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New and Coming Soon to the Library!

Click on any of the images below for a full list of all of the titles arriving soon. 
Fiction & Mystery Books Ordered August 2020
Nonfiction, Audiobooks, and Large Print Books Ordered August 2020
Young Adult and Middle Grade Books Ordered August 2020

40 Days of Summer


Our seventh annual 40 Days of Summer wrapped up on August 28, and while we couldn't have our usual fantastic end-of-summer party with a dunk tank this year, we are still absolutely delighted at how well the program went. Veteran 40 Days staffers Toby, Daniel, Missy, and Caroline converted our typical in-person games, art projects, and science experiments into take-home projects to be distributed via curbside pickup each day, along with AMAZING breakfasts and lunches from Healthy Lincoln County. During the last month we were thrilled to have Knox County Gleaners provide us with fresh produce from local farms as well. Families from Thomaston and the surrounding communities participated with boundless enthusiasm and creativity and shared wonderful photos on our Facebook group of their projects, which ranged from draw-your-own comic strips and dragon puppets, to scavenger hunts and nature walks, and even marshmallow catapults and pH experiments.

We are humbled, grateful, and proud to have served two meals each day to an average of 32 kids - a whopping total of 2,762 meals! 

It was truly a wonderful summer, despite looking very different then in years past, and we hope all of the families who participated enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you all for your support!

Library Closed Monday, September 7


Thomaston Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 8 at 11 am.

Chili & Chowder, Books & Bakes!


As with everything else this year, our annual Friends of Thomaston Public Library Fall Chili, Chowder and Book Sale is going to look a little different, but will be no less fun & delicious! Join us on Saturday, September 19 (rain date Saturday, September 26) between 10 am and 1 pm for a socially distanced book sale on the lawn at the library. We'll have chili & chowder takeout, as well as baked goods and lots and lots of books for sale! 

If you are interested in donating baked goods or volunteering at the sale, please contact us at

Don't Forget to Vote by September 15!


The Select Board unanimously approved transitioning the traditional open floor town meeting over to a paper ballot election on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. This is in consideration of state executive orders due to COVID-19. This election will be conducted exactly like a State Election, where voters can request an absentee ballot up to 30-days prior to the election. Absentee ballots are available. Please call the Town Office at 207-354-6107 to request a ballot. Applications are also available on the Town website at

A temporary Town Meeting Hub webpage is available on the Town’s new website at where voters can access the budget, warrant articles, and further resources. Additionally, resources will be available at the Town Office and the Thomaston Public Library for those who do not have online access. If you have any questions, please call the Town Office at 207-354-6107. Polls will be open for in-person voting on September 15th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Thomaston Municipal Building.

Are you signed up to receive the town's newsletter? Read September's issue here and make sure to subscribe to keep up with everything happening in Thomaston!

Virtual Book Clubs

Our book clubs are continuing to meet over Zoom! Email us at to be added to the email list and receive a meeting link for any of the virtual book clubs.

Mystery Book Club

The Mystery Book Club took a break this month because during August's meeting they were struggling to decide what to read next. Facilitator Lee Heffner has supplied the following links to resources to help broaden the pool of possible authors to try and inform future discussions: 

Literary or mystery related podcasts:

Mystery sub genres:

The Mystery Book Club expects to meet as usual at 11 am on the first Thursday in October (October 1) to discuss these literary and mystery podcasts and how authors and books will be chosen for future discussions. 


Let's Talk About It Book Club

Let's Talk About It is starting a fun new series about book-to-film adaptations, beginning with The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean & the film Adaptation! The discussion will be at 11 am on Tuesday, September 8. Please note that because this is not an official series through the Maine Humanities Council, books will need to be requested individually through interlibrary loan. The series will run as follows:

  • October 13: Strangers on a Train -  Book & Movie 
  • November 10: L.A. Confidential - Book & Movie
  • December 8: The Princess Bride - Book & Movie
  • January 12: Bridget Jones's Diary - Book & Movie

The links above will take you to MaineCat listings to request either the book or the film through interlibrary loan. If you need any assistance, please feel free to email us at


Intergenerational Book Club

IGBC will meet at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15 to discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama. Also, it's time to start thinking about the book club's list for next year! Start gathering your recommendations! 

Senior Exercise Class


Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey last month about the Senior Exercise Class! We're working out the details and will be in touch with everyone who responded soon. 

On Display at the Library

Armchair Travel!

We know that many folks in our community missed traveling this summer or have had to change plans this fall, so let's all indulge in a little armchair travel! Check out our display of travel documentaries, travelogues, and fiction with such an amazing sense of place you'll feel like you're there

Feels like Autumn in the Air...

I don't know about everyone else, but this is my absolute FAVORITE time of year. The weather has turned just a little cooler but not too cold, the leaves are just barely starting to turn, and it's time to get out the scarves, sweaters, and the best cozy reads! Visit our Reading Room display for some of our favorite books that just feel like autumn...


What We're Reading & Recommending

Diane recently read and enjoyed IQ by Joe Ide: 

East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch.

Sound interesting? Request it today!
Blake just finished Louise Penny's latest, All the Devils Are Here, and he says it absolutely lives up to the reputation she has built with the rest of the Gamache series. Interested? Make sure to get your name on the hold list for this brand new & extremely popular title!

Silver lining to the state of the world? Book tours have gone virtual! Click here to see Louise Penny's online book tour event schedule.
Missy, at Caroline's enthusiastic recommendation (seriously, she can't stop talking about this book), just read The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, which Caroline describes as similar to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, with a dash of Good Omens, but with the whimsy of Diana Wynne Jones. If none of that sounds familiar to you, just know this book is an utterly charming story about found family that will leave you with the warmest and fuzziest of feelings. Even if, like Missy, you don't typically read fantasy novels, give this one a try - it's a hug in the form of a book, and don't we all need a hug right now?
Caitlin heartily recommends A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson, which is about a high school student who chooses a local murder case as her senior-year capstone research project. Caitlin says this is an excellent choice for anyone who loves mysteries but is hesitant to read young adult fiction, because except for the majority of the characters being teenagers, it reads much more like an edge-of-your-seat thriller than a typical YA book. Check it out today! 
Caroline wants to shout out a new release, When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole. Cole is one of her favorite romance authors, and this is her first thriller. It's described as "Rear Window meets Get Out" and starts out as a bit of a slow burn, but it builds to such a heart-pounding conclusion that Caroline says she stayed up until 3 am to finish it in one sitting. Watch the publisher's fantastically creepy book trailer for it here. Add your name to the hold list today!
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