Holiday Closures

The Thomaston Public Library will be open on Christmas Eve, December 24th, and closed Thursday, December 25th, through Saturday, December 27th, so that staff and volunteers can celebrate with family and friends. We will also be closed January 1st for New Year's Day.

Friday night's film on December 26th -- It's a Wonderful Life -- will still take place at 6:30 PM.


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

December News & Events

Thomaston Public Library's main display case this month features the intricate model-train display of Leroy Jones and Neil Shively, with contributions from Henry Groth and Linwood Lothrop. The model-train display, set within a village setting, has been enhanced this holiday season and features new outbuildings, more vehicles, street and interior lighting, a small petroleum company, a building under construction, a gazebo, and a number of other embellishments.

The train display includes a Sperry Rail Service car used to conduct rail inspections and a self-propelled rail-diesel car intended to transport train passengers who are continuing to local destinations. Come take a look and see if you can spot all of this year's enhancements!

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 December'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.

Holiday Book Sale in the Hallway Bookshop

The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library's Hallway Bookshop features a selection of fine fiction and nonfiction on sale this month. Sale books are in mint condition and suitable for gift-wrapping and setting beneath the tree.

Books are priced individually. Purchase five books and receive a tissue-paper-lined gift bag, available in large and small sizes. Cloth bags printed with the library name are also on sale for $5.00. 'Tis the season for giving books!

The Hallway Bookshop is located in the Thomaston Academy building at 60 Main Street. Items will be available for purchase during all open library hours.

Story Hour on Thursdays at 11 AM

December Celebrates Children's Classic Holiday Books

Bring your pre-school child in to hear stories, do crafts, browse the shelves, and play! Story Hour happens every Thursday morning at 11. Stop by for holiday-themed stories and crafts at Story Hour this month!

Qi Gong Resumes at Thomaston Public Library

Tim English is resuming his Saturday morning Qi Gong sessions in the Thomaston Academy gym, on Saturdays at 11:30 AM.

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.

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

December's Friday Night Film Series:

"Holiday Treats"

December 19th:
Holiday Affair

December 26th:
It's a Wonderful Life

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.

Kirkus Review of Writer and Activist Barbara Ehrenreich's Latest Book:

Living with a Wild God: A Memoir

In 1959, the 16-year-old author had an ineffable vision, which she here contextualizes and attempts to understand.

Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, 2001, and many other books) returns with a personal chronicle, a coming-of-age story with an edge and a focus: Who am I? What does any of this mean? In 2005, a Florida hurricane destroyed most of the author's papers in her Florida Keys home, but one surviving document was her girlhood diary (kept somewhat regularly from 1956 to 1966). She transcribed that diary and alludes to and quotes from it throughout this account of a dawning consciousness. Ehrenreich came from a line of atheists and remains one herself (at least in any conventional sense). Throughout, she dismisses monotheism and conventional religions, though, by the end, she's professing a sort of polytheism that acknowledges experiences that so far escape scientific detection and definition.

She writes about her troubled family (her father died of Alzheimer's, her mother of an overdose), her childhood loneliness (the fate of many a bright youngster), her girlhood decision to pursue the why of life, and her journey from solipsism to social activism in the 1960s and beyond. She discusses only briefly her two broken marriages and children. Of most interest, of course, is that 1959 experience in Lone Pine, California, where, after spending the night in a car, she went for a walk at dawn and saw "the world [had] flamed into life." A talented student (co-valedictorian in high school), especially in the sciences, Ehrenreich studied chemistry and physics in college and graduate school, a career path she abandoned during the era of Vietnam and civil rights. But ever resting like a splinter in her mind: that Lone Pine experience.

A powerful, honest account of a lifelong attempt to understand that will please neither theists nor atheists.

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