60 Main St.

Thomaston Maine 04861


(207) 354-2453


 Thomaston Public Library


Mondays and Fridays: 11-7

Tues, Weds, Thurs: 11-5

Saturdays: 9-1

Sundays: Closed

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January 2018 Newsletter



Happy New Year, all! I hope this reprieve from the extraordinarily freezing cold temperatures finds everyone well and that we all have a happy, safe, and healthy 2018.


January 8th  *****Family Pizza & Movie Night

Folks braved the snow and enjoyed the enchanting Emma Watson in Disney’s 2017 live action production of Beauty and the Beast, as well as delicious pizza from our local F & A Market. We currently have a poll up on our Facebook page to decide which movie we should show for February’s Pizza & Movie Night – Zootopia or Sing? Click on over to Facebook before January 15th and let us know what you think, and join us next month on February 12th at 5 pm!


January 9th  *****Let’s Talk About It

We had a lively discussion of Anne Tyler’s Morgan’s Passing to conclude our series "Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love." Lee Heffner, local author, mentor and friend to the library, facilitated as usual. Funded by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council,  the Let’s Talk About It Book Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at 11 am. Light refreshments are served. Next month will begin our series on “Esteem the Gilded Age” with Edith Wharton’s classic The Age of Innocence. Copies of the book are available at the library now.


January 15th  *****Library Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


January 16th  *****Intergenerational Book Club

The "Intergenerational Book Club" will meet at 2:30 pm to discuss Daring to Drive: a Saudi Woman's Awakening by Manal al-Sharif.

Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver, born the year fundamentalism took hold. In her adolescence, she was a religious radical, melting her brother’s boy band cassettes in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her twenties she was a computer security engineer, one of few women working in a desert compound that resembled suburban America. That’s when the Saudi kingdom’s contradictions became too much to bear: she was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues, her teenage brother chaperoned her on a business trip, and while she kept a car in her garage, she was forbidden from driving down city streets behind the wheel.

Daring to Drive is the fiercely intimate memoir of an accidental activist, a powerfully vivid story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men—and won. Writing on the cusp of history, Manal offers a rare glimpse into the lives of women in Saudi Arabia today. Her memoir is a remarkable celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny, the extraordinary power of education and female solidarity, and the difficulties, absurdities, and joys of making your voice heard.

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. 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.


January 19th  *****Communi-TEA!

"Celebrate Our Neighbors!" Now that the pressure and rush of the holiday season is over, let’s get back to rejoicing in our community and reconnecting with our neighbors. The event starts at 3:00pm and runs until 4:30 with delicious sweet and savory treats and hot tea, which is always welcome on these cold winter days!

 Nonperishable food donations gratefully accepted.  According to the USDA, Maine is ranked #1 in food insecurity in New England and 16% of our friends and neighbors are experiencing hunger on a regular basis.  Food pantries and food donations are necessary and a great way to show that we care about those around us.  Let's honor the Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive!


On Display in the Main Reading Room: Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge

Are you looking to add something new to your reading life? Do you need to get out of a reading rut and expand your literary horizons? Book Riot has a wonderful yearly challenge that features some fantastic categories to help push you out of your reading comfort zone! Copies of the Read Harder Challenge checklist are available at the library or on BookRiot.com, and we have a special display featuring book selections that fulfill each category. Come check out a sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author, a book with a cover you hate, a classic of genre fiction, or a book of colonial or postcolonial literature!



Recurring Events

Storytime is every Thursday at 11 am.


“Knit Happens,” our community knitting group meets every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11 am in the Main Reading Room.


Qi Gong is Saturdays at 11 am.




The theme this month is "Time to Laugh!"

January 12th:  Blast from the Past

January 19th: The Horse's Mouth

January 26th:  Hopscotch


All films are shown in Room 200 and begin at 6:30 pm.





Here is a selection of some of our new purchases!


The Future is History by Masha Gessen

The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris

What I Found in a Thousand Towns by Dar Williams

The Apparitionists by Peter Manseau

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Nomadland by Jessica Bruder

The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

American War by Omar el Akkad

Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris (yes, the Neil Patrick Harris)

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin


December Statistics

New Titles:

Adult Collection: 73

Children’s Collection: 22

TV and Movies Collection: 21


Number of New Patrons:

Children: 0

Adults: 7

Total: 7


Circulation Statistics:

Items Circulated (in and out): 1,694 Average

Daily Circulation (21 days open): 68

Audiobooks: 86

Ebooks: 24