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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Book Club News
next up for enjoyment:
Once Upon a Town
by Bob Greene
In search of "the best America there ever was," bestselling author and syndicated columnist Bob Greene finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today -- a town where Greene discovers the echoes of the most touching love story imaginable: a love story between a country and its sons.North Platte, Nebraska, is as isolated as a small town can be, a solitary outpost in the vast midwestern plains, hours from the state's urban centers of Omaha and Lincoln. But from Christmas Day 1941 to the end of World War II, a miracle happened there.During the war, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte on troop trains, en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen -- a place where soldiers could enjoy coffee, music, home-cooked food, magazines, and convivial, friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes. It was a haven for a never-ending stream of weary, homesick military personnel that provided them with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead.Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen -- staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers -- was open from 5 A.M. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Astonishingly, this remote plains community of only twelve thousand people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the GIs who once passed through, Bob Greene unearths and reveals a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.
We're returning to our regular schedule and will meet on May 15th at 12:00 AM. If you want, bring a lunch and join us as we continue our reading adventures. Call if you'd like us to get a copy for you...we're always excited to welcome new members to the group. There's no commitment required to attend every month. Even if you're just interested in this book, come and join us.
New Day, Same Time!!
OurMah Jongg Groupis up and running!
We can always add more players, so please join us for fun on
Fridays at 1:00 PM. We're featuring fun, friends, and good coffee. Don't miss it. Summer friends are especially welcome.
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.
What's New on the Shelves
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.
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 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.
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 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 fairly new books that you think would be a good addition to our circulating collection, please contact Tina Branco at 593-9312 for an appointment to review your possible donations.
Library Grant Books Have Arrived!
Thanks to a matching donation from the Marilyn Mercer memorial fund, the Libri Foundation has given our library over 20 new books for our childrens' and young adult collections. Stop in to see what's new!
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..
A website for all things about science. Activities and resources for kids, teens and adults. A quick click away.
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