60 Main St.
Thomaston Maine 04861
Mondays and Fridays: 11-7
Tues, Weds, Thurs: 11-5
February 17: Library Closed
Thomaston Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents' Day. We will reopen for our usual hours at 11 am on Tuesday, February 18.
February 18 - 21: School Vacation Programs
We have some fun stuff in store for the week of school vacation! Programs will start each day at 1 pm, and delicious snacks will be offered.
Tuesday, February 18: Lego Competition!
Wednesday, February 19: Launch of the Anime Club! We're beginning with Haikyuu!!
Thursday, February 20: Art Day!
Friday, February 21: Newspaper Forts!
Please note these activities are open to kids of all ages, but children under the age of 7 should have a parent or guardian present with them during the program. We expect most of the activities to take about 1 hour. All of the programs are free of charge!
February 21: Communi-TEA
Join us for afternoon tea on February 21 from 3 to 4:30 PM! Delicious treats and hot tea will be served, and all are welcome in the community living room at Thomaston Public Library.
Food stamp funding has been significantly cut and many of our neighbors are struggling, so we would also like to encourage folks to bring a non-perishable food, pet care, or personal care item to donate to the food pantry.
February 21: Poetry Reading by Jason Grundstrom-Whitney
Postponed from February 7! Join us on February 21 at 5:00 PM for a reading from poet Jason Grundstrom-Whitney, whose first book of poetry, Bear, Coyote, Raven, was recently published by Resolute Bear Press and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a National Book Award!
A bear can be a person, though most prefer to be bears. Did a coyote ever lead you to a story? Have you ever lost yourself in the blue-black eye of a raven? Imagine three such creatures transitioning from people to animals and back, walking along a desert highway dressed in their finest three-piece suits: ribbon shirts, jeans, and moccasins, foraging a city alley for supper, or sharing stories under a starlit sky. If you listen closely, you could learn something from these three magical creatures. In his first book of poems, Jason Grundstrom-Whitney introduces us to numerous variations of this American trio. Sometimes Bear gets his paw stuck in a back-street dumpster. Coyote shows people how to trick themselves. Raven travels to the far north to bring back another story.
The poems in Bear, Coyote, Raven welcome the reader into their shape shifting world, where themes of environmental degradation, violence, and technological troubles explore what we have lost and suggest solutions: to connect with the web of being and those blessed in their own right. An old native epigram invites us to walk in the moccasins of others, to be in touch with the present, aware of the past, and to laugh at our missteps when we step into something we did not see. The poet asks us to engage, to take the time to invest our energy, and to explore this different way of being.
Jason Grundstrom-Whitney’s poetry has appeared in 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers and in the Underground Writers Association’s Anthology of Maine Poets. The band Osha Root recently produced a CD featuring his music and poetry. Jason has spent a lifetime working on Native American Rights, sexual assault and domestic violence survival, hospice and end of life care, homeless and environmental issues, and alternative medicine practice. A Bear Clan member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Jason studied with native teachers and many others while he hitchhiked across America for two and a half years. Jason is a father, grandfather, and husband, and has been in recovery for 37 years.
The reading will begin at 5:00 pm and light refreshments will be served. Jason will be signing books after the reading. For more information, please contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter is Here!
Winter weather is here and we want to make sure you are informed when the library has to close unexpectedly. We will post closing alerts in the following places:
WCSH 6 (NBC) https://www.newscentermaine.com/closings
WMTW 8 (ABC) https://www.wmtw.com/weather/closings
WGME 13 (CBS) https://wgme.com/weather/closings
February 17 - Let's Talk About It Book Club
February 18 - 21: School Vacation Programs!
February 10 - Family Movie & Pizza Night
February 21 - Poetry Reading by Jason Grundstrom-Whitney
Winter Weather is Here!