November 12, 2019
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October at Thompson Free Library

Community Author: Kim Brawn
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DOVER – FOXCROFT — Thompson Free Library, 186 East Main St., has announced its event for the month of October. This month, the library will offer many ways to interact and connect, to be heard and to listen—and to have fun.

The library’s Philosophy Circle will meet 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. The focus will be on Ethics: how to be more ethical, how ethics affect our daily lives, and viewing abstract philosophical concepts through the lens of ethics. Bring an open-mind, curiosity and your moral compass (or not).

Get a clearer picture of the much-discussed Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument 5:30 p.m. Tuesady, Oct. 8, as monument superintendent Tim Hudson gives us the inside scoop on exploring this vast beautiful expanse of mountains and forestland on the eastern border of Baxter State Park. Tim also reflects on his 50 years in the National Park Service.

The library’s book group will discuss the 1984 Booker Prize-winning “Hotel Du Lac” by Anita Brookner 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. New members are welcome.

The Teen Advisory Board will meet 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 to brainstorm about fun programs for the winter months. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to join.

Take action against climate change in a small yet tangible way by joining a study. Researchers from the University of Maine at Augusta want to learn how Mainers think about climate change. There will be two sessions 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 and 22. No specific knowledge or perspective is necessary, but participants must attend both sessions. The study uses focus groups and photography to explore the way Mainers view climate change issues and other social changes. To join, call or email Dr. Kati Corlew at 207-262-7752 or kate.corlew@maine.edu.

Pine Tree Hospice’s Caregivers Book Club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. This book club is geared towards those who are, or have been, caregivers, and to those who have lost a loved one. The readings will center on caregiving and bereavement. This month’s readings are “Family Man” a short story by Annie Proulx and “Before the Birth of One of Our Children,” a poem by Anne Bradstreet, the first woman ever to be published.

There will be a special free screening of the film “Dawnland” 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Center Theatre. This showing is sponsored by Helping Hands with Hearts with the support of Center Theatre, SeDoMoCha Middle School and the Thompson Free Library. This acclaimed documentary is about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) for Native Americans. It follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities in Maine to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

As part of the community-wide Halloween BOONANZA 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, TFL will show a classic horror flick (details to come). Prepare to be scared.

On Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31, Ms. Michelle will host a spooky storytime at 11 a.m. complete with a fun books and tasty snacks. Later that day at 4:30 p.m. Ms. Michelle will open the original library front doors to welcome ghosts, goblins and all other trick or treaters (ages birth to teen) for her annual free book giveaway.

Make a point to stop in and see the incredible artwork of Monson artist Roberta Jarvis. Her oils and acrylics, featuring wildlife and landscapes, will be on display during October.

Don’t forget the library’s Kid Zone Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Legos & board games will alternate with art projects. Pick up a schedule at the library or check out our Facebook page.

All the programs mentioned above are free and open to the public. For more information, call 207-564-3350, email thompsonfreelibrary@gmail.com, visit our website at thompsonfreelibrary.lib.me.us, or find us on Facebook.