorothy Webb Quimby Library, Unity College
Edythe Dyer Community Library
Ellsworth Public Library
Freeport Community Library
Fryeburg Public Library
Gardiner Public Library
Guilford Memorial Library
Harrison Village Library
Hartland Public Library
Henry D. Moore Library
Hollis Center Public Library
Ivan O. Davis-LIberty Library
Jesup Memorial Library
Julia Adams Morse Memorial Library
Kennebunk Free Library
Libby Memorial Library
Lithgow Public Library
Lithgow Public Library
Long Lake Public Library
Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library
Lubec Memorial Library
Ludden Memorial Library
Madison Public Library
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association Library
Maine State Library
McArthur Library
Mechanic Falls Public Library
Naples Public Library
Newport Cultural Center
Norway Memorial Library
Orono Public Library
Peavey Memorial Library
Pittsfield Public Library
Portland Public Library
Rangeley Public Library
Rice Public Library
Rockland Public Library
Rockport Public Library
Salmon Falls Library
Scarborough Public Library
Shaw Public Library
Soldiers Memorial Library
South Berwick Public Library
South China Public Library
South Portland Public Library
Southwest Harbor Public Library
Spaulding Memorial Library
Stockton Springs Community Library
Stonington Public Library
Thompson Free Library
Topsham Public Library
Vassalboro Public Library
Vinalhaven Public Library
Walter T.A. Hansen Memorial Library
Washburn Memorial Library
West Paris Public Library
Windham Public Library
Winslow Public Library
Winterport Memorial Library
Witherle Memorial Library
York Public Library

In Partnership With:

Maine State Library logo


Inspired By:

Portland Public Library logo