July 2017 Newsletter: ****Early in July Lee Heffner facilitated a discussion of Unknown Caller, one of the two READ ME books selected by the Maine Humanities Council for libraries this summer. On Tuesday August 8th we will meet again to discuss The Moth, a collection of written essays based on the popular NPR radio series. All are welcome. We will meet at 11 am and refreshments will be served. Please join us. For more information call the library, 354-2453. ****Renny Stackpole presented a program about his latest book A Treasure in the Attic . The photographs (many of which came from the Thomaston Historical Society) were wonderful. For me as a newbie to Thomaston, the photos of the ships built here were amazing. I was struck by the size of ship being launched from our tranquil waterfront. ****The Intergenerational Book Club met on July 18th to discuss Love That Boy by Ron Fournier and will meet in August on the 15th at 2:30 to discuss two books: Towers Falling, by Jewell Parker Rhodes and The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi. IGBC will meet in the Main Room of the Library. **** On July 19th Lea Wait and Barbara Ross two Maine crime writers shared their both writing and the incentive for their work and opened the program for discussion about what they do, how they do it and basically the work it entails. It was a fascinating look into the “backstory” of writing. When purchasing items on Amazon.com, please consider using the “AmazonSmile” account under the Friends of the Thomaston Library. Go to smile.amazon.com and select Friends of the Thomaston Public Library. Amazon will donate .5% of each sale to the Friends. And Now…. ****Today 40 Days of Summer children are visiting Montpelier. Walked with the assistance of the Thomaston Police. Next week is our final week of the summer and since the RSU #13 kitchen is not providing food we are having a food-o-rama week of our own devising. Monday we will have a visit from the Garry Owens Bikers who will help us with a cookout. Hamburgs, hot dogs, chips and watermelon are on the menu Tuesday we are having the kids help assemble a “Yuge” salad bar including cold cuts and a fruit bowl Wednesday will be taco day finishing with watermelon Thursday the idea is to create your own sandwich with cookies as the reward Friday will be the traditional last day of 40 Days with pizza and root beer floats. Also on Thursday, August 10th, we will have the drawing for the Bikes for Books facilitated by our local Masons at the Orient Lodge and funded by the spaghetti supper there last week which was attended by a number of loyal library pasta fans. It has been a very busy, pretty hot summer. And, while we will miss our “campers” the staff (who deserve an amazing thank you) will be happy to be in recovery! We hope the time spent at the library will also encourage these children to return as patrons and readers. **** Next is the READ ME discussion on August 8th, facilitated by Lee Heffner and regarding The Moth: 50 True Stories. We will convene on Tuesday at 11 am with coffee and nibbles and weigh in on the many essays contained in this work and gleaned from the popular NPR show. All are invited. **** Keep reading for the Intergenerational Book Club’s meeting on August 15th at 2:30 where two books related to 9/11 will be discussed. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes and The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi are the selected books. Towers Falling is a powerful Young Adult novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks. In summary, when her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Dèja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers? Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren’t alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day. Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a story that is at its heart about friendship, family, and finding your way in a complicated world. Tom Rinaldi's biography of Welles Crowther is the story of one man whose actions on 9/11 offer a lasting lesson on character, calling and courage. From The New York Times Book Review: “Amid the myriad stories of Sept. 11, there are many moments of heroism. This…book tells one of the most memorable….Rinaldi’s reconstruction of that final morning is gripping. His recounting of how Crowther’s family slowly learned of his valor…and of how many now honor him, is deeply moving….The payoff comes when President Obama tells Crowther’s mother after the death of Osama bin Laden, “I know about your son.” For her, he autographs a red bandanna and adds the message, ‘We won’t forget Welles.’” **** Then, later on the 15th , at 7 pm. coming to the library is the first “book club” discussion from our PLACE Grant. Facilitated and organized by our Hillary Johansen and visited by NOAA representative, John Cannon, a former Thomaston resident, the book to be discussed and/or to kick off other ideas and comments is The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. Books are available at the library and we encourage folks from our community to participate in this foray into the mysteries, problems and hopefully solutions to climate changes on the Midcoast. Next book is Zeitoun by Dave Eggers and also available at the library. ****Friday the 18th will be our monthly Communi-TEA. All are welcome. This month we are celebrating the peach….it will be a peachy event! Join your friends, neighbors or come and meet someone new. This is free to all. If you can bring a donation for the local food pantry we are grateful. They are particularly low on canned meats, fish and protein at this time. We begin to “pour” at 3 pm and continue until 4:30. We are looking forward to sharing this monthly event with you. ****On the 29th of August we are delighted to invite you all to our annual poetry reading gala. Organized by Martha Rhodes, poet and director of Four Way Books, this year will feature our own Chris Fahy as well as Bruce Willard, Stephen Motika and Martha Rhodes reading. It will begin at 7 pm in the main reading room and refreshments will be served. **** Don’t forget our Friday Night Movies! This month the theme is Chaplin and Keaton! August 4th: City Lights with Charlie Chaplin August 11th: The Gold Rush with Charlie Chaplin August 19th: The General with Buster Keaton August 25th: The Cameraman with Buster Keaton All films are shown in Room 200 and begin at 7 pm. Admission is free though donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments are served. August 8th: Read Me discussion of “The Moth: 50 True Stories” edited by Catherine Burns. 11 am. August 15th: Intergenerational Book Club discussion of “Towers Falling” and “The Red Bandana. 2:30 August 15th: PLACE Grant book discussion/community gathering. 7 pm August 18th : Peachy Communi-TEA, 3-4:30 August 29th: Annual Poetry Reading. 7pm Library Income in July 2017: Contributions from Friends: $1000. Copy/Printout Fees: $78 Coffee: $14 Out of Town Patron Fees: $12 Library Expenditures: Utilities: $ 260 Programs: $395 Supplies: $163 Payroll: $5663 Books, audio, magazines and videos: $595 Book supplies, ILL expenses: $45 Computer/Tech: $1360 New Titles: Adult Collection: 38 Children’s Collection: 26 Audiobooks: 22 TV and Movies Collection: 9 New Titles: Adult Collection: 38 Children’s Collection: 26 Audiobooks: 22 TV and Movies Collection: 9 Number of New Patrons Added: Children: 0 Adult: 12 Total: 12 Circulation Statistics: Items Circulated: 2,273 (in and out) Average Daily Circulation (25 days open): 91 Interlibrary Loans: 150 Audiobooks: 89 Ebooks: 34