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New and Coming Soon to the Library...


For the last few months, we've been highlighting a select few books out of our monthly book order to showcase with a full description of each book, instead of the full poster with all of the book covers. Which do you prefer? Let us know with this quick poll.

In the meantime, if you want more information about any of the books below, check the Coming Soon page on our website!
 
Book Covers of Fiction Books Ordered April 2021
Book Covers for Mystery Books Ordered April 2021
Large Print Books Ordered April 2021
Book Covers for Audiobooks Ordered April 2021
DVDs Ordered April 2021
Book Covers for Young Adult Books Ordered April 2021
Book Covers for Middle Grade Books Ordered April 2021
Book Covers for Picture Books Ordered April 2021

Save the Date! Spaghetti Dinner Community Event & Fundraiser June 9


Save the date for our annual Spaghetti Dinner on June 9! This year, we will be serving takeout from the Thomaston Federated Church from 5 - 7 PM, but if the weather is nice, come on up to the lawn at the library to join us for a picnic! We will also have a table of baked goods for sale for dessert. Come enjoy the company of neighbors and delicious food (Diane has promised to make her signature spaghetti sauce!) at a safe, socially distanced event outdoors.

The suggested donation for dinner is $8 per person, but EVERYONE is welcome, regardless of ability to pay.

Baked goods will be priced as marked. All proceeds will go to the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library and 40 Days of Summer.



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Annual Thomaston Town Meeting


A few dates are coming up with regard to the annual Thomaston Town Meeting that are important to note:

May 5: Thomaston Town Meeting Election Public Hearing via Zoom, 6:00 PM

May 13: Thomaston Town Meeting Election Public Hearing (In Person, Thomaston Municipal Building), 6:00 PM

May 24: Thomaston Select Board Meeting & Public Hearing (In Person, Thomaston Municipal Building), 6:00 PM

June 8: Annual Town Meeting by Secret Ballot Referendum & RSU 13 Budget Election, In-Person Voting 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Thomaston Municipal Building

Absentee ballots will also be available at the town office starting May 10. For more information, please visit the library, the town office, or click on the links above!



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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

 

Visit vaccinateme.maine.gov to pre-register for a vaccination appointment, or call the Community Vaccination Line at 1-888-445-4111. You can also contact MaineHealth at vaccine.mainehealth.org or 1-877-780-7545

Please note that if you have been vaccinated, it is still important to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth in public and maintain social distance until the CDC advises that such precautions are no longer necessary. Stay safe and stay well!

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Library Closings

 

Thomaston Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 31 in honor of Memorial Day. We will reopen for our usual hours on Tuesday, June 1. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Additionally, we will be opening late on Thursday, June 3 at 12:30 PM to allow for a staff meeting. Senior Exercise Class will continue as scheduled at 11:00 AM and curbside pickup will also still be available from 9 AM to 11 AM by appointment. 

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Need Tech Help?

 

With most things being "virtual" these days, technological know-how is more important than ever, and we're here to help! If you need a hand figuring out the tips and tricks to using Zoom, Google Meet, etc. or if you just got a new phone or tablet and need to set it up, please feel free to contact us at (207) 354-2453 or library@thomastonmaine.gov to set up an appointment, and we will do our best to help, whether over the phone, a video meeting on the computer, or if you bring your device in to the library. 

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Senior Exercise Class

 

Our Senior Exercise Class is currently being offered in a hybrid in-person (socially distanced) and online format! On Tuesdays at 11 am, we are offering the class in the gym of the Academy Building, and on Thursdays at 11 AM in the Community Conference Room upstairs. For those who prefer to follow along at home, contact us at library@thomastonmaine.gov or at (207) 354-2453 for a link to a recording of the class!


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Virtual Book Clubs

May 6: Mystery Book Club


On Thursday, May 6, Thomaston Public Library’s Mystery Book Club will meet over Zoom at 2:00 PM to discuss Christine Falls by Benjamin Black.
 
From the publisher:
 
"In the debut crime novel from the Booker-winning author, a Dublin pathologist follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city’s high Catholic society.

"It’s not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It’s the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse—and concealing the cause of death.

"It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious—and very well-guarded—secrets of Dublin’s high Catholic society, among them members of his own family.

"Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize winner John Banville’s fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black’s debut marks him as a true master of the form.”
 
June's Book Club selection will be decided on at the meeting. Contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or at library@thomastonmaine.gov for more information or to be added to the email list!

May 11: Let's Talk About It Book Club


On Tuesday, May 11, the Let’s Talk About It Book Club from Thomaston Public Library will meet over Zoom at 2:00 PM to continue their discussion of historical novels based on characters that have helped shape our culture with The Master by Colm Tóibín.
 
From the publisher:
 
“Colm Tóibín’s beautiful, subtle illumination of Henry James’s inner life” (The New York Times) captures the loneliness and hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably fail those he tried to love.

"Beautiful and profoundly moving, The Master tells the story of Henry James, a man born into one of America’s first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late nineteenth century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice, and London among privileged artists and writers. With stunningly resonant prose, “The Master is unquestionably the work of a first-rate novelist: artful, moving, and very beautiful” (The New York Times Book Review). The emotional intensity of this portrait is riveting.”

The Let’s Talk About It Book Club was born of a Maine Humanities Council-sponsored discussion series at Thomaston Public Library several years ago and meets the second Tuesday of every month to read and discuss a set of five to six books grouped around a common theme. The book for the June 8 meeting will be The Hours by Michael Cunningham. Contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or library@thomastonmaine.gov for more information, to be added to the email list, or for assistance requesting the next book through interlibrary loan!

May 18: Intergenerational Book Club


On Tuesday, May 18 at 2:30 PM, the Thomaston Public Library Intergenerational Book Club will meet over Zoom to discuss How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
 
From the publisher:
 
“Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

"In this book, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.  ”
 
On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages from Thomaston and from surrounding communities, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Titles include fiction, biography and other non-fiction, Maine authors and subjects, adult and young adult levels. All are welcome to join. Contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or library@thomastonmaine.gov for more information.
 
The selection for the book club’s June 15 discussion will be The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. Contact the library for assistance in requesting a copy through interlibrary loan (please note that interlibrary loan requests typically take a week to 10 days to receive).


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On Display at the Library

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


We're celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with books and movies on display in the main room and the Reading Room! 


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What We're Reading & Recommending

Caroline highly recommends The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman for folks in search of a lighthearted mystery with a fantastic cast of characters! A group of septuagenarians in a posh British retirement community gather every Thursday to discuss unsolved crimes, but suddenly they find themselves in the middle of their first live case when a local real estate developer is found dead. Sound like fun? Request it here, and mark it on your calendar that a sequel is coming out at the end of September!
Missy continued her winning streak of thrillers with The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins. This fast-paced, modern twist on the Gothic classic Jane Eyre, pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense. Jane is a broke dog-walker in a gated community in Alabama, where no one notices if she gets a little light-fingered with the jewelry on the side tables of her well-to-do clients. Her luck seems like it's turning when she meets the recently widowed Eddie Rochester, whose wife Bea died in a boating accident with her best friend. But will her past - or his - catch up to her? 
Caitlin is currently reading an advance review copy of Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean, and she says, "It's so adorable I could die!" Izumi Tanaka grew up with a strong single mother, and the vague story that her father knew her mother at Harvard. Then she finds an inscription in a book on her mother's nightstand, one that has the written name "Mak." That's Crown Prince Makonomiya Toshihito. In a sudden twist of fate, Izumi goes from being a normal high school senior to being next in Japan's line of royalty. Warm and brimming with humor, Tokyo Ever After scratches that sweet spot for a heartfelt, sweet rom-com. Think we should add this to our collection? Let us know!
Blake recommends Paraic O’Donnell’s Victorian-inspired mystery, The House on Vesper Sands. It is the story of a city cloaked in shadow, but burning with questions: why does the seamstress jump from the window? Why is a cryptic message stitched into her skin? And how is she connected to a rash of missing girls, all of whom seem to have disappeared under similar circumstances? On the case is Inspector Cutter, a detective as sharp and committed to his work as he is wryly hilarious, with Gideon Bliss, a Cambridge dropout in love with one of the missing girls, as his sidekick, and clever young journalist Octavia Hillingdon, who sees the case as a chance to tell a story that matters—despite her employer’s preference that she stick to a women’s society column. 

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