Due to inclement weather the library will be closing at 3 pm on Wednesday, November 26th 2014.

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

The Thomaston Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 27th, through Saturday, November 30th, so that staff and volunteers can celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Friday night's film on November 28th -- Secondhand Lions -- will still take place at 6:30 PM.


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Check the November Events Calendar for a quick overview of all of November's library programs and events!

  • Mon: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

November News & Events

Please scroll down for the latest news and for information on upcoming events. Check the Catalog & ILL page for a list of our new materials and the Book Clubs page for the scoop on November's Intergenerational Book Club selection. The Mystery Book Club has now scheduled their featured mystery writers through October 2015 -- and they are looking for new members! -- so check out their next year's enticing roster on our Book Clubs page too.

Saltwater Film Society Presents:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Thursday, December 11th, 6:30 PM

Based on the best-selling novel by Betty Smith, this 1945 Elia Kazan film relates the trials and tribulations of a turn-of-the-century Brooklyn tenement family. The father, James Dunn, is a likable but irresponsible alcoholic whose dreams of improving his family's lot are invariably doomed to disappointment. The mother, Dorothy McGuire, is the true head of the household, steadfastly holding the family together no matter what crisis arises.

The story is told from the point of view of daughter Peggy Ann Garner, a clear-eyed realist who nonetheless would like to believe in her pie-in-the-sky father, whom she dearly loves. Joan Blondell co-stars as the family's brash, freewheeling aunt, whose means of financial support is a never-ending source of neighborhood gossip.

This first film directorial effort of Elia Kazan scores a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

For more information about the Saltwater Film Society, please see their website.

A Message about Giving from TPL's Friends

You can create a lasting memorial and important legacy while supporting Thomaston Public Library. Designate a bequest in your will or trust or name the Thomaston Public Library as a beneficiary in your retirement savings plan. Insure the vibrant longevity of our community living room and help continue the many programs and facilities Thomaston Public Library offers: books, on paper or on our many e-readers; presentations by local authors and poets; book clubs and films; access to computers and wifi; children's reading hours and summer programming for kids.

All funds donated to The Friends of Thomaston Public Library, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, are fully tax deductible and will insure that generations of neighbors will enjoy this inviting and comfortable treasure. For more information, contact the library at 354-2453 or email

November's Friday Night Film Series:

"Life Goes On"

November 28th
Secondhand Lions

The Friday Night Films are open to the public and free, although donations are gratefully accepted. The location is Room 200 of the Academy Building and films start promptly at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments are served.

A Call for the Classics!

The library is setting up a special shelf to hold its literary classics. If you have classic novels in good condition collecting dust on your shelves, we would be thrilled to add them to our expanding collection. Many libraries report that the circulation of classics shoots up when they are highlighted on a shelf of their own. There are many classic authors who will capture your attention and transport you to another world, just like Jane Austen does.

Although we have a respectable number of titles, there are many essential titles we lack. Please stop by or call us at 354-2453 for more information or to find out the authors for whom we have a particular need.

November's Hallway Bookshop Book Sale!

Kirkus Review of New Maine Children's Book:

The Fog of Forgetting by G. A. Morgan

There’s nothing like a foggy island to capture the imagination.

While on vacation in Maine, five kids take the family sailboat out for a spin without permission and end up on the mythical island of Ayda, where the Melorians are at war with the Exorians. It’s all because evil Dankar, an Exorian, wishes to possess the four stones of power that are kept in balance on Ayda, as well as a missing fifth stone, which enhances the power of all of the stones put together. The wandering sailors are the Thompson brothers—Chase, 13; Knox, 12; and Teddy, 6—and sisters Evelyn and Frankie Boudreaux, 13 and 9, respectively. All are well-aware that years ago, the boys’ uncle Edward disappeared one summer while sailing.

Morgan’s ambitious debut novel, the first book in the Five Stones Trilogy, has a mildly British feel to it, with vague nods to Swallows and Amazons and Harry Potter. While occasionally bogging down in detail, the story is infused with philosophy about the circular nature of life and loss, as well as personal power, offering just enough intrigue to pique interest for the next book in the series.

A complex adventure to curl up with on a rainy afternoon. (Fantasy. Ages 10-14)

And, of course, available here at the library!

Qi Gong at Thomaston Public Library: An Update

Tim English is taking a short break from Qi Gong sessions. Stay tuned for his new schedule.

Thomaston Author Chris Fahy's New Book

Gone from the Game

Is Garnering Great Reviews!

The year is 1928, and the Philadelphia Athletics are on the verge of supplanting the New York Yankees as the greatest baseball team the sport has ever known. How much easier their job would be if something catastrophic should befall the Yanks’ star player, Babe Ruth. Which it will, if Ruth’s former minor league roommate and nemesis, embittered, shell-shocked World War I veteran Nick Hudson—who sometimes hears voices and sees things that don’t exist—can execute his warped and devious plan.

You may view Mr. Fahy's fine review here.

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