Dartmouth Reads Together

Join the Dartmouth Public Libraries for Dartmouth Reads Together – a town wide reading program designed to have everyone read the same book and share ideas expressed in the book by participating in book discussions and other events. The 2014 summer program was offered as part of our participation in the Dartmouth 350th celebration. Participants received a free copy of the book and a Dartmouth 350 canvas book bag.


The bookend of the point selected for adult readers was The End of the Point : a Novel by Elizabeth Graver. The novel begins in WWII and follows a family who summers on the ocean across several generations. Much of the novel is set on Aushaunt Point, a small coastal point on Buzzard’s Bay.  Aushaunt Point finds some of its inspiration in Dartmouth’s own Mishaum Point

Author Event: Elizabeth Graver
Wednesday July 23rd 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Southworth Library Auditorium
Massachusetts author Elizabeth Graver joined us to discuss the book in the Southworth Library Auditorium on Wednesday, July 23rd at 11am and again at 2 pm. She went behind the scenes of the book and shared a slideshow which highlighted her research into the time periods covered by the novel, including photos of the military installation located on Mishaum Point during World War II.

The book has received much acclaim:
New York Times Notable Book
National Book Awards Long List for Fiction
Paperback Bestseller List, The Boston Globe
Julia Ward Howe Award, Finalist
Kirkus Review Best Historical Fiction, 2013

The bothe-goat-ladyok for young readers was The Goat Lady. Participants in the Dartmouth Reads Together initiative received a free copy of the book and a book bag.

Monday June 23rd at 2pm
“The Goat Lady” Dartmouth Kids Read Together – 350th Program.
The library was happy to host local author & artist Jane Bregoli. She read from her book The Goat Lady and shared her experiences with the real Goat Lady of Dartmouth. Children also were able to see & pet a real live goat! This program is for anyone, but those interested in participating in the Read Together portion, received a free copy of The Goat Lady.