Snow Day Closure

The Thomaston Public Library will be closed Tuesday, January 27th, because of the potentially "historic" blizzard headed our way.
Stay tuned for the new date of Tuesday's re-scheduled Android-phone class.


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

January 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 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.

Library Sets Up "Tilbury Corner"

Thomaston Public Library has received a large donation of new books -- many of them brand-new releases -- from Thomaston's Tilbury House Publishers.

Under new owners Tris Coburn and Jon Eaton, 40-year-old Tilbury House Publishers moved from Gardiner to Thomaston in November 2013. After settling into new offices over the Highlands Cafe, Tilbury staff got right to work, with the help of frequent coffee runs downstairs, publishing 24 new books in 2014, including 12 picture books for children and 12 New England regional and general nonfiction books for adult readers.

Tilbury House plans to publish another 22 books in 2015, including 17 books for children and young readers, and the Tilbury House staff thought that donating books for a "Tilbury Corner" in the library would be the perfect way to introduce the publishing house to its new host community.

Tilbury Corner is located just inside the main room of the library and all the books are available for check-out.

Pictured left to right: Ann Harris, Jon Eaton, Mariellen Eaton, Joanna Hynd.

The 7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Food Drive

The Thomaston Public Library is pleased to be a collection point for the seventh annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Food Drive for local food pantries. Two large receptacles are in place in the main room of the library for your non-perishable food donations. We will continue to collect food through the end of February.

Anyone preferring to make a monetary donation can drop off checks at the Circulation Desk. Please write your checks to Thomaston Food Pantry.

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

Story Hour on Thursdays at 11 AM

Grab Your Passports 'Cause January and February Celebrate World Travel!

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 travel-themed stories and crafts at Story Hour this month!

Smartphone/iPhone Classes at the Library

The Thomaston Public Library is pleased to offer two classes on operating Smartphones. The first class will focus on iPhones and be held on Thursday, January 22nd, at 2:30 PM. The second class will concentrate on Android phones and be held on Tuesday, January 27th, at 2:30 PM. Both classes will take place in Room 200 of the Thomaston Academy building (the Friday-night-movie room).

Bring your devices and your questions to one or both classes, each of which will cover the basics and then address your particular questions.

January's Friday Night Film Series:

"Music, Music, Music!"

January 30th:
Love Me Tonight

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.

Alex's Review of Anne Rice's Latest Book:

Prince Lestat

Reminiscent of the novel Memnoch the Devil, Prince Lestat continues Anne Rice's series of books know as "The Vampire Chronicles." The story follows the life and times of Lestat, a man brought into the blood in his mid-20's, in the year 1780. Now nearly 200 years old, Lestat has been pivotal in the burgeoning vampire culture. He seeks solitude as he struggles to come to grips with his newfound fame. It is not until faced with an unprecedented crisis that Lestat's true mettle is tested.

Like many of Anne Rice's other books, Prince Lestat is filled with longing and nostalgia. With a host of characters and multiple points of view, the book attempts to keep you guessing. Sadly, the ending is quite predictable, if not completely formulaic. Though well-written, this book leaves you feeling you knew the ending from the very start.

Bring Up the Books! Sale in the Hallway Bookshop

The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library's Hallway Bookshop features an eclectic selection of books we've brought up from our secret storeroom. It's time for these books to be released from their chamber and see the light of day. Come see the treasures, curiosities, and just plain old good reads we have to offer this month, two for the price of one.

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.

Joanna's Review of the Film Boyhood

New to the library's digital-video-disc collection is Richard Linklater's ambitious twelve-year film project titled simply: Boyhood. This 2014 film stars Ellar Coltrane as its subject and shows him grow up and slowly age over the twelve-year period. Some of the fun in watching this movie are its references to different things happening in the U.S. at the time it was being filmed, beginning with some dated references to Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again." The film is interesting both as a story and as a record of its stars' aging, particularly Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke as Coltrane's parents.

Just a heads-up to parents wanting to share this movie with their kids: there are some intense moments involving an alcoholic stepfather, as well as some drug use and underage drinking, which is why the movie is rated R. The movie is also quite long, nearly three hours long. It is easy to imagine that after twelve years of filming, it would be difficult to pare down; however the film remains quite gripping the entire way through.

Winner of 3 Golden Globes, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), it is speculated that this film will be up for some Academy Awards this coming 2015 Oscar season. Check it out soon to stay in the Oscar loop!

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 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.

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