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Thomaston Maine 04861


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 Thomaston Public Library


Mondays and Fridays: 11-7

Tues, Weds, Thurs: 11-5

Saturdays: 9-1

Sundays: Closed

Newsletters and reports

September 2017 Newsletter



OCTOBER 10TH  *****Let’s Talk About It

Thomaston Public Library will be holding its second meeting for the current "Let's Talk About It" series on Tuesday October 10 at 11 am in the main library room.  Join us for a discussion of Graham Greene's novel, The End of the Affair. The book is a novelization of Green's affair with Lady Catherine Walston in post-war London. A tale of passion and regret, it is the second book in the Let's Talk About It series, Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love. The program is funded by the Maine Humanities Council.

Lee Heffner will facilitate.  Another lively session is expected.  Pick up a copy of the book at the Thomaston Public Library and drop-in for what is sure to be a great exchange of ideas. Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:00 am.  Light refreshments will be served.  For additional information please contact the library at 354-2453.


OCTOBER 17TH *****Intergenerational Book Club

On Tuesday, October 17th, at 2:30 PM, the Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

This book is a memoir of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon at Stanford University, who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in his mid-thirties. Kalanithi uses the pages in this book to not only tell his story, but also share his ideas on how to approach death with grace and what it means to be fully alive. The memoir chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naive medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. Following his diagnosis, Kalanithi and his wife decided to have a child and his cancer stabilized temporarily where he was able to return to work. However, Kalanithi succumbed to his illness and died in March of 2015.

“I’m usually not one for tear-jerkers about death and dying,” writes Bill Gates, the philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder. “But this book definitely earned my admiration—and tears.”


On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share their opinions and ideas about the selected book. All are welcome at the Thomaston Library on October 17th at 2:30  p.m.   If you live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride, please call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion date.  In November the IGBC selection is Writing my Wrongs by Shaka Senghor.  The library will have copies available including on Kindle.


OCTOBER 20TH ***** Communi-TEA

October 20 will be our Communi-TEA to honor the pumpkin and the apple…..or any combination thereof!  We always have a congenial group and hope you will join us.  This free event goes from 3 – 4:30 pm.  As always if you wish to bring a non-perishable donation to the local food bank it would be appreciated.


OCTOBER 21ST *****And THEN!!!! On October 21st

The Thomaston Public Library will be hosting a fundraiser/book sale for the Friends of Thomaston Public Library.  We are having a


--in the Gazebo from 11 am to 1 pm.  For an $8 fee we are offering either chili (both meat and vegetarian) or a fish chowder with cornbread, dessert (apple, pumpkin, maybe Indian Pudding) and cider or cocoa.  A GALA book sale and the opportunity to buy tickets to raffle off a prize winning quilt (drawing to be just before Thanksgiving).

We hope everyone who can will come and support the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library, a group most generous in their support of this fine resource, eat yummy food, buy great books and take a chance on a warm wonderful quilt.

For more information or if you might be interested in bringing come cornbread, a dessert or cider, please contact the library at 354-2453


OCTOBER 27TH ******PLACE Grant meeting

The final meeting for the PLACE grant book club/science café discussion is scheduled for October 27th at 5 pm.  The book to be discussed (or at least, to begin a discussion) is Isaac’s Storm “A Man, A Time,and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson.  Especially with current weather news makers this book is a fascinating account of the beginnings of meteorology, the devastation of Galveston and the arrogance of man vs. the onslaught of nature.  In September we met and were fortunate to have both our NOAA partner John Cannon and  the Knox County EMA Ray Sisk present where we mostly spoke about the hurricanes happening then (and not the book Zeitoun which we were reading) and the preparedness of the MidCoast in the event of a similar weather emergency.  Both men are planning on being at this final meeting.



*****  Don’t forget our Friday Night Movies!  The theme this month is Nuclear Nightmare!

  • October 6th:   Fat Man and Little Boy
  • October 13th:  Atomic Café
  • October 20th:  Thirteen Days
  • October 27th:  Fail-Safe
  • All films are shown in Room 200 and begin at 7 pm.  Admission is free though donations are gratefully accepted.  Light refreshments are served.
  • Family Storytime is every Thursday at 11 am.
  • “Knit Happens,” our community knitting group, continues to meet every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 am in the Main Reading Room.
  • QiGong Saturdays at 11 am.


New Titles:

Adult Collection: 72

Children’s Collection: 7

TV and Movies Collection: 4


Number of New Patrons Added:

Children: 1

Adult: 6

Total: 7


Circulation Statistics:

Items Circulated: 1,831 (in and out)

Average Daily Circulation (25 days open): 91

Interlibrary Loans: 129

Audiobooks: 118

Ebooks: 22




We are currently experiencing issues with our connectivity to the library printer.  It is random sometimes and not communicating sometimes.  Help is on the way and in the meantime we can print off a flash drive and copying is still okay.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.


Also please feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone who might be interested.  I am happy to add names to the list as well, just let me know.  Many thanks, Diane