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Check the August Events Calendar for a quick overview of all of August'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

August News & Events

August's here and our children's summer program, 40 Days of Summer, is in its final two weeks, with daily events and picnic lunches. On August 7th, we are hosting a fantastic musical event for kids, with Maine musician Rob Duquette, who keeps children enthralled every minute. Do not miss this musical celebration, which takes place at 2 PM.

In the Adult Dept, we have a beautiful pottery display from Iowa potters Jeffrey Flug and Margaret Harris. We are also offering a literary reading you won't want to miss, with Chris Fahy, Martha Rhodes, Martha Webster, and Jane Brox, on August 27th at 7. Stay tuned for the full scoop on that in the next few days. And, of course, we've got our usual films, Qi Gong, and book discussions.

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 August's Intergenerational Book Club selection.

August 16th: Robin Hood

"40 Days of Summer" Kids' Program in Full Swing!

40 Days of Summer is now in its final week and we are having a blast! Collaborating with our local farmers and the Federal Summer Food program, the library has been hosting eight weeks packed with fun, crafts, animals, games, great books, stargazing, music, and free healthy lunches. Everyone is welcome and all kids from 4 to 18 are invited to participate for a day, a week, or all eight weeks, from 11 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday.

Each day includes a yummy lunch and lots of activities for both sunny and rainy days. Parents are also invited to eat our family-styled lunches, attend our special events, and try their hands at bubbles, sidewalk-chalk drawings, badminton and croquet, and dozens of other games and projects.

Join us this week, August 11th through August 15th, when we will celebrate food and wrap up with a root beer float party on Friday!

August's Friday Night Film Series:
"Politics of Oppression"

August 1:
Moving the Mountain

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 7:00 PM. Light refreshments are served.

Thomaston Farmers' Market Saturdays 9 to 1

The Thomaston Farmers' Market has started up again in the parking lot behind the library, every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. We are very excited about sharing the neighborhood and coordinating activities and events with the Farmers' Market this year!

Saltwater Film Society Presents:

American Movie

Thursday, August 21st, 6:30 PM

On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Mark Borchardt dreams the American dream: for him, it's making movies. Using relatives, local theater talent, slacker friends, his Mastercard, and $3,000 from his Uncle Bill, Mark strives over three years to finish "Coven," a short horror film. His own personal demons (alcohol, gambling, a dysfunctional family) plague him, but he desperately wants to overcome self-doubt and avoid failure. In moments of reflection, Mark sees his story as quintessentially American, and its the nature and nuance of his dream that this film explores.

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

Beach-Read Book Sale Extended through August!

Maine Readers' Choice Award Book Discussions

Benediction: Books Available Now

Discussion Date and Time to Be Decided by Participants

2014's final contenders for the Maine Readers' Choice Award have been announced and are listed below. These are the novels Maine readers will vote on during the first two weeks of September. 2014's short-list (ten) and sizeable long-list can be found on the Maine Readers' Choice website.

Benediction by Kent Haruf
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Thomaston Public Library will hold summer book discussions of Benediction and Transatlantic. First is Benediction, the latest novel by Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong. The last, dying days of old Dad Lewis supply the framework for this sober yet profound novel. Dad owns a store in a small Colorado town. His terminal illness elicits the compassion of his adult daughter, whom Dad wants to take over his business, and sparks his long-devoted wife to seek resolution to an unhealed family wound. Dad’s closing days stir emotions in other town residents too, including the girl next door whose memories of her deceased mother remain raw; the town's new minister who suddenly rebels against his congregation's reluctance to consider new ideas; and a mother and daughter who still confront traits in each other that they would just as soon not see.

For more information about this first discussion and to pick up a copy of the book, please stop by the library.

Qi Gong at Thomaston Public Library!

Tim English leads his Qi Gong sessions at Thomaston Public Library every Saturday at 11 AM in the Thomaston Academy.

According to the National Qi Gong Association, "The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy. It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing, and increasing vitality."

The Qi Gong sessions are open to people of any age and skill level. No experience is necessary. Non-restricting, comfortable clothes are advisable for the gentle, graceful exercises of Qi Gong.