Banish boredom with Thompson’s free library
By Kim Brawn, Thompson Free Library Our goal in June at the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft is to eliminate the words “I’m bored” from your vocabulary. Yes, we can deliver the goods.
By Kim Brawn, Thompson Free Library
Our goal in June at the Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft is to eliminate the words “I’m bored” from your vocabulary. Yes, we can deliver the goods.
Outside the doors, the summer reading registration begins on Tuesday, June 1. Open registration continues until the end of June and the program continues until August 31. Use the Beanstack app or keep track on paper. The first 25 children who register (app or paper) will receive a special logbook to track their progress. An alternative for adults and teens who participate is a bingo sheet available at the library. “Free ice cream, books and other prizes will be given out to readers of all ages,” said Youth Services Librarian Michelle Fagan (aka Ms. Michelle).
Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in the TFL Tent Jim Nelson, award-winning author of maritime and non-fiction and native of Lewiston, presents “Blusters, Bunglers & Boneheads” a lecture on naval battles in Maine during the Revolutionary War and how each ended in disaster. Nelson, a film and television graduate from UCLA, whose enthusiasm for Hollywood waned as his passion for the nautical world deepened, spent six years exploring the high seas. He worked on traditional sailboats. like the Golden Hinde where he met Lisa, his comrade turned soul mate. Nelson has appeared on History and Discovery channels and has written over 20 books ranging from Vikings and piracy in Colonial America, to naval action in Revolutionary War and Civil War.
Join TFL’s Philosophy Circle on Friday June 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the tent to contemplate Mary Wollstonecraft, the 18th century English writer, philosopher and women’s rights advocate.
TFL 101 Series meets in person in the tent on Thursday, June 10 at 1:30 pm to “Practice Good Forestry on Your Own Land” co-sponsored by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. Jim Ferrante, Maine Forest Service District Forester, shares what landowners can do to improve their property and meet their property goals. It will focus on strategies such as harvesting wood products such as firewood and saw logs, techniques to strengthen wildlife habitats, management of small-scale sugar bushes and address silvopasture and invasive plant control. .
“Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman is the featured book of TFL’s Reading Group, which meets Thursday, June 10 at 6 pm in the tent. People Magazine calls it “[A] quirky novel, with a big heart … Twisted, wise and often funny, it is a completely original story which provides pure pleasure. Copies available at TFL.
Maine author Matt Cost stops by Tuesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. in the tent to talk about his book “Mainely Power,” a mystery set in Brunswick, which was selected as Book of the Year. Read ME by the Maine Humanities Council. Find out how this former teacher, trainer, videographer, bookstore and gym owner came to create his well-received crime drama Goff Langdon and what new characters are on the horizon.
TFL is teaming up with Spirit Warrior and Winds of Change Ranch on Thursday, June 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for an introduction to the basics of horseback riding for children ages 6 to 9. Spirit Warrior is located at Winds of Change Ranch (186 Garland Line Road) and offers therapeutic riding lessons, experiential learning and horseback riding lessons. Space is limited so registration is a must. Contact Ms. Michelle at TFL by phone or email ([email protected]).
For the attention of believers, skeptics and curious about Sasquatch, writer Michelle Soulière joins us online via Zoom on Thursday June 24 at 7 p.m. to discuss her new book “Bigfoot in Maine” which explores the history of sightings and cryptid-type encounters in the state. dark woods. Souliere is an illustrator who owns Green Hand Book Shop in Portland. His fascination with “freak stuff” led to his popular 2010 book “Strange Maine”. Find the Zoom link on our Facebook page or contact TFL.
Kids will enjoy the sounds of science in a two-part Sound Science (tent) program by Hunt and Allison Smith. In the first session, Tuesday, June 29 at 2 p.m., the Smiths will play various instruments and conduct interactive science experiments. In the second part (Friday July 2 at 2 pm), the duo work with the participants to create “invented musical instruments”, culminating in a group “jam session”. Registration required, contact Ms. Michelle.
STEAM guide Alicia Millette has been a busy bee creating more take-out kits to captivate kids. This month’s lineup includes: a rubber band car, an owl life cycle activity, a barometer, and a steamboat. Plans are being made for larger thematic kits which can be verified. Topics include the human body, geology, and the nature of Maine. Each plastic bag will contain a collection of hands-on activities as well as a book and field guides. Stay tuned.
Finally, Story Walks – fun times for the whole family – return to SeDoMoCha’s Dot Warren Nature Trail and Law Farm. Follow our Facebook page for updates.
To recap: history, mystery, forestry, horses, Mary Shelley’s mom, science, bestseller with 8 strangers in a Swedish apartment, more science, reading in the wild, and… wait… Bigfoot! Case closed, receipts brought, boredom banished!
Note: The Thompson Free Library will still need face masks inside the library in order to balance guest privacy with the new CDC guidelines. However, masks for outdoor events only will be optional, although we ask that you stay away from those who are not in your party. We will continue to update our policies as new guidance is released.
TFL is open to the public Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit our website (https://www.thompson.lib.me.us), Facebook page or contact us at [email protected] or 207-564-3350. Find us on Instagram @tf_library.