The South Thomaston Public Library serves the information needs of citizens of the area. In addition to books - hard copy, paperback and large print - the library offers free internet access on its public computers, audio books on cassette and CD, DVD and VHS movies, children's story hours, genealogical research materials. and access to a vast online library of downloadable audio and "E"books.
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Winter Reminder : When the weather is bad please call us at 596-0022 to be sure we will be open. Even if the main road is clear, many volunteers may not be able to get out of their drives to get to the library.
Our Volunteer pool is getting shallow again.
Many of our loyal group of volunteers have headed to warmer climes for the winter. We welcome newcomers who have 2-4 hours per month to work with our now slimmed down workforce. Contact Pennie Alley at 594-7416, Tina Branco at 593-9312, or stop by the library if you can help. We need folks with simple computer skills, or who want to straighten shelves, run copies, pick up materials at the Post Office, drop off books at our "free shelves" at the town office and airport. If you've got time, we can be sure to fill it.
Our Mah Jongg Group is going strong
. We'd love to have some more members to round out an extra table. Even if you've never played before, we have plenty of teachers, coaches and mentors ready to help.
Fridays at 1:00 PM. We're featuring fun, friends, and good coffee. Don't miss it.
Do you have an e-reader? Do you need help downloading FREE library books? Clicking on the Download Library icon at the left will take you to the official Maine State E and Audio book site. They have easy tutorials right online. If do-it-yourself is not your gig, drop by or give us a call and we'll help you get started. We have handouts on sources for FREE ebooks and how to's for each kind of device: Kindle, Ipad, and Nook.
The Library's Kindle is loaded with a variety of books and is now available for checkout. If you've been on the fence about whether to get one or not, stop by and check it out.
Come check them out.
Don't see it on our shelves (or in our catalog?) - ask us to get it via
InterLibrary Loan! There's no charge, and we can generally get the book within 2 weeks. Email us, call us (596-0022), or stop by with your request.
Book Club News
The April book club discussion will examine one of the long-list entries for the Maine Readers Choice Awards: Orphan Train. The publisher tells us
Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline, author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
Why not stop by to pick up a copy and plan to join us on Wednesday April 14th at noon. As always, newcomers, short-timers, and chit-chatters are always welcome. Bring your lunch if you'd like.
Due to lack of space, we are not able to accept magazine donations. Area doctors, dentists, and nursing homes may welcome updates to their collections.
Do you have used books to donate?
Thanks to all who helped us reduce our backlog of used books.
We will now be able to accept limited donations on an appointment basis. Because we have very limited storage space, we are currently only able to accept books we can bring into our collection.
The library will continue to use (with the donor's permission) a few used books for sale on our "Honor shelf" or to stock our reading shelves at Town Office and the Knox Country Airport.
If you have good nearly new books that you think would be a good addition to our circulating collection, please call us at 596-0022 for an appointment to review your possible donations.
If we're not open, please leave a message and we'll get back to you.
Winter bill getting you nervous? Check out "Kill a Watt
The Library has received two Kill a Watt Energy Detector tool kits that may be borrowed for a one week loan period. The monitors simply plug into an electrical outlet and allow a consumer to plug in any appliance to obtain a reading on how many kilowatt hours the appliance is drawing. The kits are provided as part of a state-wide community outreach campaign by Efficiency Maine, a program of the Maine Public Utilities Commission..
To see our entire catalog, click here and enter 'sothompl' as the library name. No password is needed.
What's New on the Shelves
Our library has just been gifted with over 40 books that are on this year's long list (including the entire short list) for the Maine Readers' Choice Awards. In May the list will be whittled down to three books to be presented for a vote by Maine's Readers as their choice for best literary fiction. Why not stop in and enjoy some interesting, exciting, and enhancing literature?