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

September News & Events

Summer's winding down, fall is in the air, and area children have headed back to school. It's movie-mania at the library this month, with The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library featuring Bacall and Bogart in their Friday night film series and Movies on the Green's Spaceballs showing on its rain date of September 27th.

Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County is this month's featured display, so be sure to stop by and learn a little about all the good work this organization does for the animals in our community.

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 September's Intergenerational Book Club selection.

Thomaston Historical Society & Thomaston Public Library Present:

An Evening with Biographer Gale Eaton

Author of The Education of Alice M. Jordan: Navigating a Career in Children's Librarianship

On Wednesday, October 1st, at 7 PM, the Thomaston Historical Society and Thomaston Public Library will co-host a special evening with author Gale Eaton, who will discuss her new book, The Education of Alice M. Jordan: Navigating a Career in Children's Librarianship. This event will take place here at the library.

Alice Jordan was the daughter of a fourth-generation sea captain. She was born as the age of sail ended and lived to see the dawn of the space age. As a child she traced the sea lanes on her father’s charts out from Thomaston, the center of her world. When she was ten, her family moved to Massachusetts for educational opportunities. Shy Alice graduated from Newton High School in 1888, and in the 1890s, as the world struggled to recover from an international banking crisis, she joined the underpaid women workers of New England. She became one of the most respected children’s librarians of the twentieth century, remembered for her excellent book reviews, her support of storytelling, and her unassuming helpfulness to children, parents, and colleagues alike. But behind the scenes, unnoticed by her admirers, Jordan worked to put women’s work on a more secure educational foundation. Armed with a high school education and a college equivalency exam – and also with the realism, resourcefulness, and resilience of her seafaring Thomaston forebears – Alice Jordan helped create a profession.

Gale Eaton is a graduate of Smith College; she earned her Master's in Library Science at the University of Rhode Island and her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill. She worked as a children’s librarian in Boston and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and then taught librarianship at University of Rhode Island, retiring in 2012 as Director of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She is also the author of Well Dressed Role Models: The Portrayal of Women in Biographies for Children (2006), and now chairs the Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates.

September 27th: Rain Date for Spaceballs

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.

September's Friday Night Film Series:
"Bacall and Bogart"

September 26th
Key Largo

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.

Story Hour Resumes on Thursdays at 11 AM
September Celebrates Maine Author Robert McCloskey

Bring your pre-school child in to hear stories, do crafts, browse the shelves, and play! Story Hour happens every Thursday morning at 11 and this month we're celebrating Maine's beloved children's author and illustrator Robert McCloskey, who, if still wth us, would celebrate his 100th birthday on September 15th. Mr. McCloskey is the author and illustrator of such Maine kids' classics as Blueberries for Sal, Make Way for Ducklings, Time of Wonder, and One Morning in Maine.

Children's Book Review:
Mystery on Pine Lake by Tamra Wight Illustrator: Carl DiRocco

Mystery on Pine Lake is a fast-moving adventure story that takes place at a Maine lakeside campground. Two boys, Cooper and Packrat, develop an amusing friendship as they attempt to solve the mystery of the rising lake waters. On a Pine Lake island the loons’ nest with eggs is being threatened by the flood. This Maine author has created two very likable characters in a familiar setting of family camping. Her knowledge and love of nature is delightfully displayed throughout the experiences of Cooper, Packrat, and other campers. At the same time the illustrator brings the people and the birds to life in his charming drawings.

A second mystery about these two boys and their families and friends is also available at the library.

October 4th: On Golden Pond

Thomaston Farmers' Market Continue Saturdays 9 to 1 through September

The Thomaston Farmers' Market happens every Saturday this month, in the parking lot behind the library, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Stop by and check out their wares!

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.