PROGRAMS & EVENTS

40 DAYS OF SUMMER

40 Days of Summer is an activities-and-lunch program for school-aged children from Thomaston and surrounding communities. Conceived by a group of volunteers in 2014, the program was begun to address the lack of a summer food program for the school children of Thomaston and surrounding communities. Because of the percentage of children receiving free or reduced lunches we are able to take advantage of the Federal Summer Lunch program.  In an effort to make this more than a “bag lunch” pick-up, an activities program was added, and the program is open to all children in the community regardless of household income level. 

40 Days of Summer 2021 Starts June 21!

We are super excited for our 8th Annual 40 Days of Summer! We will have free activities and meals available Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 1 PM, from June 21 to August 27 for children in Thomaston and the surrounding communities. There are no income requirements or restrictions. With many thanks to a partnership with Healthy Lincoln County, these breakfasts and lunches will be tasty and nourishing and will include such items as chicken Caesar salads, turkey BLT wraps, deconstructed fajitas, yogurt parfaits, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit and locally sourced veggies and dips. If your child has a food allergy, particularly a peanut allergy, email us at library@thomastonmaine.gov so that we can inquire with our kitchen about allergy accommodations. A parent or guardian can pick up one lunch and/or breakfast per child living in their household. Participation in the activities is also not required to pick up a meal, and vice versa. 

Most of the activities will be take-home projects designed for school-aged children and their families, and will continue to bring our beloved 40 Days of Summer program into their homes as we did in 2020. However, we are delighted to announce that this year we will also have outdoor yard games available during pickup every day the weather is nice enough for us to be outside! If children and their families are able to stay for a bit between 11 AM and 1 PM, games such as giant Jenga, yard Yahtzee, bean bag toss, giant Connect 4, ring toss, and more will be available on the lawn.

We are also thrilled to be welcoming back some of our wonderful presenters this year! Katie Coppens, author of The Acadia Files series, What Do Black Holes Eat for Dinner?, Geology Is a Piece of Cake, and more, will be joining us on Wednesday, July 7 to do a science experiment from The Acadia Files series! Each kid will get their own science journal to take home, and we are also delighted to announce that Katie’s publisher, Thomaston’s own Tilbury House, has donated 25 copies of The Acadia Files: Summer Science for us to give away to participants!

Joshua Sparks of Sparks Ark, a wildlife rehabilitator, will be joining us on July 30, and Chewonki Foundation will teach us about Owls of Maine on August 9! Stay tuned for more details and for more in-person activity announcements. 

Register for in-person events here: https://forms.gle/9yiegPKVhhNJCL2B8

A tentative activity schedule is available belowRegistration is not required for take-home projects, but to be added to our mailing list for updates and more information, please call us at (207) 354-2453, or email us at library@thomastonmaine.gov

40 Days of Summer 2021 Tentative Schedule

Activities are take-home projects unless otherwise noted. Yard games will be available for families to play between 11 AM and 1 PM on any day it isn’t raining. 

  • June 21: Pinwheels
  • June 22: Scavenger Hunt
  • June 23: Streamer Wands
  • June 24: Paper Gems
  • June 25: Oobleck Slime
  • June 28: Homemade Playdough
  • June 29: Magic Wallets
  • June 30: Hand Fans
  • July 1: Luminary
  • July 2: Origami
  • July 5: Slime!
  • July 6: Flying Caps/Gliders
  • July 7: IN-PERSON EVENT – Visit from Katie Coppens, author of the Acadia Files series!
  • July 8: Star Projection
  • July 9: Invisible Writing
  • July 12: Project Grab Bags
  • July 13: Stress Balls
  • July 14: Shoelace Decorations
  • July 15: Paper Towel Crafts
  • July 16: Marshmallow Catapults
  • July 19: Orbeez Nightlights
  • July 20: Sticker Books
  • July 21: To Be Announced
  • July 22: Popsicle Stick Superheros
  • July 23: IN-PERSON –  pH experiments
  • July 26: Christmas in July – Marshmallow Snowmen & Christmas Crackers
  • July 27: TBA
  • July 28: Pirate Bowls
  • July 29: TBA
  • July 30: IN-PERSON EVENT – Sparks Ark! & Popsicle Stick Butterflies
  • August 2 – 6: To Be Announced
  • August 9: IN-PERSON EVENT – Chewonki Foundation: Owls of Maine!
  • August 10 – 27: To Be Announced