60 Main St.
Thomaston Maine 04861
Mondays and Fridays: 11-7
Tues, Weds, Thurs: 11-5
Patrisha McLean's Exhibit "Havana's Children"
Patrisha McLean's photographs of Havana children will be at the Thomaston Public Library during the month of November! She traveled to Havana three times on her own in the Obama-era interval when the country was more open to tourism than it had and has been since the 1950s.
The way the children were playing in the street, she says, “reminded me of Rockland, when I first came to Maine 25 years ago before computers.” Her first photo project was about these Rockland children and called "Children of Fulton Street".
Patrisha, a photojournalist living in Camden, says, “On the streets where I roamed with my camera to the sounds of roosters crowing and the smell of overripe guava, there was no internet, one or two channels of exclusively Communist TV programming and Disney and Barbie only on faded clothes sent over from family in America. Even crayons were a luxury, with one teacher calling after me through a classroom grated window for a single pen or pencil for the school.
“So childhood play was all about imagination—boys played baseball with sticks, medical rubber gloves and frayed tennis balls; Russian cigarette box tops were traded like baseball cards; a flattened tin cap stood in as a hopscotch marker and a length of rubber was a skipping rope.
“It was striking how much the children in Havana didn’t have. But it was as striking how resourceful children can be, and how much joy can be had with so little.”
For more information, call the library at (207) 354-2453. Patrisha’s website is www.patrishamclean.com.
The holidays have us all thinking of what - and who - we are thankful for, and we are certainly grateful for our community here at the library!
Many thanks are owed to our wonderful volunteers, including Paula Michaud, Andi Isaacs, Judy Riff, Ann Robison, and Mimi Zwick.
We owe special thanks to Chris Farthing for not only spearheading the assembly of our wonderful storage shed for 40 Days of Summer but also making sure our lovely new bookcases (obtained via a very generous discount from the Maine State Prison Showroom) for the reference books in our new conference room are secure and won't tip over!
Thank you to James Augustine, who though new to town has already made himself indispensable with generous offers of his time as a volunteer and for donating a beautiful, comfortable chair to the library as well!
Cornerstones of Science Has Donated a Telescope to the Library!
The stars are coming to Thomaston Public Library! Cornestones of Science, a non-profit organization dedicated to working with public libraries providing programs and resources that help people understand how science and technology affects their daily lives and the world around them, has generously donated an Orion Star Blast 4.5" Reflector Telescope to Thomaston Public Library! The donation is in honor of Rudi Graf for his dedication to community science experiences and as a board member to Cornerstones for many years.
Here at the library, we firmly believe in the power of science education and utilized Cornerstones' Science Trunk activities this year to explore butterflies & bugs, forensic science, the human skeleton, mammal tracks, paint science, and much more during our 40 Days of Summer program with school-aged children. We are very excited to add astronomy to the list and share the wonder of the night sky with the community!
Cornerstones of Science will be training the librarians on how to use the telescope in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for new astronomy programs at the library and to find out how you can borrow the telescope to use at home!
Family Movie & Pizza Night - The Muppet Christmas Carol
It's our first anniversary of Family Movie & Pizza Night, and we're celebrating with the holiday classic, The Muppet Christmas Carol! Join us at 5 pm for this wonderful film and great pizza. Free and open to all, and pajamas welcome!
In this adaptation of the timeless story, narrated by Gonzo as Charles Dickens (assisted by Rizzo the Rat), it is Christmas Eve in 19th Century London. The merriment is not shared by Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine), a surly money-lender who is more interested in profit than celebration. He is so cold to the season of giving that his book-keeping staff, including loyal employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), has to plead with him just to have the day off work during Christmas by pointing out that Scrooge would have no customers on the holiday and it would be a waste of coal to sit alone in the office. Will visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come show him the error of his dastardly, miserly ways?
Don't miss all your Muppet favorites, including Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, Bean Bunny, and more in this heartwarming and favorite retelling of the classic Christmas Carol from Walt Disney Pictures and Jim Henson Productions.
The film will be shown with closed captions for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Winter Weather is Here!
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Patrisha McLean Photographs on Exhibit
December 10 - Family Movie & Pizza Night
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