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Thomaston Maine 04861
Mondays and Fridays: 11-7
Tues, Weds, Thurs: 11-5
Patrisha McLean's Exhibit "Havana's Children"
Patrisha McLean's photographs of Havana children will be at the Thomaston Public Library during the month of November! She traveled to Havana three times on her own in the Obama-era interval when the country was more open to tourism than it had and has been since the 1950s.
The way the children were playing in the street, she says, “reminded me of Rockland, when I first came to Maine 25 years ago before computers.” Her first photo project was about these Rockland children and called "Children of Fulton Street".
Patrisha, a photojournalist living in Camden, says, “On the streets where I roamed with my camera to the sounds of roosters crowing and the smell of overripe guava, there was no internet, one or two channels of exclusively Communist TV programming and Disney and Barbie only on faded clothes sent over from family in America. Even crayons were a luxury, with one teacher calling after me through a classroom grated window for a single pen or pencil for the school.
“So childhood play was all about imagination—boys played baseball with sticks, medical rubber gloves and frayed tennis balls; Russian cigarette box tops were traded like baseball cards; a flattened tin cap stood in as a hopscotch marker and a length of rubber was a skipping rope.
“It was striking how much the children in Havana didn’t have. But it was as striking how resourceful children can be, and how much joy can be had with so little.”
For more information, call the library at (207) 354-2453. Patrisha’s website is www.patrishamclean.com.
Family Movie & Pizza Night - Wreck-It Ralph!
Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet will hit theaters on November 21, so join us on Monday, November 19 at 5 pm to watch the first Wreck-It Ralph! Our wonderful local Flagship Cinemas Thomaston will not only be providing popcorn for this event but also giving away two tickets to the new movie as door prizes!
Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes... so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan -- win a medal -- but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz, a young troublemaking "glitch" from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it's "Game Over" for the entire arcade?
Features the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Mindy Kaling, and more!
The film will be shown with closed captions for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Cornerstones of Science Has Donated a Telescope to the Library!
The stars are coming to Thomaston Public Library! Cornestones of Science, a non-profit organization dedicated to working with public libraries providing programs and resources that help people understand how science and technology affects their daily lives and the world around them, has generously donated an Orion Star Blast 4.5" Reflector Telescope to Thomaston Public Library! The donation is in honor of Rudi Graf for his dedication to community science experiences and as a board member to Cornerstones for many years.
Here at the library, we firmly believe in the power of science education and utilized Cornerstones' Science Trunk activities this year to explore butterflies & bugs, forensic science, the human skeleton, mammal tracks, paint science, and much more during our 40 Days of Summer program with school-aged children. We are very excited to add astronomy to the list and share the wonder of the night sky with the community!
Cornerstones of Science will be training the librarians on how to use the telescope in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for new astronomy programs at the library and to find out how you can borrow the telescope to use at home!
It is the season of thanks, and at Thomaston Public Library we are very thankful for our wonderful community! Join us for tea, sweets and savories on Friday, November 16 from 3 - 4:30 pm. All are welcome and there is no charge for this event, but we encourage you to lend support to neighbors by bringing donations of non-perishable food or personal care items for the food pantry.
Winter Weather is Here!
Our closing alerts will always be on Facebook, WCSH-6, and WGME-13. Please note that if the library is closed, the librarians do not have access to the library's email or telephone from home and may not receive messages until we reopen.
For Friday, November 16, Thomaston Public Library will be closing at 6 pm.
Communi-TEA will continue as planned from 3 to 4:30 pm.
Friday Night Films for tonight is CANCELLED due to illness. Erika apologizes and will see you all next week.
Patrisha McLean Photographs on Exhibit
November 19 - Family Movie & Pizza Night
November 16 -
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