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Thomaston Maine 04861
Mondays and Fridays: 11-7
Tues, Weds, Thurs: 11-5
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November 4: Family Movie & Pizza Night
Join us at Thomaston Public Library on Monday, November 4 at 5:00 pm for our Family Movie & Pizza Night! Free and open to all, and pajamas are welcome. By popular vote, we're showing How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World!
Hiccup fulfills his dreams of creating a dragon utopia and rules it alongside Astrid. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they've known and journey to find the mythical Hidden World before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together--to the very ends of the Earth--to protect everything they've grown to treasure.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is rated PG for "adventure action and some mild rude himor" by the MPAA. The runtime is 104 minutes.
All films for Family Movie & Pizza Night are shown with closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing.
November 7: Mystery Book Club
The Thomaston Public Library Mystery Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 7 at 11 am to discuss the DCI Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves. The first book in the series is The Crow Trap, but book club members are welcome to pick any of the books in the series to read.
From the publisher:
"Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope may not be the first person you’d think of for a heroine: she’s overweight, a bit rough around the edges, and her staff knows when to stay out of her way. Vera’s crime-solving skills, however, are more than a match for the darkly fascinating cases that cross her path. Ann Cleeves’s flawed detective won over fans of police procedurals in both the U.S. and U.K."
From Radio Times Magazine on the fascinating origins of Vera:
"Vera [was] born on the page in 1999 in Cleeves’s novel The Crow Trap. Her arrival, as she burst through a set of church doors to interrupt the funeral of a murder victim, came out of the blue for her creator: 'I was stuck on The Crow Trap. It was never going to have a detective in it; it was just going to be about three women working on an environmental survey right up in the hills of Northumberland. It was always going to be a crime novel, but in a Minette Walters, psychological suspense way. I’d written the first three parts and couldn’t think what i was going to do with the rest of it.'
"So Cleeves, a former probation officer and bird observatory cook, fell back on the cast-iron, hard-boiled advice of the great Raymond Chandler, who said: 'If you are stuck with a book, have a guy burst through a door with a gun.' Says Cleeves; 'I don’t do guns, of course, but I was writing this funeral scene and everything had started and the door burst open and there she was, like a bag lady instead of a detective... [She] was based on the middle-aged women I knew growing up, formidable spinsters who’d lost men in the war or who had never married but became independent. They always wore dreadful clothes and didn’t care much what they looked like.'
"'Wherever I go, people...say to me, “I love Vera,” and I think they mean...they love having this strong, competent, authoritative woman they can identify with who doesn’t mind putting people down and doesn’t need a man in her life to be independent and happy.'"
The Thomaston Public Library Mystery Book Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 11 am. December's selection will be decided at November's meeting. For more information, please contact the library at (207) 354-2453.
November 12: Let's Talk About It Book Club
The Let's Talk About It book group, facilitated by author and mentor Lee Heffner, will meet Tuesday, November 12, at 11 a.m. at Thomaston Public Library to continue the series entitled "So Near & So Far: An Exploration of Cuban Literature" with In the Cold of the Malecón by Antonio José Ponte.
From the publisher:
"In these renegade stories, set in Cuba during the hard times following the collapse of the Soviet Union, people go to work only to find that their jobs no longer exist. They joke and tell stories from the past, live aimlessly, uncertain about what the future holds. While living in this state of suspension, Ponte's dynamic characters create their own startling worlds.
"Departing from both the utopian-political and the romantic-baroque styles of past Cuban literature, Ponte deftly sketches a picture of a contemporary Cuba that is very different from the stereotype of Caribbean life, full of music and dance and colorful celebration. An old man and a six-year-old prodigy have a rendezvous to play chess at a forlorn railroad station. Randomly riding trains, a woman keeps company with a strange assembly of men. An unemployed historian falls in love with an enigmatic astrologer, and the two live out their tragedy in the streets of Havana as homeless vagrants. A father and son take an aimless stroll after lunch to see the whores along the Malecón, Havana's seaside promenade. A young man, one of the last Cuban students to go to the Soviet Union on a foreign-study program, returns to Havana, where he explores his identity-looking at childhood photos with his grandfather, spending time with old friends, and obsessively seeking news of a woman he had known and loved in Russia. In a style both lucid and translucent, Ponte shapes intricate stories of self-discovery and metaphysical revelation in spare and allusive prose."
These discussions are always thought-provoking and lively, and we welcome anyone to join for one book or the whole series! Light refreshments are served.
On December 10, the group will continue the discussion of Cuban literature with The Chase by Alejo Carpenter. Copies are available to borrow at the library. For more information, please contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or at email@example.com.
November 15: Communi-TEA!
Join us for afternoon tea on November 15 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.
We would also like to encourage folks to support their neighbors by bringing to Communi-TEA a non-perishable food, pet care, or personal care item to donate to the food pantry!
November 18: Silent Book Club
Need an excuse to set aside some time to read? Or perhaps you haven't joined a traditional book club because it feels too much like the assigned reading in high school? Check out Thomaston Public Library's Silent Book Club! Join us for a half hour of low-key (and completely optional!) socializing and light snacks, followed by an hour of reading in companionable silence. There is no required reading, so bring your own book or ask the librarians or the fellow book club members for a recommendation to borrow when you arrive. We will meet at the library on the evening of the third Monday of every month, so our first meeting will be Monday, November 18 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Learn more about Silent Book Clubs here!
November 19: Intergenerational Book Club
On Tuesday, November 19 at 2:30 PM, the Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss There There by Tommy Orange, which was one of 10 Best Books of the Year for 2018 from The New York Book Review.
From the publisher:
"Tommy Orange’s story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day.
"As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow—some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent—momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.
"There There is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. It’s “masterful . . . white-hot . . . devastating” (The Washington Post) at the same time as it is fierce, funny, suspenseful, thoroughly modern, and impossible to put down. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with urgency and force. Tommy Orange has written a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. This is the book that everyone is talking about right now, and it’s destined to be a classic."
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 Public Library on November 19 at 2:30 PM. If you live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride, please call the library at (207) 354-2453 a week before the discussion date.
In December, the group will discuss the memoir No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol. Copies will be available to borrow at the library and through interlibrary loan. Please make sure to let the library know if you would like to request a copy through interlibrary loan - it can take a week or more for a book to arrive. For more information, please contact the library at (207) 354-2453.
December 5: Mystery Book Club
The Thomaston Public Library Mystery Book Club will meet at 11 am on Thurdsay, December 5. December's book will be chosen at the November 7 meeting, so check back soon for more information!
December 9: Family Movie & Pizza Night
Join us at Thomaston Public Library on Monday, December 9 at 5:00 pm for our Family Movie & Pizza Night! Free and open to all, and pajamas are welcome. December's movie selection will be announced soon. Have a suggestion? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Friday Night Films, Fridays, 6:30 PM
Senior Exercise Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Led by Sandy Bodamer, Senior Activities and RHY Wellness Director from the YMCA.
Sandy began her career at the Pen Bay YMCA when she moved to Maine from Pittsburg. Her love of fitness and working with others has kept her at the Y for 20 years. She loves working with the Active Older Adult population, helping to improve the quality of health and wellness through her classes and outreach in the community.
Everyone is welcome. There is no charge but donations are gratefully accepted. The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library will be underwriting the program for the most part. You can come when you wish and do not need to commit to any term.
Exercises will focus on standing and chair routines and we may use light weights, balls and possibly stretchy bands. The room is air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter and bright even on dreary days thanks to lots of wonderful windows! Please join us!