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8 Dublin Road South Thomaston ME 04858

207-596-0022

WI-FI internet access is available 24/7.

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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Meet the new Librarian!

She's very shy - we can't get her to pose but everyone in town knows who she is.

Pennie Alley is now serving as

Director of the South Thomaston Public Library.

Her incredible experience here as the assistant librarian for years, her relation with the children of the town she has developed through her various story hours and programs, as well as her knowledge of the town, its people, and its needs, all make her the perfect choice to continue her leadership role to make South Thomaston Public Library one of the best in the state.

Stop by, say hello, offer to help. She can't do it all by herself. (and maybe she'll even let you snap a picture.)

Summer Reading Program

The annual Summer Reading Program for adults kicks off June 1st. This summer we once again feature the opportunity to read, relax and enhance your Maine summer by keeping track of your reading. Anyone who reads three books between June 1st and Sept 17th is eligible to enter a drawing to win an e-reader. Reading journals are available at the circulation desk. Stop by to pick one up and register. The program is open to any registered card holder (summer visitors who register are eligible also).

Readers will earn extra entries for reading from the list of Finalists for this year's Maine Reader's Choice Awards, but any reading, in any format: e-book, print book, or audio is accepted. Join in the fun. Set a good example for our young people, and enjoy some of summer's best memories.

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, 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.

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Are you only here for the summer? Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mah Jongg? Our group is going strong and welcomes beginners.

. 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.

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E-Readers

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.

   

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. Why not stop in and enjoy some interesting, exciting, and enhancing literature?

Book Club News

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

In July we continue our reading of the list of finalists for the Maine Readers' Choice Award with Colum McCann's Transatlantic. A stunning novel scanning over 100 years of Irish American interactions.

Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators--Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown--set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War.

Dublin, 1845 and '46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause--despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.

New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland's notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion.

These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. From the loughs of Ireland to the flatlands of Missouri and the windswept coast of Newfoundland, their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.

Why not stop by to pick up a copy and plan to join us on Wednesday July 16th at noon. As always, newcomers, short-timers, and chit-chatters are always welcome. Bring your lunch if you'd like.

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Other News

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.

There will also be a community flea market on the lawn at the library Saturday June 28th. Why not plan to join your neighbors selling their used books in an informal swap?

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Winter bill getting you nervous? Check out "Kill a Watt "

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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..

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